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

As an added bonus, I brought home the leftover butter and buttermilk and made myself a few fresh ginger scones this morning.

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

Thursday is cooking day in my class and the kids look forward to it all week. Today we made yeast buns, shook cream to make butter, and had the buns warm with the butter and raspberry jam. A big hit!

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

I made monkey bread with my students last week. It smelled fantastic and they enjoyed making and eating it.

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

Another batch of Raincoast Crisps in the oven--sour cherry/pecan with rosemary this time. Next up is Alice Medrich's screaming ginger cookies. I think my classroom assistants and I deserve a sweet and spicy treat tomorrow since report cards are done done done!

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

Those almond cookies look amazing! I have a recipe for them somewhere and it uses lard--must dig it out...or find the Brass Sisters' cookbook. But that's for another thread ;)
Gorgeous kitty!

Jan 25, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

The one out of The Cake Bible? I love that cake!

Jan 25, 2015
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Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

I made this salad tonight, and it was a fantastic mid-winter salad. I used lime juice instead of vinegar because I don't like vinegar, and 2 Thai bird chiles, and it was spicy and delicious.

Jan 18, 2015
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Cooking from Mighty Spice (and Mighty Spice Express) Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith

Tamarind and Lemongrass Chicken Stir-Fry, p59

I made this tonight for lunch tomorrow, but I can't stop picking at it. I used extra lemongrass, chiles and tamarind. I left it a bit saucy and it's perfect. Used thighs and marinated for an hour. I ended up putting the chopped lemongrass and garlic in the mortar where I had pounded the coriander and got a nice paste. Very savoury and tasty dish--will make again soon.

Jan 12, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

Yes, I've been reading your posts on it! I forgot this month was Asian as I haven't been participating. I need to have both the book and the time, and that just doesn't happen some months. I'd rather be cooking than writing report cards, but that's what keeps the cookbooks and groceries coming in! :)

Jan 11, 2015
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

Fair enough--I haven't really looked at it closely yet. How about MIGHTY SPICE? I have that from the library and quite a few things look tasty and doable on a weeknight.

Jan 11, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I made some sour cherry, crystallized ginger and orange muffins this morning. I am not usually a muffin person, but found an unopened plain yogurt in the fridge with an expiry date from November. It looked fresh, smelled and tasted fine--not even overly sour, so I got started on it. Looks like smoothies this week to use the rest--I hate wasting food, and I'd like to use it and the frozen sour cherries up.

Jan 11, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I use Mexican Kitchen most, as there's just more in there. I think I've made everything from the Essential Flavours chapter and dozens of recipes from elsewhere in the book. Favourites:

many of the salsas, especially the tomatillo ones
tortillas
achiote paste
poblano rajas
seared cheese (p. 82)
tortilla soup
tomatillo chicken tacos with spinach (p. 146)
achiote roasted pork tacos (p. 170)
drunken pintos (I use black beans)
achiote rice supper with pork carnitas (p.258)
chicken in pumpkin seed sauce (p. 316)
broiled chipotle chicken and spinach (p. 319)
chipotle shrimp (p. 334)
Mexican chocolate flan (p. 390)
cajeta (I use half goat's half cow's milk)

Usually when I am in the mood to cook Mexican, I look through both books and compare recipes, as there are similar ones. From One Plate at a Time, the recipes I consistently use are:
pozole
red chile pork tamales
chicken tomatillo tamales
chicken with green pipian
seafood in mojo de ajo

Hmm, have just spent a very enjoyable bit of time going through both books, and think Mexican will be on the menu very soon!

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

I'd love to cook from PLENTY MORE too!

Jan 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I have Mexican Kitchen and One Plate at a Time, and I have always found Rick Bayless's recipes work for me and are delicious. I like that his salt level as stated in the books is perfect for me. I have cooked a lot from both of them, liking all but the chocolate streusel cake. I did not much like Fiesta at Rick's except for the chocoflan cake.

January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I made this tonight with thinly sliced flank steak instead of the lamb, as I don't like lamb. It was fantastic! I have been putting off making it with another meat, but I am glad I tried it with the beef. I loved the lemon sauce, though my chile was a very spicy one.

Jan 07, 2015
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Search feature only brings up ads

I have been trying to search for the COTM Jerusalem, but I only get ads for, well, Jerusalem. No results at all, even though it says 21 results in the top corner. Tried a few other searches, same result. Used to be able to search easily. What gives? I'm using Safari on a Mac.

Jan 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

oooh, I've had the River Cottage cakes book in my virtual basket for ages. Do share, when you've had a good look!

Jan 02, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition! [Old]

I went to the bookstore to pick out a gift for a friend, and came home with Plenty More. Oh, I got my friend something too...

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition! [Old]

I received In a Nutshell: Cooking and Baking with Nuts and Seeds for Christmas, but may try to exchange it for something I really want. I must have a closer look in the next few days and decide. Has anyone else got it and an opinion to share?

Dec 29, 2014
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What do you make after Christmas when you're sick of everything?

I got home yesterday and didn't bring any leftovers with me, as I felt like I'd never be hungry again. That didn't last long, and I made an egg curry with coconut milk--spicy and comforting and used pantry ingredients. Now I'm eating a fennel salad and lots of fruit, along with some cheese and crackers. I'm thinking about pho for dinner now, thanks to the mention upthread!

Dec 29, 2014
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NYE dessert suggestions needed

That sounds much like this (non-chocolate) raspberry meringue roulade that got rave reviews on The Wednesday Chef recently. You can't go wrong with that combination, in my book! http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_w...

Dec 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

I made the grapefruit cake out of the new Saveur cookbook for a party. It looked gorgeous, but was not a big hit. The grapefruit baked under the cake became very bitter and the recommended chilling of the cake hardened it, making it an unpleasant texture. I don't love the texture of all cake flour cake much anyway, but this was definitely better at room temperature, even though the cream cheese icing became gloopy fast with the fresh grapefruit atop it.

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

I made the pecan sticky buns out of the new Saveur cookbook for Christmas morning and they were delicious. I decreased the cinnamon in the filling from 3 tablespoons to 1, because I find many recipes over-cinnamoned. I also added some cardamom to the dough.

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

Made the Guinness stout ginger cake this morning for Christmas Day. I baked it in an angel cake pan and had 10 minutes from the time it came out of the oven to the time I had to be out the door, so I cooled in the pan for 9 minutes and then turned it out--no stickage. I oiled and floured the pan. Just got home again and the house still smells great.

Dec 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Excellent--thanks! I am still working my way through a 20-pound box of grapefruit. I am making the grapefruit cake in the new Saveur cookbook for a family party, but these may get made too.

Dec 23, 2014
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Need easy showstopper dessert

I usually bake mine the day before, then leave it in the turned off oven overnight. As long as you avoid humidity, you should be fine--you can keep the meringue part in a tin in a cool place. When I was in Australia, we made one the afternoon of a dinner party and my host said the finished pavlova should rest in the fridge for a few hours, but I never do that. I like the contrast of the crisp outer shell with the marshmallowy insides and the cream and fruit. Hmmm, wonder why I'm called pavlova here?

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

I made it recently and found it crumbly too, but not dry. I used coffee but couldn't find natural cocoa, so used dutched.

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Date, hazelnut and fennel crisps--like homemade raincoast crisps. Just pulled a batch out of the oven and am enjoying them with some Stinking Bishop cheese.

Need easy showstopper dessert

What about a pavlova? They are easy to knock together, can be topped with a multitude of things, always impress people, taste amazing, and can be made Christmassy with cranberries and pistachios if necessary.

Dec 15, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I'm making rum balls now so they mellow out a bit--I usually make them at the last minute and they're a bit lethal tasting when I do that.

Dec 13, 2014
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