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Essence of Morel

me too! I could not figure out what essence of more! would be!

Aug 31, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

ISO a cake recipe to make a large cake

+1 on this cake. I make it with alternative frosting for birthday parties. It is fantastic!

What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

+1 on Louisiana Real and Rustic. I've quite enjoyed everything I've cooked from that book.

Aug 26, 2015
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What are your favourite Southern Cookbooks?

For reading as much as cooking, John T. Edge's A Gracious Plenty. It is kind of a compendium of recipes from Souther community cookbooks, enriched with materials from WPA projects about American foodways, and wonderful photographs. It is the kind of book that you pick up to look for a recipe (which are good) and then realize that an hour has passed while you perused.

This photograph reminds me that my first Southern go-to is Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock's The Gift of Southern Cooking. I love it as authentic and warm and no shortcuts.

Finally, I think the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook is great for entertaining, has a kind of modern take on a number of recipes. Our New Year's Day party would not be complete with those bourbon balls and cheese straws - and we live in Massachusetts!

Pierre Sang vs. Au Passage for dinner (another Paris in August post)

If Paul Bert looks like it would fill your more traditional bet, they are open in August and taking reservations (just deployed my creaky french to book).

Aug 01, 2015
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Paris - Foie Gras - Steak Frites

Thanks for that link - fascinating and funny and frankly mouth-watering! I can't wait to get to France next week.

I've read just about every recent post I can find on this board about steak-frites (and everything else about Paris lately, thank you all), but remain confused about one bit. Is, or perhaps I should ask *how* is Le Relais de Venise related to the Relais de I'Entrecote? It is clear from this board that RdV at Porte Maillot is the location to go to, but that isn't on the Rdl'E's website - at that there are three different locations in Paris. On the RdV website, there is just Porte Maillot and the foreign locations. It is a touch confusing, not to know which Relais you should be using.

Jul 27, 2015
Splendid Spatula in France

Anyone have a recipe for Mt. Gretna dish?

Sounds like Joe Mazzotti. (Who knows where THAT name came from!) If you google that, you will get many hits. I too recall it with beef, however, and most of the recipes that I looked at were pork.

Jul 27, 2015
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Verdun and Reims (and Ypres, why not)

Thank you! I did search for both locals, but not well enough it seems. I shall venture forth once more.

Jul 23, 2015
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Verdun and Reims (and Ypres, why not)

Hello Hounds of France,
I've been lurking on the France list for some time now, enjoying the generally excellent guidance regulars provide to us visitors. We're heading to your fair country in a couple of weeks, as you might guess by our locations for one week of touring WW1 sites, and a second week in Paris. The second week is more or less in hand, given local family and friends who will be squiring us around, and the great info I've gleaned from this list.

But does anyone have any reccos for Verdun (we're there two nights) and Reims (three)? While I love the look of Les Crayeres and Assiette Champenoise for the latter and were it just me and husband we'd probably do one or both, we are with our kids this time so looking a notch below. They're game for anything and excited to eat in France . . . but too much high-end is too much, so we're hoping to keep things a little lower-key for this part of the trip anyway. Cost is not so much the issue; we just don't want to have to dress up super-fancy every night.

And I suppose I should post elsewhere for Ypres, but our adventure starts there for two nights so if anyone has ideas, please share! thanks

Jul 22, 2015
Splendid Spatula in France

Cafe ArtScience - Kendall Square

We took our science-mad son, aged 14, and our daughter, aged 10, there for son's 8th grade graduation dinner. This was late June, a Tuesday evening, and the restaurant was not at all crowded. We had indicated that it was a celebratory dinner, although it turns out that my son would rather we had not, and the staff picked up the cue and downplayed the congratulations on your graduation bit.

The food was terrific, service warm and personable, and overall comfortable for our family. As most posts indicate, the modernist piece only really comes into play with dessert. Our 10 y.o. had the roast chicken which came with stinging nettle dumplings (a total hit, and something of an epiphany - you CAN try something new and sometimes it is AWESOME!) and snails (godblessher, she tried one, choked it down, and vowed never again. But she tried it, which I attribute to the cool vibe of the restaurant, the nice service, and the success of the dumplings. There was crab salad, I think, and while my halibut was veering toward dry, son's pig tail was a hit. Dessert was super fun: daughter and I shared a plate of strawberry-themed treats which involved foams and mousses and gels and dirt and all kinds of wacky, totally delicious items. Son's was a more standard tower of various mousses and cakes. I wish I could remember more but I know there was a cocktail that involved a violet ice cubes that slowly turned my beverage light blue.

Expensive, although not L'Espalier. But if your niece is interested in all of this stuff, she will really enjoy it and so will you.

Viale or Oleana - at which one can we hear each other better?

Last minute but . . . looking at Viale (never been) or Oleana (been and enjoyed immensely) for tomorrow night. My "aging" husband comments that he would actually like to be able to hear our dining companions and not have to shout, as is the case at so many restaurants these days. We know Oleana is manageable on the auditory front. What's Viale like?

Thanks, hounds!

Am I achieving my goals? Quick trip to Paris!

Just want to say thank you for all the good picnic ideas in this thread!

Jul 14, 2015
Splendid Spatula in France

Paris Report

Could you please expand on this comment? I and my steak-frites-loving 14 year old, off to Paris next month with the rest of the family, would love to learn more!

Jul 14, 2015
Splendid Spatula in France

Adding frangipane to babka?

I actually made that babka a lot last winter, and thought it was dynamite. So did everyone else who tried it. I don't think it needs anything added, and feel like frangipane might be gilding the lily. That said, I would not turn down a piece of yours with frangipane in it!

Jul 14, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

Native corn

I didn't buy but at least two vendors at the Harvard market had corn today.

Thinning the herd. Getting my cookbooks down to a reasonable number

The Way to Cook (Child), Classic Home Desserts (Sax), How to Cook Everything (Bittman), Sunday Suppers at Lucques (Goin), The new New York Times Cookbook (Hesser), Classic Italian (Hazan), A Gracious Plenty (Edge), Jerusalem (Ottolenghi)

And that's just for starters, I'm sure I could add a few!

Jul 08, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

Tried it for the first time last week, and quite pleased. Looking forward to more!

Jun 26, 2015
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Craigie on Main, Coppa, Erbaluce?

We had a splendid meal at Erbaluce about three weeks ago. I started with an egg-white frittata with ramps and nettles and truffle oil that somehow managed to be light and rich at the same time. Then a special of the day lobster pan roast (generous portion, reasonably priced at $36 considering the amount) with gigante beans and a stunning essence of lobster sauce and a few other things that I can't quite recall now. Finished with another special of tiramisu, not for the faint of heart - very intense, not overly sweet. Husband had scallops crudo, v fresh and luscious, and a porchetta-style treatment of pork that he pronounced excellent. We were just really pleased with the entire meal.

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

right, of course. I was confusing it with the Ferber method of getting babies to sleep!

Jun 19, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

What is Ferber jam?

Jun 18, 2015
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Traveling to Paris with child, and question about Frenchie

re: Louvre and crowd management . . . we had a marvelous book called The Louvre UP CLOSE which highlighted a few works in the collection (and various details therein - that was the up close bit). We made a list of the ones our then-three-year-old son liked, and spent our day searching them out. It got us away from the big pieces where everyone was, and into some interesting parts of the museum that we'd not otherwise have seen.

Jun 11, 2015
Splendid Spatula in France

Jamming, Canning and Preserving 2015

Hi preservers, I just received a copy of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry and am wondering if anyone has used the book, and has any particular recommendations? thanks!

Jun 08, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

Apricot recipes please!

I've made that jam. Excellent.

Jun 03, 2015
Splendid Spatula in Home Cooking

classic patisserie swap-meet or baking group

We got our wedding cake from Delphin. Spectacular.

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

plus one for Locke-Ober

Guadeloupe reccos?

Hello Hounds, we're heading to Guadeloupe in a week, and wondering if anyone has any food recommendations? Staying Deshaies, on Basse-Terre. thanks!

Where can I buy Zungenwurst (blood tongue sausage)?

And you can always order by mail from Usingers, www.usinger.com

easter brunch in Concord or Manchester, NH?

Thanks.

easter brunch in Concord or Manchester, NH?

Hello New England Hounds, any ideas for a place to meet my mom for brunch on Easter Sunday, in the Manchester or Concord areas? We come from the Boston area, she comes from Center Harbor.

Bedford Village Inn, which I don't adore but is suitably festive, is unfortunately booked. Thanks!

Best ice cream in Boston is..

We've used Christina's for a huge event annually for eleven years now, and have had nothing but excellent service from them. They bring a bunch of their regular scoopers, and the owner, Ray, is extremely nice and helpful.