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Sour cherries

Picked up 4 lbs today. They are Balaton cherries, a type of Morello, which I much prefer to Montmorency. They told me Martha Stewart had stopped in a few weeks ago and ordered 5 lbs.

Jul 22, 2014
emily in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Made this last night with some brisket I'd had in the freezer. What a great dish! I didn't have high hopes since I didn't care too much for her pork stew with potatoes from the same book (seemed a bit boring and one note to me). The brisket was meltingly tender and had absorbed the delicious flavors of the sauce. I did add a bit of dark soy and salt since I felt it needed more salt than the bean paste and stock provided. Will definitely be going in the rotation. We ate it with rice, but would like to try it as beef noodle soup next time.

Jul 22, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What to do with pandan leaves?

I've been wanting to make the Pandan Chiffon Cake:
http://www.saveur.com/ingredients/pandan

Jul 17, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I have both of these + First Prize Pies and the the last one has the most recipes that appeal to me... different, but not too out there.

Jul 15, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Yes.

Jul 12, 2014
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Palo Alto/Menlo Park rant

Fraiche has good cappuccinos made with Blue Bottle. Try it next time you're here. Cafe Venetia (formerly Caffe del Doge) is pretty good, as well, though I haven't been in at least a year. Or at least since they changed the name. Best by far is actually at Napoletana, but that's in Mountain View. I didn't think much of Zombie Runner.

Jun 25, 2014
emily in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Will try Hunt's next - can't say I've ever done a taste comparison, but I did grow up near a Hunt's tomato processing plant in OC.

Jun 20, 2014
emily in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

We've tried a lot of ketchups (including fancy ones like June Taylor's) and always go back to Heinz...

Jun 19, 2014
emily in Chains

What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

Made a mini version of this blueberry pie recipe:
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/co...

Delicious! Not quite as good as a combo of boysenberries and blueberries, but excellent just the same. I think a little kirsch would have made it better.

Jun 19, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Shall we talk about brownies again? Your favorite recipes and why they are favorites?

Just remembered that I like to sub up to 1/4 cup of dark cocoa for the flour in the NY Times recipe. They still have that great texture and richness but are more deeply chocolatey.

Jun 19, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Shall we talk about brownies again? Your favorite recipes and why they are favorites?

I've made the Ad Hoc brownies and, while I prefer the ones from the NY Times, some people at work much preferred the AH ones.

Jun 19, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Burmese Ginger Salad recipe?

Naomi Duguid's recipe seemed to get good reviews when her cookbook "Burma" was COTM. Recipe here:
http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12871/...

Jun 18, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Shall we talk about brownies again? Your favorite recipes and why they are favorites?

Far and away my favorites are the Essential NY Times brownies. I use Valrhona chocolate from TJ's. Second favorite are the Alice Medrich cocoa brownies that I first discovered on SK's website.

Strange that I didn't care for the supernatural brownies if they're double the NY Times recipe? Maybe the brown sugar or larger size changes them too much for my taste?

Jun 18, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

Recently purchased:

Fried & True - the fried chicken book mentioned on the July COTM nomination thread - looks great!

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

Sweet Cream & Sugar Cones (Bi-Rite Creamery's ice cream book - not as interesting as I had hoped; plus, I can get their ice cream delivered by Good Eggs to my front door)

Jun 17, 2014
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Ideas for using up kirsch?

I always add some to my boysenberry or blueberry pies.

Jun 17, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Favorite hickory nut or black walnut recipes?

I've had bags of both of these in the freezer for a few years waiting for that "perfect" recipe. Does anyone have any favorites? Was thinking of trying Jean Anderson's Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Hickory Nuts.

Jun 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]

Interesting. I have these but have never used them. Didn't know you could sub them for a water bath!

Jun 16, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Your best CRISPY, CRUNCHY cookie recipe. Go!

Do you bake them longer? All the Milk Bar cookies I've tried have been soft/chewy.

Jun 16, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

I feel this way about the vanilla ice cream bon bons.

Jun 15, 2014
emily in Chains

Zoku Quick Pop Maker recipes

Zoku also has a recipe blog:
http://blog.zokuhome.com/tagged/Pops

Jun 13, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Zoku Quick Pop Maker recipes

Williams Sonoma lists some recipes on their site:
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/search...

Zoku also has a recipe book:
http://www.amazon.com/Zoku-Quick-Pops...

Jun 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 1! [through June 14, 2014]

From what I understand, leaf lard is the fat from around the pig's kidneys and is considered the highest grade and isn't very porky-tasting. Great for pastry. It's usually non-hydrogenated, as well. The boxed lard in the supermarket is usually hydrogenated, though I know nothing about Tenderflake. Our standard grocery store lard is Farmer John - my mom used it when I was a kid for her pie crusts.

Jun 11, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Companion Thread: ASIAN TOFU: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home

The recipe in Chinese Snacks? Are you adding the optional alum? I had the best you tiao last weekend - perfectly fried and almost greaseless!

Jun 11, 2014
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February 2014 Cookbook of the Month Companion Thread: ASIAN TOFU: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home

Are you making your own you tiao for the salty doujiang?

Jun 11, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month July 2014

I'd love to see others cook out of Olives, Lemons and Za'atar, but I returned my copy. I knew I wouldn't end up making anything out of it on my own.

Jun 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month July 2014

I love her blog, too. Refreshingly different.

Jun 10, 2014
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Best magazines for home cooking

Wow - impressive amount of Saveur recipes. I have a lot bookmarked - any favorites you'd care to share?

Jun 10, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month July 2014

I like the idea of ONE GOOD DISH.

Jun 10, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month July 2014

I'm going to have to get this book!

Jun 10, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 1! [through June 14, 2014]

Red Velvet Cake with Flour Frosting for work.

Jun 10, 2014
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