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Per Se Violated Labor Law With ‘Service Charge,’ Inquiry Finds

Whoops, sorry, I looked to see if it had been posted, but didn't think to check the Manhattan board.

about 20 hours ago
MelMM in Food Media & News

Per Se Violated Labor Law With ‘Service Charge,’ Inquiry Finds

Yet another case...

about 21 hours ago
MelMM in Food Media & News

July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

I'm with Breadcrumbs - I don't think you would need to drain it. Keep in mind this book was published in 1994, before Greek yogurt was widely available in the US. So I'm sure the author is assuming you have a standard American yogurt, thus the instructions to drain.

June 2015 COTM: VERDURA - storecupboard recipes, antipasti, salads - pp 27-106

CUCUMBER, BEETROOT, AND ROASTED YELLOW PEPPER SALAD, P. 89

Made this last night. Prepared as described above, but I charred my peppers with a blow torch and roasted the beets in the oven as directed in the recipe. The vegetables are dressed separately, and then just served alongside each other, which keeps the beets from turning everything hot pink.

I wasn't a big fan of the beet/roasted pepper combo, but I did like the beets with the cucumbers. Overall, the salad was fine, but not something I'm likely to repeat.

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

Some online recipes:

Baby-Size Kibbehs Stuffed With Braised Lamb Shank, Tomatoes, and Onions
http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

Syrian Mixed Spices
http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

Musakhan
http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

Red Pepper, Pomegranite, and Walnut Dip (Mouhamara
)http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

Chicken Broiled with Lemon and Yogurt Marinade
http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

Shredded Beets with Thick Yogurt
http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/...

July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

Welcome to July! We have a fantastic selection for this month. We'll be cooking from THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, by Paula Wolfert.

Please use this thread for general discussion of the book and the cuisine. To report on recipes you make from the book, please use the reporting threads linked below:

Chapter 1: Sauces & Dips, pp. 10-33
Chapter 2: Breads, pp. 35-54
Chapter 3: Savory Country Pies & Pastries, pp. 56-104
Chapter 4: Soups, pp. 106-131
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017979

Chapter 5: Small Uncooked Salads, pp. 133-151
Chapter 6: Small Cooked Vegetable Dishes, pp. 153-182
Chapter 7: Vegetables, pp. 184-211
Chapter 8: Stuffed Fruits & Vegetables, pp. 213-229
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017980

Chapter 9: Pilafs, Pulses, & Corn, pp. 231-258
Chapter 10: Kibbeh, pp. 260-288
Chapter 11: Fish, pp. 290-311
Chapter 12: Poultry, pp. 313-328
Chapter 13: Meat, pp. 330-365
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017981

Chapter 14: Desserts, pp. 367-387
Appendix A: Eastern Mediterranean Pepper Pastes, pp. 388-391
Appendix B: Home-Prepared Spice Mixtures, pp. 392-394
Appendix C: Stocking the Mediterranean Larder, pp. 395-407
Appendix D: Yogurt, pp. 408-412
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017982

All page numbers are from the first edition, HarperCollins, 1994.

For more information about COTM and a list of past selections, see the COTM archive here:
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

To see how we arrived at this month's selection, visit the nomination thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016260
And voting thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016826

Happy Cooking!

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking
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July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapter 14 & Appendices

Use this thread to post reports on recipes from The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, by Paula Wolfert. Report here on the following chapters:

Chapter 14: Desserts, pp. 367-387
Appendix A: Eastern Mediterranean Pepper Pastes, pp. 388-391
Appendix B: Home-Prepared Spice Mixtures, pp. 392-394
Appendix C: Stocking the Mediterranean Larder, pp. 395-407 (yes, there are a couple recipes hidden in this appendix).
Appendix D: Yogurt, pp. 408-412

If you are the first to report on a recipe, reply to this post. If you are reporting on a recipe someone else has already made, please reply to their post, so all reports for one recipe will be grouped together. Per Chowhound rules, please do not post recipes from the book verbatim.

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 9-13

Use this thread to post reports on recipes from The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, by Paula Wolfert. Report here on the following chapters:

Chapter 9: Pilafs, Pulses, & Corn, pp. 231-258
Chapter 10: Kibbeh, pp. 260-288
Chapter 11: Fish, pp. 290-311
Chapter 12: Poultry, pp. 313-328
Chapter 13: Meat, pp. 330-365

If you are the first to report on a recipe, reply to this post. If you are reporting on a recipe someone else has already made, please reply to their post, so all reports for one recipe will be grouped together. Per Chowhound rules, please do not post recipes from the book verbatim.

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

Use this thread to post reports on recipes from The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, by Paula Wolfert. Report here on the following chapters:

Chapter 5: Small Uncooked Salads, pp. 133-151
Chapter 6: Small Cooked Vegetable Dishes, pp. 153-182
Chapter 7: Vegetables, pp. 184-211
Chapter 8: Stuffed Fruits & Vegetables, pp. 213-229

If you are the first to report on a recipe, reply to this post. If you are reporting on a recipe someone else has already made, please reply to their post, so all reports for one recipe will be grouped together. Per Chowhound rules, please do not post recipes from the book verbatim.

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 1-4

Use this thread to post reports on recipes from The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, by Paula Wolfert. Report here on the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Sauces & Dips, pp. 10-33
Chapter 2: Breads, pp. 35-54
Chapter 3: Savory Country Pies & Pastries, pp. 56-104
Chapter 4: Soups, pp. 106-131

If you are the first to report on a recipe, reply to this post. If you are reporting on a recipe someone else has already made, please reply to their post, so all reports for one recipe will be grouped together. Per Chowhound rules, please do not post recipes from the book verbatim.

Jul 01, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM Announcement: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean

Best wishes to you - I hope to see you back in the kitchen, and on CH, in the future.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I agree that browsing on the iBooks store is wretched. All the books I buy, I already know I want because I've read a review somewhere, or heard about it here on CH in this evil thread. So I usually check both on Amazon and on the iBooks Store by searching on the author's name.

I use EYB to keep track of all my books, regardless of format. I have bookmarks in EYB to indicate if the book is in iBooks or Kindle. So I'll search for a recipe in EYB, usually based on ingredients, and then I can see on the results where the book is.

Jun 27, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I've bought hundreds on iBooks, and a much smaller number on Kindle. For the Kindle ones, I use my Kindle app on the iPad to read them. Generally, I've found the iBooks versions much easier to navigate. But it does vary book-to-book by quite a lot. Older books are more risky than new ones. If the book was not well-indexed to begin with, that can be a problem as far as navigation goes. Some books have more than one version for iBooks - one will be "enhanced", which might mean embedded audio or video. I have Charles Pham's Vietnamese Home Cooking for iBooks and it is a good example of a book that takes full advantage of the format. Also, Jacques Pepin's "Essential Pepin" was well done.

One downside to iBooks vs. Kindle, is that the iBooks are harder to return if you are unhappy with the book. Apple really needs to improve their customer service on this point. As for the Kindle books, if you have an older, non-touchscreen Kindle, don't bother. Kindle books on the iPad are not that bad in general, although I haven't seen one yet that really shined like the best iBooks. It really depends upon the individual book, and how well they have linked up the index and table of contents, and also how that index and table of contents were organized to begin with.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I've read a lot about Richard Olney, including his autobiography, published incomplete and posthumously. Plus I have almost all of his books. He was a difficult character, for sure. He could certainly be mean-spirited and snobbish. Kind of a misanthrope. He was passionate about food, and a very good cook. His recipes are superb. I think it is worth reading his autobiography to get his side of the story, and I think his cookbooks are definitely worth having. No, that's an understatement. I am not a big Francophile, and have really pared down my French book collection. What's left is almost all Olney.

You also have to acknowledge and appreciate the impact he had on food in the US, even though most home cooks don't know who he is. He was a huge influence on Alice Waters, and through her, and other Chefs like Jeremiah Tower, helped bring about this whole revolution in American cooking from which we now benefit.

July 2015 COTM Announcement: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean

What a deal!

Jun 25, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Thanks for that info!

Jun 24, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News

June 2015 COTM: VERDURA - rice & polenta, main dishes - pp 188-244

Yup. I made a pasta with avocado from... I think it was Anna Jones' book, "A Modern Way to Eat." And while I like most things I made from that book, and I also LOVE avocado, I did not like that pasta dish. It just doesn't work for me.

I have had avocado in hot dishes that I've liked, for example, in enchiladas, and fried avocado in tacos (yes, that's a thing). But I do prefer it cool, and hot or cold, it just doesn't mesh with pasta for me.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

It is scary, isn't it? And the epi-pen isn't always enough to counter the allergy. It buys time to get someone to a hospital.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I'm noticing sushi stands more and more in airports. Including some packed to go for people to take on the plane. I don't know that I'd take raw fish on board, especially as it would need to sit out at room temp (or above, because some planes are very hot when you board), but a veggie sushi would be great for the plane. My problem is that having celiac disease, I would need GF soy sauce, and I have never planned ahead well enough to have some packed in a TSA-friendly quantity.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

No. A peanut allergy is different from a tree nut allergy, but more common, and it tends to be the most severe. It is actually peanuts that are considered to be the greater problem on planes (and in classrooms).

Read more here:
http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food...

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Exactly. Her list of don'ts seemed to be more appearance-based, and I think most of us agree it should be more smell-based, and also account for allergies. I don't care what the person next to me looks like eating their food, but I'd rather it not stink. And strong smells could send someone with a tendency toward motion sickness over the edge. The bit about whole fruit made no sense at all. Is the sight of a person eating an apple really that upsetting?

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Evil. But funny. So funny I almost had wine coming out my nose.

June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

Oooh, I like the sound of that one!

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

Rave over kale over?

Funny, Rory, that you love collards and not kale - they are so similar, they can almost be used interchangeably. Almost - not always. But I agree, with your love of the other greens, you aren't missing anything if you forgo the kale.

I like kale fine, but the "trend" has rubbed me the wrong way. I feel like kale has been deified while other greens, like the collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, dandelion, sorrel, etc - all equally nutritious, and each with their own texture and flavor, have been ignored. I love them all, and I think variety in one's greens can only be a good thing.

Next trend I'd like to see end is the one of putting a fried or poached egg on top of EVERYTHING, whether it actually compliments the rest of the food or not.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Vegetarian & Vegan

July 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

The announcement thread is up:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1017261

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM Announcement: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean

While we had a fair amount of enthusiasm for both nominees this month, the sunny Mediterranean won out over the sunny U.S. South. In July, we'll be cooking from THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, by Paula Wolfert. From the folks at Amazon:

"Paula Wolfert is one of the first food writers to acknowledge the importance of Mediterranean cuisine. During a five-year journey that encompassed parts of the Balkans, Turkey, Syria and Greece, she collected a myriad of recipes from native cooks that are easily adaptable to American kitchens. The diet of the region depends upon grains, legumes, vegetables and nuts--perfect for the health conscious--and lends itself to recipes such as pumpkin kibbeh stuffed with spinach, chick peas and walnuts and nettle cheese pie. Wolfert is careful to provide special advice to ensure smooth preparation. The book won both the 1995 Julia Child Cookbook Award in the International Category, and the 1995 James Beard Award in the International Category."

Use this thread for general discussion about the book between now and July 1, when reporting threads will be posted.

To see the nomination thread that got us here, visit
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016260

And the voting thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016826

For more information about the COTM process and a list of past books, see
http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

July 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

It's OK. I counted the vote, but it didn't really make any difference.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

Voting is now CLOSED. The announcement thread will be up shortly.

Jun 23, 2015
MelMM in Home Cooking

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Depends upon the meat, but I have come across some that are quite pungent to my nose. And while someone reheating fish in an office microwave can be problematic, I've never once been bothered by someone's tuna sandwich or salad.

Now when I'm flying, what I really want is a drink. Of the nerve-calming variety, if you get my drift. To heck with the food!

Jun 22, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I think people who eat cured meats and cheeses regularly don't realize how stinky they are to people who don't eat them. They can be far worse than fish. Frankly, I think canned tuna is far less smelly.

Jun 22, 2015
MelMM in Food Media & News