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Aki and Alex
Levittown, PA
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Amaya is not a fan of of the flavor of char, dark brown edges are first viewed with suspicion and then surgically removed from all of her food. She is also not a fan of crispy vegetables, which means that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I always thought cake flour was all purpose flour cut with cornstarch. A quick glance at the King Arthur Flour box shows me something different. And that was a tremendous lesson to learn. The answer is to combine and create... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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The sweet, buttery, flaky, nuttiness of Butterfingers has haunted me for years. Today I finally did something about it. I started with a dark caramel made with sugar, water and liquid glucose and added warmed peanut butter to it. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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For our fried chicken project at Curiosity Doughnuts we updated our chicken breading, really a dredge. We coat the pickle and smoke infused buttermilk brined chicken thighs in a blend of equal parts instant masa and potato starch that is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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One of the things that I love about cooking is the way that it brings me back in touch with the world around me. It require to use all of my senses and it forces me to engage my powers... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I have a thing for white chocolate. It could be considered a fetish. White chocolate is a great medium for carrying flavor. And it brings sweet richness to the game. I was involved in reworking our candied pretzel doughnut and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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...doughnuts. Years Past February 7, 2015 February 7, 2014 February 7, 2013 February 7, 2012 February 7, 2011 February 7, 2010 February 7, 2009 February 7, 2008 February 7, 2007 February 7, 2006 February 7, 2005 Ideas in Food: Great... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Twelve order of fried chicken served with cornbread doughnuts will hit the counter at Curiosity Doughnuts every Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon. Come and get it while it's hot. Years Past February 6, 2015 February 6, 2014 February 6,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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We were looking to get the textural benefits of the tastiest beet ever in an expedited time. Our previous model had us using a dehydrator to remove moisture and concentrate flavor in the beet. I wondered if we could speed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I was pretty excited when I came across this juice at BJ's. It was the first time I had seen varietal apple juice that featured our favorite apples. Of course when I showed the bottle to Alex he noticed right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Black lime is back. It is an ingredient we forget about too often. It has a flavor and aroma similar to Indian Lime Pickle, without the heat and other spices. We pulverize it into a powder and use it when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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When I'm organized, a roast chicken dinner generally leaves me with two sets of leftovers: picked meat and stock or broth made from the bones and skin. Yesterday I gave Amaya the choice of chicken nachos or chicken soup. After... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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A few years ago we stayed at a lake house and when we arrived there was a box of blueberry mini muffins in the pantry. We had driven well over seven hours that day, it was almost dinnertime, and I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Chops, steaks or fish fillets are perfect for a quick meal, as long as you cook them properly. Pan searing is one of our favorite cooking methods and once you master it, you're never far from a good meal. You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Amaya is a bit of a candy hound. It's something that popped up this past year and it's not something that makes us particularly happy. On the bright side, she is choosy about her candy and when she gets some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Anyone following this blog probably knows we are in the process of selling our house in NH and moving back to PA. There are lots of reasons why we are doing this, almost none of which are about NH. Anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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We use egg washes and cream washes on baked goods to apply sheen, adhere toppings and develop browning. The other day we had a small amount of maple syrup in a container and were working with variations of our cream... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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We purchased half of skin on and bone in pork belly. We scored the skin with a serrated knife and seasoned the slab of meat with salt. We put the belly into a shallow roasting pan in a 250°F oven... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I am enamored with cream cheese cookie dough. After making non-traditional rugelach I began tinkering with our recipe. I increased the amount of sugar and salt. I also added baking powder for a slight leavening. Then I didn't make rugelach.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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We spread a filling of ricotta, shredded mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano over our ramenized lasagna noodles. We topped the filling with slices of pepperoni and rolled them into parcels. We placed the lasagna parcels into a baking pan with braised... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Baked pastas suffer from soft noodles. Today we tackled that problem. We applied our ramenization technique to lasagna noodles. The premise is the soaking of the noodles in an alkaline bath will hydrate and texturize the uncooked noodles. We are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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A name can make something feel approachable or foreign. Today we dove into Rugelach, that rolled cookie bursting with dried fruit and nuts, made with a cream cheese and butter dough. The intricate shape of each small pastry combined the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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Today we made pimento cheese. We were making grilled cheese sandwiches. Normally we will put a fine layer of mayonnaise inside the slices of bread. Today we mixed the mayo with the cheese. And we added a jar of roasted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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I bought a can of nitro-coffee. The key ingredient was magic. Really, magic. In a can. On an ingredient list. I'm still baffled. But I guess who's to say there was no magic in the can? It's magic after all.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD
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A few weeks ago we were at the Arcobaleno factory. I had the opportunity to run a batch of noodles with a new shape, honeycomb. The noodle has ridges and pockets. It is sturdy and beautiful. With the shape in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at IDEAS IN FOOD