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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Heck, I'm still reticent about certain things. I get it, but we're all buds here. And not to worry, the enameled cookware will get clean enough soon, I'm sure.

15 minutes ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

I wish I'd reread your report before making it. I also have a gas oven (a viking - and I don't think anyone really wants/needs to hear me complain about it again). The taste of the chicken was really nice, but it was the driest chicken thigh I think I've ever cooked. But again, I can't really blame the recipe. And yes yes yes on the enameled cast iron. Mine spent all of last night and most of today soaking (and even though it is now 'clean' I sort of think I should boil some cheap wine or sherry in it just to get it the way I like it).

Delys, cooking camp is *awesome.* She had homework today - make us one of the things she's made in camp. She made a tomato-bread soup and it was wonderful and she was so proud. In two weeks she'll be doing a week of food from Provence (forgive me if I've already mentioned this - I'm so giddy about the whole thing myself).

42 minutes ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Do it just before you dress the salad. Not a problem.

about 1 hour ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Lunch in Durham

Is this a drive-by or are you actually coming into town? In town Toast is a fun lunch place with the most decadent grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. Otherwise, yeah, I'd go with carolinadawg's suggestion.

about 3 hours ago
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

We had this salad last night. The recipe calls for Boston, and the only ones they had in the store were small as tennis balls, so I went with butter, which was the softest seeming thing I could find. I think any fairly soft (so no iceberg or romaine) greens would be fine.

about 10 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

"Almost Confit" chicken with melted garlic (p. 192)

We enjoyed this, although it came out a bit tough. I blame that totally on 1) my oven and the fact that it has no broiler so I had to improvise, and 2) user error. The skin really does come out a lot like it does with a good duck confit (one of my favorite foods). This is easy as can be, although it takes a while, and wasn't the best choice given that I had to pick L up from camp only 2 hours before we normally have dinner. But putting it together is a synch (sp?) and the flavors are good. Served with a baguette and the Salade Normande (also from this book) that L and I love. And, because she'd been at a cooking camp (oh man, it is SO cool - this week focuses on Northern Italian food; I'm totally jealous) she insisted on cutting the herbs for the salad and putting together the salad dressing herself. Finally got the sous chef I've been asking for?

about 11 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Ha! And I looked it up and found a Legasse book on amazon, which is the one I thought she meant. The book seems to have disappeared this morning.

about 13 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

Oh holy cow, I'm having nightmares about that Japanese month. That was a dog's breakfast to set up (and to look at!).

Seem to remember that Melissa Clark month we just went with a book per thread ... or did we do one for In the Kitchen with Good Appetite and then 4 (one per season) for Cook This Now? Either way, agree that the best way with DH would be by book.

about 14 hours ago
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

I have to let you in on my evil secret. Before Lulu was in school full-time I would sometimes need a "mom's night" away. I usually went to North Hills and would take a good book, eat at Coquette (a 3 minute walk away from the hotel), then back to the room with a bottle of wine and an in-room movie. Great way for a stay at home mother to relax, and trust me, Coquette was plenty good enough for those nights, but I get what you're saying.

about 24 hours ago
LulusMom in Southeast

lunch in Raleigh 3 days next week

Speaking of kids and the events at North Hills, I seem to remember a cooking school for kids there. A little far for us to go, but it sounded like it would be a fun thing for a kid to do for a morning or afternoon and give uneed2eat a few hours of free time.

1 day ago
LulusMom in Southeast

richmond vs charlottesville, va

Hi JNWall, I'm glad you were able to enjoy those places. Bella's had the best bread in town (a seriously weird problem), and when I asked them about it they said it was because they "imported it from New Jersey" (this still makes me giggle a little, sorry).

1 day ago
LulusMom in Mid-Atlantic

Vacation Spot in October

Portland OR has an amazing food scene.

1 day ago
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Thank you both so much for the input. I'm thinking I could add a little white wine or broth to make it soupier.

I think my family basically doesn't like dealing with bones. We do have bone-in thighs sometimes (especially when there is a recipe that makes nice crispy skin) but given that my broiler doesn't work I think on this occasion it would be fine without. And yes, I will keep in mind about the saltiness. Again, thanks to you both.

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

richmond vs charlottesville, va

As I said, for me it has been a while since I was in Charlottesville, so others will have much better, more recent info. But the only place I'd really recommend there is C&O http://www.candorestaurant.com/

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in Mid-Atlantic

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Quick question about the Chicken with Chorizo, Peppadews and Fino Sherry: I'm thinking, given my family's preferences and speedier prep, of using skinless, boneless thighs for this. I'm assuming it would take much less time to cook and that I could skip the broiler stage. Any reason this would be a bad idea?

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

I always bring euros home with me, so that when I arrive the next time I don't find myself without ready cash. Makes it easier to get into the city, get situated with a glass of wine or whatever before worrying about my first ATM stop.

Jul 20, 2014
LulusMom in France

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

She's tweeted back to me and I can't tell you how thrilled I've been. She seems smart, funny, kind and is great at writing recipes.

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking
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Vacation Spot in October

Or ... Montreal!

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month August 2014

I'd be interested to hear what people have to say about this book too. Will check the thread to see if it made it onto it somehow without me taking notice. Thanks Caitlin for the link.

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Vacation Spot in October

DC in the fall is beautiful, and there are plenty of great places to eat.

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

richmond vs charlottesville, va

It has been a while, but when we lived in C-ville I found the choices pretty slim. A trip to Richmond a couple of summers ago seemed to give me many more choices.

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Mid-Atlantic

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

You're both making me want to make this a lot.

I'm guessing the lack of liquid does have to do with the soy chorizo, just as you guessed. I know that when i use ground turkey or turkey bacon in place of ground beef or regular bacon I have to add a bit of oil. They're both just a bit leaner, and that soy chorizo is going to be leaner than the regular. I need to get out my book and make notes on all these things you and goblin have said.

Jul 19, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Oh yay, happy to have been the info provider on the soy chorizo. I really really like that stuff. Quick question on your sun-dried tomatoes - did you used the dried ones or the ones in a bottle? I'm imagining the bottled ones would not be as tough (but totally agree with your decision to chop them up a bit either way).

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Vacation Spot in October

You could do Savannah mixed with Charleston - we've done that before and driven the back-roads between.

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast
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Vacation Spot in October

Charleston? New Orleans? Or are you specifically looking for stuff to do/places to eat in the Triangle?

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast
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New Chef at The Federal

Great to hear. While I disagree on the fries (I'm more a Vin Rouge fan myself) I do think the Fed has some of the best bar/pub food I've had. I loved the previous veggie sliders - the lentil with gruyere and avocado.

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Poultry, Meat

Thanks very much for the review - especially since you were using TJs soy chorizo, which is also what I plan to use in her chorizo-needing recipes. Sounds delicious.

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

My mother is in town and Lulu had the afternoon at home (and we spent some time at the pool - always fun), so I needed something easy and foolproof. I went with the bulgogi salmon. I skipped the vegetables and did roasted broccoli and rice. Very nice meal with very little effort.

Jul 18, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking

Pizzeria Toro in Durham to reopen

Bless you - LulusDad and I were just talking about how much we miss this place. I'm thrilled.

Jul 17, 2014
LulusMom in Southeast

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - Pasta, Fish

Love roasted green beans - especially when they get all shriveled and have black bits on them.

Will add this one to my try list.

Jul 17, 2014
LulusMom in Home Cooking