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Easy Pork and Three Bean Chili

Yum! Made this tonight with dried Rancho Gordo beans and their chile powder too. Delicious.

Was worried because the soaked raisins didn't blend totally smooth, but no 'bits' detectable in the finished product.

Slow-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb With Garlic, Rosemary, and Lemon

Thanks for such a prompt reply! It was a roaring success - and the sandwiches with the leftovers were great.

Slow-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb With Garlic, Rosemary, and Lemon

What would a rest of longer than one night do to the meat? Considering it for NYE dinner party but timings would mean I'd have to bone, butterfly, spread marinade, roll and tie approx 40 hours in advance.

The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables

What about swede? (rutabaga in the US possibly? This stuff - size of a baby's head http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/1/22/1264161480698/Swedes-001.jpg)

Carrot method or sweet potato method? Or sth else entirely?

British foods to bring to US friends?

Wow - I had no idea some of these things eons hard to come by! Marmalade and tea?! Really?! They're in the list.

I'm a savoury tooth so loads if the chocolate and candy would never have occurred to me. Would love to bring cheese but will have to check whether our hotel for the first few days has a refrigerator because we're not seeing them until four days into our trip.

An also formulating my list to bring back. So far: butterscotch chips, canned pumpkin, Kraft mac and cheese, Lawry's, Old Bay, affordable pecans, affordable maple syrup...

Scottish/English Oat Cookie Recipe

This is my go to recipe. REALLY good with mature cheddar and chutney.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/520634/

Ask the Food Lab: Can I Start Pasta In Cold Water?

@Alessio

Maybe it was just my coinquiline! They would break a strand of spaghetti and consider it ready when there was just a tiny grain-of-sand sized piece of white in the centre. If they broke one and there was no white left, che casino! Dinner ruined!

Ask the Food Lab: Can I Start Pasta In Cold Water?

So, am I missing something totally obvious? Around how long does hydration take? Is it a simple case and waiting for the pasta to look hydrated? Or a simple check of al dente-ness? Or the obsessive Italian way of taking a piece out and breaking it and it's done as soon as there's no white left in the middle?

Chris Milano's 'Foodie Adventure' Tour San Franciso

Thanks! Given that there is close to zero good Mexican food in the UK I think the Mission district tour might be best as well. We're pretty well versed in Italian food (I'm a translator and have done a fair bit of culinary Italian-English stuff) so I think we'll know what to look for in that respect, but I'm a bit more apprehensive about Chinatown - that will need much more research!

Interesting to hear that Tahoe is no great shakes food wise. We're considering self catering while we're there (just 5 days of our 14 day trip) and would be more than happy to cook rather than eat out. Really looking forward to hiking, boating and watersports.

The Food Lab: The Best Wonton Soup

I SO want to make this next week but I can't buy wonton wrappers in my tiny Scottish island. Are they prohibitively difficult to make?

Basic Square Pan Pizza Dough Recipe (Sicilian-Style Dough)

Made 2/3 quantity of this tonight for a 30cm square baking pan and it was great! Had to do a bit more coaxing than implied by the recipe to stretch the dough to the corners, but apart from that it was great! Definitely going to be my new go-to for company!

Make-Ahead Curried Coconut Quinoa with Shrimp and Basil

Made this with Thai red curry paste (fried off in the oil before adding mushrooms/onions) and 8oz extra veg (peppers and courgette) instead of shrimp and it was OK. Would consider making it again with tofu, but not if reheating - I'd fry it up and add at the last minute.

Bourbon Pecan Turtles with Fleur de Sel

It's the effect of sprinkling the fleur de sel onto the soft chocolate, surely? I like it - give them a nice mottled look, a bit like tortoiseshell.

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

I'm keen to make this but have a couple if questions. Are chocolate wafer cookies Oreos? I'm a Brit - we don't have that as a generic term I don't think!

Secondly, is the heavy cream measured in fluid ounces or weight ounces?

British foods to bring to US friends?

We're travelling to California on our honeymoon in September and will be meeting up with some friends for a couple of days. We'd love to bring them some British supplies but we're not sure what to choose and they've told us to surprise them!

What British stuff can you not get in CA and would be plane friendly? We'll have tons of luggage room as we're bringing a spare suitcase for all the things we plan to bring back.

Chris Milano's 'Foodie Adventure' Tour San Franciso

www.foodieadventures.com

Has anyone done this tour? We're honeymooning in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in September (we're British) and we're considering either the Mission district or the North Beach-Chinatown tour. There's not a lot of info on the site as to where the tour will visit so I wonder if I might be able to put together a better tour myself using recommendations from SE/TripAdvisor.

Thoughts?

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