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  1. Thanks for your support WestOrangeFrank! To everyone else, Greenwich House can use all of the donations possible. We've sold about 200 tickets so far, but are looking to sell a lot more! Please consider coming; twenty great NYC (and one fabulous NJ restaurant, Fascino) are participating. Drinks, food, dancing, and - oh yeah - a little donating, all add up to a great time! Just a reminder: When: Monday, February 7, 2005 from 6:30pm until 10:00pm Where: The New Era Building @ 495 Broadway, 2nd floor, off Broome Street Tickets: $75 in advance $85 at the door Contact: To purchase tickets or make a donation, please contact Aileen Parker at (212) 242-4140 ext.229 or aparker@greenwichhouse.org. www.greenwichhouse.org
  2. I just wanted to bump this back up near the top of the list. Some of you have already said you are coming - please don't forget to make a reservation ahead of time! While you can purchase tickets at the door, last year people were turned away because the event was so popular. When: Monday, February 7, 2005 from 6:30pm until 10:00pm Where: The New Era Building @ 495 Broadway, 2nd floor, off Broome Street Tickets: $75 in advance $85 at the door Contact: To purchase tickets or make a donation, please contact Aileen Parker at (212) 242-4140 ext.229 or aparker@greenwichhouse.org. www.greenwichhouse.org
  3. boulak I just wanted to say thank you for posting all of this wonderful information. My husband and I are going to visit Paris in April, so I've taken copious notes based on your experiences. Please post about the patisseries you went to - we plan on making many, many stops for treats along our way and would love some recommendations!
  4. My husband (adegiulio) and I are working on a charitable event called "A Taste of Greenwich House" in NYC. Since New Jersey's own Fascino will be participating, we wanted to let everyone on the NJ board know about the event. Here's the link to the initial post on the New York Board: A Taste of Greenwich House Feel free to contact us with questions!
  5. I made the Linzer tart for Christmas eve - it was a HUGE hit!!! I've made jam before, but I never put raspberries in the food processor before cooking, as directions in this book suggest. It really helped the jam come together; I think I'll do that from now on. I also made the chocolate mousse, the texture and flavor of which is "absolutely to die for," as my mother-in-law exclaimed after tasting it. I couldn't believe how easy it was, having never made mousse before. PS - A big thanks to all of you who are posting pictures. It really helps a non-pro get ideas on presentation.
  6. amyd

    Naughty or Nice?

    Santa brought me a cake decorating book and a Salton digital scale. I think of all goodies I received this year (including the non-baking-related), I am most excited about having a TARE button!!!
  7. I did exactly that. Put a few drops of food coloring and swirl with a toothpick as you are putting the marshmallows into the sheet pan. For an extra effect, I added coloring to the starch/sugar mixture. It made the swirls a little bit softer and filled in any swirls that I didn't really like.
  8. My husband and I got married last year and went to a bunch of tastings before deciding who would do our wedding cake. The pastry shop that was included in our catering fees gave us small cups of cut up cakes and then more with different icings and finally ones with fillings. I personally thought that this was a horrible way to select an entire cake. I think you need to taste the entire thing to see how the flavors will blend together (e.g., a certain filling and icing might be overly sweet when tasted together, but fine apart). The patisserie we really liked took the time to prepare four different cake samples for us to try. My husband and I each got our own plate with a four inch cake that had been cut into quarters (three of the quarters were chocolate cake and the other was white, just in case we didn't want chocolate). Each quarter was filled with different mousselines (orange, strawberry, chocolate, and hazlenut). She topped each one with buttercream icing, since I specifically did not want fondant (love the look, hate the taste). All of the selections were based on my conversations with the baker, asking about favorite foods and desserts without concentrating too much on cakes. It was amazing how she was able to ask the right questions to figure out what we'd like together. As it turned out, we loved everything she presented to us, so we choose chocolate cake with orange mousseline for the largest tier, chocolate cake with hazelnut mousseline for the next two tiers, and white cake with strawberry filling for the smallest tier. All were served at the wedding to rave reviews. The moral of the story is that you should take the time to find out what the bride is looking for and prepare a tasting based on that. You can certainly coax her toward items that you feel you make well (can can put together without much trouble), but she will be much more interested in doing business with you after showing that you've invested time and energy specifically into her.
  9. amyd

    Icing Problem

    I have to agree that the maple syrup is causing it to slide. I think most recipes use some extract for flavoring. Any kind of maple or corn syrup would cause it to run. Here is the icing recipe from the Commissary Carrot Cake: Cream Cheese Frosting: 8 oz. soft unsalted butter 8 oz. soft cream cheese 1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract Here's the link to the cake, if you are interested in that recipe http://foodgeeks.com/recipes/recipe.phtml?recipe_id=752
  10. amyd

    "C" is for cookie

    My favorite bakery-type cookies are my homemade black & whites. They have just the right balance of sweetness. My husband's favorite cookies are Mallomars. I've attempted to make something similar at home using nightscotsman's marshmallow recipe. I cut small circles of marshmallow, place them on a Nilla wafer and top the whole thing with tempered chocolate. I have to admit that they are really close to the real thing. Other cookies we enjoy are classic chocolate chip, but I like to make them really oversized with chunks of chocolate. This way I can say that I've only had one! My other favorite is the Fantastic Fudgewich from Nancy Baggett's All American Cookie Book. I also make her Iced Cranberry-White Chocolate Drop Cookies. They are perhaps the easiest cookies I've ever made and are perfect for Thanksgiving. There are probably a zillion other cookies that I love, but can't think of them right now. There is almost nothing better than a home baked cookie!
  11. amyd

    Red Velvet Cake

    I think that the fondant would not look as nice over a cream cheese icing. Fondant shows whatever lumps and bumps are underneath it. If you use cream cheese icing, you would have to work REALLY hard to get it to smooth out first. It's a lot easier smoothing buttercream or some kind of preserves before putting the fondant on.
  12. amyd

    Mousse Mess

    I just made a tart recently that said to cool down the chocolate to 104 degrees before SLOWLY adding room temperature egg yolks. I'm not sure if that's standard procedure, but you might want to try playing with how hot or cold your ingredients are.
  13. I have to second the fall theme ideas already mentioned. You can easily pipe fern leaves and maybe adorn it with marzipan acorns or even do real sugared leaves (there are some great colors outside right now). Also think about shape - guys might prefer a square cake to round.
  14. But do you have any idea what is right for that recipe? I know all recipes are different, but perhaps there is a gerenal rule of thumb based on the other ingredients. Should I have used 200 grams or 7 Tbls? I'm leaning toward the 7 Tbls, since 200 grams seemed like way too much. There's obviously a typo somewhere; I'm just curious if anyone has the correct recipe or can offer an opinion as to which measurement to use.
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