Bread, Soup, Techniques

How to Trim a Bread Bowl

Suddenly, I noticed the scent of garlic and clams were filling the air. Could it be? Is Chef Husband making chowder? It has been a really long time since I’ve had clam chowder. Back when we owned our last restaurant, it was an every Friday […]

Bread, Uncategorized

Hooch There It Is

When seeking to build your own “wild yeast” starter, called Levain and used to make sourdough breads, you have to regularly feed this new organism living in your kitchen. After a few days in the refrigerator, especially if you don’t feed it with more flour and water, […]

Bread, Techniques, Uncategorized

Goldilocks Muffins

When developing and testing a new recipe, if you have enough of the ingredients, it’s a good idea to test multiple variations. In the case of the English Muffins, Chef Husband set up 4 different variations of the silicone flex pan preparation. One mold was left completely […]

Bread, Techniques, Uncategorized

We Have Lift Off

The time arrived for my bubbly Levain to make its debut appearance. We went to work, following, exactly, the Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery recipe for English Muffins. Chef Husband worked to build a “Steam Generator” for the bottom of the oven (a pan full of […]

Bread, Uncategorized

Tiny Bubbles

Our quest for English Muffins is still on the horizon. After 5 days building the “Liquid Levain” wild yeast culture, the timing wasn’t there to proceed, so into the fridge it went for a slumber. Yesterday I pulled it back out, brought it to room […]

Bread, Organization, Pork, Uncategorized

Dux in a Row

Looking ahead to tomorrow, since today was already booked with a family engagement, we have a set of plump pork chops in the fridge, waiting for their calling in life. Considering the ingredients we have on hand (mushrooms, green onions, cream), Chef Husband’s plan is […]

Bread, Uncategorized

Boiling Bagels

Interestingly, I dove into a first stab at bagel making. I narrowed down my internet research to 3 recipes and ultimately chose the one that looked to take the least amount of time (i.e. hours vs days). I yeasted, floured, kneaded, etc etc, leading up […]