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[31 Mar 2007 | One Comment | ]

When I decided I was in an Italian mood the first thing I did was to select a bread because bread usually takes the longest amount of time.
I wanted to try something new so I googled around and settled on this Italian Herb Bread I found on AllRecipes originally from Ann Barr.
In spite of the momentary lapse of reason on my part, it came out very well. The first loaf didn’t quite rise as well as it should have during baking but that was in no doubt because of the …

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[31 Mar 2007 | One Comment | ]

When I started thinking about dinner tonight I started to think Italian and that evolved into Lasagna and Italian Herb Bread. About half way through both projects I suddenly remembered I only had one oven.
Sigh . . .
Kitchen Warfare and not the good kind.
Calculating everything out there is no way of getting everything done and plated on time without the bread and lasagna occupying the oven at the same time. I had to transfer the already risen dough from a large flat pan to a section of aluminum foil to …

Cooking, Recipes »

[31 Mar 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

The nice thing about Lasagna other than its lure to commit deadly sin #2 is that its very easy to make an outstanding dish of it, you just need a good recipe.
Here’s why.
Generally speaking a successful effort in the kitchen requires 3 things-

A good plan (recipe, imagination, etc)
Using the best ingredients you can reasonably/affordably obtain
Proper execution

So assuming you have a good recipe (we do) and you get good quality ingredients it comes down to execution and if you can brown meat, cut vegetables and beat an egg you can make …

News & Commentary »

[26 Mar 2007 | 9 Comments | ]

Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s cooking show ‘Guy’s Big Bite’ has the dubious honor of being named our first official Kitchen Warrior.
Before we go too far with this, lets be clear. 1) Guy has no idea he has received this honor if for no reason other than 2) I just made it up this afternoon and 3) there is as good a chance as any that even if he DID know about our award he wouldn’t want it. I know I wouldn’t.
But it’s our award and we …

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[25 Mar 2007 | No Comment | ]

Another hobby of mine is collecting ephemera which if you don’t know is collectable paper. Letters, papers, bookmarks, postcards, recipe cards, advertising pieces, stock certificates, basically all kinds of paper. Some people say it includes pamphlets and magazines. Some say not.
What does this have to do with cooking or even Kitchen Warfare you ask? Well probably not as much as it should. But hang in there, we’re still going to learn to make toast.

Baking, Recipes »

[22 Mar 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

For the last few months we’ve been completely boycotting store bought breads.
Initially it was more of a challenge (game) just to see if we could do it but it didn’t take long for us to become pretty accustomed to high quality (most of the time!) baked goods. I don’t mean this in the sense that I’ve mastered baking because that’s far (far) from true (really far) but rather in the sense that pretty much anything you manage to get baked (heh, he said ‘get baked’) using fresh ingredients in …

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[22 Mar 2007 | No Comment | ]

We’ve barely had time to learn the nuances of our new mixer and the $30 rebate check showed up. We sent the rebate in on 3/6 and had a check in the mailbox on 3/19th. That’s got to be a record for a rebate, it usually takes most companies 6 months to get you .50 cents.

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[17 Mar 2007 | No Comment | ]

I’ve been cooking for over 30 years but I’ve never gotten as an enthusiastic response as I did to this week’s dessert effort – Dog biscuits. If you’re looking for validation of your cooking prowess, I doubt you can find a better audience to howl your praises.
Last week after unpacking the new KitchenAid Stand Mixer I needed a test run recipe. Dog Biscuits seemed perfect. Pretty much no matter what I do wrong there will be no smug remarks and even the most botched effort would be forgiven in an …

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[14 Mar 2007 | 3 Comments | ]

I’ve always loved making President Kennedy’s waffles. First and foremost JFK knew a good waffle when he ate one, it’s a really good recipe. And secondly if you messed them up and anyone complained . . .
‘I didn’t realize JFK liked his waffles ‘blackened’.
you always had the perfect out . . .
‘Shut your pie hole, if they were good enough for President Kennedy, they’re good enough for you’.
To be fair I doubt President Kennedy’s chef had to use the same waffle iron my Dad gave me as a gift in …

Baking, Product Reviews »

[9 Mar 2007 | 9 Comments | ]

So how did I solve the stand mixer dilemma? I caved completely.

Like many Kitchen Warriors I’ve always wanted a good stand mixer. If like me you bake at a moderate pace for a small patronage you probably find yourself right on the fence of an expensive purchase. And with good reason because a decent mixer is one of the more costly small appliances you’re likely to consider for the home kitchen. Its not to be taken lightly.

I started out with the notion I wanted a KitchenAid and after reading …