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Soft Ginger Cookies via Instagram

December 16th, 2017 Comments off

Soft Ginger Cookies via Instagram

Soft Ginger Cookie

From our annual cookie party, now in It’s 25th year!

Recipe: Soft Ginger Cookies

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Some of my favorite cookbooks

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Green Gables Lemon Biscuits via Instagram

December 14th, 2017 Comments off

Green Gables Lemon Biscuits via Instagram

Green Gables Lemon Biscuits

From our annual cookie party, now in Its 25th year!

Recipe: Green Gables Lemon Biscuits

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Peanut Butter Cookies via Instagram

December 13th, 2017 Comments off

Labels for our annual cookie party, now in It’s 25th year! via Instagram

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21 KitchenAid Mixer | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2017

December 6th, 2017 Comments off

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21 KitchenAid Mixer | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2017

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While these expensive mixers aren’t necessarily an impulse buy, if you have a dedicated home baker in your life this just might be the best present ever! I have both of these mixers and both are currently installed on my counter turning out the 80 dozen or so cookies I make each year for your annual cookie party. I’ve also used them for bread, cakes, ice cream (with optional attachment) and much more. It is rare I use a hand mixer anymore as these beast do the job much better and much more quickly.

…and they come in a bunch of cool coolers, too! (SMILE) — Douglas


 

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15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 20th, 2017 Comments off

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15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz

15 The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices by Lior Lev Sercarz | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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There comes a time in every cook’s life when you start to move beyond simply following recipes and begin to experiment more and more within those recipes. After that, more advanced cooks will reach for the next level — the graduate level, if you will. It is books like The Spice Companion that become part of your graduate food studies. Instead of dealing in the generalities of a specific cuisine or specific dishes, you go into the details of specific ingredients in your food. You dive deeper into more and more detailed levels of knowledge, so that, at the end, you emerge with a deeper understanding of how those ingredients come together in a recipe. With this deep knowledge, you can begin to create our own unique recipes.

The Spice Companion begins with some extensive and excellent information on the author’s personal spice philosophy, the history and origin of various spices, and how to source, blend and store spices. At its heart, though, The Spice Companion is an amazing reference book for spices of all types. A few random flips through the largest part of the book turned up spices I knew — like cinnamon and cloves — spices I had heard of but never used — like za’atar and wasabi — and spices entirely unknown to me — like Urda chiles and Sansho.

The detailed spice sections are amazing in their depth and include a photo and/or drawing of each spice, a description of its flavor and aroma, it’s geographic origin, its harvest season, which parts of the plant are used — like leaves, stems, seed pods, etc –, and an extensive About section that provides even more information about typical uses and dishes that can be made with the spice.

The author then uses a graphical icon-based system to show which dishes might use this spice, other spices that can be paired with it, recipes for spice blends with this ingredient and finally, a recipe that uses this spice blend. Wow! It is almost overwhelming.

There is so much information to be found within the pages of The Spice Companion. I can foresee reading in a random fashion, jumping from one spice to another, but also then revisiting it later for a full cover-to-cover read to deeply enhance my spice, blends and overall food knowledge. This is a book that should find a place alongside your regular collection of cookbooks to offer more specific information on spices while also giving your great ideas on how recipes might be “dressed up” or enhanced by the use of alternative spices

This is a book that should find a place alongside your regular collection of cookbooks to offer more specific information on spices while also giving your great ideas on how recipes might be “dressed up” or enhanced by the use of alternative spices. It is the equivalent of a writer having a great dictionary or encyclopedia at hand when they work. There are times when you simply NEED to look something up and The Spice Companion would be a great place to turn.

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13 Electric Kettles | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 18th, 2017 Comments off

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13 Electric Kettles

From Douglas…

My wife gave up coffee several years ago. She started using an old stovetop kettle we had and then we had a coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, but after visiting the UK last August, I was reminded again how useful and convenient an electric tea kettle is for morning beverages and several other reasons. Once we returned, I was finally able to convince her to pick one up at the local discount store and I am glad we did. Along with heating water for tea, the kettle is great for jump starting pasta water and other cooking and also for cleaning around the house. I especially love that it has an automatic shut-off, which guarantees we never boil a kettle dry again. 

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Venison Pot Pie, Eureka Cafe, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

November 15th, 2017 Comments off

Our Morning Ritual – Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

November 14th, 2017 Comments off

Our Morning Ritual - Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

Our Morning Ritual – Fluid Espresso, Dunedin, New Zealand

We stopped here each morning during our trip to Dunedin. It was right across the street from our hotel and served up a great flat white. 

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Learn more about coffee with these books

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Steak and Ale Pie, Eureka Cafe, Dunedin, New Zealand via Instagram

November 14th, 2017 Comments off
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