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I'm obsessed with the Starbucks snowman cookies. Anyone have a recipe that tastes similar??

Ohh that makes sense. Thanks!

I wonder if it's just plain white chocolate or if there's other stuff mixed in like powdered sugar etc.

Nov 27, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

I'm obsessed with the Starbucks snowman cookies. Anyone have a recipe that tastes similar??

I'm addicted. This is a problem.

They don't taste like the usual sugar cookies... I'm trying to find a similar tasting recipe. Thanks!

Nov 24, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Troubleshooting Marshmallows

Hmm I see. Well then I definitely did overbeat.

And I'm confused, some recipes say 236-240 and some say 240-244. Is it recipe specific or is there only one right temperature?

Oct 16, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Troubleshooting Marshmallows

Yeah I was thinking of trying one of the recipes I found listed here in an old marshmallow thread instead of using the same one, along with buying a new candy thermometer and gelatin. Hopefully I'll have better luck with an egg-white based one.

Oct 16, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Troubleshooting Marshmallows

Ok I'll change both and try again! Thanks :)

Oct 16, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Anywhere in Calgary I can get gourmet/homemade marshmallows?

Oh thank you!! I love Fiasco and I often buy milk from Planet Organic... I'll check tomorrow! Thanks so much. :) I tried making them at home last night... it was a disaster, the non-pork gelatin I used was awful.

Troubleshooting Marshmallows

Hi all,

So I tried making marshmallows at home today for the first time and they ended up flat and disappointing, I'm hoping I could get some help?

The mixture looked pretty much like the video I was watching (joy of cooking) until I removed them from the pan. They weren't springy at all, just left a dent where I pressed. Then after I started stacking them they slowly started to deflate. Now they're in the fridge because they were all melting into each other and I panicked.

For reference, I followed the Joy of Cooking marshmallow recipe exactly http://www.joyofbaking.com/candy/Home... (except for the changes mentioned below):

Some points of concern:
- My candy thermometer is old and only goes up till 220... I had to estimate when it reached 240.
- I may have over mixed? I mixed closer to 15/16 minutes on my kitchenaid.
- the gelatin I used may have been at fault. (Please see pictures attached). It expires in December and was opened ~8-10 months ago. I can't use the regular gelatin because of dietary restrictions (pigs - any other animals are fine though) which is why I'm using this stuff. Maybe you guys have a better gelatin suggestion?

I let them set for 12 hours.

They did taste good though! I really wanted to put them in hot chocolate but that's not happening. (See pictures)

Thanks in advance for all help and suggestions!

Oct 15, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Anywhere in Calgary I can get gourmet/homemade marshmallows?

Thanks! I contacted her, they're made to order - I'll give it a try.

Anywhere in Calgary I can get gourmet/homemade marshmallows?

After I started buying the big square fluffy handmade ones when I lived in Chicago, I just haven't been able to go back to the store-bought jet puffed kind. And now, hot chocolate season is upon us.

Thanks in advance!

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Oh these are fantastic suggestions... thank you. And yeah I think I'm starting to see how a prix-fixe menu will be a way better option.

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Ohh alright, so maybe I won't scratch it off the list after all.

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Good to know!

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Thanks so much! Really appreciate the suggestions - they're so helpful since I haven't been to most of these places.

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Oh I haven't heard of this - thanks!

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

No they haven't really, this would be their first time.

And they are excited about it, but when I read them some items from some of the places I had in mind I could tell they're kind of hesitant.

You might be right... at this point I don't have too many options, so I think to ensure that they have a very enjoyable experience I may decide to go a la carte after all.

Thank you for the suggestions I'll check them out!

Sep 30, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Tasting menus for someone with... a simple/young/pedestrian palate?

Hi all,

I will be visiting your beautiful city in December with my two younger sisters (19 and 21). I would like to take them out somewhere really nice for dinner, as I've enjoyed NYC in the past and would like the same for them. They're both very excited about this and are really looking forward to trying new food and experiencing fine dining in NYC.

But the problem is, their tastes are a bit young and they are completely unadventurous in their food choices (the little one is also a bit picky), so I feel like most of the tasting menus I'd like to try just won't work for us. (If you'd like examples... foie gras, octopus, oysters, caviar, OH and... any type of meat that is cooked anything less than medium-well. So I can kiss tartare goodbye).

*sigh*

But I DO want them to have an extravagant experience. I feel like a vegetarian tasting menu would be the best loophole. Or just... a fancy restaurant that caters to non-fancy tastes, lol.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions!

Sep 29, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Manhattan

Your favorite ice cream recipes?

Oops sorry I meant yolks! Not whites. Just the yolks.

Jun 17, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Your favorite ice cream recipes?

Thanks! I'll try your version next time.

I just tried to make one of the recipes in the cuisinart book that came with the ice cream maker... I'm a little nervous right now, the "custard" is cooling but it never did reach the consistency where it's supposed to coat the back of a spoon. I don't know what I did wrong. I fear I've set myself up for disappointment! :( ah well... I'll try again tomorrow.

(FYI, the recipe was 2 cups cream, 2 cups whole milk, 5 egg whites, 1 vanilla bean pod, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 cup sugar)

Jun 16, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Your favorite ice cream recipes?

Hi all :)

I just bought an ice cream maker and am really excited to test it out. Do you have any favorite recipes?? I'm particularly fond of pistachio, coconut, and recently I had a 'cardamom ice cream' which was amazing, and I'm looking to try interesting new flavors (or even good classic recipes!)

Thanks!

Jun 16, 2013
IsoscelesJones in Home Cooking

Does anyone know where I can find 'Bronte pistachio paste' in Calgary?

I just bought an ice cream maker and I really want to make pistachio ice cream. I came across this recipe:

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/09/...

which talks about using bronte pistachio paste. Any help/suggestions?

Thanks!

Cream top (non-homogonized) milk??

Yes! Planet Organic (Calgary, although I think there's one in Edmonton too) carries Avalon Dairy products which include non-homogenized milk. It comes in these cute glass milk bottles which I love. They carry another brand too but I forget the name.