Category Archives: Tengrain’s Little Cooking School

Books for Cooks

Last year I waited too long to give out my list and I sure heard about it (oh, boy! did I!) so here’s the 2015 list with time to spare, so go out and get one as a gift for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Countdown, Cont.

So if you’re playing along with me at home… The turkey is in the brine already, the stock for the gravy is made and today you probably made the very plain cornbread that will become the basis of your not … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Countdown

I’m sure you are all tired of my tips every year, but I’ll say it again: if you plan to brine your turkey, you need to start right away, probably today. Wednesday night, take it out of the brine, rinse … Continue reading

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And now, dessert

I stopped making pâte à choux a while ago because I hate working with pastry bags (and cleaning them afterwards), and so watching her make these éclairs so simply just knocked me over. I have not idea why I didn’t … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Prep

While I wait for my stuff to arrive from California, I’m contemplating Thanksgiving in a new home. It just sort of begs for something special to mark the occasion. I’m not a fan of turkey, which I know means that … Continue reading

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Bon Appetit!

I believe several Scissorheads have professed their undying love to Mary (full disclosure: I know her, have taken classes from her, adore her) following her epic video Just put the F****in’ turkey in the oven, and so here is her … Continue reading

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Tengrain’s Little Cooking School: soft dinner rolls

A while ago our friend and un-indicted co-conspirator GRS was looking for a recipe for making a soft bread for his daughter (who, like most daughters totally owns her daddy), and I tried and failed to come up with a … Continue reading

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The Oregon Spruce Goose Cocktail

OK, it is not spruce, but a fir-tree based drink, but let me elaborate. Some of you may remember that I periodically wander up to the Pacific Northwest, and that last year I was in Portland Oregon, and you may … Continue reading

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My birthday cake!

My Mother used to drive to SF to Union Square to buy one of these cakes for my birthday when I was growing up. There is nothing better. Nothing. I’ve been looking for this recipe for much of my adult … Continue reading

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Making Schweddy Balls

OK, I’ve been busy. Tonight is the big annual cookie party in the neighborhood. The idea is that everyone shows up with a tray of home-made cookies, and then everyone leaves with a tray of assorted home-made cookies. It seems … Continue reading

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