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Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!!!! So helpful!! I will definitely be trying all the suggestions :)

Mar 18, 2015
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Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

I also ate kasha varnishkes as a child - my beloved grandmother use to make them and they were delicious. But we don't eat pasta much anymore, and my SO really likes kasha by itself in the same way someone might like rice...it's just that the way I have been making it has been super boring!

Mar 18, 2015
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Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

This is great magiesmom, thanks so much - I am going to try both recipes!

Mar 18, 2015
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Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

No no I would love the recipe! My SO LOVES kasha. I tolerate it. If you don't mind sharing that would be great!

Also how would you make the pilaf? Sorry I'm not the worlds best cook and don't quite know..

Mar 17, 2015
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Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

Hi Everyone!

So I am looking for ideas to flavor roasted kasha. Currently I buy roasted kasha in bulk at WF. I take a cup of it, mix it with a beaten egg, and then fry it a bit in a pan, breaking up the bits. Then 2 cups of water are added and a pinch of salt and it cooks for 15 minutes.

It is boring. It is dry. It is tasteless.

Adding sauteed onions helps. Or goat cheese. But still...not so stellar.

Any ideas for spices? Flavors? Anything? Edited to add I was thinking to make it like a pilaf? Or to add bits of lamb to it as a flavor and a bit of protein...

I like the idea, it's super healthy, and filling, and it would be nice to add it to my rotation of grains...but it would also be nice if it tasted like something...better... :)

Thanks!

Mar 17, 2015
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aanyone baking pie today...

Related to this - any thoughts about pie crust that can be made by hand and that will actually come out as expected? And I wonder if it's just the cook (me) that's causing the issue? I have tried my hand at a number of pie crusts (for chicken pot pie) that are supposed to be able to be made by hand (no processer, mixer, etc.) but each time the crust comes out very greasy once baked. I don't make sweet pies very often but I have been making Smitten Kitchen's chicken pot pie recipe as of late. The filling is spot on, but even the recommended crust for that came out greasy for me...
Thanks!

Mar 15, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

Exactly!!

Mar 15, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

I love your advice, thank you. I'm just not a very good cook so I don't really know what to do with what I have unless there is a recipe in front of me! :) I am trying to learn...I hope... :)

Mar 15, 2015
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Pan Seared Grouper with Ginger, Sacllions and Soy Sauce...Classic Cantonese and My Favorite Way to Enjoy Fish.

This looks delicious, and so simple!

Mar 14, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

Made this as suggested - added oregano and red pepper flakes. Forgot the tumeric. Came out really delicious! The perfect "faux" paella! Thank you again!

Mar 14, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

I don't unfortunately - I wish I did - I use to have a wonderful short grain Japanese rice in the house at all times, but it's not sold by me anymore and I'm not quite sure yet what to do about this...bought basmati out of desperation...

Thank you though :)

Mar 14, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

I have stock, lemon, and frozen peas. This sounds really perfect - will be making in the next hour! Thanks so much!!!

Mar 14, 2015
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Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

I do! That's a great idea! Thank you!!! (I was feeling bad about missing the yellow color...I grew up in a part Spanish household and it would have been blasphemy to forget the yellow. Of course back then the yellow was food coloring powder, but that's ok) :)

Mar 14, 2015
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I am a terrible cook!

I haven't read through every single comment, so I apologize if this is redundent, but I have found the Smitten Kitchen site to be unbelievably helpful. I am not a good cook, but every thing I make from Smitten is always delicious, and always a success. It's happened more than 10 times now. I don't know, maybe I just got lucky, but so far so good. She has lots of vegetarian option and basic options too -
Good luck!

Mar 14, 2015
yumfactr in Home Cooking

Looking to make a Paella-esque rice dish tonight

Hello again!

A craving for Paella is happening in this house tonight and since there are ZERO restaurants around here that would even know what paella is, I am sort of hoping to make a riff on it at home...most of what I have isn't traditional (i.e. no saffron), but I'm hoping to somehow combine it all into something tasty. Looking for some feedback on exactly how I might go about doing that :)

I have (that might go well together I'm thinking) -
Basmati rice
Fresh shrimp
2 chubby links of chorizo
Dried herbs (oregano, basil, paprika, sumac, etc)
Fresh parsley and cilantro - I think there is fresh tyme and rosemary in there as well
An onion
A red pepper
A little left over tomato paste
Frank's red hot sauce
harrisa powder you add olive oil to to make a paste out of it-

(I obviously have other stuff in the pantry and fridge too - but I don't think any of it goes into what I'm thinking of...)
Do I have any hope here? How do I gather some or all of this together to taste good? It doesn't have to be anything close to paella frankly - as long as it tastes delicious :)

Welcoming any and all thoughts! Everyone here is always so helpful!! Thank you! :)

Mar 14, 2015
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A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

That sounds great - will definitely try. Thank you!

Mar 04, 2015
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A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

Such great ideas - thanks everyone! I wound up baking it with seasonings and lemon juice. Was definitely bland but I don't think I added enough seasonings, and the panko definitely would have helped. Love the miso idea as well!

Mar 03, 2015
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A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

Great idea - the butter and lemon sound great. I don't have enough tortillas otherwise I'd do the tacos.

Thinking now to use the butter and lemon and serve with pasta as I'm afraid the bechamel is a little heavy for tonight...

Thanks to you both!

Mar 01, 2015
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A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

This is a great idea! That could totally work...

Mar 01, 2015
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A Pound of Lovely Dover Sole - No Parsley. How Would you Cook it for Dinner??

Hi all-

I bought a pound of sole because it was on sale, wild, green certified, etc. and it looked great. But I had no plan for it and now that I'm looking online every recipe I find has parsley in it, which of course I don't have. Weather here is kind of lousy and I'm not going out just for parsley, so wondering if anyone has any ideas for this fish that is supposed to be tonight's poorly planned dinner? :)

I have fresh rosemary and thyme but they are both pretty old. I have lemon. I have spices in the pantry but no dried oregano, basil, or parsley (all of which I'm thinking would have been helpful here...)

I was thinking about sprinkling sumac on it and baking it, but last time I baked a whitefish it came out kind of gross....

So any thoughts?
Thank you!! :)

Mar 01, 2015
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Englewood - Jerry's Deli?

Lol -so true

I frequently saw people behind the deli counter working without gloves, touching every single non-food related thing and then serving people. Just a grubby feeling frequently frankly. Nothing there seems particularly clean to me...but I am picky...so maybe it's just me lol

Mar 01, 2015
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Englewood - Jerry's Deli?

Haven't been there in some time but when I use to go I thought they had an amazing chocolate selection at great prices and some nice jarred imported options that were also very reasonably priced. I know everyone raves about the deli but I never really liked the food, nor the hygiene factor...

Feb 24, 2015
yumfactr in New Jersey

Cauliflower cake

Looks delicious! Ottolenghi is supposed to be wonderful. Looking forward to trying it!

Feb 24, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Oh my! This looks delicious!!! Thank you!

Feb 24, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Not 80's at all (or if it is, I like the idea!) - I was thinking about lasagna but nixed it because of the beef. Hadn't thought of a chicken or veg option. This is certainly a great inexpensive option...thanks!

Feb 23, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Interesting combination! I like OJ and chocolate chip cookies. Most people think I'm nuts :)

Feb 23, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

I've never heard of this - it sounds interesting - I will look it up - do you have any recipes you like?

Feb 23, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

It's so kind of you to say that. I don't mind accommodating if I can (in my case I am picky and can appreciate when others think of that), but yes as you said, I do not expect it from others and our guest I know does not expect anything either.

Feb 23, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Exactly-and that sounds all sounds wonderful and very doable...I think I am leaning towards the sub/soup thing for this time....but so many great ideas here!! We plan to have everyone over again so there will be time to make all the ideas :)

Feb 23, 2015
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Great - thanks!

Feb 22, 2015
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