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Abby D

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Cook the Book: 'At Home with Madhur Jaffrey'

Cinnamon-Flavored Black-Eyed Peas from Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries. Probably one of my favorite recipes from SE's Dinner Tonight column!

Cook the Book: 'Sarabeth's Bakery'

Mom started me off at a young age! I knew her chocolate chip cookie recipe by heart by age 10!

Cook the Book: 'My Sweet Mexico'

This is not necessarily a dessert, but a freshly baked scone with clotted cream in a little pub somewhere on the way to the Rock of Cashel in Ireland.

No Oven Required: Wholesome Grandma Cereal Bars

Great remembrance, thanks for sharing! My maternal grandma took a liking to Filet-O-Fish sandwiches in her later years as well, which I never could understand, given her usual avoidance of fattening foods!

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Chana masala or grilled veggie kabobs, especially if they include eggplant!

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Chocolate chip cookie bars. It's a sure-fire way to get fat cookies, and no fussing with repeated dropping onto the cookie sheet!

Poll: Are You a Sweet or Salty Breakfast Eater?

For me, "sweet" means fresh fruit and homemade granola with a drizzle of honey.

@lokomotion, I totally go for the peanut butter and banana combo for breakfast!

How to Make Peepshi = Peeps Sushi

Ha ha ha, this is fantastic and disgusting! Those little beheaded Peeps are equally disturbing and hilarious! Thanks for the creativity!

Help-- it's almost bikini time- Low fat ice cream maker recipes!

In How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman has a great, simple recipe for soft fruit sorbet that I love. I usually make it with fresh strawberries, but I'm sure any fruit would be lovely:

2 C. any soft, ripe fruit (cherries, berries, mangoes, melons, etc., picked over, pitted, peeled, washed, etc.)

About 1 C. superfine sugar (I use regular and it's fine ... and usually only about 3/4 C.)

About 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Step 1: Puree fruit in blender with most of the sugar and a bit of lemon juice. Taste and adjust as needed.

Step 2: Remove seeds (if necessary) using a sieve.

Step 3: Refrigerate until cool, then churn in ice cream maker according to instructions.

Poll: How Do You Like Your Eggs?

More often than not, I eat them hard boiled, with a little sea salt and white pepper (great on-the-go snack for a busy grad student!), but when I'm in the mood, I like them scrambled (soft and creamy, not tough!) with some goat cheese.

A Day in the Life of Bianca Henry, 'Today' Show Food Stylist

I love learning background information on topics like this. Thanks for such a detailed article, Katie!

Cook the Book: The Grand Central Baking Book

I made weekly visits to Grand Central when I lived in Portland, and I miss it now that I'm gone! They definitely top my list!

The Different Types of Peanut Butter Eaters

I shamelessly use it as a condiment for almost anything - pretzels, celery (ants on a log, anyone?), carrot sticks, banana slices, or a spoonful in oatmeal. I also love using it in baked goods, especially frosting for chocolate cupcakes.

The Crisper Whisperer: Alice Waters' Long-Cooked Broccoli

Hear, hear! I love throwing the stems in when I cook with broccoli! They can indeed taste even better than the florets at times!

Worst foodie gift ever?

An electric contraption called "The Short Order Cook" that looked a bit like a waffle iron and had two football-shaped pockets where you could cook omelets, sandwiches, etc. The best part was the cartoon chef insignia on the front - he was wearing a white undershirt, a paper cook's hat, and had a five o'clock shadow. He really was a short order cook!

Anyone use pumpkin (or apple sauce) and oil to replace butter?

I've used applesauce as a partial replacement in some muffin and quick bread recipes and have enjoyed the results. I would probably avoid a complete replacement, as the moisture from the applesauce can definitely change the overall texture of the product.

Cook the Book: '100 Best Vegetarian Recipes'

Chili, made with plenty of potatoes, beans, assorted veggies and freshly roasted green chiles from my favorite local grower/roaster in New Mexico.

Moving to Denton, TX, so what's good to eat?

I second the vote for Fry Street. Lots of good, cheap places with a good college town vibe.

In the town square, check out Beth Marie's for ice cream and Jupiter House for coffee. Just off the square is Hannah's (http://www.hannahsoffthesquare.com/), which is great for any meal, but I especially like their Sunday brunch. Also check out the Greenhouse (http://www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com/).

Have fun in Denton! It's a quirky and fun city!

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes? Really?

Thanks all. I think dbcurrie hit on what I was looking for - I love to bake, and enjoy the process of bread making, so I think I would feel like something was missing in "no knead" process. But it may be worth a try just to see what it's like!

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