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Aki and Alex
Levittown, PA
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Many years ago we developed the technique for vacuum sealing cookie dough to expedite its hydration. We quickly applied the idea to other kinds of dough from tart to bread to pasta. The vacuum sealer is an essential tool in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at IDEAS IN FOOD
I have allowed the process of book writing to kill my creativity. I am still able to harness the energy for others. But writing our first and subsequent books squashed the risk taking and slowed the drive. We were constantly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
I've avoided Organic Girl products for years because they seemed a little bit pricey to me compared to the regular organic greens from Whole Foods or the local ones from Bright Farms. The difference is just a dollar or so,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
Summertime may seem like an odd choice for kettle corn but since I like to snack on popcorn and it stales quickly in the humidity, kettle corn seemed like a good bet to help the popcorn stay crispy throughout the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
It's summer. There is supposed to be an insane amount of pristine vegetables to choose from. Unfortunately availability and quality are not equal. Oftentimes the frozen vegetable is better than the seasonally available version. Instead of being held to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
All you have to do is make or buy good lemonade. Put it in an ice cream maker, we use the Breville Smart Scoop. Be patient while it churns and then scoop it out. Easy, delicious, and relatively inexpensive. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
Because here in America we are constantly turning traditions inside out and upside down in pursuit of delicious food, today we bring you the Best Beef Porchetta from Eater. Years Past July 11, 2017 July 11, 2016 July 11, 2015... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at IDEAS IN FOOD
It's always interesting to go back to where is dish was born and see how it's made. This is an interesting (short) video from Lucky Peach TV. It makes me think about how to adapt the recipe for our own... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I had an idea. I saw a tree. Then I wanted to see what half a tree bare and half fully in bloom looked like. I searched the internet and saw many pictures. Many of the drawings depicted roots. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
We created our doughnut bread pudding to utilize unsold doughnuts. It comes and goes as we adapt to the ebbs and flows of doughnut sales. Recently we were long doughnuts. I pulled out the recipe and set to work making... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Because it's summertime and you too may want to play with bubbles in your yard, here's our recipe for bubble mix: 12 cups water 1 cup Dawn or other dish soap 1/2 cup corn syrup 4 tablespoons baking powder Mix... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Our refrigerator has a lot of odds and ends. For instance: cold brewed dashi, hand crushed tomato sauce from pizza night, slices of hot and sweet sausage, an extra cooked burger with onions, half a can of artichoke hearts, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I am still looking to improve our burgers. Perhaps improvement is getting results you are looking for in a particular moment. I am looking for a meaty, juicy, rich, tender and crush-able burger. Tonight I am putting buttermilk to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Aki continues to hone her dumpling skills. She enjoys the process. Her deliberate folding and pinching is highlighted in the results. It means Amaya and I are treated to ever improving dumplings. It also means she is able to bust... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I have been playing around with twisted doughnuts. But my hand rolling and twisting has produced varied results. Then I came across the cutter designed for cutting twisted doughnuts, allowing for consistency. It turns out we still need help getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
The local market was having a sale on lobsters, it's not the lowest price I've seen this year but it was low enough to pique my interest. When I got there, this blew my mind. I've never seen pre-packaged live... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
As temperatures soar we search for refreshing thirst quenchers. I like things that aren't too sweet, preferably underlined with a slightly bitter edge. Q's Spectacular Grapefruit fits the bill. It has the great citrusy flavor of pink grapefruit (maybe pink... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
It's summertime and my mind wanders to beaches and boardwalks and salt water taffy. Of course our favorite taffy is made in Brooklyn, not the beach, but some associations are hard to break. Here's a great video from Eater illustrating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I have wanted to add beignets to our offerings since opening Curiosity Doughnuts. It was the creation of our Not Quite Vegan doughnut that produced a bi-product, dough cuttings, that evolved into our beignet. Initially we reformed the cuttings and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Years Past June 28, 2017 June 28, 2016 June 28, 2015 June 28, 2014 June 28, 2013 June 28, 2012 June 28, 2011 June 28, 2010 June 28, 2009 June 28, 2008 June 28, 2007 June 28, 2006 June 28,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Lately I've been adding cabbage to our pasta sauce. It melts down and absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients. It adds an earthy sweetness and a luscious richness. But that was shredded fresh cabbage. Tonight I roughly chopped up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
Amaya and I are big fans of angel hair pasta. We like to eat it very simply, cooked until just tender and tossed with excessive amounts of butter and Parmigiano cheese. I always make a lot because we both like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I filled a springform pan with our drop biscuits from Gluten Free Flour Power. I used a blend of bread flour and whole wheat einkorn in place of our gluten free flour blends. When the biscuits were done I brushed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
This is a public service video. We banned Kid's YouTube shortly after Amaya discovered it, many years ago. It baffled me. There were all these videos of kids trying different kinds of candy and acting out fan fiction of princess... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD
I have often said that burrata is the Italian avocado. Tonight I happily ate my words. We seasoned tomatoes with olive oil, salt and globe basil. We spooned the tomatoes around the soft burrata. The center was delicate and creamy.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at IDEAS IN FOOD