n

nothingswrong's Profile

Title Last Reply

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

Agree about the dry milk powder. It really gives bread and sweet rolls a wonderful texture and mouthfeel.

about 12 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a recipe for Thick balsamic dressing??

I agree about reducing your own. Start with a decent balsamic, not the cheap-o stuff, but it doesn't need to cost $40/bottle.

Or you could try making a dressing with balsamic glaze (already made). I love this stuff from Trader Joe's: http://eatingatjoes.com/2013/05/23/tr... It's already very thick, almost the consistency of honey. It can be used as an ingredient, but it stands nicely on its own and look pretty when used as a garnish on the plate.

I've made it into salad dressing a few times for the man and he loves it. We like vinegary dressings, so use a 1:1 oil to vinegar ratio (instead of 1:3). A squirt of honey would be good, or brown sugar like you said, if you're after a sweet dressing. I also think all salad dressings need some garlic, and I usually add fresh herbs, sometimes a squirt of Dijon to emulsify further.

about 12 hours ago
nothingswrong in General Topics

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

How about using it for sauces? I have a nice blender too and don't drink smoothies, so it just sat there for months. Then I was hosting a dinner party and needed a bunch of homemade condiments/sauces to be pureed. Food processor was busy with other things and the blender did a much better job in the end. Now that's all I use it for.

about 12 hours ago
nothingswrong in Cookware

Best Flour for Parker House Rolls, Other Ingrediants

I've always made mine with regular AP flour. I save the bread flour for more savory breads and rustic loaves.

Adding eggs will create a nice rich dough.

Adding the potato flakes adds more starch, the rolls will be very tender.

Typically all of the Parker House rolls I've had are delicious, so I say just pick one and go with it. They'll be good no matter what.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I posted below, not well, but happy to "see" you all and read about your dinners! I'm back now, and so excited for all this fall/winter cooking!

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
2

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Hi all, I'm back. I hear some of you were asking after me, and I appreciate it greatly!

The last month has been very trying. I've been tentatively diagnosed with a chronic intestinal condition in addition to my stomach troubles. It is incurable and I've already blown through every recommended treatment with bad results. It's been difficult to say the least, in and out of the hospital, sleeping a lot. I have carved myself a nice spot on the sofa and am taking things day by day, hour by hour. I'm seeing that I think I'm going to die and it is ugly and depressing so I try not to think about things.

Your meals all sound lovely. I'm no longer eating but I'm cooking for the bf still. I feel like I've learned a lot and am venturing outside my comfort zone.

Made sushi for the first time. Several veggie rolls, and two with salmon. Edamame and miso on the side, with homemade pickled ginger and a carrot/daikon pickle. He loved it and we're going to make Fridays "Sushi night" from now on.

Tonight I have some ground turkey in the fridge and am planning on stuffed meatballs. I have a recipe bookmarked somewhere that looks good. The meat will be mixed with pesto and stuffed with fresh mozz. Prob will serve over pasta with a side salad.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Don't kill me, but that looks and sounds like the most gourmet version of a Hot Pocket ever. I need to do this for the bf, he would love it.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

That spice mix sounds like it would be delicious on roasted chicken. I love seeing your dinners, Linda. I would eat with you every night if I could!

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

That cellist sounds amazing. Easily my favorite instrument to listen to.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I LOVE twice baked potatoes. It's a meal in a handheld package :)

How did you make those turnovers? With storebought puff pastry? They look divine.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Yes, thanks for this!. I've been looking for a tuna noodle casserole for the bf's freezer meals.

about 15 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Thanks. Feel better!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Those pot pies sound good. I've been searching for a veggie pot pie for the man. Have you made them before? Do you think they'd freeze well?

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Haha! As much as I love baking my own bread and sweets, if a decent bakery opened up on my block, I think my hobby would take a back seat. Sounds very dangerous JT, but awesome.

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Hope you feel better soon, LW.

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Yum, nothing like a burger and fries after a workout. We used to go to In & Out after our track meets in high school. To "refuel..."

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Thanks suzi. I've been having loads of issues with Chow too as of late, grr.

Dinner didn't happen last night, as I was too ill to leave the house and the guests of honor were jetlagged anyway. The man had leftover pizza and I had a bunch of Zofran.

Rescheduled for tonight. Can't wait to see my big bro and SIL!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Roxlet's CCC factory...

Have a good trip!

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I tried the plum cake again on day 2. It was still just okay to me. The boyfriend thought it tasted like a sugar cookie. Honestly, I tossed the rest of it. I baked 2 of the caramel apple Bundt cakes and we'd much rather waste our stomach space on that!

The cookie thing is killing me! The aunt is still around and only bakes her cookies at Christmas, so I will be bringing Ziplocs and stealing a dozen from her cookie tray (no one else ever eats them but me). My family is ridiculous about sharing recipes so I don't think I should even bother asking, but I might anyway.

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Ads That Play Automatically

Well. I'm obviously no computer genius but after complaining about the ads last week--and with Chow open on my laptop and several videos playing and freezing up my screen--my computer crashed and is now totally dead.

Not sure if there's a connection but just thought I'd share. I'm annoyed to say the least.

Oct 09, 2014
nothingswrong in Site Talk

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Monday night was chicken tacos. Chicken was rubbed, grilled, and sliced. There were also grilled peppers, greens, guac, cheese, and Spanish rice.

Last night was last minute pizza to use up some produce.

Tonight we are headed to a welcome home party for my brother and his wife. They are officially moving to Cali after having spent the last 5 (?) years in Singapore. They'll be moving up near Berkeley but hopefully we'll be seeing them more now. No idea what's for dinner (I'm going to guess steak) but I'm bringing the dessert.

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Sounds lovely Gio.

Oct 08, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
1

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Welcome. Sounds delicious!

Oct 08, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Baked the New York Times plum torte/cake. Only could find rather large plums, so went with slices instead of halves. I thought it was just okay. Good flavor in the cake, and it couldn't be easier to prepare, but didn't knock my socks off by any means.

Today I made another caramel apple Bundt for a dinner party tonight. It smells so damn divine. I could bathe in that caramel glaze.

Also have been fiddling with a CCC recipe to try and copy an aunt's weird cookies. They are very dense and kind of dry and for some reason, very addictive. I've done 3 batches so far but can't seem to figure it out. I spent years coming up with a perfect chewy melt in your mouth cookie and this is so far from that. Anyway the man and I are having fun testing them, and he informed me last night that these new dense cookies are his favorite now.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Oh my. The caramelized white choc ganache sounds amazing. Do you have a recipe??

Oct 06, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

Looks delicious, and very autumn-y!

What's for dinner #329 - The Colorful Leaves Edition! [Through October 9, 2014]

That is very sweet, Jane. Thank you!

Oct 05, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I have too much white chocolate too and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I always feel it makes things way too sweet and I can't eat more than a bite or two.

Oct 05, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

YUM!!

Oct 05, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

It is a bummer. It leaves me feeling full and really icky. Nauseous, exhausted, and just not "right." It's been a year and a half so far, off and on. Until now, I was told it would be forever, but maybe these new surgeons can find an alternative.

The day I get this picc line out for good, we will party over here, that's all I know! It's a huge PITA to take care of.

Oct 05, 2014
nothingswrong in Home Cooking