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Looking for awesome bean recipes

Thanks for all those links! They look really great.

I recently tried chipotle lentil soup that was posted on NYTimes - it was really good and very easy. The freshly ground cumin made a huge difference. Also, I found a chana dal recipe on chowhound that was simply awesome. I have to look for that link but it was cooked tardka method.

I'm kind in a kick for looking for bean dessert now - mung bean pastries and mochi. Once I learn how to make those skins I'll be doing those.

Mar 18, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

how to make a smooth pureed lentil soup?

Thanks. I've cooked them tender but they weren't falling apart so maybe that was part of the problem. I used hand blender and from my experience w other legume I know blender doesn't work that great either....I'll try this before the wire-sieve - which I'm sure will work but cleanup sounds like a hassle!

Mar 17, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

how to make a smooth pureed lentil soup?

I tried to make a pureed soup the other day, and I found that lentils when pureed doesn't give a smooth texture...there's still a bit grittiness to the final product. Any tips for a smooth consistency?

Mar 17, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Looking for the best VEGAN Cookbooks...

I second Mediterreanena vegan. It's very homey comfort food (my favorite is cabbage and rice!)

Like others, I don't care for the crunchy/granola/salad stuff, I prefer traditional hearty meals.

Lorna Sass's vegetarian pressure cooking, while not all vegan, is mostly vegan or very easily made vegan.
Also, a lot of asian vegetarian (not n. indian) books are pretty much vegan. I swore there was a book I got in the library called Asian vegan or something, but I cant seem to find it on Amazon (not the Parekh book, which I haven't tried).

Edit: Found the title! It's called Asian Vegetarian Cooking:
http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Vegetaria...
Mostly a collection of recipes and not a lot of didactic details, but I like its authenticity.

Finally, there are vegans on chowhounds ;-)

Feb 09, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Suggestions for developing my vegetable palate

you say you like spicy things...how about veggies - cooked to texture you like - in a rich, spicy sauce, like gado-gado or thai peanut sauce?
I find that I need to have a richer, heavier sauce in the winter as a veggie. Don't worry too much about oil as long it's not ridiculous amount.
Personally, I like spicy dishes with veggies that are cooked through- like African peanut stew, Jamaican rice and peas. Don't know if you like sound of those, if you do, I can post you links/recipes..

Also, if you can get access, good fresh produce can help a long way toward liking veggies...

Feb 08, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Looking for awesome bean recipes

Sorry I swore I just ran a search but didn't see half of these listed when I did my search...hmm...

I'll still take any suggestions - especially 'ethnic' ones :-)

Feb 08, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Looking for awesome bean recipes

All this cold weather have me craving beans. I've been making a lot of chili and pinto bean soup as a result but ready to expand my repertoire.

So I'm looking for great bean recipes - vegetarian/vegan or easily made such.

Thanks!

Feb 08, 2011
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Make ahead for hot breakfast grains?

how much water do you usually add for a cup of oat meal?

Mar 05, 2010
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Make ahead for hot breakfast grains?

I like eating savory, hot breakfast cereals, but I never have the time to make it during weekdays. What is a good way to pre-cook it it so that i can just reheat and go and have it still taste delicious?
p.s. I'm not fond of the taste of the instant packets.

Mar 03, 2010
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Looking for tomatoless red lentil soup recipe

I fell in love with a lentil soup that's a bit spicy, yellow in color, with onions, and no tomatoes, celery, carrot, greens, etc.

Any suggestions or recipes that fit this bill?

Thanks!

Nov 02, 2009
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Best Cajun Fries in NYC

Where can I get awesome cajun fries within NYC vicinity?
Can be regular or sweet potato fries.
Thanks!

Jun 08, 2009
zorgclyde in Manhattan

Israeli spicy eggplant salad

I just bought Strauss's spicy eggplant salad from the store, love this stuff, was wondering if anyone have a recipe or some pointers on how to make this at home.

I know from ingredients label that it contain eggplant, tomato, tomato paste, bell pepper, onion, spices, etc.

Pic:
http://www.strauss-group.com/Achla
(first item under eggplant salads

)

Thanks!

May 05, 2009
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Tabla also has one, though I never ate there.

By the way, how was your experience regarding Aureole's veg menu? I heard a lot about Per Se already, would like to hear more about the other one.

Feb 26, 2008
zorgclyde in Manhattan

Cookbook on techniques with photos

I'm looking for a cookbook that really focuses on techniques of cooking, but one that pertains to home cooking, with lots of good photos. Does anyone have particular book they really like?

A book I saw was Fundamentals of Classic Cuisine by FCI in B&N, which has gorgeous color photos and excellent step-by step. Has anyone here used the book?
Book: http://www.amazon.com/Fundamental-Tec...

I noticed that a lot of these books seemed to be based on French cusine, which I don't really cook. I was wondering if that matters really, or if the techniques they mention is easily transferred to other styles.

TIA!

Feb 26, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

anyone have a recipe for peanut crunch?

i'm looking for something that looks like this:
http://www.nutsonline.com/images/item...

Not like the southern peanut brittle, which has a layer of sugar interspersed with peanut, but rather lots of peanuts that's held together by just syrup/honey. It's be super if the recipe isn't very sweet, but super peanut-y.

Thanks!

Feb 01, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Looking for the best vegetarian italian cookbook :) [Moved from General Topics board]

I like the mediterranean vegan. the recipes are good, it include more traditional homestyle recipes than some other cookbooks, and they are practical recipes. It's not strictly italian-only but a large portion is italian cooking.
I see on amazon recently she also published vegan italiano, but i haven't tried that, so can't speak for that book.
P.S. I understand what people say about best recipes can be found in standard books, but I would also not pay $$$ for a book which 2/3 of the recipes are nonapplicable to me unless it's in the discount corner for like $5 (call me cheap). In addition those books are such classics any decent library would have them, so I just borrow them and just enter the relevant recipes into my computer, or copy them and organize them in my recipes binder.

Jan 29, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Vegetarian cabbage rolls?

Cabbage is really versatile.
I don't know how well it'd work with napa cabbage, but a lot of chinese banquets serve a classic combo of corn/carrot/mushroom/pine nuts and wrap it in giant leaf (see image at http://www.fsz.cn/upimg/070310/2_0848... ).
you can also try slivered chili pepper wrapped in leaves seasoned with vinegar, salt, and sugar. or bamboo dosed in chili oil.
But really, anything could work. I'm thinking of something with egg and/or enoki mushrooms. butter works great with napa too.

Jan 28, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Reviews: Grimaldi's, Jacques Torres Chocolate

where is the dessert truck?
I've tried city bakery, which you're right, is a bit thicker, but the quality isn't as good and it's overpriced, so I've blithely ignored it.

Jan 28, 2008
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

i bought blue cheese (and almost gagged)....now what?

Thanks for all the replies. I am not sure what ammonia in cheese would smell like, but this smells nothing like ammonia in chem labs, but rather a pungent offal odor that I've smelled in cheeseshops before, magnified by 10.
I will try the suggestion of mixing with other things, though anything that I try would have to heavyhandedly mask the smell/aftertaste. If that doesn't work out I am going to give it away..just have to find someone willing to brave it. (i live in a 'ethnic' neighborhood where it seems everyone is lactose intolerant or would be also horrified by this smell).
But chellyd01's suggestion of corn and tomato bisque sounds good - please let me know the specifics if possible. I could try that with a milder cheese.

Jan 28, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

Reviews: Grimaldi's, Jacques Torres Chocolate

I'm shocked. I went to JT several times for the hot chocolate and it's the thickest hot chocolate I ever had in the city that's still considered liquid. I have trouble finishing that little cup. The last time i went was several months ago.
I hope they haven't watered it down (maybe that was just an inexperienced new hire?). The spicy one is my fav.
And when I went I found the chocolate actually quite sweet, but again, I like my chocolate on the bittersweet end, and a bit spice added to it.

Jan 27, 2008
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

i bought blue cheese (and almost gagged)....now what?

Ok, I am usually pretty forgiving with most food and will eat most things I buy, but this danish blue cheese I just bought (which is supposed to be pretty good blue cheese too) - how should I put it -smells worse than durian crossed with goat.
OK, so I guess I never had real blue cheese, and didn't realize beforehand how strong it would smell. My question is, since I already purchased it, can I render it in some method that will 1) mask its smell 2) get rid of that aftertaste 3) taste good

Thanks for your input.

Jan 27, 2008
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

"Authentic" Chinese food in Flushing?

If you go to flushing, i suggest you head there with some friends and order the family meals - usually 3 dishes with rice plus soup for $18 or something like that. Those are the dishes most patrons there order, and many of them are typical home-style dishes (albeit cooked in restaurant style). For general Chinese, I think that noodle place on Prince st. has good rep. I usually go to Gu shine. However, the absolute best place to go imho, if you can put sanitation and DOH standards briefly away, is J&L mall across from the flushing PO. A lot of time you can just point and the dishes. that and the place across from starbucks with red sign selling fried dumplings.
As for the article, I'll be kind and say that the article was probably written for general audience, not Chowhounders.

Aug 06, 2007
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

how do I become a better cook?

As everyone said already practice is most important.
My favorite way to learn is to cook with someone who's good. That and reading a good author - one that teaches techniques rather than give exact recipes.
When I'm cooking by myself, since I often multiple meals at a time, I often do this - start out with a common base (say, grain or pasta) - divide into several smaller portions, and then mix different sauces and spices for each portion. This way I learn how each change impact the overall dish. Also, try to make the same dish several times in a row slightly differently, while tedious, can be the key to perfecting a dish.
And finally, dont forget to experiment. Even things that seem weird together. Just don't make a week batch when getting too experimental....

Aug 06, 2007
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

what to do with japanese turnips (kabu)?

Just bought this at farmer's market - I dont want to make pickles and prefer something cooked instead of raw. Any ideas?
Thanks.

Aug 06, 2007
zorgclyde in Home Cooking

looking for spicy cheesy fries

as the summer partying starts, I can't help but notice that most of the pub food tend to be...hmmm....need a good deal of alcohol to wash down.
Ok, that's nothing new.
But still, I want to know, where are the great spicy cheesy fries to be found? I want good value too - nothing pretentious, and I don't care about presentation.
Thanks!!

Jul 28, 2007
zorgclyde in Manhattan

tropical chutney and salsa

I just came back from a wonderful trip from Costa rica and man do I miss their fruits!! Best pineapples, bananas, passion fruit.....(the vegetables selection there was pretty meager though)
I saw a lot of places selling jars of mango salsa, fruit chutney, and different types of chilis. I tried them and really like them. I know one company Cafe Britt sells it online, but I was wondering if there are places here that sells these products too. I prefer to browse through a store and discovering different food items if possible.
Thanks!

Jul 07, 2007
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

A Chinese vegetarian retail store

My dad and I went to a new place in the outskirt of Flushing that sells frozen and Chinese vegetarian product. The owner is Taiwanese and the product selection reflects that. When I visited today there was items such as veg. lion head, white-band fish ? (baidai yu), hot pot bag, as well as more mainstream selection. The Japanese ham was on sale so we bought that, I cooked it at home and it was really good.
The store itself is pretty non-descript, it's small but it definitely carries a pretty good selection of the mock products. The address is 45-46 162 st. I think the sigh is Vegetarian Foods Wholesale, Distributor. They sell some items that I'd yet to see any other store in eastern US carry.

Jul 07, 2007
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

starbucks green tea latte is really gross

I didn't say matcha tea is bad, but rather, the starbucks version is awful.
I've had matcha flavored tea in other places, and some of them I liked.
But Starbucks definitely put too much sugar and other things in their version.
The Chinese supermarkets sell better tasting instant packages...I think Mr. Brown or something is the name?
Anyways, you shouldn't make a broad generalizations like the last statement when you clearly misinterpreted the initial post.

Jun 16, 2007
zorgclyde in Chains

junior's - the rumors are true (sort of)

hey thanks for the info. I googled it and the closest match was Avon Cafe at 19208 Northern Blvd. Was that it?
I love galactabureka(sp?) too, but Astoria is too far, so maybe this place would be my next to-go place.

May 28, 2007
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs

junior's - the rumors are true (sort of)

the cheesecake from northern blvd sound interesting. I too did not like Junior's - too heavy and sweet.
does anyone know the name/addy of that place?

May 26, 2007
zorgclyde in Outer Boroughs