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Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

I like these eggplant balls - http://www.food.com/recipe/eggplant-a... The recipe calls for a cup of breadcrumbs and I subbed brown rice with good results.

about 12 hours ago
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October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food" reporting thread for recipes in 'The Ashkenazi World', pages 58-202.

With pleasure :)

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
A sprinkle of ground black pepper

Method:
1.Measure out quinoa flakes and xanthan gum and combine in a small bowl.
2.In a separate bowl, beat the two eggs. Add oil, salt and pepper and beat again until combined.
3.Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix well until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4.Bring a large pot of water (chicken stock) to a boil.
5.Remove batter from refrigerator and oil hands. With oiled hands, fashion a SMALL amount of batter into a smooth ball shape and drop into the boiling water. The batter should be enough to make 10-12 balls.
6.Cover pot and cook the quinoa balls, maintaining a rolling boil. For denser balls, cook for 25-30 minutes. For fluffier balls, cook 35 minutes.
7.Remove the balls from boiling water with a slotted spoon to a pot of soup.

Enjoy!

about 12 hours ago
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October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food" reporting thread for recipes in 'The Ashkenazi World', pages 58-202.

I made round challah using this recipe instead of my go-to and was very pleased. I kneaded by hand, it rose beautifully and the crumb was wonderful and so was the taste. I might add a bit more flour next time as my dough was super soft.

about 13 hours ago
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October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food" reporting thread for recipes in 'The Ashkenazi World', pages 58-202.

I always cook mine in chicken stock in separate pot and always make extra stock just for cooking my matzah balls. Though these days with gluten issues and such I make quinoa balls instead.

about 13 hours ago
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2014) Voting

It will be perfect for November, IMO. Many people smoke turkey for T-Day and I would love to learn how to smoke fish. I had a stove top smoker in my Amazon basket for ages, just need a nudge to click that button :)

Sep 29, 2014
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

I made typical Ashkenazi dishes that I am used to for Rosh Hashanah using CR recipes and almost all were very good. I made chopped liver, challah, kreplach and apple strudel. Strudel was just OK but I defrosted puff pastry instead of filo; my mistake - can't blame CR for the result!

Sep 29, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Many thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

So, what did you make TDQ?

I made devilled eggs with smoked salmon and capers and roasted spiced chickpeas from Jerusalem - both were well received. I followed Ottolenghi's method of soaking chickpeas in water in a bit of baking soda and they cooked quickly and evenly tender. Wonder if other beans will benefit from such soak. I also had nice olives to take along and forgot them on the counter, bummer!

Sep 28, 2014
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ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

Great dessert, Roxlet - you are an amazing baker :) You covered the curd with raspberries, not strawberries, right?

Sep 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Thank you, DK, you are very kind! I would not say "no" to Huckleberry's blend proportions :)

In general, I found that the dishes that are naturally GF are the best. I am becoming more and more unhappy with "gums" and weird flours...

Sep 26, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Yes, I am. My SIN and grandson are off gluten, and I do not like baking with weird ingredients; never turns out well and either has an unpleasant aftertaste or is dry or something else is the matter. But when I make things that are not meant to have flour to begin with, it is another happy story :) Flourless is supposed to be just that - real recipes that do not call for wheat flour.

However, something happened to the credit card info and the order could not be processed. I have recently received two new (renewed) cards, so that must be that. I am taking this message as a sign to cancel my membership :) Do I really "need" or even "want" any of these books that badly? No, not really; just seduced by a good price and a thrill of new cookbooks arriving :)

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

The shipping IS free; I entered zip code to get an estimate and it came back at zero. I am still mulling over the order This is what my shopping cart looks like at the moment:

Ikaria
The Chinese Takeout Book
Flourless
Huckleberry

This most likely will get finalized this evening and on its way (hopefully!) soon.

Sep 26, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Of course Buvette is not a baking book! Must go to bed and look at books in the morning :)

I am intrigued by The Baking Bible but had her Cake Bible and gave it away because I loved to look into it and read her instructions but never made anything... Thank you for your reply!

Sep 23, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

TGC started their $10/book sale - I am off to see if there is anything I want for myself or gifts. Any suggestions?

ETA:

There are lots of baking books that look terrific but I do not bake often and surely do not need the four that made it into the cart considering that Malgieri's book will be coming at some point. Help me choose one or two of the following:

The Baking Bible, Beranbaum
Baking Chez Moi, Greenspan
Buvette, Williams
Huckleberry, Nathan

I have a friend who loves to bake and dreams of owing a bakery one of these days - which book do you think will make a great gift for her?

TIA!

Sep 23, 2014
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ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

Because they are heavy and common; chocolate does not follow seafood well while lemon certainly does - just my two cents :)

Sep 23, 2014
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

Anticipating the win I planned Wed dinner (Rosh Hashanah) using this book's recipes instead of my t&t ones. Will report in October.

Sep 22, 2014
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Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

I also do not like lettuce based salads for work lunches but grain-based salads are another story:

Ben's Wild Rice Salad from Stir
Couscous Salad from Around My French Table; I successfully made it with quinoa and imaging that it will be great with short grain brown rice. She has recipe for lemon-grilled chicken as Bonne Idee and it is very good on top of this salad.
Soba Noodle Salad from Plenty; love this salad and often put slices of chicken on top

Love hot soup in a thermos; my favourites are:
roasted tomato or pepper or both
pea with smoked turkey thigh
mushroom-barley
onion
I always have a small sandwich or nice chunk of bread and cheese to go with the soup

Not big fan of sandwiches but love Muffuletta and it just gets better as it sits - cut a piece, grab a fruit or veg and you have tasty and filling meal.

Sep 22, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Same here :(

Sep 21, 2014
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Flour by Joanne Chang

I wonder why... is she using different size pans?

Sep 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I bought my copy a couple of years ago at a church book sale in pristine condition for $4 along with The Bread Baker's Apprentice for the same price - I was beyond excited and drove my friend crazy on the way back :)

Sep 20, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

Thank you, Mel!

Sep 20, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

Jerusalem has spiced chickpeas as a part of a salad but I do not see why they can't be served on their own (page 56).

Donna Hay's book is Fresh & Light (page 122) and uses canned garbanzos. I would make my own. Once I got out of canned beans habit, I can't get back in :)

Sep 20, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

Mel, have you cooked from most of your African books? What are your favourites based on recipes (interesting, tasty, different, etc.)? TIA!

Sep 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

Now I definitely have to make it :)

Sep 20, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

I am considering two recipes; both sound delicious but very different flavour profiles:

Donna Hay - fennel, cayenne, lemon
Ottolenghi - cardamom, allspice, cumin

Hard to decide!

Sep 20, 2014
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ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

You could make an amazing selection of petits fours, maybe 8-12 types, served on a beautiful platter. I know you asked for plated dessert but thought this would look stunning and you could serve it individually plated too. Paula Peck's old book has many interesting recipes - tiny babas au rhum, tiny pieces of Dobosh torte.

Sep 19, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

That's the problem with asking - people come up with most delicious imaginative suggestions leaving you (me) with too many options!

Sep 19, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

Sorry, thought it was to me for some reason...

Sep 19, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

My event is next Sat, lots of time.

Sep 19, 2014
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Make-ahead appetizers/snacks to be served at room temp for 25, including vegetarians

Sounds delicious!