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Why can't I make very chocolaty brownies?

Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies (on the Food Network site) uses coffee in her brownie recipe. The coffee, IMO, heightens the chocolatey-ness of the brownies. It's a great recipe.

May 17, 2008
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veganomicon.

I've made & loved:
1. Leek & bean cassoulet
2. Black bean burgers
3. Muffaletta sammich

I'm not vegan, but I've enjoyed the three things I've made. Can't wait to make more.

I, too, think the cookbook is pretty funny.

May 10, 2008
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Minimum requirements you want in a food critic?

Our local food critic once wrote that she couldn't stomach trying menudo.

If I were her boss, I'd fire her.

Authentic Indian Homecooking

I cook Indian/Pakistani food, but my mom is Latvian!

I've had much success with Duguid/Alford's Mangoes & Curry Leaves cookbook. My husband, who grew up in Pakistan, finds the recipes to be pretty authentic.

Mar 28, 2008
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Ideas for A Bacon-centric Meal?

David L's candied bacon ice cream is so, so good. I loved it and so did my guests!

I've also made these:

http://neverbashfulwithbutter.blogspo...

which were also quite good, but the chunk o' bacon on top was a little off putting to some. For the glaze, I added some rum, which I thought was good.

Mar 28, 2008
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Desserts for 2 cookbook?

I love this chocolate souffle for two recipe:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Mar 13, 2008
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The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Anyone excited to make this one:
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...
I just finished candying the bacon!

Mar 13, 2008
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Your best advance-prep desserts

Profiteroles can be made ahead and frozen. You can fill with ice cream.

Feb 15, 2008
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Is there a way to rescue an aioli that's too thin?

Thanks for your input, everyone.

I have made aioli successfully in the past. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I had no luck yesterday. Now, I have some good back up plans should this ever happen again.

Feb 15, 2008
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what is everyone cooking for valentine's Day?

Mushroom pakoras with cilantro/coriander chutney
Hamburgers with bacon
Frites with aioli for dipping
dulce de leche ice cream and/or Mexican chocolate & dulce de leche crepe torte

Feb 14, 2008
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Is there a way to rescue an aioli that's too thin?

My aioli's very, very runny. I put in cold yolks and processed with room temperature oil, which I think caused my problem.

Is there any way to save my aioli, or am I better off starting over?

Thanks!

Feb 14, 2008
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"Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing"

Try wading through this thread:

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s...

Ruhlman even contributes to the thread!

I have not purchased this book myself, meat's more my husband's domain, but I probably will buy it for him in the future.

Feb 12, 2008
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Exotic, blazingly hot sauce needed

I need a gift to send a potential client who loves hot sauces. The hotter the better. This guy prides himself on the heat he can handle.

I am willing to mail order this sort of thing, and would prefer to get something I can't find in the local megamart. I need something fairly unique.

Please share any brands or sites that you think might be helpful.

Thanks!

Need a caramel-centric dessert...

I second Mr. Lebovitz's recipe. I made this recipe on Saturday and my guests requested to take the leftovers home. It's very very good.

Feb 11, 2008
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I gots me a $50 gift cert to Barnes and Noble? Best Cookbook to get?

I would highly recommend Homebaking: The Artful Mix of Flour & Traditions Around the World by J Alford & N Duguid because: the book contains both sweets and savories, has great photos, stories, and, most importantly, the recipes are excellent.

For a general purpose cookbook, I love the yellow Gourmet cookbook because it covers a wide range of ethnic foods and spans all cooking skill levels.

Jan 02, 2008
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New Years Cooking and Food Resolutions!

I've been reading Ruhlman's "The Elements of Cooking," and the following struck a chord with me: "The unusual and fascinating dynamics of cooking are such that cluttered and dirty surfaces work their collective clutter into the food."

I resolve to be cleaner in 2008!

Dec 22, 2007
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Christmas Breads - the sweet kind

My sister bakes pumpkin breads in the fall to give as gifts.

These breads that you've made: are they quick breads, yeast breads or a combo? Vanilla bourbon sounds fantastic!

Dec 13, 2007
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Bengali Fish in Broth - from Mangoes and Curry Leaves

Thanks for posting, MMRuth.

I absolutely adore this cookbook! The dal sounds & looks great; I look forward to making it today or tomorrow.

Dec 04, 2007
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it is snowing in NH, what are you cooking tonight?

leftover pork ribs in a bbq-coffee sauce. trying to think of a way to jazz it up a little, but I am not coming up with much . . .

Dec 03, 2007
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Making ice cream...

Dolores, I would highly recommend The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. It's an incredible ice cream book with detailed directions; making ice cream is almost foolproof! I have really enjoyed the Vietnamese coffee ice cream and the butter pecan ice cream.

If you don't want to spring for the book just yet, many recipes are posted at his site: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/

Dec 02, 2007
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No Knead Bread with roasted garlic

Great idea. I plan to do this soon!

Nov 29, 2007
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Favorite Make Ahead Cake for Christmas?

I may make a cheesecake for Christmas. No need to frost and it tastes better if it's sat around for a day or so. I don't know if you could call cheesecake a "classic" Christmas dessert, however.

I've had good success with the cheesecake recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours.

Nov 27, 2007
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My carrot cake cupcakes are ugly.

I ended up going with a trifle: a rich custard, cranberry jam, cognac syrup (recipes from epicurious.com) and the aforementioned carrot cake.

The trifle was marginal: a little too liquidy and pretty sweet for my tastes. Others seemed to like it, but I would have done a few things differently. Probably should have dried out the carrot cake a little more.

Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. They were very helpful!

Nov 27, 2007
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My carrot cake cupcakes are ugly.

Great idea but might be too adventurous for the crowd I'm dealing with . . .

Nov 27, 2007
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My carrot cake cupcakes are ugly.

Your comment made me laugh. Thanks!

I used paper liners on some, foil liners on others. Didn't seem to make a difference.

Nov 27, 2007
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My carrot cake cupcakes are ugly.

I have some leftover from making the trifle, and I am defintely going to make ice cream croutons. Genius!

Nov 27, 2007
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woops-part of a rotten egg in my cake batter!

Chuck it.

Nov 27, 2007
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glazed nuts: too sticky

Toss them with sesame seeds

Nov 21, 2007
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My carrot cake cupcakes are ugly.

Really ugly. Sunken tops. Torn as they were hard to remove from the cupcake pan.

Ugh.

What can I do with these homely (yet still tasty) chunks of carrot cake? Trifle? Any other recommendations?

Nov 21, 2007
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Thanksgiving Desserts-what are you making? [Moved from New England board]

Carrot cake cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting

Nov 19, 2007
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