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  1. I live near New Orleans and often buy beignets from Cafe Du Monde. Not good reheated. I've also made them at home from the Cafe Du Monde boxed mix. They are delicious. Taste like the cafe original and easy to prepare. But not so good reheated. Your best bet is to buy the mix and only takes 30 mins to an hour to make them start to finish. And though I often make homemade bread, no recipe I've found comes near to the mix when hot from the oil and covered in powdered sugar. Finish the experience with a fresh press pot of their chicory coffee or cafe au lait.

  2. 2. Their measurement for flour is 1 cup = 5 1/2 ounces. Now, I've measured flour every which way (really, how many ways are there?) and no matter what I do, the flour weighs 4 1/2 ounces per cup. Peter Reinhardt, author of the seminal The Bread Baker's Apprentice, says flour weighs 4 1/2 ounces per cup. Freakin' King Arthur (A KING!) says that flour weighs 4 1/4 ounces per cup. So listen up, good people at Cook's Illustrated - take your fingers off the damn scale, willya?

    My standard flour is unbleached, all-purpose flour for most things. I usually use Gold-Medal or Pillsbury or sometimes even the store brand. I keep my flour in a cannister large enough to hold a 5 lb bag. Before I measure I always stir and aerate with a rubber spatula. I then dip, and sweep. I get almost exactly 5 ounces every time. I get 4 ounces for cake flour, about 5 1/2 ounces for bread flour, but 5 ounces for unbleached, all-purpose flour. Maybe it's because I live on the coast and its pretty humid here, don't know.

  3. My 10 year old son's top 5 list:

    Zuppa Toscana w/homemade bread

    Taco soup w/tortilla chips

    Fettucine Alfredo w/grilled chicken

    Lentil Soup w/homemade bread

    Cajun Chicken Pasta

    My 8 year old daughter's list:

    Stir Fry (esp. garlic chicken or beef & brocolli)with rice

    Happy Family Ramen (my jazzed up ramen noodle bowl w/meat, vegetables and sauces added)

    Cajun Chicken Pasta


    Lentil Soup w/homemade bread

    They also like hamburgers w/baked beans, Pork chops w/apple/cranberry chutney, Red Hot potatoes, Red Beans and Rice, Black beans and rice, and succotash. They had a hard time just choosing 5.

  4. Once I pick up my kids (10 & 8) from school it's a mad dash to have a snack with them, help them with homework, care for the baby (9 months), make dinner and get ready for work by 5:45. So, this is something new for me (my schedule for the last 6 months) that I'm getting used to as well. I've started assembling a list of our favorite meals that are quick and easy to prepare so that I can start using a rotating meal plan, planning more time consuming meals for days off or weekends and still have a variety.

    Some ideas: Pasta with various sauces are great and as mentioned earlier, thinner pasts which cook fast are key. Water goes on to boil first thing, with lid on. Seasoned rice is common, which eliminates the need for gravies or sauces and quick cooking meats (boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin or sliced in half also boneless or thin pork chops or steaks.) I also love the individually packaged, frozen fish fillets like salmon or tilapia. Run unopened packs under water, then open and quick season while cast iron pan heats or oven heats. 5 to 10 mins to cook. Frozen veggies like corn, sweet peas and green beans are common and cook quickly in the microwave or saucepan. Add a pat of butter and seasoning. Or, steam whole green beans in microwave, 5 mins, then quick stir fry with sesame oil, garlic and soy sauce. To accompany a stir fried dish. Stir fried cabbage also quick with stir fried dishes. Soups, quick chili, corn muffins or drop biscuits are quick. also, I sometimes keep refrigerator roll dough on hand and just shape and put in oven with bowl of boiling water to rise. My 10 and 8 year old also help do things like make the salad (which we have several times a week), make the sweet tea, butter the rolls, stir things, fetch things and open packages, set the table, etc.

    Some of our favorites are: Garlic chicken with sesame green beans or stir fried cabbage, beef with broccoli, Honey Black pepper beef, quick Thai chicken (all stir fries served with white rice). They love a dish made with ramen noodles (briefly cook and drain, discard seasoning packets, stir fry leftover thinly sliced meat of choice, thinly sliced onion, garlic, ginger, cabbage, carrot, etc. Add bottled sauces, usually soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, and sherry with dash of sesame oil and garlic chili paste. Last add cooked and drained noodles and toss to mix. One of their favorite meals, top with sliced green onion and chopped roasted peanuts.) I guess you could use rice noodles or vermicelli but the ramen noodles cook in about 2 minutes and their cheap and I keep them on hand for this dish. Also, pasta carbonara, usually with leftover vermicelli (I cook a whole pound and plan on carbonara couple of days later). Red Hots (red potatoes, sliced and cooked with plenty of creole or cajun seasoning, drained and fried in very hot wok or cast iron with butter and more creole seasoning (Tony Cacherie's) often served with quick tilapia and salad. etc...

  5. This thread made me make grilled cheese from Kraft Deluxe American slices and fluffy white Texas Toast leftover from Friday's BBQ tonight for Sunday night Snack. (don't cook dinner on Sunday. Family eats a big lunch out every Sunday. Snack only in the evening.)

    I don't like Sushi. Tried and tried. Texture thing.

    Love Burger King Whoppers and McDonald's fries, Big Mac and Sweet Tea.

    Made a vow to myself when still a teenager never to eat spare pig parts and that applies to most animals. I do, however, love fried chicken liver and beef liver and onions. No other innards of any kind will ever pass my lips.

    Also have the huge industrial size jar of powdered chicken boullion which I use regularly.

  6. but it is very difficult to tell when a chiffon cake is done.

    Um, no it's not. Chiffon cakes are what I bake constantly and they have a lovely little spring to them in the center when done. For me, they are the easiest cakes to make, bake and torte.


    In my opinion, chiffon always needs a little syrup on it, I never complete a chiffon without some sort of soak. Right now, my strawberry cream cake has a triple sec/simple syrup brushed on layers.....really good.

    Would you be willing to part with your base recipe for the chiffon cake layers?

  7. Being that I'm not a pro (self-taught and tons still to learn, but doing wholesale business for almost two years), when friends see some of my stuff they're impressed (mostly cakes and cheesecakes) and say "Wow, that looks like it came from a store!" My reply, "Good, this is a business." But I realize that to many people, looks like store bought means it's not homemade. And homemade, like grandma's, means yummy goodness. Homemade also means hand-made, made with love. So, many of my customers, place signs out on the display case letting customers know that it's locally made and fresh and will tell them it's from scratch if they ask. I also make a point to list that on my brochures and website.

    Of course, my stuff doesn't look too perfect to begin with, but this is South Mississippi.

  8. I bake a lot of cakes, all 3 layers so I use what I've found to be the easiest, quickest, but yet effective method for me. I cut either parchment paper or wax paper rounds to fit the bottom of the pan. There are a few places to order pre-cut parchment pan liners in the size round pan you're using, but it's a lot cheaper to buy a $1.00 roll of wax paper and get 75 feet worth of pan liners out of it. I usually use wax paper for that reason. I spray the bottoms only of the pan with nonstick spray and then place the wax paper circle on top of that and make sure it's smoothed out. Spread the batter, bake and cool for about 10 minutes. Run a thin, small spatula around the inside of the pan (between cake and pan) and place cooling rack on top, invert, place second rack or cardboard on top and invert again. I also leave the wax paper on until I'm ready to finish the cake for ease of handling the layers. (Although I generally unstick it while it's turned over and then replace it before turning it back over.)

  9. Sweet Potato Pie

    Serves 8 as Dessert.

    Southern Sweet Potato Pie

    • 2 c sweet potatoes, cooked & mashed
    • 1/2 c butter, softened
    • 1 c sugar
    • 2 T heavy cream
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 1/4 tsp salt

    1 (9 inch) pie crust

    Preheat oven to 350. Blind bake pie crust until barely golden.

    Mix together butter, sugar, sweet potatoes, spices, extract and zest. Adjust to taste. Mix in beaten eggs and heavy cream. Pour filling into pie crust.

    Bake at 350 degrees F until set (doesn't jiggle when shaken) and toothpick inserted in center isn't wet.

    Keywords: Dessert, Pie, American

    ( RG2152 )

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  10. From my experience (Which isn't much, but I've made good pork roast/pulled pork in the oven) and from what I've read and tried this is what I do.

    Rub meat with dry rub and let sit however long you wish. Roast meat uncovered in roasting pan in 250 degree oven for approximately 1 hour per pound. (Just gives you a starting point.) Place roast fat side up so it will self-baste. You know it's done when you can turn the bone in the roast. If the bone wont freely turn, it's not melt-in-your-mouth tender yet. Won't shred. Internal temp should be about 200F. Take out of oven, let rest about 15 minutes and then shred.

  11. it is sweet, not creamy at all.  I wouldn't recommend to anyone over the age of 3.

    yes it is thin and does not have the whole fat rising to the top thing that cows milk has...

    I'm sure this is totally TMI, but I breastfed both of my kids and had many occasions to store breast milk and found that it did indeed have a layer of fat that rose to the top when stored and had to be shaken up after warming and before using. In fact, my daughter was a light nurser and never got enough to get to the rich hindmilk and was therefore a lean baby as the first milk is indeed watery. My son, however, nursed as much as he possibly could and was therefore nicknamed, Michelin Man. I'm sure due to all the rich hindmilk. I never tasted it, but it looked very rich to me.

  12. I make a ganache covered triple chocolate cake and I cover the sides with mini-chocolate chips. Several customers carry it. I have a prospective new customer that wants to carry this cake but wants it to look different from everyone else's. They requested chocolate curls. Anyone know a good, inexpensive (keep in mind, this is wholesale) source for ready made small chocolate curls?

  13. I do mostly wholesale but sometimes have individual orders too. I have a policy that I don't do custom decorating but my cakes are attractively decorated. (Meaning, nicely iced, piped borders, chopped nuts on the side or sprinkled with nuts and coconut, or ganache covered, etc. ) This has worked out fine. I also add, if needed, that I'm primarily a baker, not a cake decorator.

  14. I don't think the temperature inside the cheesecake would get high enough for the berries to burst if left whole and uncooked at the bottom. For my blueberry cheesecake I use 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cornstarch and squeeze of lemon juice. Cook till berries pop and mixture slightly thickens. Let cool and swirl into batter. I do half batter, half blueberries, half batter, half blueberries and then swirl.

  15. Well, the last two carrot cakes I've made I've kind of incorporated all three possible solutions into my method. I used peeled baby carrots and ground them up fine in the food processor and then added the pineapple and further ground it all together. I also added the leaveners with the whipping of the eggs, sugar and oil. So far, so good. No green carrots. Can't say which suggestion helped but at least no green carrots. Thanks for all the help.

  16. I've seen recipes where the yolks and sugar are whisked over a bain marie as if making zabaglione (sp?) and actually cooked to 160 before continuing on. Haven't tried it though so can't say how well it works.

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