Friday, January 14, 2011

Testing, testing, 123

Recipe testing was in full swing today.  I made carrot cake late last week, and today I grilled it, made brown butter bourbon ice cream and brown butter bourbon caramel to go along with it, and brought it to the Barn for everyone to taste.  Too much fat in the ice cream was the consensus, which is easy to remedy, but everything else was yummy.
  Then, it was on to banana pudding with peanut butter cookies, classic Southern with an Elvis twist.  The picture would have been much better shot eye-level with the glass, because I lined banana slices up against the side, but I'd say it doesn't look bad as it is.  It tasted amazing!
  I started the almond torte that will be topped with Lavender-Sheep's Cheese Cheesecake, but ran out of time.  It's not just the baking and cooking that takes time.  It probably takes me longer to type the recipes and then answer the cookbook writer's questions about each one than the actual production.  It's fun, though, and a nice break.
  Melanie's working on lemon marmalade and mushroom ketchup this week while I test recipes.  The hotel is pretty empty, as it is every January, so guests are not knocking on the windows the way they do other months.  We've settled in to a nice, slow rhythm, which will be shot all to bits next week when the 3000 pounds of peanuts arrive.  Woo-hoo!  2800 more jars of peanut butter!
  The warps and skeins of weft are all wound, washed and dried for tomorrow's Tuesday Weaver/Clinch Valley Guild meeting!  I had to shut them up in the loominaria to keep small paws out of them, and they are ready to go, unmolested.  I'll be baking some bread for the potluck, and am excited to see everyone.  I wonder what colors I'll use?

5 comments:

LA said...

Banana puddin' with peanut butter cookies??? YUM!!!! I'm drooling all over the computer! I'm glad you reminded me about my warps...they're hanging to dry in the laundry room...see you in the morning!

Tina J said...

How do you come up with the flavor combinations? I never would have thought of the peanut butter cookie combined with the banana pudding, but it is mouth watering!

Maggie said...

Elvis did it first, little lady! Thankyouverymuch...

Theresa said...

Oh my Lemon marmalade. How wonderful. I have some lemon and pear in the fridge right now. Could eat it by the spoon full. Now Mushroom ketchup....I'm not to sure on this one, but those warps look full of possibilities!

Sharon said...

You make me wish I had a sweet tooth! I'll answer your question here - I do love my double-treadle Lendrum. I owned a couple other wheels before settling on this one. I think it has all the whorls you would ever ask for in spinning, but I can only speak from my own experience.