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The January 2012 Cookbook of the Month will be Essential Pepin

Even though I didn't vote for this one (selfishly because I had some initial trouble getting a copy) I'm excited since I now found one and am anticipating doing more cooking from the COTM in January than I managed during the crazy month of December. Thanks LulusMom for coordinating our nomination and voting process. It was fun anticipating the outcome.

Dec 19, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Desserts

I call salt, sugar, and fat the holy trinity. Those three things and you've got most people hooked, right?! :)

Dec 16, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Breads

I made this again for my husband's work potluck. This time I actually forgot to mix in the feta ahead of time, so it got sprinkled over the top and sort of mushed down in. It didn't really make much of a difference. At least two of his coworkers asked for the recipe and he said it was well liked in general. Funny though -- a few people were put off by the sage leaves pondering aloud "what's that on top of it?" Guess they've never seen a sage leaf! Hah!

Dec 16, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Side Dishes

Tossing it makes so much sense. I will do that next time. DUH! I like this recipe well enough that I suspect I will be making it again before the month is over. Garlicky oil, sage, and butternut squash ... so simple and yet so yummy!

Dec 16, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Soups and Salads

Sounds like my mortar and pestle. I can't get rid of it though I use it rarely since it's the best for what it does do!

Dec 16, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Starters

Thanks for the report. I have an office potluck coming up and I've been seriously considering making these to share.

Dec 16, 2011
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January 2012 Cookbook of the Month Voting

HOW TO EAT.

Dec 16, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Soups and Salads

I think I'm going to get a food mill for Christmas -- I'm asking for one just so that I can try this soup. Looks delicious!

Dec 13, 2011
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January 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Thanks for the tips. I'm a librarian at my public library that is lucky enough to purchase cookbooks for our collection so I see loads of great stuff coming out all the time. Honestly I would be happy to go along with the group. But as a librarian I feel compelled to make recommendations! ;)

Dec 12, 2011
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January 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Looks like Mozza is available in US, UK and Canada, but Cook's Illustrated isn't available in the UK. Both were released around the same time as Pepin's book, so maybe too new, but something to consider for later this year...?

Dec 12, 2011
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January 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Understandable. Even if we don't go for these now, maybe later! :)

Dec 12, 2011
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January 2012 Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Suggestions so far sound good to me. I'm new here, but thought I would throw out two -- though they may be too new to consider if people want to guarantee copies from the library: THE MOZZA COOKBOOK by Nancy Silverton and THE COOK'S ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK. They came out in September and October respectively.

Dec 12, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Breakfast and Brunch

I made Marion Cunningham's Buttermilk Pancakes this Sunday for my family. Everyone loved them! I will be using this recipe from now on even though my previous recipe was also a favorite....

The insides of the pancakes were deliciously fluffy and the outside formed a wonderful golden crust. They are super easy to assemble (almost as easy as a mix) so I was able to make two batches back to back. The only downside is that they book recommends against doubling or tripling since it gets difficult to properly incorporate the ingredients without making rubbery pancakes.

Highly recommended for anyone who would like to have a reliable and delicious pancake recipe in their repertoire.

Dec 12, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Breads

I made this to go with some crockpot chili and it looked great and had a very light texture. It was less dense than other cornbreads I've had in the past and the addition of the feta was delicious. I used a high quality feta and was so glad I didn't skimp. Everyone enjoyed it and the sage lent a subtle flavor appropriate for the season. It looked nice enough that my husband is planning to make it for a holiday work get together.

Dec 11, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Main Dishes

I made these on a work night with the black beans and cilantro. They were quite tasty considering how easy they were to make. We ate them in the pita pockets since we only had large pita. Worked just fine though didn't look as elegant, I'm sure. I would definitely do this again. I think I would try to sub out Greek yogurt for the mayo next time since we don't often have mayo in the fridge but always have Greek yogurt. The cumin really is what gave the burgers great flavor.

Dec 11, 2011
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Simple things you can't get right

I used to be scared of polenta, but have a lot of luck now that I use Mollie Katzen's approach. Boil 3 cups water, whisk together one cup of water with one cup of polenta and poor it into the polenta. You will have to lower the temperature to a low simmer after adding the polenta and water mixture. Whisk well and stir a few times while it cooks. Cook for 17-20 minutes. This is in the Vegetables I Can't Live Without Book. In the book she adds a cup of cheese after the polenta cooks and serves garlicky greens over the polenta. Yum!

Dec 03, 2011
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December 2011 COTM: 150 Best American Recipes: Side Dishes

Tonight I made the butternut squash rounds with sage. They were super simple to make and disnt take long in the oven--important forme since I'm a working mom with a 30-40 minute commute. The garlic oil carmelized nicely on the slices and the little bits of sage were crispy. I would definitely make this again. It was doable on a work night, not something I can say about the majority of my usual squash recipes that require me to cook the squash a night ahead of time.

The only corrections I would make would be to peel an extra layer of squash off under the skin and brush it with the oil as our rounds were a little tough around the edges. My husband actually nibbled them off before eating the more tender center.

We ate it with a simple salad I threw together of leftover kamut, a dressing of olive oil, pomegranate molasses, agave nectar, salt and pepper, some chopped parsley and dried cherries and cranberries.

Dec 02, 2011
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