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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Thanks for the walk through BC, incredibly helpful!

about 6 hours ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 15-18

I didn't add the pecans to the cake itself, I will make a glaze to drizzle over the top before serving, and I thought I would add toasted pecans to the glaze. For those who said it was too subtle in the coffee department, the crumbs I tasted out of the oven seemed VERY coffee-u=y! I am trusting that this recipe does, indeed, hold well for up to 5 days because I am bringing it to a Chanukah celebration on Saturday night. It is wrapped up in the fridge until then.

1 day ago
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

How is the formatting on the Kindle version of this book?

1 day ago
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

Like Pistachio pea, I also thought you meant Prune but then looked up Plum and found another book. To answer your originally intended question, I don't own Prune. I thought I would want it, but once I examined it at the Tavern, I was able to resist. I am however eyeing Bar Tartine. That looks like a book I have to have.

December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 15-18

In the oven now...

1 day ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 15-18

Ok that sounds too good to pass up. I'll make it this weekend.

ETA: I was hoping it would have chocolate and whiskey and pecans. Do you think it would be good if I added a pecan drizzle over the top??

Dec 15, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

Isn't that interesting that you don't have any of those. Hmmm? I am going to look up Plum right now.

Dec 15, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

No, that one hasn't tempted me...yet. On my nightstand right now:

Flavor Flour
Gluten Free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day
A Kitchen in France
Delancey
Baking Chez Moi
The French Market

and a few others that haven't tempted me.

Dec 14, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

It's a good thing I have a stack of new cookbooks to keep me busy because I am not at all tempted by any of the titles that are getting repeat nominations this month.

Dec 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

You always need to refrigerate the dough after you roll it out but before cutting and assembling, otherwise the dough is too soft to work with. You also need to take it straight from the fridge to the oven to bake, otherwise the cookies will come out oily due to the high fat content.

Dec 14, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Freeze rugelach after you've rolled them up but before you put on the egg wash. When you take them out of the freezer, no need to defrost, just eggwash, sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar topping and bake.

ETA: I see now you are working on a rugelach variation. I didn't catch that the first time around. These should be able to go straight from the freezer to the baking sheet (once cut) and baked from frozen.

Dec 14, 2014
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Best Cookbooks of 2014 - Post your picks and your local retailer's/media outlet's/other picks here...please

By far and away my favorite title of 2014 is HUCKLEBERRY by Zoe Nathan. Many other contenders are still under consideration.

Dec 13, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

It's a blustery day here in Los Angeles (how often can I say that?) - I have a sore throat so...I have an excuse to delve into the covers of my newest cookbooks.

My daughter bought me A Kitchen In France for my birthday and I have been slowly making my way through it. Thoughts: a beautiful book, the intros to each recipe are, in my opinion, the best part, and the recipes themselves seem sound, even a little different than what I usually connect with when I think of French food, it does makes me long for a chance to return to France, but with few exceptions, it doesn't make me want to cook from it. What is everyone else thinking about this book? Love it? Hate it? In between? Anyone cooked from it yet or from her blog?

Here are the recipes that have caught my eye (the exceptions):
Sarah Bernhardt Cakes, p. 272
Mont Blanc, p. 280
Pear Flognarde, p. 271
Eggs En Cocotte with Mushrooms, p. 229
Galette PĂ©rougienne, p. 216
Gambas Flamées with Pastis, p. 167
Tuna Rillettes, p. 96
Garden Cake, p. 66
Duck Confit Parmentier, p. 52
Parisian Sole, p. 45

Dec 12, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Also consider making the mustard chicken recipe and the au gratin. Both are outstanding.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

You will love Simply French. It is one of my most loved, worn through cookbooks. Start with the roasted chicken recipe, it's my go-to. But everything in this book is spectacular,

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month January 2015

I have so many new cookbooks on my shelves these days it is hard to know where to start. I would love it if one of them made it to COTM status:

ONE GOOD DISH
BUVETTE
A KITCHEN IN FRANCE
THE FRENCH MARKET

All but one of these was purchased from TGC so I am guessing a fair amount of us have them on our shelves. I would love, love an excuse to cook out of any one of these for a month straight. I have made a few recipes out of Buvette so far and have been quite pleased with my experience. Plus, it is a really enjoyable read. The one I would be the most interested in is The French Market by Clotide Dusoulier - this is a vegetarian book. She has a blog, Zucchini and Chocolate, so many of her recipes are available online and there are meat based recipes on her blog and in her other books. Any one else familiar with her recipes?

Dec 11, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

That is a great deal!!! I bought it when it first came out hard bound. Should have waited.

Dec 07, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Sorry to hear you are sick but glad you have some good reading to keep you company.

Dec 04, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

My Elfster gift arrived last night - The French Market Cookbook, so now I can finally make that buckwheat tart I've been hearing about. Thank you, kind elf!

Dec 03, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

I couldn't agree more about being truly blessed to be able to indulge this way and it is a great reminder of how we need to do more for others.

Re the duck confit gravy, no recipe I am afraid. Make a batch of turkey stock using wings and neck. Add in the remainder of 6 duck legs that have already been confit'd and all the meat and skin stripped away for other uses. Reduce again. That is the recipe.

Dec 02, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Thanksgiving report:

Way too much food, as always. Here are a list of the hits and misses, and things I plan to do differently next year.

Appetizers:
2:30
Champagne
Cheese plate - 3 cheeses, 3 kinds of crackers, dried figs, cherries and molasses paste -perfect but way too much. One cheese would have been enough.
3:30
Mini crab cakes - Prepared by Specific Pacific Foods, lemon aioli - again, perfect but probably unnecessary.

5:30 Buffet:
Radish Parm Salad - A Girl and Her Pig
http://www.npr.org/2012/05/22/1532777...
- I love this recipe but we didn't need a salad course

Ham: My cousin brought this
Turkey: 21 lbs from farmers market. William Sonoma dry brined then basted with a sage butter and served with sage gravy, both from The New Thanksgiving Table. This recipe was utter simplicity and probably the best tasting and most tender turkey I've ever cooked or been served. Definitely the hit of the night. Will use the same technique next year. Next time shoot for 2 13 lb turkeys instead of the 21 lber.

Stuffing: I ended up using a riff of Sunday Suppers at Lucques recipe
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ch...
and the kale stuffing in the New York times article listed above. The stuffing was absolutely fabulous. I used a mix of sourdough and raisin walnut bread. And followed all the techniques and tips for Lucques.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: Zuni Cafe
http://returnoftheyummy.blogspot.com/...
Always perfect as written.

Gravy: Made stock ahead of time using a do ahead base and then added in 8 duck leg bones left from making duck confit and reduced again. The stock was the food of kings. Used this stock in the stuffing, gravy, and the pan juices for the turkey. Make again.

Sweet Potatoes: I used a recipe out of Nancy Silverton's sandwich book. That woman is a recipe goddess! Served with a balsamic butter sauce from same book. Crazy good. Will make a great component for leftover panini sandwiches. Make again.

Cranberry Sauce: I made the fig port sauce cited by others above. Very good but will keep searching next year.

Vegetables: Made the wild mushroom book choy recipe from the NY Times article - very good but will search out another recipe next year.

Wine: Red, Peachy Canyon Zin suggest above. Affordable, balanced. Will seek out again next year.

7:30
Dessert buffet:
Store bought pies: 2 Gluten free, two regular, 4 flavors of ice cream, rainbow marzipan bars, Expresso drinks.
Next year I will go another way. We were too full for much anyways, but nothing stood out.

Dec 01, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

It hasn't arrived yet. Just ordered from EYB so I am guessing it will be some time before I see my copy in hand.

Dec 01, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Starting December with a bang. Bought Baking Chez Moi and Flavor Flours for myself and the new Rachel Khoo book and a second copy of Flavor Flours for my sister, all through the TGC bundle sale. Hopefully these will be my last cookbook purchases this month! Ambitious, I know, but I am pretty well set up - I received two others last week (for my birthday) and one more is on the way from my secret (Elfster) santa cookbook exchange (thank you, if my elf is reading this!!!). I hope to spend the rest of the month culling.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

Will report back as soon as I try anything.

Nov 30, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

Yes, it was hard to justify buying anything. My birthday just passed on Thanksgiving day and I was gifted two books I'd been wishing for: A Kitchen in France and Artisan Gluten Free Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Plus, I'd bought myself Delancey a few weeks back. And Hannukah is coming. But this one I know will be added to my collection no question so no hesitation either.

Nov 29, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition, part 2! [old]

Thanks for alerting all of us to this. I am sure you saved your fellow Ch'ers a ton and made Amazon a bunch of sales at the same time. I used my discount to pre order A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield. It won't be released until March but it has been on my radar for some time now.

Nov 29, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Whoa! Impressive!!!!

Nov 28, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Don't you love spell correct? Pepper pecan bruleed sweet potatoes.

Nov 25, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Thank you for the recipe, DC.

Nov 25, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Yum!

Nov 25, 2014
dkennedy in Home Cooking