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  1. I've been making Alice Medrich's Tiger Cake, but instead of olive oil > brown butter AND instead of cocoa swirl > cinnamon & brown sugar. My favorite cake recipe... sigh, so dangerous
  2. How about chocolate nests - maybe not 101 but I ran into the pictures of Wybauw's chocolate nests from Chocolate Decorations in this google preview of the book. marshmallows: marshmallow piped- homemade peeps - piped into molds Egg shaped cutter to stamp out ganache pieces to dip. And then use transfers on top to make patterned like dyed eggs. Again- maybe not 101... Martha Stewart did chocolate filled egg shells too. They were gorgeous- gold and blue eggs if I remember correctly. Probably on her site somewhere.
  3. FYI a friend is taunting me with the listings of Brix refractometers available on eBay. 0- 90 Brix refractometers are ~$70. Honey ones, Brix scale of 58 - 90 are cheaper.
  4. You're flushing out a very faint flavor memory in my head... my local coffee store in Eugene had a run of nutmeg / eggnog mix that was banana flavored to me. The first time I ordered their eggnog steamed milk I sent it back because I thought they made me a banana one. They confirmed that they made it correctly- and we sniffed the eggnog container to check it. Yep- smelled like bananas to me! But no one else got that smell- they all said it smelled like eggnog to them.
  5. There's also the savory realm- French dip sandwiches. Or one could extend that to simply the classic sandwiches with soup. Like grilled cheese with tomato soup.
  6. Ooo- thanks for the Bernachon recipe Kerry! This answers my impatient needs to start on my Christmas food presents. thank you everyone. I'm gonna start on it today- without a refractometer... which I suspect will be perfectly fine.
  7. In my excitement over finding Wybauw's procedure for candying fruit (the two week sugar soaking process) I managed to not read his directions clearly until now. ...Now being when I have a dozen oranges sitting on my counter most eagerly. Each step of the sugar soaking process indicates that I boil the sugar solution to a certain Brix point before proceeding. How would a non-professional attempt this at home? google's book preview shows the procedure here. Help?
  8. I just finished a honey saffron cinnamon apple butter batch at the tale end of my apple sauce making. I burned the crap out of my hands stirring it though (it's like napalm!)! Tomorrow's next batch will get the crock pot method! For canning it- I was surprised to see that apple butter requires a shorter processing time than apple sauce (10 min vs 20 min) according to my ball book.
  9. heck- have the art dept photoshop the wrappers for you!
  10. That's my food blog- its a great magic shell recipe: really easy and very rewarding. Plus- you can get fancy with it and add other flavors too.
  11. I found a cached version of a blog post from someone who's made a chocolate version of this cake recently. You should contact them and ask how they did the outside.
  12. has this thread jumped the shark? some recent favorite flavor combos: keifer + blueberries + pineapple grapefruit + cilantro carrot+ ginger + coconut
  13. Wasn't there a thread some time back about new vs old KitchenAids and the quality difference since manufacturing changed? My previous landlord owned a repair shop that worked on kitchenaids. 90% of the problems he encountered with them was a simple ball bearing replacement.
  14. And I'll jump on the bandwagon here with telling you how cute your marshmallows came out! Just wait till you try lemon ones, and peppermint ones, and cinnamon ones and mango ones... Your biscuit cut mallows are begging to be set on a cookie- like a ginger snap? So, did you earn the right to make more when your wife saw how successful these were? I admit- my household was quite suspicious of the feel of my first ones. We resisted the urge to make boob shaped strawberry mallows, but just barely!
  15. I don't have experience with those cookers but I do have extensive experience with clay. "Purple Clay"is more commonly known as Yixing clay, which is famous for its use in unglazed small tea pots that are decorated sculpturally. The minerals in the clay deposits of that region result in the dark colors of this clay. I don't think the clay has special properties per say. What is important in the culture of this clay in cooking ware is that it be left unglazed (esp on the inside of the cooking vessel). With the clay being unglazed, it leaves itself susceptible to being imbued with the flavors of what you habitually cook in it. For example- Yixing teapots are never washed, as the buildup of fragrance from the tea is prized by its owners (never mind the oxidation that is likely occurring in the same flavors). I suspect industrious thinking is trying to extend the Yixing teapot to all other styles of cooking. I could see how this would be nice with rice cookers- esp for fragrant varieties of rice. The clay cooking vessel would ensure an even distribution of heat and good heat retention, and the fragrance of the rice would build up (over years) in the clay vessel.
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