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Truffles

I've never cooked with truffles before, and don't believe I've ever eaten one, come to think of it. I'd like to buy one at our local Wegmans and try a recipe. What's the best thing to do with one truffle? At $800 a pound, one is about all I can afford! Thanks for any input.

Sep 12, 2010
homecook1 in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a recipe for a low-fat, crispy, cracker-like chocolate cookie?

I'd like to find a recipe for a thin, crispy chocolate cookie that has a minimal amount of fat and sugar. Does such a thing exist? Thanks in advance for any input!

May 03, 2009
homecook1 in Home Cooking

Making no-knead pizza without a pizza stone?

I'm about to try to make the no-knead dough for pizza, but I do not have a pizza stone. Can I use a regular baking sheet? Any other tips? I've had good success with the bread itself, but have never made pizza from it..... any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jan 24, 2009
homecook1 in Home Cooking

How should I store this no-knead bread?

I'm making several loaves of the famed NYT no-knead bread for Thanksgiving, and to give to relatives to take home when they leave on Saturday. If I'm baking tonight and tomorrow, should I freeze the loaves and give them out on Saturday? Or should I just store them on the counter until then?

Nov 25, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

HELP me save my brisket!

I was in a hurry last night and stupidly neglected to read the entire recipe for a new brisket I was trying out.....and I made a crucial error. It's a 24-hour-cooking crockpot brisket, in which you cook the meat on low for 24 hours in a bit of strong, brewed coffee, then in the last hour, you add a combo of mustard, brown sugar, worstershire, etc. Like an idiot, I added all the sauce ingredients at the beginning, so when I checked the brisket this morning, after having cooked 12 hours, all the liquid had burned off and cooked away -- leaving me with a fully cooked, ever-so-slightly-charred-on-the-outside brisket surrounded by burnt, crusty former liquids. I tasted it, and it's OK, but now it'll need some kind of sauce, or SOMETHING, to salvage it. Any ideas would be immensely appreciated!

Mar 20, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

Plastic Sushi Replicas

Try Ebay. I just did, and found about 17 items. Better act fast, though, because I'm tempted to buy one of those fake California rolls for my sushi-addicted 9-year-old!

Jan 30, 2008
homecook1 in Not About Food

Help me like Quinoa

I should have said "caramelized" onions, not just sauteed.

Jan 28, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

Help me like Quinoa

One really simple thing to do with cooked quinoa is to mix in some chopped onions that you've sauteed very slowly in butter/olive oil, with a touch of salt. So simple, and so good.

Jan 28, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover Costco chicken?

I have half a leftover chicken.

Jan 25, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover Costco chicken?

I had heard so many nice things about Costco's rotisserie chicken, so I bought one today and I have to agree -- it's excellent. Does anyone have any good recipes for leftover-chicken salad? We don't usually have any leftovers, but tonight my kids wouldn't eat much, so I have about a half chicken left.

Jan 25, 2008
homecook1 in Home Cooking

What is the One Veggie You Couldn't Live Without

Mushrooms!!!

Jan 21, 2008
homecook1 in General Topics

favorite thing to eat from panera?

Hands down, the portobello mushroom panini. Fabulous!

Jan 21, 2008
homecook1 in Chains

Do you think I should have been comped?

I agree with Carrie218. They should've comped you and your friend. That would've been the best way for the restaurant to ensure your continued patronage, in my opinion. I can't imagine you'll want to return to that place, given how they handled it.

Aug 17, 2007
homecook1 in Not About Food

Reporter seeks sources on restaurant research

That's an easy one for me. I ask someone who's obviously a local where they like to go, and why.

Aug 13, 2007
homecook1 in Food Media & News

Favorite Indian Dish

Palak paneer -- spinach with cheese cubes. Every time. Yum.

Aug 07, 2007
homecook1 in General Topics

What to do with small eggplants?

Make a batch of ratatouille -- you'll need onions, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and just enough olive oil to saute them all, then simmer slowly. It's wonderful.

Aug 05, 2007
homecook1 in Home Cooking

Worst menu translation ever?

Last summer, at a restaurant in the Outer Banks of NC, a restaurant had this sign posted in its lobby: "We stop serving breakfast at 11:00. Sorry for the INCONTINENCE." I laughed so hard the European exchange students staffing the place thought I was ill.....

Aug 04, 2007
homecook1 in Not About Food