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Chocolate Pound Cake

Used LOTS of butter, and was only "meh" at first. Cake did not rise very high at all. But after it sat for a day, wrapped on top the fridge, it tasted wonderful and fudgey!

Mar 03, 2014
rebrites in Recipes

Chicken Tikka Masala

I made this with a half chicken, cut up, as just-breast meat is a bit luxurious for my budget. I made a couple of simple substitutions as all the ingredients do not exist in north-central Spain -- used thick ewe-milk yogurt instead of cream, and olive oil instead of butter, for instance, and no fenugreek or black cardamom.
Still, this is relatively simple and very, very delicious -- creamy and not too hot even for Spanish tastes. The addition of smoky local paprika did not go unnoticed.
I will make this again, for sure!

Mar 03, 2014
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My first homemade duck-whole bird or breast only?

would love to. So sad Hulu will not work outside USA!

Feb 27, 2014
rebrites in Home Cooking

Really good naan recipe?

why would you bother getting fresh culture yogurt when you are mixing it with boiling water? Doesn´t that instantly kill any kind of living culture anyway?

Aug 12, 2013
rebrites in General Topics

Slow-Cooked Carne Adovada

Lovely dish, I have used different kinds of peppers and all turned out fine, except the Peruvian Aji Panca ones, which turned the sauce black! (Wash peppers well first to remove preservatives) I gave the recipe 4 stars because the sauce needs more garlic and a splash of sherry vinegar to push it into 5-star territory, and the marinade needs to go for several hours... easily done! Makes superb filling for tamales.

Oct 23, 2012
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Basic Whole Roasted Chicken

this is now my go-to recipe for whole chickens. It is simple and clear and just about fool-proof -- I roast two at a time and use one for the big meal, the other for chicken salad and ingredients for meals for the next few days, and turn both carcasses into stock.
Thanks, Chow.

Sep 13, 2012
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Whole Grilled Bass with Olives, Onion, and Artichoke

I only used the fish part of the recipe, and used two fresh sea bream ("dorados.") EXCELLENT! The herbs and lemon flavored the flesh beautifully, and the fish was done to a turn. Thanks!

Aug 17, 2012
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Got what?

I bought a packet of Arepas, a tortilla-like white corn cake apparently from Venezuela. They are crumbly and slightly sweet... no substitute for the Mexican variety. What do I do with them? Anyone have a good recipe?


Apr 20, 2012
rebrites in Home Cooking

Basic Sauerkraut

Add a sprinkle of juniper berries (Bavarian) or caraway seeds (Hamburg and north) on each layer for a really authentic flavor.

Feb 07, 2012
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The Dark Side of Backyard Chickens

The costs quoted here are outrageously high. My family has kept chickens for years, and a vet who´d charge $50 to look at a chicken would not be in business for long. And motion detectors, monitors, cameras, on a henhouse? Puh-LEEZE. If your neighborhood is that rough, you will do the chicks a favor not bringing them to live there. It does not sound fit for human habitation either.
Also, anyone too soft-hearted to ice a vicious rooster or stop the suffering of a terminally ill hen should NOT go into the chicken biz. Death is a part of life, out on the farm.

Feb 01, 2012
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Am I Drinking Too Much?

This thread makes me very happy I do not live and entertain any more in the USA. Everyone judging one another´s levels of inebriation and numbers of drinks... asking if someone who has wine with dinner has a "drinking problem?" WAY out of line! Each person is responsible for his own self and self-control. Someone with a "problem" will just not be invited back again.
So sad to see the Puritans coming back into power, even in our dining rooms.

Dec 26, 2011
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Truffled Fingerling Smashed Potatoes

A QUARTER CUP of truffle oil? A little of that stuff goes a LONG way... I use half that, and if it´s needed just supplement with good green olive oil.

Nov 17, 2011
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Like Us, and You Could Have a Reason to Really Like Us

Too bad Chow and all the other media streaming companies restrict everything to USA residents. How very American of you. There´s a whole WORLD outside your borders, you know. Or do you? Or perhaps someone has not figured how to make $$ out of it yet?

Nov 16, 2011
rebrites in Features

Boston Baked Beans

Just for the record: the processing with baking soda is the secret to gas-free bean eating. Without this step, the outcome of any Bean Dinner is a night spent outdoors...

Oct 16, 2011
rebrites in Home Cooking

Boston Baked Beans

I face similar ingredients struggles (aka "adventures") in rural Spain. Here we have white beans, black beans, pinto beans, and... that´s it!
Your recipe worked fine with plain old "alubias blancas." I used bourbon instead of rum, and cooked it in a crock pot. Very nice. Thanks!

Oct 15, 2011
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Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

I live in the wilds of Spain, but I love CHOW recipes. This one adapted beautifully with semicured sheep´s cheese and Sriracha hot sauce! YUM!

Oct 13, 2011
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Dr Pepper Ten: "Not for Women"

I think "not for women" is intended as a warning label: This stuff promotes random chest- and nose-hair growth.

Oct 12, 2011
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Shrimp and Potato Chip Tortilla

I live in Castilla, the heart of Spanish tortilla country, and never saw anyone use potato chips... this would be sacrilege, or at least WAY salty!
And shrimp? C´mon, tortilla is peasant food. If you don´t keep it dead simple, it stops being tortilla really quick.

Sep 17, 2011
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In praise of the kitchen scale. Do you find it so useful?

I am American, learned to cook using Imperial measures (cups, tablespoons, pounds, ounces.) I moved six years ago to Spain, where ingredients and recipes come in the metric form. Thankfully I have a kitchen scale that shifts between kilos/grams and pounds/ounces, so at least some of my recipes and proportions have found parity.

Sep 15, 2011
rebrites in Cookware

Making Tamales - Masa Harina vs Corn Kernals From Scratch

One of the greatest things about summer, aside from Campari, is tamales made with fresh green corn husks. If there´s a little bit of tassel in there, all the better. Use some of the fresh corn in the filling, too.
Nutty flavor, green and hot, like July! YUM!

Sep 07, 2011
rebrites in Home Cooking

Eating the Placenta: It Tastes Like Squab!

placenta vodka that helps you deal with menopause symptoms? I will go halfway with you on that one... Nothing like a hot flash to get you over your hot flash, no fetal support organs needed!

Sep 07, 2011
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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach and Feta Pies)

it is also very nice to add a squeeze of lemon juice before serving. This goes very well with cucumber salad.

May 25, 2011
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Pgh Restaurant Closings/Changes

oh yeah, I remember Emilia-Romagna! It was Italian right down to the old guys in trenchcoats, hunched over their brandy at the bar at all hours of the day and night. The cook had a wonderful mustache -- her name was Carmella!

It was my first experience with fried zuchinni strips, fried polenta with marinara, and zabaglione in all its wondrous forms. Heaven knows where they are... gone the way of the Shadyside Balcony and Red Bull Inn and Clem´s Ribs, I suppose.

Mar 27, 2011
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Pork Mole Coloradito

Way too much trouble, way too many pans in use, a very fussy, foodie re-do of a pretty simple dish. Easier to toast all the seeds, peppers, and spices together in the pan, whiz them together with tomatoes, reduce it down with a bit of meat-pan drippings and the pork. It improves with time.

Mar 25, 2011
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Can't find the Induction cooktop I want, pls help!

Be very very careful with these things. I live in Spain, we had a three-circle Zanussi induction hob installed when we rebuilt our house. Three years later, after multiple visits from the factory rep and a couple of months-long stays at "The Shop," Zanussi finally replaced it with a new one that works properly and doesn´t short out the electricity in the entire house. (thankfully the warranty covered the expense... the hassle was ours to keep, though)

I can´t imagine what it would cost in America if you got a bad one like we did.

Feb 10, 2011
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Endive with Figs, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

we can´t get pecans here in Castilla... will almonds do?

Oct 17, 2010
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It's Baba Ganoosh time

the stuff really sings when garnished with Zatar -- a sumac-based mix of herbs also available at your Middle Eastern store. Zatar is what´s missing when some indescribable element just isn´t happèning in your mezzeh or baba or whatever. I won´t cook without it!

Aug 31, 2010
rebrites in Home Cooking

Amusing menu gaffes - what's yours? [moved from Boston board]

Chinese restaurant in Leon, Spain: "Casa Rong." Having dated Mister (W)rong for many years, I love eating at his little place, where their "leg rolls" are a popular appetizer. (You can also choose "beer consummate" (beef consummé?) or "extruded porcine matter stoned sizzling hot."

Not bad, really, for a Chinese menu translated to Spanish and then into English!

Jul 22, 2010
rebrites in Not About Food

Asian Tofu w/ Napa Cabbage Stir Fry?????

Yummy! I toasted the nori a little with some sesame seeds. Lovely treat for out on the patio!

Another thing to consider when using cabbage: the core, if you leave the tough outer leaves attached, is a great (and nourishing) toy for your chickens. Just attach it to a string and tie it to the coop-rafters. They get a kick out of making it swing around.

Jul 22, 2010
rebrites in Home Cooking

Madrid: where can one eat well with food friendly kids in tow

One of the best, cheapest, and kid-friendliest places I know in Madrid is the Cafe Mas Que Cafe, a lunch counter in the Mercado Anton Martin. It´s got working-mens menu items (and prices) as well as traditional homemade Peruvian food; friendly service, and your dining companions are often the talent from the flamenco-dancing school upstairs!

Jun 19, 2010
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