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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Yes, found a good one on Smitten Kitchen..
It is fall: next thing that I make will be pear jam!
That does sound like it would be good on a grilled cheese.. yum...

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Just made peach muffins to use up some mealy peaches (so disappointing!), and strawberries and cream cookies.. just because I felt like it!

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Oh wow.. that sounds great!

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Was that the marion burros one? Now I want to make it again..

1 day ago
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Sounds like a good plan! Sweet and spicy sound perfect.
I made peach butter last night with some less-than juicy peaches.. so good!!!

1 day ago
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

I saw it on this dangerous round-up courtesy of Joy the Baker..
http://joythebaker.com/2014/09/fall-2...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Oh no! Whenever I walked by, I'd think "I really need to go back there".. too late now.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I love pears.. and since they can go from rock-hard to over-ripe in the blink of an eye, it's good to have options for using them up!

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Hmmm.. I think that Smitten kitchen has one? Or maybe it was Joy the Baker..

Sep 11, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

We tend to mythologize the past a lot.. the meals that my grandmothers ate growing up certainly had less preservatives, but they were also much blander and less varied.. and as you said, had far less vegetables/fruit.

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Very true! My mother relied on those to a certain extent, and I also do for those nights when I get home late and want dinner, but am too tired/lazy/disorganized to get out the chopping board.

Sep 10, 2014
rstuart in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Ha!! Love it!

Sep 10, 2014
rstuart in Food Media & News

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Potato bread sounds great. My mother makes potato rolls that I adore (possibly because of all of the butter).

Sep 10, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Yes, agree! And that pear upside cake looks fab..

Sep 10, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Hmmm.. my personal opinion is that tart cherries are pretty darn tart.. I'd probably go with the 1/4 cup. But I have a bad sweet tooth!

Sep 09, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

TO Chowhounders: favorite brunch places?

OK.. now I really want to try Karelia Kitchen!

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Good point Monavano. I guess that see a lot of pressures on my peers to do certain things or parent a certain way, so I appreciated someone saying that maybe cooking every night isn't the be-all end all! But it's not all or nothing.. preparing a home cooked meal some night is better than never!

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I have to admit that I read this article slightly differently than others ( I also read this on the Kitchn, where the reaction was much the same as this board's). I should preface this by saying that yes, my mother could cook well and economically, and did learn those life skills from her mother and grandmothers. She is also a very good cook, and loves to have people over for meals (we always hosted Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter for hordes of people). But she was also a single mother who worked full-time with 2 picky kids, and making dinner for us every night was not fun: it was a chore, and generally a thankless one. Sometimes, we had classes or events, or someone was sick, or she had to work late: we had cereal or cheese sandwiches, or the demon McDonalds, and we ate a lot of Kraft Dinner. And we were just fine. What I got from the article wasn't "don't cook dinner every night".. but "don't beat yourself up if you can't plan a nutritious economical meal for your family every single night". Maybe it's my stage of life (i don't have kids but most of my friends do have young school-aged kids), but I appreciate an article that can acknowledge that making dinner every night for your family isn't actually always fun. Or even often fun.

Sep 09, 2014
rstuart in Food Media & News
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

So it's Value Village where you get your good hauls BC! I'll have to go hit one up the next time I see one..

Sep 09, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I'd like to make peach butter. does anyone have a good recipe? I don't want to make a giant batch!

Sep 08, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

District Oven?

I searched the board, but couldn't find any reviews (if I missed them, please let me know!). I was thinking of trying it this week.. it got good reviews in the papers from what I remembered. Has anyone been?

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

That is one of my favourite cookie recipes...

Sep 08, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

TO Chowhounders: favorite brunch places?

I don't have a car, but often brunch with people who do.. so it's always nice to get a good suggestion!
Thanks!

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Yowza: that's a big peach! tell us how it is!

Sep 07, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Brown butter pear bars are in the oven. I realized as I was making it (found the recipe on a blog that I follow) that it was a variation of the Bon Appetit brown butter raspberry tart, so I was a bit irritated that she didn't acknowledge that. But this variation does look good..

Sep 06, 2014
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TO Chowhounders: favorite brunch places?

Yes, I did enjoy it! I didn't have anything fancy, but what I did have was good. Will definitely go back. We were there at 10:30, which seems to be the right time.. I will have to look at Lola's kitchen..

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

Tartiflette is indeed wonderful.. and not even remotely healthy. It's an apres-ski dish! I would be afraid to even look at a recipe, given the amount of fat that is probably in there!

Sep 04, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Cheesymama's recipe that she shares below looks great! I also like this one from Smitten Kitchen:
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0...

Sep 04, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking

CNE - 2014 - Food at the Ex

Oh no! Hope that the smores bao is still there when it reopens..

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

So I asked my peach guy about Elbertas, and he got a faraway look in his eyes, and said "geez, I haven't heard about those since i was a kid". He said that they were grown when he was young, but that he doesn't know anyone in the Niagara region that still grows them. Apparently peach orchards only last about 20 years, so farmers will just replant with something new.. and it seems to be mostly Red Havens there..

Sep 03, 2014
rstuart in Home Cooking