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titus2-13
Home Town:
Candia, NH
Member Since:
November 21, 2011
Last Login:
July 17, 2012
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My Greatest Cooking TriumphMy greatest triumph is pie crust, the way my mother used to make it, nice and flaky! The keys to successful crust are: DON'T overhandle!! use King Arthur flour, use iced cold water and blend in CRISCO with the flour mixture to the size of small peas. I always greased the bottom only of my pie plates - this helps produce a really flaky bottom crust that browns nicely. Before you add the top crust, moisten the edges of the bottom crust with water to help the top crust edges adhere to the bottom crust edges. Don't ever overcook - you will lose the flakiness. Most double-crusted pies take 45 mins. to cook. Take them right out of the oven and don't cover them until they are completely cool. If you cover them when warm, they will sweat and cause the crust to become soggy.
My Biggest Kitchen DisasterWhen I was first married I spent a good part of one day making Mock Lobster Casserole. I have no idea what went wrong but when served it tasted like cardboard! I also made a pumpkin pie once and forgot to add the milk. It was the flattest pie I had ever eaten!
My Food For ThoughtDon't ever cook when you are in a bad mood. The food will suffer. Keep an immaculately clean kitchen and utensils.
My InterestsI love to knit. I have done so for over 30 years. I also like to spin wool on a wheel. Both of these activities are very relaxing for the soul.