Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).

Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's the Easter Bunny...

For the first time in (oh, really, I can't even remember when) the weather on this Easter Sunday is bee-you-tee-ful! The entire weekend has been the stuff of legend.

To update you, the angel food cake last week - never happened. Well, let me fill you in...

I did bake a second one. Egg whites whipped perfectly (at least I'm pretty sure they were - they looked just like the picture), but again, the cake fell out of the pan and onto the wine bottle I had set it over. So, no angel food cake. Thank goodness for frozen pies - and they were delicious.

This week it's meringue nests with Peeps chicks and jelly bean eggs. All sugar, all the time.

It's clear from Mr. Hinkelgruber's menu, he's been sucked into the belief that summer is fast approaching. I'll remind him and everyone else: April's coming and there's a reason for "April showers bring May flowers!" You know the rain's a-coming.

Oh, and no April Foolin' - April 1 is the start of baseball season! WOOHOO! Batter up!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring screams, "Angel food cake!"

I've made angel food cakes before - not as light as what you see in stores, but passable, so I decided the weather was so gorgeous (and, I had a dozen egg whites left over from some desserts I had made for a dinner party we went to) that an angel food cake was in order. This time I learned some things:

  • Stiffly beaten egg whites are beautiful in the mixing bowl and make for a lovely presentation at first in the oven, but...
    • fall after 30-minutes
      • fall further after an additional 30-minutes
  • Those folks that tell you, "turn the baked cake, in its pan, over a narrow necked bottle - don't worry, it won't fall out," are lying. Not only did my cake fall out, it glued itself to the counter top pretty solidly. Well, to be honest, I've never had one fall out before, so I'm chalking this one up to the over beaten eggs, also. 
  • Oh, and then it falls even more and is soggy, soggy, soggy. (6-1/2 inches to 1-1/2 inches in just under 90 minutes!)
The lesson? Don't over beat the egg whites! Soft peaks, means soft peaks - no matter how beautiful a stiff peak is! Make meringues if you want to stiffly beat egg whites!

But, not to be defeated, another angel food cake is in the oven, seemingly baking just fine. Fingers crossed. 

This week, I'll be making a second attempt at madeleine cookies. That's one of the recipes for my online baking group. I made a batch Thursday, and was not impressed, so have to try again. Will fill the 'madeleine forms' less full and bake them fewer minutes - we'll see if I'm happier with the fact I spent the money on the pans. 

Menu looks like Mr. Hinkelgruber went old school this week and there's nothing wrong with that!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

As promised...

There's only one thing I don't like about the weather getting better...I feel guilty staying indoors in front of the television. Lucky for me, today was not one of those days!

Trashy rom-com movies, Harry Potter, and past episodes of formulaic television police dramas - what could be better? Oh, and I got to knit all day long, too!

Finally, Happy St. Paddy's Day! Don't forget to wear your green!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Apparently, it's been a while...

So, I've neglected the family blog...I'll try to do better in the coming weeks. (Oh, as a special treat, you'll get one today...and tomorrow!)

The Cubs played a spring training game today - and both split squads won...WOOHOO! And, they play again tomorrow!

Spring's coming, the daffodils are daffing and the weather's getting better and better!