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Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker - Anyone tried it? I'm over my Technivorm

I have the thermal carafe with a glass interior. The coffee is hot even if I don't switch the filter to the lid right away. The full and used filter seems to insulate the coffee well enough until I put the proper lid on. The thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for almost an hour. I'm usually finished with the coffee by that time.

Nov 19, 2014
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Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker - Anyone tried it? I'm over my Technivorm

I recently bought a Bonavita and love it. It's simple without a lot of moving parts. In my research, I considered the TV but between the price and all the pieces to it, the Bonavita won out. I didn't like how there were numerous parts to clean and re-assemble for each pot of coffee. We've been using the Bonavita twice daily since Halloween and are more then satisfied with it. Personally, I like that the filter sits on top of the carafe. Even if I don't put the lid on immediately, it doesn't lose any discernible heat. Clean up is a breeze as well.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9938...

ETA: I know nothing about the Wilfa other then it is very hi tech looking.

Nov 19, 2014
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Sakura Bana

No, the Osaka/Little Osaka I'm referring to was definitely on the Cambridge side of Concord Ave by the rotary. It's been closed for ages though because it's where those townhouses are now located.

But, also down on Concord Ave, in Belmont, next to Golden Garden, is a sushi place. Before it's current incarnation (which I'm blanking on), there have been a number of japanese restaurants there. Maybe one of those was named Osaka at some point.

Nov 12, 2014
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Sakura Bana

Tokyo was at fresh pond and Osaka was on Concord Ave near the cash gas station at the rotary.

Nov 11, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I'm not that lucky. These are new library books that came into the library. I checked the pie book out and wasn't greedy but checking out Slanted Door. Although, I am lucky as to when I get my library books though. But, that's through research and requesting the book before it's published (I requested a non cookbook that will be published in April 2015!)

Nov 07, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

A batch of new cookbooks came into the library. I went through them and came home with First Prize Pies by Allison Kave. I showed great restraint because Slanted Door and Simple Thai Cooking were both there. Ok, maybe not that much restraint since I already have a library copy of STC and I knew I wouldn't cook much from SD.

Anyway, I'm not much of a pie eater. And, I was rolling my eyes at this book because it had a lot of cutesy font. But, the organization and pies really appealed to me. It's organized by month and there are pies with various crusts, including cookie and pretzel crusts. There were a few recipes that had the salt/sweet thing that I tend to gravitate towards. And, I may make the Mexican Chocolate Pie for book group next week (it has cayenne, ginger, cinnamon and a gingersnap crust).

Right now, this looks like a hard book to resist. But as I drooled over a salted caramel chocolate pie, I'm reminded that I've barely looked at Caramel by Carol Bloom since I bought it months ago.

http://www.amazon.com/First-Prize-Pie...

Nov 07, 2014
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cranberries at Farmers Markets or local at stores?

Formaggio has local cranberries. $4.95 lb.

Nov 07, 2014
beetlebug in Greater Boston Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

So excited for your new little free library. It would be fun to add a cookbook component as well.

Nov 05, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I read Bookriot more religiously then I read CH. But, there have been a handful oF articles about the LFL. Mostly positive.

http://bookriot.com/2014/03/10/awesom...

http://bookriot.com/2014/03/24/5-tips...

http://bookriot.com/2014/11/05/15-awe...

And one bummer.

http://bookriot.com/2014/07/23/little...

But, I still really want one. I love the idea, concept and execution of a LFL.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I really want to put a Little Free Library in front of my house. It would be the perfect place to give a book and get a book. Unfortunately, I have no carpentry skills, but one of these days, I'm going to buy one.

http://www.littlefreelibrary.org

Nov 05, 2014
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Current (11/14) gas range recommendations?

I've had my GE Cafe for about a year and I am really happy with my purchase. My range is all gas and it has one big oven door and one small warming drawer.

I particularly love the burners. I stir fry with my wok, multiple times a week and the lower right hand burner is perfect for that. It has a high BTU (maybe 22K?) and it has a double flame (larger ring with a smaller ring). But, when it's time to go lower heat, that burner then uses the smaller flame to make a perfect simmer heat.

There is also another simmer burner in the top right hand, another stronger burner in the lower left. I don't use the top left burner as much and I've never used the griddle burner in the middle. I find that one kind of useless.

As for the oven, it works well although it's on the cooler side of the temperature. I've found when baking and there is a range of time to finish, I need the longer time. I also haven't really used the warmer drawer and find that it takes a while to heat up. I should have gone for the double oven.

JoanN bought her range at the same time. She and flour girl (who also has the GE Cafe) have posted on other range threads. I *think* both are more then satisfied with the range but JoanN has noted that the broil function doesn't work as well. I don't broil so I don't have any comment.

Lastly, when I was doing my range research, there wasn't a single brand that people universally loved. Every range has complaints about something from low end to uber high end. I don't think people post as much when they are happy with their purchases but are quick to post about machine failure.

Nov 02, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Thanks for the info. I agree that prepping ahead is not the same as making it ahead. And considerably less useful.

How do the recipes look?

Oct 31, 2014
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reliable drip coffee maker

Just brewed my first pot and it's promising. My grind could have been a hair finer but it's a learning process with a new machine. But, the coffee is the right temperature and has stayed hot in the carafe. I really like the glass carafe.

Anyway, I'm happy with the purchase.

ETA: the Sur La Table discount code is Carving14. The model I bought is being discontinued for a newer model. I called two different stores, one only had the floor model, the other had one floor model and one in the box. If you aren't going to order on line, be sure to call your local store first.

Oct 31, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I'm intrigued by Ina Garten's newest book, Make it Ahead. I don't have any strong feelings about Garten, although I LOVE her Outrageous Brownies and Coconut Cupcakes. But, I read an interview with her in yesterday's Boston Globe and am interested in checking the book out. Costco usually has a bunch of Garten's in the cookbook section in case my library wait is on the longer side.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

Oct 30, 2014
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reliable drip coffee maker

I'm in the same boat. My Capresso 500 with the thermal carafe died last week. I can't really complain because I had that thing for about 12 years. I loved that coffee maker. Anyway, the Capresso 600 didn't get great reviews and since the carafes weren't compatible, I started looking around. I thought I read a few threads on this board but can't be bothered to look for them now. Anyway, I narrowed it down to the Technivorm and the Bonavita. After reading reviews and price surfing, I bought the Bonavita earlier today.

Here is the video that sold me on it.

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/bon...

I also watched the technivorm video. Not only was it more expensive, there were way too many parts for me.

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/tec...

Anyway, Sur La Table has it and they sent a 20% coupon in the latest catalog (I got it yesterday). Most of the reviews compared it to the Technivorm in just about everything except looks and price. Coffee tasting was comparable.

With the coupon, plus tax, it came to $140. It is about the same price on amazon but I try not to buy on amazon.

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...

There is a newer model that is either out or coming out soon. The difference is in the thermal carafe. Mine has glass on the inside. The newer version has a stainless interior. I *think* this is the newer version.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Anyway, I bought the older version because the reviews are very good and there are no reviews for the newer version.

Keep in mind, I just unpacked it and haven't cleaned it yet, let alone made coffee with it. But, I did research the heck out of it.

Oct 30, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I met Yotam Ottolenghi soon after Jerusalem was released. He signed all three of my books and we took a picture together. He did make a comment about my books (because they were well used and well loved) about the amount of bits of paper sticking out of them. C commented about our picture and said I looked very very happy. YO is a gem.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Day isn't over yet. :-)

Oct 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Blame away. I've been known to enable others while not partaking myself. ;-) Enjoy.

Oct 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I don't have any Wolfert books but have checked out a few of her other books from the library (COTM). Unfortunately, I never cooked from them.

But, you've convinced me to keep Couscous for the time being. I can always release it back to the wild in the future.

Thanks for your input.

Oct 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Thanks for the input. Couscous is going because I don't think it's going to add to anything I already own (Roden, Ottolenghi) but the other three will stay for now. Good to have my memory refreshed that Japanese Cooking was a COTM.

I wonder what other cookbooks I missed when that person cleared off his/her shelves.

Oct 24, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Someone was donating/throwing away cookbooks at my local library. I scored four books and am wondering if they are worth keeping. I haven't had a chance to peruse them though but I think I was bedazzled by the "name" brands.

Paula Wolfert, Couscous and other Good Food from Morocco (I know she's been COTM)

Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, River Cafe Italian Kitchen (Two others were COTM and I liked one of them but wasn't keen on the other)

Shizuo Tsuji, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art (I've read about this on one of the "evil" threads. It appears comprehensive but will I ever use it?)

Alice Waters, Chez Panisse Vegetables (I wasn't keen on Art of Cooking when it was COTM, but this is Alice Waters. But, Jaffrey's World Vegetarian is more my taste so will this just take up precious shelf space).

Thoughts or favorite recipes from any of the above?

Thanks.

October 2014 Openings and Closings

Yeah! Pretzel bagel with pimento cheese, here I come.

Oct 23, 2014
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DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Vegetables and Bean Curd

No, it's roundish like green cabbage. But, instead of a circle, it's flatter, like and oval. The leaves are a bit more tender then green cabbage but it still holds up with a crunch.

Oct 23, 2014
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DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Vegetables and Bean Curd

I just looked at my original report. I think that's why I was lukewarm about this dish initially - I used napa. Since then, I use green or chinese flat cabbage and it tastes so much better. Plus, the glug of sesame oil at the end brings it all together.

I'll have to look up the other recipe you mentioned.

Oct 23, 2014
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

Bagelsaurus in Porter Sq. will probably open by the end of the month. They passed the fire inspection yesterday.

Oct 22, 2014
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My favorite public drinking fountain

My favorite fountain is at the Fresh Pond Reservoir. It's the one on the far side of the water treatment station, closer to one of the holes by the golf course. Not only is the water usually cold, the fountain itself is fun to look at. The bowl is metal (bronze?) and has frogs, turtles and leaves sculpted in it. Underneath there is also a dog drinking fountain.

The water fountain at the water treatment plant is also fun to look at. But, I usually use the ones inside the building.

The fountain that I use most often is in front of the Cambridge Rowing Club (close to the Eliot Bridge). Cold water and strong pressure.

Oct 21, 2014
beetlebug in Greater Boston Area

Need advice on picking out 2 cookbooks

All four books were COTMs so you might want to take a look at the various reporting threads to see if the results appeal. All About Braising is one of my favorite cookbooks and there are a mix of recipes. Many are very hands on to get the fullest flavor of the braise (brown meats, then aromatics add liquid and braise). But she is spot on with instructions and timing. But there are also a lot of easy, hands off recipes, such as the World's Best Cabbage, which is a staple in my house.

I also love Roden's Middle Eastern Food. It's comprehensive and delicious. Is Roden's Arabesque available? That book has many of the recipes from MEF but is more accessible in terms of layout and not overwhelming the reader.

My vote would be for AAB and Roden's New Book of Middle Eastern Food (or Arabesque if available).

Oct 20, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month November 2014

Speedy recovery for L. Nightshade. Maybe a new cookbook would cheer her up?

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

HUGE HUGE Thanks and virtual hugs to Roxlet. I popped into Costco and found Plenty More. I did a big mental dance of joy as I tucked it under my arm.

I was tempted by Indian for Everyone by Anupy Singla. She also wrote Indian Slow Cooker which I really like. But, then I got a grip because I have two Julie Sahni's and at least one Madhur Jaffrey. The Julie Sahni alone is more then comprehensive for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Indian-Everyone...

Anyway, it was very pretty. I didn't see Simple Thai Food by Leela P. The longer I wait for a library book, the more obsessed I get. But, it's fine since I have the new Ottolenghi book. Yeah!

Oct 16, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Let me know what you think of Simple Thai. I'm waiting for my library copy to come in before I commit. I have the same hope as you - a Thai cookbook that will get me to cook Thai at home.

Oct 15, 2014
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