The Stress Reliever

Baking Makes Me Happy…

 

Came across this article yesterday, Feeling Stressed?  Baking Can Make It Better., and I felt it was definitely worth a share.  I was already a firm believer that baking makes one happy (as evidenced by my photo with caption and tags from two years ago…) at least for me personally, so, it’s interesting to see that scientists in the UK did a study on the subject.  

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Mississippians Love Food

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Came across this Only in your State mini article today; 10 Things Mississippians Can’t Help But Be Picky About, and I couldn’t help but share it here because nine out of the ten things are all about food.

While I can’t personally agree with everything on the list, it is certainly true that Mississippians are really big on food.  It doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving, a wedding, a funeral, or a Tuesday;  Mississippians love food.  And while this list doesn’t encompass everything when talking about food and Mississippians, it is a rather good list to be getting on with.

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Edible Book Festival

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The Edible Book Festival is something that has been going on since about 2000 all over the world.  Entrants create works of art, using food, to depict a book; with many of them being very punny indeed!  Our local university’s library has been participating in this event for just a few years, however, it was only two days ago that I even first heard of it.

The event took place yesterday morning at 10 am.  That is extremely early for me.  I had wanted to go and see this, but wasn’t going to set an alarm.  Turns out I didn’t need to, as I woke up fifty minutes before it started, so figured I’d go.  I also took my dad along since he’s an early rises and enjoys reading and food.

I also took some photos.

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Chocolate Sugar Crystal Geodes

A friend of my tipped me off to this and it’s absolutely incredible!  Students, Abby Wilcox and Alex Yeatts, of the Culinary Institute of America created gigantic chocolate sugar geodes with coloured sugar crystals, or rock candy inside.

I definitely won’t be attempting this as it took them 5  – 6 months of diligent work for this to happen.  But it is really amazing that they wanted to attempt this, followed through with the experiment not sure how it would turn out, and the results are truly spectacular.

Happy Watching!

I know the video starts off by giving all of the credits to Yeatts, but in the comments here, one is informed that it was a project which was conceived of and executed equally by both Wilcox and Yeatts; just so you are aware of the apparent discrepancy between my little write-up and that of the video.

Chocolate Lace Sandwich Cookies

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Sometimes I get free subscriptions to various magazines; which while I do look at (some of) the content, I get them mainly for use in collages and to see the recipes.  I actually paid for a subscription to Sunset magazine as part of a school drive to help a friends son.  I may not be in the west, but it was nice to have recipes that aren’t the everyday of what’s shared by southern people or contained within the pages of magazines written for us.

I love chocolate lace cookies, so when I saw them in the December 2015 issue of Sunset Magazine, I promptly ripped it out and added it to my recipes binder, absolutely intending to make them.  It took a little over a year, but I did it.  They weren’t difficult, but they were a tiny bit tricky.

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A Well Stocked Kitchen: Soups

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Homemade Chili

To someone who is unfamiliar with cookery, the sheer amount of information can make ones head swim!  There’s always room for tweaking to personal preference, but when I started expanding my knowledge I was utterly befuddled by all the tools and gadgets and the myriad of spices the world has to offer.

There’s a lot of stuff out there; a lot of really cool things and a lot of things you really don’t need.  So, for basic cookery I’ve put together lists, divided by sections, on the handy items to have around.  If you decide to delve further into specific foods obviously you can expand your kitchen, but for now this’ll do ya just fine.

Soups encompass quite a bit of territory on its own; soups, chili’s, stocks, broths, bases and roux’s, stews, and gumbo.  You might not currently make these things, but they are good territory to ease yourself into, if you’re wishing to expand your cookery.  This post will tell you what you need to accomplish this.

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Frying Bacon

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I was frying up some bacon today to make a lovely bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich and figured I would show y’all my preferred method of bacon making.  Ha!  Bacon making is funny to say.  Anywho…

You might prefer to nuke yours in the microwave.  I, however, do not own a microwave.  I did, but not anymore; and really frying up bacon always tasted better to me than the microwaved version.  So, let’s talk about the love of bacon, as well as bacon grease and the wonderfully lovely things you can use it for!

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