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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

Love your idea, TDQ! But... can we possibly start in September? I am starting my vacation on Monday and will be travelling, eating out, etc. No scale and eating with others that is not always easy to control. I will be mindful and try not to gain but loosing is not going to happen.

Maybe we could set a group goal - loose x # - to which everyone will contribute? And post meals, recipes, ideas, etc.

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My Chowhound Wedding

This is a dream wedding, intimate yet spectacular, and exactly as it was at first intended - to come together with the community to announce the union. Love everything, especially the presentation!

May your life together be as delicious and chic as your wedding day!

Are you up to posting recipes? Would love squid and cauliflower ones :)

Jul 29, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

You are not alone, Kontxesi! I have fallen of proverbial wagon and just can't clime back on :( My latest excuse is that I can't get my scale to work and I need to know what I weight before I get started again.. sigh... Very proud of you for tracking again and need to learn from your example!

Jul 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

The cake was a success - everyone enjoyed and some had seconds :) It is very light and without the glaze would taste almost savoury. It was a PITA to get it off the pan bottom - non-stick + well oiled. It will definitely go into my GF files and when I make it again I think I will also make a thick berry sauce or a coulis to serve it with.

Thank you, BT, for sharing the recipe!

Jul 28, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Completely agree about sides and starters! I would love to hear about the dishes you've chosen to make. I'll get the thread up tomorrow and will report on the dishes that I made.

Just finished cleaning up after my guests left. I made gravlax of wild sockeye salmon for a starter and served it on walnut-rye bread - they gobbled it up :) Have dinner on Wednesday, maybe will make something from the book for it

Jul 27, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

OK, I'll set up a thread tomorrow. Have company tonight - busy cooking, cleaning and such.

Where and when are you planning to start with the book?

Jul 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

The cake has cooled and feels firm; smells delicately delicious - don't know how else to describe it. Now that I know it would be amazing, I can't wait to taste it :)

Jul 26, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Shall we start a "cooking from.. " thread?

Jul 26, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

My library copy of One Good Dish came in and since I had a couple of friends over for dinner last night decided to make a bunch of salads from the book. I chose: Cucumber Spears with Dill, Moroccan Carrots, Radishes a la Crème and Potato Salad with peppers and Olives. One friend loved them all, another chose Moroccan Carrots as her favourite and I liked all but potato salad. I think the potato salad is not recipe fault but I subbed half sweet potato and it just didn't go well with anchovies and other flavourings. What was I thinking?!! The cucumber salad is similar to a Danish recipe I have but the radishes and the carrots were great and will be repeated.

Anyone else is interested in cooking from this book?

Jul 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Baking Japanese Cheesecake. It's been in the oven for an hour (35-30 min per instructions) and STILL not ready!

ETA: Took the cake out after 1h 20min in the oven, didn't test and hope all will be well tomorrow. I assembled a nice fruit plate and if the cheesecake is a bust, it will became the dessert. But fingers crossed that it will turn out lovely and I'll glaze it in the morning with a little apricot jam.

Jul 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Happy to hear that all worked out well for you :) I have delicious GF brownie recipe, also with almond flour. If you are interested, I'll look for it.

Japanese cheesecake, that Buttertart made, has no crust and, therefore, no flour, just a bit of cornstarch. I am making it tomorrow for Sunday dinner with friends. I think this will go very well with your sauce - please post the recipe or link. TIA!

Jul 25, 2014
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mujadara (lentils and rice) recipe

Just adding my vote to mujadara recipe from Jerusalem - I love it!

Jul 25, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Sounds like it is done. Did you take it out then? Did you make cupcakes or cake?

Jul 25, 2014
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Best bang for the (time/energy/cost) buck recipes

I make kombucha too and store the ready one in a pitcher in the fridge. Great summer drink!

Jul 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Sarah, the cake is VERY moist - not sure how it will hold under the sauce. Please post once you've tried it.

Jul 24, 2014
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Need to use 600g/21 oz. of Valbreso Feta before it expires 08/17/2014

I use the original container, the kind I usually buy closes very tight.

Jul 24, 2014
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Need to use 600g/21 oz. of Valbreso Feta before it expires 08/17/2014

I keep feta much longer than best by date. I rinse it, pour the old brine out and cover the cheese with lightly salted water.

Jul 24, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Thank you for this; didn't know.

Jul 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Was invited to dinner on a short noticed and baked Cornmeal Lime cookies from Flour to bring along - light and tangy, just right for very warm evening and delicious.

Jul 21, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

Many thanks, Kate! I am making a note of all your recommendations on a sticky to keep inside the book.

Jul 21, 2014
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Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?

I also have friends over this weekend and plan to serve a similar meal to what you are thinking:

For appies: homemade gravlax on rye with all the trimmings; to drink - Lillet or very cold shot of vodka
For main: gazpacho followed by Paella, both from Casas' book; to drink - red Sangria, also Casas recipe
For dessert: Japanese cheesecake and coffee

Jul 21, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Why not set up threads for each of her books? If by the end of the months some thread are empty or almost, mods could combine those in one catchall. I say this because the only one of her books that I have access to is Roast Figs Sugar Snow. It is not very popular but looking through it last night, I found a few interesting recipes that I won't mind making and if someone else will be cooking from the book it would be great to have a thread to refer to and not search through catchall.

Having said that, I just found Tanis book for $8.50 and going to get it just because DK said it is worth a good look :) So, voting for Tanis.

Jul 21, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

You are welcome! I have not tried freezing zucchini but there must be a way - hope you'll soon find it.

Jul 21, 2014
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Freezing fresh roma/plum tomatoes for tomato sauce (to cook first or not)

This is what I have done too. Not even a baking sheet, just put whole tomatoes in freezer bags - not a problem to take out one or more. And the skins slip off as soon as they start defrosting.

The taste of the sauce made with these frozen tomatoes is wonderful, btw. No loss of flavour!

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

All good points :)

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

Berheenia, last summer we had a bumper crop of tomatoes and no time to preserve. I frozen a lot whole in ziplock bags and it worked beautifully. Take out as many as you need, skins slip off effortlessly, and they defrost quickly. Just a suggestion.

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

I am making paella from Casas book, slightly modified to exclude pork (subbing smoked turkey for ham) for company dinner next Sunday - very exited and considering buying a proper pan which I recently saw at Winners at very good price. Wonder if it is still available.

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

LN, maybe we should start using "recommend" for nominations as well as voting - much easier to count, no?

Jul 20, 2014
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Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

I was craving broccoli salad of all odd things and briefly steamed some and cooled. For dressing I mixed:

2T each mayo and Greek yogurt
1t curry powder
1/2t cumin
1/4 chopped preserved lemon
1t capers with their brine
pinch of salt

It was delicious :)

Jul 20, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

Looks delicious, I just might try it for company next weekend. I was looking at Junior's recipe someone on this thread mentioned and it looks almost too rich for after dinner in the summer - 4 (!) packages of cream cheese for 9" pan plus lots of other goodies. Caramel book has an intriguing recipe for caramel truffles - maybe make those too, in addition to the cheesecake.

Jul 20, 2014
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