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Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

This Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon
http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/..., I liked a lot, but I did use less than the 2 T of Za'atar.

I have also sprinkled it on focaccia with the olive oil before baking.

Apr 16, 2014
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Alphonso mangoes?

No, I didn't look I will check if I see them again.
It was at the Colesville store(New Hampshire and Randolf Road), I believe, but I have not been back there.

Steve, have you ever seen the Alphonso's from India around here?

Apr 16, 2014
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J. Towers recipe for chilled champagne sabayon. My favorite but not home so don't have cookbook. Help

Could this be it under Chocolate Paradise? (it has Jeremiah Towers as the source)
http://www.brooksideoflivonia.org/CDC...

Apr 12, 2014
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Alphonso mangoes?

I saw Alphonso Mangos (yellow) in Giant in Maryland yesterday -$1.00 each. Only three years late for OP.

Apr 05, 2014
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Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Radicchio and red onions on white bean purée from A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious by Diana Henry but I got the recipe from her website.

I like MelMM, made the bean from dried and roasted the vegetables in the oven. I roasted a couple of small tomatoes as well and added some sausage left over from the risotto I made.
What a lovely dish. I did not expect to love the roasted radicchio and onions so much and the beans. Thanks MelMM and LulusMom for pointing me to it.

Apr 03, 2014
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Request for mini reports week ending March 30

Marchone's Italian Delicatessen
11224 Triangle Ln
Wheaton, MD 20902
I had an Italian cold cut sub on a hard roll and it was very good. I haven't been here in several years and gone are the familiar faces, but still a well above average big sub on good bread for $8 with good sliced hot and sweet pepper available. I also bought some good italian sausage (sweet or hot (with or without fennel)).

The Breadery -
418 Oella Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
I am a big fan of their Cranberry Nut yeast bread. This time I also tried a Raspberry Peach Corn Muffin which was moist and tasty with nice chunks of tasty peach (I don't know how). Every time I get their pastry type items I am surprised how good they are. I don't like most bakeries. I also got an excellent baguette with a wonderful crust. I also frequently get half price bread from the day old rack.

Maxim Gourmet Oriental Market
460 Hungerford Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
I went to get ingredients. They have a prepared, ready to eat stall in the store so I ended up buying half a roasted duck which was good and much better than I got the last time I was there, several years ago. I also got a large scallion pancake that had egg and some fine noodles as well as scallions in it - terrific.

KeithW have you considered doing this for a month at a time or at least starting the thread when the week starts? I do like this thread.

Apr 02, 2014
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Where to get best fresh roasted coffee beans?

Try Qualia Coffee.
http://qualiacoffee.com/

re Quartermain, I haven't been in over a year, did/does date their coffee, but I do not remember how many days old it was/is generally. fyi - It is also a darker roast then most, I believe.

Apr 02, 2014
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Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Sausage, radicchio and red wine risotto from Food from Plenty
http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/594508

Brown spicy Italian sausage(I used fresh) in olive oil, add onion, then garlic, then rice. Add hot wine and then hot chicken stock as normal for risotto. A few minutes before it is done add sliced radicchio, then at end parmesan and butter.
This was easy and very good. I loved the contrast. I used white wine and I have no idea if I would have liked it better with the specified red wine, but I was very happy.

Apr 01, 2014
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Zhenjiang vinegar

Dan Dan noodles, Gong Bao Chicken from Dunlop.

Apr 01, 2014
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Monte cristo

Is croque-monsieur close enough? This doesn't seem to be a difficult sandwich to make, is it?

Mar 30, 2014
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Dinner ideas for cooking with girlfriend

Gumbo.

Mar 23, 2014
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Casual restaurant for first night in town (Monday)

Hank's is quiet and relaxing? I have not been on a Monday.

Mar 23, 2014
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Kouign-amann in the DC area?

I went to Palena Cafe on Thursday at about noon and there were none there, but I had the most amazing almond croissant. Thank you, it was so worth the stop.

Mar 22, 2014
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Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

In case anyone is interested:

Upper Crust Bakery now sells some of their bakery items on Friday (10-7 I think) at:

Quench Craft Beer & Wine
13423 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904 (do not call Quench-see below)

(Located across New Hampshire from Upper Crust's old closed store.)
On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/uppercrustba...
"we now have an Upper Crust Bakery information line. The number is: 240-704-2752. PLEASE do NOT call Quench and ask to speak to us! Their phone number is NOT for our use. Thanks for understanding!"

Mar 21, 2014
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Request for mini reports week ending March 16

Max's Kosher in Wheaton
Falafel Sandwich - twice in one week and both times they were wonderful, but the first one was especially good - perfect distribution. I get everything on them. I guess it does matter who makes them.

Haven Pizzeria Napoletana (Bethesda, Wisconsin Ave)
A White Clam Pizza and a Margherita Pizza - did not like either of these- crust dry and tasteless - clam topping had taste, but not good. The Margherita had bad, bad, bad tomatoes and dull everything else. The Mediterranean Salad was edible and for me the best part of the meal. The waiter was not rude, but not nice either and there were only a few customers.

Yia Yia's Kitchen - Greek in Beltsvile, Baltimore Ave
Chicken Slouvlaki Sandwich - good (not great). it was missing something in the tzatziki, I think. Why they put a few fries on the sandwich I don't know. The chicken (white meat) was good and not dried out. The staff was very nice.

Mar 19, 2014
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Slow cooked green beans in a pressure cooker

cool

Mar 17, 2014
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Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Since no one has responded - I would call Charleston to see if they could meet your requirements.
http://www.charlestonrestaurant.com/

Mar 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Love that cake. That is a good sugar reduction - glad to hear it works.

Mar 17, 2014
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Mint Cheesecake?

Maybe this will help if you haven't seen it:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9289...

Mar 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Several people have recommended them:
http://milkbarstore.com/main/press/re...
All the recipes I saw on the web were similar except for flour.

Mar 12, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

I made Momofuko Cornflake etc Cookies (finally found the recipe on their website with weights, especially for flour, and that helped get the texture right (it looks right). I hated them for both taste and texture. I don't know if I did something wrong, but I don't think so. I even made them twice (with different amounts of flour) thinking the texture would improve and I would like it. It did, I didn't. TEHO

Mar 12, 2014
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Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

As mselecta noted:
Firehook: it is a bakery with some sandwiches and salads as well as good breads, etc and it is open early I believe. It is near Vace on Connecticut Ave.
http://www.firehook.com/location

Mar 12, 2014
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Where to pick up a lunch for eating later?

Sure does
http://www.vaceitaliandeli.com/pdf/me...
I have not been there in a while, but I used to love their sandwiches (they had them right my the cash register). Now it LOOKS more varied.

Mar 10, 2014
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Thai Taste by Kob, Wheaton

I had duck, too and agree it was serviceable (good word), it did have some a excellent array of vegetables that were cooked nicely. I also had some a flat noodle dish that was fine, but a little boring.

Mar 05, 2014
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Best ingredient guide cookbook?

Sorry, rudeboy, I was questioning sueatmo about Barbara Madison, who I don't know.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (Deborah Madison's book) is a huge recipe book with a fair amount of information (I don't know what you mean by technical) - I think it's great, but I probably have only made 30-40 recipes from it and I use it mostly as a recipe book. It covers some grains and a number of vegetables found more commonly in the United States, but in NO way covers all vegetables. There are a huge number of ingredients or vegetables in the world and too many for one book at least if you want to be able to pick it up. (You can get this book as well as others very cheaply, second hand, on Abebooks.)


Deborah Madison does have a newer book called Vegetable Literacy which might be something to look at - again in no way every vegetable. I have not seen it except on Amazon.

Mar 04, 2014
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Best ingredient guide cookbook?

Deborah Madison?

Mar 04, 2014
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Cherry Oudding or Cherry cake

Have you tasted it?

Mar 04, 2014
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sourdough bread bakery in DC area

I don't know a lot about sourdough. The best bread I can think of in this general area (Catonsville) is:
Atwater's which is available at several farmer's market and has several stores
http://atwaters.biz/
The Breadery (some things are a lot better than others
)http://www.breaderyonline.com/

Farther away:
Firehook, Lyon Bakeries are not nearby, but have nice bread.

There also is a Wegman's in Columbia and Whole Foods in Silver Spring that have sourdough.

Snider's Grocery in Silver Spring also used to carry some good bread that was in paper bags in shopping carts, but again I have not been in a while.

Maybe others will give you the ones I have missed.

I would bet that none of these are as good as back home, but ....

Feb 19, 2014
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Momofuku Milk Bar Cook book

Why did you choose to use bread flour and only 2 cups of the cornflake crunch?

Feb 14, 2014
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Local source for Benton Bacon or pork belly?

I saw pork belly at Stachowski's Market in Georgetown, but it was a while ago and they don't have it listed, but you could call. I also have seen it at Asian markets in Rockville(next to Bob's Noodles) and Silver Spring(Lotte), but it was not whole, I bet they all have it. I also saw it at Whole Foods as a whole piece - I do not know if they carry it regularly (in Silver Spring, I think).

http://www.stachowskimarket.com/

Have you tried Balducci's?

Feb 13, 2014
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