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Your bestest Quinoa recipe

I made "fried rice" last night using half brown rice and half quinoa. No recipe, just used leftover pork roast and misc veggies. I was really good but I wonder if using quinoa alone would end up too mushy, the brown rice seemed to add some structure.

KAF Baking Center in VT - worth a visit?

Too bad the classes are sold out, I've done several and thought they were great. I don't know about a bakery tour but I think the store itself is worth a stop. Nothing you can't get online but it is a fun store.

Dinner Clubs

I have a 'cooking club' that I belong to. A group of 6 of us (girls only, no spouses) meet once a month. We rotate houses, the host picks the theme and makes the entree, the rest of us bring drinks, sides, app, dessert. Some of us like to cook more than others but we try to be creative. We don't cook together, dishes are brought all made. After 8 years with only a handful of missed months we struggle to come up with new themes but the food is nearly always great. It's a bit more of a social or 'eating' club than a cooking club (the goal of everyone bringing copies of recipes to share only lasted about 2 months) but I see these best friends regularly and that is wonderful...good food, good drink and great laughs each and every time.

The Foodie Rabbit Hole

My husband used to complain that there was nothing in the house to eat, only ingredients. He has since come to appreciate "scratch cooking", though sometimes he does still wish there was a bag of doritos around more often.

Baby Oatmeal

Is it simply finely ground oats? I've been processing rolled oats into a powder and adding them to morning smoothies. It adds some fiber, thickens the smoothie and makes it more filling.

Impressive but easy

Homemade applesauce - if those who are so impressed only knew how absurdly simple it is. And marshmallows.

Need a present idea!

I'm a PT and try to eat a reasonably healthy diet but I find I always say (to myself, not out loud because I appreciate any gift of appreciation...and because I don't want to seem like a pig) "what, no cookies or candies?!" when we get a fruit basket or arrangement. I guess just because I work in healthcare doesn't mean I want my treats to be healthy. I do love the idea of bagels and I made caramel corn for the staff at my mom's assisted living, it was one of the bigger hits (I've made them a variety of goodies).

I can't believe I ate the WHOLE THING... :-(

Unfortunately this time of year it's Peeps :-/

Which is the Best Local Eggnog in Boston?

My milkman gets his milk from Hornstra's Dairy Farm in Hingham and I am loving their eggnog. Peaceful Meadows has some very yummy eggnog ice cream. I love eggnog but might have to investigate this boiled custard, I've never heard of it but it seems as if it could not possibly be bad!

What's for Christmas breakfast?

I have made cinnamon buns and ham & cheese quiche for my husband and his sisters for years. It's become the tradition and they don't like the idea of change. I did do donuts last year instead of the cinnamon buns but I think it'll be back to the buns this year. Maybe I'll make some bagels for myself.

What's your favorite type of bread?

My favorite of the moment are the baguettes of Peter Reinhart's Pain a l'Ancienne that came out of the oven this afternoon. Like others, my favorite is usually what I have just baked.


I cannot help with rennet and citirc acid as I am not from NY but I'd love to know how you do making burrata. I attempted in in the spring and my results were less than wonderful. Tasted ok but unable to get the nice creamy texture inside a nicely formed outside. Boy was it ugly. I've been happy with my regular mozz but burrata is my favorite new cheese and I'd love to be able to make it successfully.

Bread dough left out overnight - still ok?

Thanks everyone! I thought I might have an issue with rising/texture but just wanted to make sure I wouldn't make anyone sick. I made two loaves as usual...maybe a little bit longer rise than the 40' in the recipe and they came out fine! Maybe a little chewier and a little stronger taste which is a good thing, they tasted like the loafs made when the dough is a week old.

What's Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

I had a key lime cheesecake ice cream on the cape this new favorite. So good I had it two days in a row. Definitely going to try to reproduce it at home.

Master Chef: theater of the culinary absurd, or a good watch?

I admit I do watch many of the cooking reality shows simply for entertainment..I don't expect anything more than fairly mindless entertainment and occasionally someone to root for or a new idea to try. I do have to say that my dislike for Joe Bastianich is so strong that I find myself saying out loud "I hate him!!" even if no one else is in the room. Maybe it's just the role he is playing but I may not be able to watch because I find him so unlikable.

Lobster Roll Rumble: 18 Lobster Rolls in America

The Raw Bar on Cape Cod is probably my favorite but it's not hard to find a good lobster roll in New England. Fresh lobster and a little mayo on a toasted bun (maybe a little iceburg lettuce) is all you need...easy to find at any number of restaurants or "shacks". I had a great warm one with butter at Bob's Clam Shack in Kittery a few weeks ago and there is a mexican place on the waterfront in Plymouth MA that does a fantastic lobster roll.
I know what I'm having at some point this weekend!

Cookbook Store in Portland Maine - Anyone been there?

Oooh...Duckfat. Went there for the first time a few weeks ago, great fries and fantastic milkshake! Wish I had known about the bookstore. Next time.

KitcenAid mixer upgrade worth it?

Thanks to all...I think you have helped to talk me off the ledge. I got my Artisan refurbished from Kitchen Aid about 10 years ago and it has served me just fine. I will take a look at replacing the gear as it does not seem to have the power it once did but I think I will hold off upgrading until it really dies. Maybe I'll ask for a Thermapen for my anniversary instead. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one on here who enjoys getting appliances as gifts.

I want to make cinnamon rolls...

Sorry, took a chance that it might work but you do need a website membership to be able to see the recipe. I have also made the Pioneer Woman's rolls and formed them the night before and just baked in the morning.

I want to make cinnamon rolls...

Cooks Illustrated has a quick cinnamon bun recipe that has always been a big hit with my family (I'm not crazy about cinnamon buns in general but I do think these are pretty good and they do not involve a ton of time). I'll see if I can do a link.