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Welcome! You will find all of my recently posted recipes here. There are lots of yummy recipes written by far better cooks than me. Trust me when I tell you not to trust my cooking directions ;)

Best tart/pie crust tips

2017-10-23 16:12:00 chefenvy

I’m on a mission to make the best damn fruit tarte. I’ve found a custard recipe I really like but now I wanna make the perfect crust.

Because what’s the point of lovely custard if it’s accompanied by so-so crust. It should be a perfect accompaniment.

So many techniques, recipes Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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What should I do with a large amount of mixed basil?

2017-10-23 15:28:00 chefenvy

Went around this morning and harvested a bunch of basil so that it doesn’t go to seed and now I don’t know what to do with it all. Have a large bowl of thai basil, holy basil, italian basil, and lemon basil. Would be cool if I could use them Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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November 2017 COTM: Announcement

2017-10-23 14:29:00 chefenvy

The votes are in, and the November Cookbook of the Month will be Honey & Co: The Cookbook. There has been a plethora of Middle Eastern and especially Israeli cookbooks in the past few years, so it can be easy to feel jaded on the subject. With the authors both Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Bulk Chocolate Online

2017-10-23 05:55:00 chefenvy

Do any of you have a favorite online bulk chocolate retailer? As Surfas in Los Angeles has (sadly) closed, I need a place to buy bulk chocolate. I like Callebaut for dark and milk chocolate. I’m partial to Valrhona for white chocolate. Thanks very much. Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Halloween dinner party

2017-10-23 03:53:00 chefenvy

Planning a Halloween dinner party and wanted to get input on my menu.

Appetizers:

Barely Buzzed lavender espresso cheddar
Bonne Bouche goat cheese
Proscuitto (on wooden stakes)

Main course:

Cider roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney
Roasted butternut squash with warm cider vinaigrette
Wild rice with mushrooms
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Green beans with shallots
Dinner rolls (probably Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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How to culture buttermilk

2017-10-23 00:47:00 chefenvy

Interesting history, but my question remains: How do I culture they buttermilk I now have? (By the way, I don’t know what you mean by was the buttermilk left over from making tart. i don’t know what tart is, unless that is the soured cream from the dairies). Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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How to make cultured buttermilk

2017-10-23 00:01:00 chefenvy

I was to be able to make small quantities of cultured buttermilk to then use to make creme fraiche. I have buttermilk left over from making butter from cream. Now what? Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Mashed potatoes=glue?

2017-10-22 21:28:00 chefenvy

My MIL likes them that way. Probably the potatoes, Russets work better. Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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No syrup after macerating

2017-10-22 12:35:00 chefenvy

Hello, i tried to make this jam and syrup recipe and the next morning there was no syrup, the sugar was only very lightly tinted in some places. Any ideas as to why?
https://www.motherearthliving.com/food-and-recipes/recipes/blackberry-jam-recipe-zm0z14sozpit Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Advice on this pumpkin scones recipe from Alice's Teacup

2017-10-22 04:22:00 chefenvy

Hi, so I have the cookbook, copyright 2010. The spice proportions are 2 tablespoons so I assume it’s been updated. The thing is, the dough was still so wet. I used the Libby’s pumpkin puree. I wonder if that’s why. Are other brands really less wet? I ended up Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Sourdough turned into batter?

2017-10-21 22:31:00 chefenvy

After making sourdough dough, I let it sit out on the counter for ~4 hours, beating it back down occasionally so that it didn’t overflow…

Now, I’m trying to knead it for the second rise and it has the consistency of a very thick batter.

Do I need to add more Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Best hotdogs

2017-10-21 19:01:00 chefenvy

We are looking for the best hotdogs available to make for our Dodger party. We really like the Brooklyn Dodger dogs and are looking for a dog with a good snap and natural casing for purchase in the Los Angeles, even better San Fernando Valley. Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Peach crisp with frozen slices?

2017-10-21 14:34:00 chefenvy

This summer’s peach crop in central Indiana was superb, a marked change from the past few years (including one where a devastating series of frosts followed an unusual March warming). Of course, I ate my fill. But I also peeled and froze slices of the peaches, anticipating a couple of Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Russian food recipe that does not contain flour or meat - and is not too difficult

2017-10-21 09:28:00 chefenvy

Hello! I want to share a video about how to cook Russian borsch properly. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEw2GrMqIOI Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Home Cooking Dish of the Month: Nominations for November 2017

2017-10-20 18:32:00 chefenvy

It’s getting chilly around here! November is approaching. It’s time to think about what we’ll be cooking together next month.

During October we’ve been making Vegetable Fritters/Croquettes. If you are just finding the Dish of the Month, you’re welcome to fritter away your time with us, so do take a look Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Crack chicken

2017-10-20 17:41:00 chefenvy

My bff mentioned she saw a recipe for crack chicken, basically it is chicken breast, dry ranch seasoning, cream cheese and cooked bacon in the slow cooker until it can shred and then served on a bun. Was thinking of making this when they come over, but will admit doesn’t Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Carbonara: A couple of personal approaches

2017-10-20 15:25:00 chefenvy

Hi, all.

Carbonara is certainly in my top three pasta dishes. I have two approaches that I’d like to share, and see if anyone else does something similar, and hopefully pick up helpful tips and tricks from others.

When I make carbonara the traditional way, a problem, for me, is that the Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Looking for a nice vegetarian lasagna recipe

2017-10-20 14:33:00 chefenvy

So I saw a really nice marinara recipe, and I think I’d like to use it in a lasagna. Has anyone got any tips to make a really nice veggie lasagna? I made a great one some years ago that called for layering mozzerella, aubergine and marinara sauce, Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Range hood height dilemma

2017-10-20 02:32:00 chefenvy

I am in the process of installing the range hood to replace the microwave circulating vent.
I am a tall person (6.1) and i decided to purchase 24″deep hood to cover whole stove burners area.
I am not sure if i am right but because the 21″ deep hood does not cover Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Instant Pot Cookbooks

2017-10-20 01:29:00 chefenvy

Can anyone recommend a first cookbook for my new Instant Pot. There are so many out there! Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Pickle board the new cheese board?

2017-10-20 01:11:00 chefenvy

I recently saw this article and thought the idea was kinda neat. Not sure I would actually omit the cheese, but I like the idea of adding more variety to your usual cheese/charcuterie plate… And I do love a good pickle.

So… Other than the obvious (cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower) What Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Can I freeze goulash with noodles?

2017-10-19 17:24:00 chefenvy

So I fry ground beef with chopped onion, drain it, season it with salt and pepper, add a can of cream of mushroom and then some velveeta. Then I’ll add some cooked elbow macaroni. I just kinda of eyeball that. So my question is can I freeze it before adding Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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One-Pan Caprese Chicken and Baby Potatoes

2017-10-18 23:20:00 chefenvy

This One-Pan Caprese Chicken and Baby Potatoes recipe has slightly crispy baby potatoes, warm mozzarella melted over chicken topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic. It is made in one pan for easy cleanup! Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Homemade Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles

2017-10-18 23:19:00 chefenvy

All my pickle lovers out there, these Homemade Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles are for you! Pickles are incredibly easy to make and the flavor options are endless. What’s not to love?! Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

2017-10-18 23:16:00 chefenvy

This Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup is a warm comfort food you can feel good about eating. It is loaded with fresh ingredients and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Reading More May Cause Envy…  

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