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British Baking Show - Pies!

well then *no one* can ever "create" a recipe for pie again, because after all, it's just fruit and sugar in a crust.

about 4 hours ago
DGresh in Food Media & News
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Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I was in the liquor store next door and asked the owner; she said the guy who makes the signs for the stores in that center had been around, but that the name of the new place was still under discussion apparently. But she's seen folks inside the store. She thought that maybe by summer there might be someone new in there.

about 11 hours ago
DGresh in New York State (exc. NYC)

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

Oh yes-- lucky Mei to spend some time with my crush Bryan V!

about 12 hours ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

A favorite of mine from an earlier season was the one with Charlize Theron. Again, an artistic inspiration. Creativity within some boundaries is always fun.

about 12 hours ago
DGresh in Food Media & News
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US takes silver at Bocuse d'Or

Thanks for posting! And France was not among the top five. Oh dear!

about 13 hours ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

So far I think the weaker bakers have been effectively weeded out. Personally I'm rooting for Martha. She's adorable. Richard and Kate are other favorites of mine. Oh, and then there's Chetna.....

You're right, they are all great.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

I agree. I'm amazed at how much "back pocket knowledge" most of the bakers have.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

and it's good too! I think it would impress folks and it really was pretty easy. My pears were well cooled (close to room temp) when I put the pastry on. No trouble with slumping at all. Of course I had no time constraints and cheated on the pastry.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

great to keep in mind. Nice to have something like that now that it's just me and DH. A pie is getting to be a lot of dessert for two people!

British Baking Show - Pies!

On the show they were all on their sides. Just sayin'

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

Yeah but it's not the same pot. I had them in a little pot. No way big enough for 6 pears. And the amount of liquid for 6 pears was only about a quart. In a pan big enough for 6 pears, only about an inch or so deep.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

did you see the shots they showed of Melissa's face as he made his choices? She looked pissed.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

yes, I bought it.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

I made two pears last night. They were very good, and actually quite "pie-like" in feeling.

For the life of me the recipe didn't seem to have enough liquid for 6 pears (did they do it in batches?). I just did two, and used 2/3 of the poaching liquid called for in the recipe, in a small pot, and it was just enough.

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

Best restaurant w/ Tom Colicchio

I've used ham hocks and the skin seems unappealing. But this article says that they are shanks, which is the same as hocks????? But the hocks I see are tough little buggers with tons of gristle and suitable only for the bean pot.

http://honestcooking.com/pig-wing-hog...

1 day ago
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

I agree that Mei had a lot to work with, with all those colors, and she presented a pretty bland plate.

2 days ago
DGresh in Food Media & News
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Best restaurant w/ Tom Colicchio

Saw the second one (small plates, Swift's Attic vs Federal).
Yeah, kind of a snooze, because really, they were both pretty competent.

Can a biscuit really be *that* good?

Anyone know what that "pig wing" was made from? It seemed to have skin like a piece of chicken, but I don't know what part of the pig that would be!

Jan 29, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

Must be. I don't even *recognize* Michael. He must have left early.

Ah I see. Yes, first elimination challenge. From your helpful notes: "Padma announced the one leaving the Top Chef Kitchen – it's Michael and his fishy corn soup. Michael says in the Confessional that he tried to be creative and original; guess it backfired. He added that maybe Tom should have been more open-minded. Sometimes you have to grow with age or you get left behind, finishing with an “I don't care what you think, Tom.” Oh yeah. That'll be good for your career, buddy.

Jan 29, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

I thought Doug and Gregory were head and shoulders above Mei and Melissa as far as being inspired by the artists. Both Mei's and Melissa looked like "stuff thrown at a plate". I especially liked the look and sound of Gregory's dish.

Was there anyone missing from the line-up of possible sous chefs? Seems there were 8 chosen, 3 not chosen, + 4 finalists, which is 15. Didn't they start with more?

Jan 29, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #13 – 01/28/15 (spoilers)

Looks like they have to cook with ant eggs (from the preview)

Jan 29, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef casting call

I don't associate cowboys with tennessee. But I see some good ol' country music comin'

Jan 29, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

"See All" doesn't work

The fact that "active" = "non clickable" is exactly what is wrong and confusing

Jan 28, 2015
DGresh in Site Talk
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British Baking Show - Pies!

I'm in NY State and agree with greygarious that it's a somewhat "specialty" ingredient here. In-season there is *sometimes* a basket at the market, often at rather high prices, and often somewhat sad looking. Farmers markets also have it in season, again, often at high prices. Because my husband likes strawberry rhubarb pie if I see it at a good price I buy a lot and freeze it. I love the stuff and wish it were more popular here.

Jan 28, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #12 – 01/21/15 (spoilers)

I did notice that the dress was a made-for-standing dress, not a made-for-sitting dress. When she was sitting down it did look more or less like a towel with elastic.

Jan 27, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

The judging of Richard was so sweet. First Paul says something like the pastry was a bit undercooked and a little too thick, then Mary says, yes but the pear was, well,........ it was really rather underdone. It was almost like she was looking for something nice to say.

British Baking Show - Pies!

I was actually talking about the pear "pies"; I accept the pork ones as pies!

Jan 27, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

You say "sensitively interviewed". That's one of the things I really like about the judging of this show. It's always gentle, with constructive comments. Never mean.

British Baking Show - Pies!

speaking of those pears, I'm going to give that a try myself (though I'll cheat with purchased puff pastry)---

In what universe are those "pies"? Are they "pies" in Britain?

Jan 26, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

thanks that makes sense. I've always cut it before, but you're right, it often "slumps". Like RhodyRedHen I'm not really a pastry expert (more a "cook") thus am very impressed at the technique these folks show which is far above mine.

Jan 26, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News

British Baking Show - Pies!

I enjoyed this week's pie competition. I was particularly impressed that most of the 3 or 4-tiered pies managed to stay upright and look good.

I was surprised by a couple of things in the first challenge. One, that they all seemed to remove the excess crust *after* baking rather than before. Does anyone know the advantage of this? It seems it would make it crumbly at the edge rather than neat.

The other was that someone did the blind bake with saran wrap rather than parchment or foil. I'd be afraid it might melt, but apparently not.

It really was time for Norman to go. He just wasn't nearly at the level of the other bakers. The editing on the "judges table" was amusing; there was no way they were sending Richard or Martha home, seriously.

Jan 26, 2015
DGresh in Food Media & News