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Recommend Books About Food?

Thanks, guys! I'll be taking a look at all the suggestions made so far.
More recommendations are welcome.

Oct 09, 2011
KimberlySH in General Topics

Recommend Books About Food?

Hi Chowhounders,

I'm looking for a good book(s) that details fruits, meats, and vegetables. Ideally the book(s) would include
- different types
- how to clean, process
- descriptions of taste and appearance
- common uses, or the best ways to prepare

I realize there may be no such books, but any recommendations for something similar would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Oct 08, 2011
KimberlySH in General Topics

Minced Beef -- Best Cut?

Yes, the recipe is British. I didn't know minced was the same as ground - thanks for clarifying things! This will save me some time. ;)

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Mushroom Turnover Recipe

Here are a couple of recipes for mushroom turnovers that don't use cream cheese:
Wild-Mushroom & Steak Turnovers: http://timeinthekitchen.com/2009/09/steak-and-mushroom-turnovers-with-blueberry-port-wine-sauce/
Simple Mushroom Turnovers: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/m...

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Minced Beef -- Best Cut?

I'm making Sheperd's Pie for a family dinner, and I've noticed it's traditional to used minced lamb or beef rather than ground. I'm doing beef because my mother refuses to eat lamb, but I'm not sure which cut would be best to mince for the pie?

Any suggestions? Thanks!

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Give me your beef short rib recipes

I haven't had the opportunity to try this recipe, but I've had a copy of it for awhile now and it looks delicious: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Need sauce Recipe for Dan Dan Noodles Recipe in Jamie's America

A copy of the recipe can be found here: http://spatulaspoonandsaturday.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/jamie-olivers-dan-dan-noodles/
Hope this helps!

EDIT: I noticed in the first link that the person was making some alterations to the original recipe, so here is another copy that I believe is unaltered: http://zomtbakes.blogspot.com/2010/05...

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Offers a New Way to Get Fat

You people are really pissed off at Trader Joe's, huh? What's with all the slander articles?
If someone doesn't care about nutrition, that's their own choice and there's no reason to dump on them about it. And you must count yourself among one of those 'overfed Americans' since you noticed (and purchased) this snack food for whatever reason.

Jan 26, 2011
KimberlySH in Features

Anchovies: Tell Us About How You Use Them !

I agree with the posters above - anchovies melted into olive oil and garlic go great with pasta. I like to add some red pepper flakes, broccoli, parmesan, and browned pancetta, then toss it all with penne.

Jan 24, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Hot "pantry" dinners that aren't pasta...

I love bean soup, and you can make it using mostly canned items.
3 can black beans, unseasoned
2 cans Rotel
1 can Mexicorn
1/2 cup each onion, celery, carrot, chopped
oil
Saute the veggies in oil until slightly softened, then add the beans, rotel, and corn. Let simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, and fresh cilantro. You can also eat it with corn chips.

Jan 23, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Straight to a Man's Heart...

I second this idea. There is a fabulous recipe for them in the cookbook 'Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs.' A copy of it can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ga...
I have made these several times and they are always delicious.

Jan 23, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Food for a Pregnant 'hound

I use ginger and lemon juice in hot water to calm my stomach, which is always upset because of my pregnancy. Works great and is good for you.

I haven't eliminated anything except alcohol and raw fish from my diet. Also, I stay away from 'junk' food, i.e. fast food or anything with lots of dies and preservatives, but I don't usually eat stuff like that anyway so its not much effort.
My snack/quick foods are raw fruits and veggies, whole grain breads, vanilla yogurt, reduced-sodium cheeses, wheat pita chips with hummus, and dried fruits.
Breakfast foods: oatmeal w/ honey, fresh fruit, eggs any way but fried, homemade bran muffins, wheat french toast w/ honey
Lunch/Dinner: homemade black bean soup, avocado subs, steak w/ sweet potato, broccoli with wheat pasta, rotisserie chicken breast, turkey chili, turkey or beef burgers
I have enough variety to keep me fairly happy - and I try to find new 'healthy' things to add to my list all the time. Of course, you can't stick to the rules 100% of the time, so I will indulge in something during parties or holidays - plus leftovers after. ;)

Jan 23, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Recipe for Taquitos/Flautas?

I made these taquitos using the Rick Bayless recipe linked by GHG (thanks again!). I doubled the recipe and made them in advance up to the point of rolling the taquitos, then put them in the fridge.
I brought them to room temp before frying them, then put them on a baking sheet in a warm oven until ready to serve so they stayed nice and hot. They turned out beautifully, and everyone loved them at the party. I definitely recommend this recipe!

Jan 23, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Garlic Parmesan Wings

I made the buffalo-style garlic parmesan wings yesterday for my sister's birthday party.
I let 28 wings dry on paper towel-lined plates in the refrigerator overnight. I heated my deep fryer to 375 degrees (I wanted to heat it to 400, but my fryer doesn't go that high) and fried in batches of 7 wings for about 10-12 minutes per batch. The wings were wonderfully crispy and still moist inside.
I used a combination of the wing sauce from ChiliCheeseFries.net and one featured on Triple D:
1 c. Franks Buffalo-style Wing Sauce
3/4 c. butter, melted and cooled
2 Tb. garlic, minced
1/2-3/4 c. Parmesan, grated
I whisked the ingredients together, then put the wings directly from the oil into the sauce and tossed them around.
The sauce and wings both turned out good, but I had to make sure they stayed hot or the sauce would start to stiffen up. I kept them in a warm oven until the other food was ready.
I actually served 2 kinds of wings, these and Tebasaki style ones. The Tebasaki went over better, and only a few were left at the end of the party.

Jan 23, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Quick & Savoury Breakfast ideas needed – unconventional suggestions welcomed!

My favorite breakfast items:
Eggs-in-the-Basket: Cut out the center of a buttered slice of bread using a round glass or biscuit cutter. Place hollowed out bread slice and round center cutout next to each other in a preheated pan, crack an egg into the empty center of the bread, and cook until the egg is set and bread is crispy, flipping halfway if desired. Serve with the toasted round to sop up any runny yolk.
Omelet: They are a great way to work lots of veggies into breakfast. I like mix the eggs with salt, pepper, and whatever cheese I have in the fridge (usually Parmesan). Cook the omelet and fill with wilted spinach, cooked white onion or raw scallion, crumbled cooked sausage, fresh tomato, olives, bell pepper, and anything else you'd like.
Steak and Eggs: Buy a thin-cut steak and pan fry it along with some eggs. Steak for breakfast is always a huge hit.
Grits: Slow cooked with cheese and/or crumbled chorizo. Not too fast (takes about 20 min) or super-healthy, but very tasty.

Jan 19, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

do you deep-fry?

Like some others have said, I only deep-fry for special occasions. You can't beat the texture and flavor, so I would say I haven't found any real alternative to it.

Jan 11, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

What to do with 6 ripe avocados ...

I use avocados all the time to add to burgers, BLTs, or as a condiment on soups, chili, and salads.
My favorite use for them is a vegetarian sub I make. The inspiration came from Mellow Mushroom's avocado sub, but I like my version better. ;)

ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into slices
tomato, sliced
very thinly sliced red onion
bean sprouts
sliced provolone
mayo
wheat sub rolls (can use white, too, but I prefer the taste with wheat)
fresh lime juice (optional)

Cut the rolls lengthwise and toast until lightly browned under broiler. Remove the top half of each roll from the oven and top the bottoms with provolone. Leave under broiler until cheese is melted, then remove from oven.
Layer on the sprouts, avocado slices, tomato, onion and, if desired, squirt some lime juice on top. Spread mayo over the toasted top-half of the roll, then close the sandwich up and slice in half. Enjoy!

Jan 11, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Liligi, try the Hulu link I posted above. Another good recipe I've found that is very similar to the one featured on triple D is available at ChiliCheeseFries.net: http://chilicheesefries.net/grilled-g...
It adds in some Crystal's wing sauce, which I'm not sure I can find in my area, but I think the ratios of other ingredients seem in keeping with what the owner at Grover's used.

Jan 10, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Triple D is a really interesting show, but I've not seen these wings featured before. This could be a perfect end to my search, if only the video would load for me...
Thanks for the heads up!

Got this to work via Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/196368/dine...
I have actually seen this episode before, but totally overlooked the wings. Very cool recipe and I am trying it ASAP!

Jan 10, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Your balsamic reduction sounds yummy - I will have to try it myself sometime.
The TLC recipe looks promising, and I've decided to try it out along with a couple of other versions of garlic parmesan sauce to see which is best. I was resisting putting this much effort into these wings, but I guess I will have to overcome the laziness.
Thanks!

Jan 10, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Food Processor Tips & Tricks — Know Any?

Food processors can be used to quickly shred cheese (with the right feed-tube attachment).
You can use it to quickly pull together a pie, tart, or biscuit dough. This reduces the amount of time you spend handling the dough, allowing the butter to stay as firm bits which means a wonderful flaky consistency.
It is also the perfect tool for pureeing vegetables and fruits, mixed with a small amount of prepared formula or breast milk, into homemade baby food.

Jan 10, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Garlic Parmesan Wings

I need a good recipe for garlic parmesan wings. I am almost leaning towards buying a bottled sauce to try it out, but this seems like such a repulsive alternative to home cooking since it's for a casual party.
Has anyone tried bottled or homemade garlic parmesan wing sauce with good/bad results?

Jan 10, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

French Toast, a procedure poll

I use a thick-cut, dense bread that is at least slightly stale, dip in in a mixture of egg, half-and-half, and vanilla, then brown both sides in butter. A light dusting of cinnamon on one or both sides is a must.
I use the method of placing the bread into a warm (not hot) oven on a cooling rack topped baking sheet to keep the toast warm while you finish cooking the other pieces. This step also allows the outside to stay crisp while drying off any excess moisture that may be left in the bread. Top with real maple syrup or a drizzle of honey. Fresh fruit is a nice addition, too.

Jan 07, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

looking for a creamy, cheesy grits recipe

The way to get creamy grits is to cook them for a long time. The longer you cook them, the creamier they will be.

Jan 07, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Cooking with exotic eggs?

I can tell you from eating quail eggs on many occasions that I don't find them to taste much different than regular chicken eggs. They are awfully cute and small, though.
My sister's husband is Vietnamese, and she takes me to a very nice Asian market near where she lives. They use quail egg in the center of their steamed pork buns, and the yolk of a quail egg in the center of the flaky red bean buns.
My sister uses them boiled and whole as a condiment in the Vietnamese soup she makes.

Jan 06, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

how do you make your burgers?

My signature burger is def. a turkey burger. I add mustard, swiss cheese, and scallions to my burger mix, then throw them on the grill and serve with tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a good bun, if I can find one.
I don't have a decent method for making beef/pork burgers, but I love toppings like bacon, avocado, bean sprouts, and tomato.
I like raw onion, too, but unfortunately I'm allergic, so if I don't want a serious headache afterwards I have to steer clear.

Jan 06, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

What to do with leftover buttermilk?

Pancakes, biscuits, chocolate cake, and muffins are just a few of the sweet/baked goods that you can make with buttermilk. Just look in any Southern cookbook, or online, for recipes. There is even something here in the south known as buttermilk pie, though I've never tried it myself.
I'm not as familiar with non-sweet applications. I've used it for buttermilk fried chicken, and I've known people who use it in their mashed potatoes.
Hope you get some good use out of it!

Jan 06, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Recipe for Taquitos/Flautas?

Awesome! This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

Jan 06, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Recipe for Taquitos/Flautas?

I'm looking for a good recipe for flautas. Any filling is fine!
I would like to try a Rick Bayless version, but I've been unable to track down his recipe(s) successfully.

Thanks for the help!

Jan 06, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking

Best Cake Flour Recipes?

I have recently been left with a ton of cake flour and would like some creative ways to use it. Does anyone have a favorite recipe that calls for cake flour?

Thanks!
Kim

Jan 02, 2011
KimberlySH in Home Cooking