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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

I agree ... but I like things like that. :)

Sep 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Sorry, I misread that last night. Do you ever can (jar?) your applesauce?

Sep 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

I don't have a formal recipe. I wash and quarter the apples and put them in a large, heavy pot with a little water (maybe half an inch?). Let the apples come to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and let them cook til soft. Put them through a food mill (which will reduce the skin and seeds and mush it all up), add sugar to taste (I use brown sugar sometimes), and lemon juice to brighten the flavor (I've been using lime juice lately, but that's just me.)

Sep 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Thanks!

Sep 15, 2014
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Apple-themed potluck

I had a yummy tapas dish last week that included shaved apples and fennel, sliced manchego, toasted walnuts, and a light sherry vinaigrette.

Mini potato latkes with fresh applesauce?

Sep 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

It's been a while since I've posted here, but it's finally cooler now and I can start thinking about baking again! :)

Today I made chewy, fudgy brownies with a whipped dark chocolate ganache.

The cake below is a birthday cake I made for myself. My sister did make me a cake for the actual day, but I was asked (nicely) if I would make a cake for a dinner party last night. It's a chocolate mousse cake, based on a recipe from Smitten Kitchen, with Grand Marnier cream and raspberries.

Fresh Baguette in Bethesda - incroyable!

I agree, they're very good. It's a tiny space, easy to miss, but their baguettes are tasty. I also liked their plain croissants--the almond one I tried tasted good but was a sticky, drippy mess to eat.

How I Wrote an Entire Book on Banh Mi

You are definitely an enabler -- in a very good way. This book is my next click on Amazon. I live in the DC area, and there are many banh mi options, but I'd love to make it myself, too.

Kale Shortage

"Personally, I think kale is the Taylor Swift of the vegetable world - irrationally popular, deceptively bitter, lacking substance, and tough to choke down."

I love this!

Stand mixer - worth having?

That's what I tell myself as I start mixing up butter and sugar ... lol. :)

Sep 03, 2014
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???? re Nordic Ware "fancy" cake molds--have you used them?

Those are so pretty!

Sep 03, 2014
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Stand mixer - worth having?

I love my KA stand mixer (5 qt, 10-15 years old now). I don't have room for it on the counter, so it lives on top of my fridge, but it's definitely worth it, IMO. I use it for bread dough (you do have to go slow for this, or you can have issues), cookies, egg whites ... all sorts of things. :)

Sep 03, 2014
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Mistakes, I've made a few

Yours is probably a lot lighter too, and there's a lot to be said for that.

Sep 03, 2014
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Mistakes, I've made a few

I think I'd love mine -- if I had anywhere to put it besides the closet.

Sep 02, 2014
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Mistakes, I've made a few

I have a large slab of marble (that is both expensive and heavy) that I bought years ago when planning to get more into pastry. Though I have followed through with that plan, my kitchen is tiny, and there's no way I can use the marble. For now it's sitting in a closet, but I'm hoping my next kitchen will be able to accommodate it. (It's also true I've been able to get along without it, but I do like using marble and having the cooler surface to work on.)

Aug 22, 2014
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Mistakes, I've made a few

I have a tiny kitchen (and oven), but I love my popover pan. It makes me happy every time I use it.

Aug 20, 2014
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My Chowhound Wedding

Looks fabulous!

Congratulations!

Jul 30, 2014
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Recent advice on MoCo Farmers Markets

i haven't been to the Kentlands farmers market, so I don't know what to compare it to.

There's a big farmers market in Bethesda on Sundays, and they have a lot of organic/happy produce. The list of vendors is here: http://www.centralfarmmarkets.com/ven...

Fresh Farm Markets has a market in Silver Spring (and elsewhere in the DC area): http://freshfarmmarkets.org/farmers_m...

I tend to go to the Takoma Park market. It's smaller, but closer to me, and there's always plenty of produce.
http://www.takomaparkmarket.com/

A full list of MoCo farmers markets (with links to organizers and vendors etc) is available here: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ags...

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.

[smacks his lips]

Miracle Max: they're so perky, I love that.

- The (oh so quotable) Princess Bride

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

The Blues Brothers:

Mrs. Murphy: May I help you boys?
Elwood: You got any white bread?
Mrs. Murphy: Yes.
Elwood: I'll have some toasted white bread please.
Mrs. Murphy: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?
Elwood: No ma'am, dry.
[Mrs. Murphy gives him a look, then turns to Jake]
Jake: Got any fried chicken?
Mrs. Murphy: Best damn chicken in the state.
Jake: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Jake: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Elwood: And some dry white toast please.
Mrs. Murphy: Y'all want anything to drink with that?
Elwood: No ma'am.
Jake: A Coke.
Mrs. Murphy: Be up in a minute

Bourdain Parts Unknown: Lyon

Based on the commentary here, I watched this just now, and it was great. Except that now I'm hungry. AB was truly in awe of Bocuse, and he was so appreciative and happy. Mexico City is on now, and while I get that AB shows what he wants to show, I prefer the more food-oriented AB episodes.

Best Place for Feta Tasting/Buying?

Thomas Market in Wheaton, MD, is small but has a number of different fetas.

2650 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 942-0839

House Hunters & Kitchens

I've always thought it was funny how so many of these people said they needed big, elaborate kitchens because they "love to entertain." Not that I have anything against big kitchens or entertaining, but it's the way it's mentioned on practically every show.

Bundt pans?

I have a bunch of bundt pans, including the Heritage. I think my favorite is the first one I bought, the fleur de lis. I also like the smaller sized ones (not the minis, maybe half-sized individual ones I bought a while ago at Crate & Barrel during a sale.)

May 09, 2014
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Bread Furst Bakery open - lively, pleasant, and

Thanks for the heads up! I'll have to go check it out.

Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free in DC/MoCo area

Thanks, I'll check it out!

Question about macaroons (re: coconut).

Me too. :)

Question about macaroons (re: coconut).

I've used them interchangeably before, but I really like Mark Bittman's recipe for macaroons, which uses unsw. coconut (and is super easy.)

http://markbittman.com/coconut-macaro...

Apr 11, 2014
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Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free in DC/MoCo area

Thanks!

Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free in DC/MoCo area

Thank you!