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Baking Tips: Cracking Eggs

The baking tips series continues! Here’s our next one!

Cracking eggs flat instead of on an edge. Nothing fancy here but it sure makes it easier. I was always in the habit of cracking an egg on the side of a countertop or bowl – tapping several times and then opening up the shell. One good smack on a flat counter top and you’re in business. Less shell. Less work. No timidness here! I learned this at my stage where cracking 18 eggs was the minimum amount and 50 was the norm. I’d watch my chef get into a rhythm, one egg in each hand. Crack! Crack! and then emptied in the bowl. She would usually be done in about 30 seconds or less with 50-odd eggs.

*Want to separate an egg one handed? Essentially after cracking the egg, you slightly crush it (the shell should hold together if you don’t grip too hard because of the membrane) and then using your pinky and thumb pull the egg apart.

A look at some eggs from Texas:

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And this super cool idea to use temporary tattoos on eggs from The SoHo blog!

texas_easter_eggs rah rah Texas eggs! One day I will have my own chickens!

If you’re a baker with an awesome tip, let me know! I would love to feature you in a post!

 

 

14. July 2014 by Molly
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Baking Tips: Infusing Cream!

Want to pump up the volume in your next baking adventure? With a little planning ahead, you can add that POW! that no one will expect!

Tip of the Monday: Infuse cream before whipping it for a burst of flavor! It’s easy! And a great way to add flavor naturally.

Here’s how to do it: The night before pour the amount of whipped cream (+a little extra, just in case) into a bowl or jar. Roughly chop the herb you want to infuse the cream with and stir it in. Let chill over night. The next day strain the cream pressing the herbs into the strainer to further release flavor. Then whip as normal!

Infused Cream

What can you use to infuse? Fresh mint or basil from the garden, thyme, oo lemon thyme! I’m sure you could do rose or lavender, large pieces of citrus rind, or even coffee beans! Don’t worry about the color changing. Even with coffee beans, the color will stay white- which just means it’s another great way to surprise your guests with another amazing dessert!

What about something simple in the summer like cut strawberries with mint infused whipped cream and maybe a little cinnamon and raw sugar?

11. July 2014 by Molly
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Baking Tips: Getting Handy

This is part of the Baking Tips series! Every Monday I’m telling you a new tip! I’m looking for bakers with tips! Have one? Let me know!

Today’s Tip: Clean hands are a chefs best friend! Worried about germs? Don’t be!! Give those puppies a good scrub and use them to mix and feel the texture of the dough or batter you’re working with. A lot of the time, even when I’m using a mixer, I’ll touch the dough to see if the texture is right or if a little more of this or that (usually flour) should be added. Everything we did in school was by hand (or whisk, or spatula) but it was exactly for that reason- so you get to know exactly what a certain product should look and feel like.

07. July 2014 by Molly
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Fourth of July Recap!

This Fourth of July I woke up, threw on a blue polka dot dress, red lipstick, and baked the entire day (I am taking full advantage of the very large kitchen at my disposal!)! I should have thrown in a couple beers too and some pool time! It’s crazy hot here!!

For breakfast: Strawberry Blueberry Muffins

Strawberry Bleuberry Muffins

I spy dog paws!!!!!!!!!!!! Watson!

I used my favorite blueberry muffin recipe and added strawberries to make them oh so patriotic and very berry delicious. I’ll post the recipe next week!

Then I started on flag cookies! I used a sable cookie recipe from the Cordon Bleu which is made with just 5 ingredients and is so tender like shortbread, but better or should I say.. butter. bahaha Baking jokes.

I divided the dough in thirds and dyed one part red and another part blue. Then I rolled out the white and red parts, put them on top of each other, cut it in two long rectangles and placed one on top of the other. Stripes=done! I cut a part out of the stripes and added in some blue to finish up the flag! Then I made random cookies with the scrapes, swirling them together, or edging the stripes part I’d cut out with some blue to make it look almost like bunting. These were all frozen and then cut!

Cut Flag Cookies

I couldn’t decide on the sprinkles so I did half and half and ended up liking the white balls best.

Flag Cookies

They’re ready for another picnic! Watcha think Peanut?

Fourth of July Molly and the Nut

Peanut Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!!!! ^He looks so happy. hahaha

 

06. July 2014 by Molly
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Happy Fourth of July!!!

Guess what? This is a music themed post! ok before we begin, you have to press play on the below video. Ready! Go! Introducing…. drumroll…. the Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa!

Now that you’re in the mood…..

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This year me and the fam’ went to the Dallas Arboretum for the Fourth of July concert!

It started with a grand debate on salads- which salads to bring!! By the end of it I was thinking there was going to be some sort of dessert salad involved. Cooking the night before and a trip to Central Market and we had not 1 not 3 but probably 8 salads, ready, no you’re not, ready now! yes! Chicken Salad, Three Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Broccoli Salad, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad… ok maybe there was just 6, but still 6! It was a salad party! Unfortunately the tomato, peach, almond salad from the previous night didn’t make it.

Once we made it past the long line to get our tickets scanned, everyone dashed for the concert stand. And when I say dashed, I mean raced! Everyone had one goal in mind: Shade. I really think they should have put the Rocky theme music on the path speakers. It would have made things even more entertaining. With the race over, the math calculations began…. where would the sun be in t-minus 30 minutes? Would the shade extend this far? Is the hill incline too great?

We picked the perfect spot. Picnic basket out, shoes off, and a satisfying pop of a cork and we were off…the salads awaited!

iPhone Pics 7-4-14 328 And the people watching began! After pointing out several cool wine glass holder contraptions that would have made my second glass of Rose much easier to hold, I spied the most incredible, patriotic, picnic set up…

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Vintage cooler, patriotic wine glass charms, the most beautiful red white and blue quilt, center piece, and stacked plates just waiting for multiple courses! It was amazing! And they do this every year!

Next up, this awesome hat, super sweet vintage glasses, and a stars and stripes forever scarf!

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Third glass of Rose and the program started with a best dressed president competition. Jackie O’ and JFK took the win! Then the National Anthem, lots of cheering and a mix of Americana tunes: Liberty Bell March, America the Beautiful, Sweet Child of Mine, the Hawaii Five O theme song, each military branch’s song, and then ending with, but of course- the Stars and Stripes Forever!

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While the music was playing, I made my way over to the food truck serving shaved ice gave up after 25 minutes of waiting and decided finishing the bottle of Rose would be much more fun, especially after seeing the size of the small!

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Behind the stage is White Rock Lake where several sailboats were floating about listening to the music. The sunset was spectacular. So beautiful!

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On the drive home, everyone’s eyes were peeled for fireworks. Something you learn at a young age is that around the Fourth of July, you always look out the car window and scan the horizon for fireworks when driving at night. You’ll easily spot 3-4 celebrations happening at the same time in all the suburbs around Dallas. We saw two! and there’s more fireworks tonight!

fireworks

Happy Fourth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve had this song on repeat for the past hour. hahaha! I can whistle the piccolo part, perfectly.

04. July 2014 by Molly
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