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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Yesterday I made Madelines from David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen, my first try, nice dome, a little dry. Maybe overcooked. Also Matcha sables from Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi. Too crumbly to slice after chilling so had to re-crumble & work in another T of butter. Better today, the matcha was too weirdly strong at first.

And Alton Brown's "chewy" chocolate chip. A friend sent me a 2lb bag of Callebaut 60% chips for my birthday and I thought I should bake with them before I gradually consumed them all out of hand. These are very good, almost too many chips to form easily.

May 10, 2015
Betty in Home Cooking

looking for refrigerator needle in a haystack

I have the same, but had to pay $200 extra to get a model small enough for my space. Zero problems, a little more than 15 years old now.

Nov 11, 2014
Betty in Cookware

If you're ever looking for good Indian food in Sayre, Oklahoma....or just need a good pit stop off of I40

This is great, thanks!

Aug 17, 2014
Betty in Great Plains

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I picked grapes Monday so made four batches of concord jelly yesterday. I tried to use up my liquid pectin, I prefer dried. I'm glad my mama taught me to make jelly otherwise I'd have been out of luck.

Also made two good batches of purple plum jam.

That's it for now. My Armenian melon plants look happy & have tons of blooms but no fruit, so maybe no pickles. I have lots of pollinators, so who knows. It is weird not making pickles! I'm thinking about pickling chard stems, never tried it.

Regarding tomato preserving, I dried four cookie sheets overnight and have mostly blanched, peeled, halved, squeezed out, tossed in olive oil and frozen. Today I froze -measured by tart-pan- a mix of red, good, and black cherries (tomatoes). This isn't my tomato harvest, I timed mine for June. This is for a friend who is out of the country, so bonus!

Jul 30, 2014
Betty in Home Cooking

Top 10 Eats From our Last Trip

Going to NO with my family next month, this & your blog post are truly helpful. Thanks!

Jun 14, 2014
Betty in New Orleans

Top 10 Eats From our Last Trip

Going to NOLA with my family next month, this & your blog post are truly helpful. That fish....

Jun 14, 2014
Betty in New Orleans

Why do my roast potatoes stick to the pan?

I don't use my USA pans any hotter than about 425, to protect the finish, but they sure won't stick if that's what you are using. I do love those pans. I use them for pretty much everthing except if I'm putting something right under the broiler or really roasting at higher heat.

Mar 14, 2014
Betty in Home Cooking

So what is on your Super Bowl Sunday menu?

It's going to be tacos & sides (homemade tortillas) and my job was a dessert. I made the lemon cream from Pierre Herme's cookbook for a tart for tonight. My tart pan is too big for that little amount of cream so now I'm looking at options. I have some frozen clementines (that I threw in the freezer when I left town last month) and frozen raspberries so I may make a layer of... Something with those.

Feb 02, 2014
Betty in Home Cooking

Is Chowhound's original manifesto still relevant? Did you even know it existed?

Yes I remember. Betty- since 1998 or so. When I was working in a cubicle on Lincoln blvd in OKC and prowling around 23rd street at lunch. I found chowhound when I came back from lunch one day and did a search for preserved lemons & ended up explaining something to somebody about pecans. One guy who posted from time to time was writing crime novels I'd order & read. Then he wrote one about restaurant kitchens & got famous.

Jan 20, 2014
Betty in Site Talk

Pioneer Woman

The part of Oklahoma where the Drummond Ranch is located is not far (by our standards) from the iconic Pioneer Woman statue and museum built in 1930 I think. There are things named after it like "The Pioneer Woman Motel". It never seemed the least bit odd to me that somebody, especially a Drummond, a family that has been a significant part of that area for a long time, would name a business "The Pioneer Woman..."

I'm not a regular viewer but I know my farming/ranching relatives in that part of the state like her, like her recipes, and pretty much cook the same way. Her cinnamon roll recipe is the closest to my mother's as any I have seen.

I love northern Oklahoma, particularly Kay & Osage counties. I find it very beautiful, and full of treasure in people & culture.

Durable bakeware

I agree with the USA pans suggestion. They are great, wash with basically a rinse in hot soapy water, and have become my go-to wedding gift. I wish they would come out with a bund-like pan design. I use them for everything that doesn't need to be over 400.

Dec 20, 2013
Betty in Cookware

Fresh Tarragon Revelation

The first recipe I ever used it with was tarragon chicken salad from the Silver Palate cookbook. It was the only way I dressed chicken salad for years. Mexican Tarragon, as also mentioned, is easier for me to grow too. You can't grow French Tarragon from seed, all the seeds are Russian Tarragon. I grow the French under my Eggplants as a companion plant.

The Mexican tarragon is a beautiful plant but can become invasive.

Jun 23, 2013
Betty in Home Cooking

Frugal, Tasty Recipes for Families on Public Assistance

I hope it works or you- if your summer is hot you might keep it in partial shade. I started with three romaine and two celery, kept them in water a few days, and when I saw growth, stuck them in the garden. The one that did best had been grown in a local garden, the other two were pre-bagged at the grocery. They worked also, but not as abundantly.

Jun 09, 2013
Betty in Home Cooking

Frugal, Tasty Recipes for Families on Public Assistance

I was just thinking about this today as I was working in the garden, how, if I were in such circumstances, how grateful I would be to know that lambsquarter, (a green--a weed that is common here) is so good to eat I don't pull it when it appears in my garden every summer. I know it helped my family make it through hard times in the past.

But really, to be honest I was mostly thinking about how my family always grew onions, and how much I grow & use of the allium family. Onions cooked down or broiled, with a little fat of some kind is one of the best things ever. On flatbread, in a sandwich, with greens, as a side. It seems like I start everything by chopping onions. I'm pretty sure if I were on SNAP I'd buy a bag of cheap onions. Chopped they freeze well, too.

Not inventive, I know. But, on the inventive side, if you have any place to plant things, I have recently been delighted to find that planting the root end of romaine lettuce produces usable regrowth. I didn't have as much luck with celery, but I will definitely keep planting romaine ends-- now even composting them seems wasteful. This photo shows one of them I am letting go to seed-

seafood in galveston tx

Katie's is next door.

Jun 08, 2013
Betty in Texas

Looking for everyday dishes....porcelain?

My everyday dishes are porcelain, plain white from Crate & Barrel.. Porcelain is a stronger clay body than stoneware, which is why it can be made so much thinner (think dainty teacups). Porcelain dishes aren't necessarily thinner, but hold up really well for daily use & the dish washer. I have chips in my one remaining ceramic plate, but none in the porcelain.

Mar 05, 2013
Betty in Cookware

Childhood Meals: What Did You Drink with Them?

Milk or water or iced tea. No soda in the house.

Dec 24, 2012
Betty in General Topics

First lunch in Paris - outdoor seating & decent food near Madeleine/Louvre?

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. I loved the gigantic raspberries and it is the only time I've ever tried salsify. I really enjoy the experience but to each his own. We went again this summer.

Dec 15, 2012
Betty in France

Range hood solution for open peninsula: Downdraft? Unobtrusive hood?

I'm perfectly happy with my pop up downdraft. It works very well.

Dec 15, 2012
Betty in Cookware

Favorite uses of bacon fat/grease

Yes, corn bread. Melted in an otherwise empty cast iron skillet in the oven then pour in the batter. It will spit and sizzle and give the best crunchy crust ever.

A little bit when making mayo is good, and of course in cooked greens. I always have a jelly jar full in the fridge.

Nov 02, 2012
Betty in Home Cooking

Tehina--Other uses besides making Hummus?

tahini, lemon, tamari, and water as needed. I'll never forget the first time I tasted this, Chapel Hill NC, 1983.

Jun 16, 2012
Betty in Home Cooking

reservation by e-mail: how long do i wait for a reply?

Have you checked your Bulk folder? They may send out a batch at a time.

May 15, 2012
Betty in France

Paris - online restaurant reservation site?

This is great, thank you. True it doesn't have everything of course, but we will be driving around a couple of weeks + a week in Paris so I'm sure we will use it.

May 11, 2012
Betty in France

Looking for a Great Strawberry Cake Recipe

My mother often made one with fresh strawberries, no jello. I found this link that seems very similar. My mother would also add strawberries into her cream cheese frosting.

Apr 10, 2012
Betty in Home Cooking

recipe to accentuate meyer lemons

This week I used Meyer lemon juice and zest to make cottage cheese (ricotta-like), put it in Manicotti then made an Alfredo sauce flavored with more zest and lots of fresh thyme & some kale from the garden. Pretty good.

A friend makes Meyer marmalade. (I make clementine marm & we trade)

Mar 28, 2012
Betty in Home Cooking

First lunch in Paris - outdoor seating & decent food near Madeleine/Louvre?

Eating the workers lunch in the basement of Madeline is unforgettable, but not outdoors, not pretty, and I don't remember if there were vegetarian options. Definitely fast and tasty and "Paris".

Mar 24, 2012
Betty in France

Range hood solution for open peninsula: Downdraft? Unobtrusive hood?

I did the downdraft and am perfectly happy with it. It works fine. The view is not blocked, we installed it ourselves, and after 3 years of frequent use it is doing just fine.

Feb 06, 2012
Betty in Cookware

Your best items at Sam's Club

This is a good thread for me- I just joined Sams and don't have a TJ's or Costco in the state. I joined mostly for the cheese & craisins later garden things, but now I have more ideas thanks!

Jan 29, 2012
Betty in Chains

Jamie's US tour show. Anybody seen it/ Thoughts/

I'm disappointed in it. It has no new insights into any region, so I can only assume I am not the intended audience. Maybe someone who has never been to America would find it interesting.

Jan 12, 2012
Betty in Food Media & News

Words that Annoy You in Restaurant Reviews

Yes, (fill in the blank) "to perfection" is what I really am tired of reading & hearing.

Dec 20, 2011
Betty in Food Media & News