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Double Chocolate–Caramel Cookies

Despite underbaking these, they still came out a bit too dry and crumbly for my taste. Additionally, the caramels tend to harden once the cookies are cooled to room temperature, making them tough to bite into. Nice flavor, but I'm not entirely sure I'd add this recipe to my regular collection.

Jan 21, 2007
xacharias in Recipes

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Fried Capers

As with many Chow recipes lately: there is NO need to deep-fry the capers to get that yummy, salty caper crunch. Reserving some of the oil is a nice idea, but the caper flavor is so strong that it's not necessary. Using a hot skillet with a very small bit of oil (or even coating the pan with cooking spray) will do the job just fine. Keep shaking the pan to prevent burning and get an even, crispy surface on the capers.

Jan 21, 2007
xacharias in Recipes

Green Beans with Shallots

Ditto to NGARDET's comment. Lately, the Chow recipes have been really lacking in sophistication and detail. I was looking forward to a recipe that combined a simple shallot vinagrette with the beans, or even a variation on a mignonette! Also, with gorgeous green beans and a desire for healthy eating, there is no need for oil AND butter. Shallots and beans have beautiful flavor on their own; don't drown them in fat!

Jan 21, 2007
xacharias in Recipes

Green Lake, Seattle. Beef & Fish Spot?

I'll second the recommendations for Nell's and Eva, but my last meal at The Stumbling Goat was a bit of a disappointment, and friends recently echoed that experience.

Dec 02, 2006
xacharias in Pacific Northwest