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Rolled Cookie Recipe for Favors

Thanks so much! This is very, very helpful! The instructions for the transfers say they work best on buttercream, so your idea sounds just right. I'll do a test run and see how it goes. Thanks so much!

Aug 26, 2014
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

Rolled Cookie Recipe for Favors

It's my in-laws 50th anniversary and I ordered some 2-inch round edible prints of their wedding photo. I thought I'd put them on iced, rolled sugar cookies and wrap them in baggies to give as favors. I am a good baker and make a lot of cakes, pies and drop cookies, but never that great at rolled cookies. Any recipes and / or advice before I embark on this project? Party is in October, so I have some time. Thank you!

Aug 25, 2014
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

What companies make the best food processors

Since you're asking about something besides the Robot Coupe, I would say that Cooks Illustrated likes the Kitchen Aid food processor. I believe it was top rated last time.

Personally, I prefer the Cuisenart. I have one that's about 10 years old and going strong (not made by robot coupe), but I lust after the bigger new ones. Someday, I will upgrade!

Sep 06, 2013
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Pre Prom Party this Saturday (yes today is Friday)

With pulled pork, add slaw and potato salad and you should be good to go. Sounds fun!

May 31, 2013
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What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

Would you be willing to share your Spanikopita recipe? I'm in desperate need of a good spinach pie!

May 22, 2013
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Coconut Oil

It's great for a carrot cake recipe - just sub out the oil. Nice, tropical flavor. I love it!

May 08, 2013
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Frosting ideas for chocolate cake

I've always liked the idea of trying a malt flavored frosting like this one: http://www.chow.com/recipes/12230-tri...

But if you're looking to incorporate fruit with the chocolate, I would think a later of jam used as "frosting" under the 7 minute icing would be a nice surprise. I always like how white the plain frosting looks against the chocolate cake layers.

May 08, 2013
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

Ideas for party snacks: no oven or fridge

Thanks everyone! These are all great ideas. I'll definitely do some nuts and the pretzel bites are a great idea, too! And I'll do some kind of savory palmier - the pesto sounds delish and juliejulez linked to a prosciutto one that also looked good.

I know parties aren't all about the food, but it is my husband's 40th and I'd like people to really enjoy everything. I love to cook so that's part of the fun for me. Also, I am making a red velvet cake in the shape of a turntable with some fondant records of oldies that he loves. I hope it will be great!

Thanks again for all the advice and help!!

Apr 24, 2013
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Ideas for party snacks: no oven or fridge

I am hosting a party at a bar for my husband's 40th birthday. It will be in the back room at a pub with French doors that open onto the patio. The bar does not serve food, but will allow me to bring in my own. The party will be from 2:30 - 7pm, and will include several kids and about 30 adults.

Due to the timing, I don't need to serve a full meal, but I did want to provide some snacks and small bites that people can nosh on as they hang out. Any ideas for easy-to-eat items that can be out at room temp for a while?

I am thinking of hummus and pita chips, veggies and dips, and maybe a Greek pasta salad with oil and lemon dressing (thinking the kids would like the pasta). Other thoughts/ideas please!!

Many thanks!

Apr 23, 2013
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

Keeping fresh bagels fresh

Freezing is the best way. I usually slice them before I freeze them and then put them directly in the toaster. Refrigerating them dries them out, in my experience.

Feb 18, 2013
jenhen2 in General Topics

Food to have on hand for the boyfriend

You sound like a real gem! What lucky girls!

Jan 11, 2013
jenhen2 in General Topics

Push Bottom Cheesecake Pan

Getting ready for holidays and really contemplating this one. Any experience / thoughts on whether this would work? There are no reviews on the KAF website yet, but I'm desperate!

Nov 07, 2012
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Need dessert ideas to go with posole

Tres leches cake is cool and creamy and pretty easy, more room for error than with flan, too!

Nov 05, 2012
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Declining a dinner invite tactfully

I completely agree with lisafv. This is a great answer and I think a very mature approach!

Oct 31, 2012
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Push Bottom Cheesecake Pan

Has anyone tried this new push bottom cheesecake pan from King Arthur? It sounds like a great idea, but I wonder if it will really work as advertised. Any thoughts? Thanks!

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

Oct 10, 2012
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How does the Vitamix 300 or 750 do at chopping?

I have used my 750 to chop salad stuff before. I think I put it on 2 or 3 speed and used pulse. It was great! I made a chopped broccoli slaw and also used it to chop onions and garlic for tomato sauce and also carrots for something. I love using it to chop and clean up is a snap!

Aug 25, 2012
jenhen2 in Cookware

Self-Catering a Wedding for 100?

I think your menu generally sounds lovely, however, I would suggest a little heavier on the apps. People are used to mingling and grazing during the cocktail portion of a wedding reception, I think, and adding some meats/salami, a veggie/dip platter, spiced nuts by the bar (purchased from Trader Joes to make it easier), and some other light pickings would probably be a good idea. Use no-cook options here to make it easier, too.

Also, I would recommend trying to enlist the advice of a professional, even if they don't do the actual catering. Call the Institute of Culinary Education or similar school and ask if a recent grad or teacher would advise you. Food safety for 125 people, especially when they are guests at your wedding and reheating is involved, is a very big deal and different from just a regular dinner party, I would think. Maybe a professional can give you tips, suggest menu items, or help you plan strategies for serving that will ensure it goes off without a hitch. I would think someone would spend 2-3 hours with you for $200 bucks or so, well worth it to be armed with a great plan, I would think.....

Congratulations and good luck!!

Aug 19, 2012
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

Make ahead party food

It's probably best to think about the whole menu first and then focus on what can be done months, weeks, days in advance. That way you don't end up with a bunch of random things you've make in advance that don't really go together. Depending on how many you're expecting and the style of your event, I would suggest a menu like the following:

Cheese, cracker & charcuterie platter (include the fig puree described by the other poster)
Veggie / dip platter - make the dip a couple days in advance
Gluten-Free Stuffed Mushrooms - use the caps to make the filling with parsley, onion, garlic and some parmesan cheese; make filling in advance, but I would assemble and bake them the week of
Mini lasagna sounds good - some veg, some meat to be made in advance and fozen
Spinach pies - made ahead and frozen
Marinated chicken, beef or lamb skewers - bbqed the day before and served room temp with dipping sauce
3-bean or couscous salad of some kind (I also do a brocoli slaw for parties and everyone loves it. Smitten Kitchen has a great recipe) - veg and GF and can be made several days before
Fruit salad or platter - assembled day of / day before
Small cookies to snack on before or after cake - these can be made in advance and frozen

Hope that helps! Congrats on the wedding - very exciting!

Aug 16, 2012
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Bran Muffin - Give me your best!

this place by my office makes delicious bran muffins - moist, flavorful, slightly honey flavored. I would add raisins myself, but for a dollar, I'm not going to be picky. I'd love to make them myself, but don't want to buy a whole box of all-bran just to male one batch of muffins, which is what cooks illustrated would have me do. Please, any ideas? Thank you!

Jun 23, 2012
jenhen2 in Home Cooking

What to buy from King Arthur Flour catalog

I have this and love it! Go for it!

Jun 23, 2012
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Gigino at Wagner park or Crispo for outdoor birthday dinner.

I went to Crispo with a party of 6 and sat in their back patio recently and it was way, way too loud.i don't know what the deal is with the acoustics, but no one in our party enjoyed it, despite the great food and wine. We even asked the waiter what the deal was and he said he was having a tough time too and that people were just loud. He looked miserable. I don't know if that was just a fluke or what, but it made for a truly terrible experience that would definitely ruin you birthday. For what it's wortt, I'm 33 and generally not overly sensitive to noise.

Jun 23, 2012
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Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

I got my 750 yesterday!! Wow! It is some machine and I am enjoying it tremendously! Thanks for all your input. Now, let the fun begin!!

Jun 16, 2012
jenhen2 in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

Thanks so much - your input is REALLY, REALLY helpful. Now I just have to convince hubby to pull the trigger on this awesome machine. Happy blending!

Jun 11, 2012
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Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

I totally know what you mean on purchasing philosophy, and I think along the same lines. I'm glad to hear you use the presets. I am thinking I would, too, and it is a handsome machine! One last question if you don't mind - did you get or do you plan to get the smaller container or the grain container? Thanks!

Jun 11, 2012
jenhen2 in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

1marcus4 - on the 750, how often do you use the presets? I have a toddler and am thinking that to set it and walk away (even on clean) would be worth the extra $100, but I'm on the fence between the Pro 300 and 750 - any thoughts as a 750 owner?

Jun 11, 2012
jenhen2 in Cookware

Wedding Reception for 150 in Manhattan . . . Suggestions Desperately needed

We got married at Battery Gardens. Loved it!!!

Jun 06, 2012
jenhen2 in Manhattan

Vitamix Help - Which Model

Thank you! This is very helpful. Still not sure what to buy, but you pointed me to some great info. Thanks so much!

Jun 06, 2012
jenhen2 in Cookware

Vitamix Help - Which Model

Thanks so much, dcrb! I looked at the WS 750 model and the price really turned me off - it increased by $50 just last week for no apparent reason. So I think thats a little too rich for my blood, but the pro 300 is the 750 without the presets. What I'm trying to figure out is whether the redesigned handle, supposedly quieter motor and other bells and whistles are worth the price. Any thoughts from folks who've seen/used both? Thank you!

Jun 06, 2012
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Vitamix Help - Which Model

I need some advice - I am ready to pull the trigger on a Vita Mix and am torn about which model. I've narrowed it down to the 5200 Deluxe (with 32 oz dry container and 32 oz wet container) on the Vita Mix website versus the Pro 300 from Sur la Table. I live in an apartment with limited counter space, and there's just 3 in my family, so I was thinking I could leave the 5200 with the 32oz container on my counter. I was intrigued by the supposed quieter motor on the Pro 300, but then a couple of YouTube video seemed to show that the Pro 300 wasn't actually quieter. For just about $100 more, seems like the 2 extra containers with the 5200 are a real bargain. Thoughts? Suggestions? Other considerations? I'm very excited for this, but it's a big investment, so I want to choose wisely. Thank you!

Jun 05, 2012
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Vita Mix Recipes

Thanks for this! I do love salsa verde and have also been thinking it would probably work well for pestos and breadcrumbs which I use a lot of. Also, seems like clean up is much easier than the cuisinart, which would be good for my husband!! :) I have my eye on the 750 model at Williams Sonoma, but it's pretty pricey at $650!

May 30, 2012
jenhen2 in Home Cooking