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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

Just to let you know I made a little (6 inch) partial recipe to try the grapefruit cake today. Love that tang from the zest! The golden raisins are exactly right with that zest, too. I did not frost this one (test cakelet.)
A little heavy on the poppy seeds for me, next time I'll go easier, but I'm very happy my new recipe!
Thanks again.

about 5 hours ago
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

Canederli p. 296

These are little bread balls, from coarse(fresh) breadcrumbs moistened by milk and egg. The flavor comes from pancetta (I used cooked bacon) and onion, with thyme, nutmeg, S&P, parsley. Rolled in flour before cooking.
They have to be poached in barely barely simmering water/broth. I lost a few before I got the knack. D. Henry says serve them in melted butter (!) or as dumplings in soup.
Not pretty as you can see, but they're awfully nice to eat.
Since they get a flour coating they made the stock (my chicken)cloudy. Next time maybe I'll cook them in salted water, then place in the soup. Shaved Parmesan can be added to serve. Humble goodness!

about 5 hours ago
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Recipes for tomatoes NOT as the star ingredient?

If you seed and peel them, mushed tomatoes are really nice in baked macaroni and cheese. Add as much or as little as you like--or "marble" through half the casserole, leave the rest tomato free.

about 11 hours ago
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Announcement Thread: September 2014 COTM "Avec Eric"

Just watched this, he's adorable! Sweet dogs too!
"I can't define how the light in the sky ends up in your plate..." he says as he wanders where things grow and thinks about future dishes.
I'm a lot more pragmatic but still look forward to cooking with adorable Avec! ;)

about 12 hours ago
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Chowhound will be down for a while tonight -- Thursday August 21st 2014

Just happened to see it.

about 13 hours ago
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Chowhound will be down for a while tonight -- Thursday August 21st 2014

about 13 hours ago
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Announcement Thread: September 2014 COTM "Avec Eric"

smtucker,
"...often been a great place to build excitement for the actual cooking..."
Do you mean a place to hang out during the tedious two weeks when the current book fades from our fickle minds, forgotten because a shiny new toy is in sight?
;)

about 19 hours ago
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Dear JoanN,
Soothed I am.

1 day ago
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Wait-- what? Do you mean the COTM authors will not be posting on the Home Cooking board?

1 day ago
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

I *do* feel inhibited to type "this didn't work" or even "meh" while the author is standing over my shoulder. I would either fall all over myself trying to word posts carefully or just not post.

If I were the author of a cookbook up for scrutiny I'd be silent or incognito to keep the discussions real. (Whether it's gushing or griping!) The authors usually have their own websites/blogs--it's the best place to be themselves.

Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

Thank you so much! I saw the M. Stewart one also, so I'm very glad I asked. I figure the raisin amount is 1/4 cup, yes? Please thank your friend for sharing this too, I appreciate.

1 day ago
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

Thank you Caitlin, I will take this post and your link post to heart! Will report.

Aug 19, 2014
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

Caitlin, was your pink peppercorn cake from the "Spiced Life" recipe? I've only tried pepper in dessert in spice cake (black pepper) but wow it's just right.

Aug 19, 2014
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Chowhound Cake Day 2014!

TorontoJo, I'd love to know how to make the grapefruit poppyseed cake.
Yeah yeah oranges and lemons delish every time in dessert but pink grapefruit should be a star too IMO. The frosting is pinkish too -- is the coloring food coloring?

Aug 19, 2014
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November 2013 Cookbooks of the Month, Marcella Hazan Month: Vegetables; Salads

In the Hazan book "Essentials..." page 530 she says there is often soil in the delicate squash skin, and says to soak for 20 minutes to loosen it.
I just rinse, haven't had a problem. Or maybe I'm eating a little dirt.

Aug 19, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

Fresh, potent, and addictive -- I'm convinced. Your pictures are always so appetizing.
Now maybe you'll do more than one whole chicken a year!

(This thread also lists 3 people in a row that don't like fried eggs very much but now might--the power of posting.)

Aug 19, 2014
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November 2013 Cookbooks of the Month, Marcella Hazan Month: Vegetables; Salads

This too is the smothered cabbage from "Essentials.."

After braising 1 1/2 hours I took the picture and then decided it should go even longer on the stove to become very soft, as the recipe states. Ooh, we liked this!

A note that might interest anybody here -- while looking through Chowhound Hazan-related threads I found this blog mentioned
http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/pomodori...
looks to be of much value! Can't remember which poster found this, but thank you!

Aug 19, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Pork Chops with Plums and Chinese Spices p. 34
I own only “Plenty”, so looked around for online recipes and found this winner. It's from Pure Simple,
http://thespicegarden.blogspot.com/20...

I had both purple and yellow plums and 3 fat (¾ inch) chops. One note, I made my own five spice powder and probably will do so from now on. Found how-to here: http://www.food.com/recipe/five-spice...
It had a brighter taste than my jar of dull and dusty, now discarded.

I'd say make this and enjoy.
Oh – I always brine pork chops now, these were in a plain salt and sugar brine for 1 hour.

Aug 19, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Me square too, I never understood whether hip or hep was the correct word..

I don't mind the heart, but if it morphs I won't care either. I am glad we are able to agree/recommend/appreciate a post without moving it back up to the top.

Aug 18, 2014
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A Personal Announcement

Jacquilynne, you were so friendly and so patient when I had questions during my stint as Cookbook of the Month coordinator. I remember that, and wish you big bowlsful of success!

Aug 18, 2014
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August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry Month: Food from Plenty

I note that the book calls this a salad, but you call it dessert :)
Regardless, it's gorgeous.

Aug 18, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

Odd that none of this was mentioned in the recipe!
I wonder if you could somehow spoon an amount of grated white chocolate into the (already baked) cookie hollow and *then* melt it, in a hot oven for few seconds, or a microwave.

Aug 17, 2014
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Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Spring Menus

This is from the dinner that is otherwise all "with Eric"?
That dessert would please me at any age!

Aug 17, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Aug 16, 2014
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Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

In my case, as close to my face as possible!

Aug 16, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

Just a tiny clarification, you don't need to actually "rejoin" or even join COTM --
just post within the COTM threads. Eight years worth of invaluable info so far.

Aug 16, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

This is the first I've heard of Dulcey chocolate -- a
sweet maybe for Holiday baking this year.

Aug 16, 2014
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#@%* White Chocolate

Maybe if the w. chocolate was grated and melted in a double boiler? Is this http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... the recipe?
Regardless, the cookies sound perfect for Christmas.

Aug 16, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

The most recent does NOT have the word "new" in the title -- confusing -- and so it isn't the one we're voting on after all. At least I think that's what's going on.
Maybe Eric knows..

Aug 15, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month September 2014

I kind of like to buy the COTMs anyway, always have.

Aug 15, 2014
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