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OMG, Williams Sonoma

You might already know this, but the frozen croissants at Trader Joe's are the same product. I used to order WS's until I found them at TJ's.

6 minutes ago
emily in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

I admit the recipe for Swede Doggy Dogs with Shrimp Salad got my attention (and not in a bad way)!
http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images...

21 minutes ago
emily in Home Cooking

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

Was excited to see this in stock at my TJ's and was hoping it would compare to Bi-Rite's Salted Caramel ice cream, but it disappointed. Bi-Rite's is much more intense - both in the caramel and salt departments. Mine also wasn't dense or chewy, but light and airy. I'm giving it a NAY, but mostly because I have access to a much preferred alternative.

28 minutes ago
emily in Chains
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Not that I can think of right now, but here's a thread from egullet that has some recs (and pics):
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/10029...

Tipsybaker made the Indianers:
http://www.tipsybaker.com/2013/05/cof...

about 18 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I love that book - the Ischl Tarts are a holiday favorite.

about 23 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I was unable to snag a box last year during any of my (many) trips to TJ's.

about 23 hours ago
emily in Chains

Announcement Thread: November 2014 COTM "THE SOUL OF A NEW CUISINE: A DISCOVERY OF THE FOODS AND FLAVORS OF AFRICA"

Don't want to be a debbie downer, but, man, we were SO close with Hakka! Another sigh.

about 23 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking
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April 2014 COTM - Pok Pok: Grilled Foods pg. 122-145, Curries and Soups pg. 146-171

Yes, for future recipes I will buy some Maggi at the 99 Ranch Market. Current bottle was delivered by Google shopping and I didn't know the county of origin. I still need to make Andrea Nguyen's recipe for garlic noodles which uses Maggi...

about 23 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

Favorite Pioneer Woman Recipes

This is a little sad, but I like her mashed potatoes with cream cheese. I realize it's not a new or groundbreaking recipe, but hers is the first one I used and I like it so much better than the cream+butter mashed potatoes I grew up with.

Cinnamon rolls did not live up to my expectations. Kind of a gooey, oily mess.

about 24 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

April 2014 COTM - Pok Pok: Grilled Foods pg. 122-145, Curries and Soups pg. 146-171

Khao Phot Ping - my local market has had a "last of the season!" sign on the corn display for over a month now, but it's still coming in and is still sweet and tasty. This summer I've been exclusively making esquites and a simple stir fry of corn with salt as the only seasoning. This recipe added another delicious dish to my repertoire. I did not parboil (I like raw corn, so I didn't think it was necessary). My first batch of coconut milk burned as I (nitwitedly) started feeding the baby after I put it on the stove. We really enjoyed the coconut flavor that the sauce added to the corn - very tasty and different.

about 24 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

April 2014 COTM - Pok Pok: Grilled Foods pg. 122-145, Curries and Soups pg. 146-171

Muu Kham Waan - made this last night as part of my first foray into Pok Pok. I made the listed substitution of pork shoulder. Overall assessment is that it was enjoyable, but didn't live up to my expectations. Meat was a little tough (which I can't fault the recipe for) but it also didn't have as much flavor as I was expecting. Very muted. I did use a Swiss-made Maggi (I've heard the Asian Maggi tastes different) and marinated more than 1 hour. Sauce really packed a punch, though, and was delicious.

1 day ago
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I think it would work just fine without the nuts.

1 day ago
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Yes!

Oct 22, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

I certainly enjoyed the slice I had, but I've been making a lot of cakes recently and several ranked higher for me: RLB's Grand Marnier cake, SK's German Honey and Sunken Apple Cake, Nancy Silverton's creme fraiche coffee cake, Laurie Colwin's nutmeg cake... I'm not a persimmon eater, but I suppose I was looking for the persimmons to stand out in some way. It just seemed like they were there to make the cake moist, which is fine, but just not what I was expecting. I also used Hachiya persimmons - which I believe is what the recipe called for?

Oct 21, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 edition, part two!

Huckleberry's Persimmon Cake - a nice spice cake, but probably won't be repeated. I don't think anyone at work would have noticed or suspected that it was made from persimmons if I hadn't put up a sign.

October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food" reporting thread for recipes in the first half of 'The Sephardi World', pages 232-443.

"Please to the Table" is another book that I would love to cook from, but have never done so.

Oct 21, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food" reporting thread for recipes in the first half of 'The Sephardi World', pages 232-443.

This discussion sent me down a Google black hole on Georgian cooking. Found a small collection of recipes that looked good:
http://talerka.tv/recept/georgia/lobi...

I'm going to have to pull my copy of Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean off the shelf when I get home.

Recipes from Smitten Kitchen blog.....what are your favorites??

A few more recipes we've really enjoyed:
Mom's Apple Cake
German Sunken Apple and Honey Cake
Brown Butter Krispie Treats
Broccoli Slaw

Oct 16, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

This turned out to be a delicious cake. Definitely goes into the keeper file. I used TJ's new Turkish honey.

Oct 15, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition.

I ordered Simple Thai. David Lebovitz also plugged it on his site. Maybe this will finally be the Thai book that gets me into cooking Thai at home...

Also flipped through Jamie's Comfort Food at the bookstore. Looked promising - at least as a read through of international comfort foods.

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

German Sunken Apple and Honey Cake (from SK). Haven't tasted it yet. I've attached a pic but SK's are much better:
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/0...

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month November 2014

Yes. HAKKA. Sigh.

Oct 11, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

Smitten Kitchen blondies (aka Mark Bittman blondies) - they were ok. I don't think I'm a big fan of blondies, though. Would much rather have a brownie or a chocolate chip cookie.

Oct 08, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I also made RLB's Golden Grand Marnier Cake for the first time. Wow - very tasty! In my case, it was a Golden Cointreau Cake and I subbed tangelo juice/zest for orange and used TJ's ground almonds (not blanched).

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

There are also pumpkin spice Oreos.

Oct 03, 2014
emily in Chains

What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One [old]

I've marked jam cakes before but never made one. What do they taste like? Can you taste the jam?

Oct 03, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Palo Alto/Menlo Park rant

Looks like Blue Bottle is going into the Varsity Theatre instead (where Borders used to be):
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/blogs/p...

Oct 01, 2014
emily in San Francisco Bay Area

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

I've got Baked Occasions and Death & Co. Modern Classic Cocktails coming next week.

Have a large lot in my Amazon basket that I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on:
Stella's Sephardic Table
Plenty More
The Art of Mexican Cooking
Food of Life
Cakes: River Cottage Handbook No. 8
French Comfort Food
The Japanese Grill
Made in India: Cooked in Britain
South East Asian Food

Sep 30, 2014
emily in Home Cooking
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

Her bias certainly came through in the New Yorker article beetlebug posted up thread. It's a good article - worth reading.

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Haven't tried the mochi. The pumpkin sandwiches were good, but very sweet. Sort of like the s'mores ice cream sandwiches. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor, though. Mostly tasted the ginger cookies.

Sep 28, 2014
emily in Chains