Gizmos and Gadcets
Self-control while shopping is not my strong suit, but I really need
to ban myself from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I can go absolutely bonkers in
their gadget section, for a start (and the glass dept. and the linen
dept., to name 2 others). Some gadgets are more successful than others
- in fact, some gadgets are a real disappointment, but just like my
attitude on the golf course that there's *got* to be a gizmo that will
help my game, I know that the gizmo I'm admiring at B, B & B is going
to be *hugely* labor saving in the kitchen.
I bought a Silpat baker's mat and rolling pin, which seemed like a
good idea at the time, but I'm now convinced that someone slipped a
hallucinogen into my lunchtime latte. What was wrong with my old cloth
mat and cloth-covered wooden rolling pin? What, I had to actually run
it through the washing machine? Like that's a lot of trouble?? The pie
crust stuck to the Silpat mat like crazy, even though I'd slathered it
with flour, and the Silpat rolling pin was too narrow and too light
for my taste. I dragged out the old pin and mat to finish the job.
Think I'll give the Silpat to one of the kids as a form of child
OTOH, I found an apple corer that is just the bomb. This one is made
by Calphalon, but I'm sure it's out there under other brands. It has a
sliding gizmo that pushes the apple core out and it works a treat.
With my old apple corer, it was sometimes a chore to get the apple
core pushed out b/c it was in there so tight. And I found a handheld
mandoline by OXO that is just slick as can be. My big Matfer mandoline
is more unwieldy to use on quick projects. The OXO is an easy grab in
my junk drawer and is just wide enough to handle potatoes and the
biggest Granny Smith apples.
So, I'm battin' .500 Today the OXO *and* the apple corer came out to
play (good and simple):
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Bavarian Apple Torte
1/2 cup butter; softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour; sifted
1 8 oz. cream cheese; softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg; slightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups apples; thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup nuts; chopped
Preheat oven to 450° F. Cream together butter, 1/3 C. sugar, 1/4 t.
vanilla. Slowly add flour until soft dough forms. Press into 9"x9"
square pan, pushing up sides 1/2". Beat cream cheese and 1/4 C. sugar.
Add egg and vanilla. Beat only until smooth. Pour over crust. Combine
apples, cinnamon and remaining sugar in a large bowl. Mix. Layer
evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle nuts over top.
Bake for 10 mins. Lower heat to 400° F and bake 25 mins. longer. Cool.
Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Contributor: Cece Keith
Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd
"Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch!"
-- W.C. Fields
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