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Cookbook of the Month: Chowhounds cooking together? What do you think?

This sounds great! I've been thinking about cooking through a cookbook, but this sounds like a lot more fun -- count me in!

Sep 10, 2006
saltandpepper in Home Cooking

Need appetizer ideas

Tapenade is good -- I make one with only 3 ingredients -- olives, capers, and roasted red peppers. Some tapenade, goat cheese, and something to spread them on is great.

Sep 09, 2006
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What Did/Does Your Dad Cook Best?

My father made great grilled sandwiches -- all kinds of combinations of bread, cheese and condiments. He was an adventurous eater, and had a good sense of how to put things together. My mom was an excellent cook, so we grew up with very good food.

Dad was also a deer hunter, and would cook the venison -- probably because my mother refused to cook or eat it. She just couldn't deal with something that had been killed by someone she knew! She was the same when my grandfather brought us fish he caught ---

Sep 08, 2006
saltandpepper in General Topics

balls!

This is a great thread! I'm envisioning a wonderful buffet of round food -- served on a table covered in a polka-dot tablecloth!

My mom used to make these -- they're very sweet.

Teiglach -- a round pastry covered in honey, nuts -- traditional on Rosh Hashanah.
http://www.recipesource.com/desserts/...

Sep 08, 2006
saltandpepper in Home Cooking

Cooking Through a Book

I loved reading the Julia-Julia project - much more ambitious cooking than I plan to do. There is also a blog by a woman who baked her way through a baking cookbook -- maybe the Pastry Bible.

Sep 07, 2006
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Cooking Through a Book

I'm thinking about cooking my way through a cookbook. I love to try new recipes, and I think working through a cookbook would be fun -- but I need the right book. I tend to collect recipes more than cookbooks, so I'm not sure what to choose. I like to cook more rustic than refined -- I'm looking to make great tasting food, but not necessarily learn new cooking techniques. I was thinking about one of Marcella Hazen's books, but I could use some suggestions. Has anyone done this -- any ideas?

Sep 07, 2006
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best lentil soup recipe (vegetarian)?

I've always loved this recipe -- based on an old Gourmet magazine recipe. It's a freezer staple for me. But the other recipes on this thread look so good, I may have to stray from my "usual" for a while.

Curried Lentil Soup with Tomato and Spinach - basically, cook 1/2 cup onion in a little oil, then add a teaspoon of grated gingeroot and a clove of garlic, cooking for about a minute. Then, add 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin. You cook that mix for about 30 seconds, then add 1 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup lentils. Boil and simmer covered for 5 min., then add 1 1/4 c. chicken or veg. broth and simmer for about 25 min., covered. To finish, add about 1/2 cup chopped drained canned tomatoes and 1 cup of chopped stemmed spinach leaves, cook for 2 minutes. Season w/salt and pepper and lemon juice (the lemon juice brings it all together).

It's really great, but I'll be trying all of these new recipes for a while!

Sep 06, 2006
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Your favorite filling, low cal foods?

An apple really works for me -- takes time and effort to chew; is very filling. A good tart granny smith is my favorite.

When I come home from work and waiting for dinner, I'll often have a whole green pepper. It holds me until dinner, and it's a good snack.

I also roast lots of vegetables -- brussel sprouts and carrots are really great, and I'll use Pam spray if I really don't want any extra calories.

Sep 06, 2006
saltandpepper in General Topics

torta de aceite

I'm happy to meet torta de aciete fans -- thank you for the information. I swear I would be happy to have some sort of cracker and something to put on it (and something to drink with it) for all my meals and snacks!

Sep 05, 2006
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torta de aceite

I picked up a package of 6 of these individually wrapped crisp breads at the wine store tonight, withought really reading the label. They looked like they would be good for cheese. Then, I opened one up and read the label -- they are not at all good for cheese, and they are an unbelievably delicious crisp bread, made with flour and anise and sesame seed, and sprinkled with sugar. The anise flavor is just strong enough, the sugar is crunchy and partially carmelized -- the whole thing goes way beyond sweet and salty into some perfect flavor combination. So now I'm hooked. I've found an on-line source: http://casaoliver.com/item.asp?PID=99 and have learned that they are a traditional Spanish crispbread Has anyone else discovered these little cracker miracles?

Sep 02, 2006
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Best Food Blogs?

I really like Midtown Lunch. It's a great review of inexpensive lunchtime restaurants, with photos and commentary. I don't live in New York, but I'm constantly adding to my list of places to try when I visit, and I really like having access to a list of great but not expensive lunch places; it gives me the "inside track."

http://midtownlunch.wordpress.com/

Aug 28, 2006
saltandpepper in Food Media & News

what do you eat/or prepare straight from the can, jar, package, etc.. that is perfect just as it is as a meal or snack? ?

I also like vegetarian beans from the can -- sometimes warmed up, sometimes not. I also eat tuna or sardines in oil from the can and, some days, if I'm really going nuts for salt, anchovies!

Aug 28, 2006
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Laurie Colwin Remembered

I liked Colwin's books, but I fell in love with her food writing. There was something so true about her -- she communicated the joy and importance of preparing wonderful things to eat, but she didn't treat cooking as a precious art. I loved her humor and honesty, and her conviction that it is really just as easy -- and lots more fun -- to make wonderful food rather than mediocre food.

Aug 25, 2006
saltandpepper in Food Media & News

Healthy cooked chicken breast :(

I really like this recipe from epicurious. It cooks on top of the stove and makes a very nice sauce (I increase the chicken broth and add wine). Fast and easy, and you can "fancy it up" as the recipe comments suggest.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

Aug 24, 2006
saltandpepper in Home Cooking

How do YOU cook/bake?

I love a dedicated day to cooking. I choose recipes the night before, shop early in the morning, come home to put on comfortable cloths, and I'm ready!

Aug 14, 2006
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Roasted Tomatoes

I like them with goat cheese and crackers for appetizers.

Aug 14, 2006
saltandpepper in Home Cooking

Cooking for yourself

I live alone and cook for myself, running the gamut from simple to more elaborate food. I have a weekly "new recipe night" on the weekend when I have more time, so I get the chance to play with food more (and have some interesting leftovers). I do fantasize, though, that, when I retire, it would be great to hire myself out to make dinner for a fairly adventurous and non-picky family.

Aug 10, 2006
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Bringing Food for Temporarily Housebound Son-in-Law

Hi everyone,

My son-in-law is laid up with a broken ankle. I want to bring food to him and my daughter this weekend that will provide them with something nice to have for dinners and snacks, as well as for some lunches for him when my daughter's at work. I'm looking for food that I can bring down all prepared, and that they can eat at room temp or warm up, or freeze. They eat fish; no meat. Not into pasta, beans or rice. They like tangy, moderately spicy food. So far, I'm bringing tapenade, a tomato and cheese tart from epicurious, tuna salad, a marinated red and yellow pepper salad, and marinated carrot sticks, as well as bar cookies. I'm thinking about adding a vegetarian curry or a vegetable casserole-like item. Any ideas?

Thanks!

saltandpepper

Aug 09, 2006
saltandpepper in Home Cooking