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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Sadly, the Dude will not recover from his latest health crisis. All good thoughts to Lingua. :(

about 4 hours ago
roxlet in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

That's great! Thanks so much!

about 4 hours ago
roxlet in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Thanks, sounds fabulous, and very rich!

about 4 hours ago
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My Chowhound Wedding

Lovely!

about 8 hours ago
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What's for dinner #315 - Summertime... and the living is easy.

Me too, but I am alone in this house. I usually make ratatouille, but I really want to do a caponata. Do you have a recipe you particularly like?

about 8 hours ago
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Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

She reached the tipping point, that's all, and I don't blame her one bit. Maybe we all should just host potluck dinners where each guest brings what she or he can eat! Entertaining is tough enough!

about 22 hours ago
roxlet in Not About Food
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

Excellent way to test it out!

1 day ago
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

I find fresh rosemary to be very pine-y! That's my main complaint about it.

2 days ago
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

The only baking with rosemary I've done is to make rosemary rolls to be served with ham or smoked turkey. Since it's savory, the rosemary works for me, but herbal flavors in sweets usually don't.

2 days ago
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

I wouldn't add the rosemary myself, since I feel rosemary can overpower other flavors.

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Benny's Clam Shack. And today we had even more awesome lobster rolls in wiscassett, though not at the famous place where the wait was more than 90 minutes. We went to spragues, right on the water, where the lobster rolls and haddock chowder were outstanding.

Jul 26, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

I'm sure it will be super even if the dacquoise was a bust.

Jul 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

We're in Portland, ME for a wedding, and last night we drove into downtown Portland to find some lobster rolls for dinner. Along the way, we passed this funky-looking shack on the side of the road. Once we got into town, everything looked so fancified, that we turned around and drove back to the shack. rjbh20 and our son drove off to find some beer since it was BYOB, and I caught up with my oldest friend in the world whom I see too infrequently, and who is the drama critic for one of the major Chicago newspapers so she is always busy and rarely visits. The bride is the daughter of a very close mutual friend. The lobster roll was very good (very lightly dressed with mayo though we prefer the butter-dressed style), but what were outstanding were the fried clams, and according to my son, the clam chowder. rjbh20 also liked the lobster stew, though he found it a trifle under-seasoned. Tonight's dinner will be surf and turf at the wedding, the surf being lobster, but for lunch we will resume our search for the perfect lobster roll.

Jul 26, 2014
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Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

This was my father's favorite.

Jul 26, 2014
roxlet in General Topics

What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

This sounds fabulous. I had great success with the daquoise from The Baking Book from Cooks.

Jul 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

That's terrible. Hope it's resolved soon, but a gin and seltzer can certainly help you relax about it!

Jul 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Given a choice of swordfish or veal chops, our son chose swordfish, so that's WFD. We're so happy to have him home, that he gets to rule the dinner roost. Bruschetta on Poilane bread to start, and corn salad with. Tomorrow we head up to Maine for a wedding, so I'm really looking forward to some lobster rolls, to say nothing of a fried clam tasting rjbh20 is talking about for our ride home Sunday.

Jul 24, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

A lovely looking loaf!

Jul 24, 2014
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What's good in Greenwich right now?

I second all the Port Chester recommendations, and I will add Tarry Market, which is next door to Tarry Lodge. They have very good items to take out, or to eat at the tables in the front of the market. I have not been there, but Bar Taco also in Port Chester has a lot of fans for those interested in somewhat of a nighttime scene on the water, and decent tacos.

Jul 24, 2014
roxlet in Southern New England

Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

That looks fabulous!

Jul 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Welcome back!

Jul 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Sounds great, and welcome to wfd!

Jul 24, 2014
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Amusing menu gaffes - what's yours? [moved from Boston board]

In an email from out club about this week's menu:

"A taste that will please your pallet..."

Jul 23, 2014
roxlet in Not About Food

What's good in Greenwich right now?

On Delavan Avenue, just south of Greenwich (I believe one exit), is Burgers, Shakes and Fries, my favorite burgers in the area, and better than Shake Shack for my money.

Jul 23, 2014
roxlet in Southern New England

Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

Giada is an idiot. She makes all kinds of generalizations about Italian food. One of my favorite episodes than I've seen is when her aunt looked on in horror as she added meatballs to carbonara. "But then it's not carbonara," the aunt said, protesting. But Giada didn't care. She does whatever comes into her head, and sells it as authentic Italian food.

As I understand it, breadcrumbs are part of cucina povera -- the cooking of poor people. My father's family was from Sicily, and my mother's from Salerno, so breadcrumbs did make frequent appearances on pasta -- and other dishes -- at our table. They were never used together with cheese, and parmigiana was a rare thing since Romano is much more common in southern Italy.

Jul 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

Gorgeous, puffy things!

Jul 23, 2014
roxlet in Home Cooking

Pie Crust Help

Like the other posters upthread, I believe that not enough water is the culprit. I consider myself a very experienced pie baker, and I have found that many recipes drastically understate the amount of water needed to make a pie dough that will come together properly, and roll out without cracking. When I taught a pie-making class, I suggested to my students to use a spray bottle with ice water in it to moisten the bits of flour/butter that remain dry after adding the water suggested in the recipe. King Arthur Flour has an interesting technique wherein you dump the dough onto a piece of parchment (as well as use a spray bottle), and fold the paper over and press on the ragged dough to help it come together without overworking it and forming gluten.

Here is the blog post, which is very helpful: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2...

Jul 22, 2014
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What are you baking these days? July edition, part 2!

I think less custardy than a canelé, but still delicious!

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Our son arrived home today after 5 weeks away, and before he got home, he made it clear that his request for dinner was wings. Buffalo wings. Thai wings. BBQ wing. rjbh20 is happy to oblige, and the wings are underway!

Jul 22, 2014
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What's for Dinner #314 - Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon Edition [Through July 26, 2014]

Yum, yum!

Jul 22, 2014
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