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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

I like the chocolate chunks even better - I assumed they were the same type of chocolate as the chips, but I swear I like the taste of the chunks better.

about 17 hours ago
emily in Chains
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I've tried making the Cinnamon Cloud Nine Crunchies twice and each time they've spread and been a mess. Ended up throwing both batches away. Not sure what's gone wrong. Mine weren't crisp or flakey, either - just soft.

1 day ago
emily in Home Cooking

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

I have the International Cookie Cookbook, but can't find the Lebanese pistachio shortbread you mentioned. My copy doesn't even seem to cover that region. Do you have a page number for it? Would love to try it.

ETA: I see the recipe listed in EYB. We must have different editions of this book since mine doesn't have any Middle Eastern or Australian/NZ cookies in it.

Dec 13, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

These are a mild NAY for me. Mine weren't really crunchy which gave them a weird stale feeling.

Dec 12, 2014
emily in Chains

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

I also thought it was interesting in the bookstore - at home, not so much. It's probably going back.

Dec 11, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

She may have listed it as a shelf essential, but to quote from her "earnest summation," she wrote that her recipe tally from RCC was "not an awful performance, but not terrific" and that Dunlop's "recipes could use some polish." Not a great review imo, which is fine, but one that certainly doesn't match my experience.

Dec 08, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I like to learn about future book releases, no matter how far out they may be.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

Couldn't find the corn pudding or the roasted sweet potatoes - wonder if they're both gone for the season?

Dec 04, 2014
emily in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I don't think those drizzle star cookies are coming back... I haven't seen them at least.

Dec 03, 2014
emily in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

Also a yay here for the Chocolate Babka. I've never had babka before, so I obviously have nothing to compare it to, but this was delicious. I meant to try a crumb, but ended up shaving off enough bits to equal a slice.

Dec 03, 2014
emily in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I like the biscotto/Italian cookie collection better than the pail.

Dec 03, 2014
emily in Chains

December 2014 & February 2011 Cookbook of the Month: THE ESSENTIAL NEW YORK TIMES COOKBOOK Chapters 1-4

There is a restaurant in San Juan Capistrano that serves Scotch (quail) eggs with a Bloody Mary. Delicious! I definitely prefer the quail egg size.

Dec 03, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

I used it to pre-order Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking.

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

Well, maybe not - they look like different books at Amazon UK.

Dec 02, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

One of the Amazon comments says that Bill's Food and Bill's Sydney Food are different editions of the same book...?

Dec 01, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

How did the tart taste?

Nov 23, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

Beautiful cake - do you mind sharing your piping technique?

Nov 21, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

I've got his latest book in my cart. Wish it had the look inside feature...

Nov 21, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

I love her blog, but I definitely don't always agree with her reviews. She did not like Dunlop's Hunan book from what I recall. :(

Nov 18, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

This one wasn't on my radar - perhaps because of the title? The Best of Saveur or something like that probably would have caught my attention more. But after taking a look at it today, I've got it in my basket. Looks like a great compilation of Saveur recipes.

Nov 14, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

I'd love to see a baking book added - perhaps one of the new ones like "The Baking Bible" or "Baking Chez Moi".

Nov 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

YAY for the Mini Chocolate Covered Mint Stars - I missed these last year. Like someone said on the other thread, they are like Thin Mints but better.

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

I feel for you - I moved to the Bay Area from SoCal a few years ago and can't get used to the (much, to me) colder weather up here.

Nov 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

The recipes just didn't appeal that much when I really read through them and I don't think I'm likely to get into Greek cooking. I haven't even made a spanakopita recipe that I love in 6 years. At the bookstore, I skimmed and liked the various bean and pie dishes and was probably in a more positive buying mood. After I'd bought it, I was in more of a do-I-really-need-this-many-new-books mood and decided on "no". :)

It makes me a little sad that I haven't spent more time with so many very appealing books that are sitting on my shelves. I just pulled down "Caramel" (which I believe someone mentioned upthread) and there are so many delicious-sounding recipes I haven't made.

Nov 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

Received "The Baking Bible". I'm sure I don't need another baking book, but there is a lot in here I'd like to try. I marked the following recipes:
Cream Cheese Butter Cake
Honey Cake for a Sweet New Year
White Christmas Peppermint Cake
Red Velvet Rose
Marble in Reverse with Custom Rose Blend Ganache Glaze
Coconut Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache
Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
Banana Split Chiffon Cake
Lemon Posset Shortcakes
The Polish Princess
Irish Cream Scones
Mud Turtle Pie
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart
Almond Coffee Crisps
Kourambiethes
Pepparkakors
Molasses Sugar Butter Cookies
Hazelnut Praline Cookies
The Dutch Pecan Sandies
Lemon Jammies
Giant Jam Cookie
Mini Gateaux Breton
Luxury Chocolate Buttercrunch Toffee (already a favorite from her cookie book)
Dattelkonfekt (date confections)

Unfortunately, "Ikaria" is going back. After spending more time with it, I just don't think I'd make any of the recipes. I'm pretty sure it would go onto my shelf and likely stay there.

Also received "Puerto Rico True Flavors". I have fond memories of my college roommate's mom driving up from NYC and bringing various Puerto Rican goodies for us to eat (Bistec Encebollao, a plantain/picadillo casserole, flan) and there are some tasty-looking recipes in the book.

Not sure about "Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art". I already have "Washoku," "Japanese Farm Food," "Japanese Soul Cooking" and "The Japanese Table" and haven't cooked anything out of them... Do I need this one? Are the recipes better?

Nov 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

You can look at the index on the US Amazon site.

Nov 09, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

Just looked at the Baking Bible and Ikaria in person and think I need both.

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Never heard of this place, but I may have to order the sausage bread!

Nov 05, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

I did like parts though it didn't live up to expectations. The whole drug/badass thing doesn't appeal to me. I would like to share that I didn't like Anya von Bremzen's memoir which everyone else seemed to love! Couldn't even finish it.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I pretty much stick to the scallions, boxed spinach and Sky Valley oranges.

Nov 04, 2014
emily in Chains