Tuesdays With Dorie
When this group started in January, there were only a few friends baking along every week Then it exploded into something gargantuous! (I love that word! Sounds like something from Godzilla!) As bakers told their friends, and they spread the word, the inevitable was bound to happen. Soon, Tuesdays With Dorie had 200 members, with more signing up every week. The founder of the group, Laurie, had to do something.
Tuesdays With Dorie had taken on a life of its own. Last month Laurie announced she was giving all the procrastinators until the end of October to make a decision. Join now, or forever hold your peace. That spurred on plenty of activity, and if you look at the blogroll now, you'll notice a whopping 360 bakers! That means the new bakers won't get to choose a recipe until the year...2013! YIKES! Good thing I got my name in early! My calendar says I'll be the one choosing the recipe around January 6th! WOW! That's only 8 weeks away! What will I choose? Anybody got any suggestions?
Raspberry Walnut Rugelach & Variations
I've never made rugelach before, so this was something completely new. Oh, I've made croissants, puff pastry, turnovers and danish in my past life, so it wasn't totally foreign to me. Same concept, right? It seems most bakers varied and changed the recipe somehow to reflect their own taste buds. Some even made savory rugelach with cheese and meat! That sounded good to me, maybe I'll make those sometime! Mine just have the traditional raspberry filling with nuts. Not too exotic, but they sure were tasty, especially with the coarse decorating sugar on them!
Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours
Thanks to Grace of Piggy’s Cooking Journal for choosing the Rugelach Recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. If you have the book, and you're baking along with us, you can find the recipe on pages 150-151. If not, then click on over to Grace's blog and see what she's done with the recipe.
About the photography--Our son Brad has been staying with us on the boat for a while, and being the good mother that I am, I put him to work! I have an 8 year old camera that I'm getting fed up with. I really need to invest in something better. But it's what I have to work with for the time being. Anyway, after a long day of cooking and baking one day, I handed him the camera and let him work his magic. He didn't disappoint me. The photos he took came out great! So, while I still take the bulk of my own photos, I now have a personal photographer (Brad) taking my pictures. But I only get his help when he's not working at his real job! Thanks Brad!
Special note--Right now, Brad is making a BIG pot of Split Pea Soup for me! The boat smells heavenly! I guess I'll be posting Split Pea Soup real soon. And of course, I'm making him take pictures between chopping celery and cleaning up! Do I have it made, or what? (P.S. Brad is 24 and a single dude, AND very, very handsome - if I do say so myself!)