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The test recipe was for Bucatini With Corn Ricotta and Basil. Sounded a little too sweet for my liking at first, but since you make the ricotta yourself, you get to adjust the level of salt in the cheese, so that counteracted things a bit. It was really not bad at all on the first night, but when I went to heat the leftovers up for lunch yesterday, I discovered two things: one, that you have to add a fair amount of milk or water (I suggest milk, this was a dairy-intensive recipe to begin with) to bring it back up to edible temperature without it drying out and getting nasty, and two, bucatini noodles look like very long, comparatively straight versions of the elbow noodles used in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Eating them with a yellow clingy creamy sauce that does not consist of cheddar cheese results in severe disconnect between tongue expectations and tongue results.

It's not bad overall, but this is definitely something to be eaten completely on the first night.
camwyn: A white KitchenAid stand mixer with flame decals on it. FOR GREAT AWESOME. (kitchenaid)
A thing I have observed, which I will continue to keep an eye open for, since it is about Science and therefore requires Data Points to confirm:

If a course or a cookbook or something else of that nature says it is about Science and Cooking both, and if the cuisine involved is at all European-based, it will require you, at some point, to make ricotta cheese.

Possibly paneer. But most likely, ricotta cheese.


(Guess who got a test recipe from the folks at America's Test Kitchen this weekend.)
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Chalk another one up to the list of 'candies I have made largely to find out exactly what the hell they were'. granted, up until now the list has consisted entirely of Turkish Delight, but as of last night I've made pralines.

They turned out quite nice. There are worse things in this world than having the skills to be a successful confectioner.
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courtesy of [personal profile] genarti: December 4: food(s) you've never had (or made) but really want to or are really interested in?

Okay, well, let's see... )

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