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bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 12:45 PM

I just got home from lunch with friends. The puppy has assulted the doggie bag and I'm peckish.

So I'm making spring rolls. I'm going to make 50 or 60 of them and freeze most of them. I like them as a snack.

What are you making ?

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    LJS RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 12:53 PM

    Well, I am at work, but I sincerely hope my husband is happily chopping stuff for gazpacho and prepping pan-fried halibut.

    Good luck with those spring rolls...how do you wrap 'em for the freezer?

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      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 01:01 PM

      I have large tupperware like containers that I use. I wrap them in lots of 4 in plastic wrap and the put them in the container.

      1. linguafood RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 01:08 PM

        Got a pasture-raised chicken at my CSA yesterday which I'm planning on roasting in a bit. I also got a crazy amount of corn & cherry tomatoes, which I will sauté together as a side dish.

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          jeniyo RE: linguafood Aug 28, 2009 05:01 PM

          how cool! your CSA gives our meat? that will save a lot of time! i'm always stuck with too much veggies and no time to go out and get meat... =)

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            linguafood RE: jeniyo Sep 22, 2009 11:21 AM

            Well, you have to order the meat with a different farm, but the pick-up is in the same spot. Next week on special: lamb liver (or beef, but I think I'll go with lamb) for $1.50/lb. Seriously. I'm gonna have to get 2 lbs.

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          anakalia RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 01:26 PM

          I'm visiting my parents and helping them use up all the zucchini in their garden -- so, in a few minutes, I'm going to try out a Barefoot Contessa recipe for zucchini vichysoisse...

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            dcesaria RE: anakalia Aug 19, 2009 04:36 PM

            Lidia bastianich does an amazing zucchini and bread lasagna here is the link, I make it often as a main and side..


            i made it with both and like the zucchini better

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            tzurriz RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 01:31 PM

            My CSA box was delayed due to a truck malfunction, so I have no ideas. Maybe tuna casserole? Zucchini saute? Reservations? (I wish)

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              tzurriz RE: tzurriz Aug 19, 2009 05:20 PM

              actually wound up doing penne with meat sauce instead.

            2. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 04:16 PM

              Leftover cod fillets......

              For the kitten, silly!!! Too full from lunch out to think about dinner yet...

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                Gio RE: Phurstluv Aug 19, 2009 05:15 PM

                Leftover cod for us ... not the kitty. Placed it on top of a concocted salad of a variety of veggies and herbs and drizzled it with a sherry vinaigrette. Fresh baked Italian bread on the side..... delicious and satisfying for an HHH Boston night.

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                  Phurstluv RE: Gio Aug 19, 2009 05:17 PM

                  That's pretty funny! ;)

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                    Gio RE: Phurstluv Aug 19, 2009 05:20 PM

                    Ya shoulda have been here.... took me longer to pick the meat off the bones than it did to eat it. LOL
                    (we had grilled a whole extremely fresh cod a few days ago and had much left over)

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                      Phurstluv RE: Gio Aug 19, 2009 05:29 PM

                      Well, good for you for salvaging the rest!

                      And the kitten couldn't wait long enough for me to shred it either!! And promptly wolfed it down!!

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                cookie44 RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 04:47 PM

                gazpacho and a summer corn soup

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                  lucyis RE: cookie44 Aug 19, 2009 05:07 PM

                  We went to the Farmer's Market this morning so we had fresh corn, simply steamed and a fresh carrot salad( shredded carrots, mayo, plain yogurt, honey mustard, key lime honey, dried cranberries, crystallized ginger,toasted pecans), with our grilled steak. I love summer cooking.

                2. whs RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 05:13 PM

                  boiling some eggs

                  1. nofunlatte RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 05:25 PM

                    Excuses for not doing work. Sorry, not food-related!

                    1. thew RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 05:37 PM

                      snapper fillets, with a quick sauce made of tomatoes garlic baslamic and herbs

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                        HLing RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 05:53 PM

                        letting the shaped dough of the 2nd attempt at Guotie Mantou rise...to be steamed/pan-fried in a few hours, hopefully.

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                          cimui RE: HLing Aug 19, 2009 08:52 PM

                          Ooh, very exciting! And how did that go?

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                            HLing RE: cimui Aug 19, 2009 09:04 PM

                            Looks like this..

                            The 2nd attempt was good in that adding baking soda helped with the sourness that came with the long rise. So, this time it had the slight sweetness of the Chinese Mantou. It's interesting how it altered the taste in that way.

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                              cimui RE: HLing Aug 19, 2009 09:39 PM

                              Beautiful, Hling -- really. I hadn't realized that I craved those things until I saw your post and picture.

                              Are you following a specific recipe or just doing it by feel?

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                                HLing RE: cimui Aug 19, 2009 11:31 PM

                                Thanks, Cimui!

                                Seems It has turned into my summer time project. You can read about it here, if you have the time. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/643996

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                          adamshoe RE: bigfellow Aug 19, 2009 05:55 PM

                          Lazy night- Store bought tortellinis with homemade pesto, toasted pinenuts, frozen peas and a little heavy cream. Maybe a salad or maybe not (Don't the peas count as a veggie?) The fog is rolling in here in Oakland... what happened to our Summer?- our tomatoes are NOT happy.... adam

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                            Phurstluv RE: adamshoe Aug 19, 2009 05:59 PM

                            I know, we're getting June gloom down here in LA - at this time of year!! And I was in the valley today, and it should have been 100 degrees! More like a pleasant 80s. So much for global warming! I am soo glad I didn't plant any tomatoes this year...

                            Now the kitty has turned his nose up at the leftover cod I lovingly peeled the batter off of for him. Something about it not being pristinely fresh.....

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                              adamshoe RE: Phurstluv Aug 19, 2009 07:00 PM

                              I hear you, my ungrateful Chauncey eschews any fish I offer him with the exception of tuna in a can!! (oh well, like Dad like Kitty...) Try to stay warm Phurstluv... adam

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                                Will Owen RE: Phurstluv Aug 19, 2009 07:13 PM

                                "I know, we're getting June gloom down here in LA - at this time of year!! And I was in the valley today, and it should have been 100 degrees!" Bite your tongue! Mrs. O was complaining about the same thing. I on the other hand firmly believe that sweating is like bleeding: it means something is terribly wrong and needs instant correction. I am enjoying the heck out of this lovely morning cool grey; just wish it would last past 11...

                                Anyway, in spite of summer, I'm making my second pot of lentils in a month. I still have about three pounds of the lovely green French things I got for Christmas almost two years ago, and they need to be cooked and eaten. I also have two slices of fine Kentucky country ham that are starting to get blue mold around the edges - not a problem, but it's time to wipe that off and use the meat. So: lentils, onion, celery, tomato, garlic and ham, with salt and pepper and some thyme, plus a good splash of Cholula. Then it'll sit in the fridge until tomorrow, when it will be served with a nice salad and probably some Vinho Verde form Trader Joe's.

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                                  Phurstluv RE: Will Owen Aug 19, 2009 07:47 PM

                                  You're right, as usual, Mr. O! I should stay mum and enjoy it! But it does make one feel like the summer barely came and now has already left the building....
                                  And I do vividly recall those wonderfully steamy afternoons in Pasadena!!

                                  Those lentils do sound delish, with this cooler weather. I myself wound up making a tomato, avocado and corn salad, with the leftovers, and tho full, not really satisfied!

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                                    Will Owen RE: Phurstluv Aug 19, 2009 09:59 PM

                                    There you go using "wonderfully" and "steamy" in the same sentence! That is a nonexistent category...

                                    The lentils are so good I could barely stop tasting before I spoiled my supper (turkey mole and leftover braised cabbage). What a lovely legume they are, and throw some cooking veges and pork at'em and they become transcendental.

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                                      Phurstluv RE: Will Owen Aug 20, 2009 11:05 AM

                                      Well, you'll be happy to know that the forecast is well in your favor for the foreseeable future.

                                      And I'm very envious of your lentil stash! Sounds transcendental, indeed!

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                                    knitterbetty RE: Will Owen Aug 20, 2009 04:39 PM

                                    I've used red lentils for good soup, have heard of green lentils, but never used them. Are they super wonderful?

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                                      nomadchowwoman RE: knitterbetty Aug 21, 2009 09:17 AM

                                      Yes--they cook quickly, hold their shape, and have a wonderfully nutty flavor. They are especially well-suited for cooking ahead, as they can be tossed with a vinaigrette and some chopped onion, carrot, herbs, or whatever you like really, and served at room temperature. Nut oils work esp. well in green lentil salads.

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                                        Will Owen RE: nomadchowwoman Aug 27, 2009 01:42 PM

                                        That's exactly right. The ones I have are as I've mentioned at least three years old; the five pound bag of cannelini I got at the same time proved to be all but uncookable, but the lentils cook completely in under an hour, and reheat repeatedly without ever dissolving into mush. The first batch I cooked as an Armenian chard and lentil soup, only with spinach (added at the end) as Mrs. O hates chard, poor thing. This last batch is more down-home southern, as you can see in my first entry above. And now that summer seems really to be here - it's damned hot, if you must know - I think the next batch will be devoted to salads, and thank you very much.

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                                          nomadchowwoman RE: Will Owen Aug 27, 2009 03:18 PM

                                          Tell me about hot. And I'll tell you about humidity I'm in New Orleans. Salads are in order in both places, I guess.

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                                  adroit_minx RE: adamshoe Aug 19, 2009 10:21 PM

                                  I'm almost certain *pesto* counts as a veggie.... :))) I agree, the inner Bay Area tomato crop is suffering greatly. NOT cool.

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                                    adroit_minx RE: adroit_minx Aug 19, 2009 10:23 PM

                                    This post was supposed to respond to adamshoe.... not sure what happened. Sorry.....

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                                      care11 RE: adroit_minx Aug 20, 2009 04:58 AM

                                      Baby was up at 4am...back to sleep at 6am...up again at 7:30am...it's alomst 8am here...Coffee, frech roast, whole pot.

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                                        dfrostnh RE: care11 Aug 20, 2009 05:08 AM

                                        good luck care11, it gets easier.

                                        Keeping things simple for tonight's family dinner. Grilled shrimp, fresh corn, watermelon, leftover couscous except I checked the garden and several broccoli heads should have been picked 'yesterday' so I just made a broccoli salad. And sputtered over beet seedlings that have been almost wiped out by some marauding animal, maybe a skunk.

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                                          thew RE: care11 Aug 20, 2009 05:12 AM

                                          how old is the baby?

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                                            care11 RE: thew Aug 20, 2009 05:36 AM

                                            Almost 10 months...this was very unusual. Teeth I think, they're popping out fast and furious! ...a little chowhound :O

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                                              care11 RE: thew Aug 20, 2009 05:40 AM

                                              see attached...

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                                                thew RE: care11 Aug 20, 2009 08:29 AM

                                                my son is 4 and half now.

                                                when he was 5 months old or so we did the let him cry it out and leave him alone through the night. it was a hard 3 nights, but unless something is really wrong, he has slept through the night ever since.

                                    2. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Aug 20, 2009 11:08 AM

                                      Okay, back to what we are making now.....

                                      I'm making homemade spaghetti & meatballs. Well, the spaghetti will be the packaged kind, actually a lo-carb brand. The meatballs & sauce however, will be all mine ;)). It's one of our favorite dishes, my Dad's all-time fave, and it'll welcome my parents for their visit after a long week out at sea. But Mom's diabetic, hence the lo-carb pasta.

                                      Chopping the onions and making the panade right now.....

                                      1. Fritter RE: bigfellow Aug 20, 2009 11:59 AM

                                        Red beans and rice.

                                        1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Aug 20, 2009 02:21 PM

                                          The theme tonight is pork: chops with onion sauce, fresh baby limas cooked w/speck, spinach, bacon, & blue cheese salad. Dessert (sans pork): lemon ice box pie w/fresh raspberries.

                                          1. linguafood RE: bigfellow Aug 20, 2009 02:50 PM

                                            i have a TON of tomatoes from my farm share, so we'll be having spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce.

                                            1. thew RE: bigfellow Aug 20, 2009 04:34 PM

                                              an erstaz lo mein, using spaghetti, smoked pork chop, shrimp, veggies, and a sauce of soy, ginger,garlic,oyster sauce, 5 spice, and cornstarch

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                                                easily amused RE: bigfellow Aug 21, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                Just about to make an order of "Montreal" bagels...original sesame type. I know the weather really isn't the best for this undertaking..but just gotta have 'em

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                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 21, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                  It's hot and humid and I am mean. With that in mind, I made a couple of Sacher Tortes this morning. I also made some cashew chocolate chip and oatmeal cranberry cookies.

                                                  So I'm making ice cream. Cocolate fudge and vanilla. Then I'll assemble some ice cream sandwiches later.

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                                                    veggielover RE: bigfellow Aug 21, 2009 12:02 PM

                                                    This week's CSA had a large eggplant, a pepper left over from last week, some zucchini, onions and garlic so I am going to make ratatouille and mix it with some cooked white beans for dinner.

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                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 26, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                      I'm making some cookies and a couple pound cakes.

                                                      1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Aug 26, 2009 03:49 PM

                                                        An Italian panzanella salad with sliced sirloin steak & gorgonzola.

                                                        1. Will Owen RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                          Picking up the thread again, as our LA County weather has not only gone HOT on us but smoky as well, I'm concentrating on cooling summery stuff that I can cook indoors. Last night I'd intended to grill the package of eight chicken thighs I'd gotten from Fresh & Easy, but 95º and the air full of smoke and ash redirected the dish to the oven, which lucky for me is on the wall. I salted them and then set them to soak in a bowl with about a quarter-cup each olive oil and hot chile oil at room temperature for an hour. Then I put them snugly in a 7"x11" glass dish and sprinkled some smoked paprika on top, and put them into a 400º oven, turned down soon to 350º. Checked them for doneness 40 minutes later, and they needed another ten. Served to us and a friend with some macaroni salad made that afternoon, laid onto a bed of (packaged) wild greens. There's enough mac salad for tonight; I'm contemplating making pork-loin schnitzels from the Tessa Kiros cookbook I've been drooling through. I am making a big batch of one of her potato salads for a potluck party on Saturday.

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                                                            Phurstluv RE: Will Owen Aug 27, 2009 03:31 PM

                                                            Stay cool, Mr. O, I know how much you love these hot, smoky days!!! LOL ;))

                                                            I'm making Arnold Palmers and cantaloupe wedges for a little snack to bring up to the pool.

                                                          2. Uncle Bob RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 02:11 PM

                                                            Fried Chicken -- Vegetables from the garden -- Cornbread -- Chocolate Ice cream!

                                                            1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 03:23 PM

                                                              Saltimbocca, lemon risotto, asparagus, lettuce and tomato salad. Was also aiming for lemon buttermilk cake w/ raspberries, but as the hour is getting late and I'm craving a cocktail, I think we'll skip dessert, and I'll make the cake tomorrow.

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                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 03:25 PM

                                                                I'm making soda bread and baguettes right now!

                                                                1. PamelaD RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 04:36 PM

                                                                  Quick veg meal tonight:
                                                                  -will cut some corn off the cob and saute up with an onion, then add some pinto beans and chipolte and S&P.
                                                                  - rice with cumin
                                                                  - steamed zuchinni from the garden topped with some shredded monterey jack cheese to melt on top

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                                                                    adamshoe RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 04:58 PM

                                                                    Ok, the weather gods are funny- now it's 95 in Oakland, no breeze, almost humid-like....yecch! Tonite, it's fajitas w/ leftover prime NY steaks from costco, Only have to heat up one skillet and then eat outside. I know, first I complain about the cold, now about the heat-there's just no pleasin' some people.... adam

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                                                                      Phurstluv RE: adamshoe Aug 27, 2009 08:07 PM

                                                                      Yum, can I come for dinner??! Fajitas are one of my all time faves, and with prime steak no less, I would probably marry you, except , I'm already married to an Adam who loves beer & steak!!

                                                                    2. thew RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 05:03 PM

                                                                      salmon, israeli couscous with cinnemon and shallots, tomato salad with basil vinaigrette

                                                                      1. Boccone Dolce RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 06:19 PM

                                                                        I fried up corn tortillas to make nachos (and after eating about 8 hot, freshly made, salty chips I am so full that I can't even stand the idea of nachos...)
                                                                        I'm tempted to strain this vegetable oil and save for something else but I'm not sure what I've got to store it in or if this is a bad idea.... I really never fry- and I only used enough oil to cover the tops of the tortillas... blah I'll just toss it.

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                                                                          Phurstluv RE: Boccone Dolce Aug 27, 2009 08:38 PM

                                                                          Ya know, I'm in the same boat. Maybe our chow friends can help us. I deep (semi) fried clam cakes this weekend, and b/c my parents are post-depression era, my mom INSISTED i save the canola oil, b/c we only used it once. The only oil I save is rendered bacon fat, and only for a few weeks, before my "Mr. Food Safety" husband insists I throw it out since it's on the counter. So, according to Mom, I can use it for frying again, which I rarely do these days, but obv. not for salads, which I wouldn't have done anyway. So, what the heck do I do with this once used oil??? TIA!

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                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: Phurstluv Aug 28, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                            Whenever I fry in peanut oil, because it's so expensive, I strain it in a fine mesh strainer, put it into a jar, and use it once more for frying such things as fish, shrimp, chicken, onion rings. I've never noticed a difference, and it just makes me feel less wasteful. I think I would probably do the same with canola oil, safflower oil, etc.

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                                                                              MazDee RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 4, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                                              Not sure what I would do if I fried fish, but if it's chicken or pork, I run it through a paper coffee filter and store in in the refer for use another time, or two. I hate the idea of using oil only once.

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                                                                              hotoynoodle RE: Phurstluv Sep 13, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                              lol, ew, just make fried clams. or toss it. we won't tell your mom.

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                                                                                Phurstluv RE: hotoynoodle Oct 3, 2009 05:49 PM

                                                                                Thanks, but never mind, I ended up tossing it!!! D'oh!!!

                                                                          2. TIRGL RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 07:27 PM

                                                                            last weekend I was at the olive oil festival in paso robles, ca. I had the best olive oil ice cream. It was drizzled with some delicious basalmico. I am now trying to recreate that ice cream. I am just using good evoo, heavy cream, and sugar.

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                                                                              Phurstluv RE: TIRGL Aug 27, 2009 08:42 PM

                                                                              Lucky dog!! Now that sounds awesome, let us know if you did achieve decent results!

                                                                            2. chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Aug 27, 2009 07:40 PM

                                                                              Yestereday I took a chicken made broth, and of course have lots of chicken left for things... So today I was going to make chicken enchiladas. I decided to make a chicken enchilada casserole. First time I've made one, it does taste like enchiladas but I don't know.. there is something about those individual enchiladas that warms my heart.
                                                                              It was in the 90's today but thankfully baking the dish didn't heat my kitchen up. The final dish looked gorgeous, it's definitely something I'd bring to a potluck or party and it
                                                                              certainly was a heck of a lot easier to make, that's for sure.

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                                                                                Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Aug 27, 2009 08:41 PM

                                                                                Hey Chef Chicklet! Have you had your parties yet?? Do tell all!!

                                                                                Love chicken enchiladas, btw. Was your casserole layered or individual enchies? Do you have a pic? No worries, if you don't for some reason my pics don't work here, maybe too big a file??

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                                                                                  chef chicklet RE: Phurstluv Aug 28, 2009 06:18 AM

                                                                                  You know what? I didn't take a photo, because I felt it just wasn't worthy... Haha, but actually it was quite lovely. I have a humongous tray left. For us, 2 1/2 peeps, a 10X13 dish was not really necessary, but I'm so used to making a lot of food. And to answer your question, it was "Yes" a layered enchilada casserole. For party experimentation purposes I decided to try something "different" than what I usually make.

                                                                                  You know I've had layered enchilada casseroles before (made by other people), the part I never cared for was the soup in the recipes. Well... I used two cans of "healthy" Campbell's cream of chicken soup, and more milk in place of the third can the recipe called for and also the chicken broth, didn't see a need for that either. This recipe calls for Rotel tomatoes, I used enchialda sauce and cannned green chiles.

                                                                                  I used quite a bit more cheese too then the recipe had, and I layered the enchilada sauce (canned) instead of mixing it all together. To be honest, the dish doesn't need the soup. I have no idea why it's in all the recipes for this dish and I should of left it out. Unless, it's suppose to make the tortillas soften? When I make individual enchiladas I fry the tortillas in corn oil to soften, and drain them, then assemble. By the time I'm finished my fingers are burning and are bright red.

                                                                                  I make my own red sauce and the canned sauce was no where in comparison to mine. But like I said, for a week-night meal where you don't have the time it's okay. My red sauce that I make is really spicy, I use several different varireties of dried chiles for a really nice flavor, the broth from the meat, and lots of time cooking. You can't get that flavor from a can.
                                                                                  Perhaps I'll take a photo of one the end that hasn't been cut in to for you and you can see the way it looks.

                                                                                  No the parties are going to be in Oct, and maybe Nov. My son's house deal is closing next week, I'm hoping and suggesting he'll wait a month for the house warming.
                                                                                  I do the October party every year, that one isn't going to be near as challenging as the house warming. omg I'm feeling overwhelmed already...I have been at my favorite thrift store everyday. So far I've scored two Jacque Pepin, Moosewood collection-low fat recipes, an older Southern Cooking Annual and a Patricia Wells - The Paris cookbook (brand new). I am wanting some really different food for the parties.

                                                                                  Actually that was why I made the enchilada casserole, as a trial for one of the parties. The recipe was in one of my cookbooks that was produced by their employees. And they named it, "King Ranch Chicken."

                                                                                  I know what you mean, I can never upload photos either I have to link to my flickr account..anyway I will show you later tho. And by the way, thanks for asking!!!

                                                                                  wow sorry to be so chatty, as you can see, I'm a morning person!

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                                                                                    Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Aug 28, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                                    Yes, I'm familiar with the "King Ranch casserole", sounds really good, even for this steamy weather! And your enchilada sauce sounds awesome, I would love the recipe, since I use canned as well. Whenever you get a chance, I don't make them too often, since my boys are still little and won't eat that just yet!

                                                                                    I know re: the food photos - sometimes I feel so dumb with all this technology, and I used to be a tech assistant, back when laptops first came out!! Anyway, my DH explained I need a Photo bucket account, duh!!! Anyway, whenever you get a chance.

                                                                                    Great score with the cookbooks - I really like Patricia Wells too. And love Jacques Pepin. Can't wait for the kids to be back in school already so I have time to read more & plan more dinners!

                                                                                    Best of luck for your son's closing and housewarming party. Good advice to wait a month or so. Can't wait to hear what your menu will be! I'm excited for you!

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                                                                                      chef chicklet RE: Phurstluv Aug 29, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                                                      Here's my recipe, for King Ranch Chicken, a few changes to make it mine.
                                                                                      By the way this was better the second day!
                                                                                      1 pkg of the smaller fresh white corn tortillas (they come in packs of 30 or more at the store)
                                                                                      Cheese – Monterey – 4 cups, a mix or cheddar and Monterey or fontina (2 cups) for the top (Monterey or Fontina are best) I use a l lot of cheese, so I could be off a little here.
                                                                                      1 large can enchilada/red sauce
                                                                                      2 cans green chilies
                                                                                      2 cans cream of chicken soup – reduced salt
                                                                                      1 ¼ cup of milk
                                                                                      1 cooked chicken-picked over all bones removed; reserve the broth for another recipe
                                                                                      Salt and pepper
                                                                                      Garlic powder
                                                                                      Cumin & California Chili powder – I T each

                                                                                      Day one – place the chicken in a pot of cold water, add 1 onion, 2 stalks celery, 3 garlic cloves all rough chopped. Bring to a boil, and then place the lid on, let it sit, and the steam should cook it within an hour. Gauge extra simmer time (10mins) by the chicken size. Reserve the broth for another use, strain through cheese cloth for cleaner broth.

                                                                                      Keep the meat in large chunks as remove it. Example: Start with the breast area, slice the breast in the middle on the side of the breast bone and with the help of a small knife, pry the meat away, lift the entire breast meat off. Do the same with the rest of the chicken. Pull the chicken into bite size pieces. (I used almost the entire chicken in my casserole.)
                                                                                      This can be done the day ahead to save time.

                                                                                      Preheat oven to 340 degrees
                                                                                      In large baking dish 10X13-pyrex lightly sauce the bottom of the dish.
                                                                                      Have all your cheeses grated and ready
                                                                                      Put the enchilada sauce in a bowl with a small ladle. In a separate large bowl mix the two cans of chicken soup with milk to a thick consistency, thin with about another can of milk. Add garlic powder and a little cumin. Cumin and chili powder is optional, stir in the chilies. Salt and pepper and one small onion chopped fine. This would be better with fresh chilies, but to keep it mild (toddler) the canned worked ok.
                                                                                      Taste and add more salt and pepper if you need to.

                                                                                      Take about 8 tortillas stacked, cut them quarters. Dunk in the enchilada sauce and layer them overlapping each one as you go. Add some of the soup mix, and then the chicken and top with a good amount of the cheese. Repeat again for three layers. I end with tortillas, and cheese and enchilada sauce.
                                                                                      Place dish on a lined with foil cookie sheet, middle rack.
                                                                                      Bake at 340 for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat around half way through to 325. Total cooking time is 1 hour. Let the dish rest for 10 -15 mins before cutting into it.

                                                                                      To serve:
                                                                                      On the same plate a simple salad of romaine, iceberg and red leaf, thinly sliced radish. (I love the cold crispy with the hot enchilada)
                                                                                      To the top of the enchilada, add olives and avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa and more cheese, Cilantro & scallions and a dry grated or crumbled Mexican cheese over everything. Enjoy!

                                                                                      This dish can be made the day ahead and stored in the fridge, then baked the next day.
                                                                                      It’s a great potluck dish for parties or office gatherings.

                                                                                      1. re: chef chicklet
                                                                                        Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 01:35 PM

                                                                                        Thanks so much, chef chicklet, I really appreciate your time to type this out for me. Looks wonderful, and I can't wait to try it, I've already copied it to my hard drive, just waiting for some cooler weather to settle in a bit!!

                                                                                        One question - you say to bake at 340 degrees, is that a typo and it's 350, or is it actually 340, which is not a problem, my ovens have digital displays. Thanks again, and will let you know when I try it!

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                                                                                          chef chicklet RE: Phurstluv Aug 29, 2009 04:15 PM

                                                                                          hi, I have digital displays also,

                                                                                          But no I baked it ( and other things when cheese is involved) at a lower temperature because for it to go an hour, it will bubble over and the cheese darkens.

                                                                                          Cheese is on the top, uncovered, and so I adjust the temp accordingly. Perhaps your oven will work better than mine, I have a gas oven... I actually will even lower it to 325 because of the cheese, and I'm not covering the casserole with a lid of foil, beacuase I don't want it to steam or boil. Anyway, yep, the temps are correct. I actually like it much more than I thought I would, funny huh!

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                                                                                            Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 08:31 PM

                                                                                            Oh, I get it. Great idea. My ovens are electric, thankfully so I guess I don't have to compensate for that. You're right, an hour is a long time at 350.

                                                                                            But, do you think if I covered in foil first, like a lasagne, then uncovered the last 15 mins or so, that would work? Either way, I'm sure it's delish and will follow whatever way you think is best!! Thanks again!

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                                                                                              chef chicklet RE: Phurstluv Sep 5, 2009 10:39 AM

                                                                                              oh I am sorry I must of been interrupted when I answered this (last week!
                                                                                              I had said that be careful if you do, whenever I've covered lasagne, when i remove the foil the cheese comes off with the foil.

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                                                                                                Full tummy RE: chef chicklet Sep 5, 2009 08:58 PM

                                                                                                Yes, it's a good idea to try to not fill up the pan right to the top, for that reason. You could also put a couple of toothpicks in the lasagne to keep the foil up...

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                                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Sep 10, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                                                                  I also spray the foil w/some Pam and it comes off sans cheese!

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                                                                                                    Full tummy RE: Phurstluv Sep 10, 2009 02:30 PM

                                                                                                    Hey, good idea! (smacks self on head wondering 'why didn't I think of that?')

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                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: Full tummy Sep 10, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                                                      Thanks, sometimes I can come up with a good one!!!

                                                                                                  2. re: chef chicklet
                                                                                                    Jennalynn RE: chef chicklet Sep 11, 2009 02:20 PM

                                                                                                    Use the non-stick foil! It really works.

                                                                                                    I keep a box of both since the non-stick is more expensive.

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                                                                                                      chef chicklet RE: Jennalynn Nov 4, 2009 07:19 AM

                                                                                                      I've been wondering about that foil and if it really works like it says.

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                                                                                    LJS RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                                                    It is downright chilly here and so that tomato sauce with parmigiana and pancetta is not going to be frozen after all, but used tomight with some fresh spaghetti pasta and a baby herb salad. Dessert? local wild blueberries with yoghurt. Now, thats done it...not even noon yet and I am hankering for suppertime!

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                                                                                      care11 RE: LJS Aug 28, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                                                      I am making a chipotle mayo sauce for the crab cakes we'll be making later.

                                                                                    2. BeefeaterRocks RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 10:28 AM

                                                                                      Brunch: Hash from last nights leftover grilled flatiron steak & Hasselback potatoes, onion, bell pepper from the garden, with a farm fresh fried egg on top and toast.

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                                                                                        Phurstluv RE: BeefeaterRocks Aug 28, 2009 11:08 AM

                                                                                        God, I love hash.

                                                                                        I'm making some hard boiled eggs right now to put in the fridge for a salad for later.

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                                                                                        tzurriz RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 11:31 AM

                                                                                        Challah is my oven right now.

                                                                                        1. greygarious RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                                          Not sure what's up with my refrigerator but I discovered last night that a lagrce head of romaine on a lower shelf was frozen. The inside was still okay for salad but frugal me hated the idea of tossing the rest, so I "slept on it". This morning I simmered some small white beans and later added chicken broth, carrot, celery leaves, shallot, some leftover skinless cooked chicken, and the romaine. Simmered for a while, added powdered sour cream and some seasonings, then pureed it with the immersion blender. It still needed something, so I whirred in some Stonewall Farms roasted garlic and onion jam. It's good - if I didn;t know better I'd think it was asparagus rather than romaine - not that that's a bad thing, just surprising.

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                                                                                            Phurstluv RE: greygarious Aug 28, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                                                            Uh - oh, that doesn't sound good, gg. Either a door was left partially open so the thermostat kept running on it, or your thermostat's busted & it's freezing your produce!! Does it happen to be a GE? I had the same problem, when we first moved into our house here on the westside of LA, and it came with a side by side GE profile. Next thing I know, it's freezing my eggs & produce!! Replaced the thermostat twice!!

                                                                                            Got so fed up with it, we replaced it with an Amana 3-door, bottom freezer and relegated the GE to be the "beer" fridge in the garage. And I still can't keep eggs in it!!

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                                                                                              Full tummy RE: greygarious Aug 29, 2009 10:11 AM

                                                                                              The same thing happens on the bottom shelf of my fridge. Romaine has been the victim, as have other things, but the romaine is the least resilient of the damaged goods. Can't say I was as frugal as you; I have never liked the idea of cooked lettuce... And, btw, I turned the temperature down in the fridge. Everything is o.k., though my water's not as cold as I would prefer, but the romaine's not freezing, and that's the main thing.

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                                                                                                Phurstluv RE: Full tummy Aug 29, 2009 01:35 PM

                                                                                                Good for you. Hopefully that will solve your problem!

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                                                                                                  greygarious RE: Full tummy Aug 29, 2009 08:41 PM

                                                                                                  My freezer compartment is super-full and it seems like it's the back wall of the fridge that is too cold - wondering if the cold air is getting channeled there. Before I monkey around with the thermostat setting I'll see what happens when there's some available real estate in the freezer.

                                                                                                  Currently a batch of cupcakes is cooling - my attempt to utilize two disappointing mixes. I bought Cafe du Monde beignet mix and made a half batch last month, never having had a beignet before. Didn't care for them - then a friend gave me a fancy gourmet package of mix for pina colade cheesecake. But reading the small print, I saw that you had to add cream cheese, butter, sour cream, whipped topping, and your own prepared graham crust. In other words, all it was is dried coconut, dried pineapple, dried milk, sugar, and a bunch of chemicals, which is a pricey rip-off impulse buy. So I mixed it with butter, eggs, buttermilk, and the beignet mix - tasting and eyeballing for the right batter consistency. It came out exactly the right amount for 12 cupcakes, which I took as a good omen! Tasted a warm one...very sweet so I don't think I'll frost them - I suppose that means they're muffins, not cupcakes.

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                                                                                                    Full tummy RE: greygarious Aug 29, 2009 10:04 PM

                                                                                                    Hahaha, that's funny about the cheesecake!!!!! You seem to really enjoy coming up with crazy concoctions. Are there standouts among them that you make again, purposely, without having to wait for some stroke of bad luck to require that combination again?

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                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 12:59 PM

                                                                                                I've been in a bread mood since yesterday, so I made challah.

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                                                                                                1. re: bigfellow
                                                                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                  I'm baking dog biscuits for Collin!

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                                                                                                    lucyis RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 04:36 PM

                                                                                                    I hope he's a dog :)

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                                                                                                      jeniyo RE: lucyis Aug 28, 2009 05:07 PM

                                                                                                      thanks! that made me laugh.. =)

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                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: jeniyo Aug 29, 2009 10:07 AM

                                                                                                        My new puppy that is my avatar. Though one of my nephews likes them also, but he is only 3.

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                                                                                                          jnk RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                                                          I love bernese mountain dogs! We have one as a neighbor that i've known since he was 8 weeks old, he's now eight yrs. old. He's a big boy.

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                                                                                                            Val RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 04:01 PM

                                                                                                            That's a GOOD doggie right there, I can tell...congrats on your new pup--very beautiful! I'm a Leo and quite the cat person but I go "both ways"...and love the doggies too!

                                                                                                  2. Uncle Bob RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 01:28 PM

                                                                                                    Baking some Sweet Potatoes to go with some grilled P-Chops.
                                                                                                    DW is on her way home...she will be a happy camper! The woman loves her sweet "tator"

                                                                                                    1. Cynsa RE: bigfellow Aug 28, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                                                                      hopefully, this is the end of a 2-day heat wave in San Francisco, it's 80°F
                                                                                                      and I am baking a peach cobbler with my farmers market peaches.

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                                                                                                        lucyis RE: Cynsa Aug 28, 2009 03:46 PM

                                                                                                        Turkey breast with honey mustard, brown sugar glaze
                                                                                                        farmer's market corn
                                                                                                        chutney with farmer's market peaches and plums and Nuts On-line dried Mt. Rainier cherries

                                                                                                      2. jnk RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                                                                        It's 70 degrees on a Saturday August morning and I'm making jfood's short ribs (day 2) and I'm prepping for Ina Garten's Turkey sausage lasagna. I hope I've got enough room in the freezer!

                                                                                                        1. Full tummy RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                                                          Right now, I am making Bobby Flay's coconut cake, from his Throwdown show. Hope it turns out!!!!

                                                                                                          1. chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 10:13 AM

                                                                                                            I have just pulled out the chicken broth that Ii made the other day when I needed chicken for the enchilada casserole. MY GOSH this broth is so rich! I was going to make a simple soup with a small bit of chicken that wasn't used. I also have fresh vegetables. Some lovely baby bok choy, cauliflower and zucchini. I'm really leaning towards an Asian soup, but still trying to figure out which.

                                                                                                            I have a question though. The fat that came off the top of the cold stock, does anyone ever use that for anything? Most that I scooped is is really gelatinous, there was that little sheet of fat, but there was much more of the gelatinous stuff. Seems a shame. Bacon fat came to my mind as I was tossing it...

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                                                                                                              Full tummy RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 10:42 AM

                                                                                                              Yes, you can absolutely use that fat. Roasting potatoes is one use.

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                                                                                                                chef chicklet RE: Full tummy Aug 29, 2009 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                ooooooooooooh, now thats a fantastic idea! And potatoes are my favorite food. Flavored with that rich chicken fat... my goodness that could be my meal alone.

                                                                                                                The gelationous product that sometimes is produced when roasting a chicken I use that for the sauce.

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                                                                                                                  Full tummy RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                  Yes, gelatin is fine. Everything in your broth should be good for something, assuming you've removed mushy veggies and bones...

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                                                                                                                    Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                    Good call to roast potatoes in the fat. The gelatinous leftover can be used like a demi-glace, chef. Use it as a base for some sauces.

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                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: chef chicklet Aug 31, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                      That gelatinous stuff is also delicious stirred into risotto at the end, or into sauteed mushrooms. Liquid gold!

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                                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 12, 2009 03:46 AM

                                                                                                                        I just saw your post, sorry to be late in responding. Your suggestion just tickled me! What an excellent idea! I need to make risotto, I have so many different brands in my pantry that need to be used. (I have no idea how long it keeps for) But I'm craving exactly what you suggested, mushroom risotto.
                                                                                                                        It is sooooo hot, I can' t stay too long over the stove. Praying for cool weather relief soon....

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                                                                                                                    greygarious RE: chef chicklet Aug 29, 2009 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                    Don't remove the gelatin, just skim the opaque layer of fat from the top and use it, as posted below. The gelatin is what gives the stock a rich mouth feel...gosh, don't ever toss that out!

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                                                                                                                      chef chicklet RE: greygarious Sep 12, 2009 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                      I don't toss that part out, I was talking about the fat, this particular chicken had rendered so much fat, and along the way, produced quite a bit of gelatin. What a bird, It's all in the freezer just waiting for all these wonderful ideas to come together and COOLER weather! I'd take a day in the 90s even.sheesh it's crazy hot.
                                                                                                                      It's funny as the summer comes to an end, my body and soul start thinking Fall, and I have all my cookbooks for rib sticking food open daily now. Making menus and and meal planning, etc. It's time.

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                                                                                                                        nomadchowwoman RE: chef chicklet Sep 13, 2009 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                        Me too--and fall's still not in sight here. Dying to do some braising or an Indian curry, a soul satisfying soup, a mole. Something hearty.
                                                                                                                        Of course, sometimes I just give in and make what we want. My husband has never warmed--or cooled, if you will--to the idea of cold suppers, no matter the temp. I do make risotto in the summer, despite all that standing at the stove.

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                                                                                                                      goochie RE: chef chicklet Jul 30, 2010 05:19 PM

                                                                                                                      chef chicklet - try frying your homefries in the chicken fat - I also tossed some baby red potatoes in a little of the fat with some salt and pepper and roasted them - really good

                                                                                                                    3. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                      I'm marinating some chicken legs in buttermilk & hot sauce to fry later for a picnic in the park tonight.

                                                                                                                      1. Uncle Bob RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                        Fixin to fry up some catfish and hush puppies on the patio....but first...a little Bourbon....

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                                                                                                                          millygirl RE: Uncle Bob Aug 29, 2009 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                          Friends coming over this evening. Menu is cherry tomato (from our garden) brushetta to start, Barefoot Contessa's corn chowder that I made this afternoon and seared tuna on greens. Friends will be providing the surprise desert. Add a bottle or two of chablis and we should have happy tummys in no time.

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                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                          I have the stock pot on. Making a veal stock.

                                                                                                                          1. Jennalynn RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                            Just finished canning a batch of Strawberry Basil jam.

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                                                                                                                              adamshoe RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                              Still @ nearly 100 today in Oakland!! Guess that global warming stuff is real... Going to try the chicken picatta recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Seems like a light and easy one pot meal (except of course for the sides-I'm doing a rice pilaf and some steamed or sauteed broccoli) It's actually too hot to grill tonite as our deck faces West and gets full sun till sunset. Tomorrow's supposed to be 72 which is our normal seasonal temp. Thank God!! adam

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                                                                                                                                Phurstluv RE: adamshoe Aug 29, 2009 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                Sounds good, adamshoe, and don't let that "climate change" propaganda fool you, it's jsut our summer kickin' in!!!

                                                                                                                                Love, LOVE chicken picatta, one of my faves. Let me know what you think of CI's recipe. I haven't tried it yet!

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                                                                                                                                  adamshoe RE: Phurstluv Aug 29, 2009 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yay, it's now like 74 and the fog's rolling in! The CI picatta was very good and VERY lemony. Perfect for a warm night. adam

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                                                                                                                                  chef chicklet RE: adamshoe Sep 12, 2009 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  I love chicken picatta and it's one of my better recipes, or dishes that I make. Curious how C1 does it. I serve it with garlic and parsley pasta, Did it produce enough sauce? That I have to have.

                                                                                                                                3. Green Omnivore RE: bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                  I made a roast chicken (a la Ina Garten) for dinner and now making some chicken stock in the crockpot. I've made roast chicken a few times before with less than spectacular results to say the least! This time it was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: bigfellow Aug 30, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                    Making Parmesan chips and orange ice cream.

                                                                                                                                    1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Aug 30, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      Mango guacamole, slow roasted tomatoes, and a vodka Tom Collins.

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                                                                                                                                        bear RE: bigfellow Aug 30, 2009 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                        My son came over to cook dinner for us. I was the prep cook and happy dinner recipient...applewood bacon and beer-braised short ribs, potatoes mashed with parsley and a little of the skimmed fat and juices from the short ribs (instead of the usual dairy...really nice flavor), and steamed asparagus with beurre blanc. Leftover slow-roasted roma tomatoes with garlic and basil tossed with whole-grain pasta for my other son, who is a vegetarian. He was happy, too.

                                                                                                                                        Aahhh, life couldn't get much better...I didn't even mind doing the dishes.

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                                                                                                                                          Phurstluv RE: bear Aug 30, 2009 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                          Oh, you're so lucky!!! Sounds delish - I love beer braised short ribs!! One of my favorite recipes!!

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                                                                                                                                            bear RE: Phurstluv Aug 31, 2009 04:03 AM

                                                                                                                                            Everything was really, really good. I was a little skeptical about the potatoes when he told me how he was going to prepare them, but they were nice and rich and had loads of flavor. The ribs were fabulous.

                                                                                                                                            If you can hang in there long enough, parenting does have its rewards!

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                                                                                                                                              Phurstluv RE: bear Sep 4, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                              Aren't you lucky to have a son who cooks, I can only hope one of mine will pick it up!!

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                                                                                                                                                bear RE: Phurstluv Sep 4, 2009 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                He loves it enough to ditch his tech job to go to culinary school. Now he's poorer, but happy!

                                                                                                                                                Your love of good food shines through in your posts, so your kids won't be able to help absorbing that love.

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                                                                                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: bear Sep 4, 2009 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Hey, my husband's advice is to find a job that you have a passion for, and he's suggesting my sons become heavy equipment operators, since they have the highest job satisfaction!!! LOL! Just boys playing in dirt!!

                                                                                                                                                  Glad your son has found his passion, always better to work at something you love. Thanks, I do hope at least one of them will also find their passion with cooking for loved ones as much as I do!!

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                                                                                                                                          LJS RE: bigfellow Aug 31, 2009 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Going to make a good old-fashioned chicken pot pie! The house is empty, everybody back to university but me and the dog and it has cooled off...I have my choice: I can join the dog and sulk at the abandonment or cook up the ultimate comfort food. Whew-hoo, pastry cutter, here I come!

                                                                                                                                          1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Aug 31, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                            Slice of heirloom tomato, arugula, and lump crab w/ basil vinaigrette while I ponder what to prepare for dinner.

                                                                                                                                            1. Rubee RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                              Making Fuschia Dunlop's Hot-and-Numbing Dried Beef. House smells good because the beef is simmering in stock, sugar, soy sauce, scallions, and ginger. Although just ground a batch of dried chilis (Penzey's Tien Tsin peppers). Tried to not breath it in when I opened up the spice grinder, but somehow nose is burning and I'm still coughing! I never learn.


                                                                                                                                              Hot-and-Numbing Beef

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                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                Made beignets for dessert tonight..

                                                                                                                                                1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Banana walnut bread with coconut.

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                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: Phurstluv Sep 4, 2009 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Phurstluv, I could propose for that!

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                                                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Oh my, I'm blushing now!!! And happily married, but I am half Canuck, and love all of the food you write about, so the thought of being married to another Canuck who loves to cook would be a dream, but alas....

                                                                                                                                                      It's from CI's America's Favorites and would be happy to post the recipe if you would like it.

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                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: Phurstluv Sep 4, 2009 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Yes please!

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                                                                                                                                                          Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                          With pleasure my friend!! Original was w/ macadamias, but I used walnut pieces. It is from Cook's Illustrated's American Classics, c. 2002:

                                                                                                                                                          Banana Coconut Bread w/ {Walnuts}
                                                                                                                                                          Makes one 9 inch loaf

                                                                                                                                                          9x5x3 inch loaf pan
                                                                                                                                                          If nonstick, grease & flour the sides as well as the bottom

                                                                                                                                                          2 cups (10 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                          3/4 cup (5 1/4 oz) sugar
                                                                                                                                                          3/4 tsp baking soda
                                                                                                                                                          1/2 tsp salt
                                                                                                                                                          1 1/4 cups toasted walnuts. chopped coarse (about 1 cup)
                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut, toasted
                                                                                                                                                          3 very ripe, soft, darkly speckled large bananas, mashed well, (about 1 1/2 cups)
                                                                                                                                                          1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used 1/4 cup of lite sour cream instead)
                                                                                                                                                          2 large eggs, beaten lightly
                                                                                                                                                          6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
                                                                                                                                                          1 tsp vanilla extract

                                                                                                                                                          1. Adjust oven rack to the lower middle position and heat oven to 350*. Grease and flour pan; set aside.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, toasted walnuts & toasted coconut together in a large bowl; set aside.

                                                                                                                                                          3. Mix the mashed bananas, sour cream or yogurt, eggs, butter & vanilla with wooden spoon in a medium bowl. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined and batter looks thick & chunky. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula.

                                                                                                                                                          4. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

                                                                                                                                                          Hope it comes out as good as it sounds for you! Enjoy!!

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                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: Phurstluv Sep 5, 2009 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                  2. epabella RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                    made sloppy joe earlier.

                                                                                                                                                    -roast lightly seasoned tomatoes and cloves of garlic drizzled with olive oil at 150-170c oven (covered with foil 20 minutes, another 20 minutes uncovered).
                                                                                                                                                    -sautee lightly seasoned ground meat, set aside.
                                                                                                                                                    -nuke chopped onions swimming in olive oil with solitary star anise at low medium for 15 minutes, drain (save oil for reuse) and discard star anise.
                                                                                                                                                    -combine all items, adjust seasoning, sprinkle a tiny bit of brown sugar, add some tomato paste and some wine and simmer for 20-0 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                    -top with torn fresh basil and parmesan or your choice of cheese,

                                                                                                                                                    i had this with plain steamed rice and later with some rolls.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Will Owen RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Nothing fancy - got about a gallon of baby bok choy at a 99 Ranch store almost a week ago - finally trimmed and cleaned it, and tonight I'll braise it with some chopped garlic and a little ginger. Have it for supper, then lots of lunch leftovers. The big news is that the big Station Fire in the mountains above us (we're just not quite at the foot of Mt. Wilson) has finally stopped stifling us with smoke and ashes, and I'm celebrating by grilling out, even though it's hotter than I usually like. The burnt offering is a couple of little boneless ribeyes I got yesterday from Fresh & Easy's "Used Food Department" (the remainders bin). They aren't great steaks, but they were under $5, which is in itself a kind of greatness...

                                                                                                                                                      I was going to do most of this last night, but Pa-in-law has been in the hospital so Mrs. O suggested we cook dinner for Maman and bring it over, something soft because she's getting implants done (that's TOOTH implants, you smirking ninnies!). So I made a quick trip to the store and in exactly 1.5 hours produced a 3-lb meat loaf, a big dish of mac'n'cheese, and some green beans cooked like Julia sez to do it, parboiled (more than I'd like because of those teeth) and then tossed in butter to finish. All good, too, and I got to have a meatloaf sandwich for lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                        Phurstluv RE: Will Owen Sep 4, 2009 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh, Mr. O, that was my old neighborhood too, and I've been just sick all week thinking of all of my old neighbors dealing with that, so glad to hear that you are all okay...... and hope those brave FFs can fight that eastern flank and finally get it contained.

                                                                                                                                                        How sweet of you to cook for your Maman; I'm sure she appreciates it and glad you were able to get a sandwich out of it! I could only hope for a son-in-law to cook for me when I'm old & gray!!! Godspeed.

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                                                                                                                                                        MazDee RE: bigfellow Sep 4, 2009 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I'm cooking some pork ribs, chopped into pieces, with fermented black beans, soy, ginger and garlic. It is for nibbles with drinks tomorrow, if it turns out ok. Used to make this about 20 yrs ago with so-called country ribs. The ones here are very skinny and mostly bone, so we shall see! I am making myself a burger for dinner tonight, while I wait.

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                                                                                                                                                          tkalex9052 RE: bigfellow Sep 5, 2009 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                          saturday morning, labor day weekend. enjoying homemade buttermilk doughnuts. used cooksillustratred recipe. nice and fresh and hot. not greasy at all. made about 18 doughnuts. family (5 ppl) ate half of them, gave the other half to next door neighbors. cooking is fun!

                                                                                                                                                          1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Sep 5, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Mango salsa and chips; Thai-fried chicken (from a CH recipe); cold asian eggplant salad; cracked wheat salad w/cucumber and mint.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Sep 10, 2009 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Marinating some chicken breasts in honey mustard, white wine vinegar, oil & tarragon.

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                                                                                                                                                                MRich33392 RE: Phurstluv Sep 10, 2009 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                We are having steak and chips (fries) for dinner tonight with veggies. After that its more canning and drying herbs...that time of the year.

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                                                                                                                                                                LJS RE: bigfellow Sep 10, 2009 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                OKay, not right now, but in an hour Fresh Peach and Ginger Crisp-trying to decide whether to top with a slightly sweetened sour cream and cinnamon "fluff" or the more trad. vanilla ice cream?

                                                                                                                                                                1. Rubee RE: bigfellow Sep 10, 2009 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Right now boiling water for pasta for lunch. Making local DeCio pasta (Tempe, AZ) from the farmer's market. I'm trying their Tomato Sonoran Spice linguini - 100% Durum Semolina with evoo and seasoned with tomatoes, cumin, garlic, coriander, onions, and cayenne. I have some sliced garlic simmering in extra virgin olive oil and a bit of chicken stock, and will toss with fresh Genovese basil from the garden and local Seacat Gardens sun-dried tomatoes. Carl Seacat's mom dries them, and they're made from tiny Red Currant tomatoes. So much flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                  DeCio pasta

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                                                                                                                                                                    Rubee RE: Rubee Sep 10, 2009 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Such a nice combination of flavors. Lunch picture:


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                                                                                                                                                                      chef chicklet RE: Rubee Sep 12, 2009 03:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      ohhh that looks delicious rubee! Those tomatos looks very very good.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Sep 10, 2009 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Getting ready to grill some beautiful chicken breasts. I think I'll season them all fajita syle, and then slap the m on a hot cast iron grill. Must be quick so they don't get tough or overcooked. While they're marinating, I'm trying to come up with a chipotle chile salsa, and make a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, avocado, black beans, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, and lime. I used to get a dish in New Mexico called Chalupas and it basically is a taco salad. Oh how I loved that salad. It's way too hot for messing with the oven.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Boccone Dolce RE: chef chicklet Sep 10, 2009 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      OF Course! That's whats missing from my fresh tomato salsa- GARLIC! I bleed garlic why would I neglect to put it in my salsa?!?!?


                                                                                                                                                                      Oh what am I making right now? Creamy potato soup and some sort of chicken salad, curried most likely.

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                                                                                                                                                                      shorty68 RE: bigfellow Sep 10, 2009 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I am making cinnamon cream for Paula Deen's Chocolate Chip Pancake with Cinnamon Cream. I have heavy whipping cream which I am trying to use up.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. jeniyo RE: bigfellow Sep 11, 2009 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        i'll be working on a cake i've planned on making for a baby shower. i made cakes the gelee for the filiing. i hope it sets up and does not bleed in the cake layers, otherwise, i'll just make some praline and call it a day... wheew~

                                                                                                                                                                        we're going to have some coooold rice noodle salad with some tofu or chicken in lettuce wraps... and a cake trimming parfait .

                                                                                                                                                                        1. thew RE: bigfellow Sep 12, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          mmmrph.. good morning... coffee

                                                                                                                                                                          1. sarah galvin RE: bigfellow Sep 12, 2009 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Basil pesto - I have lots of basil in the garden. I am going to use some almonds rather than pinenuts because that is what I have on hand. Anyone tried this before?

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                                                                                                                                                                              lucyis RE: sarah galvin Sep 12, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I use walnuts because I don't like pine nuts. I have had it with pistachio as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman RE: sarah galvin Sep 13, 2009 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Please let us know. I have tons of basil still, have already made pesto w/pine nuts and another w/walnuts. Would love to try something different, and I, too, have a lot of almonds on hand. Did you use thwm with their skins?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jeniyo RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 16, 2009 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I also made a pillow case worth of basil pesto last night with 2/3 basil and 1/3 spinach. I am going to give it a second whirl since i didn't have time for nuts last night. I think i'll do walnuts as well. i love pinenuts but it is a bit steep for massive preparations, like this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                shaebones RE: bigfellow Sep 12, 2009 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Potato salad from new Cooking Lgt mag. It needs bacon!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Val RE: shaebones Sep 13, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  But then it won't be "light" anymore...right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  stephen RE: bigfellow Sep 13, 2009 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Recently rediscovered a cheese I used to cook with when I was a pastry chef, Cantal from France. Thought it would be great in gougere and was right! Made about 70 last Friday morning to take to work for a pot luck picnic. The hit of the party!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    care11 RE: stephen Sep 13, 2009 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I just cooked up fresh broccoli in olive oil and chopped garlic and red pepper flakes. In a cast iron skillet I browed up a package of Jimmy Dean pork sausage w/sage. In a pasta pot, I placed the broccoli stems in the water and brought it to a boil then I discarded the stems and added a pound of orecchiette pasta. When the pasta was al dente, I added the sausage to the pan w/the broccoli and then added the pasta little by little folding it all together. I topped it off w/grated parmaggano reggiano, some shredded mozzarella and I hate to admit it but added 2 T of unsalted butter. So...not light in the least but it tastes delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: stephen Sep 17, 2009 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Good to know, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Boccone Dolce RE: bigfellow Sep 13, 2009 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything with Lao Gui Yang Chili Sauce on it. I am so totally in love with it. Don't tell me it's crap and will cause my hair to fall out in clumps- I don't wanna hear it.
                                                                                                                                                                                      It's got peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seeds-ground up tree trunks- I'm not sure but it's just so deliciously hot and sassy and I find myself reaching for it.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I had it on shrimp tacos tonight. Then I ate some off a spoon. I'm convinced it's better than Sriracha but...it's different.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        jeniyo RE: Boccone Dolce Sep 16, 2009 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm in love with "lao gan ma" chili oil. it has chili powder, pepper, sischan peppercorns, soy beans and also the aforementioned ground tree trunks also. i tossed it in a cucumber salad, in tofu, on tacos, pizza, eggs, soupy noodles, noodle salad, sandwiches, everything except ice cream...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Boccone Dolce RE: jeniyo Sep 16, 2009 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes jeniyo- all of the above, just had it on otherwise lousy pizza the other night. It shut me right up- so goody goody good good.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mine has peanuts too-and the chili oil is an angry red in the bottle but kinda orange/red when it pools in the dish. Let me grab the bottle and read you the ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                                                          "Vegetable oil, cayenne, peanut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cashew kernels, walnut meats, other condiment."
                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm pretty sure the 'other condiment' is the tree trunks.
                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't keep ice cream around (if it aint here it won't sing to me from the freezer to come have a taste) - but if I did, I would take one for the team and try...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: Boccone Dolce Sep 16, 2009 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Is there a brand you recommend?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              care11 RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 16, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I am so intrigued... I can't wait to find and try! Is it easy to find, where do you get this stuff?!!?!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Rubee RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 16, 2009 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I buy the one jeniyo mentioned - "lao gan ma chili oil". I agree - love it! It's been pretty easy for me to find both in the Boston area and the Phoenix area Asian stores. Pic:


                                                                                                                                                                                                However, never tried Lao Gui Yang Chili Sauce. I'm intrigued, will have to look for it. Boccone Dolce - what does the label look like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  nomadchowwoman RE: Rubee Sep 16, 2009 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks; I'm going to go on a search.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rubee RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 16, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe this one, tho pic is not of the chili sauce with seeds and nuts, but maybe same brand?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      care11 RE: Rubee Sep 16, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are a bunch of Asian Markets around here, so I will go armed w/these pictures and report back. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 15, 2009 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm up and hobbling around the kitchen early today. I made some cretons already this morning and now I'm baking a chocolate chili cake to replace the one I took from my freezer. I keep one there as an emergency dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Sep 15, 2009 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like you must be feeling better :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            sibaik RE: bigfellow Sep 15, 2009 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Braised short ribs with bacon, pearl onions, and parsnip garnish from the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe cookbook--beats Daniel Boulud's recipe by a mile, IMO. I've made the Daniel Boulud recipe 3-4 times, and this one once before, and I'm telling you, the CI recipe is hard to beat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              maviegravy RE: sibaik Oct 21, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sibaik, you mentioned awhile back that you have a recipe that was featured in the the LA Times magazine a long time ago for a truly GREAT thai-type curried squash soup with shrimp--you are so right, it is outstanding and I lost it, and have been looking for it ever since. I would LOVE to have it again...

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Rubee RE: bigfellow Sep 15, 2009 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Just made an Arizona green chili cheese crisp . First time making this popular local snack - never saw "Cheese Crisp" on a menu until we moved to Phoenix.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I crisped tortillas for a couple of minutes at 350, then topped with a blend of shredded medium cheddar and MJ, seasoned with salt, garlic powder, ground chipotle, and Mexican dried oregano (thanks for the suggestions Hohokam!) and topped with canned whole chiles sliced into strips. Finished under the broiler. I served it for lunch with crema and salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Popkin RE: bigfellow Sep 15, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm making a big batch of tiny cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                My mom and I have cracked my grandma's oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I'm making a ton as I haven't had them in YEARS. So far everybody who has had them have liked them :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm going to be baking forever at this rate :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  care11 RE: Popkin Sep 16, 2009 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just pounded out chicken breast, S&P both sides and then stuffed it w/a ricotta cheese, olive tapenade, fresh spinach, basil and parsley mixture. Closed it up and secured it w/toothpicks, drizzled w/olive oil and covered it w/foil and now it's in the oven at 350*. I want to make a sauce but I am not sure which route to go? Madeira? I kind of want a blush sauce of some sort...not sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  amazinc RE: bigfellow Sep 16, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sat. is DH's birthday, so I'm making the chocolate cake with chocolate and rapberry mousse filling and a chocolate ganache frosting. It's from the King Arthur Flour Co. "Baking Sheet" which I subscribed to. Yes,It's a long and involved recipe, but he is definitely worth it. Making the layers today, the frosting tomorrow and finishing with the mousse and assembly for our Fri. Nite Get-together here on our ranch/community. Talke about HOT! We had 51 days of +100 temp. The Alamo almost melted!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll let you know how the cake turns out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Sep 16, 2009 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had for lunch, an hour or so ago, fish taco: last night's leftover fish, corn tortilla, sriracha-spiked mayo, ripe tomato, red onion, arugula. Unorthodox for a fish taco, I know, but so very delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight it's take-out pizza before a meeting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      care11 RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 16, 2009 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything w/sriracha mayo is delicious!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        nomadchowwoman RE: care11 Sep 16, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree, wholeheartedly!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Cynsa RE: bigfellow Sep 16, 2009 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      gazpacho; tomatoes, red peppers and cucumbers from the farmers market, EVOO and sherry vinegar, cilantro, garlic, red onion, maybe a handful of almonds or breadcrumbs. We have leftover roast chicken from last night. It's SF Fringe theatre tonight at eight o'clock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Sep 17, 2009 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just finished baking four dozen cupcakes for my son's 2nd grade class tomorrow. Whew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Now, I'm making white grapefruit cosmopolitans for my mother-in-law & myself and putting my feet up!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          nomadchowwoman RE: Phurstluv Sep 17, 2009 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh please, the recipe for WGCosmos. Please : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            jeniyo RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 17, 2009 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            i need a cosmo.. *_*

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and a cupcake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phurstluv RE: nomadchowwoman Oct 3, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh girls, they are sooooo awesome, I wouldve gotten the recipe to you sooner!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              For one:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 1/2 oz. ruby red grapefruit Absolut Vodka
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3/4 oz. white cranberry juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/4 oz. cointreau or triple sec
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 oz simple syrup

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blend in a blender with crushed ice. Simple syrup is 1/2 water, 1/2 sugar. They are awesome, enjoy!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                nomadchowwoman RE: Phurstluv Oct 10, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you, Phurstluv. I will go out iso grapefruit vodka tomorrow; I don't recall seeing it ever. I can't wait to taste these!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: nomadchowwoman Oct 10, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our grocery stores carry it, but you may need to find a liquor or specialty wine store. Let me know how you like them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And, apparently, my MIL cannot replicate it in FLA, where she lives for some reason, so I think the crushed ice is REALLY important!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. jeniyo RE: bigfellow Sep 17, 2009 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            project of the week, or the wknd:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 or 4 kinds of mini ice cream sandwiches for a party (3 cookies, 3 ice creams)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            at batch of caramel for a gift, host for the party
                                                                                                                                                                                                            mini slider buns
                                                                                                                                                                                                            braised shortrib sliders with horseradish aoli and some pickled onions
                                                                                                                                                                                                            chili oil for the house
                                                                                                                                                                                                            chili paste for the house
                                                                                                                                                                                                            maintain a supply of hummus in fridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bake a loaf of bread for next week

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              care11 RE: jeniyo Sep 17, 2009 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chickpea Rosemary Soup w/homemade garlic, rosemary croutons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                chef chicklet RE: jeniyo Sep 17, 2009 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You make mini slider buns? Do they actually look like little burger buns?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jeniyo RE: chef chicklet Sep 18, 2009 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yes! they are a bit bubby overall but very cute and yummy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i don't like using rolls, they are too big and the stuck-together sides of restaurant rolls are unsightly for party nibbles. i mean, on batch will give you more than 100 buns =) 1.5 in wide buns, that is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chef chicklet RE: jeniyo Sep 25, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you have a recipe? I would love to make these for a party...thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phurstluv RE: jeniyo Oct 3, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow, you're a busy girl!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Sep 17, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chicken breasts stuffed with fontina cheese, brocolli, garlic, then breaded a tiny bit, and baked.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  carrots, brocolli, steamed serving all with the hollandaise sauce. Baby lettuces and fresh baby spinach tossed with walnuts and dried cranberries, a creamy balsamic dressing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trying to watch the carbs, so I'm not serving mashed potatoes which I would dearly love to have with this meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 17, 2009 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm making confit of duck right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Sep 18, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK--how long does this actually take, and did you have enough duck fat on hand? Or do you buy it? I've always wanted to try this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 18, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I buy my duck fat commercially, so I always have enough. This batch of duck was about 12 lbs. They cooked for about 3 hours. Its something that I've always had in my restaurants. So making them at home is just a matter of having the time and energy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 18, 2009 02:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's 5 am. I'm sore, mean and hungry. I'm making biscuits and gravey! I also just popped an apple pie in the oven for breakkie too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I'm frustrated I cook! LMAO

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Sep 18, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        omg, I am so carb starved! What I'd do for bisicuits and gravy! That sounds sooo good to me! Yesterday, Paula Deen was making chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy instead of mashed potatoes, talk about killing me. Apple pie TOO? geez!!! You made just a few of my favorite things!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: chef chicklet Sep 18, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If only you were in Montreal and single...<sigh> lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Sep 20, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, well just make sure to carry plenty of life insurance on me, and you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think there is only one thing I'd be willing to exchange my normal side (mashed potaotes) with when eating cfs, and that would be those lighter than clouds, homemade biscuits........do you make them from scratch?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phurstluv RE: chef chicklet Oct 3, 2009 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course he does!!! LOL!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        muffinlady01 RE: bigfellow Sep 18, 2009 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My son just went off to Penn State, so I'm making Mud Bars to send to him. He loves college, but the cafeteria food is another matter....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 19, 2009 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Munching on leftover biscuits and gravey as I bake some soda bread and make some cretons for brunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smileelisa RE: bigfellow Sep 19, 2009 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just got done making homemade pizzas. 1 meat lovers for hubby and onion for me. My kitchen looks like a white tornado hit it! I love to cook and bake but the clean up isn't my cup of tea. Yesterday I baked 3 loaves of bread and a pineapple upside down cake to take to our neighbors family. His wife passed away. Hubby will be lucky if he gets leftovers tomorrow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CookieWeasel RE: bigfellow Sep 19, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm about to make a peach pie with a lattice crust. I'm stalling because I HATE peeling peaches!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chef chicklet RE: CookieWeasel Sep 20, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're probably done with the pie at this point but I wanted to let you know something about peeling peaches. I make peach jam and other things all the time. I boil, or should say low simmer peaches for 1 or 2 mins,then remove them from the water. The peel will slip right off. I sort of pinch it at the bottom, and the whole skin slips right off. It doesn't cook the peach either, and it will bring out the natural sugar to the surface.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These peaches, given to me from a neighbor were the smalles peaches I'd seen. I was not looking forward to the peeling, but this method of giving a hot bath worked like a charm. I love fresh peaches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CookieWeasel RE: chef chicklet Sep 20, 2009 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you, thank you Chef Chicklet! Your advice HAS come in time (I really did procrastinate on this one), and it is a godsend. And I will enjoy fresh peaches and peach jam making much more now that I have your peeling shortcut!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Phurstluv RE: CookieWeasel Oct 3, 2009 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lucky you!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Sep 20, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've got the stock pot going making a veal stock. I'm munching on egg rolls and making some gravlax.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Rubee RE: bigfellow Sep 21, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm on day #2 of Suzanne Goin's Braised Beef Brisket with Beluga Lentils, Horseradish Cream, and Salsa Verde from "Sunday Suppers at Lucques". Put it in the oven about an hour ago, and it will braise for 5-6 hours. Yesterday's first step was to marinate overnight coated with lots of cracked black pepper, fresh thyme, crushed garlic, bay leaves and chile de arbol. Today is the braising step - in dark beer, beef stock, and balsamic vinegar, with garlic, carrots, celery, and onions. Since she recommends letting it cool, slicing it when cold, and reheating in the juices, it will be for dinner tomorrow night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Picture - Ready to put in the oven:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brisket wiith Beluga Lentils, Horseradish Cream, & Salsa Verde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JoanN's pic and report:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bear RE: Rubee Sep 22, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rubee, you're making me crave brisket and it's not even 9 a.m.! That recipe is in my near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your twitpics are totally awesome, by the way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rubee RE: bear Sep 22, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The house smelled so good last night , it was like torture not having the brisket for dinner, though we stole a few slices. Tonight to serve with, I'm going to make both the lentils, and mashed potatoes since E hates lentils.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Phurstluv RE: Rubee Oct 3, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've gotta say, I loved Lucques when it opened, and I love it's ideas and inspiration, tho we don't dine there anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BUt i've gotta say, a good braise should not have to take more than a day!! I do it all the time with pork ribs and beef short ribs in a couple of hours, and have spectacular results, without all the marinating and reheating times. I have to say, you don't have to spend two days to make a great braised meal!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ RE: bigfellow Sep 22, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have the day off, yes! So, I'm making Greek Yogurt Souffle Cheesecakes!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://eatingwelllivingthin.wordpress... recipe adapted from this food blogger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't use Splenda but otherwise it's a wonderfully light recipe!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Val RE: HillJ Sep 22, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How do you substitute for Splenda? Would love to try that but I also would not use splenda. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ RE: Val Sep 23, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used super fine sugar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ RE: bigfellow Sep 22, 2009 01:55 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is dinner. Using up the last bit of really good seasonal avocados!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and...those souffle cheesecakes are amazing!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bear RE: HillJ Sep 27, 2009 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ, those sandwiches sound fabulous. Were they as good as they sound?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By the way, scrolling through your Sunset link I came across a link for Cod with Red Pepper-Chorizo Ragout. That's what we had for dinner tonight, and enjoyed it very much. I subbed Portuguese linguica sausage for the chorizo, since I had some in the freezer. Other than that, I followed the recipe as written and would recommend it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HillJ RE: bear Sep 27, 2009 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            oh bear, the cod dish sounds wonderful. I'm adding it to my menu list. I might try it with red snapper. The sandwich was wonderful too and we had avocados at the ideal ripeness to maximize the creamy texture. I find Sunset magazine to be an excellent source for quick meals. Often light on calories but big on flavors. Thanks for sharing your experience w/me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight we had pumpkin curry soup with toasted olive bread. I keep reading about a pumpkin shortage but I'm not seeing this impact in my area (sorry to those who are!). I baked off several pumpkins and froze 3/4 of the mash for future recipes and made the soup in about an hour. The olive bread came from a market that carries marvelous italian rolls and specialty breads. Heated the flavors really pop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bear RE: HillJ Sep 27, 2009 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The soup sounds perfect for this time of year. I'm sure I could make a vegetarian version for my son, and he loves both pumpkin and anything curried. I've also heard about a pumpkin shortage, but our local farmstand had a huge display of sugar pumpkins yesterday. I think I'll stop by and pick up a few to keep on the table until I have time to prep them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Olive bread would be a perfect accompaniment to the soup, and we all love it. We have a fairly local bakery that adds carmelized onions and olives to a light sourdough base. A winner. I won't be doing much cooking until later in the week, but that combo will be on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also have three small avocados ripening in my produce dish. I went to Boston's Haymarket yesterday...a gritty, sometimes contentious, but always colorful outdoor market that is a legendary place to get bargain produce. I couldn't pass up the 3/$1 price tag on the avocados, and now looking at the ingredients in the Chicken, Bacon and Blue Cheese sandwich I know how I'm using at least two of them. I'm sure I can come up with a vegetarian version for my son and we'll all be happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Once again, you've inspired me. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ RE: bear Sep 27, 2009 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3/$1 is unheard of around here. At that fab price, we'd be enjoying avocados daily! Carmelized onions and olives, heavenly combo. Perhaps next time I buy a few loaves I'll saute a bunch of onions myself to spice things up!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've enjoyed this exchange, bear!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sedimental RE: bigfellow Sep 22, 2009 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am making Bison burgers with blue cheese and bacon. Yellow Squash/parm "fries" and having a big Napa Cab!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I found these really cool "disc" shaped breads at costco that make great hamburger buns. Love a good creative burger- dislike all the white bread bun. Best of both worlds tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pie22 RE: sedimental Sep 23, 2009 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i know most of my local grocery stores now sell whole wheat buns.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pie22 RE: bigfellow Sep 23, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tonight i am making sea bass baked in the oven under sliced potatoes with compound herb butter and sauteed asparagus with soy, garlic and ginger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bear RE: bigfellow Sep 24, 2009 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tomorrow night will be coq au vin when my son and his girlfriend come for dinner. The pearl onions and mushrooms are prepped and the chicken has been browned and covered in wine, stock and aromatics,. All I'll have to do tomorrow will be to pop it in the oven for a couple of hours, and then reduce the sauce. I thiink I'll serve it with pappardelle and roasted carrots, but might change the veggie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tarte tatin for dessert...the crust is waiting in the fridge. I guess fall is here in New England!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Rubee RE: bigfellow Sep 24, 2009 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just finished making the vanilla-rum cream filling (milk, sugar, whole vanilla bean and vanilla extract, corn starch, eggs, butter, and rum) for the Boston Cream Pie on the cover of "Cuisine at Home" sample magazine. I'll chill it overnight, and then bake the layers and finish the cake tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cream filling ready for the fridge:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recipe and pic:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  care11 RE: Rubee Sep 25, 2009 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just finished Baked Potato Soup for our tailgate tomorrow night. Finishing touches...cooking up more bacon for toppings, chopping scallion, parsley, shredding cheddar cheese... Also about to make a horseradish mayo for a 7lb filet of beef tenderloin I have marinating in soy, port wine, olive oil, all spice and chopped onion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GO PSU!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chef chicklet RE: Rubee Sep 25, 2009 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That just went into my favorites! - Gotta make this one, thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rubee RE: chef chicklet Sep 25, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope it tastes good! I'm so not a baker - should have trimmed the layers - but here's a pic of the finished cake:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: Rubee Nov 4, 2009 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WOW Rubee! I've been down with P-monia this past month and I'm so out of sorts. You can imagine I have a lot catching up to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is beautiful! You know I'm making this cake! Just beautiful. Everything you make is awesome, nice going!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cimui RE: Rubee Sep 27, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bet that if I made that filling, it would never make it into the cake. Sounds lovely. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Jennalynn RE: bigfellow Sep 26, 2009 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More canning today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gingered Cucumber Pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cimui RE: bigfellow Sep 27, 2009 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sunday nights are my big cooking nights when I get a little kitchen happy and go nuts prepping things for the coming week. I just made a big batch of sambar powder, sambar (using the sambar powder), lamb and turnip stew, David Lebovitz's kimchi (great, easy, not too salty), turnip kimchi (using white/purple turnips rather than Chinese ones... we'll see how this goes) -- and I'm impatiently waiting for everything to finish so I can taste it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 3, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chocolate Walnut Tart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Jennalynn RE: bigfellow Oct 3, 2009 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tonight... reservations ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Phurstluv RE: Jennalynn Oct 3, 2009 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lucky dog!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ RE: bigfellow Oct 4, 2009 12:55 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The most creative recipe for fresh tomatoes I've come across in a long time. Absolutely worth the effort. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 8, 2009 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A fried pork cutlet sandwich with roasted garlic mayo, cheddar cheese and arugula on whole wheat toast - yum, it's my brunch!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 9, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Made chocolate moussem with pistachios

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's Friday ~ a Grey Goose gimlet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 9, 2009 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just got home. I'm backing brioche buns for mini burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 9, 2009 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you use a mini muffin pan for that?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: Phurstluv Oct 9, 2009 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have a specialty pan, it does the job for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ RE: bigfellow Oct 10, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mexicali Lasagne, Spiced black beans, Homemade guac & chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pumpkin flan for dessert

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shaebones RE: bigfellow Oct 10, 2009 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A rich autumn pork stew w apples and beer! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. jfood RE: bigfellow Oct 10, 2009 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chocolatee cake half eaten, good slug of an apple crumb pie is missing, double batch of cheese blintzes ready for the freezer (10 already in the belly), triple batch of hazan bolognese in the fridge, two lasagnes in the oven and Hazan Cannelonni on deck for this afternoon. BTW - Mrs jfood out of town, please accept the tears in the sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken fajita nachos while I watch the baseball & football games. Meanwhile the slow cooker is on with chicken, vegetables & wine for a chicken marsala dinner tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                karen2006 RE: bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soup...faki (Greek Lentil soup), spanakopita; this week...flatbread with caramelized onions (from a huge batch I made earlier), gruyere, anchovies or olives, maybe another soup...also making spaghetti sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. boyzoma RE: bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Creamy Chicken Marsala. Its quick and easy and I just do some petite mixed veggies on the side with some garlic bread. Its even good reheated for leftovers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HillJ RE: bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday potlock!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight's lineup...roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, spanish rice, Mexicali lasagna leftovers, spinach & paneer leftovers served with mango naan..fresh fruit salad and hot cider. Clean out the frig & watch a good flick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. linguafood RE: bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am preparing Tom Colicchio's braised short ribs for the first time, and have to start them today so they can marinate overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight's dinner, otoh, will be spaghettini with baby artichoke hearts, red onion, capers, tuna, and fresh tomatoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Nov 26, 2009 03:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood, how did you like these? my friend made them and said they were awesome. did you follow the recipe with the replacing the vegetables step?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          linguafood RE: ChristinaMason Dec 12, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I did not. And I HATED the ribs. I don't know what the hell I did wrong, but they came out a greasy mess. Not worth the 24 hr. deal, IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: linguafood Dec 12, 2009 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            :-( how disappointing. sorry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 13, 2009 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's a couple of minutes after midnight. I have a 6 am breakfast meeting to prep for. I also had a quick date tonight that I'm thinking about. So I'm making polenta with asiago, some spinach and a small piece of veal picatta.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 14, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shallot-cranberry confit, and Reg - parm fricos to hold goat cheese mousse for a party Friday night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. NYCkaren RE: bigfellow Oct 14, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am at work but I am cooking right now, with a Crock-Pot. I am trying a recipe from that crockpot365 blogger _ chicken thighs with apricot preserves. Half the time I don't end up liking what I make in the Crock-Pot but I keep trying because I love the idea of dinner bubbling away while I am at work. So we'll see.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ RE: bigfellow Oct 14, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tonight, super simple:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A family sized grilled apple and pear salad with cranberries, goat cheese and arugula.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brie, apple butter and maple ham grilled sandwiches

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just woke up at 2pm today. I've been working long hours getting the restaurant ready to open.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm frying 2 eggs, sunny side up. Maple cured bacon is on the grill along with a sausage, a tomato and some chanterelles. I'm also frying up a latke for the starch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Before I started I squeezed some oranges for juice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While all this is going on, I've been sipping an espresso.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have I ever told all of you that life is good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Oct 28, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Everything you cook sounds amazing. No wonder you are opening a restaurant! Does it have a "theme"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Oct 28, 2009 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    International comfort food. Food that makes us feel good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, bigfellow, life is good! :))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm making mushroom & sun dried tomato pockets for a wine & cheese party Friday night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HLing RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an hour ago i was under some huge ginkgo trees, in the rain, humming "pennies from heaven", gloved and squeezing the stinky fruits to extract the nuts. Back in the apartment i rinsed them, and dried them, and pan roasted them over the stove. Fresh as fresh can be. Inside the shells they are green jewels, slightly chewy with soft centers....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cimui RE: HLing Oct 15, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cool, HLing! I've never tried collecting ginko nuts before, but they're *everywhere* in NYC (all up and down my street, in all the parks I'm near) and I'd really like to give it a go. They look absolutely lovely, green -- like jewels, you're right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HLing RE: cimui Oct 16, 2009 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cimui, Gingko tree being one of the oldest tree around I feel I'm getting to know it at a very leisurely pace, too. Once every couple of years I'll harvest some, and each time I'll have learned some do's and don'ts. This year it's come down to 2 gloves, 2 plastic bags, take time at the initial stage of separating the fruits from the nuts (and only get those fruits that are ripen enough to come off the nuts easily) so that I only need to rinse the nuts quickly after getting home and can dry them immediately. Batch control, and don't get them on your hands, and enjoy the fresh air!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 16, 2009 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sauteeing pancetta, caramelizing onions & chopping Kalamatas for Fig Pizzas for a wine & cheese party tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. junescook RE: bigfellow Oct 16, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Right now that the snow flurries have ended, I'm rendering down some bacon for beef stew. Yesterday I did some french bread to go with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. rockability RE: bigfellow Oct 16, 2009 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just finished making some chicken stock and I'm letting it cool before freezing - which I still need to figure out a good method for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also made my first home made cinnamon apple sauce, which smells incredible, for the caramel filled spiced apple cupcakes that I'll be making either tonight or tomorrow morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ernie Diamond RE: bigfellow Oct 16, 2009 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Double batch of Bolognese. Most will go into the freezer for many many soothing meals to come in Ohio's miserable half-winters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This sunday, ten pounds of Boudin Noir. Anyone is welcome to lend a hand. The squeamish need not apply.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rockability RE: Ernie Diamond Oct 17, 2009 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How long does the process take to make Boudin Noir? I can't tell you how interested I am in trying it (both tasting and making), however everyone I ask isn't interested in living wild. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ernie Diamond RE: rockability Oct 17, 2009 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It probably takes three hours, start to finish. It's somewhat messy but not at all difficult. As you might guess, it is not for the faint of heart. I consider myself fairly sturdy and I had a tough time the first time around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will post my recipe in the Home Cooking section. Have a look.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rockability RE: Ernie Diamond Oct 18, 2009 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Excellent! Thank you - I'll keep an eye out for it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ernie Diamond RE: rockability Oct 20, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recipe up. Sorry for the delay. Have a look.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Rubee RE: bigfellow Oct 17, 2009 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heading over to ArizonaGirl's for dinner tonight and I'm in charge of dessert, so just finished frosting Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate Armagnac Cake (I used cognac). It's from her book "Baking: From My Home to Yours", and I'm also bringing a black muscat desert wine (2001 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Noir). Recipe link:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's gorgeous weather right now in Phoenix, so we'll be eating outside, with dinner from the grill - The rest of the menu she and her husbard are whipping up includes prosciutto rolls with fontina and mushrooms, rosemary ribs that have been smoking since 1:30 this afternoon, and chianti grilled potatoes. I'm HUNGRY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              December 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Baking From My Home to Yours

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 19, 2009 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Since I have a taste for it and I'm not really doing anything today. I thought that I'd get an early start and make some cassoulet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm also making some confit of duck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. care11 RE: bigfellow Oct 20, 2009 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A salad of white bean, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, a few capers, fresh basil from the deck (on its last leg) and a drizzle of olive oil. Glass of ice water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    care11 RE: care11 Oct 20, 2009 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    feta cheese too... yum, it was good and filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. linguafood RE: bigfellow Oct 20, 2009 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roasted red pepper fettucine with sautéed lamb liver, caramelized onions, sage & red wine crème fraîche (thanks, Harters) & arugula salad with lemon oil and grated pecorino. All by myself, as my man is at a work dinner tonight. Good thing, too, cuz he hates liver '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 20, 2009 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tonight I'm making cretons and baked beans with maple syrup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 21, 2009 02:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm making fresh buttermilk biscuits for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll be having biscuits and gravy and some biscuits with cretons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rockability RE: bigfellow Oct 21, 2009 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried my hand at biscuits and gravy for the first time last night and it was a disaster. Lumpy gravy...hard biscuits...any advice for a newcomer to biscuit making?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: rockability Oct 21, 2009 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I asked the same question. You might want to look at this thread.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. jeniyo RE: bigfellow Oct 21, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hi all!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i made black bean enchiladas last night. today will be popping it in the oven and serving it with some kind of vegetable side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i also made a zuchinni orange marmalade tea cake from the Tartine cookbook. except that i used my own kumquat marmalade i made a while back. This cake is very moist! and i'd imagine i can make it again subbing it with apple sauce instead of oil (which wasn't much to begin with).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i will be making some cookies for mom this weekend. my sister will be making us ox tail soup. already thinking about the weekend... mmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and hot-damn! what do you guys do that you have time to cook biscuits in the morning! i am envious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 23, 2009 02:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've fried an egg sunny side up. A little corned beef hash and some maple beans. Fresh baguette and butter. Squeezed some tangerines and oranges for juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 24, 2009 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is a week before Halloween. I've got some extra energy tonight, so I've started making chocolates for halloween treats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 26, 2009 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I made 1,200 chocolates for the kids. Now for the second halloween treat, beef jerky. I've sliced the meat and I have 3 batches marinating. I'm going to start putting the meat in my drier now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  care11 RE: bigfellow Oct 27, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lucky kids! I bet the parents snatch up that stuff!!!!! I would keep sending my kids back in different costumes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: care11 Oct 27, 2009 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I live in a very tight community.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jeniyo RE: bigfellow Oct 27, 2009 03:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what did you make?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i am thinking of making some PB pucks for some friends. i'm hoping they'll pop out of the mini muffin tins okay. i'd rather not do the polyplastic things i have for christmas. i want decent sized goodies...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cimui RE: bigfellow Oct 27, 2009 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a wonderful idea! Unfortunately in my parts, anything that wasn't commercially wrapped would almost certainly be thrown out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jennalynn RE: cimui Oct 27, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mine too. But I do some baking for the kids in the neighborhood that know me and that I know the parents. They get giant cookies in a fun bag that has a sticker with my name and address. That way we can keep some "homemadeness" in Halloween ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: Jennalynn Oct 27, 2009 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These are only for kids from the neighbourhood. For unknown children I have Cadbury and Rowntree help.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 1, 2009 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The chocolates were a big success, even the parents asked for some. The older kids like the jerky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: bigfellow Oct 27, 2009 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's 2 am and I'm peckish... So I've made some Wallenberg Burgers with lingonberry jam from Ikea and peas with mashed potatoes. A real Swedish meal that hit the spot!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a meal that I've had before, but I was inspired to make it by a Swedish Food blog in English called "Anne's Food".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Oct 28, 2009 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those sound great. I love Anne's Food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Oct 28, 2009 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm simmering a small pot of chile con carne on the stove. This is an exercise in restraint, because I usually make huge pots of soup and stews which take days to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My chili usually becomes a veggie-dump with way too much prep (e.g., roasting peppers), so I'm striving for simplicity this time. This one is based on a friend's mom's recipe. I browned a 1/2 lb. of beef seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Pushed it to the side and sauteed a single minced onion. Mixed together with the beef, added 1 clove minced garlic, 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, and then deglazed with some leftover red wine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To that I added 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans, about 1/2 c. tomato juice, and some brown sugar. Finished it off with more chili powder, cumin, cayenne, a little allspice, Worc. sauce, and some unsweetened cocoa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also made a pot of polenta which is spread and cooling right now. Will fry up squares and top with chili tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Oct 29, 2009 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pumpkin-chocolate chip squares

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kayowinter RE: bigfellow Nov 1, 2009 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruhlman's olive oil duck confit legs with caramelized cranberry chutney and salad. Made up an appetizer of chive ricotta stuffed dates roasted in bacon fat. Smells good so far, not sure how it will turn out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 2, 2009 01:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's about 5:30 in the morning and I've been up all night writing. I was feeling the need for a sweet. So I made an ice cream sandwich with some chocolate chip cookies and the last of my pistachio ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So, since I'm not tired, I'm starting a new batch of ice cream. One will be chocolate/orange and the other batch will be pistachio. I'm also going to bake somemore cookies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The other thing that I promised myself that I'd make today is a good irish stew. The lamb is warming to room temperature on the counter. I'll be making about 12 liters and I'll be keeping the pot going for most of the4 week. I've got a couple of meetings with sub contractors tomorrow and they are always much more amenable on a full stomach!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pistchio ice cream/gelato is the best. the only one i've ever met that i didn't like was Haagen Daaz. It just tasted like butterfat..almost no real flavor to speak of.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Nov 4, 2009 02:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I realy like pistachio so I make sure to add plenty of nuts to the finished product.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Nov 2, 2009 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm making most of the food for a "Who Dat" party--that would be a Monday Night Football-watching (Saints vs. Falcons) party: hot artichoke dip; fellow Hound Krisishere's Famous Hot Crab Dip; a big pot of red beans seasoned with ham and andouille sausage and the accompanying rice; chocolate chip-pecan cookies. It is indeed a labor of love as I love the cooking, and I love the Saints! Hosts, who are doing the 9-to-5 thing today, will provide wine and beer, crackers, and salad and French bread to have with the RB & R.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A good time will be had by all, win, lose, or draw. A better time if we win :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 02:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An upside down cake with apples and dulce de leche. This is a total experiment based on Ina Garten's plum cake tatin. I put a bit of orange and lemon peel in the cake batter, along with a shot of Apfelkorn (apple brandy). Cross your fingers that I don't end up with a caramelly pile of sludge!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 03:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made an apple pie with a double crust and cheddar between the crusts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    minisma RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks to your sandwich post on MTL, I just ran out to Maitre Boucher and making a bacon/fig jam/gruyere/dubliner cheddar grilled cheese on caramelized onion kaiser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: minisma Nov 4, 2009 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And you didn't invite me???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ChristinaMason RE: minisma Nov 5, 2009 09:19 AM



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Nov 5, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Christina, love your blog! Feel free to drop in if you're ever in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 9, 2009 02:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aw, thanks! I've said this before, but I love your posts. Hehe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you'd ever like to write a guest post (with photos of whatever you've made), you're most welcome! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. sarah galvin RE: bigfellow Nov 5, 2009 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cuban style skirt steak with Moros Y Cristianos! Just got back from Orlando and had a craving. Recipes are on my blog http://allourfingersinthepie.blogspot...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jennalynn RE: sarah galvin Nov 7, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow Sarah is this a timely post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've got a skirt steak in the fridge and a ripe plantain on the counter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I've got a new recipe for dinner! Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sarah galvin RE: Jennalynn Nov 7, 2009 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's great!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 7, 2009 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I made shirred eggs with double maple smoked boar bacon and a little Dubliner cheese. I also had fresh english muffins and apple jelly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Music weas very early Simon & Garfunkel fading into the Ramones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HillJ RE: bigfellow Nov 7, 2009 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This morning's lineup included:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            apple & pear sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            carrot & acorn squash soup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lemon & cranberry bread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chai butter cookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to the beat of The Verve Pipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            off to the farm ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: HillJ Jan 6, 2010 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh, please tell us more about those chai butter cookies; they sound awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ RE: ChristinaMason Jan 6, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sure, CM my pleasure!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I use two chai spice tea bags; not one. Nice crumb on this one; delicate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you enjoy a spicer cookie, this version was much more flavorful and I omitted the icing completely. I prefer a "clean" cookie when making a shortbread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the tea itself, I ran the gamit btwn Tazo, Celestial's & Twinnings. Twinnings India Spice Chai had the most pa-zaz!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              suzannajoy RE: bigfellow Nov 7, 2009 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stock base for Thanksgiving Gravey. To be frozed til then.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alton Brown's Free Range Friutcake and another that uses the candied cherries and pineapple type friut. This is my first try at fruitcake and I don't know which kind will be best.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How long does fruitcake keep? Will I have to remake for Christmas or can I just keep spritzing them with brandy til then?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 8, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I put some brisket in brine to make corned beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 9, 2009 02:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday I volunteered at a fancy gala dinner and they fed us stale sandwiches (ham and cheese and smoked salmon) and leftovers from breakfast service. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But before heading to the event, I made fried quinoa cakes (using previously mentioned soggy quinoa) and a shortcut mushroom ragout. I dipped the cakes in panko, which gave them a nice texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Probably not cooking tonight, as there will be a bunch of "Fall of the Wall" events around town starting early. But I may make some spiked hot chocolate or Gluehwein to bring in a thermos. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. thew RE: bigfellow Nov 9, 2009 05:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this week i made a cabbage soup with smoked pork chop meat, mushrooms, mustard seeds, barley, and caraway. used the pressure cooker so it was done from prep to bowl in half an hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    also using chopped up kassler ripchen (smoked pork chop) was a quick pasta dish with the aforementioned pork and tomatoes and shallots with bow-tie pasta

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ RE: bigfellow Nov 9, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thai sweet rice is steaming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mangos and pomms ready to roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then it's fresh shrimp rolls and ginger chicken later on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Nov 11, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm making a pumpkin and pecorino gratin, to use up some leftover pumpkin puree, from making pumpkin-chocolate chip squares, and a large wedge of pecorino romano. If it turns out really well, I may substitute sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner for this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tullius RE: bigfellow Nov 11, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chicken mole (the dark kind with cinnamon, chocolate & ground pumpkin seeds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          baked butternut squash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          flour tortillas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fried cabbage (maybe not the best choice for this menu but I'm hungry for it.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beer bread for tomorrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Phurstluv RE: bigfellow Nov 12, 2009 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know it's only Thursday but.....Grey Goose dirty martinis!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And steak sandwiches with baked stuffed potatoes.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ChristinaMason RE: Phurstluv Nov 14, 2009 03:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Both sound wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 14, 2009 03:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just made chicken salad with chopped apples, walnuts, celery, mayo, and tarragon mustard. Think I oversalted, but we'll see how it goes. Will probably scoop it up in some Belgian endive leaves that desperately need to be eaten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. hpman247 RE: bigfellow Nov 14, 2009 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm going to make a 6oz Filet Mignon for lunch, and my meatloaf recipe for dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My Meatloaf -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 LB Ground Beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 C Chopped Onion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 C Green Pepper s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/4 C Red Peppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 T Wostershire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Clove Garlic minced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 t Cumin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 t Fresh ground nutmeg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 Eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3 T Salt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 t Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 14.5 oz Can tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 Beef Bullion cube
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 C Bread crumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bake 350 for 50-60 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spread Ketchup on after baking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. chef chicklet RE: bigfellow Nov 14, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I made breakfast burritos with ham and scallions, cheddar, mozz, fontina, and then pico pico sauce drawn the length of the burrito. Extras for the week or kids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today I think I'll do the try out for the lime butter cake with creme anglaise, and then also promised my bff scones. Probably, snicker doodle with dried cherries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. thew RE: bigfellow Nov 14, 2009 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    made a batch of nam prik num, a northern thai dip. roasted thai eggplants (the little round golfball sized ones) roasted jalapenos roasted thai chilis roasted tomato roasted garlic roasted shallots pounded in a mortar and pestle with sugar salt lemon and nam pla added

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      care11 RE: thew Nov 14, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beer Bread & honey butter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        care11 RE: care11 Nov 15, 2009 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here it is...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A big batch of granola.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meyer lemon curd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        janehathaway RE: bigfellow Nov 16, 2009 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bread at the moment. The basic recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I can hardly keep up with the demand for it. Make at least one loaf a day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ChristinaMason RE: janehathaway Nov 17, 2009 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lol, i hope those are small loaves or you're feeding a lot of hungry people :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          virtualguthrie RE: bigfellow Nov 16, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What I've made in the past two weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chicken and Andoullie Sausage Jamabalaya.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beef Bouguignon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Right now I'm making a pan seared chicken breast with a pan sauce... first time trying a pan sauce!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 16, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've gotten my appetite back. I've just made a bit of Bernese Sauce and cooked an artichoke to dip in it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just split a whole chicken that brined overnight into pieces. They're skinned and marinading in some spiced yogurt, and I plan on baking them in a Garam Masala and mango chutney sauce tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next up, cooking some quinoa for a cold side salad. Going to toss that with olive oil, lemon juice, spinach, cilantro, salt, and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edit: tofu chocolate pudding became chocolate trifle. I layered it with walnut brownie chunks and ladyfingers dipped in coffee, amaretto, and kahlua. Cross your fingers that it's not tooth-achingly sweet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 18, 2009 01:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm making corned beef hash with poached eggs for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 18, 2009 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carbonnade! With inspiration from Brunswickgirl's recipe. It will sit in the fridge overnight to let the flavors deepen and meld. Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. sarah galvin RE: bigfellow Nov 18, 2009 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have decided to do a month of salads. I know it sounds like a weird time of year, but with TWD and DK, I have been eating so many desserts. I thought it would get me back on the straight and narrow. This was a couple of days ago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Seared Sea Scallops with Spicy Orange Glaze on Celery Salad


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 22, 2009 10:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is 2 am and I'm on a cooking and baking jag!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm baking a couple of pounds of shortbread to start my runup for Christmas. I've also been making some Latkes to get ready for Haunakah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm also making some apple jelly because the apple jelly I had bought for years made by the Monks at Oka is no longer to be found by me. I'm partial to apple jelly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 23, 2009 01:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of my favorite comfort foods: corkscrew pasta + knob of butter + ground black pepper and salt + sprinkling of parmesan + chopped parsley.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ RE: bigfellow Nov 23, 2009 11:00 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm making honey caramels for my gal pals-it's card night!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            StheJ RE: bigfellow Nov 23, 2009 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pumpkin ice cream for thanksgiving... for the fifth time. It's tough though because I can't get it to not freeze as hard as rock!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Rubee RE: bigfellow Nov 25, 2009 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just made stuffing, pumpkin pie is in the oven, about to make cream sauce for peas and pearl onions, and then cherry cheesecake. Oh and just made (and drank) this delicious Gingersnap Egg Nog 'Martini'. Didn't have gingersnaps so I rimmed with graham cracker crumbs:



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Nov 26, 2009 02:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just made breakfast: a sort of Tex-mex fried rice and poached egg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Had some leftover rice to use up, so that went into a skilled with fried onion and garlic, a bit of cumin, smoked paprika, splash of soy, lots of s&p, and chopped parsley. I tried a new-to-me whirlpool method of poaching eggs (worked great...for the first one). Topped a pile of rice with an egg and added a dollop of heated salsa on top. Toast with lime marmelade on the side. So good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. thew RE: bigfellow Nov 26, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  orange/cranberry cookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a quart of a cocktail containing plymouth gin, aperol, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and orange bitters

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ChristinaMason RE: thew Nov 29, 2009 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That cocktail sounds amazing. What's it called? Is it served up? I love all of the ingredients you mentioned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rubee RE: ChristinaMason Nov 29, 2009 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It does sound good! It sounds similar to an Aviation, but with bitters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        thew RE: Rubee Nov 30, 2009 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it's a cocktail of my own invention. i play with the amounts - but its generally 1 1/2- 2 parts gin to 1 part-ish of everything else

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sometimes i call it an "aeronautica" which is italian for aviation.......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (the aviation is sans both the bitters and the aperol)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. nevra RE: bigfellow Nov 30, 2009 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Russian cabbage soup made with homemade beef froth. Used recipe from James Peterson's Splendid Soups. Made two substitutions: substituted kielbasa for the beef and kefir for the sour cream, as I believe Kefir is more similar to the soured dairy product that the Russians use in their soups. Plus, Kefir has a bit more of that sour tang, which makes a nice flavor. Topped with fresh dill, as suggested in the recipe. Yumm! Perfect lunch dish for a rainy day like today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nomadchowwoman RE: nevra Nov 30, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vanilla extract. I found bourbon vanilla beans cheap at the grocery store. Split one of those and it's now macerating in a tiny (adorable!) bottle of vodka.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. care11 RE: bigfellow Dec 3, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Flat Bread Pizza w/spinach, basil, sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese, inspired by of all places Barcelona... http://cookwithcare.blogspot.com/2009...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. jnk RE: bigfellow Dec 3, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My wife's mother's recipe for Swedish Meatballs. I haven't had these in probably 40 years but there's a potluck dinner tonight and well.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bear RE: jnk Dec 3, 2009 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oooh, do tell how they come out!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              care11 RE: bear Dec 3, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah...those are always the BEST recipes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 4, 2009 02:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm sick and I have chemo this morning. But I have to go to a Wake this evening. If even to just put in an appearence. So Baked a ham to take and I'll be making some champ. I'll also take along some cheese and bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scrambled eggs w/smoked salomon, cream cheese and chives. Seeded rye toast w/butter and most importantly...coffee!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 7, 2009 12:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm up early and full of energy today. So I'm making shortbread and chocolate dipped shortbread. Apple Jelly comes next.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Dec 7, 2009 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yum! to all three

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 02:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Confit de canard (duck confit) is what I'm making this morning. About 25lbs worth. It keeps well and I use it all winter so...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2009 04:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christina, is this the part where I propose??? Yummmm!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would be a lucky (and well-fed!) woman indeed, but I'm afraid my DH beat you to the punch. But I will share the recipe with you, for your future wooing ;) : http://culinspiration.wordpress.com/2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2009 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you, you do have a good sense of humour!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This morning I stumbled upon this blog covering a variety of ways to prepare and enjoy potato latke. Still perfecting my own abilities; def. prefer the shredded potatoe style so many CH's have discussed. Some of these are just great looking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now that the jellies, shortbread and cofit of duck is done, and while i still have some energy. I'm making a few chocolate chili cakes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're one of those guys who invites friends over for a 6-course gourmet meal, "You know, just a little something I whipped up this morning"---aren't you!?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ RE: ChristinaMason Dec 8, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL, Christina I was thinking the same thing. bigfellow you are one dedicated home cook!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bigfellow RE: HillJ Dec 8, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually I do this for a living, cook that is. I just have a lot of time right now until I open my new place in January. It's sort of a bit like cheating now, isn't it! lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm cooking for the holidays and for gifts right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a feeling, your expertise was showing. I really enjoy reading the daily what are you making. I'm no longer a pro cook, had a breakfast biz 30 years ago but I cook/bake for everyone and many of our friends are food pros; great teachers. Our oldest child is in the food biz now. Thanks for starting these threads, bigfellow. Happy holidays!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bigfellow RE: HillJ Dec 8, 2009 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    All of us Hill's are great cooks now, aren't we...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL, I'm a lifelong student bigfellow. That's my comfort zone :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: HillJ Dec 8, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know if you remember me asking your first name a while ago...you see, I'm a J Hill also!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sure I remember but I don't recall you mentioning being a J Hill. Small world.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow RE: HillJ Dec 8, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            edited for lack of being a good joke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now don't go spreadin anything other than a good sandwich together there bigfellow, you know how these boards can light up over a simple turn of phrase. Good chattin w/ya...time for lunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honey cake with Greek yogurt and ginger pears.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mandycat RE: bigfellow Dec 8, 2009 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Denver is in the middle of an unusual cold snap. At 10 a.m. the temperature is seven degrees with a wind chill factor of minus 8. It's lightly snowing and totally gray and gloomy. Sounds like a bread baking day to me! I retired first and my husband is getting pretty gray and gloomy himself having to slog off to work while the cat and I stay home warm and cozy. I'll time the bread so that he'll be greeted with maximum fresh-baked aroma when he stomps in this afternoon. Maybe some chili to go with it would be a good idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steaming some frozen crab shumai, made a dipping sauce of soy, fermented spicy soy beans, vinegar, sesame oil, oyster sauce

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm making a Chicken Satay as a practice run for a Christmas Open House we're having soon. Just finished emulsifying the sauce. Now need just enough of it to coast the chicken pieces so they can marinate...about to thread the chicken onto bamboo skewers...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  millygirl RE: care11 Dec 8, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ohhh that sounds really good. Care to share the recipe care11?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just pulled a banana loaf outta the oven and now comtemplating making some cranberry almond biscotti OR ginger molasses crinkles....on a baking binge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also working on a shepherds pie for dinner this evening. Just waiting for hubby to bring home the bacon, or in this case lean ground beef and then I will begin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Already have the mashed potato topping leftover from a previous dinner so I am well on my way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    care11 RE: millygirl Dec 8, 2009 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A girl after my own heart millygirl! I definitely plan to post it on my blog as soon as I type it all out. Look for it sometime tonight or tomorrow.. So far it smells awesome! It drew my husband out of his office upstairs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      care11 RE: care11 Dec 9, 2009 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Story, Photo and Recipe for Chicken Satay w/Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        millygirl RE: care11 Dec 9, 2009 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks care11. That looks and sounds so yummy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 9, 2009 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The snow storm has hit us here in Montreal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I'm making a large pot of caribou stew with dumplings. While its simmering, I've thrown together some Singapore Noodles to keep me going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. nomadchowwoman RE: bigfellow Dec 9, 2009 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Working through a 3 lb. bag of cranberries, so more marbled cranberry-nut loaves, but the friends and neighbors don't seem to mind--not to mention DH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trying my hand at Jim Leahy's basic no-knead loaf. Just took it out of the oven, not quite as beautiful as his, but it's singing away, and I think it'll be ok.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    About to make a batch of basil oil as, believe it or not, I still have a lot of basil in my garden. But it's going to seed so I'm going to pick it. Hope the oil will keep in the fridge for a while. And then I'm going to make some mint syrup w/the mint that never seems to die.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HillJ RE: bigfellow Dec 9, 2009 10:26 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We made these for the jr. gymnastic teams holiday party and they were a huge hit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 10, 2009 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As you could tell from my posts here in the last week. I getting ready for the holidays.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This morning I'm making a Quebec must for Christmas, tourtiere. It is a French Canadian meat pie. There are two main types, a "normal" tourtiere and the Lac St Jean version. I'm after making both. I've been at it for an hour already. I plan to make up 50 or so. I'm thankful that I have some decent beer, cider and wine at home to help me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone else started on their holiday cooking/baking?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paula Deen's pumpkin bars

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Found four beets hiding in my fridge's vegetable drawer, so I'm roasting those for use in a wintery salad tonight or tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Making a batch of fresh pasta so I can make cannelloni with some of the stuff in my fridge that needs using.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And cranberry-nut bread, more cranberry-nut bread. 'Tis the season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The house smells so good right now. I'm making Batali's Pappardelle al Ragu di Cinghiale (wild boar ragu) for a friend tomorrow night and the boar is simmering in red wine and rosemary. Last night I made a batch of Batali's Basic Tomato Sauce (San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh thyme and grated carrot). Today I browned the meat and added that to the tomato sauce along with carrots, onions, celery, red wine, rosemary, and pepper flakes, will simmer for a couple of hours, and then chill overnight to remove the fat. I cubed boneless wild boar shoulder - shared a special order with ArizonaGirl from Hobe Meats in Phoenix (10.99/lb).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ..and because of nomadchowwoman, I'm going to bake a loaf of cranberry-nut bread tonight.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: Rubee Dec 12, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rubee, that pasta dish made a huge impression on me the first time I had it in Italy. Very jealous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rubee RE: ChristinaMason Dec 17, 2009 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It came out really good- and leftovers tasted even better of course. It was based on a recipe in "Molto Italiano" which I'll report on later in the Batali Cookbook of the Month thread. Had the last of it for lunch yesterday with polenta. Wish I had made a bigger batch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bear RE: bigfellow Dec 10, 2009 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just finished making the brine for Thomas Keller's fried chicken (first time with this recipe.). The chicken is happily soaking up it's savory bath, and dinner tomorrow night should be great comfort food. Along with the chicken, mashed potatoes with carmelized shallots and creme fraiche and green beans in a warm shallot dijon vinaigrette. Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. care11 RE: bigfellow Dec 11, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A slow cook crock pot Chicken Chili. Black beans, fire roasted tomatoes, corn, chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, chipotle pepper, cumin, chili powder, chicken breast...etc, etc....ETC! We're going to get our tree tonight or tomorrow and so it will be perfect to come home to! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. sarah galvin RE: bigfellow Dec 11, 2009 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I made salmon cakes with black beans and pineapple. My own concoction. Rather than pan frying, I baked in the oven. They were yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bigfellow RE: bigfellow Dec 12, 2009 12:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm making more shortbread. (can you ever make enough shortbread???) I'm also making chocolate chip cookies with great bits of chocolate chips and chuncks from Valrhona.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of my favorite websites:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        More pumpkin bars, this time to share. Those things are pure evil!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bigfellow RE: ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cool photos on your blog!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ChristinaMason RE: bigfellow Dec 14, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks. i have a point-and-shoot and crappy lighting, but sometimes it works out in spite of me...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            p.s. one of those I took on my balcony during a rainstorm. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              care11 RE: ChristinaMason Dec 14, 2009 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just saw your Pumpkin Bars on your blog...really beautiful! It's 3 minutes till midnight here and I JUST finished making Irish Whiskey Cakes, these cook low and slooow...and now I'm tired and off to bed. I'll shamelessly attach a link again...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: care11 Dec 16, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pecans, raisins, butter, whiskey....yes please! that sounds really good. i can get the ingredients easily, maybe I'll give your recipe a try :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shaebones RE: bigfellow Dec 12, 2009 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sweet potato casserole. Granola bars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grammywheels RE: bigfellow Dec 12, 2009 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A frigid night,,,beef tenderloin (tenderloin tips) and mushroom risotto..roasted green beans and tomatoes provencal..the tomatoes were starting to get wrinkled..had to use them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Jennalynn RE: bigfellow Dec 12, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What am I NOT making...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tomorrow is my annual Dessert Open House. This year's menu:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brownie Bites Topped with Ganache
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Chip Cookies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Red Velvet Cake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cranberry Tarts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 Layer Bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black Bottom Caramel Pudding "Shots"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Raspberry Trifle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick (for the kids, but adults scarf them down)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The King's Cupcakes (Not Jesus, Elvis... they're Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Bacon "Sprinkles".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And then tomorrow during the party I'll bake a warm Apple Crumble.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                JerryMe RE: Jennalynn Dec 17, 2009 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow! You can get that all done in ONE day?? I'm impressed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jennalynn RE: JerryMe Dec 18, 2009 01:29 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A lot of the stuff doesn't keep well, so gotta do last minute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do almost all on Saturday. But the 7 Layer bars and the Rice Krispie treats and the Shells for the tarts I do on Thurs/Fri after work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. care11 RE: bigfellow Dec 13, 2009 08:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's 9PM here and I just finished making Scotch Eggs or Scots Eggs?? A NJ girl whose never been to the UK, this was my second attempt...as the first I completed last night with medium sized store bought eggs which turned out too huge and not what I was looking for in a "bite sized holiday appetizer". A girl on a mission and a trip to the Asian Market, $2.99 for 18 mini quail eggs, and a lot of egg dipping, sausage layering and frying...here were the beautiful and delicious results! http://cookwithcare.blogspot.com/2009.