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good tasting frozen berries and rhubarb

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

about 23 hours ago
soccermom13 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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

just beautiful!!!!!

Aug 27, 2014
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking
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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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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

)

Thanks.

Aug 23, 2014
soccermom13 in Cookware

Anyone tried this recipe?

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

Aug 23, 2014
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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
soccermom13 in Home Cooking

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
soccermom13 in Cookware

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!