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Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

We're hosting Passover for the first time in many years, and I'm not from a Jewish family. I plan to serve a Passover, and would love input on two of Joan Nathan's recipes: My Mother's Brisket or My Favorite Brisket. I believe I've made one with some tomato paste or sauce in the past, so I'm leaning toward the "favorite" recipe. Still, I'd love some input based on experience. I know many folks use a dried onion soup, but this is a crowd of foodies who totally eschew prepared/packaged foods. Thanks for thoughts!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/My-Favorite-Brisket-Not-Too-Gedempte-Fleysch-394570

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/books...

Apr 07, 2014
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Pot Roast or brisket recipes for Xmas dinner?

We're visiting family across the country, and are charged with making the Xmas day dinner for extended family. I'm thinking a brisket or pot roast that will allow us to prep in advance, w/o too much fuss on the day.

Any tried and true recipes to share? Something nice but not too fussy? Perhaps involving wine, or mushrooms?

Thanks for ideas!
Laura

Dec 20, 2013
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Negro Chicken Mole

I'm planning a bday menu for my husband, and would love to find a manageable negro (oaxacan) chicken mole recipe. I found one from Rick Bayless, but it really is more involved than I can manage. I do have a few days to get things together, but not tons of time at any one moment. Any suggestions for recipes? I have decent access to chilies, so that is not much of a prob. Thanks for any suggestions!

Laura

Jan 30, 2013
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Fave Gluten Free cookie and baking recipes?

I've recently had to eliminate wheat and gluten and am hoping I can find a few tried and true cookie and baking recipes from folks here.

I had good sucess making some GF Mexican Wedding Cake cookies. I'd love some other great cookie ideas! Also, how about a tried and true gingerbread? I used to make one with Guiness, would love to try to replicate that.

Thanks for sharing! I'm happy to post my cookie recipe, if that's of interest.

Laura

Dec 10, 2012
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How to grill very large turkey?

Gio, would a disposable pan and our reg v rack work for this? Also, how often are you replacing charcoal? And what is the lgst size bird you've grilled whole?

Nov 19, 2012
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How to grill very large turkey?

Looks great, but I feel like I should practice on a bird in advance. I always get a little nervous about trying out an entirely new dish/technique for a big holiday meal! But I love the idea.

Oct 31, 2012
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How to grill very large turkey?

Any suggestions on cooking timing/techniques for this, re: the grill? Still indirect heat, etc? Thanks, this may indeed be the way to go.

Oct 31, 2012
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How to grill very large turkey?

So I've found a cooks illustrated recipe for a spice rubbed grill roasted turkey. My husband is very excited about the possibility of grilling it, but our turkey will be much larger than the one in the recipe. Any advice for grilling a 20-25 lb bird? Can it be done safely?

Thanks for any help! Also, is it worth grilling turkey in general?

Thanks!
Laura

Oct 31, 2012
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Ideas for Herbed/Spiced Turkey?

We've experimented with a few brined and dry rubbed birds, and have consistently found ourselves wanted a little more flavor "oomph." I know this may be offensive to bird purists who love the flavor of their heirloom turkey, but we'd love a recipe with spiced or herbed flavors that permeate the meat and skin.

So any suggestions? We're willing to experiment a bit, with things like citrus, chipotle, etc.

Thanks so much for your wisdom!

Laura

Oct 30, 2012
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HELP! Turkey Trouble! Please advise

Also, I had planned to stuff the bird with stuffing.

Nov 24, 2011
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HELP! Turkey Trouble! Please advise

So I brined the turkey in a concentrated 4 hr brine per cooks illustrated, and my husband took it out to dry overnight to crisp the skin.

But we forgot to RINSE the turkey after the brine!

Uggh! What to do? Rinse now, and suffer soggy skin, or risk overly salty turkey?

How bad could it be???

Please advise!!!!

Nov 24, 2011
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How to brine/season turkey in under 24 hrs?

Great, thanks for the ideas. I wish I had more time, but I console myself knowing I'm getting a super-fresh, free-range bird.

So if I air dry the bird as suggested in the fridge, would I apply the herb butter right before cooking?

Nov 20, 2011
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How to brine/season turkey in under 24 hrs?

I'm getting a fresh turkey delivered to my house sometime Weds AM/early afternoon. I'd love to try Russ Parson's dry brine method, but I have less than 24 hours from the time I get the bird to the time I stick in the oven.

So how would you cook this turkey? I usually like aromatic seasonings, but am open to anything that will produce a tasty, flavorful bird!

Thanks so much!

Laura

Nov 20, 2011
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HELP! How to store these cakes?

So I've baked and decorated our Texas Sheet Cake and Carrott cake w/ piping and small decorations. But I don't have room in our fridge for both, and I can't cover w/ saran wrap w/o messing up the writing. Can I leave these on the counter for the next 8 hrs w/o them drying out? Can I put them in the freezer and take out closer to party?

Thanks for any ideas, I hadn't thought this fully through (but they look great!)

Laura

Oct 02, 2010
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Easy cake decorating for boys bday?

I like both these ideas. Chowser, what knd of icing did you use for the road lines? Not sure best type to use on the cake.

Many thanks!

Laura Jones

Oct 01, 2010
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Easy cake decorating for boys bday?

I'm making some cakes for my two sons' birthday party, and am looking for very simple cake decorating ideas. I'd love suggestions also for the type of icing to use, and recipe would help!

This is a simple, relaxed event, so nothing fancy. But any ideas would be great! I'm making a Texas Sheet Cake and a carrot cake in a 9x13.

Thanks for any ideas to spruce it up a little bit!

Sep 28, 2010
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Birthday cake for a large crowd?

Thanks, that looks very promising! I assume carrot cake can also be made a sheet cake. Any ideas for a recipe for that?

This will be an outdoor event, so casual. I think the sheet cakes sound like the way to go.

Aug 28, 2010
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Birthday cake for a large crowd?

We're planning a double birthday party for a crowd of near 40, and I'm struggling to figure out how to handle the cake.

I'm an experienced cook, but haven't baked many cakes. I'm looking for kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing cakes and am considering the Double Chocolate Layer Cake from Epicurious, Dorrie Greenspan's Celebration cake and/or a carrot cake.

So any ideas? Can I double any of the cakes? How about freezing, does that compromise the flavor/texture? I feel like I can pull of two cakes for the day, but not more than that. I know the Dob Choc Cake has tons of comments but I'm not able to sift through them all.

Thanks for any advice!

Aug 28, 2010
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Help with grad party menu!

I need help! We're hosting a high school graduation party just weeks before we move with our two small kids. I'm feeling braindead when it comes to menu planning!

I need crowd-pleasing, easy to prepare and store foods that we can set out during the graduation party from 4-6. I'm thinking a few salads (pasta, etc), some finger foods, and some other snacky items and desserts.

I'd love to know some ideas to keep this simple and fun! After all, I'm the proud guradian of the graduate!

Thanks for your ideas!

Laura

May 26, 2010
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Suggestions for flourless chocolate cake or chocolate mousse?

I'm bringing a dessert to passover, and want to bring a knock-your-socks-off flourless chocolate cake or mousse. Any suggestion? Does Dorie Greenspan have a good recipe?
(Dairy is permitted at the passover, btw.)

Many thanks!

Laura

Mar 17, 2010
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Help! CI's not so foolproof pie crust

You know, I followed the directions to a T and it didn't mention anything about docking the crust. I've done it w/ single crusts in past, but wanted to go by the CI book so figured they had some reason for not pricking it. I'll stick w/ what I know in the future.

And yes, I do plead temporary insanity.

I'm also wondering if my oven temp could be off, will need to check that.
Thanks!

Nov 25, 2009
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Help! CI's not so foolproof pie crust

So with a toddler and a newborn, I'm out of practice making pie crusts. And it was never "natural" for me even in the best of times.

So I opted for Cooks Illustrated Foolproof Pie crust.

Here's what went wrong:

I cooled it for all the specified times, but the crimp on the edge melted down, no design or edge. And the bottom puffed up during the partial bake, even though I weighed down.

So what's up? What is the sleep deprived fool doing wrong?

sljones

Nov 25, 2009
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HELP! Family dinner ideas for picky toddler!

Thanks for the great ideas. I agree that what I really want is for him to broaden his tastes, and know that he likes diverse foods. So I don't want to "hide" foods ultimately, or continue to make separate foods for him

But I think we'll need two different strategies. I'd love to have some more foods around that are nutritionally packed, so that I know that he is living off more than cereal and bagels. And i think involving him in making things like muffins and granola is part of a larger process of exposing him to the pleasures of all things food.

But for the family meals, I'll serve him what eat, with one food that I know he likes. I've seen this boy flat out refuse food for days, so I know this will be a tough road. But I think it will pay off in the long run.

I'm loving the concrete ideas for family friendly foods, so please continue to send ideas!

Sep 16, 2009
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HELP! Family dinner ideas for picky toddler!

Thanks for the ideas! I'd love some of your muffin recipes! Pumpkin oatmeal, savory spinach and basil, and corn and bell pepper pancakes!

He is pretty discerning, so something off color will stop him from trying (pink pancakes.) But I'm willing to give it a try!

Sep 15, 2009
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HELP! Family dinner ideas for picky toddler!

I'd love a recipe for ricotta pancakes! He doesn't currently eat any veggie, pick up or otherwise. I guess I consider him picky b/c we feel we always have to pack food for him; we can never show up to a dinner or restaurant and know that he'll eat. I'm hoping to get to a place where he'll eat more of what we consider dinner food.

Thanks for your ideas!

Sep 15, 2009
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HELP! Family dinner ideas for picky toddler!

Our 2 year old son has been a very picky eater from birth. At his first birthday, he refused to taste the cake!

While working and pregnant with my second child (due in just a few short weeks!), I fell into the bad habit of feeding him meals I knew he would eat. But I'm ready to tackle this, and start exposing him to more foods at the family table. I don't want to cook separate foods for him, but I am willing to cook toddler friendly foods that can appeal to our whole family.

So what are some ideas? Anybody else succeed in helping picky toddler over come aversion to new tastes and foods? I'd love any recipes and strategies!

Here is a list of the few things he'll eat: Breakfast foods (cereal, pancakes and french toast, bacon); meatballs or kofte; noodles with pesto (not red sauce!); almond butter and jelly sandwich, yogurt, all fruit; breads; french fries (but not sweet potato).

Thanks for any ideas! I could really use some encouragement, as his refusals broke my will for a while.

Sep 15, 2009
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Favorite summer salads (beyond trad. pasta)

Weather cooperating, looks like our family will spend most of our summer weekends outdoors or running around. I'd love to have an array of summer grain salad recipes that we can carry around in our cooler, and that make the better part of a meal. I'm happy to hear about great pasta salads, but also very interested in other grains and combos.

So what are some of your favorites?

Here are two of our family standbys:

Mediterranean Couscous and Lentil Salad
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mediterranean-Couscous-and-Lentil-Salad-13106

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

We also really enjoy a broccoli and rice salad with raisins from "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures."

Jun 04, 2009
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Healthy cookies for kids?

We're headed to a strawberry field this weekend. We have no problem getting him to eat tons of fresh fruit, but I'm also trying to find ways to get him to eat different grains (beyond semolina flour in noodles!) So I like the idea of some of these cookies that incorporate whole grains, etc. But we'll keep up w/ the fruits as well!

Jun 02, 2009
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Healthy cookies for kids?

I'm not happy w/ my oatmeal cookie recipe, so would love to see your basic version.

Jun 02, 2009
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Healthy cookies for kids?

I'd love the recipe for carrot cookies, if you'll share!

Jun 02, 2009
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