Tag: pastries

A Bite of Autumn: Ginger Pear Tartlets

| October 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, the best of intentions go awry. Fortunately, there’s always frozen puff pastry. Emergency desserts during the summer are easy — who needs to gild perfect berries? — but as autumn settles in, it’s more of a challenge to impress VIP guests, say, eight culinary experts called for a special meeting. And you’re supposed to […]

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Plated Desserts, A Menu.

Plated Desserts, A Menu.

| May 21, 2007 | 5 Comments

I lined up plates in the order they appeared on the menu. This trick helps cooks plate food with speed and efficiency during a busy service. Last week many of you participated in having a bit of fun with your food. You played The Plated Dessert Menu Game! Although it began as a lark, I […]

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Paczki: Polish Jelly Donuts

| May 20, 2007 | 3 Comments

One of the first cookbooks in my collection is also one of my favorites: Polish Heritage Cookery. I came across this heavy tome at a quirky bookstore that once lived on Polk Street, before a fire ravaged the floors above and water rained down upon its randomly, precariously stacked books. The store’s hours were irregular, […]

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