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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I just ordered French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis. I borrowed it from our library and after leafing through it I found at least 10 recipes I would like to make. The recipes are simple and there are even a few slow cooker recipes that I may get around to making.

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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Our Red Havens were wiped out by a late freeze. Not many to be had this summer.

41 minutes ago
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

There are several recipes on line. You slip the skins off and reserve and then cook the grapes and pass them through a food mill to extract the seeds.

42 minutes ago
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

My cousin's husband grows Concord grapes for Welch's. They live in the Erie Pa. area.

44 minutes ago
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Cookbooks or recipes for jaded, time-constrained mom

I would suggest Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. Her recipes are quite doable. Not to go on in the French vein but I did take out from my library yesterday French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis. After sitting down and paging through it I found at least 10 dishes I would make so I ordered it immediately. Long Nights and Log Fires is another good book to have. It is a compendium of winter recipes collected from many chefs.

I would also suggest that you look into getting a pressure cooker and any of Lorna Sass' books on the subject. PCs are safe and also cuts down of a lot of time. Pea Soup takes about 15 minutes without soaking the split peas. I bought my niece, a mother of 4, one a few years ago and now she would not be with out one. Getting a pot roast done in 25 mins is a treasure for her. I have a slow cooker but have not used it in years. When I was working it took too much time in the AMs when I needed every minute to get out the door and too work. Maybe now with retirement I may get it out. In The French Comfort Food there are a number or recipes for a slow cooker.

about 1 hour ago
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

In Indiana the grocery stores do not stock Concord Grapes,and I wonder why. Last Sat. at the local farmer's market my husband found locally grown Concords. I'm hoping there will be more tomorrow AM so I can buy some more. If I can I'll be making grape pie. I've got my fingers crossed.

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I'm making a peach cobbler tomorrow. I got some gorgeous S. Carolina peaches on Friday at our local Co-Op. Then grape pie. My husband found Concord grapes at our farmer's mkt on Sat. I don't know why the grocery stores around here don't stock them. It is frustrating and you cannot freeze grapes to use later. Grape Pie is a once a year treat when I can get them.

Aug 24, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

The Brindisi in Borough Market sells an amazing sandwich in their stall. It is a crusty roll with grilled chorizo, poquillo peppers and arugula. I can make the sandwiches here but it seems like that is a must in the first day.

Also, Neal's Yard Dairy is very close to Brindisi. It has an amazing array of cheeses and some other tasty items too.

Aug 23, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

I love Geales

Aug 23, 2014
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London dining help sought, please.

If you have not purchased your flight tickets I heartily recommend flying out of Chicago. AA flight 90 leaves about 8:00 AM and is a direct flight. It gets you in to Heathrow at around 10:00 PM London time. Get a bite to eat and a drink. Go to sleep and wake up with no jet lag.

I know that was not about food. It has been about 4-5 years since our last trip to London but I have relied on Harden's restaurant guide. It has not let us down once. It also has maps in the back of the book that show where the restaurants are in each neighborhood. You can check them out on line too and order a guide in advance.

Aug 23, 2014
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What does your cookbook collection look like?

We had a very fortunate house fire a number of years ago and I was able to double the size of my kitchen.

Aug 21, 2014
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What does your cookbook collection look like?

This is my kitchen collection, I have quite a number more downstairs. In the past 2 years I have given about 200 books to a vo-tech culinary program's library.

Aug 21, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

No, it was Lindt white chocolate and very creamy.

Aug 16, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

Yup that is the recipe. A waste of top quality white chocolate. I also thought it would be good for Christmas

Aug 16, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

I am giving up on any recipe that calls for white chocolate to be melted. I am making Pistachio Coins. A pistachio cookie with a thumb print in the dough and after baking and cooling the thumb print gets filled with chopped sour cherries and chopped pistachios. I measured out the butter and white chocolate. Put both in a small heavy saucepan on my induction burner on the lowest setting. The butter melted but the chocolate resisted. I upped the heat a bit and with stirring with a whisk I finally got it melted and and blended. After filling a dozen cookies and topping with the nuts and fruit the damned chocolate seized. I've got enough cookies for this evening's dessert. The other 3 dozen are going to get regular chocolate. Never again!

Aug 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

I just made a batch of pistachio cookies. They are going to be topped with white chocolate and more chopped pistachios.

Aug 14, 2014
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calling those bakers!

You can mix all of the dry ingredients together and when ready to bake stir in the wet ingredients and bake. I often do this at night for fresh hot muffins in the A.M.

Aug 14, 2014
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Pool of water under omelette?

That water is the result of synuresis. That happens when eggs are cooked at a high temperature, it makes the eggs weep. I know that most omelet recipes call for a hot pan and to quickly cook. If you will lower the heat and cook more gently the problem should disappear.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

This book is hard bound and is available in paperback too. I am definitely putting her shop as a must see next time we are in London.

Aug 10, 2014
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Finally Kicked Soda Habit Thanks to Green Iced Tea

We are fans of the Sanpelligrino fruit sodas but For over a month my beverage of choice has been unsweetened iced decaf coffee.I rarely had coffee when I could have caffeine. Now it is hitting the spot.

Aug 09, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

I have 2 couples coming for dinner in a week, both are vegetarians. I have been going back and forth for a menu. I was in our public library yesterday and The New Middle Eastern Vegetarian cookbook caught my eye. When I got home and read through it I ordered it promptly. We are not vegetarians but there were so many recipes that caught my eye and made me want to cook them I had to have it.

Aug 09, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

THE NEW MIDDLE EASTERN VEGETARIAN by Sally Butcher

Aug 09, 2014
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Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

I just saw a picture posted on Face Book of the cappuccino flavor. I don't imagine they are going to do well with them. I can't tell what the 4th one in the picture is, but I don't think I'll be buying any of those.

Aug 08, 2014
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Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Lora Brody's Kitchen Survival Guide. It is available at Amazon. She wrote the book when her sons were moving in to their own apartments. It is witty and a fun read even if you are an accomplished cook.

When I was a Realtor I would give this as a gift to young buyers when buying their first home.

Aug 08, 2014
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Tonight it will be Nem Nuong and Cha Bap Ran. From Andrea Nguyen's Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. Cha Bap Ran are wonderful corn and coconut fritters and Nem Nuong are Chicken Meatballs in rice wrappers with fresh greens and with a spicy hoisin garlic sauce. I love Vietnamese food especially in the summer. It is so light and fresh.

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

I have a similar situation coming up soon. 2 are vegetarians, and the other couple are too but will eat fish and seafood. I'm mulling over ideas and have been considering a number of Vietnamese dumplings and Ban Xeo maybe some summer rolls some with shrimp and others not. I have been weighing Mexican ideas too. I want it to be summery and I am serving watermelon martinis for cocktails and I may make Gulab Jamun for dessert or Strawberry Gelato. I don't have to decide today but I need to get started in a week with anything I can do ahead.

Aug 06, 2014
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Would you like a CH app?

Yes

Aug 05, 2014
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Salmon

Copper River is the only salmon I eat and unfortunately this summer it was $32/lb and was not as flavorful as usual.

Aug 05, 2014
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The view from the kitchen window

That is what I often see in my back yard. Then on Fri P.M. there was a coyote on the street in front.

Aug 05, 2014
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Induction Cooktop - First things to try?

I find my wok,flat bottomed, can reach higher temps than on my gas cooktop.

Aug 03, 2014
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