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BakingAndBooks

I'm a graduate student who loves discovering new flavors & spending her free time in the kitchen.

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  • Location: Connecticut, USA
  • Favorite foods: My heart will always have a very special place for coffee & chocolate. :)
  • Last bite on earth: I'd have to say a machaca burrito. I know that sounds strange but I think if I knew I were going to croak today I'd throw my vegetarian ways to the wind and indulge in some childhood favorites!

Hot Milk Cakes

Thank you for the mention Grace! It's an honor. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Happy Pi day!

I'm making coconut cream pie!

Is there anything better than soup?

Ah well throw crusty bread into the mix and yes, I agree, there is nothing better!

Serious Efforts: Pot Pie Crust

I don't think you need to use a pasta attachment, a good old rolling pin will do the trick. Heres is a recipe for Cream Cheese Crust that I used to make a potpie a while back - very easy, and I used a rolling pin.

http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/03/23/spicy-empanada-potpie-with-cream-cheese-crust/

Cookie Dough

I wouldn't use a cookie dough that's been sitting in the fridge for 6 days.

What is your favorite cooking tip or recipe from Grandma?

Bake from the heart. Everything comes out better when you put some soul into it.

Spaghetti Squash - 'Tis the Season

I didn't like spaghetti squash until I went on a food cleanse where we ate all manner of delicious squash varieties. Now I'm hooked. I posted a recipe for "Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto" a while back if you're feeling adventurous. :)

http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/07/02/spaghetti-squash-with-pumpkin-seed-pesto/

What to do with morel mushrooms?

I bought them at Whole Foods in Westchester, NY. They have a ton of morels there, but at $60/lb I thought 3 oz was enough! Chaoss, that's very cool that you used to hunt morels with your dad.

Banana Overload!

Someday, I would like to have a _____ growing in my backyard

Mango tree! Oh that would be heaven indeed.

Homemade bagel recipe....

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I made poppy seed bagels last week and the results were mighty tasty. The recipe is here: http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/08/23/homemade-poppy-seed-bagels/

How do you make a kitchen kosher?

Thank you very much Lou and Jerzee! It's not a new kitchen but an established kitchen the needs to be made 100% kosher. So I guess she'll have to empty all her cabinents, scrub the kitchen down and restock all the food.

How are pots, pans, utensils and dishes made kosher? Will she have to buy new sets, one for dairy and one for meat? I read online that if you heat these items in a self cleaning oven (to where a piece of straw singes when touching them) they are then considered kosher, but I doubt most kitchen items will be able to handle this sort of treatment.

Cook the Book: 'Happy in the Kitchen' Giveaway

I second the smell of baking bread!

Have you ever noticed how many times Alton Brown says, "Uh"?

I've never noticed that! I'm going to look for it next time I watch "Good Eats."

But even if he says it a lot, I still... uh, love him. Yay AB!

What is your go-to midnight snack?

Ha! Good to see I'm not the only one who's awake in the wee hours. :)

Have site feedback? We want to hear it!

Honestly, I think this site is fantastic! The only feature I would like to see added is the ability for readers to edit their posts in the "Talk" section. :)

Raffle: 5 free cookbooks & a 2 yr Saveur subscription.

I included the a href link in my post but they didn't show up. Here are the links:

Cookbook Raffle

Saveur Raffle

Interview with Dorie Greenspan

Many thanks for the mention!

Cookbook Giveaway: 'Super Natural Cooking'

Spinach lightly sauted in olive oil with red pepper flakes. Same for broccoli!

Cookbook Giveaway: 'A Twist of the Wrist'

My favorite canned food is chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I use them in everything from mashed sweet potatoes (thanks AB) to rustic lentil soup to homemade enchilada sauce. :)

Healthy, College Budget Pasta Dish

I love making Red Wine Pasta. It's not too expensive when you consider the size of slivered almonds and golden raisins packages. Just use cooking red wine, no need to buy an expensive bottle of fancy stuff. :)

Red Wine Pasta

Question of the Day: What food can't you live without?

Coffee, without a doubt!

Tempting Vegan Baking Recipes?

A friend asked me for vegan baking recommendations because her daughter is starting a baking enterprise at her school.... but not being a vegan myself, I've been hard pressed to come up with a list of great ideas.

I tried my hand at vegan baking with Pumpkin Currant Cookies (which were mighty tasty) but I'm hoping you Serious Eaters know of other scumptious vegan recipes?

What to do with morel mushrooms?

I have about 3 oz of morel mushrooms just waiting to be turned into something delicious, but the question is - what? I'm looking for a few good vegetarian dishes (eggs, dairy are ok) that feature morels.

Any suggestions?

Where to learn latte art in NYC?

I'm interested in learning how to create latte art - do you know of classes in the NYC metro area?

I'd also like to find awesome baristas in the area whose brains I could pick or who I could hire for a one time demo. Many thanks for your help!

How do you make a kitchen kosher?

A friend asked me to find out how a kitchen is made kosher but I haven't been able to find much detail on the Internet. (And have no idea myself!)

Does anyone know how a kitchen is made kosher according to Orthodox standards? Or, do you know of a helpful website I could forward to my friend? Thanks for your help. :)

What is your go-to midnight snack?

Or, perhaps the better question would be: What is your go-to 3 o'clock AM snack? With finals period in full swing at school I've found that the wee hours of the morning and I are becoming fast friends. Ack!

So far waffles are my favorite. There's nothing like a crisp waffle and a bowl of warm syrup to make the ungodly hours of the day just a bit more holy.

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