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

I am lusting after Roy Choi's LA Son. His story really resonates with me on many levels. The recipes seem ideal right now as I am having a "love affair" with a Korean/International market in my town. It has other foods and products from around the world as well (house made tortillas!). I think his book would be a nice companion for my trips to there. I am still lusting after Pok Pok and Smoke and Pickles, but I think I'll pick up Choi's first.

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

No rain here, only 100 degree weather and a brief power failure. I always wanted to try the sausage and plum recipe in All About Braising by Molly Stevens. Being that plums are still in season here I chose tonight to try it out. I had to make several changes to the recipe as I decided to make this at the last minute and had to use what I had on hand. I didn't have a shallot and I had to substitute mild sausage for sweet and a sweet white wine for the red. Despite the substitutions it came out very good. I would have tagged this to the COTM when the cookbook was featured, but my computer is moving slowly and it took forever to search. I made some creamy grits to go with it as well as some steamed broccoli.

What's for Dinner #323 - The Labor Day Edition!

I love goat curry. What recipe did you use?

What is omakase?

Nice and thank you. This is precisely what I am looking for.

What is omakase?

Thanks for the suggestions, they are very useful.

What is omakase?

Why point that out?

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

I am just looking for ideas right now. I am not asking for help in developing a menu. It would be another guest and myself.

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

Yes, and thank you.

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

I just want hear about an array of Japanese small dishes and sushi. Since some of you are interested in discussing my misunderstanding of the word then I have posted the question here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987030

What is omakase?

Since my post got hoodwinked:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986971

Thanks

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

Wrong. I mean as in an array of sushi and possibly other small plates. Is there an acceptable word for that I should be using?

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

>In my house, the "customers" get what I choose to serve them--always<

That really isn't answering the question. Now I remember why I
infrequently post on CH.

Sushi and small plate dinner ideas need.

I want to make an Omakase "style" dinner ~ as in you went to the restaurant and ordered omakase and had a memorable meal. If you have had an Omakase dinner what was on your menu? If you were to do (or have done this) this what is/was your inspiration? Are there any cookbooks, websites or reference books you can steer me towards? If you could set it the menu, what would be your "must haves" on a Omakase menu? I have access to sushi grade fish as well as other appropriate ingredients. I have editted as best I could. And yes, I have access to the fish and other ingredients I need.

Tell-Tale Terms

If I avoided reading about certain restaurants because of a few buzzwords I would probably end up eating home or at the same-ol-same-ol places. I look past the buzz words to the message people are trying to convey.

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

Lamenting the closure of an old favorite from months or years ago can also spark a "where are they now?" response. If a chef or manager has moved to a new venue, I would like to know so I can see if I like the work he/she does at the new place.

Also, I would imagine restaurant staff peruse these boards for inspiration. I think there may be a few lessons learned from these threads (like what dishes were great, flaws or assets in service, location etc.).

Something missing - Asian edition

I read somewhere a light drizzle of sesame oil at the end (after the dish is cooked) gives food that "Chinese food taste". It works for me, but I love sesame oil.

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

Yes, if on I was on my own. Sometimes the other choices don't appeal as much as my first choice. Why eat and pay for something you don't want?

Learn how to cook and host an amazing dinner party

Good for you! It is always nice to see how other people get inspired to learn. I was invited to a dinner party and was asked to bring dessert. I brought the pine nut tart from the Last Course by Claudia Fleming. It had been a decade since I produced a good pie or tart crust and I had never worked with almond flour. Luckily a friend who was an expert baker talked me through it. I think I made two crusts a night until I nailed it. Keep up the good work your efforts will not only pay off for dinner parties, but you will be able to put something together that is special on a week night.

No ketSUP for you!

I hope this becomes popular and that refusal of serving ranch dressing as a condiment follows.

https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-right-...

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

If you have access to a food dehydrator they are super easy and cheap to make. The vet loved them too as she said they were lower in calories than other dog treats.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Thanks, I am thinking of buying a cast iron skillet.

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

We had a reprieve from the triple digit weather. I made the breaded beef cutlet with spinach and mushroom salad from Michael Symon's 5 ingredient cookbook. I was craving fried food and the pan frying did the trick. Nice comfort food combined with a summery salad. It was quite satisfying. I was in luck the grocery store had all the items on sale. Even though I halved the recipe I had enough for two dinners and lunch tomorrow. I was regretting spending money on a cookbook I didn't need, but my savings on dinner paid for the book!

What's for Dinner #316 - the Hot August Night edition [through August 4, 2014]

I love that combination, I will have to try it.

Food allergies: When and how did you develop them?

I have had really bad reactions to pepperoni. Thankfully it is not something I like. One time I got hives and my eye became swollen, another time my face broke out in splotches and the last time I got very sick to my stomach with symptoms similar to food poisoning. It has come to the point I don't split a pizza with some folks because I have found pepperoni on combo pizzas that was ordered w/o pepperoni. Luckily I have a few friends who dislike pepperoni or even meat on their pizzas.

Food to eat while healing a sore throat

I wish I knew that 7 years ago! This is good to know, I like to travel and I work with the public. I come down with a cold about once a year (which is a lot less than my coworkers). Thanks

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

Thanks, I already have eater.

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

Thanks for the tip. The S was a typo. I am a seasoned traveler and have long gotten over the embarrassment of fox passes. It happens.

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

The boots are for this winter in Sacramento not to be worn for the trip. A souvenir of sorts.

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

Thanks, it was a typo.

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

I don't mean to be antagonistic, but why no plastic?

I had a German Shepard mix that had serious chewing issues. First put everything away, no amount of toys to chew on will deter him from your favorite shoes, cell phone, etc. Second, I swear by Nylabone. Kongs and Buster Cubes come in a close second. Though the Buster Cubes are plastic they are very durable and a lot of fun for the dog.

As for real bones get them from pet supply places, don't cook them on your own. Some bones are less dense than others and can chip off and lodge itself in the dogs throat (per my vet). I am in the no rawhide camp too. I will never forget the time I had to unstick a piece a of rawhide from my dog's mouth and throat.