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Eataly In NYC

12 Dec

This weekend I took a walk and ended up at Eataly. I had my camera ready to take pictures but I was to overwhelmed with all there was to see that I forgot to take my camera out from my pocket 😦  But let me just say I will be back and pictures will be taken.  If you haven’t heard of Eataly, it just everything Italy. Eataly has a mixture of imported items and locally made items, all good.  I bought an artisan bread that was so tasty.  Tune in for pics at a later date 😉

Easy Bread Recipe

19 Apr

Growing up there were always 2 types of bread in our house.  Our week bread, which was slice bread one buys in the supermarket and our weekend bread. On Saturday and Sunday it was fresh Italian bread or French baguettes.  The bakery was about 15 city blocks away  so my father would take his bicycle, very French of him, but we lived in New York City. Once he arrived with the fresh bread we would devour it.  I would use my hands instead of a knife and so would my mother.  We loved the crispy, crunchiness and smell and I would dip it in coffee like my father.  Throughout the day I would  grab pieces of dough, leaving the outer crust intact. When my parents went to get a piece all they got was a hollow crusted bread.  I was scolded almost every weekend.  Now a days I use a knife and add some butter, that’s all it needs.

Here is an easy Baguette recipe from “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano.

BAGUETTES (makes 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 4 to 5 unbleached all purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Preparation Steps

  1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.  Stir with fork. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour and salt.  Add the yeast mixture and stir the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water.  Mix the dough until it is sticky enough to knead.  On a lightly floured board, knead for 6 to 10 minutes. The dough should be sticky and smooth.  Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let rise at room temperature until double in volume, about1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each into a ball and shape into a baguette.  Transfer the loaves to a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise until nearly doubled.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush the baguettes with egg water mixture.  Score the loaves diagonally across the top with a sharp knife
  5. Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pan and place in the preheated oven next to the baguettes to provide moisture.  Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, until golden br0wn.  Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before slicing.

Pioneer Woman on The View

9 Apr

Today, “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond was on The View to promote her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  In all honesty I wasn’t thrilled about the segment, it felt rushed.  Maybe it was just me but I think the ladies from The View could have let  Ree speak a little more and talk more about her recipes. But regardless, I enjoyed the few minutes she had to promote her site and the book. I love her photographs, she’s inspired me to get a better camera and start snapping some pics.

Did anyone else watch???

Wednesday Catch: Cookbook Dilema

7 Apr

Would you believe I buy cookbooks but I can count in one hand the number of times I’ve actually made a recipe from those books.  It’s been about 2 years since I’ve bought a cookbook (not including memoirs with recipes) and to tell you the truth I don’t think I’ll ever make anything from those books.  Maybe given that it’s been so long since my last purchase and I’ve started a food blog, I’ll buy a cookbook that I’ll actually use.  Do you use your cookbooks? Do you have a favorite?

Lunch in Paris

12 Mar

About a month ago I was looking at food blogs and some of them posted about the book, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard and I’m happy to say I finally got it and hope to start reading it this weekend.  I was glad to find that there is also a Lunch in Paris blog.