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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Wow! It's so-o-o delicious!

Jan 18, 2015
Cynsa in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Baked this morning with cream cheese not sour cream, I don't know if I can resist tasting it before it's served for dessert after dinner tonight. Is there another recipe with sour cream or can I sub sour cream for the cream cheese?

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

This recipe is so easy; it's suspect.

Apple Crisp
4 Granny Smith apples; peel, core, and slice thinly
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar (use less)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1/4 c. butter is ok)

Butter casserole, pie plate, or baking dish; arrange apple slices on bottom.
In separate bowl: Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter and mix well. Spread on apples.

Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Jan 16, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Duffy, will the Dude please share his recipe?

Jan 15, 2015
Cynsa in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

something simple. on the table in 45 minutes. Apple Crisp.
apples-rolled oats-brown sugar-cinnamon-flour-pinch of salt and 1/2 cup of melted butter

How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

It's also...Firenze.

Jan 13, 2015
Cynsa in Not About Food

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

This dough is very sticky; after resting in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. It's tricky to shape the sticky dough, folding the ends underneath; dusting the top with flour and slashing it - without deflating it. From the refrigerator, the dough rests at room temperature on a sheet of parchment paper in a loaf pan; then it is lifted from the pan on its parchment paper and baked directly on the preheated hot pizza stone - free form - for 25 minutes. We like the chewy interior and the dark bake crust.
Although the baking instructions include a pan of boiling water on the oven's floor for steam - I forgot it with this bake.
Is your cloche ceramic? I sometimes bake this bread in a round preheated enameled cast iron casserole/dutch oven.

Jan 09, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

just out of the oven - no knead bread - dark bake

Jan 09, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Baking a sweet for neighbors - Cranberry Cake. Their Holiday house guests return to Sydney, Australia tomorrow.

Christmas Dinner - What did You Cook?

Keeping it simple; Cornish game hens stuffed with lemon, rosemary, and garlic - basted with honey, lemon juice, olive oil. Cauliflower soup. Arugula and mixed greens, with green beans and a lemon vinaigrette, garnished with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese. Skewers of Brussels sprouts woven with a bacon strip. Mashed potatoes. Angel biscuits. Eggnog ice cream with fresh raspberries and blackberries. Appetizer: summer sausage and ricotta cheese with black pepper on the 5-minute no-knead artisan bread.

Dec 26, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Sweet and Sour Pressed Almond Duck

oops - doors will close on December 31, 2014.

Dec 26, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Sweet and Sour Pressed Almond Duck

Empress of China's Almond Pressed Duck - available until December 29 when its doors will close after a run of 48 years - tastes like duck. A swirl of mustard will counterbalance the sauce's sweetness atop the cold crunch of shredded Iceberg lettuce. $20.99

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

My last live crab over 2 lbs. was priced at $8.99/lb. Is this holiday pricing?

Dec 24, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Eggnog Ice Cream

Trader Joe's has eggnog ice cream, too; it tastes better than most of the refrigerated eggnogs at the grocery stores.

Dec 24, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Faves to buy at King Arthur Flour - Wish List

thanks! I'm adding the almond paste, the black cocoa, and the Fior di Sicilia to my Wish List now.

Dec 17, 2014
Cynsa in General Topics

Faves to buy at King Arthur Flour - Wish List

The $3.95 shipping deal ends tonight at midnight at King Arthur Flour. I have Espresso Powder and Ascorbic Acid on my Wish List.

What are your favorite items? Do you have a Wish List?
Do Cake Strips keep your cakes from doming?

Dec 17, 2014
Cynsa in General Topics

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

When you need a sweet treat that's quick and easy:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle
preheat oven 375°F
2 cups/10 oz. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 sticks/8 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 Tbl. vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips
prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper
- my oven bakes hot so I preheat it to 350°F on convection
Combine the flour and salt, whisk together to combine.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy; add vanilla extract.
Stir in flour; add mini chocolate chips.
Divide dough in half. Roll on the parchment paper to 1/2" thickness.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on rack.
When completely cooled, break apart and store airtight.
I love this crispy crunch!

Dec 15, 2014
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French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Crisp, thin, and hot - good fries with the Fish 'n Chips at the museum's cafe at the Legion of Honor today.
While viewing the Houghton Hall exhibit, enjoy the Brit menu with a full tea service or a simple fish 'n chips.

Where to pre-order Osechi for Japanese New Year?

Never mind, I called Delica and the person who answered the phone didn't know Osechi or any special dishes for New Year's.

The first year, Delica opened at the Ferry Building, we enjoyed a bountiful spread of New Year's dishes. No more.

Dec 09, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to pre-order Osechi for Japanese New Year?

Nijiya Market
1737 Post St.
San Francisco
TEL- (415) 563-1901
Mon~Sun 10:00am-8:00pm
http://www.nijiya.com/

Dec 09, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to pre-order Osechi for Japanese New Year?

call: 415.834.0344
to ask Delica if they are doing Osechi
http://www.delicasf.com/

Dec 09, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

How to make thin soup with strong mushroom flavor?

Grind dried porcini mushrooms to a powder in your food processor and add it to your mushroom broth before serving for more flavor

or, try the powdered dried shiitake mushrooms.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30304-eas...

http://seattletimes.com/html/foodwine...

Dec 08, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

lol, smaller is better for a one bite cookie... no snowfall of powdered sugar on a black sweater!

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

the pecan version is my fave; but I had walnuts in the pantry... next, batch will be pecans - I promise!

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Snowballs are baked - now, it's beginning to feel like Christmas.

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

thank you, Caitlin. I can bake this today ;^)

Dec 08, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

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

Please share your favorite fruitcake recipe...I am preheating the oven.
Meanwhile, cherry ripple bars, Meyer Lemon bars, and two sugar cookies are baked today. The little teapot is ready for icing.

Source for rosewater?

I've found it at Bi-Rite in San Francisco. I added it to the batter for madeleines - a little goes a long way, it's intense.

Next year will be different: Thanksgiving

Same time next year; stress-free and a pleasure - 3 pm.
We down-sized to four and kept it simple; neighbors brought ceviche, smoked salmon dip and crackers, cornbread oyster dressing, and Brussels sprouts. We did the 14-lb kosher turkey on the Weber grill in 2 hours, sweet potato bisque, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin cheesecake, set the table with flowers, poured the wine. I wouldn't change anything.

Dec 02, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Where are you buying your turkey?

Our 14 lb. TJ's Kosher turkey went on the Weber grill for 2 hours and was perfectly done, moist and succulent - easy peasy.
I, too, searched for the missing giblets and removed the pin feathers with a tweezer!

Dec 02, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area