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  1. kylew

    Wild Yeast

    I have had a Brod & Taylor proofing box in my closet for a long time. If I were to list it on ebay it would be “Like New”. For even longer than the proofing box has been in my closet there has been no starter in my fridge. I recently decided to correct these condition. It took about 8 days for...
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    Ezekiel Bread

    I’m easing my way back into bread baking. For no apparent reason I started with Ezekiel bread. I started with a fairly common recipe. The version I used is from The Prairie Homestead. • 2½ cups wheat grains (I use either hard red or hard white) • 1½ cups spelt • ½ cup hulled barley • ¼ cup...
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    Ho! Ho! Ho!

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    Jeffrey Hamelman's Bread Book

    I swore I wasn't going to buy any more bread books. 21 books should pretty well cover the subject. Then, at the suggestion of a guru, I looked at Hamelman's "Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes". OK, 22 books should do it. This is an awesome book. It's in the same vein as Peter...
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    Rugelach Question

    Can I use a good quality raspberry preserve as the filling for my rugelach? It's a butter/cream cheese/flour dough and I cut and roll them individually before baking.
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    Schott's Food & Drink Miscellany

    I may be late to the dance, but I just read about this book. It is everything you always, well okay never really, wanted to know about food and drink but were afraid to ask. Did you know that the empty space in a bottle of wine, between the to of the wine and the bottom of the cork, was called...
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    Desem Diversion

    Has anyone ever made real desem, from starter to finish? I am 5 days into the adventure and would love to hear others' experiences.
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    Williams-Sonoma Job

    I just applied for a job at Williams-Sonoma's new store at the Time Warner Center in NYC. Does anyone know anybody @W-S? I'm looking for all the juice I can muster! Thanks Kyle
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    Thanksgiving Poetry

    'TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP. I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP. THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT. TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION. SO...
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    Mint & Chocolate

    I've been playing with adding ground spearmint to chocolate to create my own mint chocolate chips. Does anyone else do this, and if so, what ratios do you use? Thanks
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    Baking Supplies

    Does anyone have a good web based vendor for baking supplies, other than flour? Thanks!
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    Dipping/Coating Chocolate

    I'm looking for a dipping chocolate to coat cookies. I started with 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate which I melted in a double boiler. I stirred 2 Tbs Crisco into the chocolate and stirred until it was smooth. I dipped the cookies in the chocolate and put tehm dipped side down onto parchement paper...
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    Just for the challah vit!

    I have been testing recipes for forthcoming book on breds of the Diaspora. I had no idea that there were so many variations on the challah thing. Sweet and savory, all different shapes and sizes and stories to match. This is before even considering babkas and other cousins. What are peoples...
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    Going rate for cookies?

    What is the going rate for cookies these days? Do you price by the piece? Pound? Dozen?
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    Humility

    Friday I spent 3 hours in the shaping room @Amy's Bread. Wow! I used to think I was pretty good with a chunk of dough. I think these guys could shape in their sleep. Small boules shaped one in each hand. Small torpedos shaped with lightning speed and remarkable uniformity. Looks like I have a...
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    HearthKit Oven Insert

    I just got one. It's very cool. My breads seem to have much greater oven spring and a crunchier, more consistent crunch. We also did Thanksgiving turkey with it and it was really moist. Anyone else have any experience with these toys?
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    Fun Bread?

    Anyone bakinging any fun breads these days? I started playing with Pita yesterday. Pretty easy and very tasty.
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    Kitchen Arts & Letters

    For those of us inclined towards entirely unnecessary book purchases, this is a very dangerous place :) It is an unassuming little store front shop on Lexington Ave. in NYC. Unfortunately for It's right around the corner from my apartment:eek: The only thing they sell is books on food. Much more...
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    Does this mean...

    ...I knead a new avatar? Obituary for the Pillsbury Doughboy It is with the saddest heart that we must pass on the following news. Please join in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and complications from...
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    Amazing Milestone

    While reading the Obits in today's paper, I came across the following: "Mr. Rose is survived by his wife of 72 years, Emily Mason Rose," How cool is that? :)
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