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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

If anyone in the greater Bay Area/NorCal is curious to try these Nestle filled chips, some Grocery Outlet stores have them for 99¢ a bag. Milk chocolate with peanut butter or caramel and dark chocolate with cherry or mint.

about 9 hours ago
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking
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Grocery Outlet, July 2015

Oakland yesterday:

Ritter Sport 65g milk, 50% cacao, and dark chocolate with hazelnuts, 99¢

Dole Tropical Gold pineapples from Costa Rica, med-large and in varying states of ripeness, 2/$3

I went in on the hunt for the Fever Tree tonic mentioned by Melanie, but if it was ever in Oakland, it's gone now. Didn't see any Dagoba chocolate there this time, either.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I was wondering how I missed a smoked trout salad, too, so I just searched for it and didn't find it. But there's a hot-smoked salmon, bacon, and potato salad with buttermilk dressing, so perhaps that's the one and Savour subbed smoked trout?

about 9 hours ago
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Yes, I've made that one, also with chicken thighs, and agree it's very good.

about 11 hours ago
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Pure Simple Cooking (same for my recommendations below).

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I highly recommend the various recipes for roasted chicken thighs in the first several pages, Pacific Lime Chicken and same-page variation Catalan Roast Chicken, and Chicken Baked with Potatoes, Red Onions, and Rosemary and same-page variation Chicken Baked with Sweet Potatoes, Smoked Paprika, Olives, and Preserved Lemon (the last in particular is ridiculously good). They all involve marinating the chicken ahead and roasting for ~40-45 minutes, so if you can put the marinade together in the morning or night before, they're pretty weeknight friendly.

My most often repeated recipe is the baked cod with a zesty crust (I don't actually look at the recipe anymore). It's fast and delicious, and kid friendly, if your kids eat white fish.

In addition to the rhubarb cake, I've also really enjoyed the Rose-Drenched Yogurt Cake (includes ground almonds and is soaked lime and rosewater syrup) and the Pear and Pecan Cake.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Glad to hear Pure Simple Cooking has worked out so well for you; it's the book that made me (and I feel safe to say, a few other posters) real Diana Henry fans.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Even worse, a lot of alfalfa grown here in CA is exported to feed cattle overseas, beyond what's used as cattle feed in this and other states. Everyone I know tries not to waste water at home, down to using gray water for plants and such, but that the mandatory cuts are on domestic consumption and not in agricultural and fuel industries means they won't have a great impact, to be sure.

It's all well and good to mention dry-farmed tomatoes (and I adore the dry-farmed tomatoes, which have just started rolling into the farmers' market here), but a) growing tomatoes (and other vegetables) isn't decimating the water table, and b) dry farming them is more about maximizing flavor than a response to the drought and only works in certain areas.

Need help discovering mexican cream cake

I know what you mean, every time I look something up in one of the past baking threads, it's like going down a (delicious )rabbit hole.

Need help discovering mexican cream cake

Here's a link to a photo of the chocolate version from a Chowhound poster: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9710...

If you google pastel imposible or impossible cake, you'll get lots of image returns (and recipes, in Spanish and English respectively).

Jul 25, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

In my experience, the 2:3 ratio of sugar to flour in this recipe is also common, and I have reduced the sugar by 25% many times with no detriment to texture.

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

It makes for a nice, concentrated flavor.

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

My mother and I collaborated on roasted plum and lemon verbena jam with satsuma plums from her tree. Not overly sweet, with a really nice flavor. The lemon verbena leaves actually infused for a couple of weeks while we waited for the plums to be ready and then found a time to do it, and I decided to whiz it in the food processor rather than leave the largish leaves whole before roasting.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jul 23, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

Art from Food

Gotta marvel at how people come up with such bizarre ideas.

Cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY MORE

Looks and sounds great! Ottolenghi sure makes an herb garden pay (says I, who wish I had one). Great to see you post again - had wondered where you'd gone, and now I know.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

I'm almost sure we addressed this in a previous thread; I remember looking on EYB, and finding that it is (I don't remember which, however).

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

BC, Paula Wolfort actually instructs us to grate the tomatoes in some of the recipes here (e.g., it's spelled out in the ingredient list for the Fish Poached in a Cumin-Flavored Tomato Sauce and mentioned elsewhere). I first discovered it a few years ago via Madhur Jaffrey in her memoir, Climbing the Mango Trees, which includes recipes.

ETA: Here's where the method was first discussed this month, I believe: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017...

Jul 20, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's New Product Guesses

Don't they already have a cookie-butter sandwich cookie?

Jul 20, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Yes, I remember when Sunday openings became legal, though IIRC, liquor stores are still required to close one day a week, it just no longer has to be Sunday. And there's that single-store-per-owner business, which is why WF and TJ's each have the one separate-entrance wine shop in the entire state. It was an adjustment coming from a place where you can pretty much buy anything anywhere, anytime.

Jul 20, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

TorontoJo, thank you--cooked flour frosting is great!

The frosting will be fine at room temp, as long as it's not overly warm.

Jul 20, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

The funny thing about "Lady, this ain't New York" is that wine is not sold in grocery stores in NY.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

The same is true of alcohol in a number of US states, and there are others (especially in the South and Northeast) where liquor sales aren't state controlled, but there remain a number of blue laws.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

That snickerdoodle cake would be great in the heritage swirl pan because you get something special in the cinnamon sugar crust, and the shape of the pan makes a glaze difficult to apply.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

If they can do it for designer purses, why not for fancy baking pans? then no one who's been jonesing to try making a kugelhopf or fill-in-the-blank need not do it justice for want of a special pan, let alone trotting out a simple showstopper of a bundt cake!

ETA: Me too on the pan envy!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I've had it for several years (it was a gift from a friend), but haven't yet tried making anything from it, myself. Please let me know what you make from it and how you like it, when you do.

Jul 18, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

It's in Spanish.

Jul 18, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

I see that you're one of the five of us on EYB with Dulce Lo Vivas (which I see fits your special interest in Sephardic books). Have you used it?

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Upon reading your Amazon review, I immediately went looking for that marzipanny brownie recipe (cue buttertart's surprise) and found it on the authors' blog. I'm not GF, but even if I'm not baking for someone who is, this looks like something I need to make.

http://www.glutenfreecanteen.com/2012...

Cherry Buttercream Frosting: What would you have done?

It keeps well, in my experience.

Jul 18, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking

Cherry Buttercream Frosting: What would you have done?

This is a brand I can get in local stores that has lots of fruits (and vegetables), but there are others, if you google.

http://www.justtomatoes.com/jtstore/p...

Jul 18, 2015
Caitlin McGrath in Home Cooking