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Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

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about 15 hours ago
smtucker in Home Cooking

Defrosting Zucchini Cakes

I throw them in an oven on a rack. If it is just me, in the toaster oven right on its rack; if I am feeding others, on a rack over a baking sheet. This allows the air to circulate around. Works surprisingly well.

about 17 hours ago
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

Wow. This is close! I have a slight favorite but given the constraints on my time lately, will not vote. Either book should be an adventure.

1 day ago
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Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Looks like they are calling the whole thing off.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

Sep 18, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Favorite easy, healthy, seafood dished

I would highly recommend that you take FISH: Without a Doubt out from your local library. The broiled fish method that he uses is brilliant. I make all kinds of fish this way, and don't use any bread at all. His sides and sauces are also simple and delicious. FISH was a cookbook of the month selection, and there are many threads that you could review to see how different preparations worked for other folks. On those threads, we often find substitutions, modifications, etc that make a recipe work for many different tastes.

Sep 18, 2014
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Steam Egg

I love the Dunlop recipe.... as I recall you have to cover the egg dish with a top or plastic wrap to get the correct consistency. But am also too lazy to get up and see.

Sep 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

As do I, but clicking the heart doesn't mark the thread as having new content. As I said, small annoyance, just requires remembering that I want to follow along.

Sep 18, 2014
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Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

I do wish that updating the hearts made a thread that you are following show as updated in my "following" list. A minor annoyance in the scope of life, I admit.

Sep 18, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 4-6 (Birth of a Dish, Teamwork, Catch and Cook) Reporting Thread

Oh good! I have this recipe marked, and after I manage to help my mother move and finish three large projects for work, duck is on the menu!

Sep 18, 2014
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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

Yes. I am already thinking about Thanksgiving. This past weekend I bought 40 ears of peak-of-the-season corn. We used my mother-in-law's ancient corn tool for every 3 ears and used a knife for one. The results, about 6 quarts of corn, are now in the freezer ready for Thanksgiving. I have harvested sage from my garden for making the sausage and the bread for the stuffing.

Next week I will harvest my green tomatoes to make relish. And then I will ignore the holiday until the beginning of November.

Sep 17, 2014
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Power Outage - FRidge/Freezer - what to keep ...if anything

What was the temp in the two areas when the power went back on?

Sep 16, 2014
smtucker in General Topics

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month October 2014

Shrimpies!

Sep 16, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 7-9 (Artisanal, Perfect Pairings, Oil and Wine) Reporting Thread

Oh yea! I have to "harvest" my herbs this week and I have a ton of goat cheese in the fridge. I think I know what I will be doing this week. So, do you think I can make some and freeze it? I have never frozen goat cheese with or without milk added.

Sep 15, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 10-12 (Craftsmanship, Tradition, Cayman Cookout) Reporting Thread

The 365 items are a pleasant surprise generally, and well-priced. I like the Spanish olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, and the Apple Cider vinegar. Most of the frozen vegetables are pretty good, but my local supermarket's store brand is even better.

Sep 14, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 4-6 (Birth of a Dish, Teamwork, Catch and Cook) Reporting Thread

It is possible that parmesan is the right thing for life!

September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 4-6 (Birth of a Dish, Teamwork, Catch and Cook) Reporting Thread

Well, Halloween is just around the corner! Though I think the stuffed pumpkin from Around my French Table is the perfect Halloween dinner food.

Sep 13, 2014
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Davis Square bummer!

Tacos Lupita didn't slide into mediocrity. It was sold to someone who managed to land in Mediocre on day 1.

Cubed Duck Breast? Ideas

Long, long story, but I ended up with 20 almost cooked duck breasts from a Google Friday lunch. I made this duck ragu which I then froze into individual portions. The ragu is good; not excellent as you would expect when working with already cooked meat. However, with a bit of fresh pasta after a busy day, this is not a bad way to use your meat.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Sep 12, 2014
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Market Basket, Thoughts

I have been to the Somerville store and the Tilton NH store, and there were plenty of customers at both. After visiting Tilton, I have fish-counter envy. My goodness, such wide aisles, nice deli and fish, a huge produce area with lots of organic selections. Only area in Tilton that didn't seem repopulated was the jams and preserves. Somerville was still low on oil selections the last time I was there. Otherwise, the selection seemed fairly complete.

Oh... times. I shop at the Somerville store before 9am. I arrived at the Tilton store at about 11am.

Sep 12, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 7-9 (Artisanal, Perfect Pairings, Oil and Wine) Reporting Thread

I wonder if this is a dish where substituting cauliflower for the potato would work?

Sep 12, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 1-3 (Big Flavor, Star Ingredients, Farming the Sea) Reporting Thread

I am so glad that you wrote this report. I really do think it is informative to less experienced cooks to know that we all screw up and it is okay. The amazing thing about food is there is at least one more meal tomorrow!

The mushrooms look fabulous and I can imagine them sitting in a pool of soft polenta without any meat nearby. To me, polenta with mushrooms is the ultimate comfort food.

As to the sloppy editing, rather disappointing. I am making notes in my [almost untouched] book now.

September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 7-9 (Artisanal, Perfect Pairings, Oil and Wine) Reporting Thread

Wow! That is one gorgeous plate of food! I still have one pork belly left from this year's pig. Might be time to cure it for bacon or pancetta.

Sep 08, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 10-12 (Craftsmanship, Tradition, Cayman Cookout) Reporting Thread

Clearly, you have very talented thumbs.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

quote " I love that it was in South Boston before South Boston was cool. "

Pretty sure that Hammersley's was never in South Boston. Their address is pretty solidly in the South End, where I lived long before there was a Hammersley or it was cool. 27 years ago the South End's upswing was well underway. I was pushed out by rising prices in 1982.

But all that aside, it almost appears that your fantasy restaurant doesn't exist in today's Boston. Any chance you could join the Union or Chilton Club, or dine at the Harvard Club on Commonwealth? Those clubs maybe the only places left where they keep jackets at the front door for men who "forget" their own. But the tradeoff for atmosphere is the food.

Sep 06, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

gluten-free recipe sites?

All the gluten-free recipes that I have made from the King Arthur flour website have been extremely successful.

Sep 06, 2014
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September 2014 COTM 'Avec Eric' Chapters 1-3 (Big Flavor, Star Ingredients, Farming the Sea) Reporting Thread

I have an EatYourBooks bookmark called "soups to try" and Ms. Hazan's recipe has just been added. I love soup.

Sep 05, 2014
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Healthy non-deli meat sandwich ideas needed

We do a whole turkey breast, generally smoked on the grill, at least once a month. One half gets frozen after being very tightly double wrapped, and we enjoy turkey sandwiches for a full week. Then we are ready for something else for a bit.

Sep 05, 2014
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Buy a Chicken Pot pie or 8

Based on all these comments, what I was suggesting are the frozen pies with a dough topping. That is why I mentioned the frozen section. Guess my mistake was saying "wilson farm makes." I had completely forgotten that they were made by a third-party.

Sep 04, 2014
smtucker in Greater Boston Area

Talk about Create...Pepin

It is a total waste of airtime to show a Chef washing his or her hands.

Healthy Popcorn

If you own a wok and a lid that will fit, Grace Young's wok popcorn is about the best I have ever had. I find that I can use half the oil with good results. I admit, I then top with butter. However, parmesan cheese is a lovely topping as well.

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons peanut, vegetable, or coconut oil
1/3 to 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
Coarse salt, to taste
DIRECTIONS
1. Heat the oil and just a few popcorn kernels in a covered 14-inch flat-bottomed wok (or over very large pot) over medium heat until 1 or 2 kernels begin to pop, about 1 1/2 minutes.
2. Quickly open the lid just enough to pour in the remaining popcorn. Immediately cover the wok and reduce the heat to medium-low. If you do not hear constant popping, increase the heat to medium. Shake the wok constantly back and forth on the burner until the kernels stop popping, about 1 1/2 minutes. Immediately dump the popcorn into a bowl and salt to taste.

Read more at http://leitesculinaria.com/43869/reci...

Sep 04, 2014
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