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British Baking Show - Pies!

Thanks Phil and everyone. I personally love rhubarb and grow some in my garden, but it's not a traditional American baking mainstay. By saying that of course, rhubarb may well become the next cool American food trend.

My mother-in-law makes a Creamed Rhubarb Pie that people swoon over. When it's in season, I love to make Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie. So here's to rhubarb!

Pix: Rhubarb from my garden, Rhubarb Cake I made for my mother-in-law's birthday.

about 22 hours ago
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

Speaking of things British, I noticed rhubarb was used for one of the pies (gorgeous puree swirl). Today being a snow day, I was watching British Master Chef and one of the contestants used rhubarb in his dish. Coincidence, or is rhubarb very popular across the pond?

Superbowl 2015

Wings slathered in Ah So Chinese red sauce. A mega Superbowl tradition going back to childhood. Thread about the stuff: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/472993

Jan 26, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

British Baking Show - Pies!

That's sad about Diana. Hope she's doing better now.

British Baking Show - Pies!

You know something, I think I'll give those pears a whirl myself, next time puff pastry is on sale at the store. Good idea DG!

Thomas Keller All Clad what do you think?

We're very happy with the TK 10-inch fry/saute pan. The handle works, easy to use. After Christmas, my husband and I were shopping in Macy's and I told him to pick up one of the regular All Clad pans and he said, "Yep, I see why you got me the other one, this handle is very uncomfortable."

Your mileage may vary though.

Jan 26, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Cookware

British Baking Show - Pies!

This was a "very British" show with custard tarts and large pork pies. I found it very fun and entertaining.

For those in the know, was Diana really sick, or was she embarrassed by Bingate? With Norman and Diana out in the same week, will they be one contestant short in the end?

Also, the wrapped pears challenge was just wild.

English chocolate imports

Thanks Smartie, I am clearly confused. I thought these were Cadbury products. I guess I am guilty of equating British imports with Cadbury. As I mentioned above, I haven't bought candy bars in years, so I am out of the loop. I take it Cadbury products are the ones that actually say Cadbury on them?

BTW, the Maltesers were very good.

Best restaurant w/ Tom Colicchio

I agree, not engaging. Basically, a hot mess.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Doing my Carnac impersonation, putting envelope to forehead.

Ooze and Schmooze.

"Two words that could pertain to infections or the names of Robert Irvine's proposed restaurants."

English chocolate imports

Thanks for this report. I went to my local Stop & Shop in Connecticut and bought up a few Cadbury confections, knowing this may be the last time we ever see them. My husband and daughter looked at me in shock as I unloaded the groceries. I haven't bought candy bars in years. Trying some of these for the first and probably last time.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Wouldn't it be especially helpful to struggling restaurant owners and his audience if Mr. Irvine was honest about why his restaurants failed, rather than toss out some canned PR excuses?

Irvine is called out for contradictions in his spokesman's statements about the Nosh closing, and for padding the number of "successes" claimed on Restaurant Impossible: http://www.foodnetworkgossip.com/2015...

The comments that follow this story are interesting.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Four, the Florida debacle was several years ago. I referred to it to note that Irvine's PR people are spinning the same thing about Nosh that they did back then, and it doesn't ring true because he plans on opening more restaurants. So how can he possible give them the attention they need when he is on the road 340 days a year?

He's on wife number two. He lived with wife number one and his daughters in NJ. I know people who knew the family back then. He divorced wife number one, and married Gail Kim in 2012.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Link to the Nosh story: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2015...

In typical Irvine fashion, lies are being told as to why he closed the restaurant. Supposedly it's because he no longer lives in Hilton Head, and he's on the road 340 days a year so he couldn't give it the personal attention it needed.

But in the same article, it says he plans to open new restaurants at the Pentagon, Las Vegas and Foxwoods. He has time for those?

Remember when he tried to peddle this nonsense:
http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/17/Sou...

Ooze and Schmooze never opened. Same song he is playing now, he no longer lives in the area, so busy with FN things, yada, yada, yada.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business...

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Irvine did not turn any restaurants around on Restaurant Impossible, nor was he responsible for any closing.

He was there a few days. Makeovers were done, new menus suggested. Some restaurants heeded his advice, some didn't, and closed. Same with those that are still open. Some listened, some didn't, and they are open.

What enormously helped the places that are still open was the publicity they got from being on TV, and getting interviewed by the local media, so the public would come.

I happened to dine at one of the places on RI (still open) post Irvine's "makeover" and the food was AWFUL. Service was DREADFUL. On the show, he told the owners to severely cut their menu down, and on air they agreed. When I went, the full horrific menu was back, Irvine's advice ignored. But publicity worked and they are still in business.

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

Kobuta, I think it's just a matter of taste sensibilities. While I find the taste of oil in baked goods off-putting, others are perfectly fine with it. Everyone adores my mother's recipe for pumpkin bread, which calls for one cup of oil — except me.

Jan 23, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

Oil doesn't have to be rancid to leave a bad taste. So far, people on this thread have mentioned only one possible decent tasting oil - unrefined coconut oil, which I haven't tried yet, but look forward to doing so.

Jan 23, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

CANOLA OIL -- do you detect any "fishiness" or funky smell/taste? YEA OR NAY?

YEA. I can not stand canola oil. In my opinion, it ruins the taste of everything it's in.

My thoughts here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001746

Jan 22, 2015
TrishUntrapped in General Topics

Superbowl 2015

Umm... these Patriots inspired cookies?

Quick dinner (<1h) near Walter Kerr Theater

Gentlemen's Guide is a GREAT show, have fun! La Masseria is right nearby, we went there for dinner when we saw the show. Sit at the bar and you'll be in and out promptly.

Great British Baking Show -- Desserts (spoilers)

That cake guillotine! So clever! I simply marvel at the ingenuity of these chefs. It was easy to figure out that the contestants were told in advance what the categories would be, and submitted their recipes so their ingredients could be provided. I like the fact they could also bring things in with them, like the guillotine, that special pan, stinky cheese, and bread starter. It's all so enjoyable. And I do feel bad for Iain. Yes, it was wrong the ice cream was left out, but if he had just thought for a moment, he could have turned that negative into a positive by scooping some of the frozen part out, covering it with meringue and serving it. Even if it was the size of a cupcake, he may have been saved for making the best of it.

Pre-theater suggestions around Studio 54 (54th St & 8th Ave)

I enjoy the food and ambiance at Vice Versa. http://www.viceversanyc.com/

Jan 15, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Shellshock! Cadbury comes clean on Creme Egg chocolate change

Leave it to Kraft to ruin something good. But this could be another "New Coke" in the making, if people complain enough. Stay tuned.

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

The challenge was a filled bread. Not sure why they chose that.

Pomme Palais - New York Palace

Thanks for the tips everyone. Sounds like a good spot for a pre-theater lunch, so I think that's what I'll do. Thanks also for that link to Pomme Palais' Chocolate Bar. It looks different from Michel Richard's (photo), which had a crunchy base and gianduja filling, but maybe it's the same underneath. In any event this looks like a nice pastry spot, so worth a visit.

Jan 13, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan
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PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW

Just caught episode three- Bread. What a good show! It just goes to show you that you don't need gimmicks and producer induced fake good guys/bad guys to make an interesting cooking competition!

Really enjoy getting to know the competitors and watching them make their baked goods. Class act all the way.

Pomme Palais - New York Palace

One of the best meals I've ever had, and which to this day my daughter and I still talk about, is a dinner we had last year at Central Michel Richard in Washington, D.C.

My daughter got a craving the other day for the delicious Chocolate Bar (a dessert) we shared there. Because she recently got A's in her first two graduate school classes, I thought I'd get her a Chocolate Bar as an "Atta Girl" present. I recalled that Michel Richard had been operating Villard Michel Richard at the New York Palace. But when I googled it just now, it appears to have closed last May. Wah. But not surprising. Successor to the ill-fated Gilt, Villard got some pretty bad reviews. I think Michel Richard was MIA and managing it remotely.

Looking at the Palace's website, they have a restaurant there called Pomme Palais, serving breakfast and lunch. A glimpse of their menu has something called a Chocolate Bar! The Palace doesn't appear to have a dinner venue anymore. Not sure if this is Michel Richard's Chocolate Bar. Before anyone says call them, believe me, I plan on it.

Just wondering if anyone has dined at Pomme Palais and if it was good. (French Onion Soup?) Because I may surprise the girl with a visit.

Thanks.

Jan 12, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

Magiesmom, are there pros/cons to unrefined v. refined?

Jan 12, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

Thanks for that tip Pharma. I used coconut oil once a long time ago. While I didn't mind the taste of coconut, hubby hated it, so I haven't bought it since. I'll be on the lookout for the Spectrum organic and give it a whirl!

Multi F, I feel your pain. ;-)

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

I never heard of organic unscented coconut oil. I may give that a whirl sometime. Multi F, olive oil in an olive oil cake is expected to take on the characteristics of olive oil. So I can appreciate that. My daughter once used olive oil with a brownie mix, dreadful.

Jan 12, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking