Monday, December 27, 2010

Will 2011 bring me a house?

Will I move this year? That is the big question. The house has now been on the market for two full years.
What will my new kitchen look like? I know this much. I have been in the Victorian mode for over 20 years and I am giving it all up. I am moving toward modern furniture and a high-end upgraded kitchen. Is granite and stainless steel in my future? We'll see. I can't wait!
I'll keep you filled in, my cooking friends. There will be no more posts now, until after the the New Year begins. So Happy New Year. I hope 2011 brings you all you hope for and more!

Thai Meatballs

Wow, Christmas is over already! How did that happen?
Now we need to look forward toward our New Year's Eve parties. Some of you will be hosting and others will attend a party and take an appetizer along. Make these little Thai meatballs in advance and bake right before serving.

1 lb. ground pork
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 T lime juice
1 piece ( 2") ginger, grated
1 carrot, shredded
salt & Pepper
1 c. Asian peanut sauce

Heat oven 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Ina large bowl, combine everything but sauce. Shape into 1 1/2" balls; set on sheet.
Bake, flipping halfway through, until deep golden, 30 minutes.
Serve with peanut sauce for dipping, plus lime wedges (opt.)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Baking Tools

If you're like me, you are in the middle of your Holiday baking, or at least getting a start. I thought I'd tell you about two new baking tools I got recently.
I went shopping at my favorite online kitchen store, This time I purchased a NordicWare Natural Commercial Baker's Half Sheet. It is my favorite baking sheet EVER! In the picture you can see Tedibles All Natural Dog Treats getting ready for the oven. Tedibles is my little sideline (if you're interested, check out the web site to see all that is offered.) As soon as I pulled the baking sheet out of the oven, the dog treats began to slide around the tray. Absolutely no sticking! Amazing!

Now this is my new Magic Dough Non-Stick Pastry Mat. I've tried it on pie crusts at Thanksgiving and here on the Tedibles Nibbles. This mat sticks to the counter so there's no sliding around when you are rolling out the dough. I love all of the marks to aid me in judging the size. After several uses in one day, a little slipping does occur, but I discovered I just had to wipe the back side with a damp cloth, because flour sometimes gets under there causing the non-slip to lose its grip. Not a problem. The mat is soft and flexible; it rolls up and has to be stored in a tube. That is one down side for me; trying to find the right place to hold it. but I worked it out because I love the mat so much.
So, happy baking and Merry Christmas/ May all of your pastries be light and flaky!

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