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On another note, another, more distant, neighbor gave us a plate of baked goods today, including some excellent pressed cookies decorated with red and green sugar (vanilla spritz, I believe)
For the recipients who got the "large" cookie package (i.e., 18 shortbreads, 18 oatmeal, and 12 Innsbruck Dream Bars), I used the large Berry Plastics food-gift buckets with handles from The Container Store (7" high, 8 1/2" lid diameter, at $1.99 each); they were a bit cheaper than the squat ones shaped like traditional cookie tins, and had better looking color/decoration schemes. The one that went in the mail needed a couple square feet of large bubble wrap for a snug...
How about good old McCormick liquid food coloring on cotton swabs and/or small paintbrushes?
Hmm. Somebody recently mentioned silver dragees on another disco dust thread, and wow, speak of the devil, and you hear his horns: I just now noticed that at least two cookies on the plate were decorated in the little once-considered-edible ball bearings. On a more favorable note, there was at least one specimen of a chocolate mint confection that, I'm told, was quite good, evidently comparable in quality to what I baked this year. (I'll take that individual's word on...
Earlier today, I did a Google search on disco dust. Found a tutorial on putting it on cookies. With a note from the original author, explaining that in the years since she'd first posted the tutorial, she'd found out that (not her words) disco dust is not "good eats."
Yes, and I try to avoid looking gift equines in the masticatory orifice.
And assuming the neighbor in question isn't herself on Cake Central, and that she hasn't seen this thread, and already recognized my name on it, what's the most tactful way to point out that disco dust, while "non toxic," hardly qualifies as "good eats"?
Not entirely sure it's disco dust, but it looks too sparkly to be anything I'd want to put in my mouth.   Neighbor down the street gave me a plate of baked goods for Christmas. Planning on reciprocating sometime before Epiphany (remember: think liturgically, not commercially, because liturgically speaking, it's still Christmas until Epiphany). In general, the ones I tasted weren't bad, but neither were they as good as what I bake. One of them appears to be some sort of...
My mother's famous shortbread recipe: 50/50 mix of butter and margarine, sugar, a bit of salt, and flour. And no, I'm not publishing the amounts. I will say that for shortbreads, or any other recipe that produces a fragile or friable cookie, a cutter that's 1 to 1 1/2" wide and 2 to 3" long is ideal: it keeps the crumbs in your mouth, instead of on the floor.
I looked at the thread title. Initially thought it referred to a cake in the shape of a vehicular IED.   So the Irish Car Bomb is a drink. One that curdles if not consumed quickly. Not sure whether I find the name or the concept more utterly dreadful.
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