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GOOD-BYE COOKBOOKS: It’s not you…it’s me. The unopened, un-loved, under-used books in my collection and how I plan on getting rid of them!

Wow thanks. I had not heard of those 2 apps. I only hear people talking about MasterChef on the Cooking Light boards.

I will definitely look for those.

Now I'm getting excited to get a tablet.

Aug 07, 2013
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

GOOD-BYE COOKBOOKS: It’s not you…it’s me. The unopened, un-loved, under-used books in my collection and how I plan on getting rid of them!

I can't write in books either. It's a *thing* I can't explain. I like my books pristine (even though they get stuff on them when I cook, I still cant' write in them. LOL)

In college, I could never understand all the people who highlighted their textbooks. That drove me nuts. A highlighter never touched my textbook and I hated buying used books. I had to find one who didn't highlight every word.

GOOD-BYE COOKBOOKS: It’s not you…it’s me. The unopened, un-loved, under-used books in my collection and how I plan on getting rid of them!

We had the same epiphany a weekend apart! LOL

I took all the cookbooks that I only like 1-2 recipes and either found it online and printed it out or made a photocopy of it (Bye Nigella x4!)

Then the ones I look at all the time but never make anything all went into the donation pile.

Then the ones that I never look at anymore went into the donation pile.

I don't have 2000, but I had a room full.

I am planning to buy a tablet, so I will eventually get digital versions of all my favorites as well as cooking magazines.

It really is freeing once you let go of these old books that just take up space and need to be dusted.

Aug 06, 2013
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

Waffle iron recs?

When I was looking for one last year, I read that the important feature is that it have the ability for different heat settings.

I ended up with a low priced on at Target that had multiple temp settings and everything I've made in it so far worked great.

I've made waffles, brownies, hash browns (all kinds of odd things you can do with this thing if you read Pinterest!)

Aug 06, 2013
Manassas64 in Cookware

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

Yes, recently she and Garth both lost weight (I think she lost 20 lbs) and she is taking Zumba lessons. So the episode was about lightening up recipes and having the Zumba instructors over for lunch.

Aug 06, 2013
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Applebee's - Worst National Chain Ever?

I think that flavor is the cheap oil (or oil that is past it's prime).

I've experienced that at a few places before. Not good.

Aug 06, 2013
Manassas64 in Chains

What TV Chefs have given you ‘mostly’ consistent recipes vs those that have been hit and miss.

Rachel has an entire bookcase at my local used book store dedicated to her entire line of books. They apparently are not keepers.

Feb 27, 2013
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Mariage Frères tea in NoVA?

I agree, the shipping is steep (pun intended ;o)

Mariage Frères tea in NoVA?

I've only gotten it fro Balducci's in their Virginia store. You could call Balducci's and ask them. When I went, they had the entire MF line their, tons of boxes.

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

She lost me at tortellini, but she said (and has said in previous episodes) he has a *thing* for tortellini and he adds it or asks her to add it to everything.

< shrug >

Jan 03, 2013
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Top Chef and DVR

Same thing happened to me with TiVo. I was home so I caught it and manually added the 10 pm show back into my to do list.

Dec 27, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Costco worth it for a couple?

LOL I know. I have one cabinet where the door doesn't actually close all the way over the refrigerator. It's stuffed!

No I live in a condo-TH so I have no back yard that I can put a shed or storage bin or anything like that. We have what is known as limited common areas.

Dec 19, 2012
Manassas64 in Chains

Seeking wine shop with knowledgeable, helpful staff NOVA or DC

A friend of mine works at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean. She's very good and knows her wine.

http://www.chainbridgecellars.com/

Costco worth it for a couple?

My issue is that I have a townhouse and not a lot of storage, so it's difficult for me to buy 12 rolles of paper towels at a time as I don't really have a closet or a room to store it in.

Dec 19, 2012
Manassas64 in Chains

Do I "Need" a Food Processor?

I've been making Christmas cookies this week, many of them from the Fine Cooking holiday cookies magazine.

About half of the recipes I made were in the food processor because they are more of a dough than a cookie batter.

Before getting my food processor, I never would have been able to make these cookies, and as easily as I did. And I would have missed out on some wonderful Linzer Cookies in the process ;o)

Dec 18, 2012
Manassas64 in Cookware

Chicken Tikka Masala (Slow Cooker Version)

Yes, lots of sauce. This is not a dry dish. It's probably not even authentic.

It's just good, no matter what name you call it by ;o)

Dec 18, 2012
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

Chicken Tikka Masala (Slow Cooker Version)

I'm glad it worked out.

Dec 18, 2012
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

Costco worth it for a couple?

Price Club! Man that brings back memories. LOL

I forgot that.

Dec 17, 2012
Manassas64 in Chains

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

Thanks. I just looked at the recipe. It's 450 the whole time.

Dec 12, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

Wow! Thanks for the full review. They weren't kidding when they said you need to check every hour to make sure the water is still there.

The LC's clean very well. I've burned rice before and I was able to clean it with no problems.

Now I want pot roast.

Dec 11, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Mezzaluna Knife

I use it when I am doing a big day of cooking and doing a lot of chopping of fresh herbs. So maybe 10 times a year? More in the winter I find.

I really need the board that goes with it. Doing it on a regular board makes a mess.

Dec 10, 2012
Manassas64 in Cookware

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

I know she didn't say to cut the heat off and she probably doesn't. I was just thinking that would be an option since she said her mother left it in the oven for hours while they went to church and it was ready to eat when they returned.

It's from her cookbook, maybe I can see the original recipe on google or amazon.

[ETA] I checked, it's not part of the preview.

Dec 10, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Eating expensive tasting menus solo?

I eat out alone a lot and have no problem with it, but for something like a tasting menu, part of the experience/fun/enjoyment is in the discussion about it for me, so I probably wouldn't do it. Just like I wouldn't go with someone who is not a foodie or if I pay for someone to go. It would kill the enjoyment for me.

And as stated, some places do not like solo diners. It has not been the majority of my experiences, but I've had it happen a few times.

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

Here's the description from Sparkpeople.

Line a 9x13x2-inch pan or your oven's broiler pan with a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil large enough to fully wrap the roast. The shiny side of the foil should be facing up. Sprinkle roast on all sides with salt and pepper and place in the center of the foil. Spread the onion slices over the top of the roast and pour the vinegar around it. Bring together to enclose the roast. Pour about 1-inch water into the pan around foil-wrapped roast. Check the water level in the pan regularly during cooking and replenish it if necessary. Cook for 3-4 hours, until tender. Served sliced or torn.

Dec 09, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

Trisha Yearwood's New Show: Will you watch?

I just watched it again. She said 3-4 hours depending on the size of your roast. But they aren't really roasting it as much as they are steaming it because you've got a cup (or whatever amount) of vinegar inside the foil and then she put at least 2 cups outside the foil and you keep adding water every hour.

She said her mother got up hours early, before church, cooked it and then turned off the oven and left it in there until they got home from church. I am thinking maybe it is sort of like how she cooked the turkey. You turn the oven on 450 for a short amount of time and then leave it in there for 4 hours.

But I think the key is that they are cooking it in water and not dry roasting it.

Dec 09, 2012
Manassas64 in Food Media & News

? name of Italian fried honey cookies

My go-tos for all things Italian are Lidia Bastianich and Nick Malgieri. Nick's recipe is in his book Cookies.

This is Lidias:

http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/30

Dec 06, 2012
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

Farmer's Market Question

We have that here in Manassas, too. Especially early in the season (April) when you're seeing fresh produce, you know it's not even remotely local.

Dec 06, 2012
Manassas64 in General Topics

Italian Rum Cake

Wegmans makes one. I've had it and this one is excellent.

http://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/sto...

However, I'm Sicilian and have never in my life had Italian rum cake before this one, so I have nothing to compare it to in terms of authenticity. But this cake is darn good. I often take issue with Wegmans prepared foods and some of their sweet bakery items, but this one is one of their winners.

Ina Garten - FOOLPROOF

Back to Basics and the original cookbook are the ones I make the most repeat recipes from.

Dec 05, 2012
Manassas64 in Home Cooking

Farmer's Market Question

I'm in a suburb of DC and it is a lot more expensive to buy from the Farmer's Market or the farmer directly than from the "locally grown" produce sellers at Wegmans or Whole Foods.

I buy it at the Farmer's Market only if it is convenient (the hours are not good for me) and am happy to pay more because the fruit and tomatoes are so much better tasting. I'm happy to pay $5 for a good tomato.

Dec 05, 2012
Manassas64 in General Topics