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

Re: the Merry White noodle book. She's a professor of East Asian Studies (or something like that) at Boston University. I actually took two classes with her my senior year in college - Chinese History. It was a really interesting time because the student protests at TianAnMen Sq were happening at the same time.

Anyway, she's supposed to be known as a local foodie. I hadn't heard of this aspect until the Boston Globe ran a feature on the 40th anniversary of her cookbook, Cooking for Crowds. I remember that the format of the cookbook was really practical but have never looked at it.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Crowds-...

about 12 hours ago
beetlebug in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Whoa, Penn Station is a really long walk. And you had heavy books with you.

As for no space, I try squishing the books in sometimes. Not great for the book but it gives me the illusion of, yeah, that fits. Then I take a cookbook down and pretend to cook from it. The musical chairs version of cookbooks has been working for me.

about 12 hours ago
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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 the Kuo for years yet have never cooked with it. Any dishes off the top of your head, that you recommend?

about 12 hours ago
beetlebug 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 haven't even had them and clearly I am still thinking of them. I wish I still had the stamina for 4 meals a day while traveling. If I did, I would have gotten them.

about 12 hours ago
beetlebug 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!

Funny, I was there last Friday. I first had lunch at Ssam and devoured a bowl of duck on rice (as well as the accompaniments of lettuce, chive pancake and broccoli salad). Then I strolled down Second Ave and saw a restaurant that Buttertart posted on the Manhattan board. If wasn't so full from duck, I would have gone in to try these giant crawfish. I'm still intensely curious about that dish but suspect that it was a short lived special.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017217

And, I was tempted by a few books but walked out empty handed. I seriously considered Growing up in a Korean Kitchen by Hepinstall but couldn't remember if people liked the book or not. Since my shelf space is at a premium, I passed on it. I didn't really get a chance to chat with Bonnie because she was going through books for potential purchase. I tried to eyeball the rejects but wasn't successful.

As for the subway, I didn't find the walk to be that long. But, I had fortified myself with lunch first. After my visit, I walked to the F train (I think) which is less then a block from the store.

It's definitely worth the stop if you are in the neighborhood.

Korean Kimchi Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jjigae)

I wanted to read the comments, not star it. I have no idea if the recipe is good or not. So, ignore my star rating.

2 days ago
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NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

One last note about Doughnut Plant (I've never been so enamored with donuts, ever, until now). These donuts don't taste as good stale. We ate our last two donuts about 18 hours after purchase. The dough was definitely harder the fresh.

Pride donut - nice flavor and the frosting managed to survive the trip home. It just made me happy, even if it was stale.

Chocolate Hazelnut dough seed - blech. And it's not just because it was stale. It just tasted of bitter chocolate and very little hazelnut flavor. I'm a dark chocolate eater but this was overall, not pleasant.

Super sad that I Ieft this past Saturday and missed out on all the festivities on Sunday.

Jun 29, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan

ISO Talenti toasted almond gelato

WF Fresh Pond has it as well and it's on sale (probably until tomorrow). I only saw the display that's away from the other ice cream. It's at the end, facing the milk shelves.

Jun 29, 2015
beetlebug in Greater Boston Area

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Four of us had dinner here last night. This place was super busy at 615 pm and they said it was an hour wait. Fortunately, there were four seats at a long narrow table at the front of the restaurant so we ate there. We were with two non adventurus eaters and one of those was gluten free. We still at well although I couldn't try as many things as I wanted.

Bread basket was not good. The dense bread was particularly bad.

Small plates:

Peas, chorizo, egg and okra - delicous and springy

Fava beans with blood sausage - also good

Clams with Vinho verde - this was excellent

Red snapper crudo - amazing and the kaffir lime popped out in a good way

Octopus rice - kind of like rice porridge. Stingy on the octopus

Gem lettuce and radish salad - super fresh and hit the spot

Shrimp turnovers - three in a plate. This was fine, nothing special

Duck heart skewers - loved this. The duck hearts were cut in half and the skewers also had mango and shishito peppers.

Chicken with piri piri sauce - this chicken was really great. Whole chicken, super flavorful and moist. It was simple but perfect in its simplicity.

This place was solid and worked for us. I really wanted to try the sardines as well as a few of the specials especially the shrimp and snails. But I was already pushing my luck with the duck hearts, and red snapper.

Jun 27, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

Momofuku Ssam for lunch - I love Ssam but it had fallen off my food list the last few visits. I had a real hankering this time so wandered down to the east village for lunch. I got my usual duck on rice with the extra set (lettuce, chive pancake and broccoli salad).

Duck on rice = happiness in a bowl.

Jun 27, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan
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NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

The nice and helpful waiter recommended the two empanadas to me. The menu was large and I wasn't super hungry. I really liked the filling of beef chili but the wrapper wasn't to my taste. I can see why it's so busy though. It's a fast and cheap lunch.

Jun 27, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

Saw this a bit too late. We ordered four doughnuts this morning, two to eat now and two for home. So far, we've had the blueberry doughseed and the Brooklyn blackout. Both were delicous. I prefer the texture to the doughseed doughnuts.

For later consumption, we have the hazelnut chocolate doughseed and the pride doughnut. No clue as to the flavor of the pride doughnut but I had to have it.

Mu Ramen LIC

I've eaten around (and posted) about my forays in flushing. The timing didn't quite work this time around. I'm still thinking about the fried chicken skin as well as the fried taro root treats from the New World Mall.

Jun 26, 2015
beetlebug in Outer Boroughs

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

Forgot about the miscellaneous desserts:

Doughnut Plant - I like donuts but don't love them. These were fantastic. We were there late in the day so the selection was limited. We tried the teeny Mexican chocolate (ordinary) the square filled coconut lime (delicous) and the amazing dough seed creme brûlée. That one was impressive especially the hard top, soft dough and cream filling.

Chinatown ice cream factory - numerous times but my current favorite is zen butter and black sesame seed. Also of note are the sorbets ESP the special mango papaya one.

Jun 26, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan
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Mu Ramen LIC

We ate there earlier this week and loved it. It was an easy subway ride from Herald Sq and the Financial District, respectively.

Starters:

U&I (pictured in an earlier post) - whoa, this was an amazing dish. I loved everything about it and could have had the whole bowl and been completely content. Husband isn't even that into uni and ate his share (much to my chagrin)

Clams with chorizo - slightly deceptive name. The chorizo is finely chopped and each clam seemed to have chorizo and broth in it. You then dip it into another sauce. Perfectly balanced and just delicious.

Ramens:

Tonkatsu - wow. Toothsome noodles, uber flavorful broth and really perfect pork jowl that melted into your mouth. I thought about ordering an egg to go with and am glad I didn't. It would have been overkill

Mu Ramen - this was also very good as well. I only had a few bites but the corned beef and pickles really worked in this dish. Really clever rendition of a ny style dish.

I would love to come back but I only have one dinner left and plans. Oh well, next time.

Jun 26, 2015
beetlebug in Outer Boroughs

NYC report - mostly cheap bites (June 2015)

I've been in NYC for the week, although not eating as much as I'd hoped. The steamy weather earlier this week just kind of sapped a good portion of my appetite. I'm staying in the Chelsea/Penn Station area, very close to K-town.

Breakfasts:

Mei Li Wah - Chinatown. Apparently, there is an order out or table service. Not order at the counter and then sit down. After a brief reprimand and tip, I sat at a table to eat my pork and duck egg rice porridge. Good portion, nicely done and very cheap.

Brooklyn Bagels - this was a pretty good bagel. Huge. I ordered the mini bagel and it was more then enough for breakfast. Los cream cheese spread could have had more lox.

Petite Abeille - West 17th (?) by 6th - met a friend here, her choice. Meh. It's a Belgian cafe with breakfast offerings including bagels. The egg sandwich on ciabetta was fine but the waffles were a travesty. Tried two kinds, the liege and the bannofee on a regular Belgian waffles. The liege had no discernible sugar bits and had been reheated. But it was cooked through and had good color. The bannofee had caramelized bananas, toasted almonds and whipped cream on top a Belgian waffle. This waffle was bad. Pale and barely cooked. The banana was tasty and I ended up moving the banana onto the liege waffle.

Lunches:

Xi'an Fast Food - Chinatown - just as delicious as ever. The problem of being a solo diner is you can only order a limited amount of food. I ordered the lamb noodles and the cucumbers. I usually get the tiger salad but decided to try something different. The cukes were tasty but I prefer the tiger salad.

Joe's Shanghai - Chinatown - group lunch. This was good but it's been better. The pork xlbs were very good. The pork and crab could have been hotter. Shanghai fried noodles needed more wok time at a higher heat and the dried bean curd with pork (Xiang gam rou si) had an odd sweetness to it. Pea pod stems were delicious.

Num Pang - near Madison Sq Park - I wanted to take a look at the art installation at the park and stopped here for lunch. I wasn't in a sandwich mood so I tried their version of bun. I had the spicy pork over rice vermicelli. Vermicelli was great since it was more toothsome then other places. The pork was ok. It was well cooked and had a good level of spice. Unfortunately, it had a bit too much sweet in it, throwing off the balance.

Empanada Mama - 9th Ave near 51st. I wasn't that hungry but wanted to grab something before Fun Home. I had two empanadas. Fillings in both were excellent. One was spicy beef and chili with fried corn flour wrapper, the other was beef, potato and veg (Brazil) with wheat dough wrapper. I preferred the wheat dough wrapper. Both were fried.

Dinners:
BCD Tofu House - west 32nd street. I had two Korean places on my list and after an excruciating train ride, the three block closer one won out. I should have walked the extra three blocks. This place was fine, not bad, but not exciting. We both got soon dubu and I found the broth a bit bland. It was really crowded though but I've definitely had better.

Cho Dang Goi - west 35th street. This place was great. The homemade tofu was wonderful, especially in the tofu jigaes. I especially loved the tofu curds. The broths had great flavor and the tofu appetizer with sesame paste and soy scallion paste was also delicious.

Yakitori Totto - west 55th street. I love this place and I'm amazed that the quality hasn't gone down in all the years I've been coming here. And, the crowds also haven't died down. Of note, tiny fried sardines, chicken oysters, thighs, hearts and pork with ponzu sauce. I also preordered the rice and chicken pot as soon as I sat down since it takes about an hour to make. This time I also tried the Japanese fried chicken. It was good, well fried, but it ended up being a bit too much food. I love the extra order of fresh wasabi to go with many of my skewers.

Salumeria Rosi - upper west side on Amsterdam - late dinner with a local friend. Loved the tripe and rabe. Actually, I could have had the tripe by myself but I think I shared nicely. The porchetta sandwich was also fantastic as were the cured meats. They were a bit stingy with the salami as one order only had four slices.

Mu Ramen - Long Island City - report will be in outer borough board but it's a really short subway ride and well worth it.

Jun 26, 2015
beetlebug in Manhattan
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June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

I take my training very seriously.

DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Vegetables and Bean Curd

Ditto on the little packets of ground pork in the freezer. I also use these packets for the dry fried string beans and other Dunlop dishes. Those snack size zip locks are perfect for 1/4 lb or meat.

June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

This was a fantastic manhattan. So smooth and it went down way too easy. Of course, it tasted extra delicous bc JoanN made it with extra love and we were cocktailing together. 3 manhattans later and I'm still standing.

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

You can try the extra soft tofu (the korean kind that comes in a tube) and make a korean tofu stew with it (soon du bu or tofu jigae). There is a non spicy kind. I don't have a recipe bc I've never actually made it but it looks pretty simple. I've seen the tube tofu at Reliable in Union Sq, Somerville, but I'm sure the Hmart has it as well. You can also throw the tofu into chicken stock.

Jun 19, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking

Lunch near Ikea??

Too late for your purposes and I haven't been in years, but I used to love Town Spa pizza in Stoughton. Especially the linguica pizza.

Jun 15, 2015
beetlebug in Greater Boston Area

recipe help: almond cake/bar cookie?

I made both versions yesterday and really liked them both. I prefer the flavor of the almond one. I didn't bother with the chocolate on either but should have drizzled some on the coconut one.

Both are going to a party tonight and I think I will be coming home empty handed.

I can't believe how quick and easy this recipe is. Plus, huge amounts of deliciousness to boot.

Jun 11, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Chorizo with Sweet Potato Mash (pg. 91)

Overall, this was a success. Well, half a success. The sweet potato mash turned out great, the sausages, not so much. But, I suspect it's user error since I usually dry out my sausages. The one exception was the beets with sausage and rosemary on pg. 85 (reported on the cooking from thread).

Anyway, I'm not sure if my sausage changes contributed. I didn't have fresh chorizo sausages. I had two fancy fresh sausages (sujuk) from my favorite meat store as well as two already cooked niman ranch chorizo (kind of like a fancy hot dog).

I used a 10 inch cast iron skillet that was borderline too small. Next time, I will probably use a 12 inch skillet for some more space.

Poke holes in the chorizo and brown in a bit of oil. Peel and cube sweet potatoes and cook the two for about 10 minutes, browning them up. Add 3/4 cup water and cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and turn up the heat so half the water evaporates. Remove the sausages and mash the sweet potatoes with a bit of butter. Season and serve.

The sweet potatoes were great. Slightly smoky from the chorizo and just so flavorful from the browning and simmering with sausage juices.

Another hit.

Jun 11, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

RIB AND RHUBARB BROTH, p. 57

Thanks to blue room for pointing this out. In my freezer, I've had 9 oz of spare ribs, sitting there for years. I had these from a meat CSA but seriously, what was I going to do with 9 oz? Then, lo and behold, this recipe and it was perfect.

I did change it a tad bit. I salted the ribs before browning and along with the seasonings, I added a two inch piece of ginger. I also probably had more stock then necessary but simmered it longer to make it richer. I also shredded the meat and added mustard greens for the last few minutes of cooking. I didn't add rhubarb and didn't think I was missing anything.

I served this as a noodle soup base. Really, all I did was add noodles and it was the perfect dinner dish. I couldn't believe how much flavor came out of these measly ribs. It was so rich and flavorful and full of slurpy goodness.

This was the right portion for two. No way this would have fed four unless you had other dishes on the table. Big thumbs up.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Reading my previous post, I made the parsnip puree, using the last of my winter CSA parsnips. It was very good and I want to say, creamy with only minimal cream.

Jun 10, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made three veg recipes out of Broad Fork the last few weeks. I liked all three but can only remember two of them - Wilted Arugula and the Leek and Cauliflower puree. Both were excellent. The Wilted arugula was just a nice twist on fresh arugula. Melt butter and water in a pan with lemon zest and juice. Once butter is melted and emulsified, turn off the heat and toss in the arugula to wilt it. Add chopped capers and raisins (which I left out). Bright, fresh and fast.

The leek and cauliflower puree was excellent. One of the few purees that doesn't call for potato and had the right proportion of liquid. Melt butter and sauté leeks. Add cauliflower and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add chicken stock and simmer until tender (about 15 minutes). Zap with an immersion blender. So good.

But, not enough for me to buy the book. I'm going to copy the cauliflower recipe and the book goes back to the library.

Jun 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Whoa, it's a sign. Pure Simple Cooking was $6.60, free shipping on Abe books. Fingers crossed for the shipping confirmation.

recipe help: almond cake/bar cookie?

Good to know. Thanks.

Jun 10, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

That middle eastern one may be worth picking up for the name alone. Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons. Love it.

recipe help: almond cake/bar cookie?

Good to know. Also have you used part coconut flour for the coconut version? I may sub 1/4 in for more coconutty goodness without making it too heavy.

Jun 10, 2015
beetlebug in Home Cooking