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All the Time in the World

DH is on vacation the next two weeks. We don't go anywhere. We buy expensive ingredients that we don't usually buy and tackle new recipes. We basically eat, read, and work out to combat the two.

DH wants to tackle something time consuming. Something that will keep in in the kitchen for an afternoon with a glass of wine and his cooking gadgets.

If you had time to prepare something extraordinary and time consuming, what would you cook?

We love all foods---please just throw out your ideas. I'd love to hear them.

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  1. Hmmm....this is a good one. I would head to the nearest French cookbook and make some really fancy, high-falutin' dish. Something from Julia Child.
    Or try making some really elaborate Indian dishes or a Mexican mole. I've seen recipes for Indian curries that take dozens of ingredients and lots of patience.
    Sounds like so much fun. Please let us know what you end up making!

    1. I'd suggest a classic French cassoulet, but it might be a bit heavy for summer.

      1. Something with puff pastry (homemade).

        1. The duck terrine in James Peterson's Glorious French Food takes most of a day and is wonderful. I have made it 3 times and will make it again, despite the time investment.

          Many of the curries in The Great Curries of India by Camellia Panjabi are very time-consuming but each one I have made has been transcendant -- really worth the effort.

          1. The last really time consuming thing that I did was to bake croissants, and while it took about two days, the results were incredible. It may not work in the summer, though, depending on how warm your kitchen is.