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    Canning Low Acid Foods

    I guess I'm a little late to this thread but it's right along the lines of what's on my mind. In the many years I've lived along the coast I keep seeing others canning their own tuna. I tried some a few years ago and it was absolutely wonderful-----night and day better than the store-bought stuff. I have been leery of trying to do this myself because of all the fears---low acid canning, botulism, exploding pressure cookers, etc. Yesterday, while talking to my neighbor who had just finished canning 100 lbs of Tuna, she explained how easy it is once you know the timing and the general guidelines of canning. She laughed at everyone's fears these days of canning as it used to be something almost everyone did without all this worry. Anyhow, I'm now on the look-out for a good pressure canner and will soon try to can my own tuna!!
  2. I had a wonderful Spinach/Feta pie last weekend at a Middle Eastern restaurant that is primarily Lebanese. The pie was made with a crust that might have had whole wheat in it and it had sesame seeds on top. It was free form and individual sized. The filling was spinach and feta and I wondered if it might have had some grape leaves chopped up in it, too, as it seemed to have more depth of flavor than just spinach and feta but I really couldn't spot anything else that was obvious. I think I could probably "wing it" with recreating the pie but I would love to compare some recipes. I'm wondering if this is traditional to Middle Eastern cuisine or if it's a chef's creation? Does anyone out there have a good recipe for something like this or know where to point me to find one? When I googled it, my hits were for Spanikopita, which this was not.
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    The pocket in pita

    The type I'm thinking about doesn't have a pocket. It has little holes in it, though. It's almost pancake-like in texture but it is strong enough to hold together if bent, if that makes any sense!
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    The pocket in pita

    I am an experienced baker and have made lots of different types of breads, including pitas & chipati. The pitas I have made from various cookbooks (including 'Flatbreads & Flavors') are usually partially, if not all, whole wheat and the instructions are to roll the dough out and peel them onto a baking stone. However, the pitas that I see in stores (and the ones my family prefers!) seem to be 'fluffier' and not so condensed. I almost wonder if they are prepared more like a pancake rather than with rolling them out. They are thicker, puffier and with a little bubbly texture---like a cross between a pancake and a yeast bread. Do any of you know how to prepare pita like this? I would love to hear some feedback and maybe some ideas! Thanks...
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    "Mangoes & Curry Leaves" Cookbook

    Hi---I made the Cauliflower Dum a couple nights ago. I liked it a lot but my kids weren't too impressed. I didn't include the peppers, which for me would have been good. I have seen that same style of dish in another cookbook I've been using for Indian food: Indian Home Cooking. It's great, too!
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    Grinders v. Food Processors

    Thanks for the information on the Sumeet grinder. What model do you have? Is it the Multi Grind that I linked to at Williams-Sonoma or the big Mixie model that has all sorts of attachments? I was curious about this machine because it looks to be about the size of a coffee grinder. Is this right? How much does the thing hold? Can you grind up some curry paste in any sizeable amount? Thanks for your input!
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    Grinders v. Food Processors

    In learning Indian cooking, I've noticed that there are products called 'grinders' (as in Spice Grinders, Wet & Dry grinders, etc). What is the difference between these products and a food processor? I have found recommendations on food blogs for a Sumeet Multi Spice Grinder. As far as what I can tell, it looks like a glorified coffee grinder. What gives? Any help with explaining these things would be welcome!
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    What kind of cookie is this?

    I'm not sure which supermarket these cookies came from but they were in the tell-tale plastic container. They weren't macaroons. I looked through my King Arthur Cookie Companion cookbook that seems to have every cookie known to mankind and the the only one that sounded close was 'Coconut Jumbles.' It describes them as Snickerdoodle-like but with coconut instead of cinnamon. I would say these cookies were a cross between Snickerdoodles & Sugar Cookies. I just thought they might be a specific kind that I could look up. Ah well, I'll have to do some experimenting!
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    What kind of cookie is this?

    I recently had a cookie that seemed familiar to me but I cannot place what kind it is. It was similar to a sugar cookie in appearance & texture but contained coconut, too. It was crispy on the edges and somewhat chewy in the middle. It came from a supermarket bought cookie assortment so my guess is that it is a pretty mainstream type of cookie. Anyone have any ideas? Recipes?
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    "Mangoes & Curry Leaves" Cookbook

    I own all of the author's books, too-----all except this new one!! Can't wait to get it! When I needed something to add to dinner tonight to make it a little more "acceptable" to my kids, I made one of my standby's which comes from another one of their books, Home Baking. It's the Irish Soda Bread from that book. My kids absolutely love it----in fact, I am going to teach my son to make it himself. It's rather like a big, buttery biscuit and since it utilizes 50% whole wheat flour I figure it's healthy, too. Jefforey Alford says in the book that he made it often when he lived near Dingle, Ireland (I always get a chuckle out of that name ). It's pretty yummy and quick, too!
  11. I am a HUGE fan of the cookbook travel writers, Jeffery Alford & Naomi Duguid. I love their photography and descriptions of the areas that they are covering. It's like going to all these exotic places without leaving my little town (although if I had the chance I jump at the chance!)! I noticed that they have a new one out, Mangoes & Curry Leaves. Has anyone had a chance to look through it or even get it?? I don't live in an area where I would be able to browse through it so I figure I'll end up ordering it from Amazon. If you've seen it, what do you think? I've been on an Indian (as well as Turkish, etc) food cooking craze lately so this book is pretty timely for me!! I have spent my cookbook buying allotment for this month, however, so I'll have to wait a bit...
  12. I live in one of the areas you're referring to and have some suggestions. In Cannon Beach, The Warren House is usually reliable, and Bill's Tavern has good "pub food." The Bistro is good, too, although the locals say it isn't as good as it used to be. In Manzanita (which is a little ways south of Cannon Beach) there's a bakery called 'Bread & Ocean' that has great bread & cinnamon roles and wonderful take out lunches. Between Manzanita & Wheeler, a little ways up Hwy 53 is a restaurant called 'The River Inn' and it's supposed to be GREAT but has small, artistic portions. The little cafe in the little town of Nehalem called 'Wanda's' is really great for breakfast. For reliably good burritoes, etc, 'Left Coast' in Manzanita is good and affordable. If you travel further south and head towards the coast in Pacific City, there is The Pelican Brewery that has a GREAT view of the ocean and some of the best micro-beers in Oregon (and that's saying a lot)! Pass up Tillamook (except to pop into Tillamook Cheese--if you're into that). There is excellent sushi in the little wayside of Seal Rock. Those are my suggestions from a "local!"
  13. Thanks for the info! I go to Uwajimaya when I'm in Portland but didn't think about it for Indian supplies. Also, when I did a little yellowpages search for Indian grocers around the Portland area I came up with some interesting sounding ones----have any of you been to any of these: ~ Jhanker Indian Groceries on N. Interstate ~World Foods on Barbur Blvd ~Indian Groceries & Spices on TV Hwy
  14. I'm a HUGE fan of Le Creuset and own a lot of their pieces. After use, they seem to lose the "shininess" to them and they will also discolor. I can get most of the discoloration off if I use the Le Creuset's cleaner but the shininess and same surface image does not come back to its original luster. I don't worry about it. I rarely use that cleaner on it----I just love the way they work in my kitchen and tuck it in the cupboard! However, my oldest piece (a 6-qt Dutch Oven) has some "crazing" on the bottom (crazing is when porcelain has little surface cracks all over---sometimes they do this on purpose on pottery for visual effect). Has anyone else had this happen? I don't know if it's a bad thing or not? This thread has gotten me to wondering if I should contact Le Creuset about it...
  15. Hello--- I'm looking for a good source to get some Indian cooking ingredients around Portland. I pulled some names up on a google search but since I'll be driving a ways to Portland to get the items, I won't have the time to check out all the grocers that came up on the search. Does anyone have an Indian Grocer to recommend? I am looking for such items as fresh curry leaves, good quality ghee and some various spices. Thanks for your help!
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