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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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Duplicating French yogurt in glass jars

Oh my, this looks wonderful. And I could perhaps make the flavor I seem to be unable to find anymore---coffee flavored with tiny bits of dark chocolate....

I don't have a yogurt maker, but, IIRC, you can make yogurt with a heating pad and some ingenuity........ I will have to google to get directions. I can't buy a yogurt maker because I have WAY too many kitchen toys already!

Aug 24, 2014
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Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

Hi Ricepad,
DD was a good soccer player who played for her college. When she was a sophomore in high school, we went to London for a vacation. DH took her to a soccer game, which was not even the highest level of soccer in England, and she was astonished to see the thousands and thousands of people at the game who clearly were passionate about soccer. Quite unlike the US at that time. Oh, and after the game they had the best fish and chips EVER at a little shop near the stadium. So good they made a return trip, with me in tow, the next day. And I loved them too :0)

Aug 24, 2014
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Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

Okay, Kathymag, I'll post here when I spot a Baggie or Baggie type bag for a decent price :0)

Aug 24, 2014
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Which dishes to serve this meal?

Thanks, firecooked. It helps a lot to hear you say that you find serving soup and salad a challenge too.....so perhaps it's that combo, not the dishes, that is the problem....

Again, thanks.

Aug 23, 2014
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Which dishes to serve this meal?

I'm still struggling with which china to purchase, and I'm at the stage where I am trying to visualize some meals on the china I have in mind. Which dishes would you choose to serve a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread? (Dessert too, of course, but dishes for that are easy.)

I think part of my problem is that I LOVE the look of these dishes (Villery Boch Anmut) but the serving area (the area surrounded by the rim) is VERY small.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/pr...

Would you serve the soup in the rimmed soup bowl and then crowd the salad and bread onto the salad plate? Or use the rice bowl for soup, put the rice bowl and the bread on the dinner plate, and the salad on the salad plate? I realize that the type of soup may dictate the bowl, but let's not worry about that for now.

FYI---We actually do serve very simple meals like this to guests frequently. Of course, we take care that each component is delicious :0

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Thanks.

Aug 23, 2014
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Anyone tried this recipe?

Thanks, all. I'm gonna cross this one off the list ;0)

Aug 23, 2014
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Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

Thanks much, TDQ. Some real leads here. Now I have to overcome my aversion to paying twice as much as I had to pay in "the old days."

Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

TDQ---Great idea! I bet Lund's would do it.

Question for you---in case I have to live in a world with no Baggies :0) :

Here's a typical use for me---I am bringing to a coworker this am two frosting bags (piping bags) which of course I want to keep clean. I put them into a Baggie and sealed with a twister. I know I could have used a ziplock type bag but that's a lot more plastic to go into the waste stream and/or recycling and it's more expensive. What are some alternatives that I am probably not thinking of? (Yeah, I know, putting them into a reusable container like a Tupperware would have been the very best.....)

Thanks!

p.s. Ricepad---where is West Brom? Maybe it's roadtrip time :0)

Aug 22, 2014
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Anyone tried this recipe?

from Eat Your Books:
Penne with winter squash and ricotta

from Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste In Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker by Lorna J. Sass

Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Winter; Italian
Ingredients: butternut squash; penne pasta; ricotta cheese; sage; parsley; Parmesan cheese; hazelnuts; chicken broth

I had pasta with hazelnuts last night (in a completely different recipe) and spotted this recipe as I was looking for pasta recipes with hazelnuts.

Bonus question---can anyone suggest any really good pasta-with-hazelnuts recipes?

Aug 22, 2014
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Where oh where did all the Baggies go?

Hi kathymag,
I was having a wee little pity party just yesterday because I am almost out and have no idea where to get more. Huge, gigantic bummer.

Everyone---If you spot any Baggies, please post. I live in Minneapolis, MN.

Thanks VERY much!

Aug 21, 2014
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Tanqueray gin

I second what MplsMary said---these are great tips! Thanks to everyone for sharing. I appreciate it.

Tanqueray gin

Thank you very much!

Tanqueray gin

Where can I find good prices on high end liquor such as Tanqueray Gin? We are Costco members, and their price is great, but I want a smaller bottle than what Costco sells.

Thanks!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

James Norton writes for Chow????? Pls tell me more about this! Thanks!

Aug 10, 2014
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the Mason jars that Sarabeth's jams are packaged in....

Grey and GH---Thanks for your great suggestions. I'll contact Sarabeth's directly.

Jul 30, 2014
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the Mason jars that Sarabeth's jams are packaged in....

Can they be used for canning? They are labeled "Mason" and they have 1/2 cup markings on the side...... But I don't want to get them mixed in with my "real" canning jars if I can't use them for canning.

Thanks.

Jul 29, 2014
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Best Ground Sausage in Minneapolis?

Widmer's in St. Paul has wonderful hot Italian sausage.

cutting board made of Corian

Great idea to use it as a serving piece/cheese board. It's a really pretty grey color so most cheeses would look great on it.

Thanks, guys.

Jul 20, 2014
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cutting board made of Corian

YOU GUYS RULE! Thanks very much for your responses. I will keep it, but use it only as a base for hot appliances.
Thanks!

Jul 20, 2014
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cutting board made of Corian

When we redid our kitchen eons ago, we put in Corian countertops. The company that installed the countertops gave us a cutting board made of Corian. I've never used it, thinking that it would not be good for my knives. But maybe it wouldn't hurt the knives. Does anyone know?

Thanks!

Jul 19, 2014
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Thanks, Kaleo, for the tip on the VB outlet. I have it bookmarked.

Ruthie---I had to look up Steelite! Are you referring to the white serving pieces that look classic and durable? I also learned that Bloomingdales carries their own brand (Hudson Park) and I may get some of their less expensive serving pieces which look very similar in color/finish to the Villeroy Boch Anmut.

Lagatta--Thanks for the vote of confidence on the relatively small space for food (because of the larger rims). And I really like the Anmut bowls too, especially the rice bowl which I think will be very useful for the kinds of food I cook.

Jul 07, 2014
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Everyone,
Thanks for these very helpful responses. Now I just have to watch for sales and pull the trigger.
Thanks again.

Jul 06, 2014
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Oh my! Acapulco really is dreadful......

Jul 05, 2014
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Foisgras, Ruthie, and Duffy--Thanks for your responses. Yesterday I think I might have found the pattern of my dreams---It's Villeroy Boch's Anmut:
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/pr...

I would get only dinner plates, salad plates, mugs, and rice bowls. At some point I would probably cave in and also get the rimmed soup bowls and the small fruit/sauce dishes.

My only concern is that the largish rims on the plates leave only a smallish un-rimmed area in the center of the plate for food. But I really want to serve smaller portions so this may not be a problem.

Comments, anyone? This is a BIG decision...

Thanks.

Jul 05, 2014
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Just wondering in anyone has Wedgewood Night and Day and if you like it. I find it really appealing, but I wonder if very plain white china would remain more appealing over the years.

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/pr...

Jul 04, 2014
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Need a restaurant for Monday, June 30

We made a reservation for 112 Eatery, but I was so totally exhausted by the end of the day I knew I would not be able to walk there or stay awake past 8 pm. So we cancelled that reservation and I had a large glass of wine at home and then some take out Italian food. I was in bed and sound asleep by 8 pm!
But thanks to your great suggestions, we will be celebrating soon at 112 Eatery. I was also very interested in the menu offerings at Zentral and Haute Dish, so we will try to visit those places as well.
Thanks, 'hounds, for the great suggestions.

Color of Apilco and Pullivuyt similar?

Great info, Dobs! Thank you very much. I had no idea Pullivuyt USA is based in MN! And I will be scouring the Tuesday Mornings :0)

Good luck with the fixer upper!

Jun 30, 2014
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Color of Apilco and Pullivuyt similar?

Roxlet,

Thank you very much! Extremely helpful. I think I am willing to live with more breakage/chipping in return for more delicate plates.

What? No coffee with dessert? How can this be? Is it about not wanting caffeine after dinner? (We serve decaf at night.) Is wanting coffee with sweets a Midwestern thing? (I'm a Minnesotan.)

Jun 29, 2014
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Color of Apilco and Pullivuyt similar?

Hi Roxlet,

Again, thank you for your gracious response. By mix and match, I mean, for example, serving dessert on a Revol plate with coffee in a Puillivuyt mug.

And I do think I am perhaps being a little too oc! But these responses are reassuring, and I do appreciate them.

So----- it seems to me that a big plus of buying Revol/Apilco/Puillivuyt is that you would be able to find almost anything you could possibly want/need from the THREE different brands and they all look just fine used together. That is a big plus in my book.

And I am very interested in the Revol because of your description of it as more delicate. I HATE heavy plates.

Jun 29, 2014
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