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    Lasagna baked in bainmarie style ?

    That is one of my pet peeves. Some of the recipes are only available online with an additional subscription. In my mind, a subscription to the NYT should include everything. I wonder if the unavailable-online recipes are in the print versions? As to the concept itself, I guess it works if you want something a little soft and creamy. I personally prefer my lasagna bolognese a little firmer than that, nice and bubbly and crusty. And you can make pesto with walnuts. In fact many people prefer it even if pine nuts weren't crazy expensive in comparison. A friend who started a brew pup/pizzaria in our small town in Colorado used walnuts exclusively in his pesto more for the taste than the cost. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
  2. A couple of possibly unusual recipes-- Avocado Fudge 1/2 c. butter 1 avocado 1 tsp. vanilla 1 c. cocoa 3 c. powdered sugar 1/3 c. walnuts, chopped (optional) Melt butter and cool slightly. Puree with avocado in food processor until perfectly smooth, with no chunks of avocado left. Return mixture to saucepan over very low heat and add the rest of the ingredients, except the walnuts, adding the powdered sugar in several batches. Once all the sugar has been added the mixture should be thick and somewhat hard to stir. Add walnuts if desired and transfer to a loaf pan. Refrigerate until firm--don't rush it or you won't be able to slice it. Avocado Ice/Sorbet 1 c. water 1/2 c. sugar 2 small ripe avocados, mashed pinch of salt 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice 2 tsp. grated lime rind Heat sugar and water and boil until syrupy, and cool completely. Add to the other ingredients except lime juice and rind, blend until smooth, and pulse to mix in the juice and rind. Freeze as usual. Another recipe uses agave syrup, light coconut milk and twice as much lime juice and rind. Avocados are coming into season in a big way now. The last time I was in the mercado they were 20 pesos a kilo, though they have at times been twice as much. Around here it's not a party if there's no guacamole. Everybody has their favorite recipe, but ours uses cilantro and chile peron (aka chile manzana) and a pinch of kosher salt ground together in a molcajete, avocado, a small amount of diced tomato, lime juice and salt to taste. All mashed together in the molcajete and carefully taste tested by the preparer. No onion, no garlic. And served with totopos (chips), never chicharron (have you ever smelled that stuff being fried?). Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Can I Substitute???

    I've found thicker crema in our local mercado--not a store brand like Lala. They tend to be from local cultures and are quite a bit more sour than the store brands. Generally they're sold in plastic cups in various sizes with plastic-wrap on top held in place with a thin rubber band. Store brands are handy but when I want something with real flavor I buy crema in the mercado. The vendors also sell cheeses. Look in your local mercado to see if you can find this, or in a supermercado deli section. Try that and see if you like the result. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Dried Chestnuts

    OK--rounded up the camera, charged the battery, took pictures of the front and back of the packaging. I can take a closeup of the contents if that will help. Now I just have to figure out how to post a picture... Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Dried Chestnuts

    A friend just gave me a package of dried chestnuts and obviously they have to be processed somehow before using them. Do I boil them or let them reconstitute overnight in water? They are little hard rocks and something tells me they won't go quietly. The packaging says they're originally from Hong Kong by way of Vancouver and ending up in Brooklyn. And then when they're soft enough, can I use them as I would fresh chestnuts? I assume I can't roast them like the fresh ones. Thanks for your help! Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Green Chili Burro

    Sometimes I think spellcheck causes a lot of misunderstanding. I use it with a large grain of salt. Most of the time I know I'm misspelling the word but I don't know how to fix it. Spellcheck to the rescue! But it has gotten me into trouble more than once. So all we can do is correct spellcheck and hope that it "learns." Some programs do incorporate corrected spellings into their dictionaries. In any case, I'm off to make the chile verde recipe that chileheadmike posted upthread. Sometimes I like to add a can of white hominy to the stew for a little visual interest. And served with tortillas, or if I'm feeling heretical, corn bread. Nancy Pátzcuaro
  7. Has anyone eaten recently at the Metate Room at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park? Many years ago my husband and I had wonderful meals while staying at the Lodge, to the point that we extended our stay so we could eat our way through more of the menu. Especially memorable was the prickly pear creme brulee, but there were many other menu items that we devoured with great pleasure. Some of the appetizers were particularly good. I just wish it hadn't been so long ago because now I can't recall more of the menu. I'd like to find out if the restaurant is still as good as I remember it. I hope the Lodge has been upgraded in the intervening years, because it was a little rough around the edges compared to the elegant dining room at the restaurant. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Green Chili Burro

    Forgive me for being pedantic, but some clarification of terms needs to be made. "Chili" is the dish made with beef and beans, "chile" is what you call poblanos or serranos. Hence, Chile Verde. For what it's worth I like them both, for different reasons. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Foods you inexplicably hate

    This reminds me of a friend who won't eat orange or yellow foods. That eliminates mangos, which to me is a sin. But I'm with you on the pink food thing--that's just weird. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Cleaning chocolate from floor

    I'm just curious--how did this happen? Nancy in Pátzcuaro
  11. I remember many years ago walking in the forest in an area with wet ground near our house in Westcliffe (Colorado) and coming upon a giant puffball in perfect condition. We made Puffball Parmesan and it was very tasty. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Super Bowl 2019 what's on your menu?

    We're invited to a potluck again this year, and my husband plans to make his annual pie. There's always a lot of fussing over the crust--will it be flaky enough, will there be enough filling, should it be all butter or part shortning, did we add too much water and will it be tough. Because he only makes one pie a year it turns into a big deal. Most years it's apple, but one year it was a magnificent raspberry-walnut confection with a thin layer of lime curd on the bottom crust before adding the berries. The mercado is full of blackberries, so that might be an alternative. As for me, I'm leaning toward the savory end of the flavor spectrum. There will likely be around 50 or 60 people at the party, each bringing their own special contribution, so I will have to be careful in my choices. I don't do well, digestion-wise, at potlucks. Back in the day I could eat pretty much anything, but with age comes the awareness that one is not as one used to be. We don't have a dog in this hunt, the Broncos having stunk up the place as usual. I admit to be bored with the Patriots. Enough already. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Can whipping cream be frozen?

    I made the cream scones last weekend but my results turned out differently from the photo. Instead of sitting up in nice wedges my scones turned into puddles. It seemed to me at the time that the batter needed more flour or less cream to get to the correct consistency. I thought the flavor was excellent, and I appreciate how much easier these are to make than traditional scones with butter and egg. So I'll try them again with more flour to make the batter stiffer. Any other ideas about where I went wrong? Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Gardening: (2016– )

    There's nothing quite as good as going out in the early evening to dig up a couple of russet potatoes from their (sandy) bed in the garden. Fresh, fluffy, completely unlike any baked potato I'd ever eaten. As I recall I grew the Kennebeck (?) variety--it was a very long time ago and I don't really remember the name. Now, of course, I don't garden at all, and only one or two puestos (stalls) in the mercado have baking potatoes. Not the same, sad to say. Nancy in Pátzcuaro
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    Can whipping cream be frozen?

    Thanks, everyone. I am reassured. Whipping cream is hard to come by in Pátzcuaro, so my only sources are the big grocery stores in Morelia. The carton is 980ml, roughly quart-sized, so using up that amount of cream would be difficult. We drink our coffee black, though I might occasionally need a couple of tablespoons or a 1/2 cup for a recipe. But that still leaves a whole lot of cream in the carton. However, I am going to use 1-1/4 cups of it for that cream scone recipe, and freeze the rest. Nancy in Pátzcuaro