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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:41 pm UTC

At the pie shop we macerate the apples with sugar, cornstarch, tapioca starch, spices and lemon juice for 20 minutes, then we put the apples in a strainer over a bowl for 20 minutes, then we cook the juices until they thicken. We put the goo in the freezer to chill, and when we assemble the pies we add any extra juices to the goo. In the crust we put about a tablespoon of "crust dust", 50/50 flour and sugar, then the apples, then some cubes of butter. We make an opening in the apples, so it looks like a volcano, pour in the goo and close up the apples, then cover with the top crust and crimp it closed. We freeze the pies for at least an hour (usually overnight) to set the crust. When we bake them we brush the tops with half-and-half, cut slits in the top and decorate with leaves cut from crust scraps, then bake at 350F with convection until a thermometer stuck in near the edge reads 212F.
Soon we will churn out over 600 apple pies for thanksgiving.
It's a pain of a procedure, but we get consistent results, which is important in volume production.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:54 am UTC

That is super helpful, PAstrychef. I've saved that post away for the next time I make an apple pie.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:07 pm UTC

Yes, thank you! I suspect letting the fruit soak in their own juices with the citrus's acid and sugars would have helped.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

Today I cleared out my fast declining vegetable drawer. I made cauliflower and bacon soup, chocolate zucchini muffins, curried pumpkin soup and cherry tomato and basil quiche.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:03 am UTC

Acorn squash stuffed with bulgar and spinach with cheese and plenty of garlic.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:44 pm UTC

I'll totally be using that method for apple pies as we continue into fall, thanks pastrychef! One question, do you bake the pies right out of the freezer? or wait for them to reach room temp first?

Today I'll be making:
Final tomato harvest pizza: Basil/oil instead of marinara (homegrown basil), the last of the cherry tomatoes, some italian peppers (also from the yard), and probably some kind of cured pork product (I think there's some sausage in the fridge).
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:40 pm UTC

We bake them frozen. It takes about an hour, with several rotations. Those are only needed if you're making several pies. Just one pie should be fine . We also bake them on a sheet tray, with parchment paper underneath. They get very bubbly and overflow a bit. Just as they are out of the oven we stack them in a clean foil pan so that you can pick them up without adhering to them.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:36 pm UTC

I've made a couple of things since my last post here. Notably, I made a Japanese curry again on the weekend, and Monday I made a pasta with cream sauce, mushrooms, grated zucchini, and white wine. Was pretty great!

We went apple picking on the weekend and I have a lot of golden delicious. I'm planning to make an apple pie, and probably some apple sauce to freeze for Hanukkah.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:06 am UTC

Fettuccine with garlic alfredo sauce with chicken and broccoli tossed in. A lovely onepot dinner.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:56 pm UTC

We got a pasta maker attachment to our mixer, so naturally I made two batches of pasta with tomato sauce. I made apple pie with some of the apples we picked last weekend, apple sauce with some of the others, and we still have apples left over (didn't help we got extra apples in our CSA). Yesterday I made corn and cabbage curry soup, also with CSA vegetables. Also with some bits of a wooden spoon that has since been thrown out :(.

We'll probably make some sort of chili this week as well since we have a lot of poblanos.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:11 pm UTC

Chili rellenos are a great thing to do with poblanos. I will be making some tomorrow.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby AngrySquirrel » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:31 am UTC

From last night:
1 egg scrambled
Curry, paprika, cumin and pepper as spices.
1 banana, sliced
Handful of cashews

Fry it all together. Put into a tortilla with some mango-salsa. Om nom nom.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:04 am UTC

We made Hyderabad-style chicken biryani, and eggplant saalan. Tried to recall my mother's biryani recipe, and it worked rather well. The saalan came together easily enough, and was tasty despite some shortcuts.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:47 pm UTC

Baked stuffed spare ribs. Stuffing with apple, celery, dried cranberries and bacon tossed in with the bread bits. I only made one slab of ribs, because mom hasn't been eating that much lately, but we ended up with NO LEFTOVERS!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:15 pm UTC

Yesterday I made: First Pan De Muerto of the year! Attempting to twerk my recipe a few times before day of the dead. Tried the concha recipe from Diana Kennedy's book as the base, with added orange blossom water and anise.

Conclusion: needs to be richer, and less sweet. I'll be sticking to my recipe for the next batch, which comes from a more french tradition than a pan dulce recipe; basically a poor man's brioche flavored with anise and orange blossom water.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:24 am UTC

Roman semolina gnocchi, and lamb meatballs in tomato sauce. Good, but the gnocchi could have browned more.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:16 pm UTC

Over the weekend I made a butternut squash soup, a tarte tatin, and some other small things (some mashed potatoes to go with leftover chili, etc.).

The soup turned out surprisingly sweet, I suppose I did use a large amount of squash and carrot. But still good! And I couldn't find my usual recipe for the tarte, so I used this one which looked interesting. First time I made a tarte without making the caramel first (separately from apples) and with unpeeled apples. It turned out pretty good, and was a lot less work - I kind of hate peeling apples.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:50 am UTC

Tonight dinner was Cornish hens roasted with pineapple and a chili-pineapple glaze. I didn't have quite enough hot pepper in the glaze, but it was still pretty darned good.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Liri » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:44 am UTC

I went through a couple weeks of making pasta in September (without a pasta maker) and I want to get back into it with better results. I started with a basic semolina, egg, and salt recipe, but even after trying a couple different ratios of semolina:all-purpose, it never came out quite right. Still edible, definitely, but 'grainy'.

I might try egg-free next. I don't think the problem is kneading or rolling (but it could be). Any suggestions?

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:55 am UTC

Have you tried all AP flour, no semolina? Might help with the graininess.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:04 pm UTC

Yeah I just use all purpose flour and it's generally fine.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

If you can find "extra fancy durum flour" that might work, as it's flour-grind (00) durum wheat (the same type of wheat used to make semolina)

Today I made cinnamon rolls for the office, with a honey/lemon glaze.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Liri » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:45 pm UTC

I'll try with just all-purpose next time.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Quercus » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:04 am UTC

Coconut curry ramen. The best bit was the mushrooms sautéed in toasted sesame oil, soy sauce and maple syrup. I've got to do that again!

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

We are getting a ton of butternut squash in our CSA. This time we also got (among other things) bok choy, which we don't often use. So I found a bok choy and butternut squash in black bean garlic sauce recipe. Didn't have that sauce, so I twerked it, but it ended up being really good. My husband made squash and cranberry muffins, which turned out very well.

We also have a lot of cabbage, so I think I'll make a salad from that with some sesame oil, lemon juice, etc.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:48 am UTC

Lamb and bulgar kibbeh, a sort of stuffed meatball. Mom even went for extras! Also a nice sauce of yogurt, mint and garlic.

Shredding the cabbage and adding some juillienned green apple, then your dressing, is now a winter staple salad at my house.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:02 pm UTC

Made loads of things for the boy's 5th birthday party. smitten kitchen's chocolate cookies in these awesome 3d dinosaur cookie shapes; dinosaur birthday cake (yellow cake with buttercream); dinosaur cake pops thingies in this other cool dinosaur mold; and other things.
Good times.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:14 pm UTC

I think you may have an obsession with dinosaur shapes, Moo. ;)
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Postby Moo » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

Well, it was a dinosaur party! 2 of the 3 dino things my mother in law bought, and the other my husband. I think my mother in law is the one with the problem...
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Postby Liri » Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:06 am UTC

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I've been, slowly, working my way through Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries book for a few years now. The day before yesterday I made a tomato and red pinto bean curry out of it that was quite delicious. One of the best parts about the book is that he goes really in-depth on ingredient use (he's a chemist by training) so you get better at improvising your own authentic-ish curries.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Moo » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:55 pm UTC

Today I will make:
  • Cottage cheese, salmon and cucumber rolls
  • Chicken breasts stuffed with mozarella and basil and wrapped in parma ham (damn supermarket that only had dried basil)
  • Roasted new potatoes with garlic butter
  • Steamed green beans and roasted baby carrots
  • Chocolate lava puddings
Dinner party yay!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:04 pm UTC

On the weekend I made veggie lasagna with homemade pasta. It turned out pretty good, but I actually would have liked the pasta to be thicker than it ended up as. Chewiness is good!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:25 pm UTC

last night I made:
Pan style pizza (in a cast iron pan): sourdough crust, pesto* base, mushroom, sweet Italian peppers**, red onion, bacon, cheese (of course).

*all my basil is blooming in the garden, I needed to trim it all or there'd be no more basil for the year! (it stops growing if it goes to seed)

**I've got peppers for days, they all ripened at once!
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Nath » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:44 am UTC

I made a big ol' put off ragu Napolitano over the weekend, with pork country ribs and beef short ribs.

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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:01 pm UTC

Made a simple pasta with onions, tomatoes, veggie "chorizo" and some cream. I don't often buy fake meat stuff for cooking, but Alex is out at a conference and I felt like it.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby freezeblade » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:56 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Made a simple pasta with onions, tomatoes, veggie "chorizo" and some cream. I don't often buy fake meat stuff for cooking, but Alex is out at a conference and I felt like it.


I usually don't like fake meat, but "soyrizo" is one of my only exceptions. That stuff is awesome, and less greasy to boot! The flavor of chorizo fresco isn't about the meat anyway, it's a sideline flavor, imho.
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Postby PAstrychef » Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:13 am UTC

Had a half gallon of nice cider (not fermented) hanging out in the fridge, so I've been braising. Last night was chicken with apples and red cabbage, tonight it was porkchops. Both started with cider and white wine and a bit of spicy mustard, but the chicken had the pan sauce finished with cream, and for the pork I used pineapple and a fair amount of chili powder and garlic. While similar, they did not taste the same. Last night used up some old rice, tonight I made twice baked butternut squash with cheddar.
Also made up some avolemono soup, but added-as always-too much rice. Tomorrow I will adjust with more chicken stock from the freezer.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Alder » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:28 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:twice baked butternut squash with cheddar.

I'm not very good with eating vegetables myself, but that there sounds like something I would like to know more about... Would it be too much trouble to ask you for the recipe?

(Plus my brother is now vegetarian, and I'd love to have something nice to give him next time we have him and his wife over.)
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby PAstrychef » Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:43 am UTC

I found the recipe at epicurious.com, but simplified it.
Get a butternut squash, halve it the long way and scoop out the seeds. Poke the skin with a fork, then bake it at 350 for about an hour, or until it's pretty soft.
Scoop out most of the insides and mix it with some sour cream and some shredded cheese. I used cheddar because I had it on hand. Parmesan would work well, or a smoked Gouda. Pile the mix back in the shells and stick them back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until the top has browned a bit.
Another good vegetarian dish much simpler than you might think is a cheese soufflé, with or without other veggies. Epicurious has several good recipes. It's basically a two egg omelette per person, with the whites whipped up to make it puff up when baked.
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Re: Today I Made:

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

Used some of the vegetables we got in our CSA to make a couscous thing - purple onions, purple and orange carrots, celery (not from CSA), re-hydrated shiitake mushrooms and their liquid (not from CSA), butternut squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, some sort of turnips, and frozen peppers. Added some veggie stock, salt, smoked paprika, and chili flakes.
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