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August 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

I own The New Spanish Table, but haven't cooked from it, and would love an excuse to buy Moro. Either way, I think we're up for a month of deliciousness. I'm abstaining from voting though since my participation has been nil. Hoping to change that this month.

And in the meantime bumping this thread since voting ends tomorrow...

Jul 24, 2015
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A Vegan Antipasto Platter?

I had a mocktail at a restaurant recently that was ginger juice or simple syrup, lime juice, ginger beer and mint. It was fantastic and super refreshing!

Jul 20, 2015
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December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 9-12

The salad I made was the Indian Carrot Salad from Jamie at Home (without the lamb). Here's the link: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/la... (I did bump up the spices a bit and I think added a little marash and a little ground coriander).

I think you could definitely choose pool time over making raita, although in future I'm likely to skip the cilantro sauce and just do raita.

Jun 06, 2015
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December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 9-12

Apparently I'm on a roll with revisiting 2011 COTMs this week. Have been eying this ever since BigSal's original review, but just finally got around to it. Agree that it is absolutely delicious, with great layers of flavor for very little work. The man declared it one of the best things I've ever made for him.

I used skin-on leg quarters and marinated for about 6 hours. I did bake on a rack (without starting with the broiler) rather than grill, as my grill is on the fritz. It took significantly longer to cook than the grill guidelines and I got distracted in conversation at the end and was worried I'd overdone it, but it was tender and delicious.

Being a "more is more" kind of person when it comes to flavor, I scoffed at some of the previous reviews saying the cilantro sauce was good but unnecessary. I was wrong. The cilantro sauce was good, but not knockout like the chicken and I probably won't make it next time. I did sub pistachios for the walnuts in the sauce, as that's what I had on hand.

In addition to the cilantro sauce, served with garlic naan, the same Jamie Oliver carrot-cilantro salad NCW made and raita. A delicious meal all around!

Jun 04, 2015
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Main Dishes

Years later, my turn on this. It was a gloomy day yesterday and simple comfort food seemed in order. This fit the bill perfectly. I used BISO breasts. I added one garlic clove, but otherwise followed the recipe (the 150 Best American version) exactly, although I did bake on a rack for maximum air circulation and crispiness. My chicken was done in 50 minutes. The chicken was tender, the crunchy topping delicious. My kids loved it and I think DKennedy has a great idea that this is a good dish to teach older kids to make themselves. Will definitely repeat (and have already been requested to do so by my kids).

Jun 04, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

Wow! I am so impressed. And I love that you celebrated with a walk.

Appetizers for a Memorial Day BBQ for a crowd

I made this a bastardized version of this from Chowhound CherylPTW. Ricotta with pickled grapes (in my case roasted in sherry vinegar), served with salami "chips." So good! First thing to get slurped up and I had to make a second batch of salami chips...easy-peasy and people were raving.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9848...

Also, I have somehow never made it, but GHG's famous Black Bean Dip gets a ton of love. Easy to find with a quick Chowhound search.

May 16, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

I absolutely agree. Plus your body starts to crave the healthy things rather than the indulgences (with the exception of wine in my case!). My cravings lately are pineapple, strawberries and this kale-chicken-date-gorgonzola salad from the upscale market down the street (heavy on the kale and easy on the indulgences).

May 11, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

That Moonen one is deceptively simple...the kind of thing I think would be welcomed at Casa Gio. So much more than the sum of its parts. JoanN first strongly recommended it and said something about fighting over the last bits with her guests IIRC...that right there is an incredible recommendation!

May 11, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

I love the image of a 1-year-old old man! That's so sweet. I bet he won't like juice...I didn't like it as a kid either and thought drinking sodas with meals was disgusting and both my kids inherited those tendencies. And juice is also mostly a nutritional wasteland...lots of calories and sugar without a lot of nutrition and fiber unless you're really doing it right (although I grew up with a mom who made her own carrot juice every day...my sister and I frequently threw it out the second-story window when my mom wasn't looking, along with the spinach salads). I always wondered what our downstairs neighbors thought seeing them fly by their kitchen window every night :)

Thanks for the advice on the spice paste!

May 11, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Gio, have you ever tried the Clams and Chorizo from Fish Without a Doubt? That is one bowl of happy, easy deliciousness. My man moaned out loud when I first made it for him :)

This Slater Chickpea-Chorizo stew also looks great.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chi...

May 11, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

LOL on the cookie! My son would not each French fries, hamburgers or hot dogs until he was 6. Still won't touch catsup or ranch. And both my kids' big insult for years was "tastes like juice!" Led to lots of bday party anxiety..."will they have water or just juice?"

I think my kids might like this dish though, as they like big flavors, but not necessarily a lot of heat.

May 11, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

Thank you for understanding :) I totally agree with having clothes that make you feel good about your body...and complement it (know your strengths and assets, right?).

This probably also sounds weird, but I am 25 lbs heavier than I was in my early 20s, but as a divorced mom at 47, I've never felt hotter :) I really think that women need to own it...it's motivating. Sorry, mods, about OT.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

I also hope you know that I didn't mean in any way that it is or was easy to do that or to dismiss the effort to get that ball rolling. I realized it might feel that way after posting. I just know that a positive approach is much more motivating than looking in the mirror with judgment.

May 06, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Flowers are Blooming Edition! May 2015 [OLD]

TDQ, for what it's worth, you are the one who inspired me to try WW in the first place. I had dismissed it as a "diet," but thought if a cool CH I really admire like you had success with it, it was worth a try. I have you to thank 25 lbs lighter later :)

It's hard when you're a working mom (I am as well), but I know you can do it! Like you said, it's just about getting back in good habits (and not judging your body, which is so punishing to your goals). Once those first couple pounds drop off you'll feel great and it will just keep going. Looking forward to hearing about your journey!

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Sounds so good! For anyone else who is salivating but doesn't own the book, here's a link to the recipe (Caitlin and LLM, please chime in if this recipe is off, but it looks right).
http://thespicegarden.blogspot.com/20...

I think I'm making this on Thursday with some Moroccan-spiced rack of lamb and couscous. Yum.

May 05, 2015
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What's for Dinner #362 - The May Day Edition [through May 5, 2015]

Your food always makes me drool, on both an aesthetic and flavor-profile basis. So nice to see you around here again lately. I would kill for either of those dishes and the quinoa-chickpea-beet salad sounds fantastic too!

May 02, 2015
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how to lose weight of my son

First of all, congratulations to you for looking out for your son and his long-term health.

Secondly, I agree with others who have said that nutrition and total volume of food are different. Support him to have great nutrition, but obviously never have him feel deprived. You can just reduce portion sizes over time without talking about it. Smaller meals more often, with more protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruit.

Thirdly, it's probably best not to talk to him about anything like "dieting." I have three half-siblings whose mom was obsessive about their weight and all three have major food and body-image issues as adults. But nothing wrong with making him aware about nutrition in general...that a meal should be balanced with protein, carbs, veg and fruit and provide fuel for a great day.

Also, as others have suggested, increase fitness level. If he likes team sports, sign him up for those. You can also get into a habit of taking a pre-dinner or after-dinner walk together and talk about the day. Maybe even start taking runs...my 10-y.o. son likes to run with me if he gets to take ear buds and listen to his music :)

Specific food suggestions:

- Go for more lean meat options (chicken breast, ground turkey, etc)
- As suggested by others, roasted vegetables are great
- Think about the specific flavors that he likes and play on those (for instance, my son loves paprika and cinnamon, so anything involving either of those generally works out well)
- I also often do "broccoli appetizer" - the vegetable component of the meal is served first as an appetizer, so I don't get so many arguments and it sets a more leisurely pace for the meal so that they know what their hunger level truly is
- Make snacks fruit or vegetable-based (fruits or vegetables with dips like hummus, etc)
- Don't use food as a reward for behavior (too many schools and parents do this)...make food pleasurable and maybe even get him involved in the cooking process so it's fun, but not like a video game

Apr 29, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

I first saw that Maya Kamail simmer sauce recommended by Nancy Silverton, if that tells you anything. It's delicious and my kids love it too. In L.A., it's available at my local high-end grocery store (Gelson's). I usually just use chicken breast, but will have to try the meatballs.

Apr 29, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

WOW! So impressive. And I love that even though you hadn't heard anything back for months, you didn't let that deter you from your commitment to yourself. I lost 25 lbs on WW several years ago to meet my goal and sometimes bounce back up 5 lbs, but I look at myself and I feel satisfied about my body, particularly when I'm working out and I see the definition that was under everything else :)

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Springtime Inspiration Edition! April 2015 [OLD]

Wow! Congratulations. Truly inspiring! I also like how you never sound like you're depriving yourself or getting down on yourself, just continuing the path forward. Happy birthday!

April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

My kids used to bring it for school lunches, with cheese and bread, and the other kids called it "mystery meat," haha. The woman at TJs said that's why they discontinued it...no one knows what it is...but she also said it's her favorite sandwich choice at Italian delis. I told her about this recipe for when she can source it :)

Also, when I was on Weight Watchers, it was a favorite decadent snack...far less fat than prosciutto, but tons of flavor and no deprivation.

And thanks for the welcome back, BC (and LLM)!

Apr 26, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Popping back in from lurkerdom to let everyone know that I went to TJs to pick up some bresaola for this recipe, but apparently they discontinued it 2 months ago, so we must all source elsewhere :(

On a positive note, I just broke down and ordered Polpo based on all these incredible reviews. Can't wait to belatedly join in!

Apr 26, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

For those who live near a TJ's, they carry bresaola. I can' t speak to how it compares to other bresaolas, as it's the only one I've ever had, but I love it and it is thinly sliced.

NCW, those wraps look delicious!

Underwhelming Coq Au Vin

Totally understand. Was just clarifying for others who might wonder if it had been adapted significantly.

Mar 15, 2015
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Underwhelming Coq Au Vin

The recipe is identical to the one in Essential Pepin. Love Jacques, but this does seem like a flawed recipe.

Mar 15, 2015
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Brunch beyond the cheesy and eggy

I thought shakshuka too...so delicious but very different from standard brunch fare.

Also, Ottolenghi's Very Full Tart is also great -- yes, eggs and cheese, but deliciously different in my mind, since it's mostly filled with beautifully roasted veggies and flavor. I brought it to a New Year's Day brunch and people were clamoring over it.

Either could also be paired with Ottolenghi's green couscous (couscous, herbs, pistachios, arugula, jalapenos that could be omitted) rather than bread/pita. Balela (chickpea salad with tomatoes, onions, lemon, etc) would also be delicious. Add fresh fruit and you're done.

Can you tell I'm an Ottolenghi and Mediterranean flavors fan?

Mar 09, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

Apparently, I'm following Caitlin around, as I made this the same eve that I made the lemongrass-lime-rum cocktail that she reported on.

Chopped my marinade by hand, as my mini-processor was on the fritz. Used chicken breasts called for and marinated for about 8 hours. I cut down the carrots to 2 large rather than 3, knowing the differences between UK and US produce sizes, but it still produced more of a carrot salad, which I liked. For the "mild chili powder" called for I used marash. I also added an extra garlic clove and a bit more garam masala. Nice balance of sweetness from the carrots and tart pop from the pomegranate arils and freshness from the mint and cilantro and savory-spice from the chicken. Wouldn't hesitate to make again.

Feb 21, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 5, 6 & 7

I made this one too a couple weeks ago. Added more ginger, lime juice and rum, as a cocktail for my rum-loving man. Neither of us was bowled over by it, unfortunately. I agree with Caitlin that it was pleasant, but not bold enough in terms of flavor and definitely too sweet.

Feb 21, 2015
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Cooking from Isabel's Cantina

Have you tried the Green's Belgian beers? I'm not GF and I have to say they're pretty good and WW friendly to boot.

Nov 21, 2014
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