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Lisa Shock

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  1. Be aware that the geometric second layer in your image will be extremely difficult to accomplish. Natural forms are easier because they are more forgiving. And, geometric patterns require the cake they are painted upon to be iced with extreme precision. If you haven't done this before, your wedding cake is not the time to try for the first time. (you'd have an easier time sewing your own gown)
  2. I do not know how big the msg molecules are. The Modernist Cuisine team found that marinating meat in oil was pointless because the molecules were too large to diffuse into the meat. I think your answer, with regards to any flavoring component lies there.
  3. I got tamales too! A friend of mine has a grandmother who knows I like the sweet ones. She only makes them during the holiday season, and sets some aside for me!
  4. I make hot chocolate by making a ganache that I keep in the fridge in pre-portioned cubes and then add hot water. I developed the concept years ago when I worked at a high end cafe and saw some ideas here on eG. I use good couverture, the reason is that it's smoother and the cocoa particles tend to be smaller due to longer conching. I find that this improves the sediment and mouth-feel issues immensely. I also add a small amount of my house-made chocolate extract to boost flavor a little, cream inhibits flavor a little bit. Good additions to the drink once it's made include: a twist of orange peel a sprinkling of cinnamon a small dab of toast dope a teaspoon of liqueur or non-alcoholic Italian syrup: nut flavor, cherry flavor, orange flavor, strawberry flavor, coffee flavor, etc. a little coffee a tiny pinch of red chile powder a sprig of fresh mint The ganache needs to be refrigerated, so, shipping could be a dicey situation -especially if there's a warm spell. I'd ship in an insulated package with frozen cold packs in it. And, I would give stern instructions that it should be refrigerated immediately upon arrival. In most instances, I would prefer to hand-deliver the finished product as a gift, or just ship some of the chocolate and the recipe.
  5. I haven't had one in over a decade. However, I do think this is a great example of how consumers really do care about details. I have worked for people who let shoddy food go out to customers because it was 'good enough' and then wondered why few customers returned. Sure, mistakes happen, but, IMO we should be striving to do our best every time.
  6. Lisa Shock

    Quiche questions

    If you want to save time, skip the crust. If you are worried about refrigeration, find two pans, or bowls, where one will fit inside the other. Take the bottom one and put ice in it and cater-wrap it. Set the other on top and you have cold holding with minimal mess.
  7. Looks like approximately 28% of US sports stadiums had 50% or more of their food service outlets incurring at least one major food safety violation during 2017. -Despite the fact that due to security issues and concerns about ticket sales, health inspectors at most of these venues have to make appointments for inspections, they cannot arrive unexpectedly. So, these venues prepared for the inspections. Here's how individual arenas performed. Some of the details are not for the faint of heart.
  8. Might have been underproofed, or the room was colder to start with. When you see a dark bottom and light top it can often indicate a good amount of last minute lift. (the bottom remains fairly static and is browning while the top is still changing shape. Does the light/dark setting affect proving? Is the proving cycle heated? Any idea about room temperature?
  9. I know that offerings vary regionally, and are voted upon by the franchisees. Here in the Phoenix area, the onion rings are made from scratch and the menu boards say "Handmade Onion Rings." I had a discussion about them today with a location manager. The cooks spend time making them every day -they are often the most time-intensive menu items to produce.
  10. Lisa Shock

    Cheese Fondue

    On the topic of ham, spam, and various sausages, while ham & cheese is a classic sandwich, you have to remember the whole business of it being a sandwich, that is on bread, generally two slices of bread, as opposed to ham and cheese on a plate, your hand, or here on a fondue fork. In many cases, it will probably be too salty for many people. It's up to you, but, if you're having company over, you may wish to think about this. Or offer your guests toast points to place their fondue items on. I myself am not fond of super-salty foods and often brush salt off my pretzels. Adding salty cheese would be overload for me. Just my $ .02
  11. No, we're describing THESE.
  12. The first episode aired on December 6, I can't believe it just snuck up on me! Luckily, I have On Demand. Look for episode 1 to repeat on Thursday night, the 13th followed by episode 2. This season takes place in Kentucky, and apparently will be heavily influenced by horse racing and bourbon. Fifteen chefs appear in episode one, and there appears to be a good mix. Many of them are from the American mid-west and almost all have worked under some big names. Only one is a personal chef. IMO, both the quick-fire and main challenges were fair, and each chef got to showcase their personal style a bit. Clips from future episodes show a lot of bourbon, hundreds of barrels of it, and a big change to restaurant wars. LCK is back and well worth watching. The only comment I will make here is that certain issues with under-doneness could have been avoided with different pans. High-sided pans are not the way to go on the oven, unless you're braising, or trying to contain a large volume of liquid.
  13. Saimen all the way for me!
  14. I prefer buying jars of goat's milk caramel at the Mexican supermarket. It's slightly tangy and has a good strong caramel taste.
  15. Lisa Shock

    Cheese Fondue

    You have to remember that the usual dipper for fondue is bread and recipes are created with that in mind. Yes, some people do fruit, but that's difficult to manage. Essentially, you are looking for something to let the fondue flavor shine while offering some texture. So the best dippers are subtly flavored/salted or have a contrasting flavor like apple slices -although apple slices are problematic because they have smooth surfaces. I'd look more at things like mini-cornbread muffins, mini-pecan pies, mini-burritos, whole roasted baby potatoes (peeled for less slippage), and other types of bread.
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