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Archive | January, 2008

Apple Tart!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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   This is something I sort of threw together for dinner Sunday.  I say ‘sort of’ because you can’t just throw puff pastry together, but I already had that ready from the night before.  I just layered thin sliced apples with cinnamon and sugar on the pastry, baked it, and like magic it’s dessert! There […]

Wedding Cake and Mutant Meatloaf

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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This post is more just random thoughts for today.  As you can tell I am feeling rather scattered.  Everyone has days like this.  Right?  Next month I am making a wedding cake for a family friend.  It will not be dissimilar to one I did in October for the brother of my best friend.  She asked […]

Tales of Puff Pastry and a Fish Fry

Monday, January 28, 2008

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This weekend I made puff pastry.  Yes, I know, I made it at school so big whoop … but just wait. First, I have not made puff at home in at least a year.  Maybe longer.  I have made blitz puff pastry, a sort of extra flaky pie dough, many times but not regular puff. Second, the […]

How Evil are my Shenanigans?

Friday, January 25, 2008

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Not all that evil for the last two days.  I am sorry I did not post yesterday.  I was feeling quite under the weather, but I am on the mend and back to the daily grind. Ok, so if you go back and look at my posts from last week you will find posts where I […]

Playing in the Kitchen – Pork Chops

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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So let me start by saying that Nigella Lawson’s Mustard Pork Chops are SO tasty.  I can’t recommend them highly enough.  Not only was the recipe fast and easy, it was darn tasty and something I would be proud to serve for a dinner party.  If I had them. The sauce, really, is what makes […]

A Long Night

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Last night was a very long night.  One of my dogs has an infection in her paw and we ended up taking her to the 24 hour vet clinic to get it looked at.  It looks like she will be ok, we have drugs and ointments to give her, but we are keeping an eye […]

A Weekend at Home – Gougeres

Monday, January 21, 2008

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I had a busy weekend in the kitchen, and most of it was spent with Nigella Lawson’s cookbook Express. To start let me say that I think the principals of Express are wonderful.  Real food that does not take forever to make.  I can attest to the speed of the recipes, the five I have […]

Surface to Mass Ratio

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Well, I survived the first night of Laminated Dough, Pâte à Choux, Donuts, and Fritters.  Better than survived.  I did pretty well.  The class was busy and Chef did his level best to keep us working.  He does not tolerate slackers.  I love that.  A few observations: 1.  I love pâte à choux.  I love making […]

New Classes Begin Today

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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I should be excited, filled with anticipation about the new semester, but I am not. Sad, isn't it?  I think I need an attitude adjustment, and fast.  Knowing you have a problem is the first step in getting well, so at least that is positive!  I'm sure once I get started I will feel that […]

Cookbooks and Cakes

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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So, my best friend in the world is getting married in England this October.  It is a long story, but the short version is that she met him, a very nice man who is also a cutie, on the internet, went to meet him in person, fell in love, moved away, and is prepared to live happily ever […]

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