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  1. Turns out the website says they don’t ship, but if you call them and get through to the right people (online customer assistance) they will ship. Will update when I get it...
  2. Looks like they don’t ship - only local pick up. Anyone know of somewhere else reliable to get one? The only places that come up in my search are companies I have never heard of and can’t find much on. I’m afraid of getting ripped off. Or anyone local to an RC Wiley willing to ship a couple out?
  3. Like many others during the pandemic, I have been making a lot of bread at home. I have a sourdough starter going, and so there has been a lot of lean sourdough bread in the house, along with other breads more palatable to the teens in the house, such as enriched breads like Japanese milk bread and challah. My problem is storage. Homemade breads go stale so fast, even the enriched ones. I’m experimenting with baking techniques/ingredients to make for longer lasting breads. I’d like to hear what others do as far as storage to make breads stale slower. I keep having an ad pop up on facebook that is cloth bag with a beeswax lining. It’s a bit speedy but if it lasts and does the job, I’d be willing to make the investment. If it matters, I live in an area that is pretty humid this time of year.
  4. Not a book, but the King Arthur flour website is a great resource.
  5. Rose Elliot’s New Complete Vegetarian, $1.99. I have not looked through it yet, but it’s well-reviewed.
  6. If you are close to a Trader Joe’s, their block chocolate (they are not enormous) is very good for the price. I have heard it is made for them by a well known high quality chocolate manufacturer (Callebaut maybe?).
  7. Has nobody else tried these amazing cookies?
  8. Have not tried it yet, but they published a version with weights instead of volumes. https://covalent-hiltoncf.s3.amazonaws.com/DoubleTree/Brand-comms/2020/Q2/DoubleTree-Signature-Cookie-Recipe-Metric.pdf
  9. Wegman’s has an absolutely wonderful chocolate-chocolate chip cookie, that they call “chocolate indulgence.” They sell it in the bulk cookie area, but when I look online it appears they also sell what appears to be the same cookie in packages of 2, link below. I never saw it packaged in the store. I had purchased them several times before I found out they were gluten-free (uses oat flour). It is crispy on the outside and fudgey on the inside, and deeply chocolate flavored, not overly sweet. After 15 seconds in the microwave, it is even more amazing, when the chips melt. Among the best cookies ever, especially for someone who loves dark chocolate. Half a cookie satisfies a chocolate craving for several days. Since we are not going to the store often these days, I’d love to make something similar but have not been able to locate a similar recipe on the internet. I have done very little gluten-free baking so do not feel confident reverse-engineering it. Does anyone have a recipe that is similar, especially if you have tried the Wegman’s cookie and know what I’m going for? I’m not tied to the idea of gluten free - we eat gluten - but I suspect that may be part of the way they get the texture. I have not baked with oat flour, so have no idea of proportions. This is the link that I found - I think it is the same cookie, although it looks darker in real life, the color of a very dark chocolate. https://shop.wegmans.com/product/59520/wegmans-chocolate-indulgence-cookie-2-pk. Ingredients: Sugar, Cacao, Eggs, Butter, Oat Flour, Cocoa Butter, 2% or less of each: Water, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Cornstarch, Salt, Coffee.
  10. Any update? I’m assuming it is called off or potentially delayed, as I cannot see it being safe or advisable to travel any time soon.
  11. Has there been any discussion about cancelling this year due to COVID-19? Although I do plan to wait before making a decision, the CDC is recommending cancelling unnecessary travel. I think it is something we need to at least be talking about. We are less than 2 weeks behind Italy in the trajectory of the disease.
  12. I use two nested stainless steel bowls, a heat gun from the hardware store, and a dedicated wooden spoon. Works great, and unlike some of the commercial roasters, I can both see and hear the roasting beans. Takes me about 15 minutes - I usually sit on the porch with a podcast or some music. I’m building a slightly more sophisticated set up with a large hand crank flour sifter, aforementioned heat gun, a wooden frame and maybe eventually, an electric drill to turn the crank.
  13. I took a class with Ciril Hitz but not KAF. I think Ciril used to do some of the KAF classes - not sure if he still does. It was a fun class. It was a general bread baking class, and we made several different breads. He showed us lots of techniques for shaping the dough, and we all left with a bunch of great breads. He was an enthusiastic, engaging teacher. I would happily take a class from him again. We happened to be on the way to a vacation in MA, and the timing was perfect to do the class on the way to our vacation.
  14. Thanks for all the suggestions. Szechuan book is on pre-order. I got some of the crunchy sauce - yummy and some similarities but chunkier and less sweet than what we had in the restaurant. I’m going to play with some of the recipes posted. I may be wrong about the presence of Szechuan pepper but if it was there is was minor compared to the chilis. I didn’t get the numbing sensation. But I may add a little when I experiment.
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