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March 2014 Cookbook of the Month - Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition by Barbara Lynch with Joanne Smart

Welcome all to the Cookbook of the Month thread for March 2014! This month we will all be cooking from Barbara Lynch's Stir. Having perused the book a bit over the last week I am sure we are in for a very tasty month.

To view the history of COTM please click here:

To view the nomination thread please click here:

To view the voting thread please click here:

And finally to view the announcement thread with all the online recipes graciously posted by our previous moderator please click here:http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966098

This thread may be used for all general discussions with regards to Stir and the COTM process this month. I look forward to the lively discussion as per usual.

In terms of posting your thoughts on individual recipes please use the links below. I have tried to separate them into logical threads, hopefully it will work for everyone. Please remember when posting to verify if the recipe you are commenting on has already been reviewed, if so please reply to the original poster so that all comments on a specific recipe are together.

Starters and Small Bites Pg. 1-56

Salads with Substance Pg. 57-80
Satisfying Soups Pg. 81-110

A Passion for Pasta Pg. 111-174

From the Sea Pg. 175-204
Chicken, Duck, and Goose Pg. 205-232
From the Butcher: Beef, Pork, and Lamb Pg. 233-260

On the Side Pg. 261-288

Sweet Treats Pg. 289-311

Now let's get to it!

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  1. Thanks Delys! Buon appetito for tonight.

    1. Yes, thank you delys77 for kicking off the month!

      1. Great kickoff for your start of coordinating! Thanks.

        1. Thanks very much all I'll do my best.

          1. Big thanks Delys and cheers to an exciting month of Italian dishes!

            Buon appetito!

            1. It's so much fun to at home and in the kitchen for a change, I went through the book page by page today and I've tabbed all the dishes I want to make. Today I made the ratatouille for the salmon dish on p. 182 so tomorrow we're having that. I'm going to give the tomato confit a go even though it would be much better in the summer. The tomato jam is beckoning me as well. Another tomato dish that's on my list for next weekend is BL's marinara. There's also a puff pastry/ham/cheesy thing in the apps section that I can't seem to get out of my mind...so much to make, so little time! Throw in the chicken meatballs and that should do it for week one!!

              1. just received my copy of book this morning-
                will go over recies in the afternoon

                1. Hey there, the nomination thread for April is up.

                  Follow this link

                  1. Hello all

                    I hope everyone is enjoying this month's COTM. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the organization of the threads for this month. I am noticing a heavy concentration of posts in a few threads and I am wondering if perhaps I put too many chapters into certain threads.

                    My approach was meant to break the threads out into courses of sorts, ie. starters, soup and sale, mains, sides, and dessert. Made sense at the time, but perhaps a little too concentrated.

                    Either way, I thought some of the old hands (not talking about anyone's age) might have some good thoughts or advice.

                    Thanks all

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: delys77

                      I think in this case you could have put starters, soups, and salads all into the same thread. I think in general those items don't get made as much during COTM as the main dishes do. But otherwise it's done very well!

                      1. re: juliejulez

                        Thanks Juliejulez, that's good feedback. It would likely have made good sense.

                        1. re: delys77

                          I have to say that the book is slightly odd in its organization. For example, I made a meat ragu last night and went directly to the meat thread to post a report, but the recipe is in the Pasta section. I think the organization of the book is weighting people towards certain areas.

                          You are the coordinator, and sadly, with this title you are not given the power of viewing the future. From month to month, it is almost impossible to know what recipes will catch people's attention.

                          I think you did a very lovely job, plus there is nothing wrong with an active thread or two, with others languishing more often. Thanks for taking this on!

                          1. re: smtucker

                            Thanks sm, I suppose it is often the case that there are less popular threads.

                    2. CHICKEN LIVERS...unfortunately my mother is gone and I can't find the recipe she had. She made this amazing dish with chicken livers, butter, tabasco sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and onions of course.
                      Does Anyone happen to have this recipe?

                        1. re: smtucker

                          What a Great read. Thank you for posting this SMT!