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Old 07-26-2005, 09:15 AM   #11
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Swifty, there's a show called Sweet Dreams that airs on the Food Network at 11:30 EST on Thursday mornings. It's a wonderful show dedicated completely to desserts and sweets. Some of the recipes are a bit advanced, but you can learn a lot about technique, terms, and skills just from watching. I know I did!

As you stock your kitchen, be sure to buy some parchment paper. You can find it in the bags and wraps aisle of your grocery store. Line your cookie sheets or bottoms of cake pans with it and 1--nothing will stick and 2--clean up is a ton easier!

Good luck and always feel free to ask us your questions!!!
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:27 PM   #12
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As for tools or pans etc get a good basic baking book that tells you what you need.Then instead of buying new go to rummage sales,or second hand stores and buy used muffin tins, cake pans,pie pans ,baking sheets,mixing bowls and so on for pennies on the dollar just make sure they are not dented or rusted and in good shape. You would be surprised what you can find in these places.Check out http://preparedpantry.com you can sign up for free baking lessons that they email to you for free.
Also check out the http://kingarthurflour.com I think they have free lessons also.
My best advice is to start small and easy baking recipes before you start the more complicated ones so you can get a good feel for it.
If you know any one that bakes at home ask if you can come and watch when they are baking something Ive never met anyone that bakes or cooks that isn't happy to pass on what they know to someone that really wants to learn.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:09 PM   #13
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I made some Chocolate Chip Blondies today.
It was a bit rustic and I forgot to cool it on a wire rack.
It was pretty fun though and I'm planning to make some cookies next.
Well hey, atleast they didn't taste bad at all!
they were more like chewy choco chip cookies in bar form though...Lol.

School is just around the corner for me so I don't think I'll be trying for that job at the bakery until winter holidays or next summer. We'll have to see how it goes. Meanwhile, I've been doig some simple recipes like my Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan Biscotti.

P.S. Is there any spot on this forum that I can make a thread to act solely as a progress report kind of thingie for others to see and for me to record newthings?
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:55 AM   #14
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Hey Kid, here's my take on the situation...

If you need cookbooks, find a 1/2 price bookstore, or the thrift stores, OR, go to www.thegoodcook.com. You can get your first 4 books for $1 each, and then the standard agreement for 1-2 at the regular price for the first year. They have a couple books I would recommend...Pie & pastry Bible, How to Bake by Nick Malgieri, or PErfect Pastry by him, Bakers Dozen cookbook, which has all types of baked goods, and the Nancy Silverton's Breads from the La Brea Bakery. James Peterson has a couple know-how books on the subject too...
Then, to stock your kitchen, find a kitchen outlet store like Corningware, or, ****, can't remember the other one... They have relatively inexpensive items to stock you up, from utensils to measuring cups, to baking pans.
If you don't have a cookbook, the first one you should purchase is the Betty Crocker's Cookbook. I use it religiously, along w/ the rest of my collection. It has easy recipes for breads and pastries.
Good Luck.
PS, try the NY Times on line too, they publish their Dining & Wine Section on Wednesdays. A good way to indulge and fan your desire for cooking.
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Old 09-28-2005, 11:11 AM   #15
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Hello Swifty welcome to DC!! It is a wonderful place to hang out, teeming with fun, useful informations and nice camaraderie!! I too got into baking rather late, it is sometimes a bit tricky, so until you get a fair experience try to follow the recipe faithfully... take a look at this site which was introduced to me by one of our members here who is quite an expert in baking... it is really packed with helpful infos, I think you will like it...

http://www.baking911.com/

anyways, we welcome any questions from you and are happy to help.... I look forward to see you around often!!
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Old 10-20-2005, 02:13 AM   #16
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Yeah I'm really hoping for that job...I'm not sure though becuase I don't nkow if they will be mislead by my muscular frame and Korean heritage(I live in small town in Canada, my family is the only asian family here).
Hoping for the best.
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Greetings, Swifty, from a fellow Canadian (I'm out on Vancouver Island)!

If you're watching Food Network Canada, you've GOT to watch Anna Olsen in her show "Sugar", she is a baker and Pastry Chef extraordinaire! I've got some great and simple ideas from watching that show.

Enjoy!
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Old 11-01-2005, 07:40 PM   #17
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Cooking and baking books

One suggestion that i would make is if you have one of the larger chain book stores near you, I would go and just look and see what is on the clearance racks. You should probably have a lot of space for storage because you can really get a lot of interesting books cheap this way. $30 and $40 books sell for $5-$15.

I run into book stores just to check the clearance ounce or twice a week when I have the money.

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Old 11-02-2005, 10:13 AM   #18
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One suggestion that i would make is if you have one of the larger chain book stores near you, I would go and just look and see what is on the clearance racks. You should probably have a lot of space for storage because you can really get a lot of interesting books cheap this way. $30 and $40 books sell for $5-$15.

I run into book stores just to check the clearance ounce or twice a week when I have the money.

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Egad this reminds me of my days as a Borders employee... those piles of unruly bargain books!! Nightmare for the employees, but you are right, you can always dig out some great finds at great prices... I hogged my share of them while I was there!!
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Old 01-13-2006, 06:37 PM   #19
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thanks alot for you're help.
I've recently been having alot of success with my recipes.
I've recently made:
Pumpkin butterscotch cookies(cake-like)
Spiced Molasses
Peppermint meringues
white chocolate almond butter cookies
cinnamon phylo twists.
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Old 04-24-2006, 07:21 AM   #20
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I'm new to baking too, i find it easier if you just not worry too much about it. If you know anyone who bakes, go to their place and watch them do it. Dough/batter consistencies can be learnt much faster that way than it is from following cookbooks 100%.
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