Tag Archives: baking

Not being the first person to run to the kitchen when sweets are put out

 

I work in an office where people are always sharing food.  People bring in cakes.  They put out muffins, scones, and croissants, like there ain’t no tomorrow.  It’s hard n a girl who likes to eat.

I’m trying to avoid the kitchen area but it takes much strength.

And when I get an email saying “Goodies in the kitchen!” I’m trying not run the 100 yard dash getting over there.

Sweets, I will resist you!

 

Can I have some more chocolate?

 

When my son was in first or second grade, we used to stop at a coffee shop near his school for breakfast.  He would often get a chocolate croissant.

One morning while he was eating, he shared that he wished that the layer of chocolate went all the way to the edges.  He didn’t like the part that was just bread.  Luckily I did and he would give me the crusts and I’d happily eat them, scavenger that I am.

I suggested to my son that he could tell the coffee shop folks about his comment.  He told them and do you know that they started making them with more chocolate?

The moral of the story?  Speak up!  And, more chocolate is always better!

 

Kitchen Aid on the Brain

 

Forgive me but I can’t stop thinking about these mixers.  They combine so many things I care about: hand-made things, people working in manufacturing, cooking, colors, and quality.  Take a look at this video about the history of these mixers.  You just might want one too!

By the way, my latest favorite color is red.  :)

 

I Deserve A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

 

I want one.  Plain and simple.  When you get to the point when you are turning 50, you love to bake, and you’ve never had one, you deserve a $350 mixer.  Don’t you agree?

The big decision is what color to get!

 

 

Um… Yum!

Source: jotpress.com via Carissa on Pinterest

 

Now that Christmas is over, it’s all about Valentine’s Day in the grocery store and on Pinterest.  I think I will bake these for my husband and give them to him in a red cardboard box.  They are called Boyfriend Brownies and they are:

1 scoop brownie batter + 1 scoop chocolate chip cookie dough.

My husband is my husband not my boyfriend.  But he’s my boyfriend too.  This reminds me of a joke my husband tells:

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

“No, my wife won’t let me.”

:)

 

Reducing sugar when baking

Are you a sugar fiend like me?  If so, you might want to decrease the sugar content of your baked goods.  Here are a few things you can do:

1. Add natural sweetness by using equal amounts of pureed naturals such as ripe bananas, applesauce or pureed baby-food fruits.

2. Mix less. Higher amounts of sugar allow for a more tender product, so avoid over mixing when sugar is reduced.

3. I try halving the sugar called for in a recipe.  Start there and maybe even decrease more next time.

Sweet potato pie

Source: bhg.com via Joan on Pinterest

 

 

I love sweet potato pie.  I always have.  Sweet potato pie, staple dessert in the African-American community.  Sweet potatoes are awesome: baked, french fried, in a casserole with marshmallows, and candied.  But sweet potato pie is the ultimate.

 

Sharing the joy of cooking

I am enamored with cooking.  It is obviously a very old art and a necessary one.  Cooking is survival and love.

With all the fast food and ready-made overly processed food out there, I know that cooking is essential to our survival.  I support cooking in my life and encourage it in others.  Here are a few things I do:

  • Give cookbooks as gifts
  • Talk about cooking
  • Share recipes by email, mail, Pinterest
  • Connect with others who love to cook
  • Blog about cooking and read food blogs
  • Gather, write down, and keep family recipes
  • Teach others, especially younger family members, how to cook