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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Beautiful bread!

Jul 04, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Those are so amazing! The wings on the chicken pot pie are great. All of it is great.

As always, I have to wonder how they taste though.

Jul 04, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Oh, you are so helpful! Thank you, I'm adding it to my cart.

Jul 04, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Yes, of course we have seasons! But I find I can grow many things year-round in my garden. My mother has a veritable orchard in her backyard--peaches, apricots, plums, avocados, figs, lemons, limes, oranges, apples of all kinds, grapes of all kinds, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

I see via her garden that, say, figs only grow at certain times of the year. But we harvest blueberries pretty much year-round and they're all equally delicious. My citrus trees produce all year. I grow summer squash, tomatoes, and green beans in the dead of "winter."

If you go to Whole Foods' produce section, you sometimes will not find what you're looking for, but for the most part I can always find amazing "out of season" produce that was indeed grown locally and tastes amazing.

Jul 04, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

I caved last night and baked the "Pecan-Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle" that Foodeye recommended to me upthread.

It is an eggless recipe, which I thought was interesting. I halved it no problem and just spread it out about 1/8" thick on a parchment-lined sheet pan. It crisps as it cools, then you break it into pieces.

It is so delicious! I'm normally a chewy CCC person, but these are awesome. Very addictive with a great buttery flavor, and the toasted pecans are yum. They seem like they'll stay good for a while too.

Thanks Foodeye for the link, I will keep it on file!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pecan...

Jul 04, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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CiBOTECA: A Photo Story...?

This thread getting bumped back up made me look at all the photos again. DROOOOL.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Los Angeles Area

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Wow. Well, I tossed out my old spinner when I moved into this house 5 years ago and never bought another. I can't justify the space it would take up in the cabinets. But if I ever get one again, I will definitely do this. Thanks for sharing! And glad you are eating so many salads. I can imagine it's perfect for the heat.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Fair enough. I was just talking about an organic apple from the supermarket's organic section vs one of their regular apples.

That's not to say I've had terrible apples from Whole Foods and delicious conventionally grown apples from Ralphs (the big chain store). I've had plenty of overripe, mushy, grainy organic apples with bugs living inside them. And I've had absolutely delicious, crispy, flavorful (and GIGANTIC) conventional apples.

I actually prefer conventionally grown Granny Smiths when I make pies, since they are large (less peeling and slicing) and always super crisp. The organic ones are tiny, mushy, less tart, and at least around here very hard to find.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Calzones which look like shit but smell delicious. One batch of pizza dough which usually makes two 12" pies made quite a few large calzones.

Also made an extra long baguette (had to lay it diagonally on a sheet pan).

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Life over here is a bummer. It's Bummerfest 2014. I'm enjoying reading all your festive plans though!

I was on the couch unable to even sit up for like 40 hours. I laughed, I cried, I dry heaved.

I also watched a fantastic episode of ~1990s Julia Child making decorative French breads with some dude with long gray hair. She is the bee's knees.

Today I made calzones for the man to grab from the freezer (his request). They are... RUSTIC looking. Stuffed with mozzarella, a parm/asiago blend, sliced pepperoni, black olives, spinach, and red bell peppers (the little one is just cheese, for me, if I ever feel better). Also some garlic and herbs made their way in there. I'm going to freeze individual containers of homemade tomato sauce alongside for dunking.

Last weekend was stock-the-freezer time and I've got individual-sized chicken pot pies, Irish beef-and-potato hand pies, and sweet potato/black bean burritos frozen for quick dinners too.

No dinner for me again tonight. I will be inhaling (through the nose) with a fury while he breaks into these calzones though. They smell fantastic.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

And how long do you find it lasts?

I started storing lettuce and greens (and sometimes chopped carrots and bell peppers) in mason jars in the fridge after seeing it online and I have to say it works amazingly well. I will pack salads for the man in them, layering the veggies on the bottom and packing to the top with lettuce and spinach. Closed, they stay fresh and crisp for up to a week.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

I spent 2 winters living in Utah when I was in boarding school. The only time we saw fresh produce was in the spring.

We were fed iceberg lettuce and apples year-round but everything else from cans. I had literally never had canned produce before (aside from pineapple) and I wouldn't touch any of it.

I get the appeal of seasonal eating, but I have to say I have no complaints about living (and produce shopping) in L.A. I grew up here and love it enough to never leave voluntarily. If I did, it would be to Madrid or Hawaii and I think the produce situation would be just as good.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Leaving half doughnuts behind

God forbid you spill some coffee in the parking lot.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Not About Food

Leaving half doughnuts behind

Do you work in an office??

I worked in a hospital for several years and we were required to always cover food and drinks when transporting them from the cafeteria. All food, sodas, coffee had to have a layer of plastic wrap or lid over them, though you could sometimes get away with paper towels. Our office was located just down the hall from the cafeteria--on a floor of the hospital with absolutely no patient rooms, just food and conference rooms--but we still had to abide the rules.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Not About Food

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Yes, I'm especially curious about greens and lettuces. I feel like it would work somewhat for iceberg, since it seems to be mostly water like lettuce. I'm going to try it with broccoli next time I get some. Just picked up a bag of carrots and I think I'll give it a go.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Regional Pizza Styles - Are there any missing?

That slideshow made me so hungry

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

I think the cream will hold up just fine overnight, especially since it's just going to be spread into the crust. Just keep it in a very cold part of the fridge and whip it as long as you can without turning it into butter. I've kept whipped cream/cream cheese like this overnight no problem.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

You have to make sure not to inhale while you're eating!

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

That celery tip works wonders! I've always had celery go limp in my fridge within several days, but I tried the aluminum (after someone mentioned it here) and had crisp and fresh-tasting celery for like 2 weeks. Probably could've gone longer, but oh well.

Does it work for other veggies??

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

Bruschetta and bubbly sounds like a very legitimate summer meal to me.

Excited for your peaches! I don't think there's any fruit that smells as intoxicating as a ripe peach.

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Vegetarian & Vegan

V & V: What's for Dinner? Hot In Here Edition

I've never liked cucumbers, but I find the smell of them sooo refreshing. I have these makeup removing wipes that are cucumber scented and I will just plant my face in them and breathe in. Not sure what it is, but the actual taste of them seems non-foody to me, probably like how cilantro haters think cilantro tastes soapy. It was a huge PITA to my Greek mother, since I'd pick the cucumbers out of everything (including the tzatziki).

I wish I loved them though. I'd be all over that smoothie, and your dinner!

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Ugh, I want. Looks delicious as usual mc!

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

Well, his father was Indian and was an engineer. Dad was born while they were in Pakistan for work (briefly, like for 2 weeks, poor pregnant grandma!) and then his job with British Petroleum sent him to New York, Africa, then Bolivia for over a decade. My dad rarely talks about his childhood, but I've heard him reminisce a few times after a couple drinks. They drove around in a government-issued Land Rover and lived in the forest. He and my uncle grew their hair long and got into TONS of trouble.

Grandpa took a job in Chicago when dad was maybe 13, and they were thrown into the public schools on the South side. I'm sure "culture shock" doesn't even begin to describe it.

What's funny is they moved to the suburbs for high school, and my dad and mom went to the same school for 4 years and lived less than a mile from one another but never met. They each went to different colleges, then to the same med school, where they met and fell in love. I'm sure it was bizarre to discover they'd lived right down the road from one another that whole time.

More info than you asked for... "not to get too personal," ha!

Jul 03, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #310 - The Yankee Doodle Dandy 4th of July Edition! [through July 6, 2014]

My dad was raised in Bolivia until the age of 13 or so.

This is very exciting, mc. I hope you have oodles of fun. Don't be anxious or scared--it's an adventure!

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Thank you! I always try to keep eggless recipes on hand, just in case.

That looks absolutely delicious, and I will probably make it soon even though I currently have 3 dozen eggs in the fridge.

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Yuck, I recall a friend getting super ill from pre-cut fruit last year. It was a cantaloupe/watermelon/honeydew mix. The bf used to buy those all the time but they sketched me out too much. Not to mention they were a terrible deal per oz versus buying fresh fruit and chopping it yourself (which I actually find very calming).

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Agree with all of that, aside from the pears. I get the most fragrant pears ever here in L.A. Enough so that they'll "stink up" the whole kitchen. It's lovely!

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

Oh, believe me, it's there. We still have those same tasteless pink tomatoes and blueberries that taste like literally nothing that everyone else has, though you're a dope if you choose that over the good stuff that's so widely available.

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

I understand that. I see it a lot in the home cooking threads--people scurry to get in all their asparagus or corn or tomatoes. Here, you can get them year-round and so they aren't as exciting, if that makes sense. Not that I can't appreciate some spring asparagus or summer corn, but it's probably not the same as it would be if I were in, say, the Midwest.

My parents grew up in suburbs of Chicago and ate most of their produce from cans. We were always lectured growing up about how lucky we were, and my mother took us kids to the farmer's market every Sunday to pick out our own fruits and veggies.

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics

Picking fruits and vegetables @ the market, an imperfect science.

I agree 100% sandy. I've had people argue this with me and I don't know if they've tried it out for themselves. The organic apples I get anywhere are always always better than even the best supermarket apple.

Jul 02, 2014
nothingswrong in General Topics
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