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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?

about 2 hours ago
emily in Home Cooking

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.

about 5 hours ago
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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.

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

about 12 hours ago
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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
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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
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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
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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

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Nancy Silverton's Creme Fraiche Coffee Cake is *excellent* (but requires 2 cups of creme fraiche):
http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Sep 28, 2014
emily in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Unfortunately, the ones I've had haven't been flaky. Perhaps due to the defrosting? That's actually what I don't like about them - pastry part seems kind of dense and damp.

Sep 28, 2014
emily in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

I think their caramels have too thick of a chocolate coating. Pumpkin caramel filling was tasty, though.

Sep 27, 2014
emily in Chains

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

I'm not Joan, but thought I'd butt in to say I always use flank steak.

Sep 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Smitten Kitchen's Mom's Apple Cake

Sep 25, 2014
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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

Great article. Thanks for sharing the link.

Sep 25, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

DUNLOP March Cookbooks of Month: Poultry & Eggs

We made Numbing and Hot Chicken the other night as part of my "All New Fuchsia Recipes Week" (otherwise, we'll keep eating the same rotation). I used chicken thighs, did not include the bell pepper, shallow fried the chicken (rather than deep fry) and added some extra scallions. I also didn't get a huge ma la flavor, but we enjoyed this dish and would make it again.

Sep 24, 2014
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Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Not sure if any of these have been mentioned, but I picked up the Pumpkin Caramel Chocolates, Pumpkin Pie Mochi Ice Cream and the Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls. Also nabbed a Pumpkin Kringle for work.

Sep 24, 2014
emily in Chains

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I thought it was delicious - just thought I'd taste more almond.... I made mine in the same mold and it came out much shorter. Wondering if I needed to beat it longer.

Sep 20, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

Flo Braker's Crystal Almond Pound Cake ~ I couldn't really taste the almond paste in the cake, but it might be because the delicious citrus glaze/crust overpowered it!

Sep 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition! [old]

I really like their books, too, and should bake out of them more often. The CC cookie recipe is my favorite though I need to add more flour than the recipe calls for. They have a new one coming out this fall that I've pre-ordered.

Sep 17, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

Yes, I've been to Huckleberry.

Sep 13, 2014
emily in Home Cooking

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

I already sent my copy back to Amazon. It looks like a nice book, but there weren't any recipes that begged me to try them and I'm trying to be choosier with the cookbooks I buy. I already had the recipes for her maple bacon biscuits, blueberry cornmeal cake and walnut scones and haven't made them yet. Also, many of the cake recipes seem to call for ricotta which I don't usually have on hand. It's a beautiful book and I thought her recommendation to double the salt and vanilla in baking recipes from other books was interesting....

Sep 13, 2014
emily in Home Cooking