Daily Culinary Quote: Kitchen Math (isn’t hard…)

“If I’m teaching girls that do love to make cookies and do love fashion – that they can use math as a part of that – you think that’s me saying, come on girls you belong in the kitchen, you belong shopping? Or, do you think it’s me showing them how math is part of all their life, even the part they thought it had nothing to do with?”

~ Danica McKellar

Today’s Quote: Drunk on Butter Cookies

 

“Today the air in my mother’s kitchen was heavy with butter cookies baking in the oven. My mom used real butter and real vanilla, and the vanilla scent clung to my skin and hung in my hair. The kitchen was warm and cluttered with women, and I was drunk on butter cookies.”

~ Janet Evanovich (“Visions of Sugarplums”)

 


For more information (and disclaimers) regarding this quote collection, see the first post in the series: http://dorkchocolate.net/2017/10/new-project-sharing-my-food-culinary-quote-collection/

It’s an Orgy of Baking

All the Sugar Cookies
(I can’t decide if ‘orgy’ is supposed to be capitalized or not. It looks kinda funny that way…maybe it’s just that I don’t use that word often enough.)

It’s that time of year again.

The table is cleared and the kitchen is clean.

Recipes are brought out, picked through, and a lucky few chosen.

Around $150 in baking supplies and gift containers are stacked up against a wall.

My updated Kitchen playlist is scaring the cats and probably also disturbing the neighbors.

And for once, I was actually able to schedule four days in a row off from work so I can do all my Christmas and holiday baking early this year. I’m so excited about this that I’m sitting at my cleared table, in my nice clean kitchen, writing all about it before the baking actually begins.

Normally, I’m baking on my weekends and after work, frantically picking through my list of cookies and candies to see which can be quickly doubled or completely dropped from the list because I’m already out of time. It’s always so stressful that I not only don’t get to enjoy the baking part–but I don’t have time to enjoy delivering the treats either. Steve may argue that the point of all this is to thank people and businesses, but to me it’s really all about feeding people and making them happy, even if it’s just a momentary happiness.

This year I plan on enjoying myself.

The tentative list for baking is:

  1. Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls
  2. Divinity
  3. Sugar Cookies
  4. Gingerbread cookies
  5. Raspberry Almond Cookies
  6. Mango Chai Almond Bark
  7. Chocolate Spritz Cookies
  8. Cherry Pecan Cookies
  9. Sugar & Spice Coffee Slices
  10. Raspberry Fudge Brownies
  11. Citrus Glazed Lemon Spritz Cookies

It’s tentative because I padded it just enough that I can remove one or two items if things get behind, and they’re items that don’t require any special ingredients to purchase either.

The first two I make every year because it’s something my grandmother used to do at Christmas until I took over for her. I’ve modified the coconut ball recipe, but the divinity is exactly the same. One of my coworker’s calls it “Shiny Ferret Sugar Crack” because of how wired she gets when I bring divinity to work. The next three cookies are things that have become a holiday tradition for Steve and I (two of them are recipes from the resort where I did my externship). Hopefully the Mango Chai Bark will be an improvement over the nasty Apricot Chai Almond Bark from last year. It had a lot of potential, but crashed and burned once I added the apricots. Everything below that is new. We’ll see which ones are good enough to keep on the list for next year.

Now it’s time to stop writing and start baking.  Woo hoo!

Today is the 2011 Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition!

It’s the Capital Confectioners’ 7th Annual “That Takes the Cake” Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition. I was shooting for three entries, but only ended up with one again. I ran out of time to finish up the buttercream entry, and it looks like it would have been an easy win this year too.

My entry this year is “The Crimson Chin Multi-verse” in the Confection Not on a Cake category. If you aren’t familiar with the comic book hero from Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents (voiced by Jay Leno, hence the joke about the chin), you can check out the Crimson Chin’s wiki page.

I had originally planned on doing a cookie timeline of Wonder Woman, but after watching the Fairly Oddparents episode where Timmy calls up all the different versions of the Crimson Chin from the 1930’s and up, I couldn’t resist it. Steve’s a little worried that it’s going to be too obscure for the judges–good thing they care more about the technique than the subject.

Here are some photos of my entry:

Outlines
Outlines of some of the cookies.

Ready to travel
Packed up and ready to take to the show.

Finished entry
Not a great photo since I used my iPhone, but here it is on the display board I created for it.

There were only four other entries for my category when I dropped mine off (I was the 13th person registered for this category, and people were beginning to stream in with their entries as I was leaving). We’re heading back to check it out as soon as the show opens at 10:30 am.

I can’t wait to see everything.

I was up all night finishing this up (done at 7:30 this morning, just in time to shower and deliver it), so no promises about getting any photos posted tonight of my show favorites.

Lazy Link Friday

Cute steampunk cookies

Gorgeous, but not sure I could eat it…

Headline: “Over consumption of two-minute noodles but students at risk of chronic illness”.  Actual article: Most students and low income groups don’t have access to healthy food.

The Futurama of Physics with David X. Cohen

Non-edible cake, with teeth

As a kid, fine dining for us was dinner at Red Lobster.  I think I’m jealous.

Embroidery and circuits