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Biscuit's picture

I wasn't going to, but I did it anyway.


I didn't get any cookbooks this year for Christmas, and that is fine, really, but I really wanted these 3 books so I finally succumbed to temptation and to 40% off at Jessica's Biscuit and got them:



  • New England Soup Factory Cookbook:  More than 100 recipes from the Nations Best Purveyor of Fine Soups

  • Hot Drinks for Cold Nights:  Great Hot Chocolates, Tasty Teas and Cozy Coffee Drinks by Lianna Krissoff

  • Simple Italian Sandwiches:  Recipes from America's Favorite Panini Bar by Jennifer Denton, Jason Denton and Kathryn Kellinger

You know - even Amazon doesn't have 40% off AND free shipping.  Hard to pass that up on books you were going to buy anyway, you know???


Anyone have these books and what are your thoughts so far?


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #1 of 80)

I have the soup book. Made the cauliflower potato soup it was really good!
Made the mushroom bisque, and it was really good with the addition of a wee drop of warmed sherry to the bowl.
I plan on doing the crab, havarti and dill soup for N.Y. day.
You must let me know how you like the paninni book. I find they make a nice quick dinner when I have come home overtaxed from work. Cheaper than eating out, but sometimes I need a little inspiration to get me going! :)

Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #2 of 80)

I love panini, especially on soup & sandwich night, and since I got a panini press for Christmas...(g) - well, I needed the book!


I'll let you know what I think of it.  Can't wait to try the soup book, too.



Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain


Edited 12/30/2007 6:20 pm ET by Biscuit

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #3 of 80)

Which press did you get? I Had a Villaware first and the surface was very poor, crusty bread scratched it.
Now I have the Cuisinart and use it all the time. DH has even taken to toasting bagels on it.
I know it would be cheaper to use a cast iron pan and a weight ala Mario, but much harder to clean.

Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #4 of 80)

I have the Cuisinart - it had terrific reviews, and I see why.  I've used it a couple of times already and it's fantastic.  I even made little crostini on it! (G)

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #5 of 80)

Makes killer garlic bread as well. Smear bread with poached garlic and toast. ( I am a crunchy garlic bread lover, really don't care for the steamed in the oven in foil variety!).

Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #6 of 80)

Oh, I'm with you.  Crunchy all the way.  I'll try that - maybe tomorrow. 


I swear, I'm not one for gadgety items, like toasters and such, but this panini press?  I can see myself using it all the time.  Quesadillas, grilled cheese, panini - everything.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

MadMom's picture

(post #62905, reply #7 of 80)

Is it the Cuisinart Griddler?  If so, I love it!  The chef who teaches my cooking school classes also uses it for satays...just threads the meat on skewers, puts only the meat portion on the grill, with the skewer hanging off the side, and closes the lid.  Really great!



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Gretchen's picture

(post #62905, reply #8 of 80)

Oh, what a GOOD idea. I NEED to get ours out. Maybe tonight.

Gretchen

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Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #9 of 80)

Mine is the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler & Panini Press.  What I love most about it is the floating hinged lid, so no matter how thick a thing you put on it, the lid comes straight down on top of it, instead of folding down like a book and squeezing all the filling out.


I'll have to try it with skewers of things - hey, I wonder how the shrimp will turn out on it????!!!!


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Gretchen's picture

(post #62905, reply #10 of 80)

That type of hinge is what makes the difference. I did give our Breville to DD--it has an adjustable "hinge" so that it could be used above an open faced cheese sandwich, for example. It doesn't have the ridged plate for marking, but otherwise was a nice panini press, and very inexpensive on sale when I got it. I have the Griddler now.

Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #62905, reply #11 of 80)

You will love it!  It's great for so much more than panini.  With just Ray and I, I used to use it for burgers or grilled chicken breasts, and, as I mentioned, it does a great job with skewered things.  Nice, because you can leave the skewer hanging over the edge, so you don't have to worry with soaking it, etc.



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

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Holly's picture

(post #62905, reply #12 of 80)

oooh oooh and don't forget to use the griddle too...I LOVE mine to make pancakes and eggs...with Max I bet you would get a lot of use out of the griddle for breakfasts too!

I use my C. pannini maker at least a couple of times every single week...lovelovelove it!

unbaked's picture

(post #62905, reply #50 of 80)

Stop, I'll have to find mine, it's in storage SOMEWHERE and then something else has to go off the counter. Pout.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

sweetpotato's picture

(post #62905, reply #13 of 80)

I just got the New England soup cookbook. So far have made the Italian Vegetable and liked it a lot. So many of the recipes look good. Thank goodness Santa brought me an immersion blender! Nothing beats soup and a sandwich on a cold winter day.....I wonder if there is a panini grill in my future too?!

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #14 of 80)

Has to be, nothing says it better than a good soup and a nice warm paninni! ;)

dorcast's picture

(post #62905, reply #15 of 80)

I just bought that book as well.
Many pages marked, but I haven't tried anything yet. Would love to hear more reports as you try the recipes.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62905, reply #63 of 80)

Hi


This weekend I made the Sausage minestrone with orzo, it is delicious. Which is a good thing because I will be eating every day for a while, it said it was 10 to 12 servings but came out more like 16-20! I thought about halving it, next time I will.


But it's quite tasty.

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #64 of 80)

Unless you are cooking for a crowd I would really halve her recipes.
She has some really nice ideas. Still working myself up to the chix with orzo and lemon. Even with half recipes there is only so much soup two people and one game neighbour can consume!;)

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #65 of 80)

So Biscuit, did you get the pannini book yet? I am waiting for some great ideas. :)

Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #68 of 80)

I'm so sorry!  Yes, I finally did, and I will give you a full review - later, maybe next week or something.  Chaos reigns in this house at the moment and it has for a few weeks.  Doesn't appear to be getting any better either - Max woke up today throwing up.  AND I have one of his friends over this a.m. I promised to get to school, AND I'm supposed to work at school this morning and can't find anyone to sub for me because everyone has a sick child or has to work, AND...the list goes on.


oh, dear - I hear bad noises.  Talk to you soon.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62905, reply #69 of 80)

This weekend I made the mushroom lentil recipe. Can't say I really like love it though, it's pretty bland. Which is too bad because I'll be having it for lunch every day this week (G).


Like Biscuit said earlier, the instructions re: adding salt at the end are rather vague, I thought I added plenty but it could probably use more. I've made better lentil soups.

Next weekend I might make that spicy flu chaser soup, it sounds good. Or maybe the potato that has the horseradish.

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #70 of 80)

Spicy flu chaser is a winner! I will be making that one again.:)


edit to say that I made the mushroom bisque a while back. Froze a quart which we had the other night. Much better the second time around! ( Did have to give it a whir with the immersion blender.)


Edited 2/18/2008 11:32 pm ET by soupereasy

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62905, reply #71 of 80)

Do you think it would freeze well? I'd love to have some in my "soup bank" should I be unlucky enough to catch a cold or the flu.


Maybe freeze some without the rice and then add that later?

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #72 of 80)

I would freeze the soup without the rice. Cook some fresh and add when serving. I could be wrong. I didn't have enough of that one left to freeze.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62905, reply #73 of 80)

Good plan, even if I was feeling lousy I can deal with the rice cooker!

kathymcmo's picture

(post #62905, reply #66 of 80)

Yes I think you're right. I almost did but then figured I'd have to think what to do with a half can each of garbanzo, kidney and cannellini beans so just made the whole thing. I froze half and will be bringing some to two of my coworkers for lunch tomorrow.

dorcast's picture

(post #62905, reply #67 of 80)

That one sounds good. I've been making Giada's minestrone - which I believe is the same as Mean Chef's minestrone, but perhaps I'll try this one.
Her recipes do serve many!

soupereasy's picture

(post #62905, reply #16 of 80)

OK, so I finally made the crab bisque with havarti and dill. (Had to work N.Y. day.)
Really good recipe. Unless you are cooking for a crowd, halve the recipes.
I used shrimp stock as opposed to lobster, don't care for lobster.


 

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Biscuit's picture

(post #62905, reply #17 of 80)

Oooo - pretty!  Very nice presentation!


I wish my book would get here.  Maybe tomorrow.  Sure is slow.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

FL.Cook's picture

(post #62905, reply #18 of 80)

It looks wonderful, any chance you could print the recipe?  Pretty please!!!!

Carole