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Christmas Baking 2014

Those chocolate-ginger squares are killer! And the biscotti (fig, almond, and anise) are delicious, too. So, so good. It's been amazing having GF treats around :)

about 21 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Leftover Cuban stew and green beans, plated much less artfully than before but still tasty. A glass of cheap Chardonnay from TJ's (Black Horse 2011) and some rosemary-crusted romao mitica to start.

about 22 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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[Altrincham, Greater Manchester] Samimi's

Aw, too bad. The starters sounded mighty promising!

about 22 hours ago
ChristinaMason in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Aw, darn, I like Angel's Envy bourbon! It is a little bit on the sweet side, so I can understand it not being everyone's cup of tea. The rum-aged rye is interesting, but I think I like the port-aged bourbon better. What whiskies or characteristics does he like? Maybe I can suggest a few.

about 22 hours ago
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

looks scrumptious. mmm.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

This turned out nicely. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I completely forgot I'd tried a similar recipe back in July with chicken (and hadn't loved it because it called for a goodly amount of cilantro to be stirred through). The turkey worked very well in this context. I got some organic turkey thighs for 75% off this evening when I stopped at the store for Cubanelle peppers and some seasoned Goya tomato sauce. The cashier actually congratulated me for all of my clearance deals, "You saved...43% this trip. Whoa!"

Whoa is right. My freezer is now packed but also newly inventoried and organized.

This was another pressure-cooker meal. 35 minutes at high pressure cooking with everything but the potatoes and peas, then added those and cooked simmered another 15 min. or so. The recipe on Saveur is fairly close to what I ended up with: http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes...

I used a mix of sour orange, lime, and tangerine juice, Mexican oregano, and cumin in the marinade, used Cubanelle peppers in place of the bell, and added a shallot, a sachet of Goya Saffron Sazon, a tsp. of chicken Better than Bullion. I was out of raisins and used diced prunes in their place.

Steamed haricots verts with some blue cheese and horseradish compound butter I dug out of the fridge.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Yeah, not a ton of time to marinate, but hopefully it works out :)

Looking forward to a relaxing evening in after the boozy holiday party last night! I guess you could say *I* am well-marinated. hahaa.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

I'd been planning to make paprikas, but in recognition of today's policy changes toward Cuba, I think we might have this using the turkey legs instead:

http://bestcubanrecipes.blogspot.com/...

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

LOL, thanks. I never said they weren't exhausting.

It's a "good" tired! ;-)

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

That is your SLACKER menu? Whoa. All sounds delish.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Thanks for the heads up. I'll look!

Dec 17, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Nice fusion!

Dec 17, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

my stomach audibly growled looking at the photos.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

my friend quipped that it used to be we all started a meal by praying over our food. now we photograph it.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

aww!

Dec 16, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Just putting it out there that *someone* who recently was in hospital bringing new life into the world ALSO made me a delicious batch of biscotti and candied ginger fudge (I think? not positive what it is, but it's delicious). helen_m is pretty amazing.

Uses for fish stock?

Did you make your own fish stock, or is there a commercially available one you like? I think Kitchen Basics may have one...

Dec 16, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Thanks!!

Dec 16, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Excellent, thanks!

Dec 16, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

LOL, why am I not surprised? :)

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Maybe butter-flavor extract? the all-natural type containing diacetyl.

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

YUM!

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

<(I feel as though this single spaghetti squash will have leftovers until the end of time).>

so true!!

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

sounds yum

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

From all I've heard, hangovers on Wednesday morning are pretty much a given. We are celebrating on one of our proposal teams, so it'll be worse than usual, I suspect...

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

I am pretty sure I came out the winner in that transaction! My cuteness cups runneth over. xx

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

After a lot of cooking yesterday and an errand to run early this evening, I'm thinking dinner will be a quick stop at our local Vietnamese joint. Pho sounds appealing.

Tomorrow is our office Christmas party and dinner, so no cooking until Wednesday. I'm thawing turkey legs, so paprikas a la pressure cooker is on the docket.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

I know, they went all out! The salad was really unusual and good, and the fritters...well...when are fried things NOT delicious? ;-)

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Sounds great.

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I would love to have your enchilada sauce recipe if you're willing to share! I know it's not that complicated, but a foolproof recipe would help a lot!

Dec 15, 2014
ChristinaMason in Home Cooking
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