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Old 09-24-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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OK. So I've go pies, cakes, custards, roasts, bbq, veggies, pastas, things made with eggs, many pastries, etc. down. I need my next big challenge. I've even made an entire meal using oats of various types. I'm looking for you to give me somehting to challenge my skills. The only requirements are that it has to be something reasonably priced, has to use commonly available ingredients, and has to be something extraordinary. Oh, and it shouldn't take three days worth of preperation. I don't want to spend a day making something like demi-glace.

So come on. Challenge me. Let's see if I'm up to it. Oh, and no challenging me to stop making typos :-)

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Old 09-24-2007, 06:47 PM   #2
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:25 PM   #3
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Divinity...pure heaven. I've never found it difficult to make. The only thing that causes challenges with it is nasty old Mr. Humidity. That can cause you to crash and burn.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:48 PM   #4
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About new things to try. Have you taken an area of the world and mastered at least two multi course meals from the cuisine? As authentic as you can make them naturally. That works for me. :) A chinese banquet - short course - of about eight courses would not be bad. The full course deal is about 13 if I remember correctly.
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OK - a challenge - mmmmmmm........... What about a Carl Sagan apple pie? Oh......wait......that would take longer than you want

ok - how about homemade mozzarella cheese and then roll it out and make a pinwheel with prosciutto, pesto, and sundried tomatoes? Maybe even a pine nut or two?

...or homemade ricotta?
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
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How about using a sesonal ingredient?

Pumpkin or squash

Cranberries

Pasta is inexpensive.

Just a few thoughts.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:25 PM   #7
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OK - a challenge - mmmmmmm........... What about a Carl Sagan apple pie? Oh......wait......that would take longer than you want

ok - how about homemade mozzarella cheese and then roll it out and make a pinwheel with prosciutto, pesto, and sundried tomatoes? Maybe even a pine nut or two?

...or homemade ricotta?
Ok. Cheese requires special cultures and equipment to do it right. You have to have a place to store it while it ripens. You have to be able to control both temperature (not too hard) and humididty. I will ahve to do some checking, but I don't know if homemade mozzarella is possible. Besides, I don't have any water buffalo around to milk.

Some of the other ideas are interesting though. The Chines Short Course is especially intriguing as I do enjoy good Chinese food.

I've also never tried to make either divinity or nougat. That might be a good place to start as well.

Squashes and pumpkins I am very familiar with. But I'm sure I could come up with something new from them.

I am still leaning toward the regional cooking theme. Of course success would depend on ingredient availability. Definitely some good ideas here. Keep 'em coming.

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Candy in general... caramel, marshmallow, toffees, brittles etc.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:39 AM   #9
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But NOT mozzarella and ricotta.....they are fairly easy to make at home. Rennet is needed for the mozzarella - some make mozzarella just by boiling cheese curds and kneading them together with heat-proof gloves, once it comes together you switch it to an ice bath. Ricotta is even easier than that.

Yea, bufalo just HATE to be milked too!!!!!!!
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Yea, bufalo just HATE to be milked too!!!!!!!
Elf, that sounds like the voice of experience speaking!
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