Monthly FRUIT Harvests (General LIST for USA & UK)

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I love the “fruit” seasons for harvesting fresh fruit. Thank goodness for (grocery stores) and the freezer, so “jam, jelly, and pie” seasons can be extended.

However, (local) seasonal fruit always tastes by far the best. For your specific area – i.e.: USA States – look here, but note several links may become broken.Read the rest

Classic Keyboard Signs

Ever wonder what’s the secret ingredient to creating “classic” keyboard signs? Say, you simply want to type “Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.”

For Windows, it’s 350 (Alt+0176) F; for Macs, see below.
(except DON’T type the parentheses NOR the + sign)

Alternately… I just do 350 (Alt+248) F

Type 350 (hold down Alt key – while – typing numbers),
and then type F = 350°F.Read the rest

KitchenAid Mixers: Kneading Tips

Refer to your machine’s manual first, to learn its true flour capacity for wheat flour; it differs from what’s advertised on the box (which usually refers to white flour capacity).

Mixing: Flat Beater…

1. To somewhat reduce the problem of dough climbing is to start with the flat beater and blend in enough flour just until the dough begins to collect.Read the rest

Celebrity Death Match: KA vs. BOSCH

I LOVE reading a blogger, a long time back, who had the most absolute darling pink KitchenAid.
Come on FOLKS! Who wouldn’t love it? 
“It’s pink!”

KitchenAid 5-Qt Artisan Series w/ Pouring Shield – Pink

She blogged a clever, CLEVER REVIEW a while back – I’ve linked before to her actual review, but her blog is now gone.

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Baking Fond Memories…. w/ My “Old Bessie” Bosch

Baking Fond Memories…. 
w/ My “Old Bessie” Bosch

My kids’ friends would faithfully arrive around 4 p.m., every Thursday (like clockwork). They loved the smell of hot steaming loaves (one particular recipe) sure to be coming from the oven just about then; I timed it that way.
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Buttermilk Pie Crust

This has become my go-to recipe. Mix, chill, roll, and learn the secret to baking perfect pie crusts and/or shells.

Buttermilk Pie Crust
Adapted by Sharon Anne
Source: Lion House Pies cookbook

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt (see note below)
1/2 cup Crisco, butter-flavored shortening
2 Tbsp butter, UNSALTED
3/4 cup (to 1 cup) buttermilk

Measure the flour (and salt, if using) into work-bowl, stir.Read the rest