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  1. FrogPrincesse

    Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

    Vanilla & brown butter madeleines. At least as wonderful as the classic madeleines. I used bourbon (Buffalo Trace) as the booze component (rum and scotch are also suggested), and kept the batter in the fridge for about 2 hours before baking.
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    Bottles to pick up from London?

    I’d recommend going to the Whisky Exchange. I am sure you will find something interesting there!
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    Favorite Food Quotes

    This applies to life as well... that's why I love this quote so much.
  4. @JAZ Vegetables and side dishes - I would keep that chapter, for sure. Sometimes you have an easy way to prepare your protein (grill, for example), and can use the instant pot for a more elaborate side dish. So it makes perfect sense to me to have a dedicated chapter for side dishes. Beans and grains, I would include that into the vegetables and side dishes. I just see them as one option for side dishes and don't eat enough beans/grains to want an entire chapter dedicated to them, but others may have a different opinion of course.
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    Gabrielle Hamilton's tone deaf moment

    Apparently the plans fell through. I still don't understand why Hamilton wanted to be part of this mess. Gabrielle Hamilton and Ashley Merriman Exit the Spotted Pig
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    Favorite Food Quotes

    No matter what happens in the kitchen, never apologize - Julia Child
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    Drinks! 2018

    Lol. That's what happens when I try writing while not fully awake (or without a glass of Montenegro in hand!). Don't you think Montenegro is difficult to describe though? When I mix with it I often get maple or chestnut notes, but it does not really resemble any other familiar flavors I know.
  8. Beef cheek with a recipe from Tom Colicchio that I've adapted for the pressure cooker (50 minutes with natural release). An excellent start; next time I will cook 10-15 min more to get more of that melting texture that is so wonderful!
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    Drinks! 2018

    @ananthMontenegro is very nice, hard to describe but it’s easy-going for an amaro. I use it more than Averna.
  10. Cuban mojo pork using Melissa Clark's recipe (~ halved). I marinated the pork for the minimum (1 hour) and used dried oregano instead of fresh. The pork came out super tender and delicious. Great recipe!
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    Drinks! 2018

    Isn't the Cobble Hill supposed to have Montenegro as the amaro? It still looks tasty!
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    Dining in San Diego (Part 2)

    @BeebsFor Mexican food, I am in no way an expert but I enjoyed my dinner at the recently opened El Jardin in Point Loma (Liberty station). Liberty Station has a bunch of good lunch options, between the food market for something very casual (My favorite thing to do is to grab a charcuterie and cheese platter at Venissimo, an empenada at the place nearby, a nice juicy IPA at Bottlecraft, and have a little picnic outside. The seafood place is also quite good - they serve local uni/sea urchin and spot prawns, in season, and good ceviche), Stone for beer and Californian cuisine, or Soda & Swine for meatballs and cocktails (and the giant fussball table). One of the local specialties is fish tacos, and the rooftop terrace at George’s in La Jolla has an elevated version that is not to be missed (and the view is really something too). I also like Galaxy Tacos in La Jolla Shores for its super laid-back vibe. Order an assortment of tacos (on Tuesdays they sometimes have collaborations with local chefs and their tacos get very creative and even more delicious), a house margarita (or two), and enjoy a nice walk on the beach afterwards (or a surfing lesson)... heaven!
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    Dining in San Diego (Part 2)

    @Beebs About tiki bars- the best one is False Idol in Little Italy, which is ~ 5-10 minutes from the Gaslamp by car. It is located inside Craft & Commerce which is a casual restaurant that I recommend. The Grass Skirt is another option, I like the cocktails a little less but the food is quite good. This one is located in Pacific Beach, about 20 minutes from the Gaslamp. Entrance is through the adjacent restaurant Good Time Poke. Bali Hai is an original tiki bar in Point Loma that has been around since the 1950s; it has a great view and is a beautiful restaurant and bar, however the cocktails leave to be desired. Still worth a visit if you are a tiki fan. Fairweather in the East Village (adjacent to the Gaslamp) used to be another option, however it recently changed hands and I no longer recommend it. There is some info in this thread too:
  14. I pressure steamed them too, or at least attempted to - I had 250 mL of water in the instant pot, used the trivet that came with the instant pot, put a stainless bowl on top to hold the potatoes (as recommended in the manual). I did 4 minutes with manual release, another 6 with manual release, and then 10 with manual release. The potatoes were still completely raw. I suspect I need some kind of steamer basket instead of the bowl I used. Probably there wasn’t enough contact between the small amount of water/steam and the potatoes. In my stove top pressure cooker I use a lot more water and a mesh steamer basket. I will try something like that next time. Thanks for your answers, @Anna N and @rotuts. I thought I was losing my mind last night then nothing seemed to work!
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    Vinegar in your drink?

    Trader Joe’s balsamic, in my case. Nothing fancy.
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