Tagged: ‘WIlliams-Sonoma’

The Baker: Food Processor Italian Whole Wheat with Marinated Goat Cheese

I took a bread baking class at a virtually unknown cooking school, long gone and forgotten now, with my mother in the 1980s and learned this Italian whole wheat bread. It is called a traditional pane integrale.

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The Rice Cooker: Steam Me A Pud

I started making steamed puddings in my restaurant days. Barbara Hiken brought in a recipe from one of the waitresses for persimmon pudding and we made it that day. And never made another recipe since it was so darn good. But you have to wait for the persimmon season to get the puree to make it since persimmons are a fruit that is not canned or frozen commercially.

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So You Wanna Host An End of Summer Potluck-A Chat About Tips of the Trade

I get lots of questions about how to do a potluck and tips on giving a successful end-of-summer outdoor buffet party. Here are some off the cuff Q&As and a favorite recipe for entertaining.

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How The Bread Machine Book Came To Be Written

I learned how to make my first loaf of bread when I was 18 years old. My room mates made the White Bread Plus recipe out of the Joy Of Cooking cookbook and it tasted so incredible! The texture and flavor were like nothing I had ever had from the supermarket or a bakery.

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Cool Kitchen Tools

I don’t know if you have a weakness like me for new kitchen equipment and tools, but if you love spending time kitchen cooking or baking up this and that from my books, you probably do. Of course we all have plenty of stuff in our home kitchens, but as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many well made tools, including whisks, spatulas, baking pans, batter bowls…

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Gorgeous Bundt Cakes- Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

Ever since its debut in the 1950s, the bundt cake pan has become de rigeur in every baker’s equipment stable. Originally a whimsical alternate to the smooth angel food cake tube pan, the bundt mold with its fetching large-lobed flute design transforms a simple tube cake into a gourmet gateaux by visuals alone.

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Cruising the Blogs: Cranberry Orange Muffins

It’s technically the end of the cranberry season. But I notice big piles of cranberries in the produce section, begging to be taken home and frozen for use throughout the year. Hopefully you stashed a few bags in the freezer to hold you over until next fall holiday season. Frozen cranberries are excellent for making muffins, quick breads, even in stews or as one of your favorite cranberry sauces at Easter, if you haven’t noticed.

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It’s All in the Pan

If you like to bake bread, you know all about the search for the perfect loaf pan. Since all bread pans bake just that little bit different, bakers tend to own at least two different types, choosing the right pan for the each recipe.

First is usually a pair of Pyrex glass loaf pans from the supermarket with the lip-like handles on the two opposite narrow ends. You have to remember to drop the oven temperature by 25 degrees, but you can see underneath to make sure the bottom crust is baking properly and they can be easily washed in the dishwasher.

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