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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

Thanks, LulusMom.

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

Thanks, Ms. PP.

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

Wow---you guys are the BEST! Thanks for all these responses.

Pistachio Peas----Hi neighbor! We moved to NE about 5 months ago and I LOVE it. What's the name of the Indian grocery store? Is it on Central Ave?
Thanks!

Lulu's mom---did you also like this recipe (tofu, tomatoes/coriander leaves) from Seductions?

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

Westminstress,
Where do you find fresh coriander leaves? That recipe does look good!
Do you always use fresh tomatoes for this? It's no longer fresh tomato season in MN, unless I get hothouse.
Finally, do you serve this on rice?
Thanks.

Oct 19, 2014
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plastic handles of my wine bottle opener are very sticky

They are made of plastic.

Monavano---thanks. I'll try vinegar and H2O.

Oct 19, 2014
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plastic handles of my wine bottle opener are very sticky

This is a good quality rabbit-type opener I got at Costco a few years ago. When we moved, I put it into a ziplock bag. Could that have made the handles sticky? Any suggestions for how to get rid of the stickiness?
Thanks!

Oct 19, 2014
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Sarmas Today at the Croatian Hall

Thanks, Shoo Bee. I am not on Facebook, but I'll try to keep my eyes and ears open for other methods of notification.

Sarmas Today at the Croatian Hall

Hey Shoo Bee,
Thanks so much for posting this. Don't know if I can make it today, so I hope you will post again when they are available. I love sarmas :0)

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

Thanks, THewat.

Oct 14, 2014
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msp restaurant week October 19-24

Any good deals?

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

Thanks so much for your report. Which recipe did you use?
Thanks!

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

Oh, please report back on how your raincoast crisps riff turn out. I like them, but there is no way I am going to shell out eight bucks for a package containing 76 cents worth of ingredients!

Oct 10, 2014
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good tasting frozen berries and rhubarb

Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I appreciate them.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I like Ruperti's book. She gives weights for ingredients (vs. just volume) and for me that is a huge plus. I've made a couple of recipes and both were very good. I sometimes deviate from her directions when it seems silly to stick to one bowl when I think I could get better results by using an extra bowl or two. For example, IIRC, she might have you mix a topping in the baking pan. I know I can mix things more thoroughly in a bowl, so I'll do that then put the topping into the pan.

good tasting frozen berries and rhubarb

We moved from a house in St. Paul to a condo in Mpls. Love the condo, but I miss the rhubarb and raspberries from our back yard. I was not organized enough this summer to get rhubarb and berries at Farmers' Markets and freeze them. Since fruit crisps are my go to dessert for company, and since I will be using my very last package of frozen fruit this weekend, I am wondering if anyone can recommend good brands of frozen raspberries, blueberries, and rhubarb and where to purchase your recommended brands.
Thanks very much.

p.s. Bonus points for anyone who can recommend a good brand of frozen sour cherries :0) I'd love to have some of those in my freezer!

ISO cake recipe including toffee crunch...

Thanks very much, Ms. Toronto Jo :0)

Sep 23, 2014
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Good Coffee and Dessert Spot in St. Paul

I think Cafe Latte would be great. Definitely laid back and lots of good desserts to choose from. Coffee is good too. Not the best coffee in the universe, but good.

ISO cake recipe including toffee crunch...

One more question for TorontoJo (or anyone else who cooks/bakes for a recovering alcoholic): We are entertaining this weekend and your cake recipe looks very good. Anything I could sub for the liqueur that is non-alcoholic?

Thanks.

Sep 22, 2014
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lemon bars

I think Ina Garten's recipe is the Holy Grail. Fabulous, intense lemon flavor.

Jerry's Rainbow

Is East Lake the one by Cub and Target, close to Hiawatha and Minnehaha? (Sorry for my ignorance; I am learning Minneapolis late in life!)

Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

Thanks very much, Chevaux!

Sep 07, 2014
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Any cheap ideas for knife storage with little to no counter space & no wall space?

I have what windward has and I too love it.

Sep 03, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Oh Sheesh---it's already posted? I'll search for it. I may already have printed it off but my recipes are still in boxes post-move from house to condo.

Sep 03, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Looks fabulous, Nothingswrong! Would you be willing to share the recipe?
Thanks!

Sep 03, 2014
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Are Plate Chargers Passé?

So take me back to 1987!!!!!

I saw the most beautiful chargers used in a china display at Bloomies in July and I have been actively coveting them ever since. This in spite of the fact that I gave away boatloads of "stuff" when we downsized from a house to a condo. They added so much to the beauty of that table.....

I may get them in spite of my self-imposed rule to not bring more stuff into the house.

These are the ones I saw:
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/pr...
in blue

The dishes were a lovely white Villeroy and Bock bone china, and these were the placemats:
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/pr...
in purple.

But if I do cave and get these, I think the silver chargers might be more versatile? What say you?

Aug 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Thanks, and so sorry that I missed your earlier post about the cakes. Pls report back on how you liked them.
Thanks.

Aug 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Thanks so much for posting this. I love maple and this frosting looks great.

What did you frost with it? (I am assuming you did not eat it all straight out of the bowl with a spoon as I might have done ;0)

Aug 28, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

just beautiful!!!!!

Aug 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Here's a cookie for a nut-lover:
http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-huggin...

Not sure if the dough is the best ever, but you could use whatever dough (and nuts) you like. They are darling, aren't they?

Aug 27, 2014
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What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

I LOVE vallarta beans; they might be the best beans I have ever tasted. Steve from Rancho Gordo just emailed out this recipe, which I think would be great with vallarta beans:

Cranberry Beans with Sweet Peppers and Fried Bread

Beans combined with sautéed sweet peppers and onions make the base of this simple dish. Chunks of bread lightly fried in olive oil are scattered across the top to finish. Be sure to reserve the bean broth. This makes the perfect accompaniment for a grilled leg of lamb and you can use the some of the jus in the beans.

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ onion, thinly sliced
2 cups thinly sliced mixed sweet peppers
3 cups cooked, seasoned Borlotti or Royal Corona beans with reserved broth
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of saffron
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
2 tablespoons meat jus—chicken, pork, beef, if available (optional)

For the topping:
1 (4-inch) piece of baguette or coarse artisan bread
Extra-virgin olive oil for frying
Sea salt

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions; cook, reducing the heat to medium, until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add the peppers. Continue to cook, stirring as needed, until the onions and peppers are very soft, about 15 minutes. Do not brown.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Pour the onions, peppers and their cooking juices into a gratin dish. Add the drained beans and turn several times. Add a tablespoon or 2 of the reserved broth. Add salt and pepper to taste, plus the saffron, cumin and half the oregano, and the optional meat jus. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

To make the topping, cut the crust from the bread. Tear the bread into bite-sized pieces.

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When hot, add the bread and sauté until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt.

With a slotted spoon place the fried bread bits on top of the beans and peppers.

Place in the oven and cook until bubbling and the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with the remaining oregano. Serves 4

Aug 24, 2014
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