For the first time in Kitchen Nightmares
history, British chef Gordon Ramsay walks off his own show.
In the segment that aired this week, the difficult owners of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ - Samy and Amy Bouzaglo - are shown stealing tips from their waitstaff, admitting to firing more than 100 employees over a one year period, firing a waitress for asking a question, telling a customer who had been waiting over an hour for his food to go fuck himself (yes, the police were called during filming
), and passing off frozen, pre-made raviolis and desserts as if they were homemade
. The couple was so resistant to criticism that even the typically steadfast Ramsay decided he couldn’t help them and shut the show down before beginning the rehab phase. [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on May 15, 2013 -
is a look at the social movement I call ‘New Domesticity’ – the fascination with reviving “lost” domestic arts like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off? Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex and the City-style single urban careerist as the media’s feminine ideal? Where does this movement come from? What does it mean for women? For families? For society?"
posted by showbiz_liz
on Sep 5, 2012 -
Atomic Bread Making At Home
is an in-depth article covering the ingredients, manufacture, and chemistry of; market research into; and social impact of the 1950's-era USDA No.1 white pan loaf.
posted by TheDonF
on Feb 7, 2012 -
A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker. [NPR.org]
Poet Emily Dickinson withdrew from society for most of her adult life. And yet, she was known to lower a basket full of cakes from the window of the home she rarely left to crowds of expectant children on the street below. The Poet's House in New York City
put on exhibit an original manuscript of a Dickinson cake recipe that contained coconut. That recipe calls for the following ingredients.
1 cup coconut,
2 cups flour,
1 cup sugar,
1/2 cup butter,
1/2 cup milk,
1/2 teaspoon soda,
1 teaspoon cream of tartar.
posted by Fizz
on Oct 24, 2011 -
Cool little video profile of Chad Robertson, co-owner, with his wife, Elisabeth Prueitt, of San Francisco's Tartine bakery. Chad is obsessed with bread
. [more inside]
posted by AceRock
on Dec 10, 2010 -
You're planning on baking a cake, but you're bored of your plain old square pan, round pan, or bundt pan? If you live in the US Midwest, it's very possible that your nearby library allows you to check out cake pans
. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Ahh, the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.
stands as the benchmark: but are there better? Many think so: Sherry Yard
, David Lebovitz
, the folks at Cooking Illustrated
, Martha Stewart
, Hillary Clinton
, beloved New York bakeries
, intrepid webloggers
. Alton Brown
in an episode
of Good Eats
shows how to get them thin
, or chewy
try to ferret out the best
of this american icon. Web recipe sites have their own favorites
Some people swear by secret ingredients: cornstarch
(which has cornstarch in it), oats
, great chocolate
. Two thirds of Americans prefer their chocolate chip cookies "nutless."
Others find technique
of greatest importance. Is there any end to this quest
for one of baking's holy grails
posted by shivohum
on Feb 20, 2007 -
How to make pizza.
Jeff Varasano has finished his recipe, and his page now includes everything you need to know about making a real pizza.
posted by rxrfrx
on Sep 16, 2006 -
"Salt rising bread
is, when at it's best, as if a delicately reared, unsweetened plain cake had had an affair with a Pont l'Eveque cheese."
There's even a mystery
to go along with your (cheese-flavored) bread.
posted by scrim
on Nov 26, 2004 -
Due to temporary budget shortfalls, I find myself spending my Saturdays elbow deep in breadmaking. Sourdough
bread is perhaps one of the most primal forms of bread relying an an artificial ecosystem of hundreds of different bacteria and yeasts
to digest grain flours and produce gas. The souring of the dough has complex effects
on the flavor of the resulting bread and is necessary for low-protein flours such as rye. Free starter cultures can be obtained from the friends of Carl
who continue his tradition of mailing his culture to anyone who sent a self-addressed stamped envelope. You can buy cultures from around the world,
but if you want to live dangerously, you can cultivate your own by just using a mixture of flour and water relying on microbial flora growing on the flour. Sourdough in some ways puts the art of hacking back into breadmaking
because it requires a deeper understanding of what is going on beyond just throwing a set of dry and wet ingredients into a bread machine.
Which could explain why I'm still lucky to get something other than a brick. But like beermaking, the DIY satisfaction makes up for many flaws in the final product. (And on final edit, I can't get away with making this post without the obligatory link to the sourdough faqs.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Jul 3, 2004 -
Don't know how to cook?
You might find Cooking for Losers helpful, with new tips and recipes every day. Today:
Take one flour tortilla from the fridge and warm it slightly in the microwave. Spread a bit of cream cheese on it. Spread a bit of spicy sweet mustard on it. Top with a few slices of your favorite lunchmeat - pastrami, ham, turkey; this recipe does not work well with tofu products. Roll and consume. May be cut into multiple little rolly-things if more food is desired.
Share your own carefully hoarded recipes and be a guest loser.
posted by elgoose
on Feb 16, 2003 -
savemartha.com Everyone who wants to show support for Martha should bake a cake on August 3rd and give it to someone important to them--an old friend, a new neighbor, or someone in need. It's a great way to reach out and show you care, and a great way to spread goodness to both friends and strangers alike--which is what Save Martha! is ultimately all about.
posted by machaus
on Jul 23, 2002 -
"I wanted to be a mother who bakes.
But then I found out it's illegal." While I can understand being afraid of a Hepatitis or E. Coli outbreak, I can't help but think this is simply another example of a school district of applying really stupid rules to a situation.
posted by ookamaka
on Jan 1, 2001 -
Personal Rant: Nationsbank (now Bank Of America) sucks. More inside.
posted by baylink
on May 5, 2000 -