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Tomato Tart From 'The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook'

@ Bluefirecracker - Josceline Dimbleby, a wonderful British cook who works with a lot of Middle Eastern flavours, had a recipe for a tomato tart in her "Almost Vegetarian" cookbook (one of my favourites) that called for an olive oil pastry. Wonderful recipe for pastry that I've used many times, in many other dishes.

Her recipe calls for a quiche (flan) dish, but I've made it in an oblong dish - one of those long skinny ones, with the pop-out base, with great success.

The Best Fresh Tomato Sauce

@ fiddlechick - I pick up big old Corningware roasting pans for a buck or two at thrift shops and, being non-reactive, they're perfect for tomato roasting. They also clean up a whole lot more easily than a metal ashet. I hardly ever use metal pans any more.

The Best Fresh Tomato Sauce

Interesting about the non/toxicity of the leaves.

I roast my chopped tomatoes first - figure I'd rather smell roasting tomatoes wafting around the house than deal with the steam as they boil down.

And I don't add the onions and garlic until I'm ready to use the cooked-then-frozen tomatoes.

But apart from that, delish!

Cucumber and Yogurt Soup With Walnuts and Rose Petals From 'A Change of Appetite'

I did make this soup the other night, and it was indeed delicious. I didn't have any walnuts, so I used what we had in the fridge - pistachios - and they worked fine. The texture and the combined flavours were wonderful. Definitely would make it again, and what little was left for lunch the next day was equally delightful.

Indian Spices 101: The Benefits of Frying Spices

Really useful details; thanks!

Cheese 101: The World of Real 'Swiss' Cheese

Love Appenzeller - it's the perfect accompaniment to Russet Apples.

I'm surprised that the Swiss cheeses mentioned are "rare" in the US: up here in Canada, Ottawa, you can find them at any good cheese shop.

French in a Flash: Moroccan Baked Scallops

Delicious! Made them tonight, and they were divine. Thanks, Kerry!

Win a Copy of 'A Change of Appetite'

Is this competition still open? Hope so!

Our favourite good-and-good-for-you food would be bacon.

Making the cucumber and yoghurt chilled soup right now - smells good already!

Orange and Leek Loukaniko (Greek Sausage)

Joshua - what is "fatback"?

It's All in the Char: Orange and Leek Loukaniko (Greek Sausage)

@ GentlemanJax - thanks for that - sounds too easy, and well worth the minor effort!

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Always Worth The Price?

I stuck my tomato seedlings in the ground mid-June, and the plants are now (August 1st) DRIPPING with a great variety of fruit, from generic cherry tomatoes to "Thai Egg," "Osu Blue," and "Wapsipinicon Peach."

Ate our first sunny tomato fresh from the garden yesterday - perfection.

And I am a VERY lazy gardener.

Cucumber and Yogurt Soup With Walnuts and Rose Petals From 'A Change of Appetite'

Sounds perfect: will give it a try tomorrow night, with less garlic, and report back!

Jam Making 101: The Tools and Techniques for Success

Like Lacey says, a potato masher, or a pastry cutter - the type with a handle and a series of curved blades - makes chopping the fruit that much simpler.

Adding butter can help with the foam, but it can also cause a bit of mould later on.

Everything You Need to Know About Baking With Chocolate

@ Guinefort - try TJ Maxx/Winners - our locals ones nearly always carry a variety of quality chocolate bars, often to be found on the even-more-discounted section!

What's the Best Way to Store Tomatoes?

What temperature was the family fridge set at, though? Fridges are generally set at 4'C, which is safe for meats, uncomfortable for tomatoes.

I'd bought an 18" wide counter-height cheapie bar/beer/wine fridge that I was going to run at its highest temperature, around 10' Celsius, and use it for storing veg that shouldn't be chilled, like potatoes and tomatoes, and fruit that I didn't want to ripen right away, like mangoes, for instance.

And then have another fridge for the beer and wine.

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler (A.K.A. Peach Puzzle)

I've had varying luck flipping the pie; I think it depends on the dish used. It seems to work better for me when I bake it in a straight-sided saute-type pan, vs a traditional pie plate with sloping sides.

Zane Caplansky on Where to Eat in Toronto

Ottawa next, I hope!

The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream

Or, just add a tablespoon of a peaty Scotch whisky, preferably from Islay or Jura... ;)

The Elements of Barbecue: On Matters of Meat

......sometimes, a cigar IS just a cigar.......

The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever

I just think anyone calling himself The True Adonis deserves his own personal avatar. :)

And many delicious foods are intrinsically slimy. Avocado. Mayo. Jam.

The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever

I just think that anyone called The True Adonis definitely needs his own personal IMG signature. :)

And some of the most delicious foods are by definition slimy. Avocado. Mayo. Honey.

Perfect Quick-and-Easy French Toast

Never mind the Challah, this is Easter, and time to turn those stale hot cross buns into French bread! Same recipe, just slice the bun in half, and each half into cake-type quarters, as it gets pretty floppity when saturated with the other ingredients.

Taste Test: We Try Every SodaStream Soda Syrup Flavor

I'm with the others who wished Soda-Stream didn't have any weird sweeteners in their non-diet syrups, yuck.

Anyone know of anyone else who makes a good Tonic Water syrup?

Manner Matters: Bread and Butter Basics

@ BostonAdam:

Really? You've really never had the joy of white bread, sliced, put in a napkin in a breadbasket, and then the whole thing goes in the microwave?

You are forthwith invited to come up to Canada, then, for this gourmet experience!

Manner Matters: Bread and Butter Basics

@sarahemmm - but, that's toast, and not bread, and if you're talking about marmalade then you're probably also talking about breakfast, and not a main meal.

I'm used to putting a fresh baguette on the table, and pulling pieces and adding butter, or not, during some courses of a main meal. That's more common in Europe than here in N America, where I notice people put a basket of microwaved (!) sliced (!) bread on the table. Blech.

I can't abide sliced bread at a meal, but toast? Whole other story, as sarahemmm says!

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Mustard Manual: Your Guide to Mustard Varieties

Mustard is one of the oldest condiments and hasn't changed much through the years. In it's essence, mustard is combination of mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with liquid, but its the variety of seeds and type of liquid used that creates all the varieties of mustard we know today. More

Knife Skills: How to Slice Scallions

When scallions are used as a base ingredient in a stir-fry or salsa, a fine rough chop will do you just fine. But the beauty of scallions is that they're as pretty as they are flavorful—provided you know how to cut them. Here are the basic knife skills you'll need to produce three different types of garnish-worthy scallion slices. More

The Food Lab: The Best Barbecue Chicken

Barbecue chicken doesn't fall under the strict definition of the Southern term "barbecue," as it is not cooked hot or long enough for connective tissue to break down the way it does in ribs or a pork butt (indeed, there isn't really any connective tissue to break down in the first place), but it does fall under the wider umbrella of "barbecue" which includes any foods cooked slowly (not to be confused with slow-cooked) with the addition of smoke and a barbecue sauce. Of course, all conversation of whether or not it's proper to call it barbecue will end once you all agree that it's delicious. More

Taste Test: A Guide to Black Pepper

There's no shortage of places to get your black pepper from; as one of the world's most popular spices, it's grown all across the world's spice regions, from India to Indonesia to Ecuador and Brazil. We don't talk much about terroir when it comes to spices, but it's worth thinking about. After all, peppercorns are fruits just like grapes, and soil, growing conditions, and variety of peppercorn are all going to have an impact on flavor profile. How strong are these flavor differences, and how do they pan out with food? We tasted peppercorns from seven major growing regions to find out. More

The Food Lab: How to Make Creamy Vegetable Soups Without a Recipe

These days, there aren't too many vegetables in the world that I haven't made into a smooth, creamy soup, and there are even fewer that I've not loved, but my experience has taught me something: the first time I learned how to make a creamy chanterelle soup at my first real restaurant job wasn't really just a recipe for chanterelle soup. It was a blueprint for making any creamy vegetable soup. You just need to break it down into its individual steps and figure out how to universalize them. Here's how it's done. More

The Food Lab: How To Preserve Fresh Spring and Summer Produce

I go a bit nuts every spring and summer when fresh produce is at its best. I end up buying things willy nilly, without much thought as to how I'm going to prepare, much less eat, all of it myself. After several valiant dinner parties and late night asparagus binges, I still find myself with far too much produce to even consider finishing everything before it starts to lose quality. More

Saffron Chicken and Rice With Golden Beets From 'The New Southern Table'

While it may not have the superstar status of other quintessentially Southern ingredients like country ham or collards, rice is a vital part of any Southern table, especially in the low country region around the Carolina coast. Brys Stephens's chapter on rice in his cookbook, The New Southern Table, explores varieties and preparations of the grain from everywhere from Thailand to his own home state of South Carolina. More

Mexican Gorditas (Fried Stuffed Corn Cakes)

Once you eat a Mexican gordita, your life may never be the same again: Corn cakes made from masa dough are pan-fried to create a crisp exterior and a steamy, tender interior, then stuffed with any number of traditional fillings, from spicy beans, to fresh white cheese and tender shredded meats. More

Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

Classic smashed burgers are all about maximizing that deep, brown crust. But I found myself wondering, what if I were to take this to the extreme? Is there a way I could pack even more flavor into a burger? And thus, the ultra-smashed burger was born. Same burger size, but twice the amount of crisp, browned crust. More

Crusty Portuguese bread recipe?

My fiance lived in Portugal when he was a young boy, and he fondly remembers a certain type of bread that his family would buy fresh every day. I'd love to make that same bread for him, but no one... More