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Charring foods on a gas stove

Skewer the foods:

http://www.amazon.com/12-Inch-Stainle...

Protect your stove and surroundings with aluminum foil (my mother in law keeps used aluminum foil as long as it's not dirty or greasy and uses it to cover her stove when she fries.

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Or, you can get these which can be found in different sizes:

http://www.amazon.com/Hanamal-Aluminu...

about 23 hours ago
sherrib in Cookware

Learning to hand-sharpen knives - Jon Broida's YouTube videos

Wow, thank you so much for this detailed response. Yes, according to this, I'm better off with their youtube videos.

1 day ago
sherrib in Cookware

Learning to hand-sharpen knives - Jon Broida's YouTube videos

I agree with you about things clicking quicker with his videos. I took one on lessons as well, though not at Korin. I struggled for a bit until I spent some time with Jon's videos. He explains things very very well and goes through everything step by step. Also, I most definitely agree that the way he recommends to hold a knife while sharpening is by far the easiest and most intuitive that I've tried so far.

I'm curious to know about the Korin DVDs. I was there the other day and inquired about it, but the salesperson recommended I watch their sharpening tutorials on youtube instead.

Jul 04, 2015
sherrib in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Looks delicious pistachio! Enjoy their home cooking. I've been to Toronto and know that they have a very large Persian community there with an equally large Persian district with anything and everything you could ever want. But there's still nothing like the home cooking one grows up with.

Those books look great. I wish I knew how to read Farsi. My Mom has a whole bunch of cookbooks I will, sadly, never be able to read.

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 1-4

Hi rasputina and pistachio,

Yes! It's the raw, meatless, dip version of fesenjan!

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 1-4

You're welcome LulusMom. I linked to it because one of the recipes I want to try calls for Syrian Mixed Spices and Wolfert points to a page in the back of the book when she mentions them. When I finally checked it out, I was disappointed to see that she references sources where the Syrian Mixed Spices can be purchased, not what's in them. Happily, I found that she gives the recipe on her website.

Jul 03, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Hi AudreyFromNe,

It's the same format as "Jacques Pepin's Techniques" or "Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques". Black and white photographs demonstrate each recipe, step by step. I love him too.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

hi beetlebug,

You have a lot of discipline and self restraint. I have NO space left on my bookshelves. It is still a mystery to me where these books are going to find a home in my home.

oh, and I didn't walk to the subway. I walked to Penn Station.

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 1-4

BABA GHANOUSH, p. 26

An eggplant is pierced then grilled dry. It is then peeled and left in a colander to drain. In a food processor, tahini, garlic and lemon juice is processed. Water is added. The eggplant is then added with some olive oil and the mixture is processed further.

This recipe is outstanding! Grilling the eggplant yielded a smoky flavor that is out of this world. Honestly, I've never made my own baba ghanoush before but I can't imagine ever needing another recipe. Ever. This puts any mayonnaise laden, smokeless supermarket variety to shame. It came together quickly as grilling the eggplant and processing the ingredients all together didn't take much time. If baba ghanoush is your thing, I highly recommend this one! If it's not, make it anyway, you will most likely be converted.

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 1-4

CREAMY WALNUT AND POMEGRANATE SAUCE, p. 15

Walnuts are crushed in a mortar then added to a food processor with aleppo pepper (which I did not have so I used cayenne and sweet paprika which is suggested by Wolfert as a substitute both in the book as well as on her website here http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...). Garlic, coriander seeds and powdered saffron are also added to the food processor (powdered saffron is what I had on hand as opposed to marigold petals or powdered safflower.) The ingredients are processed until a smooth sauce is formed. After that, diluted pomegranate molasses are added and then fresh coriander that has been crushed in a mortar is mixed into the sauce.

The one issue I had is that I couldn't form a smooth sauce until AFTER the diluted pomegranate molasses had been added in. Other than that, though a bit involved, this yielded a deliciously pungent and exotic dip. We like our foods very very flavorful around here so I ended up using a bit more pomegranate molasses, salt and pepper than what the recipe called for. Wolfert suggests using as a dip or for fish kabobs. We had some pan fried flounder and roasted eggplant tonight and I spread some on the finished fish and eggplant. I preferred it more on the eggplant than on the fish but, honestly, I like it most as a dip. In fact, I could just spoon it straight from the bowl into my mouth and be very very happy.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Do it LLM! It's very very obvious that she loves what she does. She's a wealth of knowledge and will happily share whatever she knows. She works limited hours (check the website and call ahead.) I should have asked for a job, oh well. A chow hound meet up in that store could be a lot of fun!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Her shop is charming and sweet - a direct representation of her spirit. No car. I walked to the train station. A long long walk. It was my workout for the day. The month, actually.

Saffron . What should I make ?

Jul 02, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition!

Met Bonnie Slotnick yesterday which means one thing and one thing only. I went to her store. (For anyone that's unaware, she runs an awesome used cookbook store in Manhattan:)

http://www.bonnieslotnickcookbooks.com/

She's really great! I was hanging around her store for over an hour. She answered a million questions and even brought over a chair and told me to sit when she saw I was fixated on one particular shelf.

What I left with:

La Technique: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking by Jacques Pepin

The Key to Chinese Cooking by Irene Kuo

The Classic Italian Cookbook: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating by Marcella Hazan

Looking for recipes for vegetable dishes!

Thanks Ttrockwood,

I do, indeed, add fat, just not a whole lot of it. Figure a tablespoon for about 4-6 portions (the lean proteins in my meals also contain some added fat.) I'm not worried about not having enough fat in my diet.

I've been in a veggie funk recently. I'm tired of my tried and true recipes/techniques. I'm looking for recipes that don't rely heavily on fats such as creams or oil for flavor. Recipes that currently appeal to me either have loads of butter/heavy cream or would NEED a lot of added oil to be palatable. I'm in need of something new. Something delicious. Something that makes me excited to eat my veggies!

I appreciate the links, I am going to read them thoroughly.

Jun 30, 2015
sherrib in Special Diets

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Jun 30, 2015
sherrib in Site Talk

Looking for recipes for vegetable dishes!

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to increase my vegetable intake. I'm particularly looking at starch less vegetables (no peas, corn, potatoes, pumpkins.) I would appreciate dairy free recipes and also those where I can use little fat without compromising too much flavor. I make a couple of varieties of vegetable soups and lots of roasted vegetables (brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc.). In both of those cases, I either use a little bit of oil or I use a pump spray bottle for the oil so as not to use too much. Any new/varied ideas will be greatly appreciated!

Jun 30, 2015
sherrib in Special Diets

quick crockpot question

I don't have an answer to your particular question, but I'm curious to know, why are you foil wrapping your ingredients before putting them in the slow cooker?

Jun 30, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: VERDURA - Side Vegetables and Desserts - pp. 245-300.

CARROTS WITH CREAM AND FRESH BASIL, p. 311

I also never would have expected that such a simple recipe would yield so much flavor. Simple and delicious! This is one of those side dishes that comes together very quickly for a lazy weeknight and, once you've made it, could easily make it again without going back to the recipe.

Just as an aside, this is my first COTM post during a live/active month. I'm so proud of myself, I finally participated!

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

How did I not see this until now?! Thank you Siegal! I'm sephardic myself and was very pleasantly astonished that such a gorgeous cookbook exists. I'm no Syrian, though, so when I get a chance, I can't wait to go through it and compare with my own, Persian culture.

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Jun 24, 2015
sherrib in Site Talk
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Handy knife-sharpening accessory - Why didn't I get one of these years ago?

I never even thought of this. Thanks Tanuki. Must buy.

Jun 22, 2015
sherrib in Cookware

Can I Put Cut Small Red Potatoes in Water Overnight?

Thank you everybody for the replies. I ended up washing, drying and oiling the Brussels sprouts before putting them in the fridge. I didn't do anything with the asparagus (they were easy to wash and cut in the morning, didn't take much time.) I washed the potatoes, cut them in half, covered them with water and left them in the fridge overnight. It took six half sheet pans, but everything roasted in the morning in two ovens. Just to give you an idea, there's four pounds of Brussels sprouts in the platter. The platter was very well received and delicious. I had no issues with any of the veggies.

Jun 18, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking
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Can I Put Cut Small Red Potatoes in Water Overnight?

Hi,
I'm going to a luncheon tomorrow and have offered to bring a roasted veggie platter. I'm making roasted small red potatoes, Brussels sprouts and asparagus. If I wash and cut the potatoes tonight, how do I keep them until I'm ready to roast them in the morning? Should I just put them in a bowl, add olive oil, cover and put in the fridge or should I put them in a bowl of water instead to prevent them from turning brown? The potatoes are rather small but they will all be cut in half. What about the asparagus and Brussels sprouts? Could I wash and cut those to roast in the morning? TIA!

Jun 16, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Beautiful Breadcrumbs! I'm convinced, I'm convinced!

Something to think about next time you're sharpening your knives

That was enjoyable to watch. Made me realize something. I test sharpness by slicing through ripe tomatoes, push cutting paper, possibly even trying to shave arm hair. Now I also have to slice crosswise through anything/everything like a samurai warrior. I won't know how sharp my knives are otherwise ;-)

Jun 07, 2015
sherrib in Cookware

My Friend is Traveling With Her Diabetic Children

Hi Everyone,

I have a good friend who is going to Israel with her family this summer. She is, understandably, nervous about the trip. Two of her children have Type I diabetes. She doesn't read Hebrew very well (but she will be with others who probably can) and will be eating out a lot. Does anyone know how/where she can find nutritional values for foods over there? Any/all info is appreciated.

Jun 07, 2015
sherrib in Special Diets

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

And, just in case anyone is interested, I downloaded all the following Kindle books for FREE (rasputina, look what you started!):

Spice Mixes: Your Complete Seasoning Cookbook: How to Mix Herbs and Spices for Amazing Seasonings and Rubs

Infused Water: 125 Fruit Infused Water Recipes For Natural Weight Loss, Detox & Healthy Living

Gluten-Free - Top 200 Gluten Free Recipes Cookbook

Wheat Belly: Wheat Belly Cookbook: 30+ Wheat Free Recipes to Lose Wheat, Lose Weight & Be Healthy

Rice Flour Recipes - 40 Gluten Free Rice Flour Recipes For All Occasions

The Coconut Flour Cookbook: Delicious Gluten Free Coconut Flour Recipes

40 Top Quinoa Recipes For Weight Loss

Jun 04, 2015
sherrib in Home Cooking
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Gluten-free flours

I noticed two Kindle books for FREE that might be interesting:

Rice Flour Recipes - 40 Gluten Free Rice Flour Recipes for All Occasions

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C...

and

The Coconut Flour Cookbook: Delicious Gluten Free Coconut Flour Recipes

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C...

If you don't own a Kindle, you can always download the Kindle app and read any Kindle book on a different device. I also have successfully been able to read my Kindle books on the Amazon cloud from my computer (without having to download any app.)

Jun 04, 2015
sherrib in Special Diets

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Awaiting The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden and
Aromas of Aleppo