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Cinammon grit

Put your apple sauce through a very fine sieve.

about 3 hours ago
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Al Bustan

When I lived in Saudi Arabia, we had a Yemeni cook. He frequently prepared Lebanese food for parties, but I loved his Yemeni dishes, which were quite spicy.

about 23 hours ago
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Al Bustan

I eat here every time I'm in the city. Lovely space, great service, IME, and the food is authentic. I lived in the Middle East for 3 years, and this is the real deal.

Nov 20, 2014
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Chowhound Best of 2014 Nominations: You're the experts, we want to hear from you!

These threads caught my attention, and not in a good way.

Nov 20, 2014
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Is This Stuffed Turkey Breast Photo / Instruction Realistic?

I have a 6-pound whole, bone-in breast in the slow cooker right now. I think the cavity would hold about 4 cup of stuffing. I would lace the opening closed if I were stuffing it, just as I would for a whole turkey.

Nov 20, 2014
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Dinner for 14...dinner on table or self serve?

I just put a little of everything on each plate. As I stated earlier, gravy, butter, and cranberry sauce are on the table. I've been doing it this way for 45 years, and it's worked well. I guess my guests aren't picky eaters.

Nov 17, 2014
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Dinner for 14...dinner on table or self serve?

I must be lucky, as this has never been an issue.

Nov 16, 2014
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Dinner for 14...dinner on table or self serve?

I always plate the food in the kitchen, leaving extras to keep warm on the stove/warming trays. Individual diners are welcome to get their own seconds. (I do keep a couple of gravy boats, rolls, butter, and cranberry sauce on the table.)

Nov 16, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

At just over 4 pounds, this is certainly one of my heaviest cookbooks. (For books this big, I use my padded lap desk from Barnes & Noble -- my wrists can't take it.) Black type on white paper, very easy to read.

Nov 14, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Lived in Oz for a year many moons ago. I would buy any recipe collection from Australian Women's Weekly.

Nov 13, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

Made the crab cakes for dinner tonight. Just the way I like them.

Nov 13, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

"Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook." A great collection of favorites from 20 years of the magazine, including some recipes that Hounds have looked for on this board. I'd put this on a par with recent Gourmet and NYT publications. (For those of you who appreciate marker ribbons, this book has one.)

Tupelo Honey - is it real?

I buy my tupelo honey from the Savannah Bee Company. It is delicious, and the real deal. I'd be leery of anyone claiming to sell this product for $1/13.5 ounces.

Nov 12, 2014
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Food Box Subscriptions - Have you tried them?

I tried 3 a couple of months ago for an article I was writing. Liked them all, actually, particularly Blue Apron. Interesting recipes, quality ingredients, good price. The amount of packaging waste that you are left to deal with, however, is staggering.

Nov 12, 2014
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Can you make a refreshing drink out of meats like lamb or beef?

Many moons ago, while crossing from NYC to England on the
SS United States, I enjoyed beef tea (hot), served every morning for "Elevenses." It was truly delicious.

Nov 10, 2014
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Reheating a goose after two days ?

Don't even try this. You're looking at overcooked goose with flabby skin. Don't know how many you're cooking for, but 1 goose only serves 3-4 people (and that's a large goose).

Nov 04, 2014
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Is it disappointing for you not to eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving?

I know folks (mostly Southern) who serve turkey plus ham, but I know no one who serves only ham on Thanksgiving. That would be weird, in my book. Tofu turkey is NOT mainstream American. I was vegan for two Thanksgivings and I wouldn't touch that Tofu turkey mess.

Nov 04, 2014
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Is it disappointing for you not to eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving?

No sane American invites people for Thanksgiving and serves anything other than something approximating a traditional meal. Sushi? Goat curry? NO. VERY BIG NO.

Any recipes for using up leftover roasted turkey slices?

Kentucky Hot Brown is the best use, by far!

Oct 30, 2014
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English beans on toast?

No.

Oct 28, 2014
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Food Health Fads Vs Science

Your definition of "real cheese" is obviously quite different from mine.

Oct 27, 2014
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Old beans?

For personal reasons, I haven't cooked much the last couple of years. I have some (originally) great beans from Rancho Gordo that date back that far. Should I try to cook them, or just toss?

Oct 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Dorie Greenspan's World Peace Cookies!

French Onion Soup -- best alcohol to use?

I don't believe that any of the many iterations I consumed of onion soup in France back in the day contained alcohol.

Oct 19, 2014
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Did you miss the serious food poisoning from unpasteurized cider a number of years ago? It's why this product has pretty much disappeared.

Oct 18, 2014
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Absolutley.

Oct 18, 2014
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

I'm sorry, but that's just silly. There is a HUGE difference in the taste of fresh-picked produce and supermarket stuff.

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Ginger
Zucchini

Oct 17, 2014
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QUICK BREADS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2014)

Made gingerbread with a simple lemon sauce for a photo shoot yesterday. Same old JoC recipe that my mother used. Very dark and moist and gingery (no cinnamon).

Prices for Butter?

I use more olive oil than butter, but the butter I buy is organic and costs about $8/pound. Expensive, but no way am I going to consume all of the growth hormones in conventional dairy.

Oct 13, 2014
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