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February 2013 COTM “Bistro Cooking at Home” Savory Gratins, Gallettes, and Tarts; Fish, Bistro Style; Chicken and Other Winged Things

Funny, I am making that tonight for dinner but from a different French cookbook. I will have to try this and see how they compare.

Feb 04, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

Chris, love the picture! And I am a sucker for salami so I might try that. The salad went well with the roasted chicken recipe too.

Jan 30, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

Thanks, I was pretty proud of that dish.

Jan 30, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

Agreed. I opted for 3 pounds of chicken thighs, and did not cut up the bird. I think I had a lot more meat that way.

Jan 30, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

I did not adjust a thing. They came out that way and I loved it like that. I have to say I have one of those oven thermometers that you buy at the grocery store as my oven knob temperature is not quite accurate.

Jan 30, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

This was the first post I read about the book and the first recipe I wanted to try. Finally made it last night.

I have been marinating/brining meats lately and can see what I have been missing out on. This recipe was no exception. The ingredients were fairly easy enough to come by except no Ouzo in my house so I used Sambuca, and I was only able to commandeer one large fennel bulb. I am wondering if these two reasons is why I did not have huge black licorice taste to the meat?? I guess it does not matter as everyone, including myself, was licking their fingers after having this chicken. The high heat cooked the meat perfectly and got a nice char on some pieces of meat, fennel, and the clementines. My sister actually got a little bowl and poured herself some leftover cooking sauce to just drink as a broth. I am guessing that means she liked it.

One note, the recipe in my book said this dish serves 4. 3 pounds of meat, tons of fruit and fennel and only serves 4?! I think it should say 8-10 people but that might just be me.

Jan 28, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Savory Pastries; Sweets & Desserts; Condiments

First, Allegra_K you have a great picture! I also was going to make cupcakes when I read to split between two pans but luckily my sister lives across the street and had a second pan for my to use.

I am a huge citrus and coconut fan so when I was making the Sunday family dinner and was asked what dessert was this flew off the pages at me. And I agree about the picture looking like they doubled up in one pan as mine was not quite as tall and I have fresh baking soda.

The end product was amazing. Dense and really moist at the same time. Not too sweet but still had that yummy dessert sweetness. This has been requested to be made again with family dinner. Loved it and so did my guests.

Jan 28, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

Crazy about the too acidic part as I did not think that of mine at all. Just wondering if you ever took a second shot at it.

Jan 28, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I completely echo what you wrote. The dish and flavors were great. I have a new love for walnut oil and even let my dinner party guests sample the oil pure and had them on board too. I lucked out and got the best tasting arugula from the farmer's market that morning and am glad as it really made the "salad" part of the dish.

The leeks...I wish I could have loved this part. They just never seem to be the right texture for me and I had mixed reviews from my guests. One liked them more al dente and the other wanted them cooked more. Next time I am leaving out the leeks. I think this is a great salad just with the beets and arugula but I like your idea of perhaps artichokes.

Jan 28, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

Finally made a huge dinner from the book last night and this was a last minute addition. I had some unexpected guests show up and needed another side and good thing to because everyone loved this one so much so that someone asked to lick the plate!

It had a nice warm spice to it and the carrots were cooked perfectly. I am planning on making more this week to take with my lunch. I would have loved a little more crunch factor with it though. Maybe next time a topping of chopped nuts.

Jan 28, 2013
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February’s Cookbook of the Month will be “Bistro Cooking At Home” by Gordon Hamersley

I admit I voted for Bistro and am excited, but after reading rave reviews about Burma I might try that on my own too.

Jan 23, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? New Year's 2013 edition! [old]

Thanks, I saw that too. Let me know how it goes when you try it. And Good Cook bundle? How did you score that?

Jan 23, 2013
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Cookbooks we bought in 2012: the great and not so good

Have you cooked out of all of them and love them? I find the ones I have had and never cooked out of mean nothing really sounded great to me.

Jan 23, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I finally made this last night and absolutely love it. Being of the spicy persuasion and first I wanted to kick it up a bit more but in the end I am glad I did not as the spice was rich verses the heat I am used to. My guest loved it as well and I am making it again for dinner this week.

I would not change a thing.

Jan 19, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? New Year's 2013 edition! [old]

I am waiting on an everyday French cooking book called "The Bonne Femme Cookbook" which has had some great reviews and sounds perfect for weeknight dinners. Anyone ever heard of it or tried it before? It is taking Amazon a month to get it to me...

Jan 18, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? New Year's 2013 edition! [old]

My sister and brother-in-law talked me into going Paleo in January and we are all cooking out of the "Well Fed" cookbooks by Melissa Joulwan. I am loving her flavor palate and would cook from her book even if I was not going Paleo. What can I say, I am a sucker for Moroccan spices and different veggie dishes.

Jan 18, 2013
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Nomination Thread -- Cookbook of the Month February 2013

Thanks Gio. I am marking my calendar although I do like the nominations for February. (Just bummed they are not at a library near me.)

Jan 18, 2013
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Cookbooks we bought in 2012: the great and not so good

I would like to say, before reading these posts I thought I had a problem with buying cookbooks. It turns out I only have a mild case compared to many so thank you all for boosting my self-esteem.

I check out a lot of books from the library and if I love them end of buying them. Doesn't hurt that I have 2 sisters close buy that also cook and have books I can borrow.

Thanks for the recommendations and warnings.

Jan 18, 2013
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Voting Thread -- Cookbook of the Month February 2013

Thanks, I think I missed that piece of advice too.

Jan 18, 2013
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Nomination Thread -- Cookbook of the Month February 2013

Question: I am new and trying to get involved with the COTM. I just wondered if I can get on a list or something to be notified when you are recommending books for the next month and also when the voting thread is available to vote. I know, I am such a novice but find I would better with emails than logging in everyday.

P.S. Making my first recipe from "Jerusalem" tonight. The books looks amazing!

Jan 18, 2013
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Voting Thread -- Cookbook of the Month February 2013

BISTRO COOKING AT HOME please!

Jan 18, 2013
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Donna Hay

You may have posted this in 2003, but I am a HUGE fan on Donna Hay and have a Donna Hay cookbook collection (my one vice). Flavors is a great book! I hope you got it and have cooked through it.

Jan 18, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Vegetables; Beans & Grains; Soups

I found that maple syrup is a good substitute for date syrup.

Jan 18, 2013
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The “A Cookbook a Week” Challenge….Will you join me? [old]

I agree, the rest of the recipes are simple and delicious which is why I am wondering if I am doing something wrong.

Jan 09, 2013
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The “A Cookbook a Week” Challenge….Will you join me? [old]

Also, I have actually been cooking through another one of her books, Instant Entertaining, and have been recording my attempts on my blog. I will send you the link if you are interested.

Jan 02, 2013
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The “A Cookbook a Week” Challenge….Will you join me? [old]

I have attempted her Melting Moments recipe twice now and have failed. The batter is stiffer than cookie dough and I broke one pastry bag from squeezing so hard. When I finally have the pretty cookies pipped out they did not hold their shape through the cooking process. I am thinking I might need to stick them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes beforehand to have them hold their shape. Any advice?

Jan 02, 2013
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January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

I loved your summary. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

Jan 02, 2013
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