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Daring Cooks #18: Rolled & Stuffed (Canh Bap Cai Cuon Thit)

October 13, 2010
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Wow can you believe Daring Cooks is on to their 18th challenge already?? It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were all attempting ricotta gnocchi for the first time… Well here we are, one and a half years in. So far I’ve had a lot of fun with this group. Some challenges have been better than others, but you’ll have that with just about any blogging group. My favorite challenges so far up to this point have been the paella and sushi challenges. Our October 2010 hostess, Lori of Lori’s Lipsmacking Goodness, has challenged The Daring Cooks to stuff grape leaves. Lori chose a recipe from Aromas of Aleppo and a recipe from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. If you can’t tell from the photo above, I didn’t stuff grape leaves. In fact, neither grape leaves nor Middle Eastern cuisine were anywhere related to what I chose to do. But I did stuff and roll leaves. Instead I made Vietnamese cabbage roll soup, also known as Canh Bap Cai Cuon Thit.

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Daring Cooks go Canning! Gingered Plum Butter

September 14, 2010
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Before coming to Europe, I thought that a plum was a plum was a plum. Boy was I wrong. Thanks to the wonderful varieties of produce available, I’ve learned that there are different types of strawberries, peaches, and beautiful plums. Plums can be as black as charcoal, reddish, purple, or even green and yellow. Round like little ping pong balls, or oblong like a football (an American football, that is). Not only do all these varieties look different, but they have their own unique tastes and flavors too. Each week this summer we decided to pick up a fruit that neither of us have had before, and buy some to see what we think. So far the results have been quite tasty, and by tasting so many different types of produce we certainly never get tired of any one fruit!

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Daring Cooks go Nuts! Grilled Kabobs with Cashew Butter Sauce

July 13, 2010

I should title this post, “the cursed food processors,” but then you wouldn’t get to know what I was making!  This month’s Daring Cook’s challenge was to make a nut butter and use it in a dish.  Well, nut butters mean one needs a food processor.  I thought this would be a great challenge to […]

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Smoked Salmon Pâté

June 13, 2010

I don’t usually write about my failures in the kitchen – after all, who wants to try a recipe that didn’t work?  However, at the risk of sounding cliché, I’m learning the slow lesson that life is not always about the end result, but about the process that one went through to get there. Our […]

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Daring Cooks do Enchiladas – Thai Enchiladas

May 14, 2010

This month was an especially fun challenge to make – enchiladas!  My mom always made the best enchiladas when I was younger, and it was one of a number of dishes called “California style” – though I’m not quite sure what that means in terms of enchiladas.  We would have enough to feed an army […]

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Daring Cooks #11 – Chocolate Risotto with Poached Pears and Pistachio Cream

March 14, 2010

I was so excited when it was announced that this month’s challenge was risotto!  I guess it wasn’t really that much of a challenge for me because I make risotto a lot, but I decided to make it interesting by doing something I’ve never done before – a sweet dessert risotto.  Fortunately risotto is naturally […]

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