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What Are You Planning For New Years Day?

I'm in Georgia and we had 8 for dinner. Obviously enough punch was made to fill about half of my punch bowl and there was none left at the end of the day. I'd say on average each guest had about 4 - 4oz glasses of punch.

The olive oil cake is adapted from a recipe found on Williams Sonoma, I use a local lemon flavored olive oil instead of regular olive oil. The curd is a combination of similar recipes i've made over the years, made as you would for a lemon merangue pie only I add a bit of gelatin. Then I make a lemon mousse infused with a bit of rosemary and fold it into the curd. The cake is cut into 3" rounds (3 per person) and the curd/mousse is spread between each layer in an acetate form. They stand in the fridge over night and on the day each guest has a beautiful, individual layer cake.

Jan 31, 2014
ebmalon in Home Cooking

What Are You Planning For New Years Day?

Smoked pork shoulder, braised red cabbage, collards, and hoppin john. An olive oil and lemon curd cake for dessert. There will be a punch bowl with St Cecilia punch and board games with family and friends while everything cooks!

The Flying Fig

My God this is delicious! I can't stop drinking them!

Oct 02, 2013
ebmalon in Recipes

Duck Confit - too salty

I realize this is an old post, but here I go anyway. I have the same issue with my confit. Can anyone weigh in? I generally use 2 - 3 Tbs salt to 4 legs (24 hours) and rinse thoroughly. The result is generally too salty. Should I be using less salt?

May 21, 2012
ebmalon in Home Cooking

The perpetual guest -- are you one? Why?

Bit late on the reply here, but this touches a nerve as I struggle with this topic a lot. As a single career minded women in my mid-thirties, I would love to host/entertain. However my circle of friends consists of couples with young children. I am often invited to events at their homes but feel they would be burdened by an invite to mine. I cannot cater to their children nor can I really relax when they do come round with the kids. Since I have no kids my house isn't really child friendly. I tried once to host a party and asked people to not bring their kids and my friends took offense to this.

Nov 23, 2011
ebmalon in Not About Food

Old school table manners... what were you taught?

I too was required to ask to be excused from the table. I think this is a great rule for children. One my hubby was obviously not taught and it irks me to no end when he departs the table once he is finished eating. Especially since it is only the two of us. He can't seem to understand why it bothers me. If I'm going to take the time after I've worked all day to cook a meal, I want to sit and enjoy the meal and prefer not to do so by myself. It's very disrespectful IMO.

Nov 23, 2011
ebmalon in Not About Food

Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

This is a reoccuring problem in my family. Though it doesn't carry the exact details of your issue. My SIL, when invited to a family dinner and asked to bring something, notoriously arrives with ingredients in hand and expects to prep and cook her contribution in the hosts kitchen. It's just rude considering generally the host is doing most of the cooking and is then inconvienienced by her tying up counter space, utensils and appliances. IMO if you must have something that you are fond of or are asked to bring a dish, prepare at home and bring it with you and if this is not an option, go without! Sounds like you have enough on your plate (no pun intended) without being inconvienienced by another "chef" in the kitchen. Kindly say no!

Nov 23, 2011
ebmalon in Not About Food

Pumpkin-Flavored White Russian—Why Not?

Try it with a vanilla flavored vodka, found that cut through the slight chemically after taste.

Nov 17, 2011
ebmalon in Features

Best Supermarket In USA: your nominations

2nd Central Market in Poulsbo. Fabulous!!

Nov 10, 2011
ebmalon in General Topics

Pacific Beach and Carlsbad

Pizza Port is the place to go for beers, pizza's aren't bad either and the atmosphere is very family friendly. There is also a German deli/market in Carlsbad called Tip Top Meats. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the prices can't be beat. Food is average, sometimes above. It simply a fun place to poke around as a foodie, beautiful meats butchered on site and the market has lots of fun things to get into.

Nov 10, 2011
ebmalon in San Diego