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JUNE GLOOM HELD AT BAY 
 
Jun. 21, 2012 10:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:27 pm
June Gloom is a common SoCal experience, and sometimes the overcast just makes me restless and bored.  Today I decided to check out some of Allrecipes.com’s videos to see what’s new.  I made some discoveries.  Come and take a look!
I first went to Recipes in Motion and saw Basic Crepes.  http://allrecipes.com/videos/16566/recipes-in-motion/main.aspx< .  I make my mom’s Swedish pancakes which are similar to crepes but sweeter, but I do mine on a cast iron griddle that I’ve had for about 40 years.  I thought this was a good video, showing that crepes really are easy.  I find that letting the mixed ingredients rest for at least half an hour at room temperature helps makes the crepes easier to handle. 
Next I went to Kitchen Gizmos and Gadgets to see about mandolines, since I don’t have one yet.  http://allrecipes.com/video/510/the-mighty-mandoline/detail.aspx< .  This video left me wanting to go to the Buzz to find out more about them!  I still don’t know what to look for in a mandoline or really how to use it.  The recipe for scalloped potatoes they showed looked very yummy, though!
So on to something more complicated!  I checked into Welcome World Cuisine and saw this about moles:  http://allrecipes.com/video/800/how-to-make-mole-sauce/detail.aspx< .  I don’t think I’m ready to make my own, but how I admire the video’s great cooks!  I’ll save this venture for a day when I feel very ambitious!
This was time for Shortcut Cooking!  I love fajitas and got some good ideas here for making them easily:  http://allrecipes.com/video/428/shortcut-chicken-fajitas/detail.aspx< .  I might not want to use the mix, but that’s up for grabs depending on time constraints!  Yum!
Behind the Recipe is one of my favorite video segments here because it shows the heart behind the recipe.  I really enjoyed Pablito’s point of view in http://allrecipes.com/video/713/pablitos-chicken-tacos/detail.aspx< .  I will have to try making my own tortillas now!
I love watching Chef John’s Food Wishes!  I’ve made a number of his recipes, and with this one I loved his take on chicken:  http://allrecipes.com/video/355/chef-johns-chicken-and-mushrooms/detail.aspx< .
Now I’m feeling a little less of the ennui that I was earlier, and I’m ready to take on the day!  Thanks for spending some time with me!
 
Comments
Paula 
Jun. 21, 2012 10:49 am
I love the allrecipes videos, too, Marianne! So, so good. Don't you wish you had had this site when you were a new bride? Instead, I called my mother every day!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 10:58 am
I know exactly what you mean, Paula! Yes, I do like them. There's a nice variety of them, too. Thanks for stopping by!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:13 am
Very nicely done, Marianne! I'm off to check out what you checked out!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:15 am
Thanks, Wyattdogster!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:17 am
Oooh, I found two quick little videos featuring my two favorite spices, cumin and ginger! http://allrecipes.com/video/917/all-about-cumin/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=videos&amp;e8=Video%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Search%20Results
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:17 am
Ginger! http://allrecipes.com/video/901/all-about-ginger/detail.aspx?prop24=VD_RelatedVideo
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:18 am
I really need to follow your lead and spend some more time browsing the video section, so much useful info presented in a fun way.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:26 am
I liked the ginger video! Don't you love fresh ginger best? I must admit that I did buy some in a tube recently, however, after I saw Chef John use some. It's not bad.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:28 am
I've tried that before, it was handy and I thought it was okay. I've also used the lemon grass in a tube, very convenient! I still don't like the chopped garlic in a jar...something isn't right!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:31 am
Totally agree with the garlic! Weird stuff.
 
Bibi 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:43 am
Hi, Marianne! I liked Pablito, also! You know, I think I have a mandoline I have never used. Now that it's just 2 or 3 for dinner, I find I don't use many gadgets. One less item to clean up and put away!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 11:54 am
I love these videos! That is when I have time to watch them. Sounds like I have missed some good ones. I do know I love my mandoline very helpful in the slicing depart :)
 
Jun. 21, 2012 12:13 pm
I probably won't get a mandoline just because it is one more thing. I'm trying to downsize, and it's not working very well! Thanks, Bibi and Cat!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 12:42 pm
I don't like too many kitchen gadgets, but sure would like that tortilla press. I also watched making enchiladas, my favorite food, I really enjoyed how it was produced, a little story of their background while showing how to make the enchiladas. Thanks for pointing out the videos Marianne, I'll take time to watch more. I learned something today from both I watched.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 12:55 pm
Thanks, Sherri! I don't often take much time to explore, so gloomy weather gives me cause to!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 1:27 pm
Good blog Marianne. I can't tell you the number of times my youngest daughter has called me with "Mom, How do you do.......?" I have on more than one occasion sent her the How to Video. So much easier than trying to explain. I love Chef John's videos the best.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 1:37 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Baking Nana! I don't have to worry about that with my daughter since the only thing she has in her fridge are cold drinks!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 2:26 pm
That mole is darned tempting Marianne :)
 
Jun. 21, 2012 2:29 pm
Don't you just love that?
 
Jun. 21, 2012 6:03 pm
I love, love the AR videos too. I'm a visual learner so they're really helpful for me. A mandolin? .... Mercy Me, I not at all qualified to own one of those things. I'd cut my fingers off. I've especially enjoyed Chef John's videos. He make everything look so easy. P.S. I never heard of June Gloom before.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 8:07 pm
Candice, June Gloom is when the overcast stays until afternoon---overcast, gloomy, slightly breezy, chilly. We go from May Gray to June Gloom. July starts to pick up. Were your ears burning a little earlier? Hubby and I were talking about our upcoming visit! Looking forward to that!
 
Jun. 21, 2012 8:20 pm
Geeze Marianne, that sounds alot like Oregon! LOL!!! We're getting excited too! I've got Rhubarb muffins in the freezer for you.
 
Jun. 21, 2012 8:48 pm
Sounds great, Candice! So excited here!
 
Lela 
Jun. 22, 2012 7:53 am
Marianne- I watched Pablito's video. I have 2 tortilla presses-one is electric and the other one is like Pablito's. I have never really used them even though I make flour tortillas all the time. I think using the flour masa harina, butter combo might be the trick for using the press. The videos open a whole new world to cooking. Thanks for the interesting blog.
 
Jun. 22, 2012 7:56 am
Ok, I must have lots of gadgets in my kitchen but I do use them. I do love Chef John's videos as those are the only ones I have seen. Now tell me, you experts of the pretty food, are there any vidoes on how to make pretty pie? Mine taste good but alas pretty they are not :)
 
Jun. 22, 2012 8:09 am
I'm going to give that a try, Lela. Maybe not today, but soon. Thanks.
 
Jun. 22, 2012 8:09 am
Cat, I thought this video was a good one: http://allrecipes.com/video/265/how-to-make-pie-crust/detail.aspx?e11=how%20to%20make%20pies&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Showcase&amp;e7=Video%20Hub
 
Jun. 23, 2012 5:56 am
Hi Sweety, I Will have to take some time to watch the videos too. I usually pass by them. Not even really sure why. Thanks for a very educational blog and here's to those gloomy days leaving Soon! Thanks for sharing!
 
Jun. 23, 2012 6:03 am
@ Wyattdogster, got a funny story. While I was at Home Goods store the other day, I picked up a jar of ginger, the lady next to me said "Oh, I Love ginger and I am almost out at Home"! I looked at her and said "Well here you Go"! She was happy as a clam! Gosh, maybe the story wasn't That funny. SIGH:( I can't Wait to try out my new beer can chicken holders! ! Maybe today!
 
Jun. 23, 2012 6:09 am
Btw Marianne, I made mole from scratch last year for my SIL, Man! It is a lot of tedious work! Roasting,toasting.straining! I needed one of those bowl things with a turning thingy in the middle. Not sure what its called, it separates tomatoes from their skin n seeds.
 
Jun. 23, 2012 7:18 am
Thanks, Patty. I didn't know there was such a tool for tomatoes. See? We keep learning things all the time! See you soon!
 
Jun. 24, 2012 2:13 pm
Thanks! I have received lots of blueberries and I thought I might try to make a pretty pie to take to a 4th of July party. Pretty is so not my forte. Shoot, Mr. Harvey was showing me up in the kitchen carving the smoked turkey. He had nice neat slices laid carefully in the pan and me, not so much :)
 
Jun. 25, 2012 5:27 pm
Hi, I just wanted to add that I live in the Valley, and when June Gloom sets in like it did last week I bake pies. I will have to check out Chef John.
 
Jun. 26, 2012 5:05 am
Cat, from all reports, you are not giving yourself enough credit! You'll have to tell me about your pretty 4th of July pie!
 
Jun. 26, 2012 5:06 am
Freckles, I guess I didn't realize that the June Gloom gets you out in the valley, too. Between May Gray and June Gloom, you must produce some great pies! I LOVE Chef John!
 
 
 
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About Me
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
 
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