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Reluctance to buy online?

I don't miss the wasted time and gas costs.

about 12 hours ago
rasputina in General Topics

Reluctance to buy online?

I buy tons of things online. My Amazon Prime account gets heavy workout. Sure I'll buy locally but I live in a small town and it's 15 miles to an actual grocery store. No Whole Foods, no Trader Joe's and while we have a few Asian independent markets the selection is fairly limited even there. Even the local restaurant supply sucks. I'm also not paying 20-30% more for the street cred of supporting "local" either. I can think of a whole host of things that I can't buy locally that me very thankful for internet shopping.

about 12 hours ago
rasputina in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Thanks for posting the review, I have a paper copy of her slow cooker cookbook and I have cooked a few things from it.

about 13 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I put 1000 Spanish recipes on my wishlist before it was released. I forgot that even came out. Thanks for the reminder.

about 13 hours ago
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Anyone else have trouble creaming butter and sugar in a kitchenaid?

You need to use whatever kind of sugar the recipe calls for, otherwise it will effect the texture of the baked good. You don't want to just substitute confectioners sugar which has cornstarch in it with granulated sugar.

about 14 hours ago
rasputina in Cookware
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BREVILLE COUNTER TOP SMART TOASTER/CONVECTION OVEN

I completely agree with you that the longevity of this item is severely lacking. I'm glad you were able to get your working for a few dollars, but we shouldn't even have to do that. The oven should work for at least 10 years.

1 day ago
rasputina in Cookware

Faves to buy at King Arthur Flour - Wish List

I always double check their prices with Amazon because a lot of the stuff they sell is cheaper elsewhere. Especially baking pans. I recently bought the USA pans pullman loaf pan ( 13 inch) 35 dollars from KAF and 26 dollars from Amazon and two of the "mini round cake panel pan" for burger buns 30 dollars each from KAF and 23 dollars each from Amazon.

I do buy SAF gold yeast, non diastatic malt powder, instant clearjel, fiori di sicilia, espresso powder ( quit buying that because it just turns into a block). I have a few of their cocoa powders including the black cocoa. I like their cake flour but I buy it locally.

1 day ago
rasputina in General Topics

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Oh that sounds incredible. I'm a pound cake fiend. Does it have dried cranberries in it or fresh?

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Wonderful. Enjoy having your son home!

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Can you share the raspberry marshmallow recipe, I've been on a raspberry kick since summer.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Gorgeous!

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

So how long can I safely leave rugelach dough in the fridge? I made it yesterday but then I was up all night not feeling well so I was too tired to finish them today. If I don't feel better tomorrow should I just go ahead and freeze the dough?

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

To each their own. To me it's not hard or time consuming. It's a matter of moments to cut off the bone. I'd spend more time waiting for the butcher to do it, than it takes to do it at home.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

I don't know how many funky sliced loaves we'd gone through before one day I had the lightbulb moment that we already own a slicer. LOL

I really should start buying cheese in blocks and slicing and then vacuum sealing them. As it is we've been buying the pre sliced quad pack from Costco with cheddar, swiss, jack and colby jack blend. I know it would be cheaper to slice it myself and we wouldn't end up with leftovers on the one flavor no one felt like eating that week.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

I'm not talking about party guests doing it. I wouldn't even put out an unsliced roast for guests. I'd serve it sliced. I was saying that it's so easy to cut the bones off after it's cooked that I don't feel the need to have a butcher pre cut them off. That's all.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

It's just an EdgeCraft ( Chef's Choice) model 610, we bought it on sale for less than 100 dollars about 5 years ago. We also have the non serrated blade you can buy separate for it. I use the serrated blade for slicing bread loaves and the non serrated for thinly slicing meat.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

We've always just cut the bones off before slicing into individual portions. It's not like it's hard.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

Xmas Eve menu with a standing rib roast.....serve with rolls for sandwiches?

I love my slicer. It's great for bread too. I use mine for slicing loaves of bread all the time.

Dec 16, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What ONE nonstick should I get

I can't think of anything.

Dec 15, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I'm just baking stuff for immediate consumption today so I did another batch of beautiful burger buns ( KAF recipe) and I made a peanut butter pie.

The 2014 Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I couldn't get past " YOUR so stupid"

And I do actually bitch about the ridiculous prices for their baked goods and some of the stuff is inane.

Dec 14, 2014
rasputina in Food Media & News

Le Creuset French Oven purchasing question

Eh, I don't think 7 qt oven is that heavy. It's 9 lbs without the lid and 13 with it. I have no problems moving it completely full of food. My baby weighed more than that at 6 months.

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

I made the beautiful burger buns today and they are fabulous.

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

You can save it in the fridge until tomorrow or you can freeze until next weekend.

When I freeze it I spoon out individual cookies on lined sheet pans and then once they are frozen they can be moved into freezer bags or other containers.

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Thanks

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I've made burger buns a few times before, but not this specific recipe. The problem I always ran into was they tend to spread instead of getting nice and high so you get an established bottom with enough height for a good top. The pan completely solved this problem.

I had looked into all kinds of alternatives like canning rings used upside down or english muffin rings but they were all smaller diameter than I wanted. So I just broke down and bought the pans on Amazon ( since they are about 25% cheaper there than KAF). I bought two so I could proof a full dozen at once.

My burger was perfect, with enough height to the bun so it held together ( I tend to load up the veg on burgers) both on top and the bottom. I really do think the pan is worth it and I know I'll get lots of use out of it. This was my first time using the pans.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I made KAF beautiful burger buns recipe today. We have a pork shoulder on the smoker and I think I'll fry up a burger while I wait for it to be ready. I still haven't had breakfast yet.

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

Dinkel Walnussbrot a spelt walnut bread made with freshly ground spelt flour

Lemon meringue pie, I'd never made one and it was fabulous

hot dog buns made from Parker House Roll dough

Bread made from home ground wheat

cheesecake bars ( KAF recipe) with fresh berries and white chocolate chips. I made this a few times with raspberries and this week I made it with a mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Junior's cappuccino cheescake - it was so good and it was nice making their sponge crust

Meatballs and tomatoes from Marcella Hazan - I'd never tried this recipe and it was so good.

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Home Cooking
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What's your Everyday Essentials Pan

I'd say my Le Creuset 7 1/4 qt round oven and my 12 inch bare cast iron skillet.

Dec 13, 2014
rasputina in Cookware

Le Creuset French Oven purchasing question

Yes it's small. It wouldn't be my choice as a first oven.

Dec 12, 2014
rasputina in Cookware