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Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

Thank you, Gio! I am truly honored.

about 3 hours ago
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

I agree about the skirt steak; it doesn't seem possible to over cook well marinated skirt and I like it it sort of crispy on the edges. Sliced against the grain, it is tender even for kids.

about 18 hours ago
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June 2015 COTM: DEATH & CO

Happy birthday, LN! Such a lovely way to celebrate :)

Aug 01, 2015
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VEGGIE SLAWS/COLESLAWS! Home Cooking Dish Of The Month (July 2015)

Had two red cabbages in the CSA box yesterday and made simple slaw from 1/2 head. Shredded the cabbage very thin and massaged it a bit with a couple of pinches of salt. Mixed in good handful of chopped parsley, juice of 1/2 lemon, chopped garlic clove and a splash of olive oil. Very nice and refreshing.

Aug 01, 2015
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Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

Would love to be at your party, Gio! Great fun!

August 2015 COTM Announcement: THE NEW SPANISH TABLE and MY KITCHEN IN SPAIN

What is the store name?

Jul 30, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Thank you Mel and Gio! I ordered The New Spanish Table last night and will probably will regret it but my library will be happy as they do not it and it only cost $5 with shipping.

Jul 28, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

I keep looking at both and can't decide whether to get one or the other or pass. My Kitchen in Spain sounds more interesting but.... What is your impression, Mel, of the two books?

Jul 27, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Voting!

I agree with LN, "fresh corn dishes" is not a "dish" as it was intended for DOTM. There is still plenty of time to figure out what corn dish the community is interested in exploring.

Jul 27, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2015) Nominations!

VEGETABLE TERRINES
Love the idea and this is not a dish that I make but immediately thought eggplant something would be terrific.

Jul 22, 2015
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August 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

Mel, if you still looking for a volunteer I should be able to do the next six months. Sep through Feb, right?

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

My daughter found her through the co-op that she is a member of; the cook also teaches at NJ Sur La Table on the weekends.

Jul 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Very well planned, Gio! Wanted to share with you my daughter's experience as a busy mom that could be an option for you too. She hired a cook on bi-weekly and at times weekly basis; the woman comes with a helper, buys groceries on the way according to an agreed upon menu. They spend about 3 hours cooking - three dinners for four and two breakfasts. My daughter is very particular about the food that the family eats; sometimes dishes don't quite work out but that happens to all of us. She lives in NY but these kinds of services by independent cooks must be available elsewhere too. Just a thought☺️ Hope all is back to normal in G&G household!

Jul 10, 2015
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4 elegant but simple dinner recipes / menus to master for dinner parties

Sunday Suppers is a great book; it is seasonal which I find very helpful, and has menus that does the thinking of what goes with what for you.
Melissa Clark, on the other hand, it far from my favorite cookbook authors.

Jul 09, 2015
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4 elegant but simple dinner recipes / menus to master for dinner parties

I'd second Ina Garten. My favorite for entertaining is her "Parties" book - lots of great tasting recipes without too much fuss and hard-to-find ingredients.

Jul 09, 2015
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I hate autocorrect!! Since I do not think to read through before posting, strange words appeared in my post above....

This morning I did everything but made Baharat spice. The recipe makes a large amount and I thought the three of us will not get through half of it but we did. My friends were very impressed, had two healthy helpings each and took home leftovers. I am not so sure about it. The rice was mushy for my taste (and I followed quantities of everything exactly, by weight), cauliflower got too soft but maybe this is because I cooked and layered veggies and chicken last night. Chicken broth was excellent - very flavorful with just bay, peppercorns and onion. I do not think I'll make it again; for the time it took the result was just OK but my friends asked for the recipe and both said that they want to make it. Maybe my tastebuds are not working well today? Made Julia Child's clafoutis for dessert and thought it was meh.... Go figure!

Jul 09, 2015
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

MAGLUBA, p. 127
What posed me me to think of this dish as a perfect lunch for a couple of friends that are coming over tomorrow to sew (but really to chat and eat and have a nice visit)?!!!! No wonder no one made it - it is a lot of work. I hope it is good and will post the verdict tomorrow.

Tonight I browned chicken thighs and cooked them in water with onion, peppercorns and bay to make a quick but concentrated chicken stock; fFried cauliflower and eggplant; and layered all plus tomatoes in a large casserole dish with a round of parchment paper on the bottom.
Tomorrow I'll de-fat the stock, soak rice, make Baharat spice mix, dissolve a bunch of spices in the stock, and cook the whole business until rice is done. Yogurt with cucumber sauce needs to be made too as the dish is served with it.
The pictures in the book look very appetizing to me - crunchy rice on the bottom.... Just reals end that this is not going to happen since there are veggies on the bottom and rice will be somewhat dispersed but mostly on the top where it will not get crunchy.

Jul 08, 2015
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What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

The best of luck, Rabaja! It will be fun, you'll see. I moved so many times in my life - homes, cities, provinces, countries, continents - that I get itchy feet after a few years in one place. It really is fun if you embrace the experience, do touristy things (city bus tour, for example) to get to know your new home, sign up for a course to meet new people.... I am sure you'll find your way.

Jul 08, 2015
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July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 9-13

LLM, the book is very inexpensive on Amazon. You could buy it now and later donate to the library - sort of like borrowing.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Thank you, Gio! I put a sticky in the book with your recommendations.

Jul 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

BT, can't find it in the book - what is the page #?

Jul 07, 2015
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July 2015 COTM: THE COOKING OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN by Paula Wolfert

Give it a try, Allegra! She might just be thrilled to receive your request and if not... nNothing ventured... right?

Jul 03, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Voting

Thank you very much, Meatn3, for stepping in! I think there should be a time limit for the coordinator, similar to COTM. It gets tiring to coordinate month after month, life inferes, etc.
Should we vote on it?

Roasting Okra - questions

I love Indian stuffed okra; it is stuffed with spices (a bit tedious but delicious) and fried but could be roasted in the hot oven.

Jun 26, 2015
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What Unusual or Uncommon Vegetables Do You Eat - And how do you prepare them?

I see drumsticks at my produce store but have no idea what to do with it and what it will taste like - please share your cooking method!

Jun 25, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Nominations!

That was last summer DOTM

Jun 25, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Happened to me more than once... Are you EYB member? Maybe post reviews there and copy/paste the ones above there too. Many people will benefit.

Jun 24, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Maybe in the fall?

Jun 24, 2015
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Nominations!

GRILLED CHICKEN KEBABS
Made Asian flavored ones last weekend and have a request for this weekend too - going to make cashew cream chicken tikka from Planet BBQ.

Jun 24, 2015
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How to preserve Swiss chard?

Will do the same tomorrow - afraid that it will start to toughen soon but is absolutely gorgeous now. Might pickle ribs, hesitate because not sure it will get eaten. Maybe butter braise the stems as Chowrin suggested. Will report tomorrow.

Jun 20, 2015
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