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Turkey Day Live

Was fortunate to have yesterday off work, so-
Made cranberry sauce, chicken stock, refrigerator-rise rolls, pecan pie and blackberry pie yesterday. Adult daughter who lives here made mac-n-cheese (ready for the oven today).

Turkey is cooking now. Will fix stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans (not casserole) today.

Pie has been sampled with my morning coffee, and if I do say so myself, I hit a home run on the pies. :-)

Other daughter's and SIL are bringing cheese ball, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie.

Nov 28, 2013
eliz553 in Home Cooking

Newly married with lots of le Creuset - Which pieces should I keep?

I see that nobody has yet mentioned using LC for bread (no knead or artisan types).

Also - I have 2 (older) LC saucepans and I use them all the time and have for years. I really like them.

I recently bought an 8 X 10 (or so) rectangular baking dish that was an outlet clearance piece; very nice.

I have some vintage small au gratin dishes; they make a very nice presentation for various items like au gratin potatoes, mac/cheese, etc.

I'm with the person who said to send anything you don't want to me. :-) I'm old and my LC has really stood the test of the years.

The only negative I have to say is that the larger pieces are quite heavy.

May 12, 2013
eliz553 in Cookware

$1500-2000 to spend on a set of copper pots what would you buy?

I am kind of jealous. I would love to have a couple of Falk pieces, probably starting with a Windsor pan.

Nov 24, 2012
eliz553 in Cookware

tried to season a wok... how bad is it?

Going by the pics (and I am not an expert), it looks about like I would expect. I have a wok from the Wok Shop, I cook in it about once every 2 or 3 weeks, I seasoned it according to one set of instructions you referenced above. I have also read a lot of Grace Young's stuff, and she seems to indicate that, especially if you are only an occasionaly user of the Wok, it just takes time. Mine looks a lot like your photos, after about a year and a half of use. I don't think the seasoning on woks has the uniform appearance that you have on a seasoned cast iron skillet, for example. I make sure to remove any stuck-on food remains after I have used mine (plastic scrubby or little plastic scraper), I "wash" it only with hot water, not detergent, make sure it is dry, and hang it back up. Good luck with yours.

Nov 24, 2012
eliz553 in Cookware

Thanksgiving Baking: Rolls-Biscuits-Breads

Cloverleaf yeast rolls, by coolrise method; same recipe my mother used. This is actually the only non-negotiable item on our holiday tables (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc), besides iced tea. My family would revolt if these did not appear.

Oct 26, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

Why Can't I Just Use Self-Rising Flour?

Will Owen is correct. Most brands of self-rising flour have a lower % of protein. This does affect the texture of the end product. IMO, sometimes this matters more than other times.

Oct 26, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

am i the only one that cooks bacon this way?

I also slow-fry my bacon - cooks more evenly, makes less of a mess.

Oct 26, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

Your favorite pan for meatloaf

I form a loaf, put it in an oval LeCreuset, surround it with cut up vegetables, cover and cook 30 minutes, then remove cover for remainder of cooking. Result is an entire dinner with little hands-on time required.

Oct 20, 2012
eliz553 in Cookware

Apple Pie made the day before?

IMO, apple pie made the evening before would be just fine. I would 1) appropriately thicken the filling, 2) cool the pie on a rack, and 3) LOOSELY cover with either waxed or parchment paper, or other VENTED cover. Do not use plastic wrap, tupperware-type containers, etc. JMO.

Oct 16, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

caserol left out for 24 hours, has turkey in it, is it ok?

Not OK. Trash, definitely.

Oct 13, 2012
eliz553 in General Topics

Make this cake/ recipe and photo

I made this cake yesterday evening and frosted it with a peanut butter fudge icing.

Delicious, a definite keeper. Thank you for posting the recipe.

Oct 13, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

For those who have to teach themselves to cook

I just have to post on this thread.
My mother was an excellent (and unpretentious) cook. I don't remember beginning to learn to cook; it was just part of growing up to "help" and learn.

All that said, my mother herself was always looking for the opportunity to learn something new with regard to cooking.

It is a wonderful heritage, and I miss her a lot.

Oct 12, 2012
eliz553 in Home Cooking

All Clad Look a Like non-stick???

All Clad nonstick is horrible; the nonstick coating just peels away (in less than one year of CAREFUL use). They did, however, honor their warranty and replaced it with a conventional (without the nonstick coating) pan of similar shape/size.

Oct 11, 2012
eliz553 in Cookware

help - need a new range pronto

(I know you will get other opinions).

I have a GE gas- continuous grates on top, five burners, gas oven, pretty much like this:

Bought this after being "burned" (figuratively) on my last 2 electrics. Last electric cost $1100 and lasted 13 months- just out of warranty. The electronic control panel went bad and burned up the entire thing.

I had a propane line run (already had a propane fireplace). Can't believe I actually cooked on electric for all those years.

I have no complaints on this range, about 2 years down the road.

BTW "gourmet" ranges like Wolf, Blue Star, etc, were not in the picture due to cost. I also cannot install a really great vented hood due to the limitations of my house, so hugely powerful burners were also out of the question.

Dec 06, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

scanpan nonstick skillet

All Clad nonstick is crap. I also had the entire nonstick coating start to peel off as a sheet. They did, however, replace it (with a plain stainless-no nonstick coating, which I requested as my replacement) at no charge to me. (ETA That I did not use the All Clad nonstick in any negligent way; I actually had been extremely careful with it).

I have had the best longterm results from Scanpan, out of any nonstick stuff I have ever used. I have 2 pieces that I have used for a few years now.

Nov 29, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

Colicchio & Sons' Parker House Rolls: Anyone tried to make this?

Don't do it. With that many "really horrible" reviews, I wouldn't.

Here's an excellent roll recipe that you might like:

Coolrise Rolls (originally found on the bag of Robin Hood flour back in the 1960s).

These graced my mother's table for special meals throughout the years, became referred to as “Brewer Rolls” by friends and family. They now grace my table for my special meals.

I make these a day ahead and bake them just before serving. Voila, fresh hot rolls without having to do the work the day of the meal.

5 – 6 c. flour (I prefer KA unbleached flour)
2 pkg. dry yeast
2/3 c. warm water
1 c. warm milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. softened butter
2 eggs

Dissolve yeast in water. Add milk; blend. Add sugar and salt; blend. Add butter and eggs; blend. Add 3 c. flour; beat 3 minutes. (I use my KitchenAid mixer). Add remaining flour as needed, a little at a time, until dough is the right consistency. Knead 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rise 20 minutes. Punch down. Shape into rolls. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 48 hours. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before baking. Bake at 350F until lightly browned.

Nov 12, 2011
eliz553 in Home Cooking

Cleaning rusted cast iron pots

The extreme heat may warp the item.

I (not a collector, just a cook, but I don't want my CI warped) have cleaned everything off by immersing the CI in a lye solution. This works GREAT. Some people will spray with oven cleaner (lye-based, also) and enclose in a plastic bag for a while.

Oct 16, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

Zepter cookware: why?

Wow. You think we are too stupid to recognize commercial cut-and-paste hype?

Sep 10, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

Chest freezer

I have a small Frigidaire brand, manual defrost chest freezer; I am happy with it. It has a metal inside liner, not plastic.

Should have bought one size up, though.

My previous (30 year old) chest freezer went to my adult daughter and son-in-law. Turns out they have the better of the two. They don't make them like that anymore.

Aug 13, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

Cake mix vs. scratch

The only thing I have to say is-
Rose Levy Beranbaum. That's all.

Aug 13, 2011
eliz553 in General Topics

What to Replace AC 3.5 qt Sauce Pan with

I have an All Clad original SS 3.5 quart, and an All Clad D5 4 quart with helper handle. The helper handle makes ALL the difference in the world. (I also prefer the pouring lip on the D5).

Any new AC pieces that I buy will be D5, and I will get it with helper handle if it is available on the size. It is worth the extra money to get the pieces with helper handles.

Jul 20, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

What specifically about a dishwasher is damaging to cookware?

As long as the DW is loaded so that the contents are not scraping against each other, All Clad stainless is not harmed at all by the DW. (I do have a life outside of the kitchen).

I hand wash good knives (99 cent paring knives go in the DW).

Just use common sense.

Feb 26, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

GE Cafe Gas Range - a review!

Not sure who this was directed to, but-
My oven is gas; no convection on my model. I had read the same as you have, but am happy to say that has not been my experience. I do quite a bit of baking. I'm very happy with the gas oven and have not had temperature fluctuation problems.

Jan 08, 2011
eliz553 in Cookware

Lbs to cups ????

I keep this site in my internet favorites. There is a section specifically on cooking conversions of all types.

Dec 26, 2010
eliz553 in Home Cooking

GE Cafe Gas Range - a review!

I purchased a GE JGB300 all-gas (I have propane for it) range a couple of months ago, after my 3 year old electric glass top died suddenly and irreparably- at least financially feasibly irreparably- due to electronic controls shorting out and burning up (second electric glass top to die in same manner). High end brands like Blue Star, Viking, etc, were not in the running due to budget limitations.

The JGB300 model does not have convection. (My previous electric did). 2 months later and 2 times being the "holiday" cook- translate cooking marathon- I have to say, I love this range and have no regrets. I am SO glad I made the switch from electric to gas. And the gas oven on this range cooks better than my electric one ever did (which I wondered about, as "conventional" information seems to indicate that electric ovens cook more evenly). This model has a minimum of electronic controls (part of my purchasing criteria).

Time will tell on the longevity issue, but so far, I love it. No regrets.

Dec 26, 2010
eliz553 in Cookware

your best kitchen related purchase of 2010

Absolutely beautiful!

Dec 24, 2010
eliz553 in Cookware

Favorite thing to cook in a cast iron skillet

Hands down, cornbread. You cannot make good cornbread without an iron skillet. Once again, JMNSVHO.

Dec 21, 2010
eliz553 in Home Cooking

Wow, Brits! Tell us how you really feel about American chocolate

(Clearly not in the same price bracket)

Callebaut is the best chocolate (IMNSVHO) I have had the pleasure of eating. My daughter just made a beautiful peppermint bark with it. :-)

Dec 21, 2010
eliz553 in Food Media & News

cookie recipe with splenda and cocoa powder

Why? My Hubby is diabetic. The only item we "Splenda" instead of sugar is iced tea (which he consumes a lot of).

We generally portion-control desserts made by the usual recipe. Each main ingredient has a purpose and affects the outcome.

In spite of the manufacturer's hype, I have never found a "Splenda"-ed item to come out right.

Dec 21, 2010
eliz553 in Home Cooking

your best kitchen related purchase of 2010

An All Clad d5 4 quart saucepan with helper handle. Unfortunately I paid list price after waiting several months for a "sale". Love the saucepan, though. It's a size I needed when I have guests.

Dec 21, 2010
eliz553 in Cookware