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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Not LLM obviously, but yes that's the one -- a huge favorite around here as well.

Mar 30, 2014
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What's for Dinner #268 - Not the Big Game Edition [through 20 Jan, 2014]

Oh my, MC, it all looks insanely delicious!

Jan 15, 2014
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What's for Dinner #259 - the I'm Sick of Turkey By Now Edition [through December 7, 2013]

Love your advent calendar treats! And we're huge Lego advent calendar fans -- but we have to get both the regular and Star Wars versions (card-carrying geeks).

Dec 01, 2013
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First date/First home cooked meal

As a single mom who has two kids 9 and 12 and is actively dating, I would definitely concur. It would be uncomfortable for everyone involved. Best to keep those moments totally separate from the kids if and when they do happen.

I think the pizza idea sounds great, as well as having a movie for them to watch. Enjoy!

Oct 23, 2013
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

Mine was the refrigerated sauce -- I haven't seen a shelf-stable sauce from her. Went back and bought a couple more tubs of it to stock up since it was on sale. So happy my kids liked it too -- it was their first Indian food (even though my daughter's name is India!) and they're totally sold.

I have only made one thing from the Nancy Silverton book (pappardelle with bagna cauda, radicchio and a fried egg on top, which was delicious, but kind of a cheat as I made my bagna cauda instead of using jarred). But dkennedy did a review of the book on one of the Cookbook of the Week Challenge threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8673...

Sep 17, 2013
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

Thanks, roxlet, for the reminder about the Maya Kamali simmer sauce, which I've been meaning to try ever since Nancy Silverton recommended it in her book Twist of the Wrist (the book focused on using packaged foods to create great, chef-worthy weeknight meals). Saw it on sale this week at my local upscale grocery (Gelson's in L.A.). I got the tikka misala version and went with cubes of chicken breast vs. the meatballs, but it was delicious and my kids lapped it up, so a double win!

Sep 16, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Pickles & Matrimony and Veggies & Charity

Yes, agreed. I've used the TJ's kimchi before and it is FAR better than the jarred stuff I previously got at my local high-end supermarket. I kept having to refill my mise en place because I kept picking off bits of the kimchi with my fingers while cooking :) But given that I live in L.A., which I believe has the largest Korean population outside of Korea and a thriving Koreatown, it seems silly not to avail myself of some of the varieties there.

That said, I wouldn't hesitate to make exactly the same way again because it was great as is.

Sep 12, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Pickles & Matrimony and Veggies & Charity

My turn on this one...I don't have the book, so got the recipe online here:
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_2351682...

This was Edward Lee meets TJs. I used a bag of TJ's southern greens blend (mustard, turnip, collards and spinach), diced pancetta and TJ's kimchi a la Gio, and boxed chicken stock. I bet it would be even better with a spicier kimchi from Koreatown and great stock, but even with my shortcuts it was delicious! Served it with some grilled baguette to sop up the extra juices, as well as a simple grilled chicken breast with BBQ sauce.

Leftovers will likely find their way into a frittata with some extra kimchi.

Sep 12, 2013
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Good kids cookbooks?

I agree with TDQ -- my kids loved those in preschool, but it sounds like Will's granddaughter already has skills beyond those books.

Sep 10, 2013
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October 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

All sound great -- thanks!

Sep 10, 2013
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October 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

Mel, what have you made from Tasty? I have it, but haven't cooked from it yet.

Sep 10, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month: SMOKE AND PICKLES by Edward Lee

I will say I was really rooting for him that season, so your crush might emerge unscathed. And these are the instances where I download onto my laptop and haul it around the house pretending to clean and fold laundry while watching. OK, now done enabling :)

Sep 07, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month: SMOKE AND PICKLES by Edward Lee

Joan, Amazon Instant Video is your friend...binge away!
http://www.amazon.com/Everythings-Big...

Sep 07, 2013
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The time to get serious edition -- September 2013 [OLD]

Thanks, Gio. She also did several 5-ingredient recipes in the current issue of Fitness magazine (ya know, I can read about working out even when I don't do it!), none of which are really Asian. Haven't tried them, but interesting to see that she may be carving out a new niche for herself. Recipes if interested:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe...

Sep 06, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Lambs & Whistles, Cows & Clover and Pigs & Abattoirs

Vietnamese Lamb Chops

Made these for lunch today. Like NCW, I chose to grill rather than roast (over 100 degrees here today!). Marinated for about 20 hours. Used rib chops rather than loin chops and used peanut oil in place of both grapeseed and corn oils. Other than that, no subs.

Delicious! I will happily make again following the actual cooking instructions, which I am intrigued by, but these made for a very savory lunch and one that would pair well with a variety of flavors. I served with brown rice and watermelon slices and drizzled some of the hotted up marinade over rice/lamb. My kids really like them too and are happily going off to school tomorrow with leftovers mixed in with rice and some of the sauce.

Despite these being called "Vietnamese," for my tastes the flavor profile could go a lot of directions and was just a delicious blend of flavors, so you could pair it a lot of ways.

Sep 05, 2013
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Your flaws as a cook. Here are mine.

Ha -- relate to every one of your confessions!

Sep 04, 2013
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Cookbook of the Month for September 2013: Smoke and Pickles

On my computer, it doesn't page turn -- you have to scroll down for additional pages. But I tried looking for the Vietnamese lamb chops recipe on there yesterday (as listed on EYB) and it wasn't there. JoanN pointed me toward the Amazon Look Inside to pull that one.

Sep 04, 2013
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Your flaws as a cook. Here are mine.

Ha -- guilty of all of these, but don't even have a hope of curing #1...I'm so not a baker.

Sep 03, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Lambs & Whistles, Cows & Clover and Pigs & Abattoirs

Thanks for the reminder...knew I'd seen it somewhere. Still waiting on my book...

Sep 03, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month, SMOKE AND PICKLES: Lambs & Whistles, Cows & Clover and Pigs & Abattoirs

I'd love to make these tonight or tomorrow, but the online recipe appears to be gone (unless I'm blind, which is certainly possible). Would anyone be willing to paraphrase? Given that it's 95 degrees here, I will grill rather than roast, so no need to give those cooking instructions. Thanks in advance!

Sep 03, 2013
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Your flaws as a cook. Here are mine.

Agreed...this whole thread is making me feel better about my shortcomings.

My knives aren't sharp, I waste far too much food, my time-estimation skills are either "ambitious" or "unrealistic" depending on your POV. And a few years ago the door of my refrigerator fell off its hinges and I caught it just before it fell on my four-year-old son. The repair guy gently suggested that the cause may have been the number of condiments in the door.

Sep 03, 2013
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Kids lunch

Laundry detergent?! That's seriously over-intrustive. Having two kids (8th and 3rd grades) however, I do like when schools encourage good nutrition...a lot of schools over-rely on sweets and screens as rewards. But I've also seen parents take it too far, particularly in my very groovy area of L.A. Last year in my son's class we could sign up for post-testing treats (once a year standardized tests) and the teacher requested no gooey or flat-out junky, but otherwise anything was good. Parents signed up for the most ridiculously healthy stuff ever (don't tell a kid s/he's getting a treat and then giving them organic, unsulfured dried apples!). I quietly brought his teacher several bags of cookies to supplement as needed and she was so grateful! It's all about balance, right?

So, more on topic, I do agree with others who said that variety isn't as important as you think. In fact, with a new environment and new people, your little guy might really appreciate the predictability of his meals as an anchor in a lot of new stimuli. My other suggestion is not to pack as much variety as you think you should when you're feeling anxious...in my experience, the more variety you pack, the more waste, regardless of whether it's actually more volume/weight.

Love the story of him with the lunchbox and the raisins. Hope the dairy prince has a great first day!

Sep 03, 2013
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Weight Watchers Foodies - It's Too Hot To Eat Anyway Edition - July and August 2013 [OLD]

What about muffin-sized frittatas? Can be made ahead, good at room temp even if you don't have time to reheat, flexible to whatever you happen to have in the fridge. And with no real carbs, way lower in points.

Also, if you do the burrito idea, just know that corn tortillas are way fewer points. My go-to breakfast when I was really tracking was a quesadilla with two corn tortillas, 3 tablespoons of goat cheese, spinach/arugula and some kind of low-points, high flavor condiment (harissa, red pepper paste, etc). 5 PP if I recall correctly and a good way to get the greens in first thing.

Your body will adjust to the points...just be patient and look for options that address your cravings while staying within points. You've made great progress already and the great thing about WW is that it's sustainable as a lifestyle rather than a diet.

Aug 29, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

Turns out I'm #14 on the waiting list for Smoke and Pickles with the library (hello, 7 months from now), but I believe my mom may be gifting it to me for my birthday -- you can't refuse a gift, right?! My kids really want to make the lamb bacon, as we are all lovers of both lamb and bacon.

Aug 19, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

MelMM, what did you serve the peach pickles with? I'm a pickling newbie, but hoping to dive in with this book.

Aug 19, 2013
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COTM August 2013 MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST: Savory Pies & Gratins; Vegetables & Beans; Rice, Couscous & Other Grains

Wow, I love that line about zucchini tasting so deeply of itself. Great recommendation!

Aug 17, 2013
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Kids lunch

FWIW, I'm fine with an after school snack if it's not too close to dinner, especially since my son plays hours of sports every day and just can't hold out. But my rule is that if you haven't eaten all of your lunch, that's your snack option.

Aug 16, 2013
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September 2013 Cookbook of the Month Voting is Now Open!

Agreed on the sparkling, although since breaking my big toe in about 20 places by dropping a full bottle of champagne on it on my birthday last year, I'm considering steel-toed boots for this birthday :)

Aug 16, 2013
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Kids lunch

Yep, I do this too sometimes. I'm not generally in favor of using sweets as a motivator, but when it's just a small treat in their lunch and they know that they need to eat real food first in order to have it, it does help (in my mind there's a distinction between it being a reward for eating and merely knowing that you have to eat your healthy food first, but that may be a giant rationalization).

I do a single Hershey's kiss or a granola bar with chocolate chips or use up the last of the Xmas/Easter/Halloween candy one piece at a time. But, like Lulu, my kids both stick to rules and wouldn't dream of throwing out the good food and just eating the treat.

Aug 16, 2013
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Kids lunch

For my son, lunch interferes with the amount of time he can play sports. He swore that this year would be different, since in third grade you play first then go up to eat at a specified time. But in the first three days it hasn't really worked out that way. He plays sports for probably three hours every day, sometimes fueled only by a few baby carrots.

In my experience, middle schoolers hit that growth spurt and start eating you out of house and home, particularly girls since they tend to shoot up sooner, so maybe it will work out for your daughter.

And your daughter was a dumpling for Halloween? That is so cool!

Aug 16, 2013
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