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  1. We are heading to Barcelona in February and can use some recommendations. We are traveling with a 7, 9, and 15 month old. Specifically, I need simple places for lunch or places to pickup for a picnic. Dinner out is unlikely as Spanish dinners are too late for our kids. Vegetarian friendly is a plus. Any suggestions for pastries? They are an easy snack for the kids. Thanks! Dan
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    What to cook in the RoccBox

    I am looking for new ideas for our RoccBox pizza oven. It is a bench top propane or wood fired oven with a stone floor. They claim it can get as hot as 500°c. We have used it a few times to make pizza, pita bread, roasted mushrooms, and padron peppers. Tonight I will be using it to make flammemkuchen. What else can I use it for? Any brilliant ideas out there? Maybe an apple crumble? Dan
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    Thanks Teo. It will be a bit touristy, but we are going to try and keep away from it as much as possible. What about on the mainland? Do you have any suggestions that would make it worth the trip for an evening adventure?
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    We are planning a family trip to Venice during the kid's fall break. I am looking for dining ideas that will put up with two kids who, if their life depended on it, cannot behave in public. A vegetarian friendly restaurant would be a plus. Thanks! Dan ETA: I can also use suggestions for gelato in case they surprise me with decent behavior.
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    Pizza Tour of Italy

    Oh yes. It is a favorite around here. There is a wealth of information in the book that will be useful. Sadly, the binding is starting to fail on my copy. This will be fun. We were at the Divonne les Baines market this past sunday and had a picnic lunch which inlcuded a tasting of fresh that morning, one day old, one week old, and one month old goat cheese. The girls had a blast with it. Thanks for the warning. Sometimes the places that make you offer a prayer to the dysentery gods are the best places to eat. It is just a game of Russian roulette.
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    Pizza Tour of Italy

    Now that we are living in Geneva, Switzerland, Northern Italy is at our doorstep. Turin and Milan are a half days travel by train. I am starting to put together some ideas for a week to 10 day trip though Italy. We have 6 and 8 year old girls, so I think a little light hearted fun should be part of the plan. When I'm not immersing ourselves in the local culture, I think I will be introducing the children to local styles of pizza (although, pizza is culture!!). I will make those ungrateful twits my lovely children sit there and explain to me how this pizza is different than the last. If you were to plan a pizza tour of Italy where we would explore the local style, what cities would you visit and what style to they serve there? Thanks! Dan
  7. I am a big fan of books that have variations, substitutions, and vegetarian options. I also appreciate weight based measurements over subjective measurements. One onion.... how big? A racket ball or softball size??
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    "Modernist Pizza"

    I can see this as a good addition to the series. Modernist Cuisine and Modernist Bread were epic tomes on their subject. I can see smaller, single subject books added to the series. Bonus points if they cover matzoh pizza.
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    Smoked Beef

    It was not edible raw... too tough and the fat layer was unpleasant. I was planning on braising a turkey roll for dinner in a stew of random veg, canned tomatoes, wine, and herbs. I pulled out a little into a small pan and braised this chunk of cow... It was perfect if not just a little over done after an hour.
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    Smoked Beef

    Here is a picture of the piece I bought. The package simply says Boeuf fumé from Buchinger.
  11. No idea, but it seems ribbed for the cooks pleasure.
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    Smoked Beef

    One of the surprises from our move to Switzerland is the availability of kosher charcuterie. Sausages of all types, confit, mousse, rietttes, etc... One of the recent finds is this block of smoked beef. It has a nice fat layer in the middle. Any thoughts on how to use it? Should I slice it thin and then fry? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  13. Hi. i was considering a Bosch Mum for a stand mixer for our new Swiss home, but decided on the old standby Kitchen Aid instead. The Bosch provides some food processing functions, but does not chop up veg very easily. That said, I need a stand alone food Processor. I am considering this one from Siemens, but I'm open to suggestions. Any thoughts out there? http://www.siemens-home.bsh-group.com/ch/fr/liste-des-produits/preparation-des-aliments/robots-menagers/MK860FQ1?breadcrumb=kitchenmachines
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    Your spice cabinet

    I carved a shelf out of my kitchen's bookcase for spices. The jars are stacked 5 deep in loose alphabetical order with the most commonly used spice in each row placed up front. The spices come from The Spice House. However, I will need a new source now that I live in Switzerland.
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    Gesiers D'oie Confits

    I was planning on buying jar of duck confit at the market, but I had a dimwitted moment and grabbed the confit goose gizzards instead. What should I do with them? Suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks! Dan