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No newsletters since mid-August

Thanks!

Sep 07, 2014
ErikaZ in Site Talk

No newsletters since mid-August

So, no home Cooking newsletters have been sent in 3 weeks, since mid-August?

Well, thanks for checking.

Sep 06, 2014
ErikaZ in Site Talk

No newsletters since mid-August

When i try to manage my subscription, it says i am subscribed to Home Cooking. That sounds right. I clicked something and I got an email that said I was un subscribed from 'chow recipe of the day'. Sorry not sure exactly what I was subscribed to but here are a few recent titles: 5 must-see photo stories (Aug 7), Killer kebabs (July 25).

Thanks!

Sep 04, 2014
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No newsletters since mid-August

What's up with that?

Sep 03, 2014
ErikaZ in Site Talk

Looking for Sunday Lunch/Brunch near or South of Jewish Museum

Barney Greengrass is around 72d and Amsterdam; famous and my son's fave. It'll be mobbed on Sunday.
Arnie's around 82d and Broadway is my fave.

Apr 13, 2009
ErikaZ in Manhattan

Tampa/St. Pete's for hounders with kids

If you're willing to go for a ride, the best grouper sandwich and great stone crab is at Frenchy's in Clearwater Beach. It's a beach-shack kind of place full of locals and tourists too. There are 4 locations. Check the website for details:
http://www.frenchysonline.com/

Jan 04, 2009
ErikaZ in Florida

Another Hanukkah party menu request

I make all that plus tuna salad and maybe jello. Who eats jello except during the holiday season?

Instead of just one cake, I have been baking cookies and people love them. You can take one or two or ... who's counting? I make 2 or 3 kinds. It's a casual dessert and just perfect with a latke dinner.

Dec 16, 2008
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In need of a brownie recipe

Make the one-bowl brownies on the Baker's baking chocolate box. I make it with 6 bittersweet and 2 unsweetened squares, and add chocolate chips to the batter. I like frosting on brownies so I usually melt chocolate chips on top when they are just out of the oven. They melt. Just smooth them.

Oct 26, 2008
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Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

Ha ha. My mother made something called Konigsberg Klops. Must be the same thing. Inedible!

As long as I'm here ...

She made creamed chipped beef, which I later (much later!) found out was called S*#%-on-a-Shingle. Also inedible! She put ground beef on rye bread and broiled it. That was pretty good. She did some stir frys that were ok. She made something called American Chop Suey, which was salad with sour cream. I didn't get it, and still don't.

She did a fabulous brisket and a fabulous roast beef with browned potatoes, but those were special, company meals.

Sep 02, 2008
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interesting antipasti?

Just saw Ina Garten make buckwheat blinis (little mini pancakes) with smoked salmon, a dollop of creme fraiche, and a sprig of dill. Looks fantastic!

Jan 22, 2008
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Apple Pie 101

So inspiring! There's an apple pie in my future. Thanks for taking the time to make these slildeshows.

Jan 09, 2008
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Things you've "unlearned"...or wish someone else would!

Funny. All my life I cracked eggs with a butter knife as you describe. Recently I've been watching cooking shows on tv and see all the chefs crack eggs on the side of the bowl, so I've been trying it that way, in an effort to be more professional. LOL

Jan 08, 2008
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Homemade Fudge Question

I've been making this recipe since I was a teenager (back in the day) and at that time we added in a stick of butter.

It's the easiest recipe ever and delicious. It's smooth and not grainy, but I like it this way.

Dec 30, 2007
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Ideas to add to bagel/lox brunch?

A blintz casserole is always nice. A coffee cake or danish is good.

I'd say a fruit salad goes better with lox than a green salad.

Or you could bake some kind of fancy egg thing - a strata, for example.

Dec 23, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Probably a good plan to make it as written the first time. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't :-) If I make this again, I probably would stick to the recipe.

Dec 23, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

The prunes were perfect in this dish. It's a nice combo with the chicken, fruit, and olives.

Dec 23, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

The dinner was terrific! Do you want a step by step? PS: I switched to Chicken Marbella.

I made gougeres. They were really good but very time consuming. I found a recipe that was supposed to be a 15-minute snap to put together. Not for me. Took a long time just to grate the cheese. Had to use the microplane. Couldn't find my box grater. But, they ate them all.

I made salad with romaine and green goddess dressing and nothing else in it. I plated the salad in the kitchen and served it. They loved the salad. One woman even took a spoon and just ate dressing. ;-) The dressing was almost perfect, very close to what I had hoped for.

Made rice, roasted asparagus, and the chicken marbella. Used dates, apricots and prunes. Everyone loved it. I had 15 pieces of chicken and only 1 piece is left. Wouldn't use the dates again. They fell apart in the long cooking time. Don't know why the time was so off, but I had to cook for almost 2 hours to get the chicken to brown. It stayed juicy. Luckily I had started earlier than planned, so it was ready only about 20 minutes later than I planned.

Served the key lime pie and also made bark with dark chocolate and added a 6 oz can of planters mixed nuts with pistachio, cashew and almonds, plus I threw in some dried mixed berries (that I had considered for the salad). That came out great and they kept nibbling at it.

So, it all worked out. Again, thanks to all for your help, and thanks to chowhounds across the board. I kept searching the boards with every little question I had and usually found an answer.

Dec 23, 2007
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Gougères

I just saw a recipe on the Food Network and they say to reheat at 350 degrees for 10 minutes if chilled or 15 minutes if frozen.

What would the difference be? (I'm a novice to freezing-reheating.) Thanks!

Dec 22, 2007
ErikaZ in Home Cooking

Gougeres - help!

Gale Gand just made a pate a choux on her show. It sounds much like the Pepin recipe - she cooked the dough on the stove, let it dry - holding it over heat for a minute or two and stirring - then dumped it in the KitchenAid and added the eggs one at a time.

Dec 22, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

I love to bake (as opposed to cook) but for some reason I can't make a good pumpkin pie or good key lime pie.

Now, chocolate mousse cake ... that's another story! and I saw your recipe somewhere else on the boards and already copied it down. Looks terrif. Just not sure if I want to take the time. I'm making 3 new things already.

Dec 20, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Ok. Thanks, all, for your good ideas and help. Here's the menu:

gougeres
assorted cheese/crackers
simple salad-romaine-green goddess dressing-maybe add pistachios/cranberries
coq au vin
rice (because I know how)
spinach

Not sure about dessert. Was thinking of making cake - either a light genoise with rum and chocolate ganache - or choc mousse cake. Don't want to make myself crazy. Might just buy key lime pie from publix (it's really good and I don't even like key lime pie) to keep it lighter.

Dec 19, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Ok, still considering this one. Probably won't shop until Thursday and will decide then. :-)

Dec 18, 2007
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Tropical Dessert Recipe Suggestions

Everyone loves a delicious key lime pie.

Also, I saw a recipe for a brownie with a key lime topping that looks interesting.

Dec 18, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Thanks, Joan. Looks great and not too complicated - that's a good thing ;-) Will give it a try.

Dec 18, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Would love the surprisingly good microwave risotto recipe. Maybe for next time. I'm feeling inspired. :-)

Dec 17, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Yes, coq au vin, salad, nice bread. I'm thinking a nice roasted vegetable. Should I make rice too?

Dec 17, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Ok, coq au vin sounds like the best bet. Can I mix breasts and thighs? Will it all take same time to cook?

Saw the recipe for chicken marbella. Sounds intriguing but ... prunes? I'm gonna have to try that out for myself ahead. I saw the threads where they said you *can* sub apricots but it's not nearly as good. ;-)

Dec 17, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

Thinking maybe Coq au vin. Do ahead, and let the flavors blend.

Dec 17, 2007
ErikaZ in Home Cooking

Help me choose a menu for Sat night

I thought so. So the risottos's out, at least for this meal. I'm not ready to have guests watching me cook, although they do hang out in the kitchen.

Bad news on the seafood gratin. There is no way for me to purchase cooked lobster down here. The gratin had lobster, shrimp and ... oh, some fish. Without the lobster it just won't be the same.

Dec 17, 2007
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Help me choose a menu for Sat night

All that sounds delicious, foxy. Will consider trying.

Dec 17, 2007
ErikaZ in Home Cooking