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Put the Kettle on....

Food Frenzy 
Nov. 6, 2010 5:13 am 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2010 2:10 pm
Last night I went to a Pampered Chef party at one of my best friend's houses.  She loves to host those parties and I love to go to them.  For some reason, it always puts me in the cooking mood.  And, lately I haven't been in the eating mood, let alone the cooking mood.  All that has changed.  For the better?  Depends on how you look at it!

Last night's Pampered Chef recipes made were the Loaded Bake Potato Soup and a microwave cake in the fluted pan.  I'm a sucker - I bought the pan so I could make these cakes.  I mean, I can now bake a cake at work in the microwave - imagine how many "friends" I'm going to make! LOL.  My friend also had mini spinach/cheese quiche, fruits, cheeses, veggies & dips.  Wine to drink.  A great time was had by all.

So, it took me out of my "mood" and threw me right in to another mood - the "I want to eat" and "I want to cook" moods.  My husband will be glad to find this out when he returns from his morning duck hunting trip.  I think he was getting tired of freeze-dried soup packets and grilled cheese sandwiches.  But - he shouldn't complain - I did make Italian sausages with peppers and onions last night.  I think that was a jump-start for me to get out of this mood.

I got up this morning - threw a load of laundry in the washer and got to work.  I have Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew in the crockpot "stewing" away.  I've posted a request on the "Buzz" for a good biscuit recipe.  My biscuits just never seem to be good.  Another of my best friends (the one I sit and drink tea and gab for hours with) told me it was the flour I used, so she gave me a 5# bag of Hudson Cream Co. Self Rising Flour.  She swears this is the cure for crappy biscuits. She also claims buttermilk is the wonder ingredient.  We'll see....

Last night on the way home from the Pampered Chef party I was planning what dessert I'd make for today.  But, when I got home - dear Hubby had surprised me with a cake from the grocery bakery - it's one of my favorite indulgences.  It's chocolate (of course - a dessert really isn't a dessert unless it's  chocolate!) and has a ganache topping and a chocolate fudge filling.  Fabulous! 

Since today is a dismal, gray, rainy/snowy day here in Northeast Ohio my plans are to sit by the fire, eat, drink wine, and plan what to cook for tomorrow!

Edit:  I decided to make the recipe for my biscuits that was on the flour bag.  SUCCESS!!  Now next time I will move on to more "exciting" biscuit recipes.  Amazing how much difference the brand of flour makes!
Nov. 6, 2010 6:12 am
One of my favorite ingredients is buttermilk. I can't stand to drink it but what it can do in a recipe is amazing! Try using it to mash potatoes. Too bad your day is so depressing there. Up here, it's a bright cloudless day. Frosty, though.
Nov. 6, 2010 6:31 am
Hmmm... mashed potatoes with buttermilk, I'll try that! Since my friend has let me in on her little secret about the wonder ingredient buttermilk, I have used it in a few things. I dipped my chicken pieces in it before breading and that was pretty darn good! We had that bright, cloudless day yesterday. My husband loves these days during duck season - the hunting is much better - or at least there are more ducks flying.
Nov. 6, 2010 11:34 am
My mom makes the BEST biscuits and she will only use Hudson Cream Self-Rising Flour. Good luck!
Nov. 7, 2010 10:37 am
The best biscuits I ever ate was made by my MIL. She'd throw flour in a bowl; a pinch of salt, baking powder and some other stuff, don't really know AND buttermilk. In about 2 minutes she was rolling them on the cutting board. Using her biscuit cutter, she'd cut those little guys into biscuit shapes, fling on the cookie sheet and pop in the oven. They came out every time fantastic and flakey. Me? I buy Pillsbury in the can. Now, don't you judge me!
Nov. 8, 2010 3:09 am
Candice - I, of all people, will certainly not judge you! I tried making real biscuits, failed, and Pillsbury became my go-to recipe for years and years. Now, for some unknown reason I'm wanting to make biscuits perfectly. I think it's the challenge. I can make bread (without a bread machine) and I've tackled many difficult recipes in the kitchen. Why is a perfect biscuit so tough?
Nov. 9, 2010 7:20 am
Yes, I'm with you, "Why IS making the perfect biscuit so tough?" I can make a drop biscuit pretty ok, but when you start with rolling and flouring and rolling and knowing when to stop rolling to cut, I'm lost. They come out tough and heavy. If you find the secret, let me know. My family would fall over if I could get this down. hehehe
Nov. 9, 2010 2:10 pm
Candice: Here are some tips I got on a request I posted on the Buzz; I think they really do help! Thanks to Sugarnspice: "Nov. 6, 2010 6:18 am The secret to these is to *not* knead them, but mix lightly just until the dough comes together. Use your hands to gently pat it out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut straight down with a sharp biscuit cutter and do not twist it at the end of the cut or you will seal the edges of the dough and the biscuits won't rise very high. Line your sheet with parchment paper so the bottoms don't over bake. These are the best biscuits we've ever had!"
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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