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Too sweet Shortribs with dried cherries and merlot

You could try introducing a little heat into the sauce when rewarming them by adding some chopped chipotle chiles.

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Your photos have inspired me to bake more bread this winter!

1 day ago
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Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

A mix of old & new favs here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

http://www.marthastewart.com/338995/t...

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

There are many roasted pork tenderloin recipes we enjoy but this is a favorite:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I like to layer this over polenta and top with roasted shrimp:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

This recipe for pulled pork:
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/P...
But serving it with this coleslaw recipe:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

And here is the closest I could find to this fav of ours; I use regular broccoli, add the garlic (and about one cup of chopped, roasted red peppers) after browning the sausage, and toss it all with one cup pecorino and one tablespoon olive oil after placing it back in the pot:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

Oh - I need to add an eleventh...I just love this recipe for Chimichurri from Gran Cocina Latina and probably made it over a half-dozen times this summer to serve with grilled skirt or flat-iron steak:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

Sep 20, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

I wouldn't call it strong - the cake contains two tablespoons of orange zest, and when cool a syrup made from o.j. and Grand Marnier is brushed over it. The cake, by itself, is light and delicate with (to me) a mellow citrus flavor, and doesn't necessarily need the syrup if you don't want to add more orange.

Sep 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Got some nice mileage out of one recipe of the Cake Bible's Golden Grand Marnier Cake. I was able to bake two 6" layers (went into the freezer to decorate and surprise a friend with at a later date), three mini-loaves to mail to my son (drizzled with some of the recommended chocolate cream glaze), and four cupcakes for me :).

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

Homemade puff pastry is one of those things on my must-try list. Yours looks wonderfully crisp & flaky!

Sep 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

That's a carbon-copy of our Christmas morning breakfast!

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I LOVE challah bread but never had one which contained fruit - I bet it would make incredible french toast. Looks delicious!

Sep 11, 2014
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Mashed potato recipes

Here's a recipe from Epicurious that I make when I have shallots around (I found I like the caramelized shallots in the potatoes even better than garlic). It calls for yukon golds but I prefer russets.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 11, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Thank you!

Sep 10, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I baked the Summer Peach Cake from Cook's Illustrated (in just the nick of time as we had a smaller than usual supply of peaches due to the hard winter). As it is a CI recipe it did involve a couple of extra steps, but I thought they were worth it as it is a very nice cake. And the peaches don't need to be peeled. This link has good notes along with the recipe:
http://recipesorreservations.com/2012...

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Made another batch of Cornmeal-Lime cookies from Flour (I just love 'em and limes have been so cheap around here lately). This time (and maybe those of you who have made these already do this), I chilled the dough before baking, which made a huge difference. The cookies had a much prettier, mounded shape.

Sep 02, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

A look back, what restaurant or bar do you wish was still around? [Detroit area]

Just thought of another - The Money Tree

Sep 01, 2014
lesliej in Great Lakes

A look back, what restaurant or bar do you wish was still around? [Detroit area]

Tribute
Normandie
Golden Mushroom

Aug 30, 2014
lesliej in Great Lakes

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I've made the smitten kitchen recipe as well as a recipe from another link which calls for less sugar (3/4 c.vs 1 cup...SK does note the fact there are different versions out there), which I liked a bit better. Have also used regular black plums, cutting them into large crescents and arranging them in a spiral pattern on the batter. Any which way, it's a fabulous cake!

Aug 30, 2014
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Too much corn on the cob! Help me use it!

Oh yes - that Corn Maque Choux recipe is wonderful.

Aug 28, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Appreciate it - thanks!

Aug 28, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Thanks - and honestly, I just followed the recipe directions exactly: weighing the flour & butter, using my KA mixer for the crust, turning it out directly on the counter with no extra flour to work it (I used a large spatula rather than a bench scraper),etc., and was so relieved when it handled like a champ. I did need to add a bit more sugar to the fruit, and my quarter cup flour to thicken was "heaping", just in case. And thankfully the dough didn't tear at all when folding it up around the fruit (just leave it out of the fridge for a few to let it become pliable). Because the juice may leak out, go with her recommendation of baking on parchment.

Aug 28, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Blueberry-Lemon Galette. A friend from Boston sent me this recipe by Joanne Chang because she knows I have enjoyed baking from Flour. I used our local blueberries and had a couple of peaches from our area too, so I threw them in. The pastry is a dream to work with.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/bl...

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Just here to say I made this tart yesterday - thanks for the link. It was divine!

Aug 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Thanks for these tips, Caitlin - I really need focus on my technique next time. I think since I always wait till the last minute to make biscuits (to make sure they're hot out of the oven) I wind up feeling rushed and lose some concentration.

Aug 20, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Wow - this is an interesting (and timely) post for me because I recently tried making Marion Cunningham's cream biscuits. They are pretty much the same as the super simple but she uses regular flour & baking powder vs. the self-rising. I thought I would have more biscuit success by not having to deal with butter, but I wasn't impressed by how they turned out. Reading through these comments, however, has pretty much convinced me that my problem is not having a light enough touch when mixing and forming.

Aug 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I used the Goya brand when I made Tartine's Passion Fruit & Lime Bavarian, and it worked just fine. It was more tart than I imagined it would be, but I've never tasted fresh passion fruit. I was about to drive out of my way to purchase the much more expensive Boiron brand puree, but then I found Goya's in my local Latin grocery.

Aug 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

My daughter was home last week before heading back off to college and we made Flour's Cornmeal Lime Cookies. She was so impressed she took the recipe with her so she could make them for her BF. We also made the delicious Plum Torte from Marian Burros.

Aug 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Another reliable spray is Bak-klene which I buy at Williams-Sonoma. It's a bit pricy, however, so I may try the Wilton.

Aug 16, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

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

Thanks! My kids frequently mention the arepas bars they are fortunate to live near, so I thought I would learn how they're made so I can serve them when everybody's home.

Jul 30, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking

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

The second & third of these Youtube videos were quite helpful:
http://www.tvlesson.com/video/21042_h...

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

My first attempt was a big fail, but after discovering it's all in the technique I successfully made a batch of Arepas. We filled them with shredded pork.

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

I really need to try these - it was one of the half-dozen or so recipes I copied from the cookbook when I had it out of the library. So far I've only made the banana bread, which was delicious.

Jul 22, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2! [old]

Thanks - you've sold me!

Jul 18, 2014
lesliej in Home Cooking