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Help with simple stir-frying?

My stir fry is improving...wonder if YouTube can improve technique in in the latter category! ;-)

Apr 18, 2013
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Oh my - 20 lbs of...chicken FAT?

tzurriz,

I'm going to do half with onions. I wouldn't have thought of that on my own. I'll report back when I've done my first batch of schmaltz.

Apr 18, 2013
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Oh my - 20 lbs of...chicken FAT?

Loved the article! Thanks so much.

Apr 18, 2013
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Oh my - 20 lbs of...chicken FAT?

Wonderful responses everyone! I love fat like others love sugar. The word schmaltz did cross my mind. It's unrendered. I'm assuming all I need to do it melt it over med low heat. Do I need to strain it? Guess the needed info is online. I do horde the fat from stock making to fry eggs or enrich a thin soup. DH is all proud...like he'd clubbed a buffalo and dragged it back to our cave! ;-)

Apr 17, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2013 edition [old]

Heehee it just arrived today!!

Apr 16, 2013
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Oh my - 20 lbs of...chicken FAT?

DH is helping at a charity dinner tonight. Just called to tell me he is bringing home, just for me, 20 beautiful pounds of chicken fat! What in the Sam Hill can I do with it?

Apr 16, 2013
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Cookbook of the Month May 2013: The Voting Thread

Ahhh Breadcrumbs,

What a detailed, succinct and helpful review! Thank you for taking the time to do it.

Apr 16, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

tastesgoodwhatisit,

Thanks for the input and encouragement. I also love dishes with a few high quality ingredients. I promise to follow the recipes faithfully and post feedback. The ones you listed have been favorites of others' on CH as well.

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

Hey Juliejulez,
I think there are a couple of them with Marcella's son. I like the sound of the recipes I've heard about. I'm really having fun sourcing these books. If you try a recipe, let us know.

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

Oh thank you ospreycove. I saw a couple of those on Amazon and assumed it was her DH. I will certainly check those out. :-)

Apr 14, 2013
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Cooking from DONNA HAY’S COOKBOOKS AND MAGAZINES – Please join us!

Breadcrumbs
Ahh that sucks. (I have Celiac disease) so dining out is indeed a challenge! My aversion to cilantro is easing ever so slightly and I've found, as has DH, that if the leaves are minced we can do a little.

Apr 14, 2013
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2013 edition [old]

Got Chinese Takeout kindle edition last month and I love it!
Lusting for everything by Marcella Hazan and Donna Hay. :-)

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

It appears the Classic Italian is out of print, but available used in this edition. Is this the one people have?

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

Karl S.

Thank you so much for the thoughtful and detailed post. I did get the impression that she was a stickler for following her methods. I have no problem with that. I enjoy doing things according to instructions initially. As to the more subtle flavors, that also appeals.

I did read a couple of comments in other threads that lead me to believe her older book recipes were preferred for some dishes. Maybe the newer distillation is a bit healthier or something? In any event, I'm going to get at least the two you mention. It looks like she has a new one released just last year. I'll check out the reviews. I just put much more faith in the opinion of CHers! Thanks again.

Apr 14, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

Modz

Thank you :-)

Now y'all stop eggsagerating the low brow humor!!

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

LOL Me neither, roxlet. And I love butter!

Apr 14, 2013
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Spring Rolls - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2013)

L.Nightshade

Thank you. I will look harder.

Apr 14, 2013
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Marcella Hazan's Italian Cookbooks

I've never bought an Italian cookbook. The dishes I make are simply family and community favorites with no claim to regional specificity or authenticity. Browsing thru some old threads though, I've become intrigued with Marcella!

Please share some of your favorite sauces and dish experiences. And your recs for her best books. Most are available used and I'm pretty sure I NEED a couple. Thank you.
I'm looking at:

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

The Classic Italian Cookbook; the art of Italian cooking and the Italian art of eating

Marcella's Italian Kitchen

Marcella Says

Marcella Cucina

Apr 14, 2013
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Cooking from DONNA HAY’S COOKBOOKS AND MAGAZINES – Please join us!

Breadcrumbs

That's gorgeous! Is the green cilantro and basil? I am going to do this also with garlic and maybe a tad less sugar. We are cilantro-tastes-like-soap folks so I'm thinking maybe a little more green onion tops and some parsley?

Apr 14, 2013
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Tamales!

Sarabz

What did you make? How did it go?

Apr 14, 2013
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Tamales!

Cheryl

I agree. I will definitely be trying the smoked Gouda with peppers in my next tamale marathon. :-) I think folks would be shocked to bite into a tamal and encounter goat cheese!

Apr 13, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

Modz9636,

I make egg drop soup in a similar way, but without tempering, as you want the little ribbons of noodle-like egg. But, are you using whole egg or just yolk. And does it incorporate smoothly? It sounds really good! Thx :-)

Apr 13, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

FCF

Well knock me over with a feather! Seriously? Peanut butter in chicken soup? I keep hearing my jar of Skippy whispering..."Come on Nana, you know you want to..." I do. Damn it, I DO!

Apr 13, 2013
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Trini-Chinese Chicken recipe deliciousness

EM23 and linguafood,

Thank you for this interesting dish. I captured it but have not yet tried it. The NYT article was terrific and really makes you want to taste the island history.

Apr 13, 2013
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Spring Rolls - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2013)

I have heard of tapioca flour skins, but never seen them in the store. Anyone try those? I also am wondering if fresh skins might submit their will to these old hands more easily.

Apr 13, 2013
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Spring Rolls - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (April 2013)

Good for you herby!

I'm rooting for ya :-)

Apr 13, 2013
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Have you tried any of the recipes in Gwyneth Paltro's cookbooks?

I think it's a newly coined term for a vegetarian that cheats sometimes. :-)

Apr 13, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

Mmmmmmm

Love oxtails. Am planning to use them in making broth for my first real attempt at Pho.

Apr 13, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

Quencia,

I do this in other soups. Potato is a great thickener.

Has anyone else used egg yolk in their soup for added richness? How do you incorporate it? It sounds great.

Apr 13, 2013
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What do you put in your chicken soup?

tzurriz,

Yours sounds lovely and a bit more complex than mine. We're pretty set in our ways now, but I'm open to improvements! :-)

I mourn the loss of matzo balls from my life since the Celiac diagnosis. I used to make small ones and add them to my standard soup in addition to egg noodles. (Now rice)

Apr 13, 2013
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