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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2012) - Voting

L.Nightshade Nov 25, 2012 08:11 PM

Welcome to the voting thread for the Home Cooking Dish of the Month!

We had over 30 nominations for the December dish, but the great majority of nominations went to only two dishes.

If you'd like to view the nomination thread, and all the exciting discussion, click here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878496

Now it's time to vote for the dish we'll be cooking in December Please write your vote in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, only one vote per person. Reply to this original post when you are voting. And please, if you are discussing a dish after your vote, please keep the dish name in lower case. It makes it much easier to count that way!

Here are the two contenders for December:

1. GRATINS

2. DUMPLINGS

Once again, I'm going to ask that you say a little something about how you imagine the dish, in other words, what are the ingredients and the techniques that make it a dish.

Voting will remain open until November 30th at 8pm Pacific time, 11pm Eastern time, and 3am December 1st GMT. The reporting thread will go up on December 1st.

  1. L.Nightshade Dec 1, 2012 09:44 AM

    The reporting thread is now up here:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880021

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      debbypo Nov 30, 2012 10:21 PM

      GRATIN... although I prefer dumplings. Gratins seem more holiday-esque and I'd love to do dumplings in January or February when things are a bit dull.

      1. L.Nightshade Nov 30, 2012 10:06 PM

        Voting is now CLOSED for the Home Cooking Dish of the Month for December.

        Please stay tuned for the results, and the reporting thread.

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          soccermom13 Nov 29, 2012 05:54 PM

          GRATINS

          1. BigSal Nov 29, 2012 05:12 PM

            DUMPLINGS

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              dkennedy Nov 29, 2012 03:46 PM

              DUMPLINGS!

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                perrottwilliamson Nov 28, 2012 04:33 PM

                I'll vote for dumplings. We are definitely going to be eating traditional Southern chicken and dumplings at least once this month. I don't think we'll get around to gratins in December. Maybe gratins for January?

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                1. re: perrottwilliamson
                  mariacarmen Nov 28, 2012 09:38 PM

                  you have to put your vote in CAPITALS for the vote to be counted.

                2. herby Nov 28, 2012 04:22 PM

                  I'll vote for GRATIN but will be just as happy with dumplings. I know that I will make at least one gratin during December and not sure weather I would make a dumpling though I really want to learn to make Asian dumplings.

                  1. jpr54_1 Nov 28, 2012 02:00 PM

                    GRATIN

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                      Dirtywextraolives Nov 27, 2012 06:52 PM

                      So, apparently according to some, they want all the definitions of dumplings included. Some of us would like more clarification and guidelines, if this becomes the DOTM. As I stated before, if someone makes gnocchi, then someone makes pierogies and someone else make gyozas, it seems we are all just cooking all over the map. Hell, let's just include ravioli in there too, since "technically" they are dumplings, "dough that is cooked in a liquid..." and might as well include the kind of dumplings that go on top of a stew, since now we are out of the realm of a filled dough product cooked in liquid. Cats and dogs will start sleeping with each other...... (It's a joke, people....!)

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                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                        JungMann Nov 30, 2012 12:50 PM

                        I vote for DUMPLINGS, particularly since I have excess bread that needs to be made into Knödel and am serving jiaozi at Christmastime. Unfortunately I think that means my definition for dumpling is all over the map, too, dweo!

                      2. blue room Nov 27, 2012 03:29 PM

                        I pick one recipe at a time. I know I won't just cook dumplings or gratins all month, but if I choose a specific dish I'm anxious to get at it. This morning I saw an Alice Waters recipe
                        http://www.marthastewart.com/326563/c... I could easily do with maybe no trip to the store -- perfect! And it's true what they say -- action leads to motivation, more effectively than the other way around. After one gratin, there will be another! (No gratin dishes! They'll have to be baked in round cazuelas (sp?)

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                        1. re: blue room
                          Jay F Nov 27, 2012 03:45 PM

                          That looks nice to me, too. Thanks.

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                          ellabee Nov 27, 2012 01:41 PM

                          GRATINS.

                          I'll probably learn more from the reports if dumplings win the month, but I'm much more likely to participate if gratins do.

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                          1. re: ellabee
                            mariacarmen Nov 27, 2012 01:48 PM

                            that's kind of a very good point.... even though i voted for dumplings....

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                              KrumTx Nov 27, 2012 02:26 PM

                              Me, too. This will be my first time participating. I wish I'd looked at these threads before enchilada October, as I make enchiladas a couple of times a month. Either choice this month is fine with me ... one will just be much harder!

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                                Dirtywextraolives Nov 27, 2012 06:46 PM

                                You can certainly share your enchilada recipes with us on that thread!

                              2. re: ellabee
                                aching Nov 27, 2012 03:11 PM

                                I feel the same way. I love to eat dumplings, but I'm more likely to cook gratins.

                              3. GretchenS Nov 27, 2012 01:06 PM

                                DUMPLINGS

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                                  limoen Nov 27, 2012 11:50 AM

                                  I'm really torn between the two and although I nominated dumplings earlier, I've spotted some GRATIN recipes I'd really like to try, so...But either nomination would be a winner for me

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                                  1. re: limoen
                                    Cynsa Nov 27, 2012 02:15 PM

                                    do both ; )

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                                    Goblin Nov 27, 2012 11:10 AM

                                    I'm voting for GRATINS, because I like that they can bake away with no attention till done!

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                                      sandylc Nov 27, 2012 10:45 AM

                                      DUMPLINGS. So much variety is possible here! My grandmother's dumplings contain only three ingredients, but are the essence of comfort food.

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                                        dimsumgirl Nov 27, 2012 09:32 AM

                                        DUMPLINGS

                                        1. weezieduzzit Nov 26, 2012 06:38 PM

                                          As much as I love dumplings, I'm not eating anything with dough/ wheat/grains these days so it would be yet another DOTM that I wouldn't be able to participate in.... so I vote

                                          GRATINS

                                          I think it's a lot more flexible for those of us that have common food limitations.

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                                          1. re: weezieduzzit
                                            biondanonima Nov 26, 2012 06:53 PM

                                            We're staying on the low-carb straight and narrow for the time being too, and I agree that gratins are a bit more flexible. Therefore, I vote:

                                            GRATINS

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                                            Dirtywextraolives Nov 26, 2012 06:21 PM

                                            GRATINS

                                            1. Jay F Nov 26, 2012 12:52 PM

                                              Regardless of which one wins, I went shopping to make a butternut squash/leek/apple gratin tonight.

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                                              1. re: Jay F
                                                herby Nov 26, 2012 01:28 PM

                                                Sounds yummy :) Any chance the recipe is online? I have butternut squash and apples sitting around begging to be cooked.

                                                1. re: herby
                                                  Jay F Nov 26, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                  Here's the one I'm using, herby. Let me know how you like it.

                                                  http://www.marthastewart.com/344010/a...

                                                  1. re: Jay F
                                                    herby Nov 26, 2012 01:37 PM

                                                    Thank you!

                                                    1. re: herby
                                                      Jay F Nov 26, 2012 05:43 PM

                                                      Herby, I made it, and it's pretty good. I think I'd like it more if I'd put more salt in it. Also, if I'd made it to go with something else, like fish or meat. But, as I often do, I tried it out for the first time on its own.

                                                      1. re: Jay F
                                                        herby Nov 26, 2012 06:37 PM

                                                        I thought it was one of your T&T :) Glad to hear that it is good as I am thinking it will make a nice side to simply roasted chicken.

                                                2. re: Jay F
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                                                  rasputina Nov 26, 2012 01:31 PM

                                                  Yep, just got back from the store and I have a cauliflower gratin and a potato and poblano pepper gratin planned for this week.

                                                  1. re: rasputina
                                                    DiningDiva Nov 26, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                    Can I have the ptoato/poblano recipe. Thx

                                                    1. re: DiningDiva
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                                                      rasputina Nov 26, 2012 02:55 PM

                                                      It's not really a recipe, I just thought it sounded good when I was at the store. I'm planning on doing a normal potato gratin with yukon golds and cream and then adding roasted, peeled and sliced poblano peppers that I bought fresh. I'm debating on adding cheese. I have some fontina in the fridge.

                                                      1. re: rasputina
                                                        mariacarmen Nov 26, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                        sounds great.

                                                        1. re: rasputina
                                                          DiningDiva Nov 26, 2012 03:17 PM

                                                          I wondered if you might not be doing something off the cuff like that. Add the cheese, it'll make it really nice.

                                                          Thanks for the idea, sounds great

                                                          1. re: rasputina
                                                            gingershelley Nov 27, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                            +1! Dry Jack would be awesome in that as well......

                                                    2. aching Nov 26, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                      GRATINS

                                                      1. mariacarmen Nov 26, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                        i'm again torn....

                                                        dammit.

                                                        DUMPLINGS.

                                                        (and here's sincerely hoping i make more than one next month of whichever wins!)

                                                        1. eperdu Nov 26, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                          GRATIN

                                                          1. Jay F Nov 26, 2012 09:43 AM

                                                            GRATINS

                                                            1. gingershelley Nov 26, 2012 09:26 AM

                                                              I really can be interested in either, but since it was my idea in the first place - I am throwing support to

                                                              GRATIN
                                                              and agree it can have/not have breadcrumbs, cheese, etc. Many variations!

                                                              1. blue room Nov 26, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                I used the Wikipedia definition for my dumpling vote, I thought it was clear and helpful for this thread.
                                                                Here's the Wiki definition for "gratin", I think it's clear and helpful too.
                                                                "Gratin... is a widespread culinary technique in food preparation in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, egg and/or butter. Gratin originated in French cuisine and is usually prepared in a shallow dish of some kind. A gratin is baked or cooked under an overhead grill or broiler to form a golden crust on top and is traditionally served in its baking dish.

                                                                1. Dave MP Nov 26, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                  My vote is for GRATIN

                                                                  As you can see in my profile, dumplings are my favorite type of food, but I personally think it's a bit too broad for this project. If we narrowed it down a bit in the future (for example, *just* do wontons or ravioli or gyoza), then I'd definitely be on board.

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                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 26, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                    Good point, I agree. There are just too many variations of dumplings, as we've already covered in the nominating thread. If one makes a gnocchi, one makes some wontons, and another makes pierogies, it's really not the same as we are cooking the same type of thing but with different ingredients or methods, like enchiladas or meatballs.

                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                      melpy Nov 28, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                      Seriously! I think gnocchi itself has so many variations that I would be inclined to nominate it one month. I don't know for sure if I can participate but my vote is for GRATIN!

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                                                                    rasputina Nov 26, 2012 08:26 AM

                                                                    GRATINS

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                                                                      cleopatra999 Nov 26, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                      dumplings. I think filled are more interesting, including perogies, gyoza, potstickers, wontons. But I would think the 'matzo ball' style dumpling could be included too?

                                                                      1. re: cleopatra999
                                                                        blue room Nov 26, 2012 08:33 AM

                                                                        cleopatra999, votes must be in ALL CAPS to count!

                                                                        1. re: blue room
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                                                                          cleopatra999 Nov 26, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                          DUMPLINGS

                                                                          (thanks blue room, reading thoroughly is not my forte, gets me in trouble with recipes too LOL)

                                                                        2. re: cleopatra999
                                                                          Cynsa Nov 27, 2012 08:54 AM

                                                                          yes, most certainly, matzo balls are dumplings.

                                                                      2. blue room Nov 26, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                                        DUMPLINGS

                                                                        If dumplings win, here's the definition I'll use, it's straight out of Wikipedia:

                                                                        "Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or savoury. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water-boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering."

                                                                        I'd add that to me, a dumpling can be eaten in one or two bites. (So apple dumplings are too big for this category!)
                                                                        I think the filled ones are more interesting, and more fun to make, but I'd like to learn to do matzoh balls (Jewish soup dumplings) too.

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                                                                        1. re: blue room
                                                                          PesachBenSchlomo Nov 26, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                          DUMPLINGS

                                                                          Gratin just hasn't yet interested me. This is a personal idiosyncrasy, and one hopes I will try a recipe here that changes my mind, but if I am going to cook, I want to cook dumplings. Kneidlach, spaetzel, wonton, gnocchi - I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

                                                                          1. re: blue room
                                                                            lilham Nov 26, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                                            I think filled dumplings are more interesting too. Hence why I narrowed it to just filled ones.

                                                                            1. re: blue room
                                                                              Cynsa Nov 26, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                              DUMPLINGS

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                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Nov 26, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                This makes me feel that samosas are technically considered dumplings, no? But I am confused when they mention gnocchi, which I adore, but would not consider it a dumpling, more like a pasta, as compared to ravioli, if we are using this definition.

                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                                  Cynsa Nov 27, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                                                  Gnocchi falls into the the dumpling definition of 'dough that is cooked in liquid such as water or soup'. google the definition for gnocchi and it's a dumpling : )

                                                                                  I think of the samosa as a fried or baked pastry or turnover.

                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                                                                                    jen kalb Nov 28, 2012 08:44 PM

                                                                                    a samosa is not a dumpling - it is a filled, friedflaky pastry - like a hand pie. A dumpling will be a piece of dough, either filled or not that -usually it is cooked in fluid but sometimes fried. gnocchi is clearly a dumpling though an italian type.

                                                                                  2. re: blue room
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                                                                                    perrottwilliamson Nov 28, 2012 04:41 PM

                                                                                    They aren't balls of dough if they are Southern dumplings. Those are Northern dumplings.

                                                                                    1. re: perrottwilliamson
                                                                                      Jay F Nov 28, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                                                      perrottwilliamson: <<They aren't balls of dough if they are Southern dumplings. Those are Northern dumplings.>>

                                                                                      Do tell.

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                                                                                        sandylc Nov 28, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                        My grandmother's Southern dumplings were flat.

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                                                                                          mariacarmen Nov 28, 2012 09:36 PM

                                                                                          like a Knedliky? http://allrecipes.com/recipe/knedliky...

                                                                                          1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                                            JungMann Nov 30, 2012 12:49 PM

                                                                                            I think a knedlik is boiled round but sliced into many knedliky before serving.

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                                                                                              mariacarmen Nov 30, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                              ah..

                                                                                  3. Berheenia Nov 26, 2012 03:10 AM

                                                                                    GRATINS

                                                                                    I'm a cheese head

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                                                                                    1. re: Berheenia
                                                                                      lilham Nov 26, 2012 03:19 AM

                                                                                      I think you need to define gratin better. I make potato or sweet potato gratins with cream only.

                                                                                      See
                                                                                      Potato gratin
                                                                                      http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/creamy-potato-gratin-2567
                                                                                      I make this one often since I bought Ottolenghi
                                                                                      http://www.food.com/recipe/danielles-sweet-potato-gratin-from-otto-lenghi-468628

                                                                                      And potato dauphinoise has no cheese either
                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/dau...
                                                                                      (Though I think dauphinoise is basically potato gratin. Someone might correct me again)!

                                                                                      1. re: lilham
                                                                                        linguafood Nov 26, 2012 08:42 AM

                                                                                        There are any number of varieties on gratin -- w/breadcrumbs or without, w/cheese or without, w/cream or without. FWIW, my potato gratin has cream AND cheese, but no breadcrumbs. It's still a gratin, though.

                                                                                        I think we can agree on the fact that it is generally a layered dish that is baked in the oven.

                                                                                        oh, and...

                                                                                        GRATIN GRATIN GRATIN.

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                                                                                          rasputina Nov 26, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                                          not to mention the many varities of vegetables used in gratins, no need for just potatoes.

                                                                                    2. lilham Nov 26, 2012 02:34 AM

                                                                                      DUMPLINGS

                                                                                      Savory filling wrapped in a thin, elastic piece of dough skin. They have to be cooked, but can use a variety of techniques such as boiling, steaming, pan frying or deep frying. (I don't think there are uncooked filled dumplings, but maybe there are)! Examples are Chinese jiaozi and wonton, Japanese gyoza and Italian tortellini and ravioli.

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                                                                                        DiningDiva Nov 26, 2012 06:24 AM

                                                                                        GRATIN

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