Monday, May 26, 2014


A weekend special.  Pate a Choux from the Michael Ruhlman recipe.   I didn't add the extra sugar for the suggested eclair dough, and Rhonda though it needed a bit of extra sweetness. The girls didn't complain.

I experimented with a pastry cream recipe, using this Vitamix/Sous-Vide preparation.  That was mostly because my shoulder was hurting and I had no interest in stirring things.  It's odd, in that it calls for the mixture to be cooked to 176F, and what I was reading about pastry cream was the enzyme in corn starch you need to break down does so at 83C, which is higher. If the cream goes watery in a few days I'll need to revisit that approach. I could cook the milk and cornstarch at 83C, then add the eggs cooking lower for a bit.

It was a bit scary when it came out of the bag to go back into the Vitamix (scrambled eggs anyone?), but came out fine after it stirred back up.

2 C Whole Milk
6 Egg Yolks
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Sugar
1/3 C Cornstarch (not sure if that recipe says 1/2 or 1/3, it's a bit fuzzy).
3.5 Tbs Butter.

Mixed all but the butter into the vitamix on 5 or so, into a sous-vide bag and cooked at 176 for 30 minutes.  Cooled for a bit, back into the vitamix and added the butter, again speed 5 or so.  Keeping the bag submerged in the water bath was a bit tricky, I need to get some kind of a cage for it.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Logic puzzles

Hannah's new favorite. She worked this one out after we showed her how to cross off what is impossible, as well as what is known.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Artisan bread

Master bread recipe from artisan bread in 5 minutes a day
6.5 cups flour
3 cups warm water
1.5 Tbs yeast
1.5 Tbs salt

Mix well, let rise for 2 hours. Refrigerate, then cut off a chunk and shape. Let rise 30 mins, then bake at 450 for 30 mins.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012


Yesterday afternoon that was my ripest berry. Still green though. Bunny, groundhog, or raccoon?

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Growing up

Hannah just put all the Biscuit books in the "going away pile" because "they're way too easy!"

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bake on Sunday

Who knew we were so Laura?

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Home Remodeling

Followed by home destruction. Except for Sophie, her house is "too beautiful" to eat.

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

You said Turkey dinner right?

I got nothing on this one

Felix the Frog

Renowned world traveler Felix the frog making a special weekend engagement with Miss Sophie Finberg.

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