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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I'll report back on everywhere I eat!!!!

1 day ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

I will!!!

2 days ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Dear Russell,

I will be in London this summer and can't wait to eat at Polpo!!! I planned on getting a signed copy of the book when I arrived, but now that it's been chosen COTM, I changed my plan. Looking forward to spending the month getting to know you and your cookbook.

2 days ago
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

I am one of those few people who discarded her Marcella book many years ago. It never spoke to me, so I really can't compare the two. But I can say that everything I have made out of Splendid has come out wonderfully, and as a bonus, it is a wonderful read.

Mar 21, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

The Splendid Table is one of my favorite cookbooks. All the ragus and risottos are amazing. Check EyB for notes. I also love a semi freddo from the book.

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Me too.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

While they are conceived as small plates, I think any number of these dishes could function as a main course. That is how I always use my small plate books (I have a bunch).

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

Pikawicca, I am going to make the Carrot Cake today and I am wondering, what pan did you use? I was planning on using a bundt type pan, but I am afraid it will alter the results. I see on page 41 she approves of the bundt pan, but not having read through this book yet, I don't know if that is only for specific recipes.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

I think it makes sense to stick with the top two.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Based on the consensus, I bought a used copy of Polpo on Amazon, and, I was able to order Please to the Table from the library. Hedging my bets a little but very happy to have an excuse to buy Polpo. I've wanted it for some time. My husband lived in Italy briefly as a youngster so he is always very pleased when I add another Italian book to my collection. And, this will be my first taste of Venetian so.....really, I needed this book, don't you think?

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

So it seems we are back to our original two contenders. Am I right?

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

So it sounds like Chef should be added. It certainly would add a low cost alternative since the other two contenders are on the pricey side.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

I agree, both contenders are on the pricy side this month. I think we are setting ourselves up for a pretty poor turnout unless a lot of us already own these books. I would buy Polpo if it wins, but only because it has been on my list forever.

Mar 19, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

JPR's request made me go back and look. I see 5 nominations for Chef Interrupted (Caitlin, Stockholm, Lulu, Dkennedy, and Big Sal); and 7 for Please to the Table, and only 4 for Polpo. Can someone recheck my math???? If my counting is right, it seems Polpo should be out and Chef in, or at least added to the list.

ETA: If we do change the contenders, I think it is only fair to start over, with zero votes for either book. Maybe take down this thread and start another one? Otherwise, I think the votes could get skewed.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM Voting Thread

Please, please, please let it be Polpo. I need an excuse to buy this book. It looks so enticing! Who has eaten there? I plan on going this summer.

Mar 19, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I am excited about a lot of the books that were nominated this month. Can't wait to see which ones make it to the voting round. Even if they don't make it that far, I am pleased to see Buvette, Polpo and Chef Interrupted garnering more and more enthusiasm. For me, that translates into future COTM. On the months that a COTM is selected that I don't own/don't care to own, I get so depressed. Maybe depressed is a tad strong, but I so look forward to my CHer's reports, a month without them is very lonely.

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I can take it!

Mar 19, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

Which ones? Oh, I mean we suppoet you in your decision to not buy more books!

Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

Reporting back on the STRACCIATELLA, p. 213

After allowing the custard to chill in the fridge for approximately 4 hours, I transferred it to the ice cream maker and began to churn. The recipe yields approx. 2 1/2 quarts so you will need to fill your ice cream maker twice. The custard turned into ice cream in 15 minutes. Following the instructions, I added the ribbons of melted chocolate and it magically turned into irregularly shaped shavings of chocolate. As predicted, this gelato sets somewhere between firm gelato and runny custard. It will not hold up well once removed from the fridge, so prepare to serve it quickly. I did not make any of the accompaniments, just served it on its own tonight. It tastes like the inside of a cannoli, sort of a semi freddo version of a cannoli. My son and I loved it, (as we both love cannolis). My husband and daughter did not. I will be serving this on Saturday to my cooking class companions, but I will be getting cannoli shells to serve it in. I don't think it can really carry it's own as a gelato, but as a cannoli filling it is spot on.

Mar 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking
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Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

RICOTTA GELATO/STRACCIATELLA, p. 213

I just finished making the base for the ricotta gelato. It is ridiculously easy and so delicious, even before it is put in the refrigerator to chill. I think the only danger here is eating the entire thing before guests arrive.

This gelato is unique to the book because it does not call for dextrose. I am guessing the texture of the ricotta will keep this gelato from becoming too firm when fully frozen. Tonight, just before putting it into the ice cream maker, I plan on heating the chocolate, then drizzling it over the gelato and folding as instructed. I can't wait to try it!!!!

I am hosting a spring roll cooking class this coming Saturday and if this comes out as delicious as I anticipate, it is going on the menu for dessert.

Mar 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

POLPO has been on my list for some time. I'd love an excuse to buy it.

Mar 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

My # 1 favorite is the persimmon cake - but you will have to wait until persimmon season unless you have puree in your freezer (like I do). Next, the lemon poppy seed muffins/cake. Also the chocolate almond muffins. I could keep going. I have made 15 things out of the book and have loved them all. I always convert them to gluten free using her GF flour mix and they come out beautifully.

I have made notes on EYB for every recipe I have tried so check there for more details. Also, there is a Facebook page on Baking through Huckleberry. You have to ask to join but once you do, you will have access to everyone else's hits and misses. Enjoy!

Mar 17, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy scrag end of winter March 2015 edition!

You will love Huckleberry.

Mar 17, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

How awful! This sounds like a time for take out! And for reading your cookbooks with a nice cup of tea....

Mar 17, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

They took the link down almost immediately. LM and greedygirl, I'll get in touch with you privately. My email is on my profile. Stockholm also responded to me. Thank you all for your help.

Mar 16, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

It is on my profile. Thank you.

Mar 15, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I hope this is not against the rule. I just started a thread with a question about London train travel. Since everyone I know on CH is reading this thread, and I am not sure how often any of us are on other boards, I am posting a link here in the hopes that some of you will respond to it. Thanks in advance.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007761

Mar 15, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I am not nominating Frog this month simply because there seems to be more momentum behind Chef Interrupted and Buvette, both of which I would really like to see win. But Frog soon.

Mar 15, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

This sounds like an interesting book. I'd love to hear more about it once you've spent time with it. Used copies are $19.00 so I think it would be a hard book to get movement behind for COTM, unless a lot of us already own copies. Maybe a cooking from thread to raise awareness and gather a following?

Mar 15, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking

Cooking and Baking from Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts:

Thanks, I will.

Mar 14, 2015
dkennedy in Home Cooking