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Have You Ever Tried an Opal Apple?

Great apple, raw or cooked, and a good keeper too. That they don't brown made it an easy choice for an apple and arugula salad. Sliced paper thin with some candied walnuts...hope they keep stocking them.

What's For Dinner?

green chile stew and some home made tortillas

Tea Recommendations

Lady Londonderry is a delicious tea with notes of strawberry and lemon. For what it is worth, I was told it was Lady Di's favorite tea. It is equally good hot or iced.

Radish Greens

A whole bunch of radish greens, romaine, cilantro, poblano, jalapeno, tomatillo, along with pumpkin seeds, garlic and onion make up my mother's mole verde. She would simmer ox tails till tender then pour in the pureed mole and it would all simmer happily on the stove. It was the best dish
in winter.

Barcelona restaurants

Was in Barcelona last year so a big yes on Bar Pinoxto in la Boqueria but don't miss Quimet y Quimet, el Quim, Cerveseria Catalana,Canete (try the eggplant in honey sauce, and La Paradeta (amazingly fresh seafood)...great food at a reasonable price. Miss it terribly.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Judy Rodgers/Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken, in memory of her sad passing.

Video: How to Cook a Spatchcock Turkey (the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Cook a Thanksgiving Bird)

Fantastic video that I hope you run annually (so I can watch it along with Frosty the Snowman!). I have a 19 pounder and was wondering if I could spatchcock and actually split it into two halves, on two pans. If so, is the temp still 400? I am a little nervous about not knowing exactly how long to roast for. Suggestions?

Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Gravy

Kenji,
I have a 18 pounder. Have read the previous posts and I am wondering if I can spatchcock and actually split it into two halves, on two pans with veggies. Would temp be the same or should I lower it to 375? Do you tent with foil and then remove to crisp? Also, should I keep to your recommended temps for the breast-150 and thigh-165? Kenji, you are the turkey savant!

Chinese pickled greens

Pickled Chinese Cabbage is typically a nappa/mustard type of cabbage and it is sold in a clear plastic pouch. It is a yellowish olive green and should be rinsed well before using. Cut into slivers, it is a great addition to an oyster beef stir fry. Have never made the cabbage from scratch as the packaged cabbage keeps so well in the pantry and the amount in the package is just right for one stir fry dish (no leftover cabbage to stash in the fridge).

Cheap lunch ideas?

A potato or two, an onion, some eggs and some olive oil and you can make a tortilla espanola that will be a glorious dinner. A leftover slice cold or room temp is equally delicious for lunch or breakfast. Salsa is an untraditional touch but good too. No need to feel poor, just thrilled you finished grad school. Congrats!

Bernachon chocolate bar

I have a few euros left...time to start saving for a return visit. Thanks for the response.

Where is the best place in West LA for lunch?

If you like cuban, the Versailles on Venice, near Sepulveda. Go for the garlic chicken, black beans, rice and tostones. Carb heaven. Tito's is my all time retro favorite (think hard shell tacos with orange cheese and great burritos) and I have been going there since the 60's. Don't live in Culver City anymore but visit family and Tito's when I can. Johnnies Pastrami is eye shot of Tito's and has excellent but pricy sandwiches. Worth the splurge. Home cured pickles are a bonus. Enjoy the city!

Favorite BBQ/Picnic Appetizers/Snacks?

Just got back from Barcelona and tapas are a great small bite. Olives, roasted peppers, serrano ham, machego cheese and a room temp tortilla espanola (like a thicker potato, onion and egg fritatta). Whip up a quick romesco sauce, some sangria with white peaches and you are set.

need advice for healthy foods for husband that hates veggies!

Soups are a good way to integrate vegetables, especially if you add legumes like lentils or white beans. Think white bean, carrot, escarole, onions, garlic, maybe some spicy sausage. Veggies can be grated into smaller pieces. Does he like tomato, as in sauce for a pasta?

What Are You Having For Dinner?

tacos de carnita, grilled green onions, salsas and a pot of black beans

What to do with fresh mint?

Traveller, not knowing how big your plant is, I've found that you can take off 1/3 of the leaves without any problems. Would not pick again until the plant has a new flush of growth. I set the pot that I got from the nursery in my pond and it grows like crazy. It freezes in winter and pops right back when the pond thaws. I have killed a few that were planted in the ground and thought I would try the pond (they like things very moist). Good luck

What to do with maple sugar?

I used it once on top of some brioche
instead of the pearl sugar. It was a nice change

What to do with fresh mint?

I make a saffron rice with dried barberries and pine nuts, some grilled flatbread, a spiced yogurt sauce and roasted eggplant.

What to do with fresh mint?

I too have lots of mint and I grow it so I can have a big bunch when I want to make ketfe, basically equal parts of ground lamb, coarse ground fatty pork, grated onion, garlic, spices (ras el hanout and red pepper flakes) and lots and lots of chopped fresh mint. Form little oval meatballs and grill.

What edible to bring from Europe?

Guycooking, thanks for the comments. Many have suggested bringing in cured meats but from what I can tell on the State Dept website, it's a no no unless it is from an "approved" seller. Will go to L'Etoile d'Or for chocolate and candies and hope to bring home a Poilaine loaf. Again, thanks all for the help
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What edible to bring from Europe?

Is packaged jamon allowed?

Jalapeño Jam

Have made this before and I agree that using ripe, red jalapenos is a nice addition to the green. Sometimes I have made it using a little lime rind too. Excellent with goat cheese.

A Big Big Bag of Spinach

Also bought the "big, big bag" of spinach. Made saag paneer, curried cream of spinach soup, spinach canneloni, big bowl of ramen with loads of spinach leaves, spinach and bacon quiche, and lastly a big old bowl of creamed spinach with green chile. Was awhile till I bought spinach again!

Favorite Kitchen/Food Smell...

Live in New Mexico so green chile roasting outside is tops. Love the fragrance of spices blooming in hot oil, onions, garlic and tomato frying in olive oil, freshly ground coffee, chicken slathered in herbs d'Provence roasting in the oven, bread of any type baking away and the smell of marmalade bubbling on the stove. Oops, forgot to mention the scent of mangoes, ripe pineapple, and black dried chiles searing over a flame.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Bring Back One Discontinued Cereal...

apple cinnamon honey bunches

Bernachon chocolate bar

Just returned from a trip to Paris and bought a handful of bars of Bernachon chocolate (pistachio, orange,...) from A l'Etoile d'Or. Bars already gone and am wondering if anyone knows of an importer that carries them in the States. Went on their website but no luck. Should have bought more...mind blowing chocolate.

Why are new cooking shows so terrible and mediocre?

In bed with pneumonia and have been watching the latest crop of PBS Create cooking shows and am feeling even more ill after seeing "Christina Cooking Class" , "Pati's Mexican Kitchen" and the "Jazzy Cook". Thank goodness for Jacques and Julia but I am dismayed at what passes for "cooking" shows. I'm sure there is some real talent (i.e simple intelligence and heart over visuals and celebrity) out there but how do these dismal programs that dish out misinformation and continue to crop up?

Why are new cooking shows so terrible and mediocre?

In bed with pneumonia and have been watching the latest crop of PBS Create cooking shows and am feeling even more ill after seeing "Christina Cooking Class" , "Pati's Mexican Kitchen" and the "Jazzy Cook". Thank goodness for Jacques and Julia but I am dismayed at what passes for "cooking" shows. I'm sure there is some real talent (i.e simple intelligence and heart over visuals and celebrity) out there but how do these dismal programs that dish out misinformation and continue to crop up?

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