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Peach Melba Pie

So far this one is not working for me. The fruit has become very very soupy and the peaches were fork tender after the first baking. The streusel, which seemed pitifully sparse, has sunk into the fruit juices and I can't imagine that it will brown when it is covered with liquid. No way in hell is it going to look like the illustration. Hopefully it will all firm up upon standing but I am not looking forward to serving this at our Fourth of July group picnic!

Jul 04, 2012
debchap in Recipes

What Makes a Good Hot Chocolate Good?

When I was growing up we had cocoa, made from cocoa powder, sugar, and water stirred into a paste, then heated with milk. Less often we had richer hot chocolate, made with bitter chocolate, which was less sweet and definitely had more chocolate flavor. The "old -style" hot chocolate served in the tea room of the Georges V in Paris was close to what I remember. The Rivoire in Florence also makes excellent hot chocolate, as does Marie Belle on Broome St in NYC. Once you've had hot chocolate you will probably start to call cocoa "cocoa". There's a huge difference. Hot chocolate is not just a fancy name for cocoa, although nowadays few people seem to know the difference.

Dec 09, 2011
debchap in General Topics

Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

My family used to get cream cheese and chopped olives at a sandwich shop in Princeton, NJ, growing up in the 50's - 60's. Also tuna with chopped olives, or tuna, cream cheese, & chopped olives if we were extra hungry.

Jul 24, 2009
debchap in General Topics

ISO Sweet Potato Casserole recipe: not to savory, not too sweet

Oops, sorry, the Bobby Flay recipe was posted by Chas. Anyway, it is both a tiny bit sweet and savory as well. It's really delicious.

Nov 30, 2008
debchap in Home Cooking

ISO Sweet Potato Casserole recipe: not to savory, not too sweet

My family has recently loved the Bobby Flay recipe mentioned Nov 21 by Chaz, but it also has a little creme fraiche (actually, 3/4 cup, but I add to taste) and maple syrup (1/3 cup, but again I add to taste.) Also, I don't add all the chipotles at once as sometimes it is too spicy.

Nov 30, 2008
debchap in Home Cooking

Falafel update ?

Layla's in either Stamford (High Ridge Rd, near Exit 35) or Fairfield has a great Jerusalem Wrap. It's not on the menu in Stamford so you have to wait until they are not too busy and say what's in it. As far as I know, it's crispy falafel, warm french fries, pickle, grilled eggplant (at least sometimes), salad, tahini. The Layla's website is under construction or I would verify this, sorry. Anyway, it's a fabulous sandwich combining all sorts of flavors and textures.