Bacon Takedown!!!

September 12th, 2010

The Results are in… for the Bacon Takedown… First things first, I didn’t win but I had an excellent time!

It was fun to finally put my culinary skills to the test… I made popcorn with cinnamon-chili candied bacon and Bacon Empanadas with pear-swiss-thyme-bacon filling… They were very well received… I ran out in less than an hour…

There were so many other delicious bacon things… My personal favorites: Rafael’s Bacon Greyere English Muffins, Grok’s Science Show (Elise and Caitlyn)’s Bacon, Asiago and Onion Quiche, and McMahon’s Maple Bacon Caramel Corn.

Overall, I had a great day… although I’d rather not see bacon for awhile now… But I definitely would like to continue competing…

Stay tuned recipes coming… I’m still cleaning up bacon grease…

Disclaimer: As a sponsor of the competition, Hormel gave me the bacon for free.

Bakefest 2010: The Afternoon

September 5th, 2010

And the baking continues…

Sourdough Bread with Thyme smothered in marinated goat cheese and chimichurri


Project Pastry Queen: Jailhouse Potato Cinnamon Rolls

September 5th, 2010

Today is going to be fun!  It is my mother’s birthday!  and my friend, Aaron’s!  Happy Birthday!

Aaron wanted to bake all day!  So, that is what we are going to do!  We will try to keep you updated on what we are making… honestly, I’m not quite sure yet…

So that we would have something for breakfast I made the Pastry Queen‘s Jailhouse Potato Cinnamon Rolls for my first Pastry Queen Project.  Having only made Chef Mark’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie, I was excited to start baking my way through the cookbook.

Overall, they were good but I was not blown away.  Like many others, I found the dough to be very soft and difficult to work with.  The potatoes retain so much moisture that the dough flops all over the place. I think it may be helpful to use older mashed potatoes, like with gnocchi, so that some of the water will have evaporated. I do not mind if something doesn’t look pretty as long as it tastes good but I was not completely sold on these. I wanted a heavier dough and much more cinnamon.

Make sure you check out Katy’s blog for the recipe and the Project Pastry Queen blogroll to see how others fared.

Also, check back here through out the day to see our bakefest creations!