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Lahey's No Knead Bread - Pot Help?

Beautiful. In my main oven, I use the base of an oval crockpot (perhaps 3 Qt) with a cookie sheet to cover, and it works perfectly. My quest is how to make the bread at work in a countertop oven!

Jan 31, 2013
O22039 in Home Cooking

Lahey's No Knead Bread - Pot Help?

Thank you. I will check with Williams Sonoma to see if they know which size countertop over will work with that!

Jan 30, 2013
O22039 in Home Cooking

Lahey's No Knead Bread - Pot Help?

I have great luck making this at home in a full size oven, but would like to make it in a countertop oven in the office kitchen.

Has anyone used a counter top oven? Any adjustments?

Will you share your oven brand and the pot that you use?

Thanks!

Jan 30, 2013
O22039 in Home Cooking

"Best Quality" Olive Oil Advice Please

If you follow gurus such as the UC Davis olive people and Tom Mueller (of Extravirginity fame), they will tell you that each year's product should be consumed before the next. It's a little harder to do in practice, but bottle dating (though not required by the FDA) should be uniform through a group. Perhaps I'm dreaming but it would be nice if a California producer didn't exceed the dating scheme that's supported by the California olive oil council.

Mar 29, 2012
O22039 in General Topics

"Best Quality" Olive Oil Advice Please

I'm not sure what you mean here. Is the oil in the tin cheaper because (1) it is bottled the next day or is it cheaper because (2) it is a greater volume or because (3) the tin costs less than the glass?

Mar 28, 2012
O22039 in General Topics

"Best Quality" Olive Oil Advice Please

And, if you found California Olive Ranch, you might even note that their best-by date is more than two years out from the harvest date -- at least it was on the last few bottles I checked on the east coast. Seems crazy that a major California producer isn't in step with the movers in the California olive trade.

Mar 28, 2012
O22039 in General Topics

"Best Quality" Olive Oil Advice Please

I completely agree on the recommendation for Cutrera. The current DOP bottling of Primo is fantastic.

Mar 27, 2012
O22039 in General Topics

"Best Quality" Olive Oil Advice Please

You've received many good answers here. A few more tidbits. IGP and DOP are signs of authenticity more than signs of quality. In some cases they go together hand in hand. Each DOP region has a consortia that sets the criteria for that region. It is a very interesting process. If you visit or call www.olio2go.com, they will help you with purchasing decisions based on food preferences, oil characteristics -- and price!

And to the person who wouldn't use good olive oil for salads, there's nothing like a really good olive oil in a simple dressing with field greens. Run a cut clove of garlic in the wooden bowl, add the greens, perhaps a few herbs, swirl olive oil, and a dash of balsamic vinegar, freshly ground salt and pepper, and toss. Then, go back for seconds!

Mar 26, 2012
O22039 in General Topics

VA Beach, near convention center

Thanks. I appreciate having the list!

Mar 09, 2011
O22039 in Mid-Atlantic

VA Beach, near convention center

We need to find a a sports bar for Friday and Saturday near the convention center. Someplace we can go to get our basketball fix during a field hockey tournament. Any tips? Favorite places?

Mar 07, 2011
O22039 in Mid-Atlantic

Sports Bar near VA Beach Convention Center?

We'll be in Virginia Beach next weekend for a field hockey tournament near the convention center. We have some college basketball fans who would like to see some bball games between FH games. Can anyone recommed a sports bar near the convention center? Thanks in advance!

Mar 07, 2011
O22039 in Mid-Atlantic

Team Dinner Recommendation? Rockville, Bethesda

Reporting back -- the team plus families had dinner at That's Amore (Shady Grove Road) on Friday night and they did a super job accomodating a group of 60. (I think the reservation was made/confirmed about 4 pm for a 7 pm dinner). They gave us the back of a room and three long tables of 20. The team members had one table and were all on one bill. The families split the bills at the other tables. We were very pleased and would return or recommend them for another event like this. Thanks for the recommendations!

Team Dinner Recommendation? Rockville, Bethesda

Thanks for the recommendations. I've forwarded them on to the coach. I'll report back!

Team Dinner Recommendation? Rockville, Bethesda

We're looking for recommendations for Thursday (11/4) and/or Friday (11/5) for dinner for a college field hockey team, Italian Food, entrees under $15. Group size 22.

Bethesda, Rockville, or nearby.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Frying in Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

On Olive Oil Source, http://www.oliveoilsource.com/catalog..., Pomace is listed as "ideal for soapmakers".

This is also from a different page of the same site: Pomace is the ground flesh and pits left after the extraction process. According to the IOOC, all olive-pomace oils are obtained by treating it with solvents or other physical treatments. Within the olive-pomace oils category, oil specifically labeled as olive-pomace oil is a blend of virgin olive oil and refined pomace oil.

May 17, 2010
O22039 in Home Cooking

Taylor Gourmet?

One of my co-workers mentioned that he'd seen a new market on H Street NE, called Taylor Gourmet. Is it worth the trek from the Virginia suburbs? He thought it might compete with The Italian Store in Arlington.

L.

Hemingway Gourmet? Palo Alto

I'm told there's a gourmet store in Palo Alto with a nice selection of olive oils. As a big olive oil fan, I like to find new selections when I travel. Can anyone "dish" on this store?

May 15, 2008
O22039 in San Francisco Bay Area

Gettysburg with teens?

Report on Blue Parrot Bistro: It's not nearly as cute as its web site! We did not have reservations when we arrived this past Saturday night, but were able to get a table after a wait (and a walk about town). Although the crowd made it seem promising, the food and service were disappointing. The service took far too long. We were seated at 7-ish, and asked for the check at 9:00 -- we didn't wait to be offered coffee or dessert. They didn't have the seafood stew on the menu, but offered the one that used to be. Half portions are priced at 50% plus $2, which made my 9-year-old's plate of pasta $11. Steamed clams were good, but the garlic was raw. Crab cakes $24 had a batter-dipped appearance. A pizza joint would have been a more reliable choice.

Apr 28, 2008
O22039 in Pennsylvania

The Best Dried Pasta.

I tried Rustichella this weekend and am not sure it was worth the $4,99 price (17,5 oz). We had the Bucatini which was hard to eat (fork). Perhaps I'd find it worthwhile in another shape.

Feb 20, 2007
O22039 in General Topics