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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I have lots of saltines, I think I'm going the same route!

Dec 16, 2014
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your favourite slow cooker recipes, please

I soak mine first then cook, only based on recipie from Not Your Mothers Slow Cooker. I don't have it in front of me currently, but let me know if you need details.

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Co...

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Agree, no need for another lemon cake recipie. One of these days I will try it as orange cake.....don't confuse it with the yogurt cake, not nearly as good as this. Btw, this cake freezes very well!

Dec 06, 2014
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My case for using tapioca as thickener in fruit pies

They do have sour cherries PYO as well typicaly, but since last winter was so bad, this spring they only sold pre picked sours. Hopefully this will be a better winter for the trees! Ps they usually freeze and sell a lot of sours so they may still have some if you need to make another pie before spring:)

Nov 30, 2014
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My case for using tapioca as thickener in fruit pies

Being a fellow lover/ seeker of sour cherries, and someone who uses tapioca, I have to mention this orchard in South Glastonbury, one of the few places you can pick them fresh! Apologies if I've already mentioned them to you in a past thread. Btw, pie looks delicious!

http://www.belltownhillorchards.com

Nov 29, 2014
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Best cookbook for preserving fruit

Oh wow, meant to link to the 9 tray with no timer, that one works great! I can't believe the price of the 10 tray, for that price it should pick wash and prep my fruit and veggies for me:)

Nov 28, 2014
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Best cookbook for preserving fruit

In terms of dehydrators, I love my Excalibur.
http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/de...

And in terms of too much fruit or veggies in the summer, I agree:). That's how I got my full freezer. Great birthday present to myself!

Also, how about a baking book? I Use a lot of my fruits and jams in baked goods.

Chez Panisse Fruit, I don't have this book, but it's on my someday list....

Nov 28, 2014
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Best cookbook for preserving fruit

Agree with both of these recommendations! The Ball is great for beginners to get the hang of things, and then Ferber is just really nice for different combos and if you don't use pectin, except for the apple one she sometimes adds, but homemade.

Also, I have a book that I bought from Excalibur when I got my dehydrator. It's pretty comprehensive, nothing exciting, but probably good for a beginner if he wants to go this route.

Lastly, just so jealous that he has an orchard, sounds wonderful! In NE? Open to the public?

Nov 27, 2014
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Making Mashed Potatoes one day early?

Ditto to both comments:)

Nov 25, 2014
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Off topic, but looks like Glastonbury is getting a kitchen store, in the WF plaza.
http://www.kitchenswithjazz.com

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Now I have to go make popcorn, but at least you've distracted me from the Kringle:)

Nov 12, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Made some apple /quince butter just so that I can make this cake. It doesn't look like much, but it was sooo good.

http://www.thebittenword.com/thebitte...

Nov 12, 2014
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Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

Had my first Kringle (almond) last night, I might have to keep this one just for myself.....I already Have them portioned out and in the freezer...did anyone else enter the free Kringle sweepstakes:)

Nov 12, 2014
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Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Agree, when I drove by last night and saw the name, I googled it and was surprised at what I read, seemed like workers were still inside.

Whole Deli Glastonbury?

Looks like Mexican is open in South Glastonbury!

http://www.courant.com/community/glas...

Who Makes Mac & Cheese without Bechamel/Mornay?

I do a similar version, and also sometimes add some eggs and butter, it's more like a Mac and cheese you can cut into squares.

I've also been liking this recipe where the pasta is cooked in the milk. After it's finished cooking, I pour into a buttered casserole and bake till bubbly.

http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/...

Nov 09, 2014
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CHICKEN CURRY! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (November 2014)

I like the idea of adding more liquid to the simmering sauce for dipping. I usually have coconut milk on hand, thinking that might work, or do you prefer the cream?

This week we tried a jar of butter masala simmer sauce from Maya Kaimal, it was very good for a quick dinner. I sauted chicken breasts and heated in the sauce, with a side of basmati (made with coconut milk) and roasted butternut squash.

Also had some frozen Nan from TJ.

http://www.mayakaimal.com/shelfstable...

Nov 02, 2014
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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly not as hot as expected

Thanks!

Oct 25, 2014
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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly not as hot as expected

I don't have my Ball book in front of me, but I think the recipe I've used uses all jalapeños and it has a little kick, and I don't use seeds, so you may want to give that a look.

Oct 25, 2014
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Baking raw, frozen quickbread loaves?

I've done this with muffins from frozen state and no problem. Are these big or little loaves? I think i would defrost in the fridge overnight, otherwise I think baking totally frozen might cook the outside before the middle thaws. Let us know how it turns out.

Oct 25, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Curious how you use the shredded? Never thought to do that.

Oct 24, 2014
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baked goods to prepare, freeze, then portion out to bake when desired?

I make and freeze unbaked scones when I have extra cream in the house. Make dough and form into round, cut into shapes you like, then flash freeze like blueberries and then wrap and freeze.

I'm in the cookie ball camp as well, I find it much easier than slicing which doesn't seem to work well for me. Only time I freeze the log is when I made and freeze logs of biscotti.

Oct 23, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Lol, I have many a jars of jams that became "syrups" as well, but I always seem to find a use for them as well. I have made that ball recipe in the past as well. Thanks!

Oct 23, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Ok, now that I have a recipe for cranberry butter, I'm also curious about the cranberry syrup, do you have a recipe? Thanks.

Oct 23, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I love making things with quince, but it always makes so much more than I can use....I still have membrillo from 2 years ago! Love the coloring and smell so they are hard to resist.

Oct 23, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Thanks! We have really good local cider so I may sub that for the apple juice. I love my foley food mill, don't use it a ton, but when I need it it's such an essential! Thanks again!

Oct 21, 2014
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Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

Is the chocolate one a Ferber recipe? I've been wanting to try one of the chocolate fruit combos for a few years, maybe next year.....could you share the cranberry butter recipe? Thanks

Oct 19, 2014
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Good Charcuterie Classes?

I have heard that Barcelona does some, but not sure if it is just in house for their staff.

http://www.barcelonawinebar.com/index...

Oct 11, 2014
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Carmel area visit report

That's kind of what I figured with the bagels and pizza:)

We did go to the Tuesday market on Alvarado. I would have gone to all of the local markets but my family was sort at the point of, seen one market seen them all:). I bartered market time and Apricot King time in Holister for the Lulas tour!

Yes, just looked up The Bench, and that is where we ate.

"Next" time we will explore more of Monterey....

Oct 05, 2014
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Carmel area visit report

A little belated, but a report on our wonderful trip to the Carmel area. Such a beautiful part of the country, I am having retirement fantasies.....btw, we ate in for many of our meals as we had a full kitchen, and did most of our shopping at Safeway.

Lula's chocolates - love this place. I'm not a huge chocolate person, but what I did love are the sea salt caramels, these are soo good! We were lucky to be there when they had licorice caramels, and these were outstanding as well. We were also there as they changed over the colors from summer to fall, so got some good sales on the summer colored items...still just as delicious. The 2 women working in the Carmel store were so nice! When I asked them about local farmer's markets they gave me their newest copy of "Edible Carmel" to take home which had a great article on what's' around. We also did a factory tour with Ricky. A really neat place and a great history if you get time to stop by, they also sell their product there as well. I would definitely order from them on line for myself and gifts.

Carmel farmers market at the Barn Yard: was lucky to be there 2 Tuesdays. A neat little market, my finds were fresh figs - to die for! I hid some in the fridge when I got back to the house.... Also romanesco, which I have only seen in magazines. Had this with dinner and it was delicious as well as beautiful to look at, I am going to see if my local farmers can grow it...Also what a selection of grapes, we don't see them that fresh here in the NE. Lastly local chestnuts which I brought back on the plane to try. The woman selling them said I could freeze them till Thanksgiving which I have never done, so I am going to give that a try.

Monterey farmers market. This was fun, and sooo crowded. Unfortunately we didn't know we were going until late in the day and had already planned dinner and bought everything. I did buy some corn, just because I was craving it, but unfortunately it wasn't great, seemed a little old and dried out, even though it seemed ok from the outside.

Pebble Beach Golf Course - (the restaurant overlooking the course and water). We sat outside on another gorgeous day... We shared 3 pizzas which were very good, but the roasted broccolini was outstanding, hoping to get that recipe.

Lou Lou's griddle in the middle for breakfast. I had to try the strawberry pancake...just sitting at the counter watching them make it is worth the trip itself! The food was good, and a fun place. We were lucky enough to see a sea lion on the beach showing off for the crowd, got some great pictures.

Drive to Big sur and lunch at Lucia lodge , I had the salmon salad with wasabi dressing which was delicious.

We were tired one night and just wanted pizza delivery, unfortunately we ordered from Allegro pizza, horrible!

Stopped at Earthbound farm stand, just because I was curious as their product is everywhere, but it didn't seem like anything special

Sea Harvest Fish Market: got scallops and shrimp for dinner as well as a roasted head of garlic. Fish was good, nothing outstanding. The garlic was a nice find already roasted - used part of it to make fresh garlic bread.

Mundaka for dinner one night. I was looking forward to this after seeing good reviews, but we thought it was just so so. We have a really good tapas restaurant at home, and it just didn't compare. We had the Pardon peppers, croquettes (peas ham and white cheese sauce - way too much cheese sauce), and lastly Paella, very disappointing.

Lunch in Carmel at Treehouse Café. A very cute place. We had the Coconut shrimp soup which was excellent, as well as the fresh Spring rolls - very refreshing and a generous portion. If anyone can get me the recipe for the coconut soup....

Bought a few bagels in the afternoon from Monterey Bagel Company which we had for breakfast the next morning. These didn't seem like anything special, which is surprising because I've seen some good reviews, and the locals we talked to seem to love them.

Made an early morning appearance at Reds Donuts, it was a bit confusing as there were no names on the donuts so you just had to point. I didn't want to ask a lot of questions as there were a few people behind us. I had come with a list of what to buy from those still in bed, but many donuts are only made on certain days. If you look on their website it is amazing how many different types of donuts they make! We got an assortment of raspberry filled, maple bar, buttermilk bar (2), coconut. All were really good, but nothing yet tops the donuts we got in Anacortes waiting for the ferry to SJ Island!

Took a drive to Carmel Valley and had a nice lunch at Wells Fargo. Between us we had the chicken soup, calamari (really good), artichoke, shrimp cocktail.

Overall a great trip, beautiful part of the country, and everyone was very friendly.

Oct 03, 2014
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