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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

Yes! And the cardamon creme caramel? Amazing!

Apr 12, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

I really like this book! I had it from the library a while ago and I think I made every dessert in it, but I'd love to try some of the savoury recipes too.

Apr 12, 2014
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OK - another fish sauce thread

I keep ending up with Squid brand, because I can never remember what other one to look for when I'm standing in the fish sauce section of my local Thai grocery. I like it just fine.

I liked this taste test from a Thai blogger:
http://shesimmers.com/2012/07/thai-fi...

Apr 09, 2014
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Sides to go with Tourtiere??

In my family we usually have mashed potatoes and some sort of roasted veg, usually brussels sprouts. I don't put potato in mine, and I don't eat the mashed potatoes either, but I always serve it with coleslaw and there is always a jar of pickled beets and bread and butter pickles on the table. We usually only have it at Christmas, but with the fresh snow, it's a great idea!

Mar 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I made a coconut roulade for my brother's birthday. I usually make him the coconut cake with cream cheese frosting from Epicurious, but could not find Coco Lopez in his small town. So, I made a sponge with coconut milk and filled it with the cream cheese frosting with some added coconut milk and shredded coconut. The coconut milk made the frosting too runny, so had to add lots more icing sugar and then with the sweetened shredded coconut it was quite sweet, but that's how he likes things.

Mar 16, 2014
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Rice-Cooker Rice Without the Crunch

But the crust is the best part! I actually didn't realize you could get one using a rice cooker, which is why I haven't got one. I cook my rice on the stove, and use my sense of smell to tell when it's the perfect golden brown. :)

Mar 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Making my favourite lemon bars today from Cooking A-Z. They have the typical shortbread base and there is no flour in the topping, just eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest (which I always use extra of). For work tomorrow.

Feb 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I made the Midnight Crackles from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my home to yours. They certainly weren't the best crackle cookies I've ever had. They were a bit dry and crumbly, despite undertaking slightly. I used cardamom instead of cinnamon and cloves, which was nice, and they were very chocolaty.

Feb 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I'm intrigued by the imperial cookies--I've never heard of them or seen them in Ontario either!

Feb 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I made another banana chiffon cake and took it to work. It went down very well. I don't even pretend I'm going to eat the bananas I buy these days.

Feb 02, 2014
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January 2014 Cookbook of the Month, GRAN COCINA LATINA: THE FOOD OF LATIN AMERICA: Little Latin Dishes; Empanadas; The Tamal Family

I am quite sure I have seen it at Little Latin America, on Somerset near Empress. La Tienda on Merivale just south of Carling should also have it--the attached restaurant serves pupusas.

Jan 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

It's good--damp and dense and squidgy. Very chocolaty but not too much so. It's just a tiny bit 'flat' tasting. I added some salt, but maybe a pinch more, or cut back on the sugar a bit. That said, it'll get eaten...

Jan 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

After reading the 'Why does it always have to be chocolate?' thread and posting there, as I'm not a chocolate lover, I made Nigella's Dense Chocolate Cake. Not sure why, but it's cold and windy and every once in a while a slice of chocolate cake is just the thing.

Jan 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

That sounds so good that I went and looked it up right away. I have made the clementine almond one from Nigella and loved it, so I'll have to try this one next--thanks!
http://pastrystudio.blogspot.ca/2008/...

Jan 25, 2014
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"Why does it always have to be chocolate?"

I intended to make that for my sister-in-law's birthday over the holidays but didn't get around to it. We had a carrot cake instead which we all loved, but it was too bad for her, as she's the only chocolate fanatic in the family. What frosting do you use instead of the ganache? The rest of us might enjoy it more if it weren't chocolate on chocolate.

Jan 24, 2014
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"Why does it always have to be chocolate?"

sandylc:
Where online do you get that cocoa? I used to buy it locally, but the store doesn't carry it any longer. I looked on Amazon (.ca) after looking everywhere else and they have it but the shipping is ridiculous. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

You crack me up! No comment!

Jan 20, 2014
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"Why does it always have to be chocolate?"

I completely agree, and it sounds like we have very similar taste in preferred desserts. My favourite dessert is cake, but I also love fruity desserts (raspberry, passion fruit, citrus, dates, figs, prunes, mango) marzipan, lemon anything, nuts of any sort, puff pastry, pate a choux, and custardy things. I am making a boozy Far Breton tonight with prunes.

Jan 18, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

Creating. :(
I'd better get more bananas to deal with the parent-teacher interviews. Or maybe just wine…

Jan 18, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

I bought a bunch of bananas yesterday, because I think I'll be feeling like that next week (it's report card season).

Jan 18, 2014
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chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips??

I always bake a few chip-less ones for myself when making CCC. Oh and I eat a lot of the dough too before I add the chocolate chips. :)

Jan 13, 2014
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I just bought the cookbook "Jerusalem".

I love the spinach salad--just made it again last night.
The lemony leek meatballs and the parsley and barley salad are great, as is the chermoula eggplant with bulgur. Oh the dessert with filo and cheese and syrup too! I cooked out of this book for a couple months straight last year.

Jan 06, 2014
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LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

It's definitely soupy, but you could increase the lentils to make it thicker. I don't find the carrots obtrusive--there's a lot going on. But then I'm okay with cooked carrots. :)
Fresh fennel or celery would be other options.

Jan 05, 2014
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LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

I was initially put off by the long ingredient list and wasn't sure if the fennel seed would go with some of the other flavours, but it all works. It does take a bit of time--I usually form and chill the shrimp balls up to a day before I make the rest, and then it's straightforward.

Jan 05, 2014
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Please help!!!! White frosting substitute

Is that the frozen one, filled with lemon and strawberry mousse? I made that a few times, but I think I only did the basket-weave decoration once! It was delicious!

Jan 05, 2014
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LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

I made this red lentil and coconut milk soup with shrimp dumplings. It has lots of different flavours, and is one of my favourites.
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sp...

Jan 05, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

I made the gingerbread loaf from Warm Bread and Honey Cake. It's quite lean, with less than 2 oz butter, 1 egg and yogurt, but spicy and delicious. I used honey instead of molasses, halved the cinnamon, doubled the ginger and cardamom and kept the cloves, mace and nutmeg as per the recipe. Easy and very tasty.

Jan 04, 2014
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Survey: Do you wash your poultry before cooking?

A

Jan 03, 2014
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What are you baking these days? January 2014 edition![Through January 31, 2014]

Baked rice pudding. Comfort food for the -26C weather today. It was a 'watch world junior hockey and turn the oven on' kind of day.

Jan 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2013 edition! [to 12/31/13]

More tourtiere--I think I've made 6 now, and lots of matrimonial cake (or date squares). The date squares are from my mother's 1960's Purity Flour cookbook and we have now made 3 batches with really nice dates.

Dec 29, 2013
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