Month: November 2008

On a roll

Kids love rolling dough.  As long as we keep the rolling to a minimum, we turn out great pie crusts. For your single layer crust that I hope you’ll be serving up pumpkin-style, stick with the basics: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup lard 3 tablespoons icy cold water Mix dry ingredients and …

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Just Plain Flaky

The masters at preparing pie crust know the secret of keeping the crust flaky: handle with care. If there’s time for pie baking around this cookery, it’s Thanksgiving time. I’m testing pie crust recipes this week in preparation for an early celebration with guests on their way soon.

Get personal . . . with your own cookbook

TasteBook has unveiled a hard copy cookbook that gets very personal. It enables you to personalize a collection of recipes in a cookbook, enhanced far beyond many of the “photo memory” books on the market the past few years. Who doesn’t appreciate the convenience of borrowing recipes and ideas from food sites and blogs?  Electronic copies free up …

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Celebrity chefs inspire with dates

Jack and Annie dropped by the cookery this weekend. These two children’s literature characters are always cooking up curiosity with young readers. Mary Pope Osborne planted the seed for our next cookery adventure with dates. In her Magic Tree House series #34, “Season of the Sandstorms,” Jack and Annie shake the delicate fruit from date palm trees in the desert. …

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