Thursday, November 4, 2010

flavor fave...

flavor thesaurus 2

i am literally waiting on pins and needles for this book to come out. my kitchen library has a modest sampling of cookbooks. my staples: mastering the art of french cooking, the art of simple food, urban pantry( one of my all-time faves), and the new basic recipe by cooks illustrated.

november is the perfect time to practice new recipes and refresh old ones.
i want to bake some killer bread and find the best recipe for crumbly mac n cheese. mmm. i'm also hosting this month's supper club with my cute gal pals. if anyone has easy breezy beautiful recipes they swear by, send 'em on over! i'm so game to experiment in the kitchen this month!


leilani.e said...

ooh! I've got some recipes for you! 1 - super-duper easy french bread, and 2 - ever made wookie cookies? check out the star wars cookbook. But anyway, this recipe's amazing:

French Bread -

1 pkg yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 1/2 cups flour

in a big bowl - dissolve the yeast in the water, add sugar, let it sit a bit. Add the salt and flour in one go, and mix it all until the dough is sticky and stiff

cover and set aside until dough has doubled (apx 2 hours? depends on moisture & elevation)

take half the dough and roll it out on a floured board until it's a rectangle, then roll it into your baguette - repeat, then put the loaves on a cookie sheet that's been sprinkled with cornmeal (or they stick!), slit the tops and let it rise again for 1 hour

brush the tops with water and let bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F, then take it out to brush with water again and bake for 40 more minutes at 325. Cool quickly for a crackly crust.

**It's easy as pie (way easier actually) and takes about 20 minutes of labour, tops, plus the bread is so delicious! I make this at least once a week - it's from an old cookbook my dad gave me, "Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens" which is my staple. So much granny wisdom in there.

Sara said...

Ooh, that book looks interesting! I'll have to check it out! If you happen to find yourself with leftover killer bread, I recommend the Lemon-Spice Bread Pudding recipe on Epicurious. Even my staunchly anti-bread-pudding mom loves it! Have fun and good luck experimenting!

Amber said...

Martha Stewart's mac 'n cheese is delicious and easily adaptable. Dress it up with chives and bacon or even truffle oil! And make homemade breadcrumbs, for sure.

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