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high/low fat cocoa

cocoa can be purchased in either 10-12% fat or 22-24% fat - I cannot find any discussion about the pros and cons of the reason for manufacturing cocoa with different percentages of fat - so why is it important to know the fat content of the cocoa I am using and which is suitable for various baked goods??????

Feb 15, 2014
mdwardmalp in General Topics

Need Advice Selecting Fine Dining for Bachelor Party

how about the private room at Muffuletta Cafe - St Anthony Park - my favorite, hands down - great food adequate wine list etc

Jan 07, 2014
mdwardmalp in Minneapolis-St. Paul

breakfast muffins

a bunch of years ago I had a recipe for breakfast muffins that contained beaten egg whites, orange juice concentrate, a frozen banana, and poppyseeds, no sugar as I remember and a minimum of flour; I have vague memories of some baking powder; I want to get back to having these puppies around in the morning and would appreciate some help pinning down the proportions - seem to remember 1 6oz container of concentrate to one frozen banana but all else is lost in the fog of the past - yield was 12 large muffins - would like to at least be in the ballpark before running test

thanks much all

Jan 05, 2014
mdwardmalp in Home Cooking

Craving rugalach for passover

I seriously start jonesing for rugalach during passover - even more than pizza! - any thoughts on making a cream cheese dough that would satisfy both me and halacha????????????

Mar 24, 2013
mdwardmalp in Kosher

ramapo tomato plants

does anyone know of a nursery or garden center that has RAMAPO plants for sale???????

May 23, 2012
mdwardmalp in Minneapolis-St. Paul

first morning in paris and no cafe au lait

staying at 170 rue marcadet - found great pain au chocolat but n big steaming bowl of cafe au lait - my world is about to crumble arund my ears - must be someplace within walking distance to score very large steaming bowl of the closest thing to mother's milk that there can be - at my age anyway - g0ining t la Grille tnight - trust new management hasn't made too many changes

many thanks for all the help
michael

Mar 08, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

Do restaurants in France use freezers?

SIL - the video is enough to answer all of your questions grasshopper

Feb 27, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

Do restaurants in France use freezers?

http://envoye-special.france2.fr/les-...

this is a link to a tv documentary that will explain all there is to know about restos, freezers, and the wild and wacky world of prepared cuisine

Feb 27, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

Seder in Paris?

you could try the Chabad House on the Champs-Elyses

Feb 21, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

used cookbooks

Thankjs all - Theresa says that she will send out the dogs if I am not back by dark!!!!!!

Michael

Feb 21, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

used cookbooks

I am wondering if there are any used book stores who have extensive and/or eclectic collections of cookbooks for sale - (deux semaines et deux jours jusqu'à ce que jusqu'à sillage des flys d'oiseaux grands)

thanks for all the help in making this trip a reality
Michael

Feb 19, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

info re jewish/kosher shopping area or marche

Merci beaucoup I'll definitely check out the 11eme

Feb 03, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

day trip to Chartres

need help finding a reasonably priced, non touristy bistro for dinner when we take our day trip to do all of the typical touristy things in Chartres - I doubt that we will have much time to explore the environs gastronomically, so any suggestions will be greatly welcomed - would prefer to spend around 25E each (sans vin)

thanks for the advice
Michael

Jan 23, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

info re jewish/kosher shopping area or marche

I apologize for asking again but one of yu'all hounds posted a reference to an area of Paris where there is a concentration of Jewish/kosher markets - I have been unable to find it now that I am working on referencing the marches I want to visit - the google searches I have run have not been helpful to date - I should have done a better job of bookmarking but didn't - so, again, thanks for your help

Michael

Jan 22, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

one of the little things that makes life worth the hassle

Thanks all for the suggestions - since Theresa is a retired (relatively speaking) teacher of french/math I'm sure that my pronunciation will be spot on by the time we leave for paris ("rhymes with can" "rhymes with can!!!!!!!!" "more pucker!!!!!!!" etc)

Michael

Jan 03, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

one of the little things that makes life worth the hassle

I particularly enjoy floating about an 1/8th of an inch of heavy cream on top of a cup of really good coffee - I have enough of a problem getting this across to servers who only know from 1/2&1/2 (probably haven't ever tasted a real tomatoe either!!!!) - but I have been flumoxed lately trying to figure out how to ask for heavy cream in French - any suggestions that will keep me out of the lost in translation jungle (I once ordered two pain au chocolate in Quebec and got two cups of cocoa)

many thanks for all the help you hounds have been so far in planning the trip

Michael

Jan 01, 2012
mdwardmalp in France

Le Nôtre - Normandy

Bonjour - If the original Lenotre patisserie in Bernay is still open for business it would be a definite stop on my pastry pilgrimage in March - can't seem to find it through google - so I'm not getting my hopes too high

Merci beaucoup
Micheal

Dec 19, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

but isn't Cecil's the worlds only GLAT TREIF deli??????? you gotta at least give them that

Dec 08, 2011
mdwardmalp in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Nice, quiet place for dinner

can't beat muffuletta in St. Anthony village this time of year with the trees decorated etc - not too large very darkish - friendly staff - try to reserve a window to the right of the door as you enter - get there early and they have special on house wine - which will also give you time to stroll the village - McCawber's books is a must stop in

2260 Como Avenue Saint Paul,
(651) 644-9116

Dec 07, 2011
mdwardmalp in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best whisky to bring as a gift to a friend in Paris?

another thought to add to the mix would be Welsh Whiskey - I believe there are two brands available in Canada - I prefer Prince of Wales
- had a bottle hand carried from London a few years ago much to everyone's delight - it is based on mead so it is really something else

Dec 07, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

sure there are great baguettes to be had...but what about a BIALY or even a bagel??????

Philly cream cheese has gum added to the cream to enhance the schmear-ability of the product - this was the innovation (?????) that makes cream cheese "PHILLY" - so I am looking forward to trying a mild flavored cream based non-aged cheese -

Dec 05, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

sure there are great baguettes to be had...but what about a BIALY or even a bagel??????

Were I (as a psychologist) to have myself as a client (perish the thought) I would say that it is more a matter of being caught someplace for longer than a few days where fresh bagels do not exist - not being able to just turn a corner and find freshly boiled and baked golden brown treasures that have been sprinkled generously with poppy seeds - a crust that gently cracks to reveal a dense moist and chewy interior just waiting for a smear of cream cheese, some onion, and an ultra thin slice of lox - the aroma of the ovens transporting me back to my childhood when my father and I would make a pilgrimage late on a Saturday night to watch the bakers form malted dough into perfect circles, submerge them in boiling water for a final proofing and watch them emerge from the ovens - we would buy a dozen or so still warm - I would hold the open bag on my lap as we drove home, their fragrance so enticing that (of course) we had to share at least one soon after we pulled out of the bakery's parking lot -

Dec 05, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

Why are some Parisian restaurants *really* brightly lit?

seats designed to induce multiple turns is nothing new - in Philadelphia of the ''50s a popular lunch chain had their counter stools designed by an orhthopedic surgeon to induce low back pain after 17 minutes - at 20 minutes the pain became, shall we say, a pain

Dec 04, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

sure there are great baguettes to be had...but what about a BIALY or even a bagel??????

I will schlept some naches for you when I go there

zie gesundt
Michael

Dec 04, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

sure there are great baguettes to be had...but what about a BIALY or even a bagel??????

Three weeks of the greatest baguettes in the world will be a dream come true - but what should I do if I start jonesing for a water bagel or a bialy???????? will be staying in the 18th on Rue Mercadet

Dec 04, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

a bit confused

many thanks for interpreting the shorthand

Michael et Theresa

Nov 20, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

a bit confused

We have been seeing the term "plat ou Plat" on menus - neither Theresa (who frequently passes for French) nor I (who barely passes for human) can figure out this terminology - but I think that it is something important so....... H*E*L*P !!!!!!!!!

many thanks, hounds, for the illucidation

Nov 19, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

GROUPON OFFERS

are Groupon resto deals worth the hassle???????

Nov 13, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

it's easy to spend $$$$$ where do the common folk of Paris eat?????

I watched the docu/expose finally - we have same problem here - the economics today are brutal enough in food service so outsourcing has become the only way to control costs (I was at a restaurant show recently and found spagetti and mashed potatoes (both in bags but the mashed potatoes were "guaranteed to be made with
"real" potatoes not dried flakes!!!!!!) - hard boiled eggs come in a tube so every slice is a "center cut" and whole HB'd eggs come in a pail -

anyway, during the program there was a reference to a plaque which is "awarded" to restaurants that avoid outsourced nuke and serve products (at least that is what I understood with my less than adequate french) - where are these plaques displayed ?????? are there any references in web sites to this form of branding????

Nov 13, 2011
mdwardmalp in France

Filet of Filley???

Filet of Filley -------- YEA OR NEIGH???????? and if yea, where???????

Nov 11, 2011
mdwardmalp in France