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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
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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 night..it was divine, even left-over.

Jan 20, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Sheet-Pan-Suppe...

I happen to be a big fan of this concept. For instance, http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ro... 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.

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

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

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!

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
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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!

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

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Inspiralized-Ve...

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

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

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.

Cocktail party eats -- a report

Very impressive. Thank you for sharing.

A trip through lager land, Bavaria

What a treat to read your trip report! I spent several weeks in Wurzburg in 2004. Such a wonderful experience we had traveling around, day-trips by train, riding bikes from village to village, delicious beer and, surprisingly, great wine. Someday I will travel there again. Thank you for sharing!

Dec 29, 2014
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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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