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Banoffee Pie … well, sort of and other musings

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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11/19/08 – I served the pie from the recipe below and it was quite tasty … and runny!  So, I would not fold in the whipped cream.  I would just sort of smooth out the toffee and spread it with great care.  But, the taste … spot on.  My family, once past the initial trepadation of a […]

Oh, bring it on Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

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I will admit this to you, dear cyber readers.  For the last few months I have been a TOTAL baking slacker.   Cooking slacker also. Really?  Oh, yes. But, the impending holidays have reignited my desire to bake and fiddle around in the kitchen.  Well, that and a trip to Ireland.  Yes, Ireland the country.   I […]

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thursday, July 10, 2008

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Not that I really went anywhere, but I have neglected my blog.  Sorry. So, you may well be wondering what I have been up to in my absence?  Well, I shall tell you. First, I finished my Laminated Dough class.  I really did not enjoy that class because my teacher was less than stellar.  And, […]

Apathy and Pastry

Thursday, February 7, 2008

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The last couple of days have been personally stressful and to be honest I have not felt like doing much of anything.  Got a mean case of the ‘Blahs’.  I’m feeling slightly more motivated today.  Hopefully this trend continues. I did want to post an update on the reversed puff pastry I began last week […]

Odds and Ends

Monday, February 4, 2008

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Who doesn’t love a good muffin?  I know I do.  And the muffins pictured below are hard to resist.  Trust me!  I told you all about these muffins last week.  Here is a link to the blog entry that includes the recipe for these chocolaty lovelies.  You really should make them. I am so PLEASED […]

Reverse Puff Pastry and Party Dips

Friday, February 1, 2008

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So, last night we made, or at least began making, reverse puff pastry. Unlike regular puff pastry where butter is enclosed in dough, reverse puff pastry encloses dough in butter.  As the name implies it is reverse of the regular way.  Oddly enough it worked quite well though the first three turns (I have two […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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