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What to make out of spinach and broccoli?

I freeze fresh spinach and use it in soups or "beans and greens" in the winter months.

I love this broccoli-cheese eggy breakfast casserole. Leftovers are an excellent weekday morning breakfast.

Jul 25, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

new ideas for leftover chicken ideas

I just ran across this slow cooker recipe this morning. A perfect accompaniment to this list of left over chicken ideas. Throw chicken in the slow cooker on Sunday and have lunches/dinners all week long! All of these ideas are definitely going into an evernote file!

Jul 19, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

Okra happiness

Thanks for the link. The okra chickpea bake looks delicious! Right down my alley!

Jul 14, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

4 elegant but simple dinner recipes / menus to master for dinner parties

Another cookbook option, but check out Ina Garten's Make it Ahead or Molly Gilbert Zulauf Sheet Pan Suppers (more casual, but delicious and easy for weeknight cooking).

Otherwise, I would suggest finding homey-type foods Roasted Chicken with root vegetables, for example. Or, find a particular cuisine you like and are comfortable with cooking, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern (Ottolenghi, anyone?) for instance. These are delicious, flavorful, and often easy to prepare. I feel that if you make food that you like it will show in the results.

Skins came off pinto beans!

I'd let them sit overnight in their liquid and see how they look tomorrow. The bean liquor will thicken and my mask some of the skins. I would be hesitant to use canned beans because you want that delicious bean liquor. If it is just intolerable and you still have time, try making them again in a slow cook method (slow cooker, oven baked, or low and slow on stove top).

Roasting Okra - questions

If the okra is small I roast them whole or slice in half lengthwise. The larger ones cut in wheels. I high heat roast for 15-20 minutes(some dark spots) with a good coat of oil, s & p, and dried oregano. This is my absolute favorite way to cook okra. I will also grill if we are firing up the grill, but roasting is my #1.

Jun 25, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

Cookbook Challenge

I am on the home stretch in my master's program! I have been mostly a lurker the last year and a half. I have all but lost my cooking mojo. The only positive is the money I have saved on buying cookbooks! I have purchased a few Kindle editions here and there, but I haven't cooked from my books in ages. I will be excited to join in and keep this thread going come September! I love the idea of this thread!

Discada- think Mexican wok

I have never heard of this. Can you post a picture? Is it something like a paella pan? The recipe sound great, too! Pretty much anything served with tortillas, salsa, rice, and beans is a winner in my book!

Jun 04, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

One meal WITHOUT our teens

We're staying at an apartment in Midtown East. May 29-June 3. Plan for our "special" dinner Monday or Tuesday. I eat anything (everything, lol) and hubs is allergic to shellfish. I would like to keep the food+wine+cocktail+grat at about $150 pp (less is fine). Willing to take subway or taxi, but prefer to walk. Thanks for your suggestions, as I know this is a busy board.

May 28, 2015
pagesinthesun in Manhattan

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

This thread is as dangerous as "What cookbooks..." I just purchased Verdura on Kindle. If it wins I will follow along. I'm on the last 16 weeks of my Master's program and can't wait to rejoin COTM and other CH threads!

zuchinni noodle maker

I also have the Paderno. I have used it with many different veggies with good results. No breaking or problems. However, I follow a blog There are tons of spiralized recipes and she recently designed her own spiralizer. It looks similar to the Paderno (which is what she had always used prior), but she says there is less veg waste. Regardless of which you choose, follow her blog or instagram for inspiration!

Anyone know how Eat Your Books is doing?

I have not, but it does sound like a lot of work that they are the benefactors of. I guess you must weigh whether or not it is worth the work for your personal use, if it is not then I say don't bother. Or, maybe you can contact them for free membership per so many books indexed? That would be a win-win situation!

Anyone know how Eat Your Books is doing?

I wouldn't know how to find out how their business model is doing, but from personal experience I can tell you that I have about 60 cookbooks and I will subscribe to this website as long as it is around. I use it mainly to search my cookbooks to use a particular ingredient that I have on hand. I do wish that there were more reviews/notes on specific recipes. It would be nice if members, including myself, were more interactive on the website. This might be something for them to research and encourage participation.

Butterup Knife

This was a kickstarter item in the last year or two. I have had it on my list of gift ideas for family members. Thanks for the share.

Apr 15, 2015
pagesinthesun in Cookware

Four Spring Artichoke Recipes That Think Outside the Steamer

There are a couple local restaurants in AZ that have taken grilled artichokes off their menu. The rationale is due to availability of good artichokes. Do you know anything of this being from California? I have been a life-long lover of artichokes and this just breaks my heart (pun intended).

Apr 08, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

Completely new to grilling - useful for weekdays, quick dinners?

I concur with the Weber grill. We have both a gas Weber and a charcoal Weber. For weeknight cooking we use the gas grill and save the charcoal for more leisurely cooking. One thing that I feel is indispensable on our gas grill is the rotisserie attachment. It will bump up the price of the grill, but I use this frequently for whole chicken, pork loin roasts, leg of lamb. It has spectacular results and my DH collects the dripping to make a small batch of gravy!

We are in AZ and grill year around. It is our primary source of cooking. With time and practice you will be able to make most recipes grill-able. It is the perfect way to make lean proteins and veg for weeknight cooking. Look for threads on the best grilling cookbook. There are many opinions about this topic out there on CH. I find BBQ Bible (really a grilling cookbook as opposed to a BBQ cookbook) worthy of shelf space. It really teaches technique in addition to worldwide recipes for all things grilling. Most of all enjoy the endeavor! It is so wonderful to be home on a beautiful evening, outside grilling a meal for yourself and your family. Nothing better!

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I do adore VEGETABLE LITERACY! I have been abstaining from COTM, cookbooks, and basically CH, until I finish my grad program in September. I happen to be on a little break and I'm just lurking. I would have to join in if VL was finally nominated though. I mean, we have to eat something, right?!

Mar 16, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

Deborah Madison's "Vegetable Literacy"

I do love this book, although I have not cooked anything from it lately. Maybe we should try another nom for COTM?

Feb 09, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

Lost in Translation ... Cassoulet

Thanks for the bumping up this thread. I will have to add this to my growing list of cassoulet recipes that I have been collecting. I threaten each New Years Day that "I'm really making cassoulet this year!". Yet to happen, but someday!

Jan 20, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

What to do with 'sweet' kale?

I don't know what sweet kale is either. Could this have been advertising? As in "not bitter" kale? Regardless, I think you could use it in a cooked kale and white bean soup. This is my favorite way to cook kale. Or, possibly try it in a sauteed cabbage preparation. I had a large head of tender napa cabbage that I sauteed in a bit of butter for dinner the other was divine, even left-over.

Jan 20, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I just came across a book called Sheet Pan Suppers on Amazon. I bought the Kindle version for $5.99, but noticed it's a Workman's Blueplate Special for $3.99.

I happen to be a big fan of this concept. For instance, is one of my favorite family meals.

The book has chapters for a appetizers (the brie and strawberries sound divine), chicken, fish, meats, vegetarian mains, brunch, dessert. Some dishes are predictable such as cookies, enchiladas, roasted chicken. BUT, there are some very interesting, new recipes as well, such as warm Nicoise salad, pork tenderloin with squash, apples, and onion; banana cinnamon toast, and a stacked ratatouille with goat cheese. These recipes are perfect for weeknight family dinners and quick, hearty breakfasts. I know I will use this book, especially during the cooler months.

Chioggia Beet Best Treatments

I have this recipe saved for my next dinner party. I think Chioggia beets would be a beautiful addition.

Jan 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I'll have to take another look at it, thank you. It has spent most of it's life as a display book in my China cabinet. Are there any recipes, off the top of your head, that you've made and liked?

Jan 06, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Overwhelming is a good word for the book. I am very excited to have the book, however, I think it is going to be stored in my China cabinet with my Momofuku, Fat Duck, and Modern Cuisine at Home. I will always pull these books out to browse through them when I have time. At this point in my life I'm not ready to cook in this fashion.

Jan 05, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

As another mentioned, I keep my peelings, skins, and ends to my onions, celery, carrots, fennel, and tomatoes in the freezer. I will make veggie stock if I get ahead of my chicken stock needs. I also add peppercorns, bay leaf, dried mushrooms.

“A Cookbook a Week” Challenge (CAWC) – Thread #2 - Will you join me? [old]

May I ask what your #1 ice cream book would be? I have this book (albeit on Kindle, which never get as much use than my book-books) and have not used it. To me the ingredients just seem a little far out of the realm of homemade ice cream. My most used in Ultimate Ice Cream Book, mostly predictable recipes with some fun add-ins. I also have Ruby Violets Ice Cream Dreams (hard copy), which is absolutely beautiful. I have not used this book either, however.

Jan 05, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I finally received Yucatan for Christmas this year. (I do not have Mexico) Although I have enjoyed reading the book and flipping through the pictures, it doesn't seem like a book that I will actually cook from. I know many others have mentioned this book in the past. Has anyone used this book for it's recipes?

Jan 05, 2015
pagesinthesun in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

Eggplant, tomato, onion gratin (p. 135) is one of my summer favorites. Mostly, however, I pull this book out when I have something that needs to be used up. For instance, the cold Chinese cabbage with cilantro (p. 69) uses up the half of Napa or Savoy cabbage in the fridge simply by adding shallot to white wine vinegar, then tossing in the cabbage and a little olive oil until the cabbage wilts. Finally, add a handful of cilantro and serve. I find that I have most of the ingredients on hand for many of the recipes. Plus, I love the layout of alphabetized vegetable-chapters.

Spiral veggies anyone?

The author of the insprialized blog has written a cookbook due out this year.

I'm interested to see how many new recipes she has come up with as her blog is so vast!

Jan 05, 2015
pagesinthesun in Special Diets

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

I do enjoy my CP Vegetables cookbook very much. It always inspires me to use veggies that I get in my CSA basket with simple recipes using few ingredients. I bought the Fruit cookbook, as well. I have not used it, but I just couldn't resist.