OSI: Carol of Mix, mix…stir, stir

Today we are going to learn all about Carol.

Carol picked out today’s Perfect Party Cake.

She  and her husband David “develop products that solve common culinary problems for everyday cooks”.

Lets find out more about Carol.

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When did you start baking?

It started young. In the 4th grade I used to bring home the Fanny Farmer’s Cook Book from my school library over and over. I would flip through the pages looking for anything I could make from the ingredients we already had in the house and recall making custard, probably because I was able to find sugar, milk, and eggs.


What is your favorite kitchen tool?

The spice containers I designed that will finally be on the market next month. I have a thing for kitchen tools that work really well and the fact that I couldn’t find a good storage solution for spices was so frustrating that I left my career and jumped into this new venture to create my dream storage containers. Building this company while watching the economy crumble; now that’s an entrepreneurial adventure!

My Kitchen Aid mixer is probably used more than any other piece of equipment in my kitchen. My Cuisinart is 22 years old, going strong, and still has 3 years left on the warrantee! For hand tools: 8″ Shun Chef’s knife, Microplane grater, Mario Batali wooden flat end spoon.


Which TWD blog is your favorite?

I enjoy reading as many different blogs as I can to see what this creative and talented group is up to. With that said, there is one that I especially look forward to reading because her clever brevity never ceases to amaze me. Case and point, for her recipe pick she posts a clever limerick, end of story. If you haven’t checked out Tommi at Brown Interior you should.


What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

Double Crusted Blueberry Pie. I think I only shared one piece, the rest was my pie!


What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Tartest Lemon tart. That just didn’t go well for me.


Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake!




If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Paris! Oh, maybe Hong Kong.


If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

I am doing it by starting TableFare. Now how do I get the “won’t fail” and “money is no object” parts?


If you could have a super power, which one would it be, and why?

Fly. I could get so much more done and it would be a blast.



What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

Jelly fish and Beef tongue. Not together, that would be gross.


What kitchen tool would you purchase if money were no object?

A wood fired pizza oven.


Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Creative, adventurous, inquisitive.


What spice do you use over and over again?

Coriander. I used to hate this flavor as a kid, now I can’t get enough.

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OSI: Andrea of Andrea In The Kitchen

Today we are learning all about Andrea of Andrea in the kitchen.

Andrea picked out today’s Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise.

She lives in Darwin, Australia, and had 2 adorable boys.

Lets find out more about her.

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1.  When did you start baking?

From about 10.  I had my dad’s copy of the Kids Betty Crocker cookbook from the 50’s.  I still use the butterscotch brownie recipe from that book.  I am teaching my boys (2 and 5) to cook- great fun


2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

My KitchenAid.  I can never go back to hand mixers again!


3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

My fav would have to Steph from Whisk and Spoon- It was through her blog I heard about the TWD group which lead to me getting hubby to bring the book back from the States (still not in bookstores in Darwin).


4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

The Tartest Lemon Tart followed closely by the Dacquoise


5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

The Real Butterscotch Pudding- just not for me.


6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

The chestnut cake, I almost picked that one as this is as close to autumn as we get but decided to go tropical instead.


7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

New York or Paris- enough culinary variety to keep me going for a while in both of those cities.  Would love to go to cooking school in both of these cities but not speaking French yet involves one more step.


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If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

Pastry school followed by Wedding Cake business.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

The ability to make 2 and 5 year olds see reason (and go to bed when told).


10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

Sit down with my pile of cookbooks and read, plan and scheme.  Then break out some of the cutters and sugar work tools that came in the mail recently, and decorate a cake or two!


11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

Chang, which is Nepalese ‘beer’ made with fermented rice and river water.  It is chunky, tastes a lot like off milk, and due to the river water a great way to lose 3 kg overnight!   I piked out so Matthew (good husband) had to finish of my serve and since he obviously liked it so much they gave him another cup.  Good times!


12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

Bring on the deck oven baby!


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Passionate, opinionated, sensitive.  (read, easy to pick on!)


14.  What spice do you use over and over again?

Cinnamon


15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Actress, doesn’t every kid go through that stage?

OSI: Tommi of Brown Interior

Hey TWD’ers.

Today’s OSI is all about Tommi of Brown Interior.

Tommi says of herself on her profile…

I spend most of my time reading, baking and cooking. I spend most of my thoughts on food and what I’m going to do the next day. I live with these two cats whose names are Sancho and Squirrel Cat. The main reason I’ve decided to blog is so that I can have the pleasure of participating in all of the wonderful food related blog events which take place here on the internet. Of course there’s also the self indulgence.


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1.  When did you start baking?

My first disastrous attempts at bread and cake making came about when I was 7 or 8. I was using my only cookbook at the time – the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. After thinking that I just didn’t have the knack for it I gave up for about 10 years. Picked it up again when I turned 18 and had the good sense to buy better cookbooks and really learn a thing or two about what I was doing.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

A whisk. A smaller whisk about 10 inches long. I use it for most of the funnest things I make. Also the tortilla press. And the pasta roller.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Shoot. Don’t make me choose, you’re all so danged entertaining.


4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

Just the other day I was dreaming about the chocolate banded ice cream torte. I used the ‘span’s burnt sugar ice cream. Super, just super.

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

This one time when we were to make the double crusted blueberry pie I was deeply saddened at the fact that I had to buy blueberries because I pined for my blueberry farm days when I had buckets of the things all to myself. I waited until Tuesday morning to finally buy them and then I lied to my coworkers about why I had to go home early (to make the pie). And then when I got home I realized that I had left the blueberries at work. I can’t remember whether I slinked back to work to get them or if I just bought new ones. The pie turned out wonderfully and I ate the hell out of it by myself and loved it so I suppose it wasn’t exactly a dud. But the whole ordeal was a might bit disheartening.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

I went crazy picking one recipe out of my long list of contenders. The next top choice was the apple turnover.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Italy or Mexico. Either trying out the life of a vintner or a vaquera.

8. If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

I’d leave the not failing part up to myself, but if money was no object I’d go to grad school and continue to study botany, then I’d continue to go to school and study library science and archiving. Then I’d sail around the southern part of the world do botanically satisfying things and archiving things. And reading books.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

Microscope vision. This question has spurred so many nerdy fantasies and I’m just going to leave it at that being my choice.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

Wake up, make coffee, squeeze a grapefruit, pet my cats, skip the shower, poach two eggs, eat them, make bread dough, pack a lunch, go picnicking, nap in the woods, go home, play music, read, watch a Clint Eastwood film, fall briefly in love with Clint Eastwood, take20a long time making dinner, eat dinner, drink wine, eat dessert, drink whiskey, read, go to sleep.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

Gee, I don’t know. I roasted and ate a banana slug once.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

A big, bitchen espresso machine. I’m pretty sure that could be a valid kitchen tool.


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

resourceful, slick, mischievous (refer to number 11 – no I didn’t)


14.  What spice do you use over and over again?

Cumin.

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an artist, a veterinarian, a chef and a librarian.

OSI: Jessica from My Baking Heart

Hi fellow TWD’ers.

Today we are going to learn all about Jessica from My Baking Heart.

Jessica picked today’s Parisian Apple Tartlets.

I just loved these tartlets.

Thanks so much for picking this week.


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1.  When did you start baking?
I helped my mom off and on when I was younger, but I didn’t really become obsessed with it until about 2 years ago. Yes, I said obsessed.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Bertha, my Ice Blue KASM. She and I have been through a lot…
3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
I have hundreds of favorites, and I absolutely love the photos on a few specific blogs, but I don’t want to hurt any feelings. I’ll just say that ‘My Baking Heart’ is my favorite… :)

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
The Pumpkin Muffins & the Granola Grabbers. Fall is my absolute favorite season and these two recipes made Autumn ’08 even better!
5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Oh, my… the Two-fer Pie and the French Pear Tart. The Two-fer Pie wouldn’t even come out of the pie plate and the tart crust burned to a crisp, resulting in a very ugly little tart. :(

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
The Cranberry-Lime Galette… I went back and forth between this and the Apple Tartlet!!

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I’d move back to Fort Worth in a heartbeat. Or Santa Fe… I love it out there.
8. If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
I’d open my own wedding/event planning business or enroll at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
Mind reading… so that I could know what everyone’s thinking about me when my back’s turned. :)
10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d definitely get a massage, first thing. Maybe a little retail therapy (preferably antique shopping) with a Decaf Americano. Then I’d grab a good book and head out to the lake to read.
11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Sehk-wee-bvee (Sec-wee-vee)… a Native American dish which consists of cow or buffalo intestines stuffed with meat. And no, even though I’m 3/8 Comanche, I didn’t like it.
12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
A 21st century oven… preferably a double, with a warming drawer.
13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Thoughtful, silly & devoted.
14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Cinnamon. Om nom nom.

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An athletic trainer for the Texas Rangers… and I came close, but only got as far as the Advertising Department!


OSI: Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Hey fellow Tuesday With Dorriers.

Today were going to find out more about Tracy.

Tracey chose the delightful Cinnamon Squares.

Thanks Tracey for such a great pick.

Enjoy her gorgeous photography, she is great.


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1.  When did you start baking?
I probably helped my mom or grandmother in the kitchen occasionally growing up, but I didn’t really start baking until I bought a house 2 years ago.  Having more space finally enabled me to unpack the kitchen-related wedding gifts and start using them!

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
It’s so hard to pick just one but I’d probably have to say my KA mixer.  I really can’t imagine baking anywhere near as much as I do without one.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
One look at my Google Reader and you’d see I have a lot of favorites!  I really enjoy the blogs that are humorous or have witty commentary.      That said, I think all of the TWD bakers are pretty fantastic!

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
Tough call – probably either the devil’s food white out cake or the chocolate malted whopper drops.  Loved both of them, though the chocolate malted whopper drops were a huge surprise as I didn’t expect to enjoy them like I did.

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

I don’t like custards and puddings so those recipes haven’t been my favorites.  No offense to Dorie – they’re just not my thing in general.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
Any of the apple recipes – I adore baked apples.  I was going to say Russian Grandmothers’ Apple Pie-Cake but just saw that it was chosen before I joined the group.  I’ll definitely be making that this fall.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
That’s a difficult question.  There are plenty of places I imagine would be amazing to live for a year but having never visited most of them I can’t say for sure.  I’d want to visit before I commit to a year :)  Right now, a cottage on a white sand beach in the Caribbean overlooking crystal clear blue water sounds good.

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
Hmmmm, I’m going to avoid the obvious “open a bakery” and say I’d love to open a travel agency.  Planning vacations is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I’m always dreaming of the next place I want to visit.  I think it’d be really fun to help other people plan their vacations.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

I’d love to have control over the elements/weather.  I live in New England where we have four distinct seasons and I love all of them but I wish I could control which days would be snowy, rainy, sunny, etc.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d grab a book and head to the beach for the day.  I find it virtually impossible to read these days as I’m always distracted by TV or the internet.  After I left the beach I’d stop at the store, get some fresh, local ingredients and make a fantastic dinner.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

I tried both goat and kangaroo recently.  Those were pretty unusual, I thought.  For the record, I didn’t really enjoy either of them.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

I’d hire someone to wash all of my dishes for the rest of my life!  I despise washing dishes.

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Shy, Playful, Forgetful

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Does vanilla count as a spice?  If not, salt.

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Wow, I have no idea.  I don’t specifically recall anything in particular I really wanted to be when I was a kid.

OSI: Kim of Scrumptious Photography.

Kim picked today’s Chocolate Cream Tart.

Which is totally fabulous by-the-way.

Kim has such lovely photographs.

Let’s learn more about Kim.

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1.  When did you start baking?

I actually didn’t really bake much until I started my blog! I think the only things I had made from scratch before that were a batch of brownies and some banana bread. I am very process-oriented, though (I’m a computer programmer), so I think that translates well to baking.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?


My KitchenAid stand mixer!

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?


The list would be too long to write here! I am still awed at the amount people who are dedicated to TWD and bake every week.

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?


Definitely the creme brulee. Simple and delicious!

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?


I’m going to have to say the scones, not because it’s a bad recipe, just because of my own tastes.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?


Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia :) That was my 2nd choice.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?


Italy! Specifially, Tuscany. I spent three months in Siena during college, and it was amazing.

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?


I would be a professional photographer ;) I am actually shooting a wedding this summer and I would really love to get into that business.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?


There are so many awesome ones to pick from… but I’m going to have to go with a classic: I want to be able to fly.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

I would probably sleep in, then bake some brownies and eat them all while watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (shout out to Cathy from Tortefeasor!!)

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?


Beef aspic. I am not a very adventurous eater, but when I was in Siena, I had to eat everything my host mother served. I was really freaked out when she served the beef aspic, because I had never even heard of anything like it before.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?


More space!!!

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.


Fun-loving, dedicated, curious

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?


Vanilla. Does that even count? ;)

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?


I actually did a project about this in 6th grade, and I wanted to be a calligrapher. (I am a terrible calligrapher, hehe.)

OSI: Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle

Today we are learning all about Lauren of East Side Chronicle.

Lauren is a pastry chef, and she grew up in a candy store.   What a childhood!

Lauren picked the Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding.   Thanks Lauren for a great pick.

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1.  When did you start baking?

Always in the kitchen with my mother baking chocolate brownies, marble cake and banana bread and licking the spoon!

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Like many of the TWD bakers, it’s the KitchenAid mixer but a runner-up would have to be my Silpat mats. I have quite a few.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Oh, so many, it’s hard to pick just one. The dedication, creativity, humor, photography. I’m still thinking….I’ll get back to you.



4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

The first one since I joined the group that got me hooked…..The Most Extraordinary French Lemon (Orange) Cream Tart. It’s unlike any other.

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

I’m not sure if it’s the recipe or me. I would like to redo/rethink Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler. It deserves another chance.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

Just because, Tiramisu. It’s a classic and I would like to see how we could push the envelope on this one.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Italy, probably Sicily. Cooking teacher Giuliano Bugialli has inspired me with his classes and techniques and philosophy about food. I love the simplicity and freshness of Italian food.  It would be an amazing experience. One day!

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

First, to regain my Hulu Hoop title and then launch a food related business.


9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

Make everyone in the world good and refom those that evil. We must maintain hope. Does that count as a superpower?

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

A day at a spa.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

MacDonald’s.  Really.  When I was 10, and on a class trip to Washington D.C., the only food available on the roads was MacDonald’s.  Up until then, mom made home cooked meals and eating a hamburger from this odd place with golden arches, well to me that was strange.  It still is!

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

A professional soft serve ice-cream machine. That would be a treat!


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

I like to think I’m a kind person. Also, I can think outside the box, so I’m creative. Lastly, I have a sense of loyalty.

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?

Salt

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist.  I did go to art school and then professionally, ended up at a corporation for way too many years.  Baking is going back to my roots.  It’s creative and my heritage.

OSI: Holly of Phe/MOM/enon

Today we are going to learn all about Holly.

Holly picked today’s 15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte.

Holly is funny, passionate about her food, and her photographs are fabulous, and I always look forward to reading her blog.

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1.  When did you start baking?

I started baking with my Mom when I was probably 7. I remember making Christmas cookie plates to take to friends and neighbors as probably my first baking memories.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

This is a tough one for me because I have so many favorites. If I had to pick one tool though that I couldn’t live without it would probably have to be my digital scale. My Dad gave it to me for my birthday a couple of years ago and it has been amazing to have.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Well, I would have to say favorites actually. I’m so inspired by everyone who dedicates the time and effort to bake each week and put their experience out there.  I am probably most inspired by our fearless leader who is the genius behind this group, Laurie, for all the time, effort and heart I know she puts into this, and by Dorie herself for always being around to help us all out!

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

This is a really tough one for me.  If I had to choose just one then it would probably be the Lenox Almond Biscotti.  I think I have made that recipe five or six times now.  If I could choose more than one though, I would have to add that the Gooey Chocolate Cakes rock and I crave those often… but refrain from making them too much!

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Oh, me and the French Chocolate Brownies.  We so didn’t get along. It was such a fiasco for me. I don’t blame the recipe though, I think I had major oven temp issues at the time.  I haven’t been able to bring myself to try again though since I bombed on them three times.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

The Chocolate Pecan Pie.  I can’t wait to make that one!

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

I am going to cop out just a little and say Europe. If I had a full year I would have to spend it going all over Europe. France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy.  I couldn’t pick just one, I want to see them all!

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

At the risk of repeating others answers, I would open a little cafe/bakery. I have it all figured out in my mind and know exactly what I want it to be.  Someday I plan to go for it, but probably not until the kidlets are both in school.


9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

I don’t know if it could be considered a superpower or not, but I think I would want the ability to have magic. I think it would be awesome to be like Samantha on Bewitched. How fun would that be?

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

Spa Day.  I would so hook myself up with a perfect spa day.  Relaxing massage, good food, maybe a nap in the afternoon, maybe a little book reading under a tree on a warm day.  Definitely something amazing like that.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

Honestly, nothing too strange. I am a total chicken. I just can’t do it. I am picky and I’m fine with that. Possibly the strangest thing I’ve ever been served was a baked potato with scrambled eggs and tomato soup on top of it though. But I still wouldn’t eat it.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

A huge Wolf stove complete with indoor grill and griddle.  Either that or I would have a brick oven.


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Dreamer, Dork, Sarcastic

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?

Fresh nutmeg.  I love grating fresh nutmeg and sneaking it into stuff. I think that everyone should buy nutmeg nuts and try using it fresh at least once because it is nothing like the pre-ground bottled stuff.


15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Funny enough, I wanted to be a Baker, Restaurant Owner or writer.  I haven’t changed much, but I’m not there quite yet.