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Post your best holiday cookware deal finds here!

I never knew about this. Thanks!

Dec 19, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Thanks, mselectra!

Dec 18, 2014
CindyJ in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

WHERE, exactly, can I change the default setting to "See All"?

And why are the posts I've already read still open?

Dec 18, 2014
CindyJ in Site Talk

A holiday "gift" to supermarket shoppers

This one made me smile!

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food
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A shortcut to making latkes?

No... I didn't get to the comments. Thanks for the added info.

Now I'm wondering if an electric griddle would work. Although, I don't think it's possible to get more than just a coating of oil.

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A shortcut to making latkes?

How interesting! I remember very little of my Bubbie making latkes, but I know she drained the liquid because I remember watching her scrape the starch from the bowl with her hands and put it back into the potatoes.

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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A shortcut to making latkes?

In what department of the supermarket do you find Simply Potatoes? I looked at their website and it says they're fresh, not frozen. Are they in produce, or somewhere else? I don't think I've ever noticed them.

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A shortcut to making latkes?

No problem or concern moving the cookie sheet with hot oil to a countertop? And I assume you remove the cookie sheet from the oven when you flip them to the second side -- is that right?

Would a roasting pan work, too, or would the depth of it somehow interfere with the crisping of the potatoes?

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A shortcut to making latkes?

Have you tried that technique? I have a feeling it's not quite as easy as it's made to look, and here's why: Preheat the oven, add the oil to the cooky sheet and heat the oil. Okay. But then, to place the latke mixture in the pan, you either open the oven, take the cookie sheet out and close the oven door while you form the latkes and place them on the tray (be CAREFUL how you move that tray!!!). OR you pull out the oven rack and leave the cookie sheet in place with the oven door open. Either way the oil and/or the oven cool down. Now, I don't know about YOUR oven, but mine would take too long to heat back up, and all the while the potato mixture would be sitting in unsizzling oil.

I like the concept, I just don't think it would work too well.

Dec 17, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

We don't eat meat, they don't eat fish.....

Ribollita and a loaf of fresh, multi-grain bread. Recipes generally call for cubing the bread and stirring it into the soup. I prefer to serve the bread warm from the oven instead.

Or... Cheese fondue, raclette or French onion soup.

Dec 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A shortcut to making latkes?

Please report back!

Dec 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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A shortcut to making latkes?

That was my concern -- that they wouldn't taste fresh.

Dec 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

A shortcut to making latkes?

I see she's using the potato-squeezing method I discovered a couple of years ago. http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/ho...

Dec 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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A shortcut to making latkes?

I'm wondering -- has anyone ever used frozen grated potatoes for making latkes? I'm referring to the potatoes sold in the supermarket for making hash browns.

Latkes are the one thing on my Hanukkah menu that always holds up the meal because I do them from scratch just before serving time. If those frozen potatoes can work as a substitute for peeling, grating and draining, what a time-saver that would be -- just add in the onions, matzoh meal, eggs, salt and pepper and fry! Thoughts...?

Dec 16, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Food For The Afterlife

When our Newfoundland died a number of years ago, we tucked a few of his favorite doggie treats into the box we buried him in, along with his favorite toys. Last week I saw a news report saying that Pope Francis said all dogs go to heaven, (or something like that) so I'm hoping he shared his goodies with others he met there.

Dec 15, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics

Best Salt and Pepper Grinders

I've got the same one, Duffy. I keep my peppercorns in a mason jar and fill the Magnum by spooning the peppercorns into the opening. Oh, I should mention that I fill it over the sink to catch the inevitable strays.

Dec 15, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Ma(i)son in Lancaster -- another outstanding experience

Hiya, FCF! We don't go out that way unless there's a good reason. Until recently, my husband worked in York and stayed there for most of the week, so we'd meet on Wednesdays in Lancaster for a mid-week "date." That's how we became so familiar with the Lancaster dining scene. Last week we met up with a group of friends from York, so it was a good excuse to revisit Ma(i)son. But actually, Ma(i)son is worth the trip on its own. It's under an hour's drive from here.

Dec 14, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Ma(i)son in Lancaster -- another outstanding experience

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, although the Brooklyn of my childhood bears no resemblance to the Brooklyn of today. As for Lancaster being the "poor man's Brooklyn," I'm not so sure. When you consider the rest of the county, Lancaster is rich -- wealthy, in fact -- in resources that would have Brooklynites fall to their knees. Witness the growing number of Amish farmers who regularly trek to the Union Square marketplace during the growing season.

BTW, one of my favorite ethnic spots in Lancaster is Saigon Cafe, where you can eat really well for under $10 pp.

Dec 14, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Ma(i)son in Lancaster -- another outstanding experience

"...the poor man's Brooklyn." I'm trying to figure out just what that means. :-)

One place in Lancaster still on my "must-try" list is Citronelle. Have you been?

Dec 13, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Ma(i)son in Lancaster -- another outstanding experience

It's been awhile since the last time I dined at Ma(i)son, but I was there last night with a group of friends and it was truly wonderful. There were eight in our group and, except for my husband and me, none had been there before. Because of the size of our group, a 5-course fixed-price tasting menu was pre-arranged. I must say, everything was delicious. There wasn't anything served that everyone did not enjoy.

Course #1 was handmade burrata garnished with roasted brussels sprouts and smoked prosciutto agrodolce served with grilled house-made bread. Course #2 (I really MUST figure out how to make this at home) was a winter salad of thinly sliced apple, radicchio, celery root and kohlrabi, tossed with dried tart cherries, pumpkin seeds, chives and a creamy horseradish dressing. Course #3 was a rabbit ragu with toasted garlic, rosemary and chantrelles served over rigatoni. Course #4 was pan-roasted Carolina drum served with an heirloom carrot stew, romanesco, wheat berries and pumpkin seed pesto. Finally, dessert was a warm apple tart made from heirloom Lancaster County apples, topped with almond and marzipan streusel, brown sugar and spices, whipped cream and honey from their garden and also a small cheese plate with apples and fig jam.

All this for $60 per person (plus tax & tip) -- BYO with no corkage fee. I don't know if it gets much better than that in Lancaster. It was definitely worth the trip from southern Chester County.

Dec 12, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

I spoke to a man named Randy who seemed more concerned about giving me an "A to Z" lesson about woks than focussing on my specific situation and needs. That said, he seemed very knowledgeable and did answer my questions quite well.

The type of metal handle he recommended was like the one shown in your first link.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

My daughter is in a small apartment in NYC. I think her gas stove will serve her well.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

Wow! I had no idea. So you stack the coals in the center for the highest heat?

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

So I called The Wok Shop yesterday for some additional insight/guidance. Based on what's been posted here (which has been VERY helpful -- thanks, everyone!) I thought I had made up my mind: round bottom, carbon steel, wooden handle. By the end of our conversation, the wok that was being recommended to me was flat bottom carbon steel with a metal handle. I feel like I'm back to Square One.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

VERY impressive! I wish I'd thought of using the Weber for seasoning my wok -- keep all the smoke/fumes OUTSIDE.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Recommendations for a first wok [Moved from Home Cooking]

I watched that video -- very helpful. I'm leaning toward the wooden handle; it seems to make more sense.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I've been eyeing "How to Eataly" by Mario Batali. Does anyone have it? Is it worth getting?

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Where/how did you find out about Amazon's sale? I seem to be ordering from them every other day.

Dec 09, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I ordered three cookbooks today, one new, two older, but "classics" in my opinion. The first is Ottolenghi's "Plenty More." That's for my family's Hanukkah gift exchange-- this year's theme is "Food and Drink." The other two books I ordered are Grace Young's "The Breath of a Wok" and "Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge" -- both will be gifts for my daughter, along with a wok.

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

I get the same reaction in my house when I suggest salami and eggs for dinner. :)

Dec 08, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking