Playing in the Kitchen – Pork Chops

So let me start by saying that Nigella Lawson’s Mustard Pork Chops are SO tasty.  I can’t recommend them highly enough.  Not only was the recipe fast and easy, it was darn tasty and something I would be proud to serve for a dinner party.  If I had them. The sauce, really, is what makes the dish.  I used a whole grain mustard so the sauce had lovely brown flecks in it, I reduced the cream from 1/3 cup to two tablespoons...

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Surface to Mass Ratio

Well, I survived the first night of Laminated Dough, Pâte à Choux, Donuts, and Fritters.  Better than survived.  I did pretty well.  The class was busy and Chef did his level best to keep us working.  He does not tolerate slackers.  I love that.  A few observations: 1.  I love pâte à choux.  I love making it, piping it, baking it, and best of all eating it.  Yummm!  I also love that I was piping it right with out instruction from...

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New Classes Begin Today

I should be excited, filled with anticipation about the new semester, but I am not. Sad, isn't it?  I think I need an attitude adjustment, and fast.  Knowing you have a problem is the first step in getting well, so at least that is positive!  I'm sure once I get started I will feel that old magic spell once again.  I have to believe that, otherwise the next few months are going to be really hard to live...

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Cookbooks and Cakes

So, my best friend in the world is getting married in England this October.  It is a long story, but the short version is that she met him, a very nice man who is also a cutie, on the internet, went to meet him in person, fell in love, moved away, and is prepared to live happily ever after!  *sigh*  She is maybe one of the bravest people I know.  I would have a panic attack moving across town much...

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So, I did something bad … and other things.

I'm not happy about something I did last night, but it had to be done. I dropped a class for the upcoming semester.  Aside from the faint blush of shame I feel that I dropped the class before it began, I find I am more relieved than anything else.  The class was on Saturdays, and Saturday classes are hard for me since I work full-time during the week, and I attend classes Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Burn out is...

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Happy New Year

So, I start school next week and I am not all that jazzed about it.  Aside from not wanting to spend two nights a week not getting home until after 10pm, I am not sure it is worth my time anymore. Why, might you ask? No, I have not lost my love of baking or my desire to bake full-time.  What I lack is green.  Money. As they said in Cabaret, Money Makes the World Go Around.  It is true.  I need money to pursue my dream and that is the...

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