Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It's been a long time since I entertained a large group for shabbat that included many small children. Kids can be a wonderful addition to the table or they can be a distraction - and its nearly impossible to know in advance whether the kids in question are best seated at a kids table in the dining room, fed first then allowed to go play, or some combination -
I'd love to get some feedback from parents with small children - Any thoughts or suggestions?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Trying again with the overnight challah recipe - this is actually the third time -
I've been keeping track of the recipe modifications, and though I haven't tasted this week's attempt yet, I think I'm getting closer. Research is needed to determine if now that I've switched to bread flour, and increased the flour in the recipe, if I should use more yeast - this week I had three cups of flour and 1 package of yeast. The finished results just don't seem to rise quite high enough - maybe I should try a longer first rise.
If you're a successful challah baker and can shed some light, please give me your thoughts.
Post - taste note: Flavor is really there! Have the right amount of honey - the texture was a bit too dense though - going to try more yeast - or maybe as I thought on Thursday, a longer first rise
Friday, May 08, 2009
That was a piece of advice I got a few years ago, not about food, but the essence of the advice is that to do the job right, you need the right tools. The "product" in the advice I got (thanks Karen!) related to haircare, but this morning, I realized that I had been using the wrong "product" to cut bar cookies my whole life!
The right "product" to cut bar cookies is.... a pizza cutter! My fudgy chewy brownies, that are usually shaggy and messy when cut with a knife came out with perfect edges this morning - I used a pizza cutter held against a metal ruler for a straight edge - by the way, a washable sturdy ruler is also an inexpensive kitchen essential.
I really want to emphasize how terrific a pizza cutter is for cutting bar cookies - Last night I made Coconut Pecan Topped Brownies which usually are a complete disaster to cut. I made perfect beautiful bites, cutting with a pizza cutter against a metal ruler.
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