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Corned Beef Novice...why so tough?

This thing was actually hard to chew - no matter how it was sliced! Was this perhaps a bad piece of beef?

Mar 06, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

Corned Beef Novice...why so tough?

I made corned beef tonight, and it was completely inedible! This sparked debate in the house about following package directions. I did not follow directions, which called for simmering the beef in water for 60min per pound. As this was a 2.5 pound piece, the directions would have me simmer for 2hr 30min.

OK. I work outside the home, so I put the beef in a slow cooker (on low) at 8:30 in the morning, and took it out at 5pm. It cooked MUCH longer than the package directions suggested, but I figured that it would just get really, really tender with the extra time in the cooker. Obviously wrong. This corned beef was throw-it-out-tough. Throw it out we did.

What happened to my corned beef? (I need help, because I bought extra packages, as they were 'buy one, get one' at the store)

Mar 06, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

Thanks. I'll look at the website for the molds. I really want a stunning cake (I would go for an over-the-top look, but the bride likely prefers simple and tasty).

Jan 19, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

I really appreciate this! Yes, I love the elegance fondant lends to the cake. I think I'll try the marzipan - the bride likes it. She deserves to have a princess cake. Can I decorate the marzipan with fondant flowers and such?

Jan 19, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

Seems like general concensus is to drop the entire fondant idea. Perhaps fondant for decoration on a fantastic buttercream would please more people. I'm so stuck on the decorating part of the fondant that I'll likely make one anyway for looks, and serve great tasting individual cakes for eating.

Jan 13, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

I never thought of cupcakes as something to use at such a grown-up event. What flavors did you serve?

Jan 13, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

Thanks for the suggestions. Busick is a go for breakfast, and we always love pizza. I'll check out the blog.

Sushi...yummy.

Jan 13, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

So, donttrustsnakes, you sound like you might know of a good place to eat in salem...share?

Jan 13, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

Good tip on the strong flavored cake. I've heard that a couple of times about fondant, so I found an old recipe for cream fondant, and I'm adding flavor to it. I also plan on adding lots of flavor in the buttercream icing both between layers and under the fondant.

Jan 08, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

Who has bought a new dishwasher lately?

Bosch. It's quiet and easy. I have washed a load of dishes every day for a year with no problems at all!

Jan 07, 2008
TokyoLane in Cookware

What's the best cake for a bridal shower?

I am hosting a bridal shower for a friend, and I intend for the centerpiece to be a multi-layered, rolled fondant-frosted vision. Disregarding the fact that I've never made rolled fondant, I spent a fortune on all the Wilton accessories.

Now that I found glucose and glycerine, I have to find the best cake for the job. I'll practice with small cakes (5, 7 and 9 inchers). The final cake will be a bit larger.

What's the best cake to use for a layered, fondant-frosted cake?

Jan 07, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

your best dairy-free dessert recipes, please

Wacky Cake!
Great for vegan diet, too (no eggs).

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp cocoa
1 3/4 tsp soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
9 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups cold water

Mix wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into 13" rectangular pan. Tap pan a few times to bring air bubbles to the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

You can mix this up right in the pan, too. The bowl works better to eliminate getting dry mix left in the corners. It's usually served right from the pan, but if you bake it in smaller cake pans, you could layer and frost them.

I like this with a chocolate glaze poured over when it's still warm. Actually, the best way to serve it are hot, with butter. Sinful, but not the best when keeping dairy-free.

Jan 07, 2008
TokyoLane in Home Cooking

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

What's with Salem? I've posted twice trying to find out where to eat, and not one reply. Is the food that bad?

Jan 07, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

You have to visit the festival on Sunday - lines are almost non-existent to get in, and the crowd is less rowdy.

As for food in Newport, I have no real ideas, as I've visited for the Wine and Seafood festival only, and there is enough great food there that you won't need to go out to eat after.

Jan 07, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest

Salem, OR: Where shall we eat?

Looking for a place or two to sample while in town.

Jan 06, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest

Salem Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (coffee, too)

We're going to a concert in Salem in January. Where are great places for all three meals? Anything organic in Salem? We'd also like to get a great latte. Any info is helpful! Thanks...

Jan 04, 2008
TokyoLane in Pacific Northwest