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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:37 pm UTC

Couple days ago: lots of cranberry sauce. It's good with ginger, but using ginger-ale, as some recipes do, makes for unpredictable thickening. Using candied or powdered ginger gives the wrong flavor. Plain old fresh ginger, grated into it, makes it simply divine.

P.S. some basic cabbage salad, and a new attempt at kraut (using juice from a Bubbies jar as starter).
P.S. to the P.S. the starter did right. No mold or yeast growing on the top, and it's changing color and texture, already.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

I helped Alex make two kinds of cookies - almond chocolate cookies shaped like ladyfingers and dipped in white chocolate and finely chopped almonds on one end, and neapolitan cookies. I also made stuffed bell peppers yesterday that were stuffed with brown rice, tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Spade » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:28 pm UTC

Yesterday I made Guinness Burgers. And they were so good. Today, I haven't made anything yet because i just woke up 3 hours ago.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby remo451 » Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:04 pm UTC

Easiest but most awesome breakfast recipe ever - lightly toasted smores pop-tarts with cream cheese on top. Sounds odd, but it's the best combo ever.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Hyphe » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:39 pm UTC

Me & the fella made Eggs Benedict recently (he's the only one of us to be trusted cooking with butter). Ohhhh so good. It is now my mission to cook these wonderful things for all my friends.

Today I made something resembling pasta with an arrabiata sauce. Not intentional, but experimenting with leftover foodstuffs resulted in something tasty that I sort of recognised.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:50 pm UTC

A very nice lamb and bean stew from an old magazine clipping given to me by a friend. It used a spice mix called baharat, which seems to be a sort of chili powder in the american sense. I was all set to mix my own when I noticed that the Spice House shop near me sold it. I may try my own mix so I can break down the amounts of the different spices at bit, but was nice not to have to on a cold night when stew was necessary.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Decker » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:56 pm UTC

Yesterday I made a pearled couscous pasta salad.
Basically, I made the couscous, and then threw in pepperoni, olives, and ham and a little salad dressing.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:39 pm UTC

Yesterday: upon discovering a long-forgotten Sappro Ichiban flavor packet (turned out to be, "original"), I made a noodle soup with it, chili powder, and miso mixed together for a flavoring paste, and then angle hair pasta. Real miso makes up for the unhealthiness of using a ramen flavor packet, right? :oops:

Today: minestrone
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:49 am UTC

More sauerkraut.
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Top, left to right:
- plain green cabbage
- plain red cabbage
- green and red cabbage, green onions, garlic, and mustard greens
- green and red cabbage, green onions, garlic, carrots, and an anaheim

Bottom. left to right:
- 2 * (green and red cabbage, green onions, and garlic)
- starter (first successful batch of sauerkraut), with added water and salt (plan B).

All have a bit of said starter kraut, and some juices from said starter, added at the beginning of filling, and then at the end, to top each one off. Note the first three tops bulging, already.

Now, to wait, and check, and wait, and check, and wait, and check...

...it's Dec 20th, and nobody else here is making food?
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:40 pm UTC

We are right now making a list for the big shopping trip... It's a bit early to be cooking for the holiday meals yet.

This is going to be a pretty awesome holiday meal season. We have tuna from straight off the boat and we're getting some eye of round from a local beevery.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:42 am UTC

I have four of these in the oven right now. I made them in two batches and accidentally failed to double the milk in the first batch, so that'll be an interesting experiment... I may have to remake those ones as these are meant to be gifts. I'm really excited about the cardamom as an alternative to poppyseed. The glaze, we altered a bit, partially because we ran out of honey; but also we wanted to add some amaretto. So it's a cup of lemon juice, a quarter cup of amaretto, and 1 1/3 cups sugar. Bit more tart than I think it was meant to be, but that's to my liking.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Cammy » Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:20 am UTC

Stuffed peppers and greek salad. Mmmm.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:00 am UTC

Short-dated mushrooms and spinach and spinach curry (because it tastes better on sale)
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:27 am UTC

Beef braised in a tomato-mustard-garlic-Worcestershire sauce, then chopped up and eaten as a sandwich. The net effect was strangely rendang-like. More rendang-like than my one-time attempt at making rendang, in fact.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PictureSarah » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:28 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I have four of these in the oven right now. I made them in two batches and accidentally failed to double the milk in the first batch, so that'll be an interesting experiment...


The ones with less milk than they should have ended up caving in when they were removed from the oven. The second two, which had the right amount of milk, turned out absolutely perfectly. We ate one of the failures, and it was still delicious.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:48 am UTC

Underdone in the center, which honestly was less related to the cave-in and lack of milk and more related to my taking them out a bit too soon, which I did because the top was getting into "too dark" region... Which I guess was after all a result of too little liquid because the other two did just fine for the full hour. So okay, we ate most of one of the "failures" and it was delicious if underdone in the middle, and now I will make two more. But the two that I made correctly look excellent and the cardamom was totally worth being excited about—it's much less obvious than the poppyseed flavor in a lemon-poppy confection, but definitely adds some depth. The amaretto likewise was not very distinct, and so the net result was still very much a lemon pound cake, only a really really good one. Highly recommended recipe, with the alterations to the glaze; beautiful balance of sweet and sour. More sugar would have been too much, like one of those horribly overrated Marie Callendar's pies (actually not quite as bad as those).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:43 am UTC

Cardamom works well in a lot of sweet dishes. It shows up in a lot of Indian desserts, but seems underutilized in the west.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:46 pm UTC

I've used it in pilau and to mix garam masala, but this is the first time I've seen it as a baking ingredient.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:35 pm UTC

Try it in anything with pears-they're a great pair.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:17 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I've used it in pilau and to mix garam masala, but this is the first time I've seen it as a baking ingredient.

Probably because most Indian desserts are not baked.

Out of curiosity, did you use green or black?

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:43 pm UTC

I've only ever used green, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to find black anywhere near where I live anyway.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:42 am UTC

Green is what's usually used in desserts, so it would probably work better anyway.

Also, Wikipedia says there's a tradition of baking with cardamom in the Nordic countries (see: pulla, julekake). I wonder how it got up there.

Black should be easy to find if there are South Asian groceries around.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:10 am UTC

Today I made two more of the lemon bread/cakes to replace the two that I screwed up. We ended up eating one and giving the other to a friend. Also we are finishing up a batch of rum-and-molasses gingerbread men (and bears), and preparing the dough for some cookies to go in a pressy thingy that presses them out. I have never used the pressy thingy before.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:55 pm UTC

That's known as a spritz gun and the cookies spritz cookies. They're usually a nice shortbread sugar cookie.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:16 pm UTC

Today I made:
Waaaaaaaaaaay too much green beans in tomato sauce (I'll have to freeze at least half of it)
An onion and potato gratin (well sort of)
Carrot cake with brown sugar, whole grain flour and raw tahini.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:44 pm UTC

Christmas morning breakfasts!
Scrambled eggs with wonderful buttermilk!
Low-sodium bacon bacon!
Sweet Cuppin Oatmeal Pancakes!
Stewed blueberries!
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Postby studyinserendipity » Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:31 pm UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I have never used the pressy thingy before.

I love the spritz press. Although thanks to PAstrychef, I will now be calling it a spritz gun. Perhaps a spritz assault rifle if things get serious. Hope you enjoyed it and the cookies came out well!

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby JCM » Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:47 pm UTC

I made a bologna sandwich and pumpkin pie.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:31 am UTC

Sausage balls w/ my own whole wheat biscuit dough (no nasty bisquick)
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:14 am UTC

Chickencakes. You know, like fishcakes, but with chicken. Worked out pretty well, so I now have something useful to do with canned chicken. Ate some as burgers for dinner, and the leftover patty for breakfast, topped with an egg and some salsa.

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Postby PAstrychef » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:07 pm UTC

My dear Nath, you did not make something with such an uncouth name as "chickencake". You made chicken croquettes. Croquettes have been the favored method of using up leftovers for centuries. And wonderful things they are. Just about any diced leftover, meat or veg, glued together with mashed spuds or bechamel, then chilled and breaded and sauteed golden brown. Yum.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:08 pm UTC

Ah, I knew they had to have a more dignified-sounding name. However, I'm going to continue to refer to them as chickencakes, because that's too amusing a word to be allowed to die.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby cerbie » Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:43 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:My dear Nath, you did not make something with such an uncouth name as "chickencake". You made chicken croquettes.
Best laugh I've had in days.

Sauerkraut, again, and still (it's not something that gets made in just a day, after all). Two jars survived just fine (the others got some nasty flavors from corroding metal lids--one more thing not to do), and have gone to the final stage: sedating the bacteria in the fridge.

The next batch is just getting started.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby ginadagny » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

Pad Thai. A very satisfying lunch :mrgreen:

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Postby PAstrychef » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:31 am UTC

So there was this sale on lobster at a local store, and Mom asked I was into having a lobster dinner. And since she had 6 8 oz. tails in the freezer we could make lobster bisque as well. It sounded like fun, so we set up to do it this week. I thought it was on Wednesday, but it was on Tuesday instead. So I discovered that I was making lobster bisque at 2:30 and couldn't start on it until after 4:30. I weighed the tails and realized that I had enough to use one for an amuse buche/ app.
So we served:
Lobster rolls with mango-butter poached lobster tail and mango poached in vanilla syrup wrapped in a heavy phyllo type pastry and baked.
Lobster bisque-straight out of The New Basics. Very tasty, but somewhat fiddilly. Very very rich.
Boiled lobsters with drawn butter and baked potatoes and roasted beets.
Mom's plum cake and egg-nog ice cream.
I may not eat tomorrow to let some of the calories escape.
It was fun, if unexpected. And very tasty.

And I finally put up a jar of preserved lemons morrocan style, with salt and lemon juice and olive oil. They won't be really until next week and they'll keep for a year, which is easily how long it will take me to use them all up.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:16 pm UTC

Pork chops with oranges and (thanks to a certain other thread in this forum) spicy quinoa cooked with cumin seeds and salsa.

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Postby TheWeirdDarkGirl23 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:38 am UTC

Egg rolls and French Fries. yum
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:00 am UTC

Duck breasts with a ginger-tea crust and pineapple reduction. Thank you, food network Canada, for the recipe. A very simple recipe and I had bought a duck on sale, made confit with the back end (a big pot of cassoulet is happening in the next few weeks) and did this for dinner with the breasts. Served with a 6 grain mix from the Japanese market and spinach.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Alder » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:12 am UTC

Combination yesterday and today, since I'm having folk for dinner this evening:
Cream of tomato soup, with rarebit floats. (From scratch, made with organic baby plum tomatoes that were the most amazing rich red I've ever seen. Couldn't usually afford organic, but they were reduced, yay!)
Roasted baby potatoes and chicken traybake. (Also involves red onion and garlic.)
Chilled chocolate souffles. (Which I'm renaming Mmmmmmmmmmmm Yummy Goodness Pots.)

I might be working this afternoon, so I'm trying to get as much of it ready as possible, so the traybake can cook while we eat our soup.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:10 pm UTC

Jambalaya.

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With sausage and chicken.

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