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Uncooked frosting recipe needed for Dorie Greenspan's gingerbread buche de noel

I have several Christmas parties to attend Christmas Eve and Christmas day and I want to bring the buche de noel for dessert for Christmas dinner. My plan is to make the log (with the filling) and the frosting the night before and frost and decorate the log the next day. For a variety of reasons I do not want to frost night before nor do I want to make the frosting at the place where I will be serving it. Does anyone have a good suggestion for an alternative that I can prepare the night before?

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Reluctance to buy online?

>Please do not imbue these notions with false assumptions that I do not buy and support local<

I am not sure how you came to that conclusion. You may want to go easy on that Banyul's.

A shortcut to making latkes?

You could parboil the potatoes and drain them. I like Mollie Katzen's latkes recipe and she calls for parboiling. The potato mixture even keeps for a day should you have some leftover. It isn't as good as the first day though.

http://www.molliekatzen.com/recipes/r...

Reluctance to buy online?

This is not a knee jerk reaction. It is a shopping preference not a political statement. I shopped locally before the Walmarts moved in and before Amazon started selling things on the internet. In the time before the internet, but before the dinosaurs I shopped locally before resorting to specialty mail order catalogs. Before that my family lived in rural Pennsylvania and we would have to shop in town before we would go to a large city or town to shop. Lastly, it is my pay check and I get to decide how to spend it.

Reluctance to buy online?

Picking up a phone and making a few calls prior to going shopping generally prevents my frustration of sitting in traffic or wasting gas.

Reluctance to buy online?

Speaking for myself I check locally before considering buying on line. I like to keep my tax dollars where I live and see local businesses succeed.

Electric food steamer advice needed

Thanks for the recommendation and tips.

Electric food steamer advice needed

I am being proactive because my range is dying. Thanks for the recommendation.

Electric food steamer advice needed

I am interested in feedback on electric steamers. I am specifically interested in the feedback from people who currently own or have owned one. I have an old fashioned metal basket steamer and I don't have any interest in owning a wok and bamboo steamer. I don't own a microwave either and don't have any intention of buying one in the future. In other words, I am not seeking advice on alternatives to the electric steamer.

An example of what I am talking about:

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-...

Favorite cooking task(s)?

Reheating the contents of doggie bag from a really good meal from a really good restaurant. I know reheating doesn't count as cooking.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I am currently lusting after the new Tin Fish Gourmet: Gourmet Seafood from Cupboard to Table,by Barbara-jo McIntosh. I love finding specials on tinned fish and need more ways to prepare it than what I currently do.
I joined the good cook gourmet cookbook club. I am waiting for Pastry by Nick Malgieri, Buvette by Jody Williams, Marcus Off Duty by Marcus Samuelsson and a french cookbook that I can't recall the title of. I also purchased on my kindle a cookbook by the woman who does Hilah Cooking on Youtube. I like her videos even though the lessons are for beginners. I am sorry I missed out on the deal on Delancey.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Gingerbread is free with Kindle Unlimited.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I ordered it through the Good Cook book club. I have his book on baking and love it. I am looking forward to the Pastry book.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I heard an interview w/Hans Rockenwagner on Good Food. I think it will be a good book to have.

What to serve with panes con pavo (El Salvadorian turkey sandwich)

Thank you all. I think my favorite side dish would be another sandwich.

What to serve with panes con pavo (El Salvadorian turkey sandwich)

I am planning on making panes con pavo/pollo for a group of friends. The turkey or chicken is braised in an aromatic liquid, once cooked some of the liquid is reserved and used to make a tomato sauce. Curtido (a vinegary cabbage slaw)is traditionally served with it. I would like to make an additional side dish. It doesn't have to be from El Salvador, just something that would compliment the sandwiches. I will be preparing the turkey and the sauce ahead of time and transporting it the kitchen in my condo complex's clubhouse. In other words, I am looking for something that can be prepared ahead of time or easily assembled once I get there. No frying please. My party is in January so maybe a less starchy side would be good after the holidays. I am using a friend's secret recipe, but here are a couple of recipes to give you an idea:

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/1227...

What are the cuisines that you know little about but want to try?

I tried some Surinamese food in Amsterdam a few years ago, it would be fun to explore a few recipes.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

Yeah, I always reuse my lunch or breakfast plates. If measure dry ingredients I dust off the measuring cup or spoon, I am not sure it would go over well if I lived with someone else. My dishwasher is serving as an awesome dish rack, it beats cleaning a dish rack that sits on the counter.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I made a personal size bruleed bread pudding. I winged the whole thing. I used leftover dinner rolls, eggnog, egg whites and brown sugar. I made and baked the bread pudding first. When it was finished I sprinkled some dark brown sugar on the top and stuck it under the broiler. Oh my word! It was so good. I wish I had raisins, but other than that it was perfection.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I am super lucky because we have several Middle Eastern and Indian restaurants in my neighborhood that are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The year I got divorced I had a cold on Thanksgiving. I was thankful to go to a place that I didn't need reservations and where it was just another day, it really eased the sadness I was feeling. The spicy was perfect for the cold.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I wonder how much extra you would have to pay.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I live near two upscale cafes/gourmet markets that have excellent Thanksgiving menus. Ordering for several people is ridiculously expensive, so I would take advantage of being solo and get a dinner for two. My birthday is this weekend so I do a lot of indulging.

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I love Cornish game hens for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I did this one recipe holiday:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I lent my roasting pan and other implements to a friend so I made them in a dutch oven. It was amazing.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

I think this is another reason I need to eat less. The less I put on the plate, the less I have to clean.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

I don't entertain that much and when I do my friends and I share stacks of those wine tasting trays that have room for food and a hole for the glass. They get a good scraping and then the person who takes them home runs them through the d/w.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

I am convinced that during the decades when wallpaper was very ugly that the glue that was was like roofing material. 10 year glue, 20 year glue and for the ugliest and usually the last layer of wall paper to be removed it is 30 year glue.

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I think for a lot of people investing in a few new pieces or an entire new set basically means that they will have theses pieces or set for a long time. If I was interested buying a new set it probably would be the last set I would own.

In my experience it all boils down (pun intended) to the relationship you have with the pot or pan. IMHO Successful cooking depends on understanding its optimal conditions and its flaws. I have an aluminum pot that I use twice a week in the cooler months. I know this sounds goofy, but it's my friend, I have relationship with it.

Cooking turkey in a bag?

Yes, and you can remove it from the bag or visa versa and let the turkey brown up in the oven for the last hour. I did that once when a former relative wanted crispy skin to munch on.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

Thank you all. Up until about 8 years ago I hand washed all of my dishes. It is funny how quickly I got out of the habit of hand washing.

Water conscious methods for hand washing dishes

That is a great idea. I don't make a lot of pasta, but when I do I will use that idea. I do sort of the same thing at work. We have an electric kettle and at the end of the day I use the hot water left over in the kettle to clean my containers and dishes. There is no hot water and I hate using the communal sponge.