The Case for Loving Vintage Cookbooks

I love old cookbooks. I used to work at the Perry Castaneda Library in Austin on the UT campus and we had some great ones. There was a cookbook by Frida Kahloff, one by Vincent Price, and a lot of those old archaic tomes (what to do with your scullery maid, how to assign duties to a household kitchen staff, etc) Fun anthropological forays into old ways of cooking and eating, whether they are useful in the kitchen or not.

Use the Microwave to Dry Your Herbs for Long-Lasting Intense Flavor

Weird about recycled paper towels! I wonder why they put metal in them? Also, could you do without the paper towels? I am wondering if you put them straight on the plate, would you preserve more of the oils (rather than have the paper towels soak it up)? Maybe in between two plates?

Cook the Book: 'Gluten-Free Girl Every Day'

Baked Spring onions stuffed with local Dai Due sausage and cooked rice and topped with homemade herb tomato sauce and parmesan, dressed with fresh basil and mozzerella.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

I love the raddichio salad at Botticelli's restaurant in Austin: Raddichio, pancetta, caramelized brussel sprouts, shallots, cranberries and pistachios in a sweet potato vinaigrette, topped (upon request) with plump grilled shrimp. I have dreams about that salad!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

I love Sriracha with mayo on fries.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

I tried the Group Recipes one and really liked it. I didn't have pectin either so I used a T. of corn starch.

Austin: 7 Places To Try Kolaches

Czech Stop has always been a pilgrimage for us if we are ever going north for any reason. I used to have friends in Dallas and I would go see them just so I could stop there. Their deli sandwiches are pretty great, too.

Ramen Tatsu-ya Finally Opens in Austin

I'm walking distance to this place and really excited about it's opening. I just need to figure out what time to get there to beat the LINES. Same reason I haven't eaten at Franklin yet. 3 hours in line for barbecue and it better get me drunk.

Best toaster oven/technique for baking bread?

The Breville sounds awesome, though I am on more of a $50 budget than a $250 budget. I may price out what it would cost for someone to service our old oven and compare it to the Breville. I am hoping whatever is broken is fixable and cheap.

Equipment: How to Buy a Wok

Cabbage Rolls at Niko Niko's?

I am looking to narrow down a copycat recipe for the cabbage rolls at Niko Niko's in Houston, Texas. My bf and I recently ate there when we were traveling through and really liked them. I think they are more Croatian than Greek, though it's a Greek place. Would love any tips the community could share.

Best toaster oven/technique for baking bread?

Our oven is a 1962 Westinghouse that has finally given up the ghost. The main problem is that it's set into brick in a 22" hole, and any new oven we bought would be 24 inches. We can't afford to do anything like demolish the brick, and I don't really want a new vintage oven that will crap out on us again in 6 months. We love to grill, so it hasn't been much of an issue except that I love to bake bread. I got a beard machine, but can't get it to bake properly, but it does great dough. I would like to be able to make the dough, then bake it off in a toaster oven or on the grill. I haven't been able to find good information on grill baking or on what toaster ovens might be best for baking bread. I would love some suggestions for either! We have a propane grill, so the temp is somewhat predictable, but it's all flame/bottom heat. Mainly I am interested in the toaster oven idea. I tried slow cooker bread and it was a disaster.

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