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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

They are from Rose's Christmas Cookies:
http://www.amazon.com/Roses-Christmas...

about 21 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

Iggy's Cranberry Pecan Rolls

Thanks - I didn't know there was a Whole Foods there. They also have them at Santoro's market.

Apr 14, 2014
emily in Greater Boston Area

Iggy's Cranberry Pecan Rolls

I'm in town tomorrow and looking for these in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. Anyone know the closest coffee shop or store that carries them ?

Apr 13, 2014
emily in Greater Boston Area

COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

The first time I made it, it was amazing. Hasn't quite lived up to that high since then. Probably greatly depends on what tomatoes I'm using.

Apr 12, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Vegetables and Bean Curd

Made this recently as well after a hiatus (why?) and loved it.

Apr 11, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

Ok, HAKKA.

Apr 11, 2014
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Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

I'm still interested in Hakka.

Apr 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Gina de Palma's Ricotta Poundcake which is overflowing its loaf pan as I write. Ugh.

Apr 09, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Using the convection feature for baking

I've had ovens with the convection fan option for years, but haven't used it that much. I've started to more so now with my Wolf wall oven, but am not clear on whether to reduce the temp in a given recipe or not. I thought I read that with the convection fan on, you should lower the oven temp 25 degrees from what the recipe states. However, my results have been all over the map - it seems that some recipes do better with the convection fan on and the temp reduced by 25 degrees and others don't. Curious about others' experiences.

Apr 09, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Durango Cookies from Sweet: chocolate chip cookies with roasted almonds, cocoa nibs and smoked salt.

Apr 07, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Another excellent and easy lemon curd from Fine Cooking:
http://www.finecooking.com/articles/f...

Apr 06, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Some upcoming fall releases:

Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen (Zoe Nathan)

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere (Dorie Greenspan)

Bar Tartine: Cooking with Fermented, Cured, Pickled, and Sprouted Flavors

Apr 06, 2014
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Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Soups, Rice, Noodles, Dumplings, Stocks, Preserves and Other Essentials

Ho Fun Rice Noodles with Mushrooms and Beef

We made a similar modification to this recipe using beef, dried shiitakes, broccoli and no bean sprouts. I stir fried the broccoli to start with some garlic and a bit of chicken stock. Rice noodles were a bit of a hassle - I bought fresh rice noodle sheets which needed to be refreshed in hot water, then sliced into noodles and each strand separated and unfolded. Was afraid they'd stick together in the wok, but everything worked out. This was deemed the best rice noodle dish we've had.

Apr 06, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Ooh, interesting. I've had that one in my Amazon cart but wanted to find out more before ordering.

Apr 04, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Cooking from Isabel's Cantina

I love this recipe for Esquites, which adds lime, garlic, chili powder, a little mayo and (optional in my case) cotija:
http://www.thekitchn.com/potluck-reci...

Apr 04, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Love this book, but I think the red braised pork belly recipe she gives in a Every a Grain of Rice is much better.

Apr 04, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? April 2014 edition!

Not much of a report, but I liked it when I flipped through at the bookstore. But I think I like Under the Shade of Mango Trees better (which means I saw more recipes I wanted to make). I need to spend more time with both.

Apr 03, 2014
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Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Cold dishes, Tofu, Meat, Chicken and Eggs, Fish and Seafood

Thanks - I'd never heard of this book before. Might pickup an inexpensive used copy on Amazon. If you have any other recs from Chinese Gastronomy, please let me know!

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Le Creuset new Matte color line

I'm pretty immune to LC's new colors since my whole collection is Dune. However, I really like the matte color line - very muted. Looks sort of like crockery.

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Cookware

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

No, it's like a soft cake on top of a thin crust.

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I can't think of any of their baked goods that I've bought a second time, except for the Hobo bread.

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I've found the same thing to be true - is it the alcohol (or higher sugar content) in the vanilla ones that keeps them softer and fresher?

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Chains

Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Cold dishes, Tofu, Meat, Chicken and Eggs, Fish and Seafood

I tried making this with a very fatty pork shoulder and - gasp - I think we like it even better! Still unctuous, but with a higher meat to fat ratio.

Apr 03, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Laurie Colwin Nutmeg Cake - interesting method. You cut butter into flour and dark brown sugar and press a portion of this into the bottom of a cake pan. Then add yogurt and egg and spices to the rest of the mixture and pour on top of the crust. Add chopped walnuts and bake. The recipe calls for 4 t. nutmeg (along with cinnamon and mace) - unique and delicious.

Ad Hoc Brownies - very good, but we much preferred the NY Times Essential Cookbook brownies, which taste more chocolatey and sweeter.

Apr 03, 2014
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Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Cold dishes, Tofu, Meat, Chicken and Eggs, Fish and Seafood

Pic of the Bombay-type mix bag.

Apr 03, 2014
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Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Cold dishes, Tofu, Meat, Chicken and Eggs, Fish and Seafood

Sour and Hot Silken Tofu

I don't believe anyone has reported on this yet. You take some silken tofu - in my case, fresh tofu from the San Jose Tofu Company - and warm it in simmering water. Mix a dressing of Chinkiang vinegar, light soy, sesame oil, zha cai (first time using my little packet!), spring onion, garlic, chili oil, and salt. Pour the sauce over the warmed tofu, add more chopped zha cai and spring onion and sprinkle on a handful of Bombay mix, which I handily found on my last visit to Costco. Made a very tasty and light lunch.

Apr 03, 2014
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Cookbook of the Month March 2013 EVERY GRAIN OF RICE: Soups, Rice, Noodles, Dumplings, Stocks, Preserves and Other Essentials

Have made Mrs. Yu's Sweet and Spicy Cold Noodles a few times now. Delectable. There's something about these noodles that incites a feeding frenzy. I noticed that the recipe is quite similar to the Spicy Cold Noodles with Chicken Slivers in LOP, but I like this version better, which doesn't use dark soy. We've tweaked the recipe a bit to our liking: 3 v. 2 teaspoons Chinkiang vinegar, 1 v. 2 T. sesame paste, 3 T. chili oil, and 1 v. 1/2 t. sesame oil. We also add the the optional shredded chicken meat (usually from a Costco rotisserie chicken).

Apr 01, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

suggestions for Yountville and surroundings

Redd Wood - pastas (particularly the amatriciana) are very good

Goose & Gander (St. Helena) - one of the best burgers I've had and creative cocktails

Apr 01, 2014
emily in San Francisco Bay Area

Baoning Vinegar

Thanks - do you think it's worth going out of your way for compared to just using Gold Plum Chinkiang vinegar as a substitute? I'm cooking mostly from Fuchsia Dunlop's books.

Apr 01, 2014
emily in Los Angeles Area

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Pioneer Woman's website might be helpful. People like to criticize her blog, but a lot of her recipes will likely work for your husband. Here's a link to her "Marlboro Man Approved" recipes:
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/ca...

Apr 01, 2014
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