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Grilling cookbook for a grilling novice

Ours is actually a gas grill.

Jul 14, 2012
dag556 in Home Cooking

Grilling cookbook for a grilling novice

We just bought our first grill, and my husband wants to get grilling. I'm definitely the cook in the house, but he wants to become the grill master. What cookbook(s) should I buy him as a jumping-off point? Things he would probably enjoy: how-tos, grilling primers, and basic recipes. Things he probably would not: recipes with super long ingredient lists and recipes with long/complicated instructions. He's looking for a book that will teach him how to marinate and grill a cut of meat/poultry/fish to perfection -- the basics. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Jul 14, 2012
dag556 in Home Cooking

de Buyer mineral fry pan

Thanks for all of your advice! It doesn't look terrible -- certainly not rusty or anything. The inside had some residue, but it came off with warm water and a sponge. I'll follow the salt/oil advice and will start again!

Thanks for talking me off the ledge ;-).

Jul 07, 2012
dag556 in Cookware

de Buyer mineral fry pan

I recently bought a de Buyer mineral fry pan and accidentally forgot to season it before using it for the first time. Have I ruined the pan? Or will it be okay? I hand washed it with warm water after cooking and wiped it with a thin swipe of oil.

Thanks for any and all advice!

Jul 07, 2012
dag556 in Cookware

Aussie traveling for authentic american cuisine on a budget

Tackle Box is a great idea. Lots of lighter options there (the grilled calamari is awesome) and interesting sides. The homemade pies are also super tasty.

Dinner near Georgetown movie theater?

My husband and I often end up at Bangkok Joe's after a movie in Georgetown and always have a good time there. The Bangkok Swings are tasty!

2 nights in London

Thanks for everyone's recommendations! We ended up eating at Wild Honey, which was lovely. My entree was oversalted, but everything else was excellent. My husband's work associates took us out to Wilton's the night before, but both of us found the cuisine a bit boring and preferred Wild Honey.

Jan 06, 2009
dag556 in U.K./Ireland

2 nights in London

We're not looking to spend gobs of money (we're heading to Paris after this, where we will be spending quite a lot on food), but something like Maze looks reasonable. Thanks for the suggestion!

Dec 01, 2008
dag556 in U.K./Ireland

2 nights in London

I will be in London for 2 nights in December and am looking for some restaurant recommendations. My husband is English, but he hasn't lived in London for years and doesn't have a strong sense of what restaurants are good these days. We'll be staying at the Duke's Hotel in the St. James area, so close by would be preferable, but we're flexible :).

Nov 26, 2008
dag556 in U.K./Ireland

Rick Rodger's "Kaffeehaus"

Thanks, Cathleen! Those apple squares looked good to me too :).

Mar 14, 2007
dag556 in Home Cooking

Rick Rodger's "Kaffeehaus"

Thanks!! The Flodni looked SO interesting to me!! It's on my "make soon" list. I actually can't really picture what it would taste like. But it sounds so interesting that I have to make it at some point.

Has anyone had a chance to try the cover recipe??

Mar 14, 2007
dag556 in Home Cooking

Rick Rodger's "Kaffeehaus"

I recently purchased this book and think everything in it looks fabulous! I don't know where it starts. What recipes have people tried that are winners? I have a dinner party in a few weeks and would like to make something from this book...

Mar 14, 2007
dag556 in Home Cooking

Making Claudia Fleming's White Chocolate Espresso Tart

I hear ya, and I realize my experience was the exception and not the rule. I can relate when it comes to her graham crust (for her blueberry tarts). The frickin thing totally fell apart and frustrated me to the point where I almost threw the tart pan out the window....

Oct 05, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Making Claudia Fleming's White Chocolate Espresso Tart

I made this tart last weekend too. I didn't have a problem with the crust -- but I've heard many people say that they have. My trick? Let the chilled dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes, and then roll out between two sheets of wax paper. Worked like a dream without any crumbling or cracking, and the texture after baking was perfect. HOWEVER...I don't think the white chocolate-espresso tart was worth the trouble. The white chocolate flavor got lost -- I know Fleming was going for subtle, but for me this was too subtle. And Candy, from your pictures, it looks like you ran into a problem I ran into. Once the crust is filled, the tart looks...boring. It definitely requires garnish to make it look "special" (I added a thin layer of whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans). People at my party really liked the tart, but I've definitely made better and probably wouldn't bother with this recipe in the future. But for experienced bakers, don't rule out the crust -- with that trick, it worked just fine.

Oct 03, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Claudia Fleming recipe

Well, I made the tart for a dinner party last night. In the end I thought it was good, not great. I thought the filling was a bit too subtle. Claudia says she often finds white chocolate too sweet, so she counters the sweetness with more bitter flavors like espresso and chocolate. But with only 3oz white chocolate, I think the white chocolate flavor got lost and the filling ended up being less sweet than I would have liked. The crust was wonderful, though, and the entire tart was eaten up. But with so many other fabulous recipes out there (including other ones in Claudia's book), I don't think I'd make this again.

Sep 30, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Claudia Fleming recipe

Will do -- tonight! As it turns out, I *too* will be making it this weekend...so I'll keep you posted!

Sep 26, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Claudia Fleming recipe

I'll see if I can send you the recipe tonight. From what I remember, it involves steeping espresso beans in cream and then straining the cream to impart espresso flavor while keeping the cream white. I'll try to copy it later for you.

Sep 25, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Claudia Fleming recipe

Will do. Incidentally...besides the chocolate caramel tarts, what else have you made that has turned out well? Thanks!

Sep 25, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Claudia Fleming recipe

Has anyone made Claudia Fleming's White Chocolate Espresso Tart (from her book, The Last Course)? I'd be curious to hear how it came out and if you'd recommend it. Thanks!

Sep 25, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Eating out in Rome

I agree with all of these recommendations. But also, for some amazing pizza, try Pizzeria da Baffetto. The house specialty -- fried egg and all -- is incredible.

Sep 13, 2006
dag556 in Italy

Freezing pastry cream?

Okay, thanks. That's what I thought -- and why I've never done it in all the years I've been baking. But I just hate having to pitch the leftovers, so I thought I'd ask :).

Sep 12, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Freezing pastry cream?

Can you freeze leftover pastry cream? I often find myself with a bit left over, but unless I'm using it right away, it often ends up in the trash. Advice?

Sep 12, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

A Baker's Tour

Thanks, Kate! Great advice :). Those did jump out at me, so I guess I should get baking! (I had marked the other two recipes as well, so it sounds like we're on the same page...)

Sep 10, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

A Baker's Tour

Good to hear! In "A Baker's Tour" in particular, do you have any favorites? I'm trying to figure out where to start -- everything looks fab.

Sep 08, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking

Viridian Brunch

I went to brunch at Viridian about a month ago. As far as the food goes, my meal was very tasty. I had the leek/mushroom/goat cheese quiche, which was delicious, and shared the fresh baked muffins with my friend (the pistachio muffin was to DIE for...though it will probably kill you six different ways...very rich, but scrumptious). I was disappointed with the service, though. I must have asked 4 times for my coffee, and the muffins were supposed to be an "appetizer," but came out after the rest of our meal. The menu is also somewhat limited. But, given that the food was good and the atmosphere was enjoyable, I'd probably go back.

A Baker's Tour

I purchased Nick Malgieri's "A Baker's Tour" a few months ago but have yet to bake from it. Every recipe looks so delicious, I don't know where to start! Has anyone had success with recipes from this book? Any recommendations?? I'd appreciate your suggestions :). Thanks!

Sep 08, 2006
dag556 in Home Cooking