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Category Archive for 'chef days'

The Simmer Till Done management and advisory board – that would be me – is on a special-projects work break, so please enjoy these posts from the past, especially if they’re new to you. Thanks for visiting – and if you have a repeat request, by all means send it along. Today we review a [...]

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The Gingerbread Jinx

Let’s start by noting that a) I celebrate Hanukkah, and b) I have a hard time saying “no.”  In the baking world, these facts gave me star power every holiday season – I could work late, I could say yes, and most shamefully, I was dying to play Christmas elf.  Could I wrap all the [...]

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I am standing at my in-laws’ dining room table, using a short serrated knife to hack through an apple-almond dessert, and my heavy bracelet keeps slipping down my wrist. I lean in to cut, bracelet whomp. Push it up, falls back down. Up, down, back, clonk. It keeps whacking the pastry and driving me nuts [...]

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Ganache: The Reality Show

I found myself on a local cooking show, wearing white and standing over a bowl, demonstrating how to make ganache. “Ganache is really the mother chocolate,” I was saying to the host, “just this simple mixture, but you can use it hot or cold, as a glaze, a frosting, a filling. In France it’s everything [...]

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I always enjoyed the sight of peaches piled in bowls and paintings. But I never liked to eat them. I thought there was something wrong with me. Everyone else was in love with peaches. It’s possible I never got over the watery fruit cocktail in the school cafeteria.

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