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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

MY BOMBAY KITCHEN!

Apr 13, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

I'm always interested in this book for COTM. It never seems to generate enough interest here though.

Apr 12, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Barbecued chicken legs and a quinoa, asparagus and tomato salad alongside. Maybe sweet potato spears, roasted. Depends if we want to turn on the oven.
It's 73F here and the grill has been uncovered for the season.
Time to research kiddie pools. Doesn't a gin and tonic sound like it should go with that task?

Apr 08, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

I've made that recipe with thighs, although in a Dutch oven not a crock pot. It's pretty good!

Apr 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

I see elephant! That's adorable.

Apr 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Tried a Smitten Kitchen recipe this weekend, twice actually.
Friday I made her cherry brown butter bars using raspberries in place of cherries. While the flavor was nice (buttery crust, fruit and brown butter topping, what's not to love?) it was very greasy and kind of sunk in your stomach when you ate it. Just too rich. Still good in theory though, so I tried again yesterday reducing the browned butter by half in the topping.

The crust is a mix and press butter crust, very similar to an Alice Medrich tart shell. It's crispy and buttery and gets good color, so I knew that wasn't my error. The raspberries cooked down quickly, and lost most of their integrity. No surprise there, blueberries might have been a better option. -I'd wanted to use pears, but ran short on time and needed a fruit I could just bang in and go with.
Sunday I peeled and sliced very ripe bartletts and put those over the blind baked crust.
The filling with half the butter was perfect. It was more cake like, it reminded me of an apple cake, actually. With the crust, ripe pears and brown butter flavor I was very happy. I think they are even better today. Probably will be soggy by tomorrow, but I doubt we will have much left by then.
I doubled the recipe, and used a rectangular cake pan. Worked really well with these amounts.

I may make this again next weekend for a potluck I'm attending. It slices nicely too.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/0...

Mar 31, 2014
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'Sticky rice' problem

I'm not an expert on sticky rice, though I love it, but the sweet/ glutinous rice is definitely not what you want to make this sticky rice.

I believe the sweet rice is used in dessert preparations, such as mango with sticky rice, etc.

I think this is a common mistake people make when they are looking for sticky rice at the Asian food store.

How did you find making the sticky rice? Did you wrap it in a banana leaf to steam?

Mar 31, 2014
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What's for dinner #287: The adios to winter edition [Through March 30, 2014]

That sounds delicious! All of it. I haven't had enough Martin Yan in my life.

Mar 31, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Somehow I didn't see your post. I actually wish I'd remembered to soak it, the saltiness wasn't awful, but I think it's what makes us resist having it more often.

Mar 29, 2014
rabaja in Chains

Oven baked salmon help

I love the slow roasted salmon method too. No smell whatsoever.
It's delicious over fig leaves too.

Mar 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #285 - Harbingers of Spring Edition! [Through March 22, 2014]

Warmbrieontoastedbaguette,warmbrieontoastedbaguette!

Mar 21, 2014
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Question #1 - What to do with hotdogs other than in a bun?

My mom made a hot dog dish with rice and tomato-based sauce. We loved it growing up.
The hot dogs are sliced into disks and the whole thing is a one pot meal. I do believe I'll be making it for my family in the next year or so.
She calls it succatosh. I'd better get that recipe

Mar 18, 2014
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What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

I really don't know why it's so perishable. I just know I have to race to use it when I decide to buy it, or it will get a tell-tale spritzyness.
It comes in a basket for draining, and I usually drain it further once opened.

Mar 18, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

Cooked it yesterday, it was quite good.
I didn't bother soaking it (I forgot, really) and ended up braising it in Guinness at 250f for 3 1/2 hours. Very tender.
I'd buy it again, but I think we are "once a year" corned beef kind of people.
The Reuben's we make from the leftovers may change my mind about that.

Mar 18, 2014
rabaja in Chains

What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

It would be sealed either way.

Mar 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

I had no intention of doing a traditional St. Paddy's day meal today and every intention of barbecuing chicken legs for an easy dinner that could sit.
Somehow, the corned beef came out of the fridge and onto the stove. Just as suddenly, it moved into a low oven with a can of Guinness.
Pretty easy meal, three hours later. I cranked up the heat and threw on the fan to render off a bit of fat. Not sure it did anything, but we got some crispy bits.
Roasted carrots, Brussels and mushrooms alongside.

Mar 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

I need to find those potatoes.

Mar 17, 2014
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What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

Is if bellwether ricotta? It's delicious, but quite perishable. Use it quickly before it gets a funk.

Mar 16, 2014
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What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

It's a fabulous moisturizer. I practically bathe in it these days. I also lube up my eight month old with the stuff. Best diaper cream out there. It's anti-fungal, which is just a bonus.

Mar 14, 2014
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Your "Go To" Store-Bought Roasted/Rotisserie Chicken

I always want to try the costco birds but I assume they use foster farm birds. Is this the case?
I know factory meat sneaks into my life here and there, but I try not to buy it intentionally if I can help it.

Our choice for rotisserie chicken is our local grocery or a local restaurant that sells them whole for carry out. Both are good, but spendy.

Mar 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Thank you!

Mar 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Thank you!
I hope I didn't sound curt in my query. I reread it and realized I never said please, and didn't sound very pleasant. Was trying to post my question before my son woke up from his nap.
I do appreciate the links!

Mar 14, 2014
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What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

I just copied this into my notes. It sounds so delicious and quick and almost kind of like my favorite kind of junk food, if you know what I mean. Thanks for posting it!

Mar 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Which double chocolate cake recipe is this? I searched epicurious and they list a couple of different double chocolate cakes. I'm guessing it's the double chocolate layer cake, not the double chocolate miniature cakes? Or the quick double chocolate sheet cake?

I'm making cupcakes for my sisters birthdays, and am thinking this is a fave chocolate recipe.
Any suggestion for a batter for the non-chocolate loving sister?

Mar 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

What did you eat in Boston?

Mar 12, 2014
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Nominations for April 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

POK POK

I've been enjoying the thread and ordered the book. It's sitting in my kitchen tempting me.

Mar 08, 2014
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What's for Dinner #281 - The March Towards Spring Edition [Through March 9,2014]

Oh, mc. I've thought about you this week and was hoping you weren't dealing with such a blow.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Take comfort in having had such a wonderful, lasting relationship with both your parents. There was obviously a lot of love there and I hope that can carry you through your grief.
Hard to imagine how you are feeling, but I wish you strength and a heart made happy in remembrance.

Mar 08, 2014
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What are your all-time favorite marinades for grilled or roasted chicken pieces (thighs, breasts, etc.)?

A friend made this for a staff meal last month. It was delicious. I think it's been featured recently in Saveur's jan Top 100 issue?
It was really good, but I admit the egg made me pause.

Mar 08, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- March Forth Edition! -- March 2014 [OLD]

Great points made here. Thank you so much!
I totally agree on the wine thing. I think it's almost the reason I gain weight. I have to use a measured pour so I can track points or far too much will be consumed and thwart every effort I've made to exercise and eat right.

Eta: ha, not sure what that says about my drinking!

Mar 07, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

I actually bought one this week. They were almost gone, but I snagged a three-pounder. Iirc, it shrinks quite a bit.
I'm still debating wether to soak it first. Need to check out their website.

Mar 07, 2014
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