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A shortcut to making latkes?

Haven't used frozen, but we do use chilled (Simply Potatoes) every year, and it's seamless. The texture is good and they don't discolor.

Dec 16, 2014
Selkie in Home Cooking
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"Cooking" with a toddler?

My daughter is 2.5 and enjoys measuring for pancake batter or yogurt cake (yogurt cake is a ridiculously forgiving recipe; if you don't want to dirty a bunch of implements, there are instructions online for measuring ingredients using the six-ounce yogurt container), cracking and beating eggs, cutting bananas for smoothies with her "sharp knife!", actually an Ikea plastic children's knife, snapping the ends off green beans, kneading dough, spreading sauce on mini pizzas and then sprinkling the cheese... about the only thing she has freaked out over is the act of separating eggs. For some reason, the process fills her with terror.

Aug 20, 2012
Selkie in Home Cooking

Looking for an EASY, Basic recipe for seafood newburg sauce

If you are a hardline teetotaler, you can reduce some good cider by about half to get a sort-of-equivalent sweet note and color. You may also just want to use sauce Mornay instead; it does the creamy-gooey-rich thing properly, and will brown nicely. It is an easy sauce to make as long as you pay attention to the saucepan. :)

Mornay sauce:

3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 c milk, kept warm but not bubbling
salt, white pepper, and fresh grated nutmeg to taste -- a generous pinch of each for me
1/4 c shredded gruyere cheese

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until just foaming and melted through. Add flour and stir constantly until the mixture is even and lightly golden -- not browning at all (it will bubble). Slowly add the warm milk to the flour-butter mixture (more bubbling) and stir or whisk until no lumps remain. Don't stop stirring until the sauce boils (2-3 minutes). Reduce the heat and add seasonings; keep cooking and stirring until the sauce is as thick as you'd like, then turn off the heat, add the cheese, taste and correct the seasonings. Pour over seafood and broil/bake as for Newburg.

Feb 21, 2012
Selkie in Home Cooking

Please help me with coconut chicken!

Your husband is annoyed that you don't cook dinner every night? Please purchase him a wooden spoon, a simple stockpot, a map leading to your faucet, stove, and refrigerator, and a clue. This is not just about marital roles and expectations: everyone of every gender should know how to cook well enough to get by for themselves. Or, you know, you're in NYC; he could pick up takeout on the way home.

Forgotten ginger notwithstanding -- I don't see how you could make this particular recipe without it, so maybe swap it up with some other chicken recipe on your meal plan for the week -- I applaud your choice of a quickly-prepped meal with a short list of ingredients. Maybe go with the citrus instead and swap out orange juice -- or even apple juice -- for the orange in the pan sauce?

Feb 21, 2012
Selkie in Home Cooking

Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Be sure to skip the cream of tartar if you are making these for Passover, as the Chow slide show suggests. For the umpty millionth time, cream of tartar is not kosher for Passover because it contains corn starch as an anticlumping agent. I have never seen cream of tartar with a KP hechsher.

Apr 21, 2011
Selkie in Recipes

Bubbe's Luchen Kugel

Lokshen kugel for Pesach? <EM>Why must Chow do this with at least one recipe every year?</EM>

Apr 21, 2011
Selkie in Recipes

Tiny Luxury Pies in Jars

If your state requires it, you can usually rent time in a commercial kitchen at a church/temple, public school, or commissary.

Dec 27, 2010
Selkie in Features

Ruth Bourdain to Write Column for CHOW.com

One quick thing -- if you put the "f word" IN THE URL for the piece, I can't read it at work on my lunch break! Could you edit that to 'f-ing', maybe?

Thanks!

Dec 08, 2010
Selkie in Features

Mince Meat Pie

Nope, just follow the standard instructions in your crust recipe (or borrow from, say, an apple pie recipe) for a two-crust fruit pie. :)

Dec 01, 2009
Selkie in Home Cooking

Mince Meat Pie

It would swap in for the salted butter. Grate clean, hardened rendered suet, melt it down, and stir it in. When you chill the mixture, as you must to prevent icky rancid suet taste, you'll get truly disturbing white flecks throughout, but they go away when you bake. If you don't like the flavor of animal fat and just want the rich mouthfeel it provides, up the cinnamon a little bit and use fresh nutmeg (actually, do that anyway!)

Nov 25, 2009
Selkie in Home Cooking

Mince Meat Pie

100g salted butter, melted
250g sultanas
100g dried apricots
1 medium apple, such as Gala or Fuji, peeled and grated
175g brown sugar
50g chopped toasted almonds (toast in a dry pan under constant supervision)
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp brandy
2 tbsp golden rum
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and leave covered, at room temperature, overnight. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks before use. This makes enough for one large two-crust pie, two tarts or about six of those old-fashioned pattypan tins.

Nov 25, 2009
Selkie in Home Cooking

Chopped Chicken Livers

Ms. Ramos --

Okay, how about correcting the angel food cake recipe? You did this last year too -- with the kitniyot side dish and the cream of tartar to stabilize the meringues. This is really disappointing. I'd appreciate greater editorial oversight, especially since I used to love the magazine.

Mar 23, 2009
Selkie in Recipes

Hosting Your First Passover

I'm sorry, but the cake recipe and the chicken livers recipe are decidedly not Kosher for Passover. You might want to rename this menu Kosher-style or Kosher-influenced. Observant -- or even the most lax, as far as I know -- Jews will NOT use cake flour during Passover. You can easily substitute in matzah cake meal, but the cake doesn't behave the same way.

Mar 23, 2009
Selkie in Features

Simmered Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

Careful when bringing this dish to a seder -- or the accompanying pink rice -- Beans, peas, and rice are not kosher for Passover if you do not follow Sephardic tradition.

Apr 10, 2008
Selkie in Recipes

Mississippi Praline Macaroons

Please note that the cream of tartar isn't kosher for Passover! It's held together with... wait for it...

corn starch.

Apr 10, 2008
Selkie in Recipes

good bakerys near media or in Delco?

Try Master's Baker in West Chester -- (610) 436 9888. Kind of a drive -- about 40 minutes from Media.

Sep 06, 2007
Selkie in Pennsylvania

non dairy dessert recipe for a BBQ

I would go with a poundcake recipe made parve (use nondairy margarine) and grilled, with pears in honey syrup alongside. No one will miss the whipped cream.

May 10, 2007
Selkie in Home Cooking

Supertasters Unite!

I'm a supertaster and I find I vastly prefer 'umami' tastes to vegetal ones, if that helps. So if there's tofu, it needs to be smoked, marinated in a sauce which has a lot of 'low' flavor notes -- something that gets rid of the high, more acidic edges. (I also have synaesthesia, which is why writing these comments was difficult for me -- tastes have definite shapes and colours for me. It makes trying to describe fish and chips very interesting.)

Jan 15, 2007
Selkie in Not About Food

Frugal meals

Have you tried the Hillbilly Housewife website yet? Works great when it has to.

Jan 15, 2007
Selkie in Home Cooking