Thursday, December 3, 2009

Helpful Tips from Experts

Tuesday evening I attended the Les Dames d'Escoffier holiday party. Everyone was asked to share a special memory or helpful tip. I felt like I should be taking notes because there was a lot of great info shared.

Here are some of the things I remember:

Almost everything is helped with Tabasco or a little grated nutmeg. Use cayenne pepper if you don't want to add the vinegar that's in Tabasco.

Himalayan salt blocks add a unique taste to cooked foods.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil to preserve freshness (I'm going to try this for sure.)

Store fresh herbs with the stems in water and cover loosely with plastic to keep fresh longer.

The new whisks that contain straight wires with balls on the ends are fabulous.

And here's today's baking tip.

4. Many professionals prefer bleached all-purpose flour for cookies because they think it makes cookies are more tender. Some recipes that contain cornstarch or cake flour produce very delicate cookies. Whole wheat flour adds a certain nutty flavor but also makes cookies a little drier so substitute it for small amounts of all-purpose flour.

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