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13 June 2005

Meta Cookbook matildaben had a great idea in dame's too hot to eat thread.

Share with us your absolute favorite recipie!
Maybe not absolutely favorite recipe, but is good for hot weather and is good for those on low-carb diets:

Take a half cup to a cup of snap peas (in pods), add a few pieces of chopped onion and pepper to taste, and top it off with about a half of a 3- or 3.5-ounce pack of fake crab meat. No dressing or anything else is required. If you keep chopped onion and peppers around like I do, you can make this in about a minute. (serves one; multiply for additional servings).

I made thus up myself and am not aware of similar recipes; I am now dubbing it the Doohickie Salad.
posted by Doohickie 13 June | 15:17
(Note: recipies need not be hot weather specific.)
posted by Specklet 13 June | 15:49
My post has to be in two parts, it's too long.

Here's mine: garlic cilantro chicken enchiladas. My friends call these the Jesus Enchiladas.

Filling:

-Trim the fat off 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs.
-Put in a frying pan with a cup or so of chicken stock.
-Coarsely chop 4 or 5 cloves of garlic and 3 or 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro and add to the chicken.
-Cover and gently bring to a simmer. Don't overcook.
-Discard garlic and cilantro, save leftover stock to cook your rice in.
-Dice chicken.
-Dice 1 large yellow onion.
-Dice 2 anaheim peppers.
-Dice 2 jalepenos.
-Chop 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro.
-Salt to taste.

Tortillas:
-Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet, put on medium heat.
-Lightly fry 16 small corn tortillas (must be corn), about 20 seconds on each side.
-Replenish olive oil as needed.

Sauce:
-I'm still working on the recipe for this, so until I get one I'm happy with, buy a high-quality jar of it. Buy 2, actually, 16oz or so.

Assembly:
-Put about 3 tablespoons of the filling in each tortilla, roll, and place in a 9x11 baking pan. You should be able to squish all 16 in there.
-Pour sauce over the top, sprinkle with cayenne.
-On top add 1 pound of grated jack cheese. (I use organic raw milk cheese, but it can be prohibitively expensive.)
-Cover with tinfoil and cook at 350 for about 30 minutes.
-Uncover and cook for another 15.

Serve with Mexican rice, black bean soup, a vinegary salad, and sangria.
posted by Specklet 13 June | 15:50
Wait, I can't stop there.

Mexican rice:
-Rinse a cup of short-grained brown rice. Put in a medium saucepan with the chicken broth from above, and add enough water to make 2 cups of liquid.
-Bring to a boil, cover and simmer gently until the liquid is gone.
-Put a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and saute 1 large yellow onion and 1 large red bell pepper, diced small. Salt to taste.
-Add cooked rice and gently fry for a few minutes.

Black bean soup:
-You can use canned beans, or cook dried from scratch (if you want to know how, email me: specklet at hotmail dot com), but you want a good 3.5 - 4 cups of soup.
-Add 1 yellow onion and 1 red bell pepper, chopped.
-Cayenne to taste, salt to taste, and a tablespoon of cumin.
-When everything's cooked nice and soft, add the juice of one orange.

Sangria:
-MUST be made 24 or more hours in advance!
-Pour two bottles of red wine (I like a nice rioja, but any merlot or cab or chianti will do) in a large pot.
-Add the juice of 4 oranges, 4 lemons, and 4 limes.
-Slice 2 oranges, thin, throw in pot.
-Add 1/4 a cup (or more if you like) raw cane sugar.
-Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and five or six bay leaves.
-Here's the magic: 6 or 8 generous shots of Cointreau. (You can use a dark rum if you must, just add more sugar.)
-Stir, cover, and refrigerate.
-Serve over ice with a splash of seltzer.

Man, I'm hungry.
posted by Specklet 13 June | 15:50
That salad in the 'too hot' thread is my absolute favorite dish (that I know how to make).

A second favorite is the custom breakfast stack. The custom breakfast stack is a modular meal based on the principle of interoperability, etc. etc.

The only basic thing in the stack attack is the fried potato "pancake" (for two) which is prepared by grating two to three potatoes (I prefer red, but it can be others) and grating a sufficient amount of cheese (I prefer Jack, but it can be custom and should be if you are utilizing mozzarella later -- see below). Not too much cheese, though because you'll have the opportunity to add more with other components. Heat up a cast iron (or otherwise oven proof) skillet on the stove with some olive oil, black pepper, and a few red pepper flakes (optional) in there. Pre-heat the oven (425/450 degree F) now too. When the oil and skillet is sufficiently hot to accept a layer of potato, do just that. Spread about half of your potato gratings on the skillet. Quickly spread the cheese layer on as well, and rapidly top that off with the other half of the potato gratings. Shape and lightly flatten with a heat resistant spatula. Cover that up and let it cook for a bit.

Now you should be prepping other TBD components of the dish.

Once that potato-cake has firmed up you gotta flip it! That's right. You can do this like you flip eggs if it is firm enough but only if you have the kitchen skillz. If you don't have that kind of kitchen kung fu, then cut it in half and flip each part with the spatula (the downside of this approach is the oozing cheese). After it's been flipped cover it again and go back to the other prep work. After a few minutes of browning that side of the potato pancake, you put it in the oven to really crisp it up. (Leave in the oven for a few minutes, check for good browning tone and remove when appropriate). Each person gets a half of the cake. I recommend quartering it up so each person gets two quarters.

OK, so that's the core ingredient. Here's what I've stacked it with in the past. Most all stack items are optional, really. Hence, all that custom talk earlier.

In a bowl:
A) Grits (w/extra cheese, salt, pepper), fried eggs (2), fake sausage, and salsa.
B) salad of lettuce and cut tomato chunks w/some lime, and fried eggs (2) and salsa.

On a plate:
A bed of fake sausage links, tomato slices, mozzarella slices, fried eggs (2), salsa.

Interleave, alternate, or intersperse the other ingredients in the stack with a quarter of the potatocake to make an artful stack of breakfast goodness. Like all good software cook books, the information provided in this recipe is presented on an "as is" basis...has been known to produce food coma. Enjoy!
posted by safetyfork 13 June | 15:53
Buy TGIF's frozen chicken queasadilla rolls, and a bag of Taco flavor cheese shreds at supermarket. Microwave rolls with hefty handful of shreds on top. After cooking, but big glop pf sour cream on top. Serve with 6-pack of cold watery domestic beer. Meal fit for a king.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 16:10
Safetyfork--since this is a stack, I assume that after eating it, you throw it back up? Wouldn't a queue be more enjoyable?
posted by kenko 13 June | 16:13
or if you're feeling slightly more ambitious. Get some boneless pork chops, trim the fat, and pound 'em a while. Dip in egg, then spicy bread crumbs, slice some jalapeno jack cheese and melt on top, squirt on some horseradish sauce, maybe some pickled sweet peepers, serve on a sub roll. Serve with beer.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 16:15
Oh yeah, in between the bread crumbs and cheese, fry the chops in oil.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 16:27
For tuna sandwiches that'll explode in your mouth:

Oil a skillet and preheat; add a 1/2 lb. tuna steak, pan-frying until nearly done. Dice and mix 1/2 Hungarian wax pepper, 1/2 Thai pepper and 1/2 Italian pepper, along with the faintest hint of garlic and 1/8th cup of fresh-cut parsley.

Place 2 cinnamon-rasin English muffins in microwave oven and heat for 7-10 seconds at medium level. Carve tuna steak half; garnish english muffin halves with honey mustard, mayonnaise, mesclun salad and whatever cheese you prefer. Build sandwiches and serve.
posted by Smart Dalek 13 June | 16:38
kenko: Ha! Too true, with a queue, though tempted to say that last-in-first-out stack is how I keep trim. :)
posted by safetyfork 13 June | 16:43
Hi! Just found out about MetaChat; first post!

I call this chota's everything but the kitchen sink tuna salad.

2c Chunk Tuna or Mashed garbanzo beans (for the vegetarians out there)
3/4c Mayo (Hellman's Regular, not "diet" or Miracle Whip)
3 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
3 pinches Curry powder
1 tsp Horseradish
1/2c Sweet pickle relish
2 green onions, chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2-3 stalks of Celery, chopped
1-2 Hardboiled egg(s), chopped

1) Dump together
2) Mix thouroughly
3) Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
4) Toast two slices of multi-grain bread
5) Place a cheese slice on one slice
6) Liberally dollop tuna concoction on the other, and smoosh together.

mmmmmmm
posted by chota 13 June | 17:07
For lack of a better name : "Yummy Pasta"

- Make pasta. I'm sure you know how. Linguini works best for this, but I've had good results with bowties as well. I wouldn't recommend maccaroni or anything teeny weeny like that.

- While pasta is cooking, heat ~ 1/3 cup oliveoil in a pan
- add a pantsload of chopped garlic (I've used anywhere from three cloves to a whole head, depending on what I have available - the more, the better in my opinion)
- If you're adding less than five cloves chopped garlic, I'd recommend 1 tsp. garlic powder to give the oil a little flavor.
- 1/2 tsp. roasted red pepper. (You could use more if you like things really spicy, but this certainly gives it a kick.)
- I sometimes add a little Italian seasoning, sometimes not. I recommend herb experimentation.

When the oil is all nice and hot and reeks of garlic, toss in a chopped tomato or two. Cook until tomato is to your done-ness preference. Add feta cheese (in very small hunks). Melt slightly.

Toss cheesylicious sauce over pasta.
posted by grapefruitmoon 13 June | 17:38
I'm gonna throw in some baking for those out there with a sweet tooth.

Blackbottoms! (or as I call them, cupcakes of deliciousness)

Preheat oven to 350F
Use 2 bowls. Makes 4 dozen.
1st bowl: mix and blend
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

2nd bowl: blend together
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Use small paper cups in small tins (the ones that hold 24)
Put in 1 tablespoon brown mix
1 teaspoon white mix
Cook for 20 minutes

*I like to refrigerate them overnight before eating*

posted by gaspode 13 June | 19:13
Corn Souffle

3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs flour (or better, Pancake mix)
1 Can Whole Kernal Corn (or two cans Mexicorn)
(optional 1/4 cup chopped raw onion, red and green pepper)
Whole Milk (sufficient)
3 or 4 Eggs
1 Can Vienna Sausages

Preheat oven to 350.

Drain corn liquid into measuring cup. Top up with milk to 1 Cup. Heat in microwave to warm (not necessary, but it makes the cream sauce smoother.)

Separate eggs and beat whites until stiff but not dry.

Melt the butter in two quart saucepan and add the Flour / Pancake mix. Keep pan on medium heat. Immediately start adding small amounts of Corn/Milk liquid while stirring continuously. Keep stirring until sauce boils. Add corn (and optional vegetables.) Stir until boiling recommences. Add egg yolks. Keep stirring until sauce has boiled for three minutes. Fold in egg whites. Pour mixture into greased cassarole (or cast iron frying pan). Garnish with sausages. Bake for 50 minutes until top puffs up and browns. Yum. Serves one if it's me.
posted by warbaby 13 June | 20:29
Oh, and Shake Shack rocked. Burgers, kraut dogs and beer, yum. And the little girl in the family at the table next to me decided she was fascinated with me and stared at me intently, before getting up and doing what her mom called "the emu dance" for me. Very cute.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 20:32
Is anyone else worried about what Quonsar is cooking? It's begun to prey on my mind. Now it can prey on yours.
posted by warbaby 13 June | 20:37
What, no shake?
posted by kenko 13 June | 20:53
I really wanted a beer, kenko. And after the burgers, dogs etc. I didn't have enough left over. Next time. The kraut on the dogs was excellent though. Homemade is always better when it comes to the smelly pickled cabbage.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 21:23
I can respect that.
posted by kenko 13 June | 21:33
They do have a "chicago dog" on the menu, featuring lettuce tomatoes, and sport peppers. I love me some peppers, but lettuce & tomatoes? on a dog? That's just wrong. Chili-cheese-bacon-kraut and mustard is the way to go. and dogs should be grilled, not boiled.
posted by jonmc 13 June | 21:39
All measurements are wildly approximate. Enjoy!
Hangover Breakfast
Go to supermarket while still drunk or early in the morning, before you know you're hungover. Buy the following:
chorizo
tortillas
salsa
one of those bags of grated potatos from the dairy aisle
a vidalia onion
cheddar cheese
feta cheese
eggs
and coca cola - you'll need that for the hangover too.
Heat some oil in a cast iron skillet, toss in the potatos and half a grated vidalia. After about 7 minutes, stir/flip them and add the chorizo in chunks.
Fry for a while - about another 7 minutes.
When it starts to look done, push it all to one side and put on some eggs - leave them to fry or scramble, your choice.
Add grated cheddar & crumbled feta & salsa to the potato/chorizo mixture, stir.
Serve on a warmed tortilla with the eggs on top.
Yes, it's extremely greasy. Drink the coke and go back to bed.

Peanut Butter Noodles (best while camping)
Leftover spaghetti noodles
grated carrots
slivered cucumber
natural peanut butter (1/2 c)
tamari (1/4 c)
garlic (2 cloves) press in garlic press
sesame oil (3 tbsp)
lemon or lime juice (2 lemon/limes)
hot sauce (2 tsp)
sesame seeds (1 tbsp)
grated fresh ginger (or powdered, if camping) (to taste)
Mix the peanut butter with the ingredients after it until darker & somewhat thinner. Toss with the noodles and vegetables. Most delicious. For some strange reason, it doesn't keep well overnight on a picnic table, even if you cover it, so eat it all up.

All Good Marinade for Everything
lime juice
tamari
grated fresh ginger
pressed fresh garlic
hot sauce
olive oil
posted by mygothlaundry 13 June | 21:57
Similar to specklet, I love me some Chicken Fajitas (that are good for you!) I don't have the exact recipe anymore, and I'm a believer that in cooking (not baking) "Measuring is for wimps," so here's my best approximation:

2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tbsp Chili powder
1/2 tbsp Cilantro (I use dried, use a full tbsp for fresh)
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

3 chicken breasts (1-1.5 lbs), cut into fajita-sized strips
1 medium red onion, cut into slices
1-2 peppers cut into strips (I like to use red/yellow/orange, sometimes green)

Fajita sized tortillas

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325F
-Combine the oil, oj, and spices
a. Marinate the chicken in it for a few hours
b. Don't marinate for a few hours (I've done it both ways, both taste good)
-Cook the chicken and marinade over medium heat until in a skillet or wok or whatever pan until the chicken is white on the outside. Stir it a bit to be sure everything is covered in the spices.
-Add onions and peppers and stir some more.
-Cook the whole thing until the veggies are tender or until the chicken is done. (I like to do it until most of the oj has cooked off, which usually means I turn up the heat toward the end.)
-Wrap the tortillas in aluminium foil and put in the oven for 8-10 minutes

Serve by placing chicken, onion, and peppers in the tortillas. Add other fajita fixins as you like (salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc.)
posted by frecklefaerie 14 June | 00:05
Blueberry French Toast Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

* 12 slices white bread, crusts removed
* 2 packages (16 ounces total) cream cheese
* 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
* 12 eggs
* 2 cups milk
* 1/3 cup maple syrup or other syrup

Sauce:
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
* 1 tablespoon butter

PREPARATION:

Cut bread into 1-in cubes; place half in a greased 13- x 9-i x 2-inch baking dish.

Cut cream cheese into 1-inch cubes; place over bread. Top with blueberries and remaining bread. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Whisk in milk and syrup, blending well. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes more or until golden brown and the center is set.

In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries have burst. Stir in butter until melted. Serve sauce with French toast.
Serves 6 to 8
posted by jaksemas 14 June | 00:23
Not vegetarian, but if you don't mind adding fish to your diet, read on...

This will serve two people, multiply quantities to serve as necessary.
Total cooking time is roughly 45 min (35 to bake the fish, about
another 10 to prepare the sauce) with another 15 min of prep work.

 4 Tilapia fillets, usually about 6 oz apiece from Trader Joes
 1/4 pint white wine
 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
 4 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro and parsely

1 red onion, sliced into one inch strips
sea salt and freshly ground black peppercorn
 1/2 oz unsalted butter
 1 tbsp cornstarch, blended with a little cold water beforehand
 2 tbsp heavy cream

Heat oven to 350'F. Place the tilapia fillets into a oven dish (I've
used cast iron, works well) and pour wine on top just enough to cover.
Sprinkle garlic atop fillets, add onion and 3/4ths of your chopped
herbs on top (keep the last quarter of your chopped herbs on hand for
the sauce). Season with salt and peppercorn. Cut butter into four equal
portions, one placed atop each fillet.

Cover the dish(es) with aluminum foil. Bake for 30-35 min. Check in
around 30 min, seems to be fine at that point. If you're making pasta
or other sides, begin to boil water around 25 min in so that you're
ready to go when you're making the sauce.

Remove cooked fish to another oven dish. Pour broth into a saucepan and
put the fish back into the oven, set at Warm while you make the sauce
and any accompanying sides (pasta, veg., etc.)

Simmer sauce with cornstarch for two minutes. Add heavy cream and
remaining herbs and stir vigorously to mix but no further. Do not
simmer further or raise stove temperature, or the sauce will thin out.
If you use flour instead of cornstarch, double the amount added.

Serve fish on warm plates, dollop sauce atop fish. Salt n' peppar to individual taste, as this seems to help brighten the sauce a bit.

This recipe seemed to work well in our testing labs with sushi rice or
spiral rice pasta: anything that will soak up sauce. We also added
sauteed vegetables (bell pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms) for a bit of
color and crunch, and side salad with the garlic rice vinaigrette
(recipe in the vinaigrette thread).

Enjoy!
posted by AlexReynolds 14 June | 01:15
i like these a lot because they're simple.

i did them the other night for a couple of the kids and it was v. yum.

i'm lazy so things are grouped in about the order you'll need them, and the exact proportions/temperatures/times/secrets are your own.

also, this thread is good.


1.
fresh squid

rice flour
beer
egg
dried chili
peppercorns
spring onions

peanut/olive oil
hot frypan short time

salt
limes
cloudy beer


2.
lamb racks, skin off, fat on

olive oil
garlic
rosemary
lime juice
honey

hot oven short time

salt
pepper
big red wine


2 and a bit.
rocket
good tomatoes
avocado
thin hard cheese

olive oil
lime juice
salt


3.
figs
demerara

low grill

mascarpone
vanilla bean ice cream

sugar syrup
bay leaves
passionfruit

sticky/desert wine


4. (for the brave and stupid)
cheese
dried muscatels
pear

booze you'll likely regret drinking

posted by soi-disant 14 June | 07:29
Sourdough bread-easy, it just takes time:

Starter:
organic flour (1/4 cup)
distilled water

[Total time:1 hr spread over two weeks]
Mix together, let sit covered on counter, add a bit more flour and water every day until you have a nice bubbly mess. It should smell fresh and sour, but not moldy. (If it molds, start over.)

Keep feeding now three times a day for about a week. If you have to go a long time between feedings, mix it stiff.

At the end of that time, feed one more time by weight: start with a quarter cup of starter, add 8oz water and 8oz flour. Set aside for 8-12 hours and it will be ready to bake. Take 12-14oz of the starter and set it aside for use in the bread. Take half the rest and put it in a glass or plastic container, add some flour and some water, and throw it in the back of the fridge. At first you should feed it every week, but then it can go for as long as three months between feedings. It's yours for life. It doesn't matter what proportions you store it in, but for this recipe, always refresh it so that it is half flour and half water by weight before you use it.

[In baker speak, since you're now a baker, this is called a 100% hydration dough, because the water equals the flour by weight. Flour is always 100%, then the weight of the water is taken as a percentage of that and that's your Baker's percentage. Light, shapeless breads have a high hydration (Ciabatta can be as much as 80%.) Dense breads lower hydration (55%). We're gonna make a ~60% hydration bread out of a 100% hydration starter]
posted by omiewise 14 June | 09:05
Mixing the bread (even easier than the starter)

30-45 minutes

12 oz starter
34 oz flour (bread flour just to be safe. There's a lot to say about flour, protein content, additives, etc, but I won't bore you. If you want the best, use King Arthur. Otherwise, any flour that says Better for Bread.)
18 oz water (filtered is best but not necessary)
1.5 Tablespoons salt
1/4 cup wheatgerm (not bran!)(optional)
That's it.
Who knew the staff of life was so basic?

Pour all the water, all the starter and half the flour into a big bowl. Beat with a spoon until there are no lumps. Beat another 100 strokes. Lift spoon, try to get as long a strand between spoon and bowl as possible. If it breaks very short, beat a bit more.

Add the rest of the flour. Mix and knead with your hands a bit until just barely mixed. Let rest for 20-30 minutes. (This is called the autolyse, and helps the bread to hydrate so that you knead less and the bread is better able to take it.) Use the time to clean your spoon, wash your hands, clean the kneading surface, flip the record, give your sweetie a kiss and get some props for all the work you're doing in the kitchen.

At the end of the autolyse turn the bread out onto the counter or whatever and begin to knead. Here's how: Smush the bread into a big thick pancake shape to start. Grab the edge furthest from you and pull it toward you, folding the giant pancake in half. Push the half-moon together and away from you, giving it a quarter turn. Repeat a bunch of times. The bread should get smooth and silky. If it's sticky, dust it with flour.

Once it's gotten silky (200 kneads maybe), you want to add the salt. It's kind of a pain to add it now, but it's better for the bread. If you want you can add it at the beginning, but it makes kneading a bit harder and makes the gluten tougher. Whatever you do, do not forget to add the salt.

Make another big pancake, sprinkle with salt, roll it up, sprinking the whole time. Start to knead again until all the salt is incorporated. Sometimes depending on humidity etc, the dough kind of separates into layers around the salt. This will go away as you keep kneading.
posted by omiewise 14 June | 09:25
Raising and shaping

30 minutes spread over 2(!) days.

Take the freshly kneaded dough and shape it into a ball with a smooth top. Get a big bowl, put some oil in the bottom (about a tablespoon) use the top of the dough to spread the oil over the bowl. Nestle the dough lovingly inside the bowl (there should be plenty of room to spare). Cover with plastic wrap or something to keep it from drying out.

Put in a quiet place. Let rise for 4-8 hours (depending on temp, activity of the yeast, etc). The dough should double to triple in size. The goal is to max it out without letting it fall. The bad news is that natural yeast takes a long time to do this, the good news is that it takes a long time to get past the point you want it to. So, how do you tell when it's ready? Don't poke it! This kind of yeast has to be seduced, not assaulted. So, one of the most sensuous moments in bread baking: take off the plastic wrap and very gently place your whole hand over the top of the bread. Do not apply any pressure. Stand like that for a second. Now, what you've got your hand on is alive. The question is, is it getting tired? Is it starting to feel slack, like it can't hold itself up anymore? If it is, it's done rising; if not, put the cover back on and come back in half and hour.

When it's done rising, lightly flour your counter and gently, gently, turn the bread out onto it. You know that smooth upper surface you were caressing? You want to keep it intact. Take a big knife and cut the dough into several pieces-it can make two 4 pound loaves, or more smaller loaves. Kind of tuck the pieces up so that the upper smooth surface is on top, cover with a towel, and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

Come back and shape them: You want to make taught little balls out of them, stretching that nice gluten sheet on top. Use your hands to gather the bottoms of the pieces together, pulled against that top sheet. If you have baskets to raise them in, now is the time, although I imagine that if you do you haven't needed my help. If not, put them, well-separated, on a cookie sheet onto which cornmeal has been spread.

The final proof now begins. It too can take a long time, so it's probably best to put the loaves in the fridge and take them out the next morning, or you may be up all night. Anyway, set them in a quiet place and let proof until they seem like they have no more rising in them.

Preheat the oven to 500 F. When the oven is good and hot, slip in the bread and turn it down to about 450. Cook for 20 min, and then rotate and cook for about 20 more. The bread will get darker than you are used to seeing crappy American bread get, but the flavor is in the crust, so be brave. Remove and cool on wire racks. Let it cool at least 45-60 minutes or it will be gooey inside, just like we are.

There is a lot to say about baking, it's certainly best done on a stone, with some form of moisture, it's best to score the loaf, etc, but since I doubt anyone will read this, much less try it, I won't get into it here. (Feel free to email me.) Baking bread is really easy, and there's almost nothing like eating your own bread.

More info at the pretty decent Sourdough FAQ.
posted by omiewise 14 June | 09:47
Since I have two notebooks filled with my favorite recipes it is a bit difficult to pick one. But narrowing it down to a simple, summery, unusual and tasty dish I choose to offer you:

Fried Egg Spaghetti

2 roasted red bell peppers (either roasted on the burner or bottled) cored and chopped
1 TB rinsed capers
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 C of bread chunks, preferably sourdough
6 TB olive oil
12 oz spaghetti
3 eggs

Heat oven to 350

Put the salted spaghetti water on to boil. Tear up a slice or two of sourdough or other dense chewy bread-- crusts and all (prepared bread crumbs or wonderbread isn't going to work.)

In a small baking dish, stir together the bell pepper, capers, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. When the water comes to a boil, begin cooking the spaghetti. Then top your pepper mixture with the breadcrumbs and drizzle 3 TB of oil on the top. Bake.

After 5 minutes, begin the eggs. Fry them gently in the remaining 3 TB of oil and cook until whites are done but yolks remain runny.

When the spaghetti is done, drain well. Remove the baked bell pepper mix from oven and toss with the noodles. Using two forks add in the eggs, shredding them. As the runny yolks make contact with the hot noodles, they will finish cooking.

If you get your timing right, this recipe is simple, fast and delicious.

posted by Secret Life of Gravy 14 June | 10:15
Y'all are hired.
posted by deborah 14 June | 14:06
I worry about jonmc's arteries!
posted by Specklet 14 June | 16:24
I'll be tapping ashes and spilling beer and BBQ sauce over all your graves, sweetheart.
posted by jonmc 14 June | 20:25
That's not very polite.
posted by kenko 14 June | 21:33
Think of it as the lower-middle-class whiteboy version of "pouring a 40" for his homies.
posted by jonmc 14 June | 21:46
While you're at it, can you spill some Chardonnay and brie crumbs on my grave? I'll need something civilized to snack on while I slowly decay.
posted by AlexReynolds 15 June | 01:38
brie? Dude, I like me some cheese, but brie tastes funny. How bout some gorgonzola or stilton, instead. They taste great and since you're already decaying, the smell wont matter.
posted by jonmc 15 June | 08:43
Metachat: Serve with beer.
posted by safetyfork 15 June | 09:15
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