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

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

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

The holiday baking has begun:

Fudgy brownies with white chocolate mint chips
Cornflake choc chip cookies
Ginger spice cookies (w/a ton of crystallized ginger)

Tomorrow: buttercrunch, with and w/o dried cranberries

Pie for breakfast!

Of course. I put cheddar in the crust.

Holiday Dinner - what went wrong? What went well?

The water in the pot under the butternut squash being steamed cooked away, and no one noticed til too late. The blackened pot is still sitting outside the back door.

I burned the pecans I'd been toasting for both the stuffing and the carrot cake topping. Most were way too far gone, but my nephew sifted through them and found a few good ones for the cake. The stuffing got pistachios instead.

We used to ask my cousin to bring a salad every year (she makes really good ones!), and finally she commented that we always ask her to make salad. So we said to bring whatever you want ... so she brought salad (and it was good, so no complaints.)

I was in the kitchen a lot, but I succeeded in getting my mom to relax a bit more, so that worked out. I made all of the desserts, and my other nephew helped do the potatoes, which made for a good project and fun for tasting. Overall, everything worked out pretty well, I have to say. We had twice as many people over for dessert as we did for dinner, but I was ready before they came this year, and I think there's now just one piece of cranberry tart left.

Do you give out your recipes at thanksgiving?

I also make a pumpkin chiffon with a gingersnap crust And I'm happy to give out the recipe or tell people where to find it, but I warn them that I have a hard time following recipes, so changes have been made along the way. (It's not that I can't follow recipes 100%--I just choose not to. And in those cases, I don't blame the author if it doesn't work out.)

Whole Foods Friendship Heights and River Road and the Thanksgiving crazy

You were brave to go to not one but two WFs on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, esp. with the crummy weather we had. Parking is my biggest complaint at the River Road location. It's a smaller store, but I've found items there that the Tenley store doesn't carry.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Thank you! I don't know how authentic this is in the kringle world, but the KAF recipe is pretty easy. I baked up the base parts on Wednesday night and then added the toppings in the morning while waiting for the rest of brunch to come together.

1. I did the first part of the base in the food processor.
2. I used TJ's salted caramel sauce.
3. I've also made this with sliced almonds (slivered? the flat ones) instead of pecans. I can think of many other variations, too.

Nov 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Lol, thanks everyone! We had 20+ for dessert--which is both fun and gives me more options for things to bake. I only had apple pie the first night, but I've been sampling the others since then (well, out of what's left).

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Yesterday's baking: a Kringle with salted caramel and pecans for brunch and then six desserts after dinner (carrot cake, apple pie with a cheddar crust, chocolate mousse mud tart, pumpkin chiffon pie, cranberry linzer torte, and key lime pie).

Matuba special

Love Matuba! Thanks for posting this!

Dim sum recently?

Is this the big restaurant on the left as you go down Nicholson, just off of Rockville Pike?

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

Guess I've been missing out, though I've lived in MD for 20 years. Interesting.

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

I don't think it's particularly Thanksgivingy either, but I loved glazed bacon. I use hot peach chutney (from VA, fwiw), and it comes out salty, sweet, crunchy ... so good.

Did you see that Dogfish Head is making scrapple ale? :b

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

It wouldn't be my first choice, but neither would the garam masala pumpkin pie in DC.

Best Size for a 2nd Le Creuset Dutch Oven

I started with the 7.25 and then added the 5.5. For me, it's just enough smaller without being too small.

Nov 19, 2014
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Dim sum recently?

Thanks everyone! We went to HK Pearl this morning. Got there around 10:30, and 10 min. later the place was packed, with people waiting to be seated. The carts came quickly--three before we were even fully seated--but the dim sum was good and varied.

One thing to note is that they use every inch of space, which can make it a bit tight during a busy period, and it can be hard to hear. It also felt a bit rushed.

Food or food related magazines?

The only one I still have delivered is Fine Cooking. I used to love reading Saveur, but I found I rarely made any of their recipes, and with a busy year, I found the issues stacking up. I do still get their emails and follow them on FB (as I do for FC, too). And for my dose of New England, I get Yankee, which isn't all recipes but has enough.

ISO a SPECIFIC Thai cookbook

I have that one and love it. Hope you can find another copy. :)

Dim sum recently?

Does anyone have any recent recommendations for dim sum in the area? MD or VA preferred (vs. in DC). Good Fortune used to be my local go-to spot, but that's closed. Hollywood East Cafe in Wheaton Plaza is ok, and I'm not a big fan of Orient East or New Fortune. I know some here have recommended HK Pearl and/or Mark's Duck House, but I've seen mixed reviews of them lately. Are those right/wrong? Any other places to add?

Thanks in advance!

Any cider mills (or something similar) in metro area?

Also for the over-21 crowd:

Lobster Rolls - Luke's vs. Freddy's

I hadn't been to Freddy's for a while, so I couldn't compare, but I agree that Luke's is very good--and not gloopy. :)

Pansaari--new Indian Chai bar/snack place

Oh that sounds good!

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I've ordered from them many times. If you're on their email list, they periodically have deals for lower-cost shipping (and once in a pale blue moon it's free).

Oct 31, 2014
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Danish pancake pan

Both Sur la Table and W-S have carried them. I think both have stores in/near Hartford? You might want to call to check their inventory, though.

Oct 31, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Chocolate peanut butter bars at the very end of the day yesterday. A little too sweet, IMO, but they satisfied my choc-pb craving. I brought most in to work today, to help people get started on their sugar highs.

Oct 31, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I like this one from Ina Garten:

It makes a ton, though, so I usually cut the recipe in half and use a foil-lined 9x13 pan (and slice them into small squares)

Oct 29, 2014
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I haven't been to Sushi Damo yet, but good friends keep recommending it:

And more casually, I love Rolls 'n Rice and go there often:

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!


Oct 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Yum! I haven't made much from that cookbook. Anything else you recommend?

Oct 23, 2014
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

There's one in Laurel and one in ... Germantown? Somewhere around there, I think.