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slycat's picture

I am wondering what is the cooks talk project? I can see that several of you have chosen a book to cook through, so I am guessing this is it, but am not sure so thought I would ask.


Can anyone make up their own project? If so I have one I have been thinking about. But before I post here I want to be sure of the rules.


Thanks


Cathy

MadMom's picture

(post #67255, reply #1 of 31)

The project was suggested by Biscuit, and people chose a book, or two, to do recipes from and post the recipes, pictures, results, comments, etc.   If you have a cookbook you love, please feel free to join in.  One suggestion - put your name in the title, as in "slycat, Cookbook X" so that we'll know you're the one who is starting the project.



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ashleyd's picture

(post #67255, reply #2 of 31)

Rules? We have rules here? Why did nobody tell me?


Anyway MadMom has given you the original purpose, but that has now completed, so I figure that anything that needs reporting over a period could go in here, saves it from becoming another dead folder.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #3 of 31)

It was fun and interesting. We agreed to follow the recipe EXACTLY--hard to do, believe it or not.  And we reported the results, usually without posting the whole recipe unless asked to do so, so it wasn't so tedious.  Lee and I had chosen the same book and found some interesting things as to how things come out. A recipe for madeleines that said it made 12 made 24. And a delicious meat dish was good, but looked NOthing like the illustration.


Post your project and maybe we'll all revive.


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #67255, reply #4 of 31)

You're right, of course.  We didn't post the recipes, but did note where they came from.  I guess if anyone wanted them, they would have asked, or bought the book, LOL.



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Jean's picture

(post #67255, reply #5 of 31)

I bought several books b/c of this folder!


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Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #6 of 31)

Yes, I think it was the ultimate enabling thread!! I bought Jacques' book after Schnitzel kept posting those incredible recipes and pictures!!  Resistance is futile!

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Lee's picture

(post #67255, reply #23 of 31)

Yes indeedy.  Jessica's and Amazon did just fine thanks to the project.

Lee's picture

(post #67255, reply #24 of 31)

I've been thinking about doing another project on my own.  Are any of you interested in reviving this for another round? 

Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #25 of 31)

I'd be somewhat interested. We are eating out a LOT less, and this would make me do "special" menus.  I liked the last one--just couldn't sustain it.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #67255, reply #27 of 31)

We are eating out a LOT less.


Same here. Ever since my super fun health issues last summer, I have this urge to stay home. Many of my old friends here (in typical NE fashion) are not adventurous eaters unlike my friends in SF so we tend to go out often with my brother and his wife. She is Greek ( his 3rd and FINALLY a total doll - I LOVE her) but she is allergic to shellfish, doesn't eat lamb (?????) and hates vegetables, doesn't drink wine or beer (only martinis) and  hates small portions (so that eliminates most of our restaurant picks).


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #28 of 31)

ummm. I question her lineage no matter how much you like her (I am so glad!!). She can't be Greek and not eat lamb!! She does have the martinis covered!  ;o)

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #67255, reply #29 of 31)

Remember that line in My Big Fat Greek Wedding? "He's a vegetarian? No problem-I'll make lamb."

Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #30 of 31)

No, but I LOVE it!!  ;o)  That was just SO cute.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #67255, reply #31 of 31)

Hee!


She is so opposite of the women in our family, it is comical. She is VERY curvey and wears a TON of jewelery, mostly really gaudy, IMO (but 100% real) stuff.  Very designer clothes, lots of cleavage. I mean we are from Maine for pete's sake...I am the crazy outlier in my family... MOI - with leather jackets, boots and aubergine haircolor.


She is a wonderful mom (her 4 kids are great) and a fabulous cook and she adores my brother, so what if she isn't MY type?


His 20 year old daughter told me when we had dinner last week that they met on-line which definitely did not match the story they told everyone :) hee!


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

slycat's picture

(post #67255, reply #7 of 31)

Recently I moved all my cookbooks, 150+ of them, plus all my saved cooking magazines, from various parts of the house to a bookshelf in our bedroom. It was the only place I could put a bookshelf big enough. It has turned out to be the best place I could have put it. I tuck into bed each night with a different book. Plus I am looking at books I have not looked at in years.


I have decided to try and cook at least one recipe from a different book or magazine once a week or so. I can post or not as I know this is not the rules of the thread. I know this sounds a bit like Heidi Sawnson's 101 cookbooks. But I can see her point. Plus I have a rule for myself... keep it simple, just pick one and go with it. Because sometimes with me, between the magazines, online sites and all these cookbooks I sometimes do more looking than cooking and that frustrates me some. I will think I am going to make such and such for dinner, than spend hours pouring through books and online to find just the right recipe, and we end up eating eggs because I can't make up my mind. So part of this is to get me beyond that point and just cook.


If this is okay with the rest of you I will think up a name and start. I can see where cooking through one book would be fun. When I get a new cookbook, and I got two new ones just yesterday, Urban Italian and Flo Bakers new one. I cook out of it for awhile. Then I have my favorites from the book and it sets on he shelf. So this is my way of revisiting some old friends and trying new things.


Does anyone what to join me?? Cathy


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #67255, reply #8 of 31)

I think it's great, and I think at various times, particularly at the New Year, some of us have vowed to do something similar. Go for it!!

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slycat's picture

(post #67255, reply #10 of 31)

Okay, I'll think of a fun name and keep you guys "posted".


Oh and Gretchen, I made your limoncello cheesecake and it was a huge hit! I did it in a waterbath and it was creamy and smooth and really good. Thanks.

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(post #67255, reply #11 of 31)

Great. ;o)

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MadMom's picture

(post #67255, reply #9 of 31)

Go for it.  It should be interesting, and maybe it will inspire some of the rest of us to get out our different cookbooks and try some recipes from it.



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roz's picture

(post #67255, reply #12 of 31)

Yes! Your idea sounds fun and I would certainly like to see what you choose for your weekly (or daily) recipe. I am somewhat like yourself, reading far too much and not cooking enough! I need to learn not to run my ideas by the DH, he can get a bit freaked out at times! I am urging you on...go!

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shoechick's picture

(post #67255, reply #13 of 31)

It would actually be a very good spot to keep track of some of the cooking new years resolutions.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Debby's picture

(post #67255, reply #14 of 31)

I'm constantly finding recipes from books, magazines or on-line that I want to try.  My problem was that I'd pick up the necessary missing ingredient(s), but then forget were 'that' recipe was!!  I had a bottle of Sambuca sitting in my cupboard forever........Glenys, I think it was for a recipe that you had given us............  :)  I was so happy to see a reference to a recipe somewhere here for Chocolate Sambuca cookies--They're fabulous!!


At any rate, I'm starting to keep notes in a kitchen journal of sorts-- of what recipes I want to try, where the recipe can be found, and any ingredients that need to be purchased for same.  It seems to be helping me out big-time! :)


Debby

MadMom's picture

(post #67255, reply #15 of 31)

Awww, Debby, that's no fun!  I have so many things I've bought that I wonder why on earth I ever got them, but I know at the time I had a reason. 



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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slycat's picture

(post #67255, reply #16 of 31)

I know sometimes I wish for simpler times when we didn't have as many choices or resources at our fingertips. I have been struggling with this for sometime now. I have things bookmarked on my computer, sticky notes in all my cookbooks, corners turned down on all my magazines and yet struggle with what to fix tonight for dinner. I am hoping this little project will help some with that. I promised myself to just pick something and go with it. We shall see. I too have things in my pantry I have bought for a certain recipe only to find the item later and wonder what I was going to use it for!!

Adele's picture

(post #67255, reply #17 of 31)

Slycat, I think this is a great idea.  Not only will you know what's for dinner, but you'll be able to try new things.  That's what I liked most about the project, trying new ways of making something and working with 'new' ingredients or just trying something I didn't care for the first time and tried again. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

soupereasy's picture

(post #67255, reply #18 of 31)

I look forward to this.


I can relate to those "items" it took me ages to find, and then I had forgotton which recipe they were for. I also know what it is to come home to find a plethora of ingredients, but nothing for dinner?


Have fun!

bwf17's picture

(post #67255, reply #20 of 31)

I did the same with a bottle of Pernod, but then I saw a repeat of a Barefoot Contessa and there was the recipe.....hooray.

 

 
shar999's picture

(post #67255, reply #21 of 31)

Love my Mastercook.  I put all recipes in it that I want to try.


Believe me I am just like to rest of you, buy something and forget what recipe used it.  BUT if you have Mastercook you can go into the search and put that ingredient in and it will pull up all recipes with that ingredient in it. (It only took be 2 years to discover this)

Jean's picture

(post #67255, reply #22 of 31)

When you have saved thousands of recipes that is too much information. LOL


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TrueRed's picture

(post #67255, reply #19 of 31)

This is a great idea. My cookbooks are riddled with colored tabs marking the recipes I'd like to try, but if I don't follow through as soon as I buy the ingredients, the "link" between recipe & ingredients is lost.  Picking one cookbook at random, choosing a recipe, and making it the same week sounds like a good challenge!


One thing to add:  Years ago, I got in the habit of penciling a note on each recipe that I tried. I always mark the date I first fixed the recipe, and whether I liked how it turned out. I also put a sticky note on the page, with changes I'd make the next time.