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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

Any dry dill? Or how about fennel fronds? I think the dish will still be delicious with just the parsley and cilantro. Maybe more of each of those to get the herbiness.

Apr 13, 2014
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microwave in the island

Can it mysteriously disappear during the renovations?

Apr 11, 2014
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microwave in the island

I'm probably enjoying it because 1) you've brought up interesting issues. I've been fascinated by this microwave debate since it didn't even occur to me to replace my 10+ year microwave and the micro drawers look really nice and 2) it's not my renovation. ;-)

Congratulations on the new floors! isn't it amazing how even one step forward changes the whole look of the old space? And, think of the rewards that you'll have when the weather finally turns.

Apr 11, 2014
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microwave in the island

I really hope you post pictures of the finished kitchen when the renovations are complete. It's been fun reading about your process.

Apr 11, 2014
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Lunch near Boston Harbor Hotel?

If you are up for a short walk, Chinatown if very close. Walk left on to the Greenway until you reach a bamboo garden. That is the door to Chinatown. There are great live tank seafood places, but solo dining is limiting.

Tanks

Peach Farm (Tyler Street)
East Ocean City (Beach Street)

My favorites for solo dining

Taiwan Cafe (Oxford Street)
China King (Corner of Beach and Oxford)
Xinh Xinh (vietnamese food on Beach)
Great Taste Bakery (Beach)

Or, you can walk the other direction on the Greenway and head to the North End. Neptune Oyster (Salem Street) is excellent but if you aren't there at opening, it can be a bit of a wait. But, they will take your number and call you when a spot opens.

Apr 11, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

The cookbook, Caramel, even states that these brownies are over the top and a small square will satisfy many. It's only an 8 inch pan so it's a small recipe. Plus, we usually divvy leftovers for loved ones at home. I usually also cut down on the sugar within the brownie recipe. I've done it with other recipes with no ill results.

Apr 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

I really want the book Caramel by Carole Bloom. I just made my first recipe, the Classic Caramel Sauce. It came together beautifully and the recipe was accurate on time. I'm going to use the caramel sauce for these chocolate brownies with caramel and chocolate. After you bake the brownies, you pour the caramel on it, freeze it to set, and then chocolate frosting. I suspect the whole thing will be a bit too sweet for my taste so I'm going to sprinkle fleur de sel on the caramel layer. But, I know my book group will go nuts for this.

If this brownie recipe is successful, I see the book in my future. It has a lot of intriguing recipes, including variations of sandwich cookies, which don't usually appeal to me.

Lastly, I finally bought a copy of Mighty Spice. I couldn't resist after I found a copy, including shipping, for a hair over $9.

Apr 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

I have a Taste of Treme but haven't cooked anything from it yet. The recipes look intriguing but I can't decide if the titles are cute or hokey. I want to make the pecan pear muffins (from the breakfast section).

I did notice an odd thing in one of the dessert recipes. It called for box cake mix but I think that is the only recipe that calls for something like that.

Apr 08, 2014
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Troubleshooting my Wok Issues

I never tried the cast iron v cast iron. I'm using a carbon steel that I found on garbage day. It was rusty and I re-seasoned it with my old stove.

Apr 03, 2014
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Troubleshooting my Wok Issues

I used to have an old stove where the btus were so low, that boiling water was my nemesis. I was able to cook successfully with a wok. I've found with a 14 inch wok, I got the best results with a pound of protein. Maybe a hair more.

Also, before I added things into the wok, I did the double heat process. First, heat the empty wok until it's smoking then add about a teaspoon of peanut oil and swirl until it's smoking. Wipe it out and immediate reheat the wok until smoking and add the peanut oil. When that smokes, add your protein.

I've found that method kept the temperature higher.

Apr 03, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

When I made the caramelized chicken with rice, I also made the onions ahead of time. I made a note that the onions take about 20 minutes, not the 10-15 as stated in the book.

Another note in my book is that the dish needed more salt and that I should decrease the rice next time (or increase the chicken). The chicken to rice ratio is off for our tastes (and I love rice).

Apr 02, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Whoa. Awesome. Hopefully in the next few days I can put this into EYB for cookbooks that I own.

Thanks so much of this.

Mar 31, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Re: Fennel Salad from Flex Table. I like it a lot as well. I find there is always a lot of leftover fennel salt. I use the leftovers when roasting chicken or vegetables or just like a sprinkle on eggs. Kind of like how I use a flavored Penzey's salt or spice.

Mar 31, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

I re-made the turkish swordfish for dinner last week. I forgot how easy and delicious it was. LLM reminded me of the recipe in one of the recent Clark threads. Thanks for the heads up.

FYI, the turkish swordfish is the "alternative" recipe to the halibut poached in olive oil. I mention this because both of Clark's books have horrible indexes. I don't even think swordfish is in the index. I think I found it under fish or butter or something not intuitive to me.

Mar 27, 2014
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Help me update my major kitchen appliances, please!

Yes and no on drying dishes by hand.

We run our dishwasher when we go to sleep and unload the dw in the am while the coffee is brewing. If I'm unloading, I put everything away bc whatever dampness there is, is minimal. If C does he, he dries the plasticware bc the nooks and crannies have some water. Mostly the lids.

One of the reasons why I went for the dw is because it has that new way of drying the dishes without heat. I never used the heat component in my ancient dw because I was worried that the chemicals would leach out of the plastics. So, when the dw cycle was finished, there was a lot of water (esp on the tops of the mugs). With the Bosch, we don't have the mini puddles, just some miscellaneous drops in cracks of the plastic (like the lids).

Mar 23, 2014
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A must-taste at Regal Beagle

I haven't had these, but Toro has a variation of the stuffed dates as well. Usually, I order the stuffed dates (wrapped with proscuitto and stuffed with a marcona almond, I think) as dessert.

Mar 21, 2014
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Help me update my major kitchen appliances, please!

Second on the Bosch 800 dishwasher. Below is a recent appliance on counter depth fridges. We went a bit off topic on a DW discussion.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9687...

Mar 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Thanks Gio. I think some of the recipes can be tweaked, although I'm not sure it's worth it with the myriad of recipes and cookbooks out there. I'm not sure I can intuitively tweak the cake or cookie recipes . For some reason, I don't mind the waste of flour, sugar, butter or even cocoa powder. But, the waste of chocolate in a failed recipe would bum me out. I mean, it's chocolate.

It's a shame because it is such a pretty cookbook with a lot of intriguing flavor combinations.

Mar 20, 2014
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Sevan has both stuffed cabbage and stuffed grape leaves. both with or without meat. I get both regularly. And, they are equally delicious.

Mar 18, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

My copy of Mast Brothers Chocolate cookbook finally came to me from the library. It's as beautiful as I remembered from a quick bookstore perusal. Alas, my fears about the amazon reviews seem to be true. Many of the amazon reviewers noted that the recipes don't seem to work for a variety of reasons. The instructions are fairly sparse. I can overlook this on some recipes since I've baked many cookies and cakes. But, some of the ingredients for the recipes may be incomplete as well. Looking at the chocolate cake recipe, the ingredients are eggs, sugar, cake flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. No butter, no oil, no other fat. That doesn't seem right to me in a cake recipe. For the accompany frosting recipe, the ingredients are sugar, cream and dark chocolate. But, the accompanying instructions are caramelize sugar until brown, heat cream in a separate pan then pour over sugar. Bring it all to a boil until the sugar dissolves. pour the (now) caramel sauce through a sieve into the bowl of chopped chocolate. Let melt and then stir until it emulsifies. I don't know, my gut seems to think that may not work either. The cake in the chocolate stout trifle also doesn't have any fat in it. Maybe I'm really off base, but a cake without butter or oil just seems wrong to me.

On a separate cookbook note, Caramel by Carole Bloom also came in. I'm pretty sure I read it about this book on one of these evil cookbook threads. This book looks fantastic. Has anyone made anything from it? I'm almost nervous to try one since I've been having dental issues. With my luck these days, a cap will be pulled out. But, I'm willing to sacrifice for a worthwhile recipe.

Mar 18, 2014
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Funny since I was wondering how I could have forgotten about Polonia.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

That's how we use our second rack as well.

Bottom rack, plates and larger platters/bowls just fit right in.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

It will be more then fine. I find with any new to me dishwasher, there is a learning curve to efficient space usage. And, this Bosch 800 has a lot of space so even with inefficient placement of dish ware, you can still fit a lot in it. And, it will get it super clean to boot.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

I thought about that but the cabinet is just a bit too tall (and deep) to access on a regular basis. I use my baking sheets and racks more frequently then that, although maybe not a bad idea to bake less often. :)

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

I try not to overthink renovations. After research, I'll make my decision. For me, I don't think I will get more enjoyment out of the first handle I like v one I found after weeks of research. For the kitchen, I spent the most time looking into the stove, then fridge and dishwasher.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

I've never used the extra shower head. I vaguely remember the sales woman telling me about it and its specific purpose. Of course, if I read the manual I would probably know when to use it.

Mar 18, 2014
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Sevan has delicious stuffed cabbage rolls. I think the meat and rice ones may be ground lamb though.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

I bet you can add them now. I think you can just buy rev a shelf components and install them.

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

Yes! That's what we did with the tops. They are just hanging flat on the sides.

To be honest, we didn't really look at the manual. Well, we looked at it to figure out the soap and finish situation and that's it. It's worked well for us so far.

You don't lack intuition, you are just thinking too much. ;-)

Mar 18, 2014
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counter depth fridge

If you are putting a cabinet over a full size fridge, I recommend slide out shelves. My fridge is so tall and deep that there would be no way I could access the back of the cabinet if they didn't slide out. As it is, I don't have a lot up there bc I have to get a taller step stool.

Mar 18, 2014
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