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Top Chef, my guilty pleasure and ice cream problems 
Feb. 23, 2011 5:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2011 6:43 pm
It's Wednesday!  Hooray, I get to watch t.v. tonight and see those awesome chefs compete on Top Chef.  I'm not normally much on "reality" t.v. shows but I must admit I have been a Top Chef junkie since the very first show.  Personally, I am rooting for either Carla or Antonia, although all of the chefs that are left are very formidable.  I also hope that Anthony Bourdain is judging tonight, I'm nuts about his blog!
I recently got and ice cream maker as a present and I've had a wonderful time making and creating different ice cream flavors.  Yesterday I decided to do chocolate ice cream for the first time and it was less than successful.  The texture has a grainy feel on my tongue and I am not sure what I did wrong.  I melted my chocolate in a double boiler and I'm sure that no water got in it and it melted nicely but I had a hard time blending in the milk without it lumping up on me.  I whisked it and whisked it, added the cream and other ingredients, chilled it and put it in the machine everything worked like usual, except the texture of the final product.  Any ideas or suggestions?  Have a great day everyone!
Feb. 23, 2011 6:30 am
I don't know if poor emotional Angelo will survive another loss, but I love Tiffany from the last season. She has a quiet confidence that I like. Love the show too!
Feb. 23, 2011 6:35 am
Yes, Angelo is in need of some form of therapy, poor guy. It can be almost painful watching him. Tiffany is definitely a force to be reckoned with as is Richard Blaise and Dale. Mike Isabella can go home anytime.
Feb. 23, 2011 9:43 am
I haven't made ice cream in a while but I remember adding vodka (if you're not serving to kids. Here's a website that had a little bit about it. I know I have a recipe but it's at home and I'm supposed to be working.
Feb. 23, 2011 10:02 am
Thanks so much for the website info. Vodka sounds interesting, we're all adults here lol!
Feb. 23, 2011 6:43 pm
Carla is coming on again just like in her original season. Richard seems to be frustrated by the gimmicks but also seems to be like a lion waiting in the weeds. Mike & Tiffany are the weakest chefs left. Dale seems to have been humbled by his original season and he has matured too. He may steal the final challenge.
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I am a retired chef and restaurant owner. I love food and all things related to it. I am also an avid Texas Holdem poker player. I am married with an awesome husband and two grown happily married children and one grandson. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a very small town. We live on 10 acres and have three different gardens with varying levels of success that my beautiful daughter-in-law is in charge of with my help. I believe in cooking from scratch and am glad that I now have the time to do it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soups, baked goods, and delicious entrees. I make all of our breads and pastries from scratch. Eggs are my friend and I used to be a breakfast cook for years. Many chefs hate cooking eggs and that was true of the chefs I hired so I became the breakfast chef at my busy little restaurant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We like to make tamales a couple of times a year for Cinco de Mayo and Christmas Eve even though we are gringos. We don't let that fact stop us! Of course we need black-eyed peas for good luck at New Years. Thanksgiving without our jalapeno cornbread stuffing would be family sacrilege.
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite meals I have cooked was Thanksgiving dinner for 80 seniors. I wanted to bring them holiday memories through the tastes and smells of my holiday menu. When I saw some of them getting teary about the meal I knew I had succeeded.
My cooking tragedies
Any tragedies I have had have gone straight into the trash and out of my mind. No sense dwelling on negatives.
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