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Is my new 9.5 qt Le Creuset oval dutch oven too big?

Yesterday I was a very lucky birthday girl and received a 9.5 qt oval Le Creuset dutch oven. I am currently using a vintage 4.5 round Le Creuset (marked with E for sizing, old school style) and it's just too small for my big batches of stew, roasts and other braises.

I'm a huge fan of Molly Steves All About Braising and she recommends using a dutch oven no bigger than necessary. Something about the air circulation. So I'm wondering if I should trade mine in for a 6.75 qt instead, but maybe I'm crazy and should count my blessings here.

I live in a 2 person household but often cook for parties of 8-10. Any experiences with these size people care to share?

Nov 22, 2013
rararachel in Cookware

1 night in town, Barbuzzo or Zahav as a solo diner?

Thanks y'all. Sitting at zahav right now, just ordered the tasting menu! Let the gluttony begin!

Jun 12, 2013
rararachel in Philadelphia

1 night in town, Barbuzzo or Zahav as a solo diner?

I'll be visiting for a quick business trip and would love to try one of these two while I'm there. They both look amazing, so which do you guys suggest as a solo diner? I'll probably just sit at the bar but wondering if Zahav is much of a sharing plates kinda joint. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2013
rararachel in Philadelphia

What's you favorite way to use blood oranges?

So I picked up a bunch of blood oranges last weekend and after making many blood orange old fashioneds I still have about 6 blood oranges leftover. Any ideas on how to use them? So far I'm thinking in a fennel or beet salad or perhaps a blood orange cake or tart, but I've got no recipes yet. Any favorites out there?

Jan 16, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which baking cookbook should I use to break in my new Kitchenaid stand mixer?

Thanks everyone for the thoughtful recommendations! My plan is to reserve most of these from my library and explore which style appeals the most to me as a new baker. That way I'll figure out which ones deserve a coveted spot on my limited cookbook shelf space.

Jan 13, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which baking cookbook should I use to break in my new Kitchenaid stand mixer?

I don't mind precise if I get the results. Unfortunately my local store doesnt carry these so Iv'e relied on amazon.com book previews to get the gist. I'm not a huge fan of fancy plating, but I wouldn't mind perfecting this type of recipe for dinner parties and such. I guess I may need to look into 1 of each style. Thanks for the input!

Jan 11, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which baking cookbook should I use to break in my new Kitchenaid stand mixer?

Thanks, I'll look at that!

Jan 11, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which baking cookbook should I use to break in my new Kitchenaid stand mixer?

wow, thats alotta flour. I got the 5 qt Artisanal, plenty for my household of 2. I can't wait to make marshmallows too!

Jan 11, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Chili: favorites?

America's Test Kitchen vegetarian chili, I've made it for years with rave reviews. http://gastronomyblog.com/2010/11/05/...

I also like this one for something a bit different (although I halve the amt of orange): http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/qui...

Jan 10, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Winter Salads 2013

Ahhh, winter salads.... a girl after my own heart! This is my newest obsession, here are a couple of my recent go to salads:

Radicchio Salad with Gorgonzola, Dates and Hazelnuts http://www.joanneweir.com/recipes/sal...

Green Lentils With Roasted Beets and Preserved Lemon (I serve this with kale, swiss chard would be good too) http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/7701/G...
Lacinato Kale Salad with Roasted Squash http://www.marthastewart.com/870064/l...
Massaged kale with mango http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aa...

Kale Caesar salad: when I'm feeling particularly lazy I use up my kale with Caesar dressing, croutons, cracked pepper and shaved Parmesan

Jan 10, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which baking cookbook should I use to break in my new Kitchenaid stand mixer?

Lucky me, I received a Kitchenaid stand mixer for a Christmas present. I'd like to get some go to dessert recipes and company worthy baked goods under my belt. Now I just need to narrow it down to a good cookbook or two to get me going.

Here's what I have in my Amazon shopping cart:

Baking From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang
Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day
Rose's Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum

also is there a concensus on
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson VS The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Thanks all, I can't wait to get baking!

Jan 10, 2013
rararachel in Home Cooking

Which restaurants should I cut from my last minute 4 day weekend in Mexico City?

Thanks all! Here's my revised itinerary:

Fonda el Refugio
Azul Condesa
Corazon de Maguey after visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum
El Cardenal for breakfast
Churrería El Moro (for churros and hot chocolate)
El Bajío in Azcapotzalco
La Casa de Toño, Zona Rosa
plus as many busy street vendors as we can fit in!

Any other Condesa spots not to miss for dinner?

Feb 15, 2012
rararachel in Mexico

Which restaurants should I cut from my last minute 4 day weekend in Mexico City?

Visiting D.F. for the first time this weekend. We're arriving from Puebla on Saturday afternoon, staying til Tuesday afternoon. Our hotel is in Condesa and we wouldn't mind staying in that neighborhood for dinners, while venturing out for breakfasts/lunch. I also made a reservation at Pujol for Monday night, but I'm not married to that.

Due to time constraints, I need to cut a couple of these. Which go?

Fonda el Refugio
Azul Condesa
Biko
Xel-Ha
Corazon de Maguey or Restaurante San Angel Inn after visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum
El Cardenal for breakfast
Pujol
El Califa and El Kaliman for tacos al pastor
Churrería El Moro (for churros and hot chocolate)

We don't mind expensive restaurants but would like to avoid anything formal. Any feedback would be much appreciated as this is a last minute trip! Thanks in advance.

Feb 14, 2012
rararachel in Mexico

Kale Preparation

I eat kale salad at least 2-3 times a week. The key thing to do is to de stem the kale, then chop into ribbons and like the previous poster mentioned: massage, massage, massage that kale! I like to let the leaves marinate for a little while after massaging with EVOO and lemon.

Dec 29, 2011
rararachel in Home Cooking

Need help with NYE appetizers

I'm tackling the same issue right now. I like to go with classics on NYE: thinking shrimp cocktail, cheese & crackers, olives, something veggie, etc. I think 3-4 apps sounds good.

Since it's after dinner and with cocktails, I'd go for at least one sweet item and make the rest things that are good for soaking up the booze.

Dec 29, 2011
rararachel in Home Cooking

About to go Vegan - need cookbook advice!

Try madhur jaffrey's world vegetarian for recipes that have been around for decades or longer

Dec 28, 2011
rararachel in Home Cooking

Saturday night with no reservations..where do you go that doesnt blow the bank?

Heading to NYC this weekend for the first time...I have tons of restaurants on my to eat at list and reservations at Babbo and Sushi Yasuda for Thur/Fri nights but alas nothing for Saturday. Thinking about heading out for tapas (Boqueria) and then a late night slice (Artichoke or Lombardi's), but curious if anyone has any recommendations for a place my boyfriend and I could actually get a table at on Saturday.

Looking for a loud place with great food and drink to be had. Preferably not meat centric as my BF is pescetarian. Thanks!!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Jun 01, 2011
rararachel in Manhattan

Looking for Good Source of Prime Beef in the Milwaukee Area

yep, Grasch's all the way.

Jan 17, 2010
rararachel in Great Lakes

Food processor 101? Or how to avoid gluey hash browns

Yay for Xmas! I finally have a nice food proccsor. Then I tried to use it to shred boiled potatoes for hash browns and of course the potatoes got really gluey. What did I do wrong? Any other basic dos & don'ts of the food processor world?

Dec 28, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Vegetarian chili needed - excellent and with no fake meat

I go back and forth between the America's Test Kitchen vegetarian bean chili (made with chipotle pepper) and this Black-Bean-Chili-with-Orange recipe (to which I add chocolate for a mole like chili)

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

enjoy

Dec 28, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

thanks for all the advice. the menu worked out great! no doubt because alot of it was prepared the day beforehand! which i know realize is key to hosting. cant wait for the next dinner party

Dec 28, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

I use Deborah Madison's mushroom galette recipe. It is heavenly and foolproof. As for the onion and goat cheese recipe....well, I'll be making that up tonight.

Dec 22, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

thanks! I'm leaning towards caramelized onions and goat cheese with either rosemary and/or sage.

now off to make the shopping list!

Dec 21, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

thanks for the recommendations!! just double checked and found out that a guest doesn't like blue. thinking about doing caramelized onion and possibly goat or cheddar cheese. I would like to be able to roll out all of the galette dough ahead of time and do 2 simple fillings. Hence the onion + cheese combo....

Dec 21, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

I'm kind of scared of doing courses since I will be doing all of the cooking myself and I'm a little rusty on hosting duties.

I really like the potato, rosemary and caramelized onion idea. do you happen to know of a recipe?

Dec 21, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

it's a small party of 5

the maple glaze sounds really tasty

Dec 21, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Please, please comment on Christmas Lunch/Dinner Menu that has to be sans meat, seafood, and mushrooms

Any suggestions on my Christmas menu? Please keep in mind that I'm cooking for vegetarians and people who don't like mushrooms. The guests are arriving noontime and have other family and probably other meals to attend to that night.

starters:
crudites with ina garten's herb dip
Artichoke-Olive Crostini

main meal:
choice of individual mushroom galettes OR caramelized onion/blue cheese galettes
roasted squash (possibly with cranberry glaze or as a goat cheese gratin- too much cheese?)
haricot verts with herb butter
simple french salad

dessert:
vanilla brown butter pear crisps with ice cream
I'll also have a ton of homemade Christmas cookies out

Any suggestions or additions would be MUCH appreciated. This is my first time hosting Xmas dinner. Thanks!!

Dec 21, 2009
rararachel in Home Cooking

Looking 4 Best Wedding Cake In Milwaukee, WI

If those don't work, try Simma's http://www.simmasbakery.com/weddings.htm

their cakes are heavenly!!!

cookbook for beginner cook - help!

Joy of Cooking (classic with intro and more advanced recipes, spells out everything), America's Test Kitchen (great techniques on classic recipes), or Everyday Food magazine.

Oct 31, 2007
rararachel in Home Cooking

Cooking Steak without a Grill? HELP!

Thank You!!! My steak dinner was delish. Didn't use oil. Only peppercorns on the steak. pan seared on high for 3 minutes on each side. then transfered pan to 475 degree oven for 5 minutes. next time I may not cook it as long, as i prefer the rarer side of medium-rare. Thank you all for opening up the ability for me to cook steaks in the cooler months!! Can't wait to try that Epicurious recipe as well.

Oct 31, 2007
rararachel in Home Cooking