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Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, I was wondering if you could help with an answer in the Technique and Terminology forum under Font size?
Doris Clark: Thanks for the link to Create Your Own Recipe. I added it to my " favorites". It's fun to play with. So, your ankle is banged up? Hope that doesn't last long and you're all better soon.
Eunice : hello all! Doris started a thread in the forums that i thought was fun, Notes on my Refrigerator Door. check it out and please add to it. what's on your refrigerator door, right now?
Eunice : cool tool: Create Your Own Recipe. you select the ingredients and it will figure out the portions and give you directions. has its limits but it's fun and it's a great way to encourage new cooks to experiment with ingredients. it won't tell you what the good combos are but perhaps that will be the next incarnation for this fun cooking tool. making crustless kale quiche. did you know that freezing kale is a good way to breakdown that fibrous toughness and also allows you to just wash, trim and toss into freezer, ensuring that you will always have nutritious kale onhand.
Eunice : judging by the posts to updates and what's happening in the news, everybody is canning: The New Can-Do Spirit, Preserving Time in a Bottle (or a Jar), Canning Foods at Home makes a Comeback, Can It! from Salon and Can It from Slate. and i love this interesting consumer pairing from Times, What sells in a recession: Canned Goods and Condoms. knowing how busy everyone is on WGE, i think this article from the LA Times is an appropo mention: Making Jam in Small Batches. Russ Parsons has a very simple technique for making jam quickly, with little fuss. perhaps his technique will be the next DIY food trend following the no-knead bread craze. so now you can have your bread and jam and eat it!
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice. Happy 4th. Today is happy watermelon day for me. I bought this big ol' honking melon and there isn't room for anything else in the frig. So yum!
Eunice : hello all!! i'm curious to see how people will respond to 2 new forum questions? pop on over there and post your comments and see how many awesome suggestions we can put together. thank you! When/How to Grocery Shop and What are your Kitchen Staples?.
Eunice : trust your instincts. when they tell you that something is off, listen to them. made some organic whole wheat sandwich bread, a recipe that a friend had given me, and noticed that the liquid to dry content seemed a bit off. sure enough, the dough was really stiff even after adding twice the amount of water called for and that's no fun when you're trying to do this all by hand with no machine. it's not a doorstop but definitely more dense than i would have liked. made some adjustments and will test this out next time.
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, Thanks for the post and link last week. Nice save on the eggplant, I enjoy reading about your cooking excursions.
Eunice : made some eggplant pasta a few days ago when in a fog of distraction, allowed the eggplant to salt sweat for too long. of course, the dish came out too salty. i am very loathe to throw any food away so i stuck it in the fridge until i could think of something to do with it. today, i grabbed a 6 oz pack of baby bella mushrooms, sliced and pan-fried 'til aromatic and golden, heated up the eggplant pasta and tossed with some couscous and chopped parsley and hafta' say it was quite good. flavors all worked well together and the parsley was key, i think. anybody else saved a recipe from the oblivion of the circular file?
Eunice : i'm crushing big time on homemade flavored oil. made an Herbes de Provence oil specifically for a focaccia recipe some time ago. tonight's very late dinner of couscous, cranberries, Chinese broccoli and green onions, i tossed with a huge drizzle of the oil and it was fabulous! along with the Mojo de Ajo (garlic oil) that i just added, here are a few more flavored oils that everybody should try as they are not only easy but are amazing taste enhancers: Flavored Oils w/ Spices, Seeds & Other Dry Flavorings, Flavored Oils using Herbs and/or Aromatics, Garlic and Herb Oil, Chinese Five-Flavor Oil, Spiced Holiday Nuts.
Eunice : made pa jeon, a Korean pancake that's not only economical but fairly versatile. you could probably add any vegetable (green onions and sweet potatoes were an excellent combo). just took Mark Bittman's recipe and changed it around a bit...because i can't leave recipes alone. his weren't crispy enough. my man was very happy with it. for those looking for recipes that are easily adaptable for a gluten-free or vegan diet, check this one out. you could probably use rice flour to remove the gluten (make sure your soy sauce is wheat-free) and leave out the egg if you want something completely vegan. enjoy!
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, Thanks for your kind words. I find keeping busy in the kitchen makes it easier somehow, lots of good memories in some of these recipes.
Eunice : tested out Lo Chan's Crunch-top Focaccia. my man gives it double thumbs up! we were dipping it in some herb oil (Herbes de Provence steeped in olive oil for at least 1 month) and added some sun-dried pesto. also used the herb oil as topping i/o the one on his recipe as i had a full jar of this stuff and it smelled good baking. he was very pleased. possibly think about letting it rise for another hour or so after stretching out on pan as the crumb was a bit more dense than i'd like it to be. there were plenty of plenty of "air pockets" but just to test out my theory and to see if it makes a difference. thanks Lo Chan!
Eunice : tip for the day: leave out acidic ingredients until the very end if you want your vegetables to soften. i knew that adding acid too early when cooking beans makes them hard, but it never occurred to me that it also applies to vegetables or possibly even pasta, until i saw this tip on Apartment Therapy: Why vegetables sometimes won't soften. inversely, if you don't want your food to be mush, add that lemon a little earlier.
Eunice : it's Artichoke season! and if you're not sure what to do with that scrumptious thistle, here's an excellent video from a great organization, Cooking Up a Story, that shows you how: Prepping the Artichoke. i have never heard of Artichoke Cheesecakebefore, but it looks like a lovely and rich spread for slathering onto crusty bread. for those who like their artichokes grilled, there's a mighty tasty looking dipping sauce: Walt's Wharf Grilled Artichokes. and of course there's the Blood Purifier Tea. if you really can't get enough artichoke, there's an entire Artichoke Festival in mid-May.
Lorrae : hi Eunice! I used your tip about "blooming" my spices on my new recipe (http://wegottaeat.com/Lorrae/recipes/country-captain-chicken) It worked wonderfully! I didn't know a dish could be so flavorful. Thanks so much (again) for the tip! :D
Eunice : what to do with all these tortilla chips? they've got tips on being creative with leftovers for family meals. how about leftovers after events that you've just organized and you're really sick and tired of the food...and there's so much left?
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice. Thanks for the hello. About 10 days ago I thought I was back in Chicago. We had 12 inches of snow. It was unreal. The current weather forecast here is for snow again. Things have been distressful here since first week of January. My best friend/sister in law has been in hospital with pancreatic cancer. So most days life has been revolving around those needs. On a lighter note, today is National Margarita Day. My favorite.
Chris Lantz: Luzianne Tea is just the brand name that I use. It's great! http://www.luzianne.com/luzianne-tea-100-bags-p-39.html?=
Eunice : just listened to my favorite food radio show Good Food and they featured hot pot topic which made me hungry for braised dishes and congee. so made some congee and my eggplant spread. packed them both in jars and will be bringing them with me to work tomorrow. mmm...comfort food at work.
Eunice : going to test out Doris' recipe for baked rigatoni with spinach, ricotta and fontina. looks yummy and in the mood for fast casserole dishes.
Margot Moore: Glad you liked the artichoke dip recipe, Eunice! I forgot about it too! Maybe I'll make it tonite! Happy New Year and Happy Cooking!
Eunice : salad in the winter sounds strange but sometimes it's good contrast for heavier winter fare like creamy soups or rich casseroles. here's my recipe for a winterish salad: green beans and fennel with almond slices and citrus accents
Lorrae : Thanks so muchfor your advice! It was an easy enough dish.. so I'll definitely give that a try to spice it up! Probably would be great for other dishes that need a kick too... thank you!
Eunice : woohoo! Dave has added new gadgets! testing out the instant recipe share link. anybody made cheese stock before? http://wegottaeat.com/blackbirdpies/recipes/cheese-stock so how many recipes can i link here? this recipe is for whenever i feel like exercising my upper body with the French Fold method.http://wegottaeat.com/blackbirdpies/recipes/savory-pastry-with-sweet-dough-base
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, hope you haven't gotten snowed in. Happy Holiday to you.
Margot Moore: Hope the Best Mac & Cheese turned out well, Eunice! How do I add people (like you) to my friends list???
Eunice : going to make Margot Moore's Best Macaroni and Cheese recipe for Thanksgiving as it looks absolutely scrumptious. thanks Margot! will report back on how it went. yummmm! http://wegottaeat.com/margot.moore/recipes/best-macaroni-and-cheese
TAMI ETCHEVERRY: ok so i might sound totally dumb but I'm new here, how do i post the recipe besides just inputting it in my profile? do i paste and copy into the post section on my page? if you would help me out i'd appreciate it, I want to put up the chile relleno recipe like i told you i would, HAHA!
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, I'm in Sonora,Ca. Lunch was Mushroom-barley burger, green beans and spaghetti squash. Dinner will be Thai curry and brown basmati rice. Living the life, he, he. Doing all of the eating, and none of the cooking.
Jason Snipes: Eunice, I fixed the recipe error on my Bread Pudding Recipe. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
Doris Clark: The spicy and Kale Soup recipe looks yummy. I'm going to ask my California crew to make it when I visit them later this month.
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, what's cooking in your kitchen? I was watching Gourmet's food program on pbs last Sat and it was a bit sad (& weird) knowing some of the editors doing segments were probably already out of a job, or soon to be.
Eunice : Gourmet magazine will be no more. perhaps make their featured Spiced Applesauce Cake in tribute: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/10/spiced-applesauce-cake-with-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting
Eunice : lunch today was polenta and pan-fried zucchini with freshly chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of some hard rind cheese that i got from the farmer's market that i can't remember the name of. nice and pungent cheese! lunch tomorrow will be polenta and pan-fried orange and red bell pepper with onions and garlic, roasted pine nuts, pepper flakes and a few dashes of paprika.
Doris Clark: I was hoping you would address Chelsea's concerns re recipe search, so much more business-like than my 2cents worth. Nice to hear from Matriarchy, now I wonder what's happened to Tyler.
Eunice : homemade hummus with a sprinkle of paprika that my co-worker picked up from her Moroccan trip and a drizzle of olive oil, goes very well with fresh flatbread and vegetable sticks.
Eunice : just back from Starved Rock Park here in Illinois. had a nice picknicker underneath what would have been a roaring waterfall; the drier season i guess. we prepared a lot of nori rolls and were happily noshing on them, sucking on our fingertips and enjoying the soft sprays of water trickling from the rocks above. didn't carve our names in the sandstone, though. only left our footprints.
Eunice : rice vermicelli noodles, simple sweet/sour slaw (no mayo) that i made this weekend, pad thai sauce sitting in the fridge, strips of fried tofu and a handful of soy bean sprouts tossed together makes for a quick and fulfilling meal.
Eunice : summertime makes me think of a nice cool drink out in the sun...a nice alcoholic drink like a cocktail. i've been collecting all these drinks and looking at others to see what looks good. it's sorta' like cooking when you toss all these ingredients together to make something that just slides down so nicely.
Eunice : is thinking of making bún chay (Vietnamese vegetarian noodle)...but i'm missing the tofu so will have to wait another day...sigh...
Carolyn Beck: It was my son Ryan who typed in Margo's recipes for her after I told her about this site...a great way to enhance her kitchen re-do to have all of her recipes handy online....
Eunice : made a batch of panini out of the flat bread (pizza) dough. just cut them in half and they're perfect for making sandwiches. partially made of whole wheat so it's good for you and tastes good.
Eunice : corn husk broth...anyone ever made this before? i'm intrigued as it consists of just corn husk, onion, water and salt and yet produces a most "corny" flavor...or so says the chef who professes that it's his secret ingredient.
Doris Clark: Hi Eunice, are you on holiday? I'm finished with the friendship bread experience. I did an edit on my recipe notes and listed you as source material. I got rid of the pudding mix by adding cornstarch and more vanilla. It all turned out good, but summertime has turned my attention to cool drinks and frozen desserts or maybe mmmm... ice cream.
Tam : after perusing only a few of your recipes I had the sense that I will be doing it quite often...your recipes and my families tastes are getting along swell!!! thank you for all the instructional info too...terrific helps/tools. you are awesome!
Eunice : steaming in this heat so enjoying some iced coffee and strawberries with whipped cream and ricotta.
Eunice : giardiniera was good! a little bit of patience helped to soak in the flavor (Phil became impatient and popped it open after only one day and declared it wasn't flavorful enough) and the process itself wasn't too painful. think it needs banana peppers on top of the jalapeños.
Eunice : attempting to make giardiniera for the first time. a Chicago staple that my dude can't seem to do without when he makes sandwiches. for some reason, the local market we used to find it at no longer stocks it. so now, i'm attempting to make it at home and make my dude very happy and content. updates further on how it goes...
Doris Clark: Revisited your deconstructed friendship bread recipe today. I was gifted with some starter and the time frame was calling (yelling at) me. I really didn't want to use the pudding mix and remembered you had taken it out.
Eunice : crepes fest with friends! with jams that i got from the farmer's market , nutella and chocolate spread, ricotta whipped creamand a side of the orange-maple potatoes. http://wegottaeat.com/blackbirdpies/recipes/orangemaple-potato-salad http://wegottaeat.com/blackbirdpies/recipes/crpes-liquor-optional and they promise to make Sangria
Eunice : late night pizza as the dough is ready and sitting in the fridge and we only needed to crank up the oven and stone, stretch out the dough a bit, toss on toppings, bake and enjoy...and then go to sleep.
Doris Clark: Hey, loved the hello. I'm lame in figuring out the bells and whistles in V2, and so just hanging back, and enjoyed reading some of the posts.
Eunice : made the curried cauliflower flatbread from Mark Bittman which we are both very happy with. slices of cold mango completed this simple meal very well.
Dave Weaver: just wanted to let you know we now support posting to someone's profile as you suggested. see the forum for more details.
Eunice : made some fish meunière, or as my dude refers to it, "fish swimming in butter." been making puppy eyes at me for awhile demanding it, and since he's been particularly adorable today that's what we had for a very late dinner with rice and a side salad that he prepared.
Eunice : back from the dentist and thinking the proper thing to do is make soft polenta or congee...but my bad sweet tooth just wants vanilla ice cream with raspberry jam, chocolate syrup, whip cream and a maraschino cherry on top.
Eunice : improvised scalloped potatoes...ehhh. too much cream and need something to counterbalance the heavy richness of the dish. perhaps some roasted red bell peppers?
Eunice : making blueberry muffins (ahem...with frozen blueberries), more 5-minute bread, and ghee (clarified butter with a nuttier flavor). there's nothing like frying up eggs, pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches or anything made better by a pan fry when you use ghee instead of just oil.
Eunice : the great thing about making big batches of food at the beginning of the week: on the days when the weather is a might too warm for cooking in the kitchen, the ease of pulling out items from the fridge and quickly heating them up is absolutely heavenly. the garlicky potatoes and my apple/red onion/cheddar concoction goes quite well together. with a salad to boot, that'll be dinner.
Eunice : ...still munching on crepes. lightly toasted or pan-fried and slathered with nutella, freshly sliced fruit ...yummm! contemplating a scoop of ice cream...hmmm