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Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

It is a dessert, the pork is used like lard or butter would be--it looks like a sort of dense spice cake/steamed pudding kind of thing.

about 6 hours ago
blue room in Home Cooking

Best Junior League Cookbooks?

I have one from Austin TX that I've never opened, "Austin Entertains" I think--from what I know of Austin I can't imagine it would be anything less than way worthwhile.

Not the same thing, but a collection from back when--http://www.amazon.com/Food-Editors-Fa...

A compilation of favorites from the food-section editors of seventy-five US newspapers. Have had success with this!

about 8 hours ago
blue room in Home Cooking

Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

I found this, about the Duchess of Windsor's cooking for the Duke--could it possibly be the (!) pork cake?http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

about 8 hours ago
blue room in Home Cooking

APRIL 2011 COTM IS AROUND MY FRENCH TABLE by Dorie Greenspan

Yes! This book *will* happy make you.

about 10 hours ago
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Looking for Recipe for Portobellos and Pasta

There is a recipe in "Verdura" that looks simple:

1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 fine-chopped garlic cloves
2 tablespoons Italian parsley
S&P
lemon juice to taste (about 1/2 lemon)
8 ounces fresh tagliolini (very thin flat noodles)

The garlic and parsley are cooked briefly in the oil, then mushrooms are added and cooked, season with S&P, take off heat and add lemon juice.

May 26, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

As caring as she is smart, that pistachio!

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

Ha--we must have been typing at the same time--
I wrote a rant at poor carnicero when all I needed to say was "silly and annoying" as you did.
But like Mr. blue room asks me (regularly)--
"What would you do if you had a *real* problem?"

So all is well, but I did buy a kindle (my first device of this kind!) so I could get "Death and Co." for less (still about $20!) and of course the kindle is beyond me--I am all day today trying to figure out wi-fi and routers and could use a drink!

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

Ok, but here's what I read about this cocktail book:
"definitive guide"
"definitive reference"
"complete guide to buying and using spirits"
"setting the pace for mixologists around the world"
"500 cocktails"
C'mon--500 cocktails, and none with the most-poured spirit around?
(I'm not tryin' to argue with you, really! Just pointing out what seems clear to me.)

May 25, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking
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June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

Well isn't that special.
:(

May 23, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking
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June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

This is exactly why I prefer to collect *recipes* rather than cookbooks (COTMs the exceptions.) Very very rarely a book has more than 10-15% recipes that I'll use.

Photos and stories just don't have the weight of the actual food that I handle and prepare and of course smell and taste.
"Eat" delighted me several times, but I'm pretty good at picking out things I know I'll like.

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

Better slurred than spilled.

May 23, 2015
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Cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY MORE

QUINOA AND [GREEN ONION] CAKES WITH SALBITXADA SAUCE, p.203

We tried these last night and lalaloved them. The sauce is made by first roasting red pepper, red chilies, and garlic. Peel these and process with sliced almonds, chopped (and peeled and seeded) tomatoes (canned!), sherry vinegar, olive oil, and salt. I used a red bell pepper for this, and an anonymous medium-hot red chili pepper (probably jalapeno/Anaheim?) from my fridge. The sauce is great/flavorful -- I had the leftover on sourdough toast for my breakfast.

The cakes are little, 2 1/2 inches -- they are fragile and need to be compact. Made from quinoa, egg, cottage and cheddar cheese, and bread crumbs, the wonderful flavor is from red and green onions (or wild garlic/ramps), green chilies, cumin, and S&P. They're fried to brown them and finished in oven.
Recommended for sure.

April 2012 COTM: Melissa Clark Month, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: Chapters 9, 10. 11. and 12

Caitlin, I think you're familiar with the Hershey Black Magic Cake, and I wonder if you'd say Candy's cake is *that* chocolatey? It seems that the ingredients in a bundt that make it firmish (eggs, butter) would interfere with the strong chocolate taste?

May 21, 2015
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April 2012 COTM: Melissa Clark Month, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: Chapters 9, 10. 11. and 12

I have that pan too--who could resist that pan? (practically M.C. Escher!) I first made a lemon bundt in that, and was dismayed when the lemon-saucy glaze just sluiced down like a water slide. But no problem, just scooped it up and rebaptized. Several times.

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Voting

I'm a little worried that I won't contribute much (in content or sophistication) to this thread, but I have to say I just spent a fun hour+ over at Replacements.com looking at martini glasses that I now "need"!

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 5-7, pp. 173-319

Soy Chicken. Oh So Sticky p. 261

Did this with four bone-in thighs, and reduced the oyster sauce as advised in previous posts. (I'd advise it too.) I love really sticky (more sugar) & burnished roasted meat to eat but I suppose there must be limits.
My rice cooker has a little steamer basket (sits above the cooking rice) so Caitlin's suggestion of rice and broccoli is perfect.

May 20, 2015
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June 2015 COTM: Voting Thread

I have Verdura and Plenty More, happy to paraphrase from the winner, just ask.

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I pick the winner. Kidding!! Actually, a tie in the nomination phase wouldn't be much of a problem IMO, we'd just have a bigger field to vote on. If voting ends in a tie we can have a runoff (another vote), or the coordinator can break the tie with his/her vote.
*Ultimately it is absolutely up to the coordinator.*

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I'll also boost PLENTY MORE.

May 18, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 8-11, pp. 321-413

QUICK CHICKEN POTPIE, EAT, p. 329

This was our supper tonight--browned chicken, onions, and mushrooms in a flour-thickened sauce of beer and stock. Chopped tarragon, salt & pepper, and a puff pastry crust. Mr. blue room loved this, I thought it could have used...
something...
the beer called for is "white" beer, which is maybe a little too sweet for me? I used Blue Moon Belgian White, and with the tarragon it seemed a sweetish gravy. I really like beef cooked in beer, but this chicken in beer ?? maybe it just needed salt? The proportions were just right--meat, liquid, vegetable (mushrooms), and the ease of puff pastry -- I'd do it again with a little less beer and a little more savory stock.

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Thank you, pistachio peas--nice to see that both Caitlin McGrath's "The Craft of..." and my "Savoy" are mentioned.
I'll nominate THE CRAFT OF THE COCKTAIL.

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

Not *exactly* a dark horse, as far as I can tell it was first mentioned way back in 2011 by both dkennedy and Breadcrumbs, posters here, posters extraordinaire.

May 17, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

VERDURA

Foods to pack for long day & night at hospital

If I had a microwave and mini-fridge handy, I'd bring some homemade burritos and yogurt.

May 17, 2015
blue room in General Topics

June 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

The pie or the airport?
:)

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Nominations

Well, I'm now rethinking this fast from the sidelines. Do we really need a particular book?
The cocktails I'd like most to learn/make/drink are pretty standard – this sort of thing -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

May 16, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

June 2015 Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month Nominations

I get the impression from book reviews that these are all new tweaked versions of classic drinks?

May 15, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

Savory Snack - no wheat

This kind of egg would be interesting, less work (maybe) than deviled eggs. Martha Stewart recipe.

http://www.food.com/recipe/tea-smoked...

here's a pic https://www.google.com/search?q=smoke...

May 15, 2015
blue room in Home Cooking

Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

Don't forget Paletas :)

Recipes for Impromptu Casual Summer Entertaining?

Your question made me think of this recipe intro from Nina Simonds "Asian Noodles"
"I'm invited to neighborhood parties not for my witty conversation but for my peanut noodles. In fact, I started a craze when I served this noodle salad at a street gathering. Everyone demanded the recipe... dressing is superb on almost any salad. During the summer, I keep extra on hand and always have a package of noodles and some vegetables in the refrigerator for a cool, ready in minutes meal."
Here's the recipe
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ra...