25 April 2011

. . . a cool tool . . .

. . . i had only an hour
to make quick work
of eight pounds of strawberries . . .
{it was the "middle" hour of church. i bet you take a break sometimes, too!}


. . . good thing my gadget savvy friend
gifted me this little helper . . .



. . . this is the strawberry end . . .
{the other end is for scooping seeds out of jalapenos/other peppers.
in other words ~ it's for wimps. we eat the whole thing ~ seeds, veins and all!}


. . . anyway ~ you just pluck the leaves off . . .
. . . then using a twisting motion ~
make strawberry balls . . .
{which sounds like something you better not google}


. . . leaving cute little hollowed out berries . . .

. . . which, when paired with
•slices of costco pound cake,
•kirklands vanilla ice cream, and
•land o' lakes aerosol whipped cream
makes pretty darn good strawberry shortcake . . .
{also ~ one-stop shopping}
. . . good enough that after i served it
to a hungry bunch
of 16- and 17-year-olds last month ~
they requested it again this month . . .

. . . in unrelated culinary frustrations
from easter sunday . . .
. . . the photo on the front of this cookbook
is false advertising . . .


. . . my lion house rolls
look nothing like the picture . . .
. . . help! . . .
. . . why do the tops get all bubbly/wrinkly
when i butter them after baking? . . .

{also ~ why do i feel the need to cram in the extra bits of dough at odd angles?}
. . . all you bread makers ~ please chime in . . .
{re: bubbles/wrinkles ~ not the extra bits of dough}


7 comments:

Janet said...

Rolls on the cover of the Lion House Cookbook = celebs on the cover of magazines. Not reality.

When I make these rolls, I roll the dough out part way until it is nice and smooth, then flip it over and finish rolling it out. That way they look nice when they are all rolled up--no wrinkles. (It only took me about five times to figure that out....) Bet yours were delicious, however, wrinkles, bubbles, and all. I can practically smell 'em. Yum.

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

I think the wrinkles are the bomb - I always butter mine too . I baked 20 dozen on Saturday - no one complains about wrinkly rolls...
I wonder if they don't butter them?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Yours look so great. I love the shiny tops. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. Love this post!

chris+amber said...

The leftover rolls didn't last half a day at my house. Delish! You know how mushrooms are the favorite when served with that delish ranch dip because it is a perfect "spoon" for the dip? Yeah, that'd be the same with the hollowed out strawberries and fruit dip. YUM-O...

cammac said...

Those look delish! I agree with Janet- they may not be real. ;) Although I've heard that they paint them with egg yolks to create shine. Maybe that's just for the magazine pics. Butter wins by far!

The Fletchies said...

If I went to Sunday School, my lessons would never get planned. So no judgement here.

Sassy said...

Mine ALWAYS do that too........I am sure they were deLISH! Everything you do is da bomb baby!