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  1. You can absolutely leave out the dill. Use thyme if you like, or just leave it out altogether. Not a big deal. As for cutting it in half, I guess it would work. In that case I wouldn't bother trying to sandwich it together as in the recipe. Just wrap it all tightly in saran and weigh it down. Should turn out fine.
  2. Ok then! Here goes. Please let us all know how it turns out - and happy anniversary! Gravlax Two 1 lb. centre cut salmon fillets (with skin on one side, if possible) 1 tbsp. coarsely crushed peppercorns 1 tbsp. coarsely crushed coriander seeds 1 tsp. dry mustard 2 tbsp. coarse salt 2 tbsp. granulated sugar 1/4 cup vodka 1 bunch fresh dill, trimmed Place both pieces of salmon, skin-side-down, on a baking sheet or large platter. Combine peppercorns, coriander seeds, dry mustard, salt, and sugar. Press evenly on flesh side of both salmon fillets. Line a glass dish or baking pan with an excess of plastic wrap. It should hang over all the sides because you'll be using it to wrap the salmon in. Place one fillet, spice-side-up, in the plastic-lined pan. Sprinkle with half of the vodka. Lay dill sprigs in a heavy layer over it. Place the second fillet on top of the first, spice-side-down. Sprinkle with the rest of the vodka. Wrap the salmon as snugly as possible in the plastic wrap. Place a tray or plate over the salmon and weight it down with a few heavy cans or potatoes or a bag of oranges...whatever you've got handy. Refrigerate for at least 2 days, turning the salmon over so the juices are evenly distributed once or twice a day. That's pretty much it. You can let it go 3 days if you want but 2 days is enough - too long can dry out the salmon and make it tough. To serve, remove from the marinade, scrape away dill, and most of the seasonings. Slice very thinly and serve with mustard sauce (recipe follows). Leftovers will keep for a week or so, in the marinade. Mustard sauce 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce 2 tbsp. granulated sugar 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar (or cider vinegar) 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tbsp. finely chopped dill (I didn't use it) 2 tbsp. whipping cream In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, dry mustard, hot pepper sauce, sugar and vinegar. With a whisk, slowly beat in oil until it becomes mayonnaise-ish. (I used a mini food processor and it worked just fine.) Stir in the chopped dill and whipping cream.
  3. I've made gravlax many times - it's ridiculously easy. BUT the problem is getting good salmon is not so easy. I try to avoid farmed salmon if at all possible and that's what is mostly available, especially at this time of year. My son is a fisheries biologist working with salmon on the east coast and he has drilled into me how terrible the salmon farming industry is. I will occasionally by smoked salmon that I know is farmed but we don't talk about it. Haha.
  4. Peterborough Costco used to carry Nanuk brand smoked salmon which I thought was pretty good, but they've stopped selling it. They now only carry some kind of smoked steelhead, which I don't like. And they carry another brand of smoked salmon in the freezer - it comes in individually vacuum packed small packets. It's better than the steelhead and it's nice to be able to take out just enough for a serving or two without thawing the whole side of salmon. I've seen - but not tried - smoked wild sockeye at Superstore. They seem to have several different brands of smoked salmon - you might give one of those a shot. All frozen ones. If you should happen to end up in Toronto, I would recommend the smoked salmon from Central Epicure - they have an outlet near Steeles and Weston Road. They also do great smoked whitefish. It's in the middle of nowhere but not far off the 407 if you're up at that end of the city. I've also heard great things about Kristapsens (sp?) but have never had their smoked salmon so can't vouch personally.
  5. I may not have any use for it either. Well I do, but I have SO MANY dishes that I don't really need it. Might gift it to one of my sons. Whatever. I love finding these treasures.
  6. Nice Dansk baking dish from my local St. Vincent de Paul. $14. It baffled me because it's in mint condition, made in Indonesia and is not the more common Kobenstyle. But a little digging online suggests it may have been made in the 1970's when Dansk started producing in weird places.
  7. Thanks! I will look for these. Don't need or want clear - just fine with murky brown.
  8. Do you know what kind of extract your friend gets in Mexico? I'll be going there in about a week and am prepared to stock up if there's anything good available. Years ago I bought some vanilla on a trip to Mexico that was just awful, so I know it's not always easy to find the good stuff.
  9. My thought too. It seems a shame to drown it in a stronger flavour but not sure it has enough oomph to stand up on its own.
  10. When life gives you crabapples...and you don't want to make jelly...you make crabapple vodka! Basically just cut crabapples in half and steeped in vodka - probably nearly a month now. It smells delicious. Almost spicy - which is weird because the only thing in it is crabapples and vodka. I'd love some ideas for cocktails for next week's Canadian Thanksgiving. People?
  11. I have a friend who used to make something she called Chokecherry Cordial, which was basically a syrup you could add to sparkling water or whatever. Non-alcoholic. It is delicious. I have no idea how she made it but I"m sure recipes exist.
  12. Nyleve Baar

    Bosch stovetop issue

    It looks like I have the exact same - or very similar - stove. That happens to me occasionally when I boil over or somehow spill something. Not sure where the stuff collects, but it causes that endless clicking. My solution is usually to light the burner manually, as Shelby suggests, and let it burn off. Sometimes it seems to be water that has gotten in somewhere it doesn't belong. The flame dries the burner out and the clicking stops. Hope that works for you.
  13. Nyleve Baar

    Saving cooking mistakes

    Save the sauce too. If the only problem is that it's too salty, that's so easily fixed by balancing it out with unsalted ingredients. I hate throwing out food. Hate hate hate. I mean ok fine, if it's really terrible in some way - spoiled, rancid, bad-tasting - fine throw it away. But I love taking something that didn't work out well in its original form and turning it into something entirely different and edible (or even delicious). So here's my suggestion. Rather than turning your freezer into a morgue, as Anna N describes it, why don't you re-purpose everything NOW, and freeze the new thing. I do find that stuff I put in the freezer that isn't quite edible usually gets ignored forever. But a finished soup or casserole or whatever is always welcome on those crappy days when you don't want to cook.
  14. Nyleve Baar

    Saving cooking mistakes

    Mash them up and use the crumbled meat sparingly in lasagna or some other concoction. If they're sufficiently diluted by other ingredients it should be fine.
  15. Nyleve Baar

    Cuisinart DLC-8 bowls

    Sorry - turns out your parts are exactly the same as mine so even if I do have a bowl that would fit your machine, I'll be keeping it until I inevitably need it. If I were you I would look on Ebay. I've found parts for my Cuisinart on there - sometimes just what I need; sometimes with extra bits I don't need. But still worth it if you're looking for any replacement parts. Sorry for the false alarm. I thought maybe it might be a slightly different model.