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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Not much to add to BC 's great write- up .
These were spectacular, and the only change I'd make in future would be a small sprinkling of salt over the finished cutlets.
A definite repeat.

May 14, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

I read somewhere that it just keeps the oven temperatures more consistent. Many people leave them in all the time. I think Alton Brown says you can just use bricks if you want, since they're cheaper.

Apr 17, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

It's surprising how divine a tomato sandwich can be, isn't it? I can hardly wait for tomato season. Agree about the thin slices :-)

April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Me too. Mayo, tomato and fresh basil on sliced and toasted sourdough. No bacon required.

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

You're right. Warm weather hits early in Northern California so I am probably jumping the gun a little early :)

Apr 12, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

It's not in print, but used copies are available on Amazon. I tried replacing my old copy (which was stained, falling apart, and had actually caught on fire at one point). Unfortunately, it's kind-of a large paperback and the bindings are brittle and falling apart on the older copies of the book, so decent copies are difficult to get.
It's a GREAT cookbook isn't it? It's in my top 10.

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I'd love to hear if you have any favorites from the book; like do many on my shelves, I've yet to delve in! I had purchased it because his other book 'Kitchen Bouquets' was a favorite of mine when I first starting cooking. I read that book cover to cover - as much for the writing as for the recipes.

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Yes indeed, and that is a good point. Thanks so much for the link and the info, Breadcrumbs. I'm sure I should have deduced this myself at done point but -
Alas, I am not a computer person. At all :(

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

What is the default view?

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Beautiful loaf!

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

The carrot cake:)
But I've not made it yet either.

May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I am happily anticipating cooking next month!
CHEF INTERRUPTED Melissa Clark
EAT Nigel Slater

And because the farmer's market will be bursting with goodness..

PLENTY MORE - Ottolenghi
GREENE ON GREENS - Bert Green

VICTORY GARDEN COOKBOOK -
VICTORY GARDEN VEGETABLE
AND FISH COOKBOOK - both by Marian Morash

Apr 09, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Very funny anecdote. You were brave to attempt an instruction like 'similar to Bocconcini'
I've experienced similar episodes/ misunderstandings from simply asking something as mundane as - 'could you please run to the store for a jar of horseradish?'

Apr 08, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Thanks blue room, appreciate the info.
I'm not a bread making person to begin with.....so probably wouldn't put in the time on this till I could figure out all the specifics for success (sounds like some of the instructions assume at least an intermediate knowledge of bread-making)
Your finished product looked very good despite the issues you had with the recipe :)

Apr 08, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

How long did the process take from start to finish?

Apr 08, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

If memory serves, both Melissa Clark books (the COTM ones) had very tasty recipes for pork chops in which butter and anchovies were part of the mix - perhaps this compound butter would also work in those (if you like pork). Always love the umami goodness anchovies can impart :)
This asparagus recipe will have to be the first I try when I get my kitchen back.

April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Yes- I remember a recipe a risotto that's actually made with minuscule diced potatoes (using the mandoline) that was too clever by half! Of course, all my books are in storage now, but I really should dust that one off first and report on a few things in Breadcrumb's cookbook a week thread - once this dang renovation is over. Definitely impressed me as a book for those who like to play in the kitchen.

Apr 07, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

My post really does no justice to the book , because there were so many clever ideas in it - food that tricks your eye, and ways to make your mandoline produce minuscule cubed potatoes, square shaped eggs, etc.
The spiral slicer is just one of MANY gadgets in that book, which is why I haven't really delved in. They probably only would get used once if I'm honest with myself. But every time I see one in a cooking store, I think twice before walking by...
No room for such frivolity in my tiny place. Maybe when I retire!

Apr 07, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Been dying to try that one myself (my mom and sis are both gluten intolerant) - but my kitchen is tiny and I was afraid a one-time-use spiral slicer would be destined for the gadget graveyard.
I remember that he also uses meat slicers and other equipment in rather ingenious ways.
That book has so many fun ideas. Now that I have TWO books with successful recipes requiring that toy, I can justify the purchase!

Apr 06, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Michel Richard had a lot of fun ideas for
using those spiral slicers - if you ever have time, browse thru his cookbook (perhaps your library carries it). I think it's titled 'Happy in the kitchen'.
If I remember correctly, one recipe was for low carb 'carbonara' made with spiral cut onions which look just like pasta. Very ingenious.

April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

The ham hocks I've cooked with in years past have always been smoked. In the last couple of years I've noticed that they seem less 'meaty' than they used to be. And for some reason, they have also struck me as being slightly rancid in many cases - perhaps due to a decline in pork popularity? Who knows.
For me, a ham hock's function is almost always just to season a pot of beans
. Recently I made an Alton Brown recipe(for collard greens) in which he specifies using a smoked turkey leg instead of a ham hock. It was a revelation.
Now I actually prefer the smoked turkey leg, and am going to try it with beans as well. I'd be curious to see if that substitution would work in this recipe, but maybe not, if smoked meat is not what is intended.

Apr 06, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Wonderful story Breadcrumbs. I have memories of some dwarf bunnies that were pets - and rabbit as an entree just doesn't appeal to me either. Was just looking at the book today and wondering what adjustments I'd need to make to sub chicken. I will be looking forward to trying this with chicken when I get my kitchen and apartment back - thanks for paving the way.

April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Is it the potato tomato gratin from Sunday Suppers? I'm not terribly keen on minced lamb but those look delicious!

Apr 05, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

This looks fabulous! Of all the times I could have chosen to get this apartment renovation done, I'm just kicking myself that it was this month! I can't remember the last time my inbox exploded with 107 emails in one day, most of them from chowhound, Polpo thread .
This book has so many enticing recipes.
I'll be very late to the party, but I'm looking forward to getting to try some things once I have a kitchen again :(

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

You can get manufacturing cream (40%) fat content at Smart and Final in CA - but not sure if that chain is in DC.

Mar 25, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Mar 25, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I've heard good things about the book (Polpo) but the last time I checked - over a year ago - I remember it being rather expensive - even used copies. Not that that would stop me from buying it...:-)

Mar 17, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I own a number of those books Breadcrumbs, and would be happy to see any of them ( or any number mentioned up thread ) nominated. So many great suggestions this month!
Unfortunately my apartment is being renovated in April so I won't be participating. Just finished moving 400+ cookbooks to storage (not quite done), and was again reminded that there are plenty older books it would be fun to explore.

Just a few tangential asides ....
I've owned the Frog Commissary cookbook for a while now and have been meaning to try the carrot cake recipe, which is supposed to be fabulous.
Bill Granger's books can be difficult to obtain - at least the Asian one has eluded me for over a year. Charleston receipts is very old ( I own it too) but I like the idea of occasionally choosing a much older book for COTM.
Looking forward to participating vicariously next month, and sad that my kitchen will be out of commission.

February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 3 & 4

Hi Caitlin,
Thanks! I did not know :-)

Feb 07, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 3 & 4

Do not have this book either. keeping a spot :-)

Feb 06, 2015
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