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Pielove's picture

So I cooked 100 recipes from FC 104-106.  My prize is a special edition, but there are so many to choose from:

 I already have Cookies and I also have Quick and Delicious.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'm considering Grilling or Big Buy.


ICDOCEAN1's picture

Special Issues (post #70331, reply #1 of 11)

Congratulations!  I am not sure that I will make 100 recipes by the end of the year!  I have been slacking off and using the wealth of cookbooks that I own or go back to other issues of Fine Cooking for inspiration.  My grand will be leaving today so I can maybe get back to FC a little once I get my house in order.

I should create a list of seasonal and special ingredients and the recipes that use them because it is a challenge to find them around here and I really like to follow the recipes for this challenge with little change or substitutions.  I don't mind changing cuts of meat and poultry and for fish and seafoodI tend to use what is local and fresh from NC.  Then there are some recipes that are just not appealing to me and I must take into consideration that I really don't like to bake and I'm not much into desserts.  The drinks are nice for the most part, but then again sometimes the unavailability of ingredients keeps me away as well as the specific and pricey liquor brands.  I would much prefer a good wine suggestion for each recipe or selections that would work for most of the recipes in the particular issue. 

So I don't think you could go wrong with either selection, I'm happy with all of the special issues that I have purchased in the past especially the Fresh, Quick and Delicious, and Chicken issues.  I think that I would go for the tailgating issue since it would serve me well for tailgating and boating!  You can't go wrong with which any of the issues!

Enjoy and happy cooking.

Pielove's picture

Thanks! (post #70331, reply #2 of 11)

I picked "Big Buy", which is perfect because I am a big Costco shopper.  Robyn said that it had a lot of new content too-- lots of Tony Rosenfeld recipes-- so I am excited.  I agree that the special issues are good-- I like being able to browse a category (i.e. all cookies) for inspiration.

I hope you keep cooking and posting-- I look forward to your posts!  Some of the ingredients are indeed hard to find-- even in Chicago, but I have been substituting with abandon and find the recipes usually turn out well anyway.  At least we are having fun-- I made the Queen Bee Mojitos again at a party and they were a huge hit.


kitchengoddess's picture

Congratulations!! Man, that's (post #70331, reply #3 of 11)

Congratulations!! Man, that's quite the accomplishment. I don't know that I could make it to 100 in one year, that's for sure.

I am drawn a lot to their cakes and special occassion stuff, but then don't really have special occassions to make them for! LOL

I do love their special issues, I have a few.  I love the quick and delicious and I have a couple of their Holiday Special Issues (back from when they use to put them ou) and I use them quite often.  Particularly since back then I was not a subscriber so all of those recipes were new to me.

Enjoy your special edition and do let us know how it turns out.

Pielove's picture

Thanks! (post #70331, reply #4 of 11)

Yeah, it was fun and I think I will try to cook a few more starting in September.  I have a bad habit of getting into a cooking rut and not trying new things, so doing the challenge really helps me get out of that rut.  You could probably do 100 in a year-- after all, that is just 2 recipes a week and some of them are really easy (like salads and pasta).  I figure I'm cooking anyway, so why not?  I look forward to seeing what else you cook from the issues, whether it is one thing or a hundred!


Adele's picture

Congratulations!  Go for the (post #70331, reply #5 of 11)

Congratulations!  Go for the chocolate special issue, liked it so much I got 2 as one had drips after the first week!

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

kitchengoddess's picture

Chocolate book (post #70331, reply #9 of 11)

I just requested the chocolate book from Fine Cooking from our local library.  I have a feeling I better look at it on a full stomach or I'll want everything!!!

Pielove's picture

Big Buy! (post #70331, reply #6 of 11)


I got my copy of Big Buy today (Thanks Robyn!!) and it is really good.  In addition to the usual compilation of recipes from past issues, there are a bunch of excerpts from the Big Buy cookbook.  There are 12 featured "Big Buys", including bread, canned tomatoes, leg of lamb, etc.  Some of the Big Buys are farmers' market purchases, rather than Costco-type purchases-- I am particularly excited about the peaches section.  Yum!  
My one complaint is that this issue does not cover my biggest Big Buy problem, which is dried fruit.  I always seem to have a huge bag of raisins, dried apricots, or somesuch around.  Maybe that is in the cookbook-- I will have to check!
A very nice prize!  
Adele's picture

Dried fruit?  Make a dried (post #70331, reply #7 of 11)

Dried fruit?  Make a dried fruit pie!  LOL    Granola or muffins or cookies too.

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

Pielove's picture

Mmm! (post #70331, reply #8 of 11)

Hi Adele!  Dried fruit pie sounds great-- much better than my usual method, which is to let the dried fruit accumulate for a couple of years until it gets kind of yucky (either dried out or sticky), then make a big batch of fruitcake.  The slab pie that is on the cover of 106 uses dried apricots and is really good-- the combination of dried and fresh fruit in pie (also in that really great pear and dried cherry pie) is new to me, but I like it-- the dried fruit soaks up some liquid and adds flavor too.  Mmm, pie!


Adele's picture

I don't have tons of dried (post #70331, reply #10 of 11)

I don't have tons of dried fruit, but keep it on hand for biscotti.

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

liamsaunt's picture

congratulations! (post #70331, reply #11 of 11)

On the 100 recipes!  I am plugging away but have a ways to go.  My favorite Fine Cooking Special Issue is called "101 Delicious Chicken Recipes."  It has a bunch of really great recipes in it, including one of my all time favorite FC recipes for chicken milanese topped with an arugula and tomato salad.

I also find that I get a lot of use out of the "Fresh" special issues, and the recent "Grilling" one was good too.