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Japanese Milk Bread

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Last November my husband and I spent the week of Thanksgiving in Tokyo. The first few days we were there Mr. Shenanigans had to work, so I took the opportunity to visit different neighborhoods in Tokyo, tasting different foods and soaking up the culture. Once his work obligations were complete we moved into a little […]

Reverse Puff Pastry and Party Dips

Fri, Feb 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 […]

Apple Tart!

Wed, Jan 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

Tue, Jan 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

Mon, Jan 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?

Fri, Jan 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

Wed, Jan 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

Tue, Jan 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

Mon, Jan 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

Fri, Jan 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

Wed, Jan 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 […]

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