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What is the best dip you ever had and the recipe?

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WORLD"S BEST ARTICHOKE AND SPINACH DIP:
2 (10-ounce) packages fresh spinach, well rinsed and stems trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup 1/2-inch cubes rindless Brie
1 cup grated Monterey Jack
1 (6 1/2-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 strips bacon, fried crisp, drained and chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Assorted chips for dipping (pita chips, tortilla chips, bagel chips)
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round chafing dish and set aside.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach in batches and cook until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and refresh under cold running water. Squeeze to remove all excess water and chop. Set aside. In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, to make a light roux, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and cream in a steady stream, and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked spinach and lemon juice, and stir to incorporate. Add the cubed and grated cheeses, artichoke hearts, and bacon, and stir well. Remove from the heat and pour into the prepared dish. Top with the Parmesan and bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot with chips.

May 09, 2009
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hot hot deserts

If you're going the quickbread route, a loaf-style carrot cake is very spring-y and transportable (sans icing). Checkout the carrot cake recipe at 101 cookbooks.

Apr 28, 2009
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Best Coconut Milk Substitute?

Here's what I ended up doing and it worked nicely (I think it might also be healthier than the usual canned coconut milk but don't quote me on that one): Soak 2 T. each of unsweetened coconut, almonds, and cashews along with 1 T sultanas in a cup of water overnight. The next day, blend thoroughly and strain through as sieve into the curry.

Apr 28, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

thanks! there's actually a ricotta zucchini "cheesecake" on 101 cookbooks that would be lovely for brunch and isn't half bad for you.

Apr 28, 2009
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Buckwheat Pancakes

Do you use the same malt powder one would use if making malted milk?

Apr 28, 2009
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breakfast-style!

Apr 28, 2009
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Buckwheat Pancakes

For all the talk about buckwheat pancakes I've been hearing of late, I've found relatively few recipes for them. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Apr 23, 2009
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I recently discovered goat meat and would love some ideas for cooking it...

Apr 04, 2009
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Do you eat goat?

Would you be willing to share the recipe for goat and spinach curry?

Apr 04, 2009
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I personally believe it's wretched stuff... pretty much the equivalent of a block of catfood (literally). Let's just say you Canadians aren't missing out on much.

Apr 02, 2009
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May Issue of Bon appetit

I recently recieved the May issue of Bon Appetit and I believe it ranks among the best issues ever published. What recipes caught your attention? What recipes have you made from this issue?
If I had to pick just one, I am most excited to try the Thai green seafood curry.

Mar 31, 2009
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Haagen Dazs Five: high overrun?

Here are a few of my HD "reserve" reviews:
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pear and pecan (DIVINE)
coconut sesame brittle (mediocre)
I also LOVE their sorbets (which have only a few ingredients) and achieve PERFECT sorbet texture (try mango or peach which is a bit more tart)
I actually beleive Starbuck's mudpie is the quintessential coffee icecream- HD is a bit too rich and typical premium brands are not quite smooth enough.

Mar 31, 2009
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Please post recipe from Food and Wine

Thank you so much! You saved dinner! :)

Mar 31, 2009
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Please post recipe from Food and Wine

Would someone PLEASE post the food and wine recipe for chicken and bulgar salad with avocados? The link is blocked on my computer and I was planning on cooking it tonight. Thanks so much.

Mar 31, 2009
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Best Coconut Milk Substitute?

I'll probably try this option (blending water and dessicated coconut) and try to find a correct ratio...although after thinking about it so much I think a cashew/ almond version would be delicious as well and might try it sometime.

Mar 31, 2009
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Best Coconut Milk Substitute?

Since most almond milks are fairly thin, I was thinking I could blend it with some cashews to form a more rich, creamy texture (I know vegan actually make some sort of cashew "cream" by blending cashews). What do you think?

Mar 31, 2009
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Best Coconut Milk Substitute?

I've called and the only other grocery store in my fairly small town (which is not at all well-stocked) doesn't carry it.

Mar 31, 2009
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Best Coconut Milk Substitute?

Our local Whole foods is sold out and I have been planning to make a beautiful coconut-based curry for a special occasion. I have heard almond milk with coconut extract works? What about coconut water? What is the best substitute?

Mar 30, 2009
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Biscotti-- eggs or butter?

Would you please provide one of your favorites from this book?

Mar 30, 2009
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The *BEST* biscotti?

Please share your absolute favorite biscotti recipe. There's is only one requirement: they must be authentic (ie no butter). I have been looking for the perfect recipe to make for an Italian-themed Easter feast, but there are so many varieties that I definitely need some advice. Thank you.

Mar 30, 2009
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Most unhealthy thing you have seen or eaten

WEll, I must admit in my younger days before I realized the importance of healthy eating I devoured (gulp) a deep fried twinkie covered in whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I am disgusted just thinking about it. On the gourmet side of the unhealthy spectrum I've also eaten Mizuna's lobster mac and cheese; basically Butter poached lobster in a buerre blanc marscapone cheese sauce over macaroni. Though in a food network challenge Mizuna's lobster mac won best mac and cheese in America, I'm not sure either of these horrifyingly unhealthy dishes were worth it.

Mar 29, 2009
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Most unhealthy thing you have seen or eaten

Once saw her deep-fry chocolate cake...made me want to vomit.

Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

BTW any favorite puff pancake recipes?

Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

haha My family thinks I'm a freak because of my obsession with oatmeal! But I love the perfectly toothsome texture, the comfort of its warm gooiness, and its slightly nutty flavor. There are so many things to do with it too! A few of my favorites are pumpkin pie (pumpkin, golden raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, touch of molasses), cranberry (dried cranberries, pears, orange zest, molasses) and the classic apples and cinnamon.
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Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

Do you have a favorite recipe for french toast casserole?

Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

Thanks for the clafoutis idea! I love clafoutis but had always thought of it as more of a dessert than a breakfast food. My favorites are cherry (the classic) and pear (made with delicious bosc pears, brandy, nutmeg, vanilla, and honey...so good).

Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

Thanks for the suggestions! Just to clarify, I'm fine with eggs as an ingredient, just not as the main event (like quiches, scrambles, etc).

Mar 29, 2009
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Healthy Brunch ideas?

I'm looking for healthy brunch recipes and am not a big fan of eggs. What are your favorites?

Mar 28, 2009
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Nut Oils

Mmm great ideas; I would love the recipe for walnut-crusted pork loin.

Mar 28, 2009
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Suggestions for Purple foods?

I also saw a recipe for poached pears in Gourmet magazine a few months ago where the pears were poached with a few beet slices which turned the pear flesh an arresting scarlett color.
Figs are a good puprle food BTW

Mar 28, 2009
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