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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Wow, your tortillas look perfect!

about 14 hours ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Ha! Melissa Clark month was actually four threads for each book, too much!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841845

Then in an adjoining month, we did two unrelated Spanish books. Those threads were divided by types of dish, with both books in each thread.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/846991

Both of these methods were a bit messy. One book per thread seems easiest for the coordinator, and ultimately easier for us to know right away where to post. Of course, then you can end up with long threads with all different types of foods included!

about 18 hours ago
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

I do indeed think we're due for a real dish into which we can really sink our teeth, as I said in the intro. We've done salad dressings and pickles, I think it's time for something that's not a condiment!

2 days ago
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

I think it's harder in nominations. There's so much more discussion, and dish suggestions that get modified or refined. And I think it encourages more ideas when people keep writing, instead of thinking they are supposed to click on what's already been nominated.

Jul 20, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

Everyone remember that your "recommend" click does not count as a nomination. You have to write out the dish in all capital letters.

Jul 20, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

HAMBURGERS
Still liking this idea too, lots of variations.

Jul 20, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

SMOKED MEATS/FISH.
I'm in on this idea once again. I suspect it might only be a couple dishes in a month for me, but it would be worth it!

Jul 20, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Thanks dk! You've really made One Good Dish sound appealing, I've requested it from the library for a look. Even books that don't win garner the COTM title are populating my shelves because of these discussions! And I agree about Alice Waters. I suspect it's both her nature and her ability to spot talent that has resulted in so many wonderful chefs and writers coming forth.

Jul 20, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2014) Nominations

The nomination thread for the August Dish of the Month is now up here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983059

Jul 20, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

The nomination thread for the August Dish of the Month is now up here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983059

Jul 20, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

It's that time again! Nominations for the August Dish of the Month are now open.

The current Dish of the Month is Salad Dressing, you can view the thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/981029
All the past dishes of the month are shown here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929718
You are welcome to contribute to these earlier threads at any time.

Now let's start thinking about August…
Still summer, still lots of produce around, still good outdoor eating weather in many areas. Let's find something we can really sink our teeth into for this month. Remember that a dish is loosely defined as an ingredient and a method of preparation.

Nominations will be open until July 26th at 10pm Pacific time (1 am on July 27th Eastern time, and 5 am July 27 GMT). Please nominate your dish using ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. (If you discuss the dish elsewhere in the thread, please type it in lower case. This makes it easier to count the dishes in caps, without counting extra nominations for one person.)

You may nominate more than one dish. And if someone else nominates a dish that you wish to support, just reply to that post, and type the name of the dish in all caps. The dishes with the most nominations will move on to the voting round, where each person only gets one vote. If you haven't joined us before, feel free to jump in!

Jul 20, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

It wasn't me, but made me think of this TDQ thread about quick and easy recipes from COTM books. Or maybe the thread you're thinking of wasn't about COTM books though, more about acquiring new cookbooks?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970093

Jul 19, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Can you link to the DH article you read? I don't have any of her books and would love to get a feel.

On the other hand, now you've got me interested in One Good Dish; I love your description! I'm not voting this month, as I don't have any of these books, but I'm investigating...

Jul 18, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

WashPost declares end of gluten-free fad

The OP stated the WaPo declared and end to the "fad," and stated "Halleluyah." The OP is the one who titled the thread. And yes, it is clearly misleading in reference to the article.

Jul 16, 2014
L.Nightshade in Food Media & News

WashPost declares end of gluten-free fad

Wait. You're citing a puff piece in the style section with a couple of anecdotes? Actually, anecdotes that don't even dismiss the complaints of people with real gluten intolerance?

I am completely baffled by people who feel they have to condemn anyone who finds a change in their diet or life beneficial to their health. Some people have celiac disease. Some people find their intolerable symptoms have been in remission since eating gluten-free. Some people have just heard about it and adopted the diet without reason. What's it to you? Why would anyone care?

Jul 16, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

I can't tell you how many times I've searched a thread with control F and a word like "quick" or "easy," critical concepts for me these days. Or sometimes I'll search for a main ingredient, like "chicken" and read reports on the different dishes, without having a recipe in mind.

But I totally agree with you about the threads feeling different when we're all doing the book together in a month; it's so nice to read and participate at that natural pace.

Jul 15, 2014
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Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

This sounds so good to me right now, refreshing in this heat!

Jul 12, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

The combination of spices is, of course different. Ras el hanout just means best in the shop, or something like that, so every blend is different. This EYB list shows the spices that are in the coffee blend. I don't use the galangal or the gum. It lends a very interesting flavor to coffee; I just had it this morning!
http://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/r...

Jul 12, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Oh rose petals are nice, I've used them in ras el hanout too, should have added them, but didn't think!

There are so many different blends. I have a jar of ras el hanout for coffee from a Paula Wolfert recipe, I ground the mix and I keep it by the coffee maker.

Jul 12, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Frankly, they've sort of fallen off my radar lately. I had them in a small pepper grinder that broke, but when it worked, I'd grind them over meat, fish, goat cheese with a drizzle of oil, most anything that could use a grind of pepper. Hmmm. Must get a new grinder.

Jul 12, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Thanks! It was easy and tasty, and a change from our regular quesadillas.

Jul 11, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Oh, give them a try if you can! Quite lovely. Used in a blend here, obviously, but they're very interesting just ground on meat, or goat cheese, or...
Definitely peppery, with more mysterious flavors included.

Jul 11, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

OK, pikawicca, you must educate me! The package I buy just says stoneground cornmeal. It's yellow, I usually have it as polenta, but on the back it says something about for polenta or grits or corn mush (I think it said mush, I don't have the package now). Do you consider that grits?

Jul 10, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Chicken Ras el Hanout with Tomato-Ginger Chutney, page 197.

Overheard at table: "Best chicken breast we've had in a very long time!"

The recipe calls for thighs, but I had breasts in the freezer, and was aiming for a no-shopping meal. I'm pretty much a breast girl anyway. So I ground up some ras el hanout (it's anyone's guess what version she had in mind, but mine consists of grains of paradise, ajwain, cayenne, black pepper, nigella, cardamom, allspice, and coriander), poured it into a bowl with some oil and salt, and tossed the chicken around. It lounged for a couple hours then went onto the grill. In the meantime, I blended the chutney of tomatoes, garlic, ginger, habanero, and cumin. I'm doing no sugar, so omitted the brown sugar and added a bit of stevia, probably some flavor lost there.

Total success with absolute minimum time and effort. I'm sure this would be great with thighs, for all you dark meat fans, but I loved it on the breasts. They were aromatic, tasty, juicy, everything you might want. I served this with a couple salads from the book for a perfect summer dinner.

Jul 10, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Nice write-up. I hadn't noticed this dish; it's on my radar now!

Jul 10, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Looks great, and perfect sear on that tuna!

Jul 10, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Thanks delys77! We'll have house guests in a couple weeks; I think I'll do another take on this. It's so nice to have it all assembled the night before and just have to pop it in the oven in the morning.

Jul 10, 2014
L.Nightshade in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Silky Corn Soup with Scallions and Green Apple, page 88.

This was good, and eventually got a thumbs up at table, but I'm not certain it was worth the trouble and the waste of kernels.

Scallions are sautéd in butter, then 1/2 cup of water is added to the pan and brought to a boil. I didn't really get the point of this 1/2 cup, as when it comes to a boil, fresh corn kernels and five more cups of water are added and brought to a boil. The corn is simmered until tender, then puréed until smooth. The purée is passed through a sieve, and the solids are discarded. The soup is garnished with sriracha and green apple.

Even though I puréed and puréed, and passed it through the finest sieve in the kitchen, it didn't seem all that silky to me. And it didn't seem to have much flavor. I added a bit of demi-glace, and used more sriracha than the little dots shown in the photo, so it ended up tasting pretty good. But in general, I think I'll stick to corn chowder, or just eating it off the cob.

Jul 10, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Cheese Strata, with Prosciutto, Basil, and Spinach, page 26.

I made more or less a half recipe of this, it called for 5 extra-large eggs, and I used three medium sized eggs. I thought it was funny that she call for exactly 16 slices of bread, because every loaf of bread I buy is a different size! I had a small half-loaf of French bread, which filled the baking dish adequately, but with none leftover for the cubes to scatter on the top. So I used the crusts I had trimmed off.

Like most any strata, this was assembled the night before, with layers of bread, prosciutto, feta, scallions, spinach, and basil. (I was trying to make this using all ingredients on hand, so omitted the provolone, and grated a little young domestic parmesan between layers and on top.) Once the layers are complete, eggs beaten with half and half and a dash of hot sauce are poured over the top. In the morning it bakes for an hour. (Mine took less time, as it was smaller, and our oven temp is very unreliable, so I had a little extra browning going on.)

The feta and prosciutto make this a pretty salty dish, with no salt added, but it was a hit. The recipe is for eight servings, and the half definitely made four good-sized servings. I'll do this again, maybe vary the cheeses and additions; it made for a lovely weekend breakfast.

Jul 05, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Brunch, Soups

Aw, thanks Westminstress!

Jul 05, 2014
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