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  1. I bought a bag of pink lady apples at Maxi of all places last week. They were very good for this time of year. Hard, sweet, and a bit sour. I also find Fuji apples to be consistently good. When I am broke, I buy my fruit at fruiterie 440 in anjou. If it isn't great I haven't paid so much for it. When I am feeling a bit wealthier I head out to JTM where I can sometimes sample before I buy. Having lived in California for 30 years and I have to agree with Sf&m; much of the fruit we have here is far better than the average produce in California. Having eaten mealy gross blueberries most of my life, I am happy to pay 5$ a pint for wild blueberries here. Same goes for strawberries. The laws are also much more relaxed here, making it much easier to get our hands on more exotic stuff like mangosteens and dragonfuit and at more reasonable prices. chantal
  2. you can get mustard greens at fruiterie 440 (anjou, and south shore) chantal
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    Favorite Cookbooks

    Thanks Bon Apetite Cookbooks for this informative thread. Well me and my other half are both cooks and I must admit we buy a lot of books. These days we are going to Nigel Slater a lot--Real Cooking and Real Food . His writing is spectacular and his recipes are doable on weeknights. His style is casual but wonderful. If you like Nigella or older Jill Dupleix books check him out. I have not been disappointed by anything I have made from Peter Berley's Modern Vegetarian Kitchen. It has won multiple awards and justifyably so. I didn't think millet and kamut could be good. The tofu dishes are also good. Baking with Julia is an outstanding baking resource. If you want to try to learn to make something complicated--e.g. brioche, challah--this is a great place to go. Chez Panisse Desserts is a classic. The organization is really amazing if you take advantage of farmer's markets. It's really great for seasonal desserts. And finally, I was disappointed by Suzanne Goin's Sunday Supers at Lucques. It got a lot of hype buy we haven't really had anything that exceptional from it. We'll give it another go in the summer. Buy the way, is there a way to get on a mailing list for your store. I keep hearing about all these great events after the fact. Thanks in advance. Chantal
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    World's best carrot-cake recipe

    Sorry to say but I thought friberg's carrot sponge was oily, had an off color and lacked flavor. I'd try the frog commissary first or the recipe I posted on the best carrot cake thread.
  5. Hey there. Happy to see this thread revived. They have fresh yeast at milano too.
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    Gisslen vs. Friberg

    Thanks so much to both of you. You know, I made some muffins recently from the CIA book and they were very very good. I considered it but wasn't sure. I'll be ordering it in the next day or so. Thanks again
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    Gisslen vs. Friberg

    Hi everyone. I just started baking professionally again and would like to get one good all around reference book. I'd love to get some feedback from all of you about which of the two books is better and what editions are the best. I have been considering Gisslen's fourth edition and The Advanced Pastry Chef by Friberg. I was able to try a few recipes from Friberg's book but the temps seemed off. The scones and lemon buttermilk pound cake were both good though I made significant adjustments on the cooking times (375 to 325) and (425 to 375)--this is a larger correction than usual for our convection ovens. There is no copy of Gislen around to try recipes from so I can't compare. The reviews I have read for both books are equally good and negative. I really would like a book with weights, is the Gisslen book in weights too? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Apple Cake

    Well these are excellent apple muffins but definatley along the same lines of apples with just a bit of batter to surround the apples.
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    Whole Wheat Muffins

    I eat muffins on most mornings for the last ten years, and have tried a lot of recipes. These are the ones I really like: Cloudette' s Muffins These are moist and keep well. I think they taste like they have far more fat and sugar then they actually have. Combine in first bowl 1/2 c. ww flour 1/2 c. wheat bran 1/2 c. oatbran 1 t. baking powder 1 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. salt 1/2 c. brown sugar Combine in 2nd bowl 1 egg 1/2 c. buttermilk-- I usually add 1-2 T. more 1/4 c. oil 1 1/2 cups grated carrots or zucchini-- I use both 1/2 c. raisins Barely mix together bowl 1 and bowl 2. Bake in muffin tins at 375 for 25 mins. While these have some white flour in them, they have quite a bit more wheat bran in them which combined is essentially whole wheat flour. These are on epicurious and the recipe written by fellow egulleter Sarah Phillips. Despite the name they don't taste like bran muffins and are nice and light. They keep well without drying out. Lowfat Buttermilk Bran Muffins These Whole Wheat banana muffins are very good, found them about a year ago. I just found these orange muffins last week and am very excited about the discovery. I peeled the orange before putting it in the food processor. Hope this helps
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    Yellow pea soup

    Thanks for the recipe Carswell. I'm sorry it took me do long to respond but I have been swamped with starting a new job. I'll be trying it out very soon
  11. ME WANT RECIPE, PLEASE? ← YOU GOT RECIPE . You're the best! Thanks
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    Cookie of the Month Club

    I you don't mind, we prefer everyone post recipes in public on threads so everyone can share and participate. If you need help understanding how to adapt a published recipe so it doesn't violate copy right law, please feel free to ask me or any host your questions. ← Okie dokie. If there's any interest I'll post on recipe gullet.
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    Yellow pea soup

    Hoping to revive this thread to get a recipe for a canadian version of yellow split pea. Anybody? I'd love a recipe.
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    Cookie of the Month Club

    I mail cookies to my mom a lot, and she really likes spice cookies. I really enjoy cook's illustrated "gingerbread worth eating" recipe. Pfeffernusse also ship well. They are the type of cookie that just get better as they cure. PM me if you want any recipes
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    Food Mills

    I like to put celery root through the food mill-- boil it with potatoes-and then add a little butter, cream and salt. I LOVE this butternut squash gnocchi. I didn't use them to fill the mini pumkins like he does. I just make the gnocchi themselves and toss them in browned butter and sage. Oh boy. Oh and for favorite things to add to mashed potaotes-- Goat Cheese. The inspiration came from this very excellent recipe. The photo doesn't do it justice. It is very good.
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