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  1. I would say let people help themselves. If you have leftovers the teachers I'm sure will be glad to take some home, so i'd shoot for a little high than low. I agree about doing more chicken than pork especially since some religions prohibit pork yet everyone seems to eat chicken. I would say that be doing them separate from the tortillas you will allow people who just want a plate to get that without having to get the additional starch, carbs from tortilla's. Are you going to do some grilled vegetables etc for vegetarians etc? I would probably suggest something along those lines. That way the people who are on a diet etc can either do all protien vegetables etc or people can mix and match. I'm surprised your not doing flan to keep the theme consistent. You could also do tres leches.

    I dislike flan, so would not make it, although it did cross my mind. Tres leches would have been good although I've never made one. That hasn't ever stopped me before, though! We have 3 vegetarians who usually bring their own even when I accommodate for them, so I've stopped trying too hard. Grilled veg are a good idea, though. No religious issues amongst the staff, nor really picky eaters except one or two, and again, they take care of themselves, and not really a hardcore dieting contingent either surprisingly.

    I cooked the rice in the oven and that went surprisingly well.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I do have about 2x's chicken than pork. I feel ok about portions. I wish I had another batch of cookies. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I'm going to pack up and go to bed.

  2. Shredded chicken. I'm really nervous about not having enough. :( Do you think we could put the meat/chicken in the tacos and line them up in a dish, cover, and keep warm that way instead of heating the tortillas and meat separately? If they are tightly covered, they should be ok, right? I'm thinking that would control portion sizes and make the line go quicker. I do have a couple of staff members who could do that.

  3. Of course. I forgot to list it. I haven't yet made January birthday cakes, so I think I'll make them for Tuesday. Or brownies. Haven't decided yet. Or chocolate chip cookies.

  4. We are cooking for our staff of teachers on Tuesday, about 40 people, about 2/3 women. The boss suggested a taco bar type deal, so the plan is:




    refried beans

    assorted toppings: pickled red onions, lettuce, cheese, crema, etc.



    tortillas of course

    Any suggestions on how much pork butt and chicken to buy? I planned to use boneless thighs and breasts. That worked well for me in the summer when I did a similar meal in the summer, but I was only cooking for 8 then.

    Also, any advice on prepping and holding the tortillas? There is only maybe 10 minutes to do any last minute prep, not counting passive reheating. I do have a couple of staff who do not really need to be at the morning seminar who may be able to do a couple of simple tasks.

    Does this menu need anything else?

    Thanks for the help.

  5. FABULOUS topic, Anna !

    I want to play, I just need to put the old thinking cap on about my first 5...

    Off the top of my tired head, I'd say

    1) make brioche from scratch

    2) roast a duck (or parts thereof....)

    3) make Middle Eastern preserved lemons (this has been limited by storage and amount, I usually cook for just me. But a friend gave me Judith Jones' cooking for one cookbook for Christmas, and she gives you proportions and techinque for just 4 lemons, works for me)

    Numbers 4 & 5 to come later. Can't wait to see what others post !

    I'll have to look for that book. I'd love to try those preserved lemons. This past year I made brioche from both the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day and Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. The 5 Min. one was really good. It was good on its own and made fantastic french toast. I knew Dorie's more traditional recipe would be better, but it was phenomenal and because the Kitchenaid did the work, took only a bit more time and not much more work at all.

  6. Hmm. I'll have to think about my 5 to post, but I always have a running list of things. My problem is I see something, want to make it, even get some key ingredient, then can't remember where I saw it. Or I get a new magazine or cookbook and mark some things, but then set it aside and never get to making them. I started keeping a paper list of recipe title and source, and I recently moved it to google documents so I can pull it up at work and stop at the grocery on the way home if needed. And I won't lose it on the mess I call a desk. We'll see if it helps. If it's a keeper, I'll move it to a second google doc of things to make again.

  7. This is a timely discussion for me. Culling my bookshelves, especially my cookbook shelves, is on my agenda for this holiday break. Haven't quite gotten around to it yet, but I've still got a few days to go.

    I expect my criteria will come down to the same as kalypso's, although I will probably hang on to my Donna Hay cookbooks, even though I've never cooked from any of them, probably never will, and they really don't reflect my cooking style. But they're so pretty!

    I think I'll make a list and give first dibs to my coworkers and friends. Anything that's left over will be donated to charity. Or should we start an eGullet cookbook exchange program?

    We already have one!

  8. What I ended up doing was making two kinds of cookies -- Tart Lime Cilantro Cookies and a pomegranate molasses cookie (if anyone wants a link to the recipe, let me know). I put cookies into those cellophane bags you can get at a craft bag, added a small star ornament, and made place cards (cut up un-ruled index cards). I felt like Martha as I printed out copies of the recipes on index cards to include in the festive bags.

    Good job!

    I actually received thank-you notes from guests for the cookies and for including the recipes!

  9. I always loved and appreciated the things students brought me. I found uses for most things. Not being Jewish myself, my favorite gift was a small Christmas ornament with the student's name and year. I have a large container of these and like to look at them each year and remember them. I always appreciated food items that were of average to good quality. I'd rather have a 2 pack of good turtles than a huge box of waxy chocolate. Mugs and trinkets are, I agree, hard to deal with the build up after awhile. A card with a note is always most appreciated by everyone. Teachers do spend a good bit of money on classroom items, so the gift card advice is good as well. If nothing else, teachers are often office supply whores who covet the "good pens" and the fancy paper clips or a good electric pencil sharpener or good stapler. Those chalk markers are really cool and I lament that they weren't on the market when I was in the classroom.

  10. Here's a ganache type chocolate milk that might work for you.


    Xoco, Rick Bayless' new 'street food' place is doing several Mexican oht chocolates. website is here but doesn't really say much about the chocolates. A menu is posted here with the sizes and types of chocolate. There is another pic later in the thread. Lots of info about how people like the chocolates, but not about how they are made. I asked for more info.

    Hot Chocolate in Wicker Park Mindy Segal's restaurant, also, of course, has hot chocolate on the dessert menu.

    I realize those are vastly different resources, but hopefully something will be helpful. :smile:

  11. The Ones We Have NOT.  I'm sure some of you have made some of these.  Can I move them to other column?  Like the rice pudding, vanilla ice cream, Katz brownies.  Surely someone has made those.  I think I'll do the Brioche Plum Tart next week.

    1.  All American All Delicious Apple Pie

    2.  Apple Apple Bread Pudding

    3.  Banana Coconut Ice Cream Pie

    4.  Banana Cream Pie

    5.  Brioche Plum Tart

    6.  Burnt Sugar Ice Cream

    7.  Café Volcano Cookies

    8.  Chestnut Scones

    9.  Chockablock Cookies

    10.  Chocolate Armagnac Cake

    11.  Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte

    12.  Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream

    13.  Chocolate Cream Tart

    14.  Chocolate Spice Quickies

    15.  Citrus Current Sunshine Muffins

    16.  Coconut Butter Thins

    17.  Coffee Ice Cream Tart

    18.  Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

    19.  Crème Brulee

    20.  Date Nut Loaf

    21.  Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

    22.  Dulce de Leche Duos

    23.  Fig Cake for Fall

    24. Flip Over Plum Cake

    25.  Floating Islands

    26.  Fluff Filled Chocolate Madeleines

    27.  Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake

    28.  Gingered Carrot Cookies

    29.  Granola Grabbers

    30.  Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte

    31.  Honey Almond Fig Tart

    32.  Honey Nut Scones

    33.  Honey Wheat Cookies

    34.  Kugelhopf

    35.  La Paletter’s Strawberry Tart

    36.  Lemon Cup Custard

    37.  Lime Cream Meringue Pie

    38.  Lots of Ways Banana Cake

    39.  Low and Lush Chocolate Cheesecake

    40.  Marshmallows

    41.  Mixed Berry Cobbler

    42.  Mrs Vogel’s Scherben

    43.  My Favorite Pecan Pie

    44.  Pecan Powder Puffs

    45.  Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits

    46.  Puffed Double Plum Tart

    47.  Raisin Swirl Bread

    48.  Raspberry Blanc Manger

    49.  Real Butterscotch Pudding

    50.  Rice Pudding

    51.  Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia

    52.  Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies

    53.  Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crisp

    54.  Summer Fruit Galette

    55.  Sweet Potato Biscuits

    56.  Tarte Fine

    57.  Toasted Coconut Custard Tart

    58.  Tourtely Apple Tart

    59.  Translucent Maple Tuiles

    60.  Tropical Crumble

    61.  Vanilla Ice Cream

    I have the burnt sugar ice cream base in my fridge and am planning to churn it tonight -- will report back! And I have made Dorie's marshmellow, but I didn't have great results -- I do better with non-egg-white marshmellows (I'm sure it's a character flaw of some kind).

    Moving to the Made List:

    24. Flip Over Plum Cake

    15. Citrus Current Sunshine Muffins

    29. Granola Grabbers

    31. Honey Almond Fig Tart

    40. Marshmallows

    50. Rice Pudding Hmm, I had Arborio rice pudding on the original Made List, not sure if there are two different ones...

    6. Burnt Sugar Ice Cream

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