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APRIL COTM AMFT/Greenspan: Nibbles and hors d'oeuvres; soups; salads, starters, and small plates

I love quiches & tend to make them when there are bits of leftovers to use up. When you say "leak" are you referring to watery run-off (from spinach, i.e.) or filling that escapes the bounds of the crust? I'm thinking the second issue (when I encounter it anyway) is because the edges always sink more than I think they're going to during pre-baking, so the filling overflows.

Waiting for a library copy of Around My French Table, so I don't know her ingredient list--but I assume the (non-cheese) dairy ingredient is all cream? I've found the leaks stop if I replace some (or all) of the cream with yogurt--maybe not as silky, but that quiche looks [delicious] pretty full of veg and meat and cheese as is, and I don't miss it.

I think it is a matter of either thickening the filling (yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, chevre) or leaving some leeway between top of the crust and the filling. Or, you can accept the leak and plan for it :)

Looks so good! I think I know what I'm doing with tonight's leftover asparagus...

Apr 10, 2011
Esculenta in Home Cooking

Radishes are in season, now what?

I know this is an old thread, but I didn't see anyone mention roasting them. Half a bunch, a little past prime roasted whole with carrots [honey]. Chopped the radish tops and folded into rice and beans and chicken drippings. Roast chicken, onion gravy. That was a beautiful meal, and a good way to use end-of-life produce.

Sep 24, 2010
Esculenta in Home Cooking

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Chopping Mexican chocolate is not worth it. I went the brownie method route: melted 4 oz. with a stick of butter, and when cool incorporated sugar & wets (minus unnecessary milk). The whole make-a-log-and-slice deal has disappointed me in the past, so I went with tsp sized balls and rolled them in powdered sugar/cinnamon/cayenne before baking. Cookies spread to two bite soft centered beauties. Great basic recipe! Will have to try again and see what milk does in non-chocolate versions.

Sep 22, 2010
Esculenta in Recipes

Savory Cornbread Pudding

Made this for dinner with spare ribs.. cornbread cubes shared oven with ribs during 3rd hour (@ 300*) to crisp a little, then oven to 350* for pudding and final uncovered rib bake. (then oven to 375* for apple pie)

So delicious, and a great way to revive cornbread leftovers. Halved the recipe, baked in 8x8. Let my onions caramelize in bacon grease. For dairy a mix of 1/2&1/2 sour cream and milk. I made my cornbread spicy and with cobbed corn and rosemary.. perfect for this recipe.

Thanks! I love that I can do something with cornbread when the soup is gone and I don't want to eat it with jam anymore.

BTW--Some strong opinions about cornbread. Use a preheated cast iron pan and animal fat (if you're willing) or clarified butter and a hot oven (400* +) and stone ground cornmeal (no flour!) for a toothsome and beautiful cornbread. The crust is so important and it just doesn't happen in a baking dish. Often I will use 1/2 slice diced bacon for the fat.. the resulting bread with a few bacon bits in the crust. So good.

Aug 26, 2010
Esculenta in Home Cooking

What is the spicy green sauce @ Super Pollo?

Yes! Thank you so much. Smooth, creamy consistency and color remained a pretty pastel avocado-green with flecks of herbs. Definitely mayo.. especially considering comments on the Bon Appetit recipe.

I'll have to go hunting for comparisons too.. there is Ecuadorian down the street that I've been meaning to try. And thus begins a condiment quest.

This is probably what I've been wanting to put on fried green plantains. I don't enjoy the ripe ones as much as the green, but they can be dry and need a sauce. My standard "goo" has been a variation on Thousand Island dressing, but I knew there must be a better solution. Aji, here I come!

Aug 19, 2010
Esculenta in Outer Boroughs

What is the spicy green sauce @ Super Pollo?

Ordered delivery from Super Pollo: 1/2 chicken, rice & beans, regular salad (mesclun, radish, tomato, carrot?). Decent, tasty meal. Can't stop thinking about the spicy green sauce comes on the side... what is it? Sooooo good, if a bit salty... I'd love to try to reproduce it but I have no idea what is in it besides maybe serrano or green habanero. Avacado? Mayo? Kept a week in the fridge.

Someone on yelp mentioned it with similar wonder.

Ideas, anyone?

Super Pollo
865 Woodward Ave, Queens, NY 11385

Aug 19, 2010
Esculenta in Outer Boroughs