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baking question

thanks i'll try it. the cake tester actually came out batter-y at the usual time & i had to extend the baking time. the caving took place during that extra time.maybe it'll be different if i turn the oven off & just leave it.

Lemon Basil Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

made the ice cream sandwiches over this past weekend because it sounded so interesting. found that the result was way TOO SALTY! the salt overpowered the other flavors. my instinct told me that the amount of salt called for was too much, but we followed the recipe anyway. i would consider trying this again and greatly reduce the salt and would suggest that anyone who tries do the same.

Lemon Basil Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

made the ice cream sandwiches over this past weekend because it sounded so interesting. found that the result was way TOO SALTY! the salt overpowered the other flavors. my instinct told me that the amount of salt called for was too much, but we followed the recipe anyway. i would consider trying this again and greatly reduce the salt and would suggest that anyone who tries do the same.

Scooped: Lemon Basil Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

the recipe sounded interesting & we made it this weekend. unfortunately we were very disappointed. both the cookie & the ice cream tasted way too salty, leading us to believe that the there were misprint issues with the recipe. we may try it again and greatly reduce the salt amounts.

hiyashi

thanx for the great youtube video. as far as i can tell this is exactly what i'm looking for and the video is priceless. i'll have to make the noodles with a dog in the kitchen!

mysterious pan

looks like @hsryan was absolutely right! thanks so much. we've found more photo images & there's no doubt. now we're on the trail of a recipe & i'm sure that'll easy. thanks again folks.

mysterious pan

definitely not a blini or crepe pan--slightly resembles an escargot pan, but doesn't seem quite right. i'm going to follow up the suggestion of sending a picture to cooks illustrated and see if they have an answer.

thanks to all of you for your input.

sweet potato & fig ravioli

thanks to all of you. i was instinctively leaning in those directions. i improvised with stuff on hand and the dish turned out great. i softened some chopped shallot and garlic in sweet butter, added s & p and herbes de provence. then poured in evaporated skim milk (an old cooking light trick for cream sauces). stirred till it started to thicken and added grated fontina and stirred till it melted. i must say it was delicious & my husband loved it. simple tossed salad with vinaigrette on the side. i don't know where you live but Fairway in NYC & Brooklyn have a fabulous assortment of fresh ravioli. i have another pkg. stuffed with eggplant and black olives that we're also looking forward to.

Has Anyone Used This Ingredient? Fiori di Sicilia

it's much more flavorful than orange water and not that middle eastern taste at all. it has a combination of vanilla and citrus that really adds lovely flavor to cakes & cookies. almost like bergamot. use it as you would vanilla.

pain de mie baking pans

thanks for turning me on to such a terrific site. i found my pan and discover that apparently it's actually a pate pan! we have made beautiful and delicious pain de mie in it. so i guess it doesn't matter. maybe we'll try pate making next.

bake with mascarpone?

thanks very small anna!

i'm going to make the blondies as soon as sign off. am also hoping for more recipes!

DVD Giveaway: Food, Inc.

we buy meat locally from pastured animals and chickens whenever possible. also eggs from pastured chickens and locally produced yogurt, organic milk and other dairy products, artisanal cheeses and butter. at times when not available we will buy a "organic" steak in the market and grind it ourselves at home for a great burger. buy fish only from a fishmonger who drives to our town once a week with fresh fish. organic vegetables in supermarket--fresh locally grown when available (we're in the central NY so it's not always easy).

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

nigella is the best. a sensuous and unapologetic eater and lover of food and life. i'm making the chocolate shortbreads as soon as this post is finished.

jazzing up white rice

it's delicious to replace about 1/4 of the stock with orange juice. it adds a lovely taste and a bit of color. you can also throw in some baby peas at the end to make it even prettier and tastier.

Need a recipe using shrimp, tomatoes & oranges--ideas??

thanks folks--i saw the tomato-saffron recipe and if i don't make it tonite, it'll happen in the future. also the orange alfredo sound delish and will go on my "to do with shrimp" list. i'm too lazy to make alfredo sauce right now and time's a-wasting--too late to go to store and buy it--gotta get cooking.

Need a recipe using shrimp, tomatoes & oranges--ideas??

thanks--i might use the grill, but i'm trying to just create something between a stew and saute. leaning towards just sauteeing onions & garlic and then adding some grated orange rind and canned tomatoes with some of their juice and a bit of fresh basil and some orange juice or white wine and then letting the shrimp cook up in that.

any other suggestions from anyone?

pizza at home

tapioca: thanks i'll try it. and gingercookiewithilime: another good suggestion.

and catboy: please do post your recipe.

thank you all.

schulmama

Le Creuset: Is it worth it?

i bought a martha stewart dutch oven about 2 years ago for much less $$ than the LC. had an LC in the past that i found difficult to clean. this new one cleans beautifully, cooks evenly and well and has been just fine for my needs,

Need some Dill recipes

my kids all asked for this recipe when they set out on their own and now they keep passing along to their friends. it's quick, healthy, and delish. easy for any old night and good enough for company:

for one pound of salmon:

mix together 2 tbsp. dijon mustard, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, i tbsp. fresh lemon juice and lots of chopped dill and s & p to taste. bake uncovered at 350 for 20-30 minutes (till fish is done). sprinkle with fresh dill to serve. nice with simple boiled and buttered potatoes or noodles.

you can also use sour cream in place of the yogurt, for a slightly different and richer variation. my family prefers the yogurt.

Cook the Book: 'Olives and Oranges'

depends of course on the sandwich--but my favorite sides include a delicious french potato salad where the potatoes are marinated in olive oil & vinegar before finishing with an herbed dressing (nice with chicken or turkey on cracked wheat or sour dough); a red and green cabbage slaw with sweet-sour mustard sauce (great with roast beef on an onion bagel); and to perfectly complement a grilled cheese sandwich with mimolette, fresh tomatoes and mustard on pumpernickel--a selection of pickles including cornichons, homemade bread and butter and garlic dills. gosh i love sandwiches!!

caper berrries

i agree with wookie that most folks here are talking about regular little capers. the caper berries are quite large by comparison--a good 1/2 inch i'd say. and i'd still love a way to use them without chopping them up--they just seem like they should be used whole. drinks sound like one way to go, but i'd prefer an edible dish.