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Gourmet Inspirations/Cam Ranh Bay in Wheaton

Has anyone been to either of these places yet? They're in the former Good Fortune space in Wheaton. Chinese/dim sum on one side, and Vietnamese/pho on the other. I saw this on my way back from Hollywood East this morning, or else I would have stopped in.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I'm ok with celebrating ALL of those days! :b

Today is apparently National Peanut Butter Day. I will be celebrating that as well.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

It's National Pie Day. I had to celebrate.

Sorrento (Bethesda) - how's the pizza?

I'm a fan of all those too. I've been missing good Vietnamese lately.

Of the two, I'd put Sorrento ahead of Positano. I love Positano's patio setting in early summer (before it's too beastly to sit outside), but the last couple of times we went there it was pretty average. That was at least a year ago, but some friends were there within the last few weeks and said the food was so-so and the service was slow (though did improve.)

I didn't get this the last time I was at Sorrento, but the grilled calamari appetizer there has been excellent: tender, not rubbery, and garlicky but not greasy or overwhelming.

Have you been to Cesco? It's a bit more expensive, but it used to be very good. I haven't been there since they moved to the new location, however.

Too much Zucchini - help

Food Republic posted this recipe for zucchini chips with Gorgonzola yesterday: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2015/01/2...

Jan 22, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

So sorry about your friend, but that is a lovely tribute. I've never made strudel dough, but it does look like a challenge.

Too much Zucchini - help

Parmesan zucchini -- sliced in circles or wedges and top with parmesan cheese. Bake til golden and slightly crispy.

Shred and add to cheesy orzo

Herbed ricotta pasta with corn and zucchini (Martha Stewart recipe)

Zucchini frittata

Slice lengthwise, add pizza sauce and cheese, bake.

Zucchini corn pancakes

Jan 21, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I made ricotta today. Super simple and SO good -- milk, cream, salt, and lemon juice. Not really baking, but I plan on eating it with bread I'm baking tomorrow. (I had it with pasta, tomatoes, and artichokes tonight ... yum!)

Sorrento (Bethesda) - how's the pizza?

I was there a few weeks ago. I didn't have the pizza, but my cousin's 16 yo had it and said it was good. Not fantastic, but she liked it. The pasta (schiaffoni) I had was fine -- also not fantastic, but it's not really that kind of place, IMO. We were there with a group of about 10, with all different ages and tastes, so this fit the bill. It was also quiet enough so we could catch up without yelling. I miss Red Tomato.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Interesting. I haven't had that problem with other cakes before, but I might try a comparison in smaller pans the next time I make this poundcake. One full-size cake is way too much, but the smaller pans I have should work just fine.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I love the KAF English muffin bread! It's super simple AND it does toast up just like an English muffin. I've also made it with Guinness (on St. P's Day) and called it Irish muffin bread -- very good, too.

Jan 19, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I've had mine longer than that, and they're still in the package lol. I did make english muffins years ago without them, though. They're so good homemade!

Jan 18, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Last night I made pizza (using a dough recipe from Alex G. on the FN) and rstuart's cranberry cream cheese poundcake, which was delicious. Sadly, part of the cake stuck to the pan ... but that didn't stop us from enjoying it for a late dessert. Yum!

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I'd never thought about different flavors ... yum!

Jan 16, 2015
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TV cooking show pet peeves

I love this story from Dorie Greenspan about Julia Child and waste: http://doriegreenspan.com/2009/09/pos...

The view from the kitchen window

Or your chimney.

The view from the kitchen window

I'm glad you posted to this thread, as I'd missed it too. :)

Local source for raw / unfiltered honey

Have you seen this? http://www.honey.com/honey-locator/fi...

Plus, Bees n Blossoms is from VA, but they're at the Takoma Park, MD farmers market (and possibly others) during the winter: http://stores.beesandblossoms.com/cat...

And I also found this: http://beegeorgehoney.com/html/buyhon...

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I made the KAF cranberry-vanilla rolls (with a few chocolate chips thrown in). They smelled great but were a little more dense than I was hoping ... could have been operator error or the yeast, which was fresh but a little slower to rise.

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Thanks!

I just used the baking soda/water combination. They didn't look anything like the picture, but they were ok. Not sure it's worth the effort, though -- the rolls would have been very good without the pretzel part.

Jan 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hadn't been planning to bake today, but then I found myself making cream scones (cran-orange and apricot-ginger) for breakfast. Then I made the pretzel Parker House rolls from Smitten Kitchen. And then, while the chicken was roasting and the sweet potato stacks (with rosemary and butter) were baking in muffin tins, I made a lime curd tart. (I really wanted to make the cranberry poundcake, but people were feeling cranberried out.)

Baking is definitely about family. I was at my mother's house today, and we were talking about the different holidays we've celebrated together, both recently and years ago, and the meals we've had to celebrate them. :)

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Looks great! Good to know you liked it with the marshmallow frosting. I'll have to try that next time.

Dec 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Ugh, how disappointing. I'd wondered about that recipe.

Dec 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

That looks fabulous!

Dec 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

It was really good! I was surprised bc there was no molasses in the cake, and maybe I'd add that next time, but it was still good and gingery. I added chopped up crystallized ginger to the filling and the top of the cake. I also made a variation on the filling, with half the amount of cream cheese, just a little butter, conf. sugar, and some heavy cream. Instead of the frosting, I used cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar. I used the NYT link for the recipe, and it was useful having the video clip with Dorie at a couple of points. Also, her technique for cooling and rolling the cake worked very well.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

A belated Merry Christmas to everyone!

Here's my baking from the big day: cranberry-orange rolls for brunch and Dorie's gingerbread buche de Noel for dessert.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Nice idea!

Dec 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

And I'm done with cookies and candy (til I find another recipe I want to try ... but for now, I'm out of butter.)

Not everything is pictured, but here are peanut brittle, buttercrunch with cranberries, and shortbread (which isn't as bright in real life.)

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Tomorrow ... later today, lol, I'll be baking shortbread (in mini tart pans, thus mini wedges), more ginger cookies, and the buttercrunch that never happened the other day.

Dec 18, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Yesterday was peanut brittle day, made with a great recipe from KAF that uses the microwave. Super easy (no thermometer) and fast. And tasty. :)

Dec 17, 2014
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