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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.

about 7 hours ago
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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!

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!

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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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (August 2014) Nominations

PAELLA - have to try one more time, such great dish for summer eating and entertaining.

Jul 20, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

Very interesting cake! Since the link says that the original recipe comes from Claudia Roden's The Book of Jewish Food, I had to look it up. The proportions and the technique are slightly different, I'd be tempted to try the original.

Jul 20, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I put a hold on Yucatan at the library - I am No.45 on three copies - some time next year? :)

Jul 20, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

Jul 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

I made it a while back for a dinner party and it was a hit. Very rich, I agree, but very tasty too. Do not remember trouble slicing at room temperature, must've been fine. I think whipped cream, maybe with some brandy in it, will be better then fruit. It is already rich, why not go all the way :)

Jul 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July 2014 Edition, Part 1! [old]

What are Japanese cheesecakes? Are they different from the usual kind?

A lot of baking! Wow!!

Jul 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Great choice!

Jul 19, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

[Cardamom Chicken] with [Chickpea] & Orange Couscous p. 185

I only made the couscous from this recipe and didn't have chickpeas. It was very good served with Miso Chicken.

Prep is very easy; bring water, couscous, green onion, salt and raisin to boil, turn the heat off and steam for 5 min. Fluff with the fork and add cumin, orange zest and juice, oil and salt if not enough. Super easy and would've been even better with chickpeas.

Jul 19, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

I made this yesterday and didn't think much about it. Maybe my za'atar is a bit old? The chicken just did not have enough flavour for me and roasted tomatoes which I usually love were not exceptionally tasty either. Oh, well...

Jul 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

It depends on where we are, doesn't it? I just came back from a cottage on Georgian Bay and had to lid the stove for the last two evenings - it was freezing! Now back in Ottawa the temperature is very pleasant for another day or two and then humidity moves in... I'll wait till September for the brownies :)

Jul 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

I looked into Cindy's Big Small Plates for something on a stick for you instead of salad-like starter and it opened on eggs with tapenade (p.33) which looks great. So does a bowl of chile-garlic peanuts. Lamb chops are to die for but not last minute while chicken "satay" on p. 90 needs only a couple of hours to marinade.

Is this helpful or confusing? Hope, the former :)

Jul 18, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

Thank you, BB! I'll mark the brownies recipe to try soon.

Jul 18, 2014
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

I made only salmon and skimming through Goblin's review realized that I read "rice vinegar" instead of "wine"! I made the marinade a night before and used Pacific wild salmon filets. I was cooking it at the cottage the day I arrived and so somewhat rushed. I marinated for maybe 1/2-hour and grilled on cedar planks on the BBQ. It was absolutely delicious and everyone raved - definitely to be repeated, and next time I'll try it at home under the broiler sticking more closely to the recipe ingredients :)

Jul 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I bought these books a while ago but they just arrived via my SIL:

The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper - if I am not mistaken, this was a COTM not too long ago. I'll look up the threads and make a list of dishes to start - maybe a bit later on, once the summer is over.

Caramel by Carole Bloom - I am sure it was discussed, possibly even on this thread. If anyone has it I would love to hear impressions, favourites, etc.

Marmalade by Elizabeth Field - charming little book but do I really need it? Probably not...

Jul 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I second the lime cornmeal cookies :)

Welcome back, BC! I also like her carrot cake, banana bread, chocolate truffle tart, pineapple upside-down cake and cheddar-scallion scones.

Jul 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

Ruthie, Globe had a Thanksgiving dinner recipes from her new book (do not remember the title) - the recipes looked great and the book idea - organized by taste - sounded interesting. I didn't cook any dishes and was meaning to check the book out but didn't get around to it...

Jul 17, 2014
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