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What to do with a ton of peach jam?

Yum! I like to bake bacon with a hot (spicy) peach chutney. Maybe I'll have to make some this year.

about 19 hours ago
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

Moo Thru pink grapefruit ice cream

Oh that sounds great. Thanks for the tip!

MoCo suggestions for chatty girlfriends

There is also another La Madeleine in downtown Bethesda. A good amount of space inside, with small parking lot but a big garage one block away.

They really should be more clear about this!

My mother does the same thing. It's rare that she uses them, and when she does it's always much less than is called for, as many have more sodium than she wants. The snack size ziploc bags are good for storing these partially used bags.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

At this point, mostly my friends and I just split the bill evenly, and that works pretty well. When people eat or drink a lot more (or at lot less), it becomes a bit more tricky, but mostly because some never have cash and just plan to put it on their card. It's a lot harder to say, "you owe $40 more" when there's a stack of cards sitting there, but I'd like to think it balances out in the end.

I have one friend who used to routinely add at least $50 more than her share, because she'd dealt with enough other people not paying enough elsewhere. After a while we just started smiling and nodding and giving it back to her after the bill was settled.

QUICHE! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2015)

My go-to recipe is based on Julia Child's recipe for quiche lorraine, similar to what others have posted above with 3 eggs etc.

However, for Easter yesterday, and because I had a new (deeper) pan to play with, I changed things around a bit. I made a caramelized onion, spinach, and cheese (parm + bellavitano) quiche that was SO good. I'm eating the last piece right now. :b I used 6 eggs, 1 onion sliced and caramelized, about 1 c fresh baby spinach chopped, 1/2 c cheese, 1 c milk (1%), 1 c heavy cream, with salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a pre-baked crust.

This is the pan I just bought: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004RFPV/r...

Apr 06, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

where to purchase Beurre Echire butter in DC area? I am in Silver Spring, MD.

I was just looking at a FB post from my favorite cheese shop, Cheesetique, and noticed Echire on the shelves in the background of the picture.

www.cheesetique.com

where to purchase Beurre Echire butter in DC area? I am in Silver Spring, MD.

I'm not aware of any stores in the area that carry it. Have you contacted them to see what they say? It's also available online.

Asian Peanut Noodles

Mar 09, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Recipes

Gourmet Inspirations/Cam Ranh Bay in Wheaton

I went to Gourmet Inspirations this morning. It sounds more like a grocery store IMO, but the dim sum I had was very good. For those who had been to Good Fortune before, GI is in what was the left dining room at GF. The space has been completely renovated, with comfortable chairs, new flooring, lighting etc. The tile floors made it a little louder, though I get the practicality. They open at 10:30 on Sundays, and I got there at 10:45. A few families were there already. By the time I left about 45 min. later, all of the tables were full--and the public parking lot outside was, too (at least it was free since it's Sunday). I also noticed some of the same faces in management and staff.

Since it was just me, I didn't order as much as I would have liked to try. But the har gow, shumai, rice noodles with shrimp, and steamed pork buns were all very fresh and good.

Too much hassle to bother with foods

I agree too, though I do like making puff pastry. Something about the process of it all.

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! [OLD]

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! [OLD]

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
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

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

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
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

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

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! [OLD]

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! [OLD]

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
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

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
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

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

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! [OLD]

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

Jan 16, 2015
Chocolatechipkt in Home Cooking

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! [OLD]

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.