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Abby D

  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas

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!

Fuel City: The Best Taco in Texas?

Definitely Fuzzy's in Fort Worth.

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.

Egg in Toast: What Do You Call It?

Gas house eggs.

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!

Produce in the fridge - bagged or loose?

After watching my boyfriend empty a bag of loose okra into the crisper drawer in the fridge (apparently because I told him not to leave produce tied up in bags), I'm wondering about veggie storage. My theory has always been that things with thicker skins (zucchini, cucumbers, etc.) can be loose, while things like okra, carrots and leafy greens can stay in the produce bag, provided they aren't tied up and devoid of air. What works best for you?

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