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Can't taste or smell anything

If I were you, I'd pass on the ENT and just give it more time. Since you had a bad cold, you can be quite certain the anosmia isn't caused by injury, inhalation of chemicals, polyps, or any of the other less common causes of anosmia. The olfactory cells have to heal, and there really isn't anything an ENT can do to speed that along. Of course, a visit to the ENT can't hurt either and, if it gives you comfort, go. It's just that in my experience, there was nothing to be done but just hang in there until it was over.

2 days ago
JoanN in Not About Food
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Had never heard of it before, but those advance reviews are impressive as hell (she says, as she closes the Amazon tab as quickly as possible).

2 days ago
JoanN in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Or, the Dorothy Parker variation: You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS

I just found a vodka drink in D&C. The Moscow Mule calls for 2 ounces Chambray vodka (never heard of it), ½ ounce lime juice, ¾ ounce ginger syrup, and club soda. Sounds pretty good, actually.

Sorta hate to say this when it's pretty obvious this book is gonna win and the month hasn't even started yet, but it's beginning to annoy me. I think I feel about it as some of you do about Rose Levy Berenbaum's books. Fussy, fussy. Seriously geeky. And, as I was afraid, too many ingredients I'm just not going to buy (and don't have room for anyway). I'll definitely photocopy a few pages (the infusions definitely appeal) and play along as best I can, but I feel no need to own this. In true follower fashion, I'll probably return the book to the library then take it out again once the reports are in and you've all culled the good stuff. Shameful, but honest.

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

It's a free application. You just download the application to your PC, open it as you would any other application, and it should automatically link to anything you've bought for any Kindle ever.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fio...

May 25, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking

Favorite Chicken Salad Mix-Ins?

Crystallized ginger, curry powder, and chopped, toasted pecans.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4232...

May 25, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime!

Unfortunately, a bitch to get to from Manhattan. :-(

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

How very odd. My copy is formatted better on my Kindle than on my desktop. Maybe I just need to play around with sizing on the desktop.

May 24, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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Can't taste or smell anything

Not the OP, but as I mentioned above, it took just over a year for my sense of smell to return. For me, it was not gradual. One day I couldn't smell anything; the next day I could. But each person's experience with anosmia is different. Certainly the fact that your were able to get whiffs here and there is very promising for a full recovery, probably sooner rather than later.

May 24, 2015
JoanN in Not About Food
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Fresh soft shell crabs and best preparation?

Just the other day I made Chicken-Fried Soft-Shell Crab BLTs with Spicy Rémoulade from "Fish Without a Doubt." They were outstanding. Grandson asked for a repeat before he leaves for Europe next week.

May 24, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 5-8

Loren Schiff's Pesto Genovese (page 311)

Had some basil I wanted to use up before it turned to slime and decided to try this one. It's very similar to Marcella Hazan's in that it contains butter, but it's easier to make since everything (basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, softened butter, olive oil, and grated Parm) is dumped into the blender at once rather than stirring in the cheese and butter by hand as Marcella instructs. It's also a thicker, more dense, pesto, since it has proportionately less oil. This was a very robust, flavorful pesto and extraordinarily smooth (which can at least in part be attributed to it's having been blitzed in my VitaMix; first time I've used the monster for pesto and an excellent reminder of why I bought it in the first place). The pesto was tossed with fresh, but store-bought, tagliatelle and served with sous-vide pork chops and a salad. No question I'd make this pesto, and dinner, again.

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

Love a woman who knows her ALTs!

EAT's been on my shelf for quite a while and I was never inspired to delve into it. Was pleased that it was chosen for COTM since I've been mostly very happy with the few dishes I've made so far and have noted quite a few that others have had successes with. I'm definitely warming to it, especially for those nights when you want something quick and easy.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I have that same bias against Phaidon books. Way too often, they're all glitz and no substance and frequently poorly edited. Won't buy one sight unseen.

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

He also says in the intro, "Phil [first head bartender at Death & Co] has a special affection for agave-based spirits, one that was as intense as his hatred--no, PHOBIA--for vodka, developed by years of slinging vodka and tonics for screaming bar patrons."

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Turned out I had some kind of Amazon credit, so the Kindle version of "Verdura" cost me $.99. [Big, happy smile.] But it's formatted oddly on my desktop screen. The text for the ingredients butts up against the text for the instructions making both difficult to read. Anyone else having problems with the Kindle edition? Haven't looked at it on the Kindle itself. Maybe better over there? [Not such a big, happy smile.]

May 23, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Almost shocked to read that. I've never had a fail from that book, and her All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake is, indeed, my go-to for all occasions. The banana cake, frosted with Chocolate Praline Buttercream was a big winner, too.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Okay, okay. I caved. It's now on my Kindle and my desktop. Jeez. I'm not usually this much of a pushover.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

In many ways it's very similar to "Joy" with at least one recipe for just about anything you might want to make plus lots of general info. Just one example: The section on Ham and Other Cured Pork is far more informative in "Doubleday" than in "Joy," explaining the differences among aged hams, country cured hams, cured hams, cured and smoked hams, domestic and imported specialty hams, etc., etc. Although "Joy" gives variations for some recipes, "Doubleday" offers many more variations for many more recipes. Most important to me, and I'm probably beginning to sound like a broken record here, is that "Doubleday" speaks with a single, consistent voice. Jean Anderson is an excellent recipe writer; one of the best ever. And every recipe was tested personally. "Joy" may have started out that way, but more recent editions especially had too many fingers in the pie and the recipes just aren't as reliable.

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

Timely discussion for me. I owe friends a standing rib roast dinner and was planning on making the pud to go with. I see these pans are available from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Judge-Hole-York... Going on my wish list right now. Thanks, gg.

May 21, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking

DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Vegetables and Bean Curd

Fava Beans with Pickled Mustard Greens (RCC page 227)

I was idly flipping pages looking for a veg side to serve with Beef with Cumin and stumbled across this, coincidentally just as favas are in the market.

You shell and peel the favas then cut the larger, paler pieces of mustard green into ½-inch squares and rinse well. The mustard greens are stir-fried with some slices of ginger, then the favas are added and barely covered with water. They're cooked until tender and the water is reduced to about a third. Add red chili slices just at the end.

This was even more delightful than I expected it to be. Such an unusual, but brilliant, combination of flavors and textures. We were almost as happy with the side dish as with the main. Must remember to keep pickled mustard greens on hand.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

Yes, I own both. The main difference between the two is that "Dining" is arranged seasonally and "Cooking" is arranged by food group. Also, "Dining" contains more elegant and slightly more complicated recipes; "Cooking" is more down home.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I'd love to see an Edward Giobbi book as COTM one day. Either "Italian Family Dining" or "Italian Family Cooking." Or both.

May 20, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

I use my MacAir almost exclusively for travel and pretty much transfer everything to my desktop or an external hard drive when I get home, so plenty of room for a couple of books.

May 20, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

That Doubleday Cookbook is, imho, the very best of all the compendium cookbooks. It's the one I turn to, far more often than Joy, for both information and recipes. Jean Anderson is one of the best recipe writers around and all her recipes work. Always.

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

I must be the only person on the Upper West Side who doesn't have an iPad. (I travel with a MacAir so I can download, organize, and Photoshop my photos while I'm on the road.) But I never thought about downloading the books to my desktop or laptop. That's a great idea. I may finally get a look at those books after all. :-)

May 20, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

I've bought a few cookbooks for Kindle when they were too cheap to pass up and I find I just don't use them. I don't like "flipping" through a cookbook on Kindle and they're difficult to navigate. I actually have two books on Kindle that I've never even looked at. Good idea about putting them into Pepperplate, but I find I don't use Pepperplate all that often any more either. Pepperplate has become almost a dark hole for me: things go in, but they rarely come out.

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

Tempting. Very. But it's not so much the cost as the space. And that I don't use very often the vegetable-centric books already on my shelves. Holding off. For now. But thanks for the heads up.

May 19, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

To say nothing of 10 cents a page. I've even tried using my phone to scan recipes from library books, but it didn't work very well.

May 19, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking
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June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

I've run into that frequently here in NYC, especially with more expensive books. I think it must be because cookbooks in circulation tend to "go missing." I can't tell you how many times I've ordered a cookbook to be picked up at my local branch and discovered pages, or even whole chapters, razored out of them.

May 19, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

Just discovered that "Verdura" is "in library use only," so for me it's April Bloomfied by default.

May 19, 2015
JoanN in Home Cooking