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  1. @ CKatCook: not dwarf trees that I know of. Just potted. The Lemon is about 18" tall, and in a 14" pot. The Olive I saw last year was a Spanish variety, and about 3' tall in a 14" pot. Both of these were at nursery stores in our region. The biggest concern for either of these will be watering. The balcony faces southeast, and the building has a lot of glass and concrete for absorbing heat and reflecting light.

    Interesting, so the containers restrict the roots, which restrict the growth? I am thinking of going to get a peach and a pear since they are in the stores now. :wub:

  2. Hoping to add an olive to our mini-Mediterranean balcony plantings. The meyer lemon produced 7 fruits, one of which has become a luscious martini. Anxiously awaiting the reminders :)

    Are these dwarf trees? I have been wanting to pot up some dwarf varieties in containers.

  3. What kind of lettuce are you growing?

    A couple kinds really. I have a patch for mesclun greens and two different kinds of leaf, a green and red. It's a Burpee mix pack of Black seeded simpson, lolla rossa, red salad bowl, royal oak leaf, salad bowl.

    I have to get the other raised bed in this soon, but snow is in the forecast for Saturday, so looks like that will wait. So I will bake bread.

  4. I always watch the cupcake, bake @ 375. Take them out when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Should they be left slightly under cooked? The recipes I use are the ones listed in the King Arthur Baking Companion.

    Now I hunted down some of the cupcake shop "sprinkles" recipes, they have a lot more fat I noticed....Just an observation..

  5. I have been experimenting with cupcakes lately and using just a cake recipe (various ones, not any one in particular), baked in cupcake pan. But they always turn out a little dry for some reason. So I am wondering this, formula wise, how is a cupcake different than a cake? Can the baker's percentage apply like in bread? (so I can do the math on several recipes and then see if the fat content is higher, which is my first guess...) Is it the foil paper cups I use, I used white paper last time and the same thing happened. A bit on the dry side.

    thanks!

  6. oh me too, I have never had mac and cheese that way, but now it is a must try!

    This thread is making me look at things I have not touched in years in a new light as well.

    thought of another one, coffee mate creamers that come in liquid form, and are all different flavors, I think international coffees makes some as well...love them.

  7. Ok, here is the list:

    I grew up eating boiled chicken skin. Yep, I eat boiled chicken skin, heavily salted. To this day I will snatch it off the chicken before shredding it into something I am making. It was the only way my mother knew to cook chicken, so that is how we ate it.

    I like underwood deviled ham, and spam - chopped up in kraft mac & cheese. Prefer veleeta, which makes the best queso..if you add sausage and rotel tomatos.

    We like pizza rolls, frozen pizzas (dipped in ranch dressing) whoppers, big macs, spagetti o's in the can, manwhich. lunchables sometimes.

    I don't see the fasination with truffles, the oil, the truffle, I just don't get it...I tried the oil once, and my throat locked up and refused to let me swallow the taste was awful.

    I don't feel much shame about it, really the only thing on the list I cringe at is the chicken skin.

  8. I am getting tired, but having too much fun to stop now. Yesterday after work it was chocolate chip cookies and egg nogg cupcakes. Today it is candy to send to a friend, snicker doodles. My hubby came home yesterday and commented that he is tired of the sweet smell in the house. LOL.

  9. Oh man, am I guilty of this! Multiple cooking projects. The long slow meat braise, the complicated dessert that will not wait. The sudden craving for homemade brioche. Yep, do this all the time, mostly to avoid housework.

  10. Wow, there is so many directions you could go with this, but one thing I always like to do is samosas, carmel popcorn, hot cocoa, bread sticks that I have made and wraped a thin strip of prosciutto around before baking, various olives, or an olive tapenade with chips to dip, spiced nuts. If you wanted more sweets, what is better than classic iced sugar cookies. :wub:

  11. My fingers ache from all the stiring and rolling :laugh: I am several days down in my 12 cookies of Christmas and I got a head start by making doughs to freeze. I made some peppermint bark, peanut butter chocolate shortbread, chocolate chip, brownie pops, snickerdoodle, peanut brittle, white chocolate oatmeal cranberry cookies. This week I have egg nogg cupcakes, and gingerbread to make. Then one more week to go!

    .....everything looks so beautiful that everyone has made!

    I have one of those books! The recipes are simply "oldies but goodies".

  12. Nothing really sticks to parchment. I make caramel on a bi-wekly basis and I pour it on.... a parchment paper lined marble slab. No release issues--even if the caramel has been sitting on the paper for a few days.

    I always just put mine on a silpat. I will have to try parchment, it will keep from tying up my silpat.

  13. We were always taught in pastry and baking, by the inimitable Nick Malgieri, to butter the pan, put parchment in and then butter the parchment.

    I was taught by the more efficient David Lebovitz to butter the pan, put in the parchment, then flip over the parchment. Voila, the parchment is already greased. :wink:

    That is a good tip! I always sprayed the pan with spray oil, then parchment, up the sides of the pan. Just so I don't have to worry about the cake sticking.

  14. I just wanted to give everyone an update on how it all went down. And in my rush to get everything out of the house I forgot to bring my camera. :wacko:

    It was a smashing sucess! I made strawberry, blackberry, chocolate marshmellows, hot cocoa mix, cranberry orange quick breads (THANKS!!!) parkerhouse rolls, and challah bread. The marshmellows along got 5 bucks a bag!! The rolls 15 a dozen!! Everyone loved them!

    Thank you everyone for the advice, the proceeds went to help pay for a friend of mine's grandson's chemotherapy.

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