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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Cookbook Must Haves
I was going through the cookbook section of overstock.com and came across a few that we all need to add to our collections! If any of you have any of these please let me know... give us a review!
"Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager joins forces with New York Times bestselling author William J. Birnes to throw open the vaults of interstellar haute cuisine, revealing for the first time the secret preparation techniques behind a variety of exotic dishes and drinks."
Sounds fabulous. I am sure this is the height of Mr. Birnes writing career. Interstellar haute cuisine.... Coming to a town near you.....
"A Date by Date, Course-By-Course, Nibble-By-Nibble Guide to Cultivating Love and Passion Through Food"
Sex and food... goes hand in *ahem* hand, right? But the title of this book makes me think of 59 cent cheese Krystals at 2am.
"From crispy appetizers and snacks to sizzling meats to vegetables, grains, and potatoes to appetizing fried desserts, The Best Fryer Cookbook Ever delves into the how and why of deep frying. It covers the best -- and potentially healthiest -- oils to use, correct temperatures and frying times, technical tips, and helpful hints for using the deep fryer, safety guidelines, and even the gamut of deep-fryer makes and models now on the market. With Phyllis Kohn's professional and easy-to-follow instructions, plus a kitchen-tested lineup of delectable recipes, everyone will welcome deep frying back into their home, especially when they learn how deep-fried food often absorbs far less fat than shallow frying."
A staple in every southern kitchen.
"When a medical condition forced his wife to eat only soft foods, the author developed 200 recipes that were soft, nutritious, and delicious. Containing recipes for soups, main dishes, vegetables, and desserts, this unique cookbook will help non-chewers fully enjoy their meals."
Ummmm... okay. There really is a cookbook for everyone! The title cracks me up.
"No bachelor pad, lounge, or luau is complete without a cocktail, and this handy hipster's recipe book includes five dozen of them, each inspired by everyone's favorite cool cat, the Pink Panther. Also includes colorful retro artwork by the infamous Shag and a bonus CD with video clips and songs."
If I were still single and went to a "bachelor pad" that had this book on the shelf, I think I would turn around and walk straight out. If your man has to lean to be cool from the Pink Panther... there is something SERIOUSLY wrong.
I couldn't find a description for this book anywhere. But I think the title says it all. I love the phrase " best microwave practice". I mean, do we really need a microwave how to?
"Provides step-by-step instructions for creating healthy snacks, main courses, and deserts including Darth double dogs, Bubble City Salad, Boss Nass Broccoli, and Opee's sea crunch."
Good God... this is version 2.
"Boy George has joined forces with his great friend and macrobiotic mentor, Dragana G. Brown, to offer up dozens of mouth-watering recipes that will tantalise your taste buds and boost your immune system."
That's it... I am writing a cookbook.
"Foods with Cult Followings.What's more entertaining than a shimmering, jiggling bowl of Jell-O? For a century kids and grownups alike have enjoyed the sweet flavors of the humble, packaged gelatins and puddings. The Magic of Jell-O: 100 New and Favorite Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Fun with Jell-O pays tribute to the staying power of this versatile treat. The brilliant color photos and tempting recipes will draw anyone in, whether for a brief trip down memory lane or a serious investigation. "Berry Blue Shooting Stars," "Wiggly Banana Splits" and a "Watermelon Pit Parfait" are as much fun to make as to consume. More mature palates will appreciate "Easy Tiramisu" with coffee liqueur, or the sinful "Cappuccino Cups." Birthdays and Halloween are just two of the occasions celebrated in this confection of a cookbook. "
Okay I think I might actually want this book! I REALLY want to make that 7 layered thing on the front....
"Anyone can savor the flavor of convenience with Mini-Mart Ã la Carte, a hilarious guide to simple and scrumptious cooking using just those ingredients found on the shelves of the corner store. Victoria Traig, co-author of Judaikitsch, and her intrepid, taste-testing boyfriend, have scoured their local stop-and-shop, crafting culinary delights from the treasures found there. Canned meat to squeezable cheese, relish packets to frozen slushees, the ingredients in these tantalizing recipes amount to much, much more than just the sum of their parts. With tasty recipes for delectable appetizers like Sardines Rockefeller and Notzoh Ball Soup, hearty entrees like SPAM Wellington and Fish Sticks Amandine, and sweet finishes like Banana Nicole Smith and Twinkie Surprise, guests will be lowering their brow, but not their wow. So, forget the Zone, cancel the trip to South Beach, and chow down on some real food, mini-mart style."
I personally would love to have a copy of this in the glove box of my 1992 Geo Metro..... for pit stops.
"In this history of the all-American pork-in-a-can product known as Spam, the author praises Spam for saving the Russian Army during World War II and for bestowing upon the world such award-winning recipes as Spam Fritters and Spam Cheesecake."
Okay I want to know what award the Spam Cheesecake won. Seriously.
So it seems everyone, including those with intolerances, allergies, serious medical conditions, those that are pregnant, in love, in a hurry, health conscious, overweight, lazy, vegan, vegetarian, lactovegan, and ovovegan have a cookbook dedicated to them. It seems everyone from Treckies to Boy George can write a cookbook. It seems every type of food had been covered: Jewish, Mexican, Southern, Cuban, Lebanesee, Indian, food from North Carolina, from New Orleans, food from Oregon, Washington, Florida, and Montana. We have it all.... There is NOTHING that has not been covered by a cookbook. Nothing.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Insane in the Membrane, Part II
|Something happened yesterday.... Something great. I am not sure exactly what it was , maybe it was sheer determination to prove all the ones who had doubt wrong, maybe it was all the prayers to the cake gods, maybe it was just luck.... What ever it was it was great. I freaking pulled it off... The Farm Tractor cake was conquered.|
This was so much fun. It's sculpture... But with sugarpaste. I worked for 6 hours straight on it and the hours felt like minutes! With each step I would say to myself... "I can't believe I am pulling this off. I can not believe I am doing this...."
Shaping the cake was no problem at all. The Hummingbird cake was nice and chilled and sliced up very well. This is a very very dense cake but it produced a lot of crumbs! I thought at first that I might be in trouble with all the crumbs but I did a fairly decent job of getting them all cleaned off. The cream cheese icing as a crumbcoat was a bad idea, I think. It never did dry like buttercream does so the fondant gives a bit when touched. I don't like that it does that. I want the cake to feel firm and solid.... There is no risk of it collapsing, but it still doesn't seem "firm" enough.
Another problem I had was coaxing the blue fondant onto the tractor body. Those square edges gave me a very hard time. In the book the tractor is smooth and perfect and the corners are smoothed over beautifully..... Mine wanted to fold over like Christmas wrapping paper. I had no idea what to do with them... and I had to act fast because the fondant was starting to dry. At first I had them flare out but quickly changed my mind. It looked stupid. I ended up pinching the corners together and trimming of the excess. Then I couldn't figure out how to make the seam go away. Anyone know how to do this?? I think the seams look really bad... but I figure the more I do it the better it will get.....
The rest of the sculpting really went great. Having an art background had finally paid off! That sculpture class I hated my senior year of college is finally making sense! The farmer's body went well... as did his face, nose, ears, eyes, arms and hands. The tires were a breeze... just cut out with biscuit cutters and embellished a little bit with pattern..... One issue I did have was being messy with the sugar glue. I had some idea that powdered sugar, merigure powder and water would dry clear..... why did I think that??? !!! It obviously does not dry clear.... it dries very white. Very white and very hard. So something I definitely learned for next time is EASY with the sugar glue.... and I need to be cleaner. And EASY with the freaking powdered sugar! Holy crap I had that stuff everywhere! Powdered sugar loves to settle into any and ever crack in fondant and it is a pain to get out.....
I really did have so much fun doing this and plan to make many more. I learned a lot from this first cake.... On what cake to use, what icing to NOT use, what to go easy on and what to add in. I learned that if you actually read the instructions things will turn out how they say they will turn out. I have to say I am pretty proud of this.... and I would have always dreamed about making one of these and saying "one day one day" had it not been for my best friend in the whole world... Stephie.
*** I am begging you all to please give me hints and tips on rolled fondant! Please email me anything you can and also some great sites to look at as well!! ***
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Food Blog Awards Nominations
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Insane in the Membrane
|So my best friend in the whole world has just been declared mentally insane. I wish I could help her and I wish there is something I could do to for her.... but there is nothing. Honestly, I never saw it coming.... the breaking point, you ask? She asked me to make her (firstborn) son's FIRST birthday cake. Yeah.. I know. Sad, huh? God bless her soul.|
I, of course, had a fleeting moment of insanity ( and WAY too much confidence) and exclaimed "YES! I CAN DO IT!I WOULD BE HONORED! " Actually I am very honored that she has enough confidence in me to do this... for the FIRST BIRTHDAY!Especially since she is a regular reader here..... God love her.
But she is insane. And so am I.
Here is the cake I am faced with.....
We will go through this together day by day. I have just started on the cake portion of it.... Hummingbird Cake.... I will get started on the fondant stuff this week. Stay tuned.. this will be an interesting week. Please pray to the cake gods and ask them to help me..... please.
* I left out the pecans since this is a cake for children....