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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I love savoury! It's what we always use in our turkey stuffing, though we don't use it much other than that. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I probably won't taste it again till Christmas.

Oct 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

There is a pumpkin pie cooling right now to have for Thanksgiving dinner tonight. I have escaped to a coffee shop while the turkey cooks and I am filling myself up on amazing soft ginger cookies.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I make this apple cake with browned butter and it is fabulous. I have also made the drunken apple cake and it was good too. Both have lots of apples and rum. I used a variety of apples.

Oct 12, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I made pumpkin scones with my class today. We bake every week and today everyone ate their scone, which is pretty amazing.

Oct 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I haven't been baking much at all since school started again, but I did make a sprinkle cake for a school bake sale. I used the Ina Garten/Hershey's chocolate cake with vanilla icing and a jar of sprinkles. I didn't taste it but the students bought lots of raffle tickets trying to win it, raising money for the Children's Wish Foundation. I am hoping to have time to bake this week for my own class and colleagues!

Oct 05, 2014
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"Naturally" GLUTEN FREE baking/dessert recipes, without weird ingredients

Just make sure you thicken the pastry cream with cornstarch and not flour. Or, use whipped cream. Naturally gluten-free and decadent.

Sep 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I buy frozen sour cherries at Herb and Spice on Wellington in Ottawa quite frequently.

Sep 19, 2014
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Do you substitue sour cream for plain yogurt?

I use yogurt instead, as I love it but can't stand sour cream. I do occasionally buy sour cream for a cake recipe as it gives such nice results, but I never use it anywhere else.

Sep 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Funny--I don't like eating potatoes but find they add so much to cakes and breads that that's the only time I use them!

Aug 04, 2014
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Evaporated Milk - how do you use it?

Oh, I forgot tres leches cake: evaporated milk is one of them.

Aug 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Was that the Moravian sugar cake with mashed potato in it? I used to love that one, but found it too sweet and rich the last time I made it.

Aug 01, 2014
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Best magazines for home cooking

Me too Sandy!

Jun 16, 2014
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Best magazines for home cooking

Since the sad demise of Gourmet, I don't subscribe to any cooking magazines, but I do buy quite a few issues of Saveur, as well as Delicious (UK) and Donna Hay (Australia). I used to really like the Australian version of Delicious, but can not find it in Canada any longer. I love the Australian magazines--great photography, local food (for them) and lots of recipes with Asian flavours.

Jun 10, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 1! [through June 14, 2014]

That's what I did when I had to transport a wedding cake--I just cut down the box and cut holes for handles and put plastic wrap over the top. It worked really well.

May 2014 COTM - My Bombay Kitchen: Basics/Beginnings/Chutneys, Pickles, and Relishes

I thought of that pachadi too--it's one of my favourites. I just got my copy of the book from the library tonight so I'll make this on the weekend.

May 21, 2014
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Coconut-Sweetened or Not?

I bought myself a table-mounted rotary coconut grinder and now I just get a fresh one and finely grate it right out of the shell. It has made the best cakes and pies when I substitute it for dried (sweetened or unsweetened). I am a coconut fanatic, though.
Generally I tend to use unsweetened as I don't like the sickly sweetness of the other kind. The texture is better on the sweetened stuff, though--moister.

Apr 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

I made the quick cheese and parsley buns from Warm Bread and Honey Cake. I love these little buns with their pastry-like outside and feta and parsley or cilantro filling. Tonight I used my tortilla press instead of rolling out the 12 buns and it worked like a charm. They were perfect with the celery soup I made from The Wednesday Chef--just a few ingredients, but so good.

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

It was--thanks!

Apr 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

I made a rhubarb and raspberry pie, with the fruit and sugar cooked to a jam-lie consistency before baking. I was too lazy to make lattice, so it had polka dots instead. Very tart and delicious!

Apr 28, 2014
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Salad Dressing without Vinegar or Mayo??

I don't like vinegar of any sort either, so I always replace it with lemon or lime juice in any recipe. Many of the ones I make have already been mentioned: olive oil, lemon and maybe Dijon mustard and shallots; ranch with lots of fresh herbs (though I love mayonnaise, you could sub sour cream); avocado and lime with fresh green chiles or even better, with roasted tomatillos; miso dressing; tahini and lemon ones, pomegranate molasses and lemon juice/olive oil; sesame oil and soy and lime. Good luck!

Apr 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition! [Through April 30, 2014]

My niece and I baked a white cake with some ground almonds and a cream cheese frosting for Easter dinner. We went a bit mad with the piping bag but it was delicious underneath.

Apr 21, 2014
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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.

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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