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

liked this one as well. Now a fixture on meatless mondays

May 03, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

I do my skewers with one ingredient for this reason

May 03, 2015
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Pasta Sauce Cookbook?

Stir
Frankie's Spuntino
Fater Orsini's Pasta Perfeta

Apr 28, 2015
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Chinese sand-pot cooking. Successes?

Hmmm....I like this idea for noodles as a "take with you" dish."

Apr 28, 2015
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Chinese sand-pot cooking. Successes?

I have one and never used it. Does anyone recommend a great starter recipe? I was invited to a supper club in a couple of weeks,a dn they asked if I could bring "something Chinese." Stir fries don't travel well, and was thinking a casserole of sorts might be perfect.

Apr 27, 2015
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May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

Thanks! I had been wondering about that. I see them at the olive counter at our local supermarket.

Apr 27, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

One or two. They are pretty standard-fare cornbread recipes. What I do like is the clarity in her writing.

Apr 23, 2015
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May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

I liked the chick pea cakes with yogurt dipping sauce (the sauce was really good, enough to make me try and think of more instances I could use it). pasta with cream and mushrooms, and the basil shrimp was a definite winner.

May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

Great! It is the cookbook I am using most often these days.

Apr 22, 2015
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The Return of Swordfish

That sounds wonderful, about what are the proportions?

Apr 17, 2015
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The Return of Swordfish

"Canadian Method"? What might that be?

Apr 16, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Crescent's books are great! I even have her cornbread one.

Her Soup & Bread book is a classic.

Apr 16, 2015
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Cookware you're obsessed with...

Interesting topic.

I always wanted a set of Chantal's enamel-on-steel pans. now that I can afford a set, they are no longer in production. Rats....

Apr 14, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I also vote for EAT, by Nigel Slater.

Apr 10, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

They mention in the book that the carrot cake is their signature dish.

Apr 10, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

The Frog Commissary! nice choice. What do you like to make out of it?

I got that and the White Dog Cafe (another Philly place) years back. Everything in White Dog is a champ so far, but I have never made anything from the Frog.

Apr 10, 2015
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Headed back to Taiwan. What's new and great in Hsin-chu and Taipei?

Headed back over for two weeks. Mostly there to see family and friends, but always on the lookout for great new food and will have plenty f time on my own to poke around. I haven't been back in almost....10 years. What can I look forward to?

And any suggestions on cool tea shops would be most welcome as well.

Apr 09, 2015
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September 2011 COTM Companion Thread: Nigel Slater

I second that motion. We just made the chick pea cakes with yogurt dipping sauce and they came out perfect.

I used The frugal Gourmet when first learning how to cook (yes, I know that dates me, but a variation on his "Chinese Roast chicken" helped me impress my now-wife), and later moved on to Bittman, and then got a copy of Appetite as a gift....and learned how to think about food and cooking. Maybe the best instructions out there, at least for me. I really like Bill Granger and Matt Moran's books, but as often as not on a weeknight, it is Slater all the way.

Okay knife nerds, what do you think of this Dexter?

Agreed. I have this theory however, about brands that try to go upmarket. Since, to your point, no one expects this from Dexter" I bet they go to the best of their considerable ability to prove they can, and at a good price point. I see this often in other brand-sensitive markets, like cars.

Apr 08, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Family. Thanks for the correction.

If that is the case, I really like: Simple Pleasures (http://www.amazon.com/Alfred-Portale-...) and Boston's North End Italian: http://www.amazon.com/North-Italian-C...

Apr 07, 2015
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Taiwanese Cookbooks

Blue-Eyed Dragon. It is an Australian cookbook written by a Taiwanese restaurant owner. Excellent, if maddeningly organized.

Barbara Tropp's first book has a definite Taiwanese influence as well, which she references throughout her writing.

Apr 07, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Just got Patsy's Family cookbook. Looks great. Very much a weeknight cookbook.

Apr 07, 2015
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Okay knife nerds, what do you think of this Dexter?

I think I was most interested in that unusual shape. I like some older French knives, and they seem to have that same style. I am torn between these Dexters and this older Sabatier: http://www.thebestthings.com/knives/s...

Apr 07, 2015
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Okay knife nerds, what do you think of this Dexter?

Same here. I am often called a "nerd" (think lots of science fiction and odd interests, like old British roadsters) and never take it as an offensive term, more an endearing one.

Would not want to offend. Apologies if I did.

Apr 07, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Made the marinated lamb chops from Union Square (forget the name, but it uses dijon mustard, garlic, balsamic, basil in the marinade). Also made garlic mashed potatoes from the same book. The cream and butter were great, but the real secret was using a potato ricer.

Okay knife nerds, what do you think of this Dexter?

Saw this and was intrigued. Never heard of this designer, and not overly sophisticated as a cook, but thinking of upgrading from my Sani-Safe series: http://knives.dexter1818.com/shop/her...

Apr 06, 2015
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Authentic Cajun Cookbook

You included "Southern Louisiana" in your post. Ever thought about getting "Cooking Up a Storm"? It is a collection of recipes from (I think) The Times Picayune. I managed to somehow lose my copy, but it had some great and very do-able recipes.

Mar 20, 2015
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Authentic Cajun Cookbook

I concur. Both great choices.

Mar 18, 2015
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Husband's boss coming for dinner. HELP!

My first response as well. A garlic/rosemary roast chicken, a pasta as the side, a salad and a great vinaigrette. maybe an easy antipasto as a starter - pickled or stuffed mushrooms?

You are not going to compete with the French Laundry, but you can do basic and make it look effortless.

Mar 16, 2015
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Cioppino with Salmon...?

Interesting point - no blue or mackerel. I would think, maybe, that the acid in the tomato might help with such an oily fish.

Mar 13, 2015
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