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Cha Yen Thai, Watertown

I grabbed an early dinner here tonight. Corn cakes, papaya salad and tofu with cashews. I picked up the order and was driving home and the aroma was killing me. I couldn't wait to dig in.

The corn cakes with peanut sauce were killer. I've never thought of corn in Thai cuisine but these were so addictive...and still hot and crunchy 15 minutes later!

I'm not a spice lover so the spicy cashew dish was just enough heat for me. I loved that it wasn't swimming in sauce but packed with well prepared, fresh vegetables and plenty of cashews.

The papaya salad was good but it wasn't listed as being spicy and I think a little spice would have perked it up. I will definitely be back for more. My only complaint is I wish there were more dining space. It really is just one table for four and two stools.

about 15 hours ago
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

What besides meat and soups can I make in a slow cooker?

I've made Boston Baked Beans and they came out great. I've seen several dessert recipes, some looked better than others.

Oct 27, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

Really? Lemon sherbet with hot fudge?

Oct 23, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Hot fudge sundae, what flavor ice cream?

For me, it's all about the fudge so you need a neutral flavor, almost always vanilla or sweet cream. Never chocolate ice cream with hot fudge.

My brother would do peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge and pistachio ice cream in a strawberry sundae. Yuk!

What are you favorite sundae flavor combos and why?

Oct 22, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

QUICK!!! Pizza question

I always use cornmeal, love it. And crust is crisp on the bottom, not soggy.

Oct 20, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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QUICK!!! Pizza question

It's in how you read it. I misunderstood the question as well. It reads like "out of these two options, which is better?" If you read fast you miss the punctuation! :-)

Oct 20, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

I had a membership just for one but that was mostly because of the great prices for contact lenses and glasses. Much cheaper even when you figure in the membership fee. Once I stopped wearing contacts I dropped my membership. I really can't use/store the jumbo sizes of foods. I now go to BJ's with my sister-in-law once or twice a year, usually around the holidays when I'm doing a lot of baking.

Oct 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Chains

Can I easily double or triple a peanut brittle recipe?

Thanks, I'll give a double batch a try next week.

Oct 09, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Can I easily double or triple a peanut brittle recipe?

I'm reading that if you even double a peanut brittle recipe it takes too long for the sugar to reach temp so it burns.

If I use a large pan I should think I could easily double a recipe. I've made a lot of candies (toffee, caramel, nougat etc.) but I've never made peanut brittle.

Oct 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Read the whole menu then decide or stop when you see something you want?

I used to read the whole menu. Now that I eat vegetarian I scan for the one or two options (if I'm lucky) that I can eat. Usually a salad and a pasta.

Oct 05, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

Jake n Joes opens tonight in Waltham. Looks like a chain from The Chateau family.

http://www.jakenjoes.com/

Oct 02, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

In case you haven't seen this, it shows the difference between baking soda and baking powder.

http://obsessedwithbaking.blogspot.co...

Oct 01, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

There's a good chance she is just using the recipe on the back of the Nestle morsels bag. If ten people follow that recipe you would probably get 10 different looking cookies! I do agree with others that I bet she used shortening instead of butter. Also, she may have mixed by hand with a wooden spoon instead of the fancy and powerful Kitchen Aid mixers we all have these days. And brands of flour will also make a difference.

Oct 01, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

If it has a lot of spices it probably negates most of the flavor you get from the vanilla.

Oct 01, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What time do you all eat dinner?

Growing up we always ate at 6:00 because that was when dad got home from work. Now I live alone and get up early and go to bed early so dinner is usually 4:30 - 5:00. I'm in bed by 9:00 but watch TV until 10:00. If I'm meeting friends for dinner it's usually 7:00 unless I can talk them into earlier!

Sep 30, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food

What goodies to send to Navy personnel

I'm afraid that even brownies or blondies will get stale after 2 weeks in who knows what temperatures, regardless of how well they are wrapped. I've never left cookies out that long, even during holidays I keep things frozen for gifts to people I'm not going to see until a later date. I wouldn't want to send these guys stale old cookies.

Sep 29, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

What goodies to send to Navy personnel

My friend's son is stationed on a ship somewhere in the world and she's asked us to write to his team. Of course goodies are also welcome which is my specialty!

I'm leaning towards homemade candy such as caramel and peanut brittle. Nothing chocolate in case they are somewhere warm. I'm told the packages will probably take 12-14 days to reach them so not sure what cookies/baked goods would hold up well for that long other than shortbread.

Any other ideas?

Sep 29, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Need Easy Vegan Snack for Casual Cocktail Party

I second roasted chickpeas. Easy, make ahead and there are different recipes so you can choose any flavor, salt & vinegar, chili lime...just google roasted chickpeas.

Sep 26, 2014
Jpan99 in Vegetarian & Vegan

"Naturally" eggless baking recipes, without weird substitutions

Eggless Apple Muffins

2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 medium apples
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 º F. Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together and set aside. Peel, core and dice apples. Try not to cut them too big or they will not have time to cook completely. In medium bowl combine oil, sour cream and apple sauce. Add dry ingredients and apples and stir to combine. Batter will be stiff.

Divide batter between 12 greased muffin tins. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon sugar over muffins. Bake at 400 º F. for 18-20 minutes or until done. Let sit in pans for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Sep 26, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Eggless Banana Cookies

Cream together:
1 c. butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla

Add:
1 c. mashed banana
Beat until well mixed.

Sift together:
3½ c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. cardamom
½ t. salt

Add to banana mixture a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Divide dough into four pieces. Roll each into a log and wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate dough until firm. Cut firm dough into slices about half an inch thick. Place about two inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 5 to 10 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Do not let cookies get too brown. Cool on wire racks, store airtight.

* If you don't like or don't have cardamom you can use another spice you like or just omit it.

Sep 26, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

First, what state are you in? If you're in Mass. I'd be happy to contribute!

For an event this size you have to keep it simple. The fancy desserts belong for your dinner party.

I'm going to assume there will be other food trucks or food services at the event so I wouldn't worry about providing things like water which will probably be available elsewhere.

Big pans of brownies and blondies and any type of square. Are there food regulations that say all items need to be wrapped? I had a friend at a bake sale and I sent cookies and brownies but they all had to be individually wrapped. If not, you'll need those wax paper squares to pick items up and either hand over or put in a bag or on a plate.

Big cookies, biscotti, cupcakes, muffins, slices of sheet cake, lemon bars. See if a local donut shop will donate something.

Sep 24, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

I too just tried the walnut praline and the toffee. Both really delicious. Can't pick a favorite!

Sep 23, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

cakes and bakeries in and around Kennebunk ME?

Probably too late for you but Bread and Roses in Ogunquit makes yummy desserts.f I've never ordered a cake but I have had cake slices and other desserts and they were all delicious.

Sep 23, 2014
Jpan99 in Northern New England

Question about a tube pan

I think most cake recipes will fit into a Bundt pan. Feel free to post the recipe here but if it has 3 cups of flour or less you are probably okay in a Bundt. Any leftovers can always be put into a small pan or muffin cups and cooked alongside.

If you think you will want to make an angel food cake some day, go for the tube pan with feet, but you only turn it upsidedown for an angelfood cake, not for any other cake. If you like the decorative pattern of the Bundt then go for that. I too agree that the second pic looks like a huge pan, probably not what you need.

Sep 23, 2014
Jpan99 in Cookware

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Spaghetti with tomato paste and butter. Brown butter, stir in paste, let simmer while boiling spaghetti. Drain, mix, eat fast because the butter congeals when it gets cold and reheating isn't an option.

One strawberry unfrosted Pop Tart and one brown sugar cinnamon unfrosted poptart. Toasted til just turning black on the edges. Spread with butter (if done right the butter should sizzle when it hits the burnt edges) top with a slice of extra sharp cheddar. Eat.

Sep 17, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

What else do you make in your Madeleine pan?

Just bought a pan and made Madeleines yesterday. They were good but I'm thinking the pan might be useful for other things.

My thoughts are cookie dough (chocolate chip or short bread) or brownies. And maybe some molded chocolates for the holidays?

Has anyone made other things in their Madeleine pan?

Sep 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Help with sandwich buffet for birthday...

Saw this on Barefoot Contessa this morning. Chicken BLT's looked good.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Sep 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

The Wedding Won't Go On Without Your Help!!!! [Tucson]

I'm not from Tucson but did quick search for rehearsal dinners in Tucson and found some info that might help.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe...

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe...

http://www.cvent.com/rfp/tucson-az-re...

Sep 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Southwest

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I made Madeleines for the first time. Just a basic recipe flavored with a little lemon zest and vanilla. They came out okay. First batch under filled and over baked. I really didn't want that "hump" from over filling but I under filled. Second batch filled perfectly but I under baked by about a minute I think.

I recently bought the Chicago Metallic Madeleine pan which worked great. Used butter and dusted with flour and they literally spilled right out of the molds, no sticking. Would like to try some flavored ones, maybe orange and/or chocolate.

Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals

Another family of one and vegetarian

Stuffed portabella mushrooms (stuffing changes often but contains sauteed veggies, brown or jasmine rice and usually feta)

Veggie black bean tacos
Pasta primavera
Mushroom lasagna
Falafal wraps
Grilled cheese and broccoli bisque
Veggie stir fry with cashews over jasmine rice
Baked potatoes stuffed with whatever (veggies and cheese or baked beans and bbq sauce)
Pancakes - good any time of day

Sep 13, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking