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We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

I was going to suggest fondue, as well. You could course it out, use separate broths for meat and fish, cheese (of course), veg, and dessert. It's festive and interactive.

Dec 15, 2014
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The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone vs How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

Thank you all. I ended up buying How to Cook Everything Veg since it is more of a basic cooking book. I will show him my Ottolenghi books while he is here. One of my favs, for sure! I appreciate everyone's opinion.

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone vs How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

I'm looking for the best of the two books for my step-son as a Christmas gift. He's mid-twenties, vegetarian for about three years, lives in Bay Area, works for Whole Foods Market (IT dept), basic cooking skills. Opinions please V & V board.

Thanks! I will be scanning this board for our vegetarian Christmas. I am super excited to prepare an all veg holiday meal!

Next up Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, etc.

I have worked the last several Christmas Day's, so I'm looking forward to a nice Christmas dinner at home with DH. Fairly low-key as I work Christmas Eve and the day post-Christmas. We will have a small family get together with his children for breakfast and packages, then they will be off to their mom's. I don't have my menu set, just yet. Something beefy, must-have mashed potatoes, and lots of veg (depends on what the CSA delivers), a cranberry sauce (always looking for new recipes), and maybe the chocolate-pecan pie that someone linked in a Thanksgiving thread. I'll definitely be scanning threads for ideas!

Dec 02, 2014
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Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

Thank you for sharing the link. I tagged it for next year! Or, maybe Christmas?

Dec 02, 2014
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What to do with lemons? Zested over 20 of them

I make a glass of lemon water each morning. Juice of one lemon and 20 oz of water.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/...

Nov 13, 2014
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What is your favorite Thanksgiving roll recipe?

I have used this recipe the one and only time I tackled Parker House rolls. I am not a baker, needless to say this was the dish I was most proud of on Thanksgiving 2012! It is adapted from the Fannie Farmer Baking Book.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/park...

Nov 13, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

I would love to cook from PLENTY MORE. Vegetable focused, but very seasonal, like root veg gratin and brandy pears. I won't be too down if this isn't chosen for Dec 2014 COTM, because I know it will be COTM at sometime in 2015. It's superb!

Nov 10, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I do try my best to order for delivery when I will be able to pick up my own packages. I am judged by my cookbook habit. I have even started buying more on Kindle, not by choice but by judgement and space.

Nov 02, 2014
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please critique my menu

I'm having a few friends over for a casual Sunday mid-afternoon. I don't plan on serving a full meal, just nosh. The weather is beautiful in my neck of the woods. We will be indoor/outdoor. We do have a grill. I've tried to work in a salad or something fresh and crunchy, but haven't found the right item yet. I could end up doing a veg tray. Ideas welcomed!

Parmesan kale chips
ham and leek empanadas
Gruyere and thyme cheese ball rolled in pepitas
Spanish peppers (bell pepper quarters stuffed with a mixture of raisins, green olives, saffron, bread crumbs that are baked)
?pesto (basil and spinach) pasta salad with peas

Cranberry martinis
wine and beer

Oct 30, 2014
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014) Voting

Tis the season. My CSA will be filling my fridge with greens in the next few months. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare them. Especially the bitter greens as they usually go to my friends chickens!

Oct 28, 2014
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Does anyone have an amazing vegetarian chili recipe?

I've made this recipe in the past. Here is a version of the Cooks Illustrated recipe.

http://craftycooknook.wordpress.com/2...

Here is a discussion about it from a couple of years ago. Photo included

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8855...

Oct 28, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Is that kinda like the BRAT diet? lol

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

It is very close. There are a couple of slight differences:

there is only 2 c broth and 1 c water (don't see that this would make that much of a difference)
CI adds 1/2 c dry white wine, which I liked this addition
In the directions, CI specifically states skin side up.

It does make for a nice Sunday dinner for those of us that really like turkey.

Oct 23, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Nice list! This thread is making me wish I was staying home to host Thanksgiving this year! The planning is one of the best parts of hosting. There's always next year!

Oct 23, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

bummer, sorry everyone. It was originally in Slow Cooker Revolution. My immediate family is absolutely giddy when I make it the rest of the year. My butcher occasionally has full turkey breasts in the case.

Oct 21, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year, although it is my favorite holiday. We are joining my big, super fun family, none of whom really like to cook, entertain, etc. So, I have suggested a little bit of an uncommon recipe that I have tried and loved for turkey. Cooks Illustrated slow cooker turkey breasts. I know, unconventional. We are going to quadruple the recipe in four slow cookers. It makes a delicious gravy. I am going to make turkey stock from necks and wings the day prior. This helps boost the flavor of the gravy. Everyone in the crowd prefers breast meat. Downside: no crispy skin. The breast meat is tender and moist. Clean up and prep is easy. Believe me, if I did not suggest this we might end up with Stoffer's Lasagna (yep, it happened one year).

http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/6...

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Yes, the HORS D'OEUVRES book is wonderful!

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

The book looks fabulous. Please give us a little review once you've had the time to look through it.

I traveled to Istanbul ten years ago. One of the most memorable trips of my life! I'd like to go back someday.

greek salad dressing

Great tip. Thanks.

Oct 12, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I forgot I pre-ordered Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry on my Kindle several months ago. The layout features fifty pantry ingredients and 150 recipes that use these items. I like the concept. Some nice recipes, I have marked several of them. I was a little disappointed to see deviled eggs under the yellow mustard chapter. I love deviled eggs, but it was just the basic recipe.

On another topic:
I was interested in Mario Batali's Farm to Table, but it's $31.50 on Amazon. Has anyone laid eyes on this book yet?

Oct 09, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Me too! Two pre orders I forgot about. Yay!

Oct 07, 2014
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Ground turkey for tacos and chili? Is it any good?

We have found that ground chicken works better than turkey in tacos and taco salads. It seems to be more tender than turkey. We brown it with onions, simmer in a couple of tablespoons of chicken stock with a homemade taco seasoning blend.

Oct 05, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I wish my library was as actively adding newly released cookbooks as yours, rstuart. It would certainly help my pocketbook!

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I think pre-ordering makes me feel a little better about my cookbook habit. At least I know it was not an impulsive purchase like so many of my cookbooks have been.

Oct 03, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

I've been leafing through my Skinnytaste cookbook, as well, Roxlet. I'm going to try the beef/broccoli stirfry this weekend. I think it will be a good book to go to for everyday, lower cal, family meals. Just as it was intended.
I'm also awaiting The Kitchn cookbook, Plenty More, and Homemade Decadence by Joy the Baker this month.
Since this seems to be a big month for cookbook releases it will be fun to follow along.
Cheers!

Savory breakfast dish recipes for potluck

I've made a tortilla espanola served with a romesco sauce to take to a brunch. It was a big hit!

Sep 15, 2014
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What happens if you freeze raw kale?

I freeze spinach all the time (not baby spinach). I use it in any cooked preparation with no problems.

Sep 14, 2014
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Healthy Popcorn

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-...

I've tried this and it actually works pretty well. You could then mist with EVOO, salt or nutritional yeast like others have suggested.

Sep 04, 2014
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What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

Yes, now that you mention it, they were more maroon colored.

Aug 24, 2014
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