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MOTHER SAUCES

Daring Cooks
September 2014

Hello! My name is Jenni and I have been a member of the Daring Kitchen since 2007. I first joined the Daring Kitchen because I loved how each month we learned new recipes from around the world; but we also learned new techniques that were important to being a cook.

If you happen to go to cooking school, glance through a cooking magazine or watch the Food Network, you will find that knowing how to make sauces is vitally important. Sauces have been used in cooking throughout history – from as far back as the Romans who would use sauces to completely disguise the taste of meat (and probably the freshness of the dish). Today, sauces are more refined, but still help to elevate and finish a meal by adding richness, flavor and moisture. Julia Child says in Mastering the Art of French Cooking “ sauces are the splendor and glory of cooking, yet there is nothing serious or mysterious about making them. These are indispensable to the home cook”.

Food Talk

Low Budget, Low Maintenance Food Photography

Written by Hannah of Rise and Shine.
I'll get down to food photography tips and tricks, but first let me rattle on about why I have to think so hard about this subject, if you will. I'm not exactly poor and lazy (maybe a little of each) but I surely don't have a lot of money or time to burn. Or space, for that matter. I live in a small house so my "studio" is a little corner of the basement between the camping gear and the litter boxes. Another little hindrance of mine is location. For much of a Duluth winter, the sun shines only after I leave for work and sets before I get home. Shooting in natural light isn't always an option for me. On top of all of this, I have a pretty fierce streak of perfectionism that keeps me from letting things be. A very good example being my participation in the Daring Bakers club. I started a "low-key" blog with the intent of it being specifically for posting my DB challenge results and I didn't even own a camera.

Product Reviews

Kelapo Extra Virgin Oil

This product was tested and reviewed by Julie of One-Wall Kitchen.

Lately, when I catch up on nutrition, health, and food articles, I'm finding that coconut-based products are popping up more and more frequently. I grew up and still enjoy eating fresh coconut, I frequently drink coconut water either straight or in smoothies for its health benefits, and I've been increasingly enticed to try coconut oil, especially because it's become more readily available and affordable. I was excited to receive a jar of Kelapo Extra Virgin Oil.

Cookbook Review

Gourmet French Macarons

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Reviewed by Sandielee of Crumbs of Love
If you thought the french macaron trend was over, think again. You ain't seen nothin' yet!
This creative book will surely get people to see these delicate cookies in a whole new light.

When I was asked to review this book, I had to laugh a little since macarons have never been my forte. I don't know why, but for some reason I have never been able to really get these down. Sometimes they come out (rarely), and sometimes they don't (mostly). Maybe that makes this the perfect book for me. I know for sure that anyone who loves making macarons will go crazy for this book. Author Mindy Cone has raised the bar when it comes to macarons, creating some of the cutest cookies out there. She takes your basic macaron batter and pipes them into every shape you can think of. Going to a baby shower? How about bringing some little yellow “duckies” along. What about that Halloween party? You will find the cutest Frankenstein and bats that will never have you fear this spooky holiday again.