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Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Please let us know how it turns out.

2 days ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

My immediate thought was asparagus, but I see you already have that. Now, this isn't a vegetable, but it is a fruit and served this way is more savory than sweet - cantaloupe carpaccio: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Another thought (although this one says summer to me more than spring) is a cucumber/avocado soup.

2 days ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Menu Planning

Thank you! I'm always sort of mystified by these comments. Then again I live in a town of college students and retirees, so maybe they usually only shop for one or two meals at a time?

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Seductions of Rice: White Rice, Black Rice, Congee: The Chinese Way

Wow, that is great to know. It was pretty darned easy cutting the tomatoes (I used 5 plum), but during the really glum winter months I normally use canned tomatoes for everything (somehow it wouldn't have occurred to me to do so here). I loved this dish - simple but really good.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Menu Planning

This business about vermouth not keeping is surprising. I'm trying to figure out if it just never stays in our kitchen that long or if I just don't notice.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Menu Planning

Weekly shopper here with a quick stop for fresh herbs, etc. midway through the week. For every meal I just go ahead and make it for 4 people. My husband usually eats more than 1 person's worth, and any leftovers can either go for Lulu's lunch or his, or be added to scrambled eggs, etc.

Yes, absolutely, seafood gets eaten the day of shopping or the next day, unless it is frozen (and then it can be at the end of the week). If I'm thinking of having a fish dish later in the week, it gets picked up on that mid-week shop. Vegetarian things do tend to get saved for later in the week (we often have pastas on Thursdays, for instance). I don't buy much frozen stuff (shrimp, vegetables pretty much covers it), and only freeze things like braises, stews, soups - and those in big enough quantities that they will make for an emergency meal if there is a snow day, etc.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Menu Planning

Wow, I don't think menu planning is boring at all! Feeding people (and doing so in a fun, interesting way) is a joy.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Menu Planning

"Further prep of any kind -- such as for that day's meal -- needs to wait until I've recovered, off my feet and ideally with a glass of something fortifying." LOVE this!! I thought I was the only one slurping down a beer after putting away the groceries.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Menu Planning

I've said that!! Husband seemed stunned at the idea that leftovers *might* come in handy (you can tell who packs Lulu's lunch).

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Menu Planning

I plan for the week, knowing that I will stop mid-way through the week for things that need to be very fresh during Lulu's ballet class. But I tell you, when I go out of the store with 4-5 bags full of groceries, sometimes I get the oddest (to me) comments. Things like "you think you can eat all that?" or "Geez, you havin' a party or something?" I mean, is it really that rare for someone to shop for (most of) the entire upcoming week?

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Cooking from Isabel's Cantina

Just a comment about the Soy-Joy sauce. I had about half of what I made leftover, and decided to marinate some portobellos and sliced eggplant slices in it and roast those. Delicious.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Seductions of Rice: White Rice, Black Rice, Congee: The Chinese Way

Finally got around to making the Tofu with Tomatoes and Coriander, and it was a hit. I loved it, and the others seemed to think it was very good too. What I especially liked was the ground pepper - somehow something that simple really adds a lot. And this is so incredibly easy to make.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

OK, so my second week using this thread (mostly) for inspiration for dinners.

Saturday: date night
Sunday: cooked from Isabel's Cantina
Monday: Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice. This was a HUGE hit despite the fact that the rice didn't fully cook through. I did my onions on Sunday while working on chopping stuff for that dinner, stirring every few minutes - it took 35 minutes for them to get really nice and soft and tan. That made for a very quick and absolutely delicious meal on Monday along with roasted asparagus.
Tuesday: busy day, so I made meatloaf and to make the meal more special we had the radicchio salad with gorgonzola and walnuts from Italian Two Easy. We all loved this salad. I will say this - it really doesn't need as much cheese as is called for in the recipe. She calls for 10 oz. of gorgonzola; I used 5. I also halved the shaved parmesan - not a problem, this was delicious.
Wed.: date night
Thursday: after having the recipe sitting waiting for me for months, I finally got around to Tofu with Tomato and Coriander (Seductions of Rice). Delicious and so easy it almost makes itself. I had some leftover soy-joy sauce from the Isabel's meal, and so I marinated some portobello mushrooms and eggplant slices in it and roasted that as a side along with rice. Everyone was very happy with this. Glad this thread finally nudged me past the "I need to make this sometime" point.

Lulu's birthday is this week, and my husband has a couple of work dinners, so I will really only be cooking one meal in the coming week. But over the past couple of weeks I've had some great, really easy meals. I plan to continue. I wish to heck my library had 660 Curries!

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Crook's Atrium Cafe - Chapel Hill, NC

I'm looking at the website and seeing something that looks like a wrap, but can't find a wrap type thing on the menu at all. Am I having some sort of brain f/#t?

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Fearrington

Great info, thanks so much.

I have to say, the OP caught my interest. Last time I was at Fearrington was at least 8 years ago, and it was stodgy and uninteresting (and smelled odd). I've never had the slightest inclination to go back until now.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

It is definitely not easy cooking from a kindle.

Diana Henry seems to be a pretty wonderful person, in addition to be a great recipe writer. She's tweeted responses to me once or twice (and you can imagine how excited I get). Always kind.

Apr 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

On this side of the pond we're jealous but extremely happy for you.

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Not out in the US until early June.

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Appropriate Dress in Paris

Embarrassing and sad. It is true - a lot of Americans are not taught appropriate manners. Lulu once ordered a pizza and said please, and the waitress brought her peas on the side. When we asked what the peas were for, she said "well, she said pizza, peas." The poor waitress had never heard a child say the word please before.

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in France

Raleigh - best in downtown?

So, kind of a normal night for Lulu.

Kidding!

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast
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Fearrington

Sort of an add-on question to bf's: I see that they don't open for dinner until 6:00. Is there a bar open before that? If we got there at, say, 5:30 could we get a drink?

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Raleigh - best in downtown?

Ha! Boy would she love that. But I think I'll save you the trouble and let one of the babysitters deal with that. But can you imagine how much squealing would happen if she came home and heard she was going to get to hang out with you??

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Good salad to precede clam linguine

Fennel was my immediate idea too. Shaved fennel dressed with good olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Apr 17, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Seems sensible - that is what I have done. Shipping books from the UK is expensive.

Apr 16, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Vote for May Cookbook of the Month

I own Hakka and should be getting The New Persian Kitchen soon from my library. But they don't have My Bombay Kitchen, so I'm in a similar boat.

Apr 16, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

Thanks a million Caitlin. Did you give in and get the book? Or are you waiting for US publication?

Apr 16, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Vote for May Cookbook of the Month

Thanks Delys. Wow, three really interesting books this month. Going to take some time to think. I'm a bit torn.

Apr 16, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Raleigh - best in downtown?

Well .... because of numerous snow days, and various medical things (nothing serious, but kept us out of the whole "lets spend some romantic time alone" mode) things have been put off. My husband had asked for me to do this for him as either a Valentine's or birthday present. Both long since passed. All that said, we DID zero in on the Stanbury, with possibly a starter at Poole's, but more importantly a drink or 3 at the Foundation (which a friendly 'hound mentioned needed to be joined first). So now we just wait until we can find the time to do it. I'm hoping maybe early June? And, sadly, that is the way our scheduling goes. But now that I've gotten all this amazing input, I'm ready when he finds the time. Thanks so much everyone.

PS - so ... who wants to volunteer to take care of Lulu for a night? (kidding!!!)

Apr 15, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Nominations for May 2014 Cookbook of the Month (COTM)

It is definitely a fun book.

Apr 15, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

January 2013 COTM: JERUSALEM -- Stuffed; Meat; Fish

I loved it.

Even the rice under the chicken wasn't fully cooked. It was sort of weird. This was on a burner that I almost never use to cook rice because it doesn't get low enough; that said, I was using a le creuset that may have been much thicker than the stuff I normally cook rice (by itself) in - maybe that made the difference? I'm definitely going to make this again, so I'll see if adding more water (and maybe upping the temp a little?) helps. Thanks everyone!

Apr 15, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking