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Help me turn my boyfriend into an okra lover

i loved okra roasted! similar to the have recipe but i cut the okra into small disks, coat with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a mixture of "indian-y" spices: cumin, coriander, cayenne, garlic powder, etc. bake the mixture at around 450 until very crispy. it's delicious as a topping over any kind of rice. this converted my husband, a former okra hater!

Sep 12, 2007
laonion in Home Cooking

Agra Indian Kitchen review (long)

Thanks for the rec! My husband and I tried it for lunch on the way to Costco and were very happy with the food. I haven't had such good, flavorful saag in months! We'll definitely be back.

Aug 14, 2007
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Pressure cooker recipes?

I just received a Fissler pressure cooker, in 2 sizes, as a gift. I've made brown rice and risotto in it with decent results but would like to do use it more. Does anyone have any recipes they'd like to share that is especially good in a pressure cooker?

Thanks in advance!

Aug 11, 2007
laonion in Home Cooking

Loads of Kimchee-what can I do?

kimchee fried rice! so good with some day old rice, your favorite meat, and whatever veggies you got lying around.

Mar 03, 2007
laonion in Home Cooking

Baking From My Home to Yours: Cakes

The part I found confusing was when the egg whites were supposed to be beaten and what temp the syrup got added to the egg whites. When the syrup reaches 235 you start beating the egg whites. The egg whites should reach peaks around the time the syrup hits 242. At this point the 2 are combined. The way that the paragraph are separated, I thought the syrup need to be 242 then cooled to 235 prior to adding to the egg whites.

Dec 07, 2006
laonion in Home Cooking

Baking From My Home to Yours: Cakes

Devil's Food White-Out Cake

I made this for a friend's birthday dinner. It looked quite spectacular even though I made a few mistakes. I baked the cakes in a 9 inch pan instead of 8 inch pan. So they were very flat. Thankfully my sloppy measuring also resulted in one cake being taller than the other which I could turn into 2 layers. On the smaller cakes i just sliced off enough to even out with the other layers, but still had enough "crumbs" for decoration. I found the icing directions to be very confusing and it only made sense after I read her clarification on eGullet's thread. This was my first attempt at a layer cake and was very pleased with the results.

Dec 06, 2006
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Baking From My Home to Yours: Cookies

Sables:

Really buttery and wonderful. I didn't bother with coating the edges with sugar (too lazy). Well received by friends.

World Peace Cookies:

Loved by all the chocoholics in my life. Even the husband (who doesn't like chocolate) liked it! But very rich and I couldn't eat more than one at a time.

Cream Cheese Pufflets:

Really easy to make although my cookies were much uglier because I didn't handle the dough very well. A bit like pie crust which also I'm not good at. I put a varying assortment of preserveds inside. They were really delicious!

This book is going to make me very fat. (or at least make my friends and family fat)

Dec 06, 2006
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Baking From My Home to Yours: Breakfast Sweets

Pumpkin muffins

Delicious. Made a dozen and froze them. Substituted pistachios and chopped dates for the walnut and raison (missing from pantry at the time). Warmed in the microwave every morning for breakfast. Reheated extremely well and had a great texture.

Dec 04, 2006
laonion in Home Cooking

Jasmine Tea

you can get the twinning jasmine tea at amazon's grocery store.
http://amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1/103-6...

Nov 28, 2006
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Bittman's no-knead bread recipe?

http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/200...

is rose levy's take and the recipe is there.

Nov 26, 2006
laonion in Home Cooking

Stick/Immersion blender recommendations

I have the Braun with the stainless stick. It's great! I have used it for soup. I have even used ice crushing attachement and it handled that job well. It's great versatile tool for a smaller kitchen that can replace a lot of stuff without taking up that much space (although my littel kitchen is just totally overcrowded!(

Nov 18, 2006
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opinions on Mario Batali's cookware line

I have the 6 qt pot that I got as a gift. I love it. It have excellent heat distribution and cleans up like magic!

Nov 18, 2006
laonion in Cookware

December 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Vote Here for the Runoff!

Dorie Greenspan!

Nov 14, 2006
laonion in Home Cooking

Your favourite recent cookbook purchase?

The new Dorie Greenspan would make a great gift. It's a beautiful book and the pictures inspire you to bake! I love just leafing through it.

Nov 14, 2006
laonion in Home Cooking

Mandoline? any suggestions

Beringer is great. Super easy to clean and can make a wide range of slices. Just be careful not to slice your finger tips off.

Nov 05, 2006
laonion in Cookware

Rice cooker question -- 10 cup overkill?

i own a zoji fuzzy logic 10 cup rice cooker and have cooked as little as 2 to as much as 10 cup rice cooker. no quality issues either way.

Nov 05, 2006
laonion in Cookware

cheap, good Indian buffets on the westside

Mayura at the corner of Motor and Venice has a buffet lunch for $5.99 weekdays, $8.99 weekends.

Oct 23, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Wedding help

Buttercream vs. whipped cream is a pretty personal preference. I tasted both there. I hate buttercream but love whipped cream cakes so I order the Raspberry Bavarian Cake and ordered the Chocolate Ganache Cake for the chocoholics. I loved both of them.

Oct 14, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Queens, NY girl looking for din in Santa Monica area

Nook (on Santa Monica Blvd, near Barrington) is a great restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Great service plus cozy ambiance. Opus is great also, great fun, with a bit more formal atmosphere but further from Santa Monica, actually in Koreatown.

http://www.nookbistro.com/

Oct 13, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Wedding help

I used cakery bakery in la canana for my wedding last year and I'm still getting compliments on the cake.

Oct 13, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone been to O-Dae-San recently?

The Al Bap is my favorite dish at Odaesan also. You can ordered it at either the bar or at the table. It is a complete meal by itself, the way bibimbop or chirashi would be.

Oct 12, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Bread Bar in CC - any reports?

We had a quick pre movie dinner there. The burger and the nicoise salad. Both were excellent. It was pretty empty, the service was quick and pleasant.

Oct 12, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

Something akin to Nook for dinner

I love Nook! Recently my friend and I went to Opus for their tasting menu for $30 (with wine flight for $15)--it was great! It's not quite on the westside (on wilshire at western, next to the wiltern) but worth the drive.

Oct 12, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area

fill me in on MY SECRET RECIPE

It's fine for a couple or a larger group. There isn't any MUST order:options are fairly limited. You have your choice of squid or octopus plus/minus beef or pork. You don't much in the way of sides (banchan) as there would be in other korean resturants. The stirfry is great but even better after they add the rice and turn it into deliciously spicy fried rice. Plenty of food. If you go alone, get the hot stone pot rice with octopus for the same flavor on a smaller scale. The staff is friendly and can speak English for the most part

Oct 09, 2006
laonion in Los Angeles Area