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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Stir fry with pork sausage, oyster mushrooms, tofu, scallions, carrots and garlic, all fried up and mixed with rice flakes.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

My dogs LOVED the peanut butter dog biscuits (of course they also enjoy goose crap...). So I packaged them up to give to some canine friends.

about 11 hours ago
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What do you not order in restaurants...

Chicken. Unless I'm at Zuni or a peruvian chicken joint.

about 11 hours ago
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Just winding up my baking for the day and heading off to a holiday party.

Savory today. Another batch of the Rosemary Cheese crackers and Leibovitz' Salted Olive Crisps posted by nofunlatte. Also some peanut butter dog treat dough (batter?). It is in the fridge in a big log and I'll bake them tomorrow after cutting into dog bone shapes.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I'm just pulling these out of the oven now. Wow, really good. I plan to gift them tomorrow along with honeyed creme fraiche.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Pizza night with leftover beef stew for me. Early to bed as #1 son and I have AM rehearsal for Amahl in the 'Hood. Tomorrow, long list of cooking projects but no dinner as we're going to a holiday party.

cheese making

Have you already taken a class? I took one at SLT a few years ago and learned alot. My friend and I successfully made mozzarella several times after that. I have also had this book out from the library several times and find it has good instructions for a range of cheeses.

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Cheese-Mak...

You're probably going to want to start with fresh cheeses - farmers cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, etc. That is as far as I've gone but would like to do more someday.

This is another good book/site:

http://www.artisancheesemakingathome....

Dec 19, 2014
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Slow cooker 101 question

TDQ is right, this is not OK. Can you cut the roasts into smaller pieces? Or maybe cook one, then the other. Or roast them in the regular oven.

Dec 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Those look really good. I was thinking of making biscotti tomorrow but maybe those instead..

Dec 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

These were very well-received at my office cookie exchange. I used fresh rosemary instead of dry and smoked paprika in lieu of cayenne.

http://www.fostersmarket.com/recipe/r...

Dec 19, 2014
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

You know that you can opt out of the new thread presentation, right? Go to settings, Chowhound, then click the lower box for Collapse Previously Read Comments. Voila, back to normal.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Nice menu, have a good time!

Dec 19, 2014
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Reluctance to buy online?

I always support local nail salons. Those internet pedicures just don't cut the mustard.

Dec 18, 2014
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Reheat with Oil After Cleaning Cast Iron?

Same here except for my pans are stored in a drawer under the oven.

Dec 18, 2014
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Tonight, tuscan beef stew in the pressure cooker. Probably over polenta as I'm a little tired of potatoes. Kale salad, maybe? TBD

Cheapest Heat (as in chili preppers/hot sauces)?

I turned a bunch of habaneros and scotch bonnets into a hot sauce - about 12-14 ounces of it. Holy crap, it is hot. A scant teaspoon would probably suffice for a 10# batch of your chili.

Dec 18, 2014
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Need a great gift

Or an Etsy gift card and let them pick out their own handcrafted item.

Dec 18, 2014
tcamp in Not About Food

At what point does a recipe become "yours"?

Even if I've made a recipe for years and modified it, I tend to credit the original source until I can no longer remember that source. It is not terribly important to me to claim credit and call it mine.

Dec 18, 2014
tcamp in General Topics

Liven up my cheese straws please!

I told my husband to just assume that butter should be on every grocery shopping list until the end of the year, whether written down or not.

Liven up my cheese straws please!

One more idea: Everything bagel spice mix.

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

I put some on cheese crackers I made last night and, wow, it is good. Fennel seeds added to the mix if you like them.

Dec 18, 2014
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Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

Yum, you are so right about offals really benefiting from the PC. I used to make a menudo in the PC - must dig out recipe for that again.

Dec 18, 2014
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Have you ever used a Pressure Cooker?

I recently used my crock pot to make a dozen jars of dulce de leche for office holiday gifts. Absolutely delicious and dead simple. Happened overnight as I slept.

Tonight's dinner - beef stew in the PC. See, I need both!

Dec 18, 2014
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Liven up my cheese straws please!

I'd keep them separate. The chipotle gouda sounds particularly interesting to me.

These are the best cheese straws I've made:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/reci...

And these could be straws rather than crackers. Fresh rosemary and a little smoked paprika really add flavor:

http://www.fostersmarket.com/recipe/r...

Reluctance to buy online?

I wish.

I do try to spend my dollars locally, particularly small businesses. But there are no local bookstores, for instance, so I buy books online for the most part. I also love Etsy for gifts: While not local, they are usually small, independent crafts people. I think I spread my spending out pretty broadly.

Dec 17, 2014
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A shortcut to making latkes?

That settles it. 2015, all latkes all the time.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Good lord, what does a person need to do to get invited to that feast? Sounds just absolutely positively amazing.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Hey, Christina, there was recipe in today's WaPo for a curried potato tempeh thing that included instructions for Jamaican curry powder. A couple of weeks ago, I'd never heard of it. Now, all over the place!

Dec 17, 2014
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non traditional latkes

Here is a unusual (for me) twist on the latke - meat and herbs. The picture in my morning paper wasn't very appealing but the more I think on it, the more I want to try them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/reci...

I realize this is the Kosher board and meat latkes could be a problem for many but they certainly are non-traditional.

Dec 17, 2014
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Little Yeasties

When I clicked on this thread, I was expecting a recipe for little rolls or something. Huh? Blueberries? Anyway, they are awful cute.

Reminds me of this website: http://www.giantmicrobes.com/

Dec 17, 2014
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Rib eye roast - Moist on cutting board dry on plate

This is one of the most helpful threads ever on CH. I have nothing to add but lots to learn so I'm adding this comment to make sure I can find this again when I need it.

Dec 17, 2014
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