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what are you making today?

Did your recipe call for pumpernickel (sic?) flour and molasses? The bread you're referencing almost sounds like Boston Brown Bread with dates in it (YUM). Maybe that's the key?

Oct 04, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

Splatgirl, you're a girl after my own heart! I had the kids and the grandkids up a couple of weeks ago (total of 10, not as many as you) and made home made pizza - some traditional white crust, a killer whole wheat spinach crust, then I made traditional red sauce and an alfredo sauce. Each person got to pat out their own crust, put on their own sauce and top their pizza. It was so much fun! Dessert was home made peach ice cream with some of the last southern peaches of the season.

Oct 04, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

Thanks Divo! I enjoy David Lebovitz's recipes as well, love his marmalade and just made 12 pints of cherry jam with his "no recipe recipe." Stay cool, hope the weather breaks for you soon.

Aug 12, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

Those look beautiful! Yes, if you've got a nice meal waiting for wifey she will have no complaints! ; )

Jul 05, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

LOL - yes, traveling out of ATL is not fun!

Lucky you - no humidity - It is the bane of curly hair - I understand exactly what you mean by the mane!

Divo - if you don't mind - share the "core" recipe - I'd love to try it (when the weather cools, of course!).

Jul 05, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

What's your best pork tenderloin recipe you can share with me?

My family's favorite is this: 1 small tenderloin.
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 t. kosher salt, 2 T peppercorns, 1/4 cup. fresh rosemary. Grind peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, add kosher salt, add in rosemary, then add olive oil and vinegar. Pour over the tenderloin and marinate in a bag overnight. Grill or roast, your choice, according to the weight. Can be doubled or tripled to accommodate larger roasts. I hope you like it Angelina!

Jul 05, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

I went to this awesome international market. It was in a sealed bag, so i knew it would be ok on the flight back (don't want to get on TSA's naughty list!). i lve in NW Georgia, an 8 oz bag of bulgar cost $4.00!! I also bought some semolina flour (again, here it's really high).

I love toffee, let me know how it came out! Does the humidity affect it? It's probably a fall project for me.

Jul 03, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

It is sooo very hot here in the Southeast today - I was lucky enough to bring back a large bag of bulgar wheat from my last NY trip - so today it's fresh tabouleh with mint from the garden. I think the mint is the only thing flourishing in this heat!!

Jun 30, 2012
katcancook in Home Cooking

what are you making today?

Breakfast this a.m. - toast with orange marmalade I made on Sunday. Dinner - chicken in phyllo pastry. Easy and delicious. Love the crunch of the phyllo contrasted with the tenderness of the boneless chicken. Good luck with the jam, I'm sure it will turn our great. Let me know if you have any questions, I've been studying the "Blue Chair Jam Cookbook" all week : ) And hope hubby feels better soon.

Dec 06, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

What Makes a Good Hot Chocolate Good?

I remember that! It was sooo good! Very thick. I'm going to try this during Georgia's next cold snap!! Thanks!

Dec 05, 2011
katcancook in General Topics

What Makes a Good Hot Chocolate Good?

Good quality chocolate chips melted with a little half and half or heavy cream (rather like making a ganache). Then mix with your milk. It tastes more like the hot chocolate in Spain. Divine!!

Dec 05, 2011
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Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

My mom is an excellent home cook, but for some reason I never liked her beef stew. Something about the texture of the meat when it was cooked. Our family now calls it "oh boy stew", because whenever I came home from school (or later on, from work) and asked what was for dinner, the response was "oh boy (insert rolling eyes here), stew". Gotta love a family joke!

Dec 01, 2011
katcancook in General Topics

Looking for a good orange marmalade recipe

Hi all!

I'm looking for an orange marmalade recipe. I've looked online some, but I want to try the traditional, 3 day process (similar to the Blue Chair Jam cookbook - which I don't own : ( ) Does anyone have one that they considered tried and true? My bro-in-law is going to send me some Seville Oranges from Florida and I really want to make some marmalade.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 30, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Convection or Conventional Oven for Roasting the Turkey

Fiona, I agree with the others. Convection ovens are a wonderful tool to roast your turkey. Cooking time is shortened, meat stays juicy and the skin gets crispy. Use your meat thermometer, but as a rule it decreases cooking time by about 1/4 - 1/3. The Butterball site has some good advice on the topic. http://www.butterball.com/tips-how-to...

Nov 22, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Does Mauviel lacquer their copper cookware

I scored a beautiful copper jam pan (Mauviel - 16 qt) on ebay recently. The seller said it had never been cooked in. It has some black streaks on it that I've been working on with Barkeeper's Friend. My question: does Mauviel lacquer their copper cookware? I do know how to remove it, just wasn't sure if they practiced this or not. Thanks to all!

Nov 22, 2011
katcancook in Cookware

Thanksgiving ideas for two

I love plum wine, it's easy to find as well. Sounds like a great sauce idea. I was thinking cherry, but I like the originality of the plum wine instead. Thanks!

Nov 20, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

Chef, I really like the smoked duck idea. I'm not afraid of a few steps! Yes, I'm thinking greens as well. And I have a wonderful butternut squash soup recipe. Sounds like a plan. Thanks for your input, you're ideas always sound good to me!

Nov 20, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

That sounds heavenly but I do usually make Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner. I think I'm going with duck. But thanks for the suggestion.

Nov 17, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Side dish suggestions for roast duck

They all sound good - I especially like the cherry compote idea. Thanks!

Nov 17, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Side dish suggestions for roast duck

I'll be serving roast duck for Thanksgiving dinner. Any side dishes suggestions of recipes that you know would go really well with duck would be much appreciated!

I'd like some kind of potato instead of rice, and if anyone has a good dressing recipe for duck, that would be wonderful. Maybe a fall fruit compote instead of cranberry?

Nov 17, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

What the hell exactly are "Christmas Cookies"?

Ha ha - acknowledged! I went on a tangent due to Roland's reference to German baked goods!

Nov 16, 2011
katcancook in General Topics

Thanksgiving ideas for two

Mels, I love the idea of the ramekins and / or individual apple tarts. . . I am a dessert girl myself!

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

OMG that's too funny! DEEP FRIED turducken! But the lost duck fat! The tragedy, I tell you! Thanks for sharing, I found a website that sells it already boned and stuffed. It's pricey, but no more than I would usually spend for the whole spread!!

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Breakfast On The Holidays?

We have always had Stollen, a German Christmas cake, for breakfast on Christmas morning. A yeast based bread (not too sweet) filled with dried fruit and topped with powdered sugar. It makes me homesick just writing about it!

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in General Topics

What the hell exactly are "Christmas Cookies"?

In regards to the baked goods, don't forget the Stollen! It wouldn't be a German Christmas without it!

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in General Topics

Thanksgiving ideas for two

Duck is sounding really good to me . . . I've begun pulling recipes for Peking Duck. Do you do a simple roast duck? Anything special?

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

LOL - I've actually thought about the turducken, I've always wanted to attempt it! Don't know if I'll get that adventerous. If I do, I'll let you know. Have you made it yourself? If so, how long did it take and how did it come out? While I've got lots of experience cooking and am pretty brave, I haven't done much butchering and so would be worried about the de-boning.

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

mlou, you made me nostalgic! My mom always made creamed pearl onions. The au gratin sounds like a great twist. I'll try it if I can find the onions here. The pear salad sounds divine as well.

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving ideas for two

Chef - that recipe sounds delicious! Will add the ingredients to my list. Many thanks!

Nov 15, 2011
katcancook in Home Cooking

What the hell exactly are "Christmas Cookies"?

I love this post! Hilarious, yet a very good question! I think "Christmas" cookies can be defined in two ways: 1) The cookies you had at your house at Christmas which you will forever associate with Christmas (my own mom made about 10 different varieties, which we looked forward to all year because we ONLY got them at Christmas; and 2) The cookies you see in the magazines at Christmas i.e. gingerbread, cut out or pressed sugar cookies decorated to the nines, things of that nature. It's individual and yet global. So, are you more confused now?? ; )

Nov 14, 2011
katcancook in General Topics