Archive for February, 2009

I’m still here!

February 19, 2009

You may be wondering where I’ve been since my last entry. I wish I could say I’ve been to the Carribean, but the answer isn’t nearly that interesting. I’ve been right here in snowy, cold Minnesota.
After the kids went back to college the baking came to nearly a stand still. That’s not to say that I haven’t baked anything. The bread machine is still broken, and I’m not sure we’re going to replace or fix it. The Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is very easy and satisfying, and when I want regular bread it’s easy to knead in my Kitchen Aid mixer.
I made the Best Ever Brownies from King Arthur Flour. The recipe appears on the back of their all purpose flour. The recipe goes by several names and one of the baker’s at King Arthur Flour recently blogged about the recipe but called it a different name. If you haven’t made them be sure to check them out at the KA Baker’s Banter blog. Right now they’re my favorite brownie, but can you believe that we can no longer get dutch processed cocoa in this town? I find this to be outrageous. I went to three major grocery stores yesterday in search of replacement cocoa and no one had any! This is a town of 60,000 people plus numerous little towns all around us. Doesn’t anyone besides me use this!?
I made some great waffles last weekend, but thought it more important to get them to the table hot than to make people wait while I photographed them for a blog post, but some day I will defiitely blog about them!
I helped a good friend get to the bottom of her flat, disappointing, chocolate chip cookies. I think her problem was somewhere between her new oven and new cookie sheets. It was fun baking some cookies with her.
A couple of big news items. We had new countertops installed of Tuesday of this week. They’re gorgeous and when the painting and other work are done I’ll take some photos and share the results of this kitchen makeover.
The really big news is that I’m going to be on TV! I will be demonstrating a technique using Shiva Paintstiks on Quilting Arts TV! I’ve been really focused on prepping for my segment which will be filmed February 27!
I’ll try not to be so absent, but needless to say I’ve been a bit busy!