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Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

I wish I knew where to find duck thighs locally. They seem more special somehow, though it's just a different bird.

Dec 03, 2014
amoule in Special Diets

Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

I hadn't thought of boning them and rolling them. It is an excellent suggestion. I could put some kind of stuffing or at least a slice of ham and a sage leaf. With some kind of glaze on top they would seem special indeed. Thanks.

Dec 03, 2014
amoule in Special Diets

Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

Cassoulet is delicious and I haven't had it for ages, I think I'd do a traditional version with duck and sausage, though. Just beans without the bread crumbs might seem like a pot of beans.

Dec 03, 2014
amoule in Special Diets
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Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

That looks really yummy blondanomia! I suppose I could substitute gluten-free rice beer for the stout, though it's much lighter, and gluten-free tamari for the soy sauce. Since there are so many other flavors it might work just the same.

Dec 03, 2014
amoule in Special Diets

Gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck

I need a gluten-free, dairy-free main dish for holiday potluck. I keep thinking of braised chicken thighs or brisket but I'm afraid they might seem too mundane. Or maybe they wouldn't. The occasion is a neighborhood annual Christmas party that takes the form of a progressive dinner. The other main course dish is lasagna (not gfcf).

Any ideas?

Dec 02, 2014
amoule in Special Diets

If I make unbaked tart shells and freeze them, do I thaw before blind baking? Also, vodka?

Thanks rasputina and greygarious.

Dec 02, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

If I make unbaked tart shells and freeze them, do I thaw before blind baking? Also, vodka?

Thanks, latte.

Dec 01, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

Excellent idea. Who doesn't love shrimp and grits?

Nov 30, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking
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If I make unbaked tart shells and freeze them, do I thaw before blind baking? Also, vodka?

I've recently made a few batches of gluten-free pastry dough with very good success. I'm particularly pleased because most of my gluten-free baking has been either bad or just okay. Now I'm inspired to keep going with pie crusts. If I freeze some tart shells and maybe a pie crust for Christmas or New Year's Eve, should I thaw before baking or blind-bake them frozen?

Also, I've been using half water and half vodka to ensure the crispness of the pastry. If I freeze them, should I return to water (or milk) only, and omit the vodka?

Nov 30, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Hacks

The only parts that I vacuum-pack and cook sous vide are the boneless breast halves and the legs. I brown the skin on those so that they look more appetizing.

The rest of the carcass gets cooked another day (conventionally) for soup.

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

With foodies it's best to do something unexpected. I wouldn't choose boeuf Bourginon, as much as I love it, because it's too standard. Good quality meat is expensive. I'd look for an interesting vegetarian dish because it's bound to be less expensive. Check out the books by Deborah Madison from the library -- she used to cook at Chez Panisse and I find her recipes very reliably delicious.

Senegalese Peanut Soup, for example, is quite delicious.

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking
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2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Hacks

No foam or glue here. Just meat cooked to perfection.

You're right that I didn't mention browning. I get a couple cast iron skillets very hot and brown the skin of each before passing them on a carving board to my carver, who takes great pride in his work. He makes a lovely presentation on a warmed platter, light meat on one side and dark on the other.

I want to make a papier mache roast turkey to present on a large platter, to make the buffet look complete, but I still haven't gotten around to it after three years since my first sous vide turkey.

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Hacks

I sous vide my turkey too and agree: there's no going back.

I use the method from Grant Achazt's youtube video, sort of. I cook the legs at 69'C for four hours, reduce the temp to 64'C and add the boneless breasts for another two hours. He packs the pieces with raw sage and raw garlic; I cook sage/garlic butter, solidify it, and then use that. My guest rave about the results.

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

My case for using tapioca as thickener in fruit pies

Your pie is breathtaking! I've been thinking of planting a sour cherry tree just because I can't buy them anywhere.

Funny you should bring this up, I made a caramel apple pie on Thanksgiving (Mary Sue Milliken and Sue Feniger, Mesa Mexicana) which calls for 3 tablespoons of tapioca. I substituted 3 tablespoons tapioca starch but it barely thickened and I don't know why. It cooked for about 1:20 and juices spilled over like crazy. Maybe my apples were too juicy?

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

Need a better bechamel (and/or mornay), not gloppy

Sometimes I replace bechamel with heavy cream. After all, bechamel is a way of emulsifying more butterfat into milk; why not use cream? It can boil without separating, it's easy and it's not gloppy.

Of course, it's not going to work for every application. I used this replacement for Thanksgiving dinner a couple days ago in a recipe for creamed spinach with parsnips (Food and Wine online). It was delicious and not gloppy.

I don't know what happens if you try to stir cheese into it. That might be a case where my substitute doesn't work.

Nov 29, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

UPDATE:

Things went generally well. I had enough time to adjust my attitude and went into it cheerful and content that people would check the game throughout dinner. A couple people went to look, maybe 10 times in total. Without any prompting, the man who requested TV came to me while I was working on the creamed spinach and said he really agreed with me, that Thanksgiving really should be about friends, family, giving thanks, etc.

However, I felt like the conversation during dinner was a bit stifled. I felt like a couple people would really rather be watching the game rather than watching TV.

In retrospect, I think I should have made the compromise to change the time of the meal, which someone here suggested. I don't know if that would have worked, though, with many different people and schedules involved. And if I had done that, perhaps it would have interfered with some other football game.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

>> "I hope the OP understands how football is integral to Thanksgiving for many people"

I am learning.

Nov 25, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

This made me laugh out loud!

Nov 25, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

That's how I took it. Thanks for your perspective.

Nov 25, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

>> "I think you should loosen up and give thanks for the eclectic mix of friends and loved ones you have at your table"

You are right.

Funny that you associate Thanksgiving with more informality; I've always associated it with more formality and with people joining together.

I was thinking about that last night and it occurred to me that some people might think of watching a game together as doing something together. I had been viewing the situation as him rejecting the group of friends in favor of TV.

Nov 25, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Oh, that's not what I meant. I have dozens of things in common with this man. I could talk to him for days. I like him very much. That's probably why I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to talking to him.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

You're right, of course. I will let it go.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

It's a good idea but I need the day to cook.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Point taken. For the record, though, I did tell him was okay and have never called anyone "bubba".

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I apologize if I made it sound like Thanksgiving was a Christian holiday. That is not what I intended.

Thanks for the sympathy.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Thank you for telling me why this is an important day for the Seahawks. Now I have 5 seconds of conversation on the subject.

Unfortunately, no, I'm not on directtv.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

This thread was dead for a while and I thought it was over. I'm surprised at the number of thoughtful replies - thank you! I'm taking down all the suggestions and will check them all out.

I also appreciate the suggestions of playlists and streaming services. I haven't looked at a streaming service for years, when spotify first came out, and need to reconsider it. It seems they've come a long way.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Could I have said no? How would you phrase that refusal? (Don't worry, I'm not going to try it now. I'd just like to know for future reference.)

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I grew up in household where TV was always unacceptable during dinner. My parents always considered it rude and inconsiderate and I do too. I also just don't care about football.

I invited several friends to Thanksgiving a month ago; they accepted immediately. They've been here for dinner many times before and know that I put a lot of work into a meal for friends. They also know that there's no TV anywhere near the living room or dining room.

One of the husbands came rushing up to me Sunday and asked, "You have a TV, don't you?" I replied that I do. He proceeded to explain that the Seahawks have a game scheduled during Thanksgiving dinner and that he needs to be able to watch the game (because he's a fan, not a sports writer). I told him that I grew up in a family where we never watched TV during dinner and that I don't want to have a TV at the table. He said he understands but needs to be able to check the score throughout dinner. I said okay.

I somewhat annoyed, though. I put a lot of work and expense into dinners like these and I find it offensive that people are going to be distracted and running to the den to watch snatches of TV during dinner. Am I being snobbish? I'm not going to refuse them, I'm just annoyed. We are all Christians and this is a day designated for giving thanks. Nearly every other day is for mindless entertainment.

Nov 24, 2014
amoule in Not About Food

apple pie no cinnamon

The best apple pie I ever had was made by layering sheets of filo dough with melted butter, sugar, and calvados. After many layers were built up, the apples were placed on top and the edges of the filo were pulled up, like a galette. I think the recipe was from the old Silver Palate cookbook, which I don't have any more. It was called Medieval apple tart or something like that.

The combination of butter, sugar, apple and calvados made me swoon.

Nov 22, 2014
amoule in Home Cooking