Thursday, January 09, 2014

There's many a slip

cottage cheese factory
As I was reading the Cowgirl Creamery Cooks recipe for cottage cheese dumplings in parmesan broth yesterday afternoon I thought, “I sure hope these don't turn out to be fragile dumplings that disintegrate when you slide them into simmering broth.”

As I was mixing the batter for cottage cheese dumplings a few hours later I thought, “This sure looks damp, like it’s going to make fragile dumplings that disintegrate when you slide them into simmering broth.”

Not long after that I watched a fragile test dumpling disintegrate in simmering broth.

So I took a big scoop of flour and mixed it into the wet dumpling batter to made stiff dumplings that held together in simmering broth and we ate a soup that was, to quote Mark, “Pretty unsatisfying and insipid.”

As cooked by me from the Cowgirls' book the dish flopped, but I should point out that it is much adored by patrons of their Sidekick cafe

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  1. Well, at least you knew that unsatisfying and insipid were coming from the get go. I think it's worse to make something and disagree about it than to agree, even when you're agreeing that it isn't great.

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    1. Do you really think so? I think I'd rather love something and disagree. Although it is nice to occasionally be on the same page. Best of all, of course, is when everyone loves something.

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  2. Wow, Adah, that was pretty profound. I'll have to think about that Zen advice.

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  3. I had a similar experience with April Bloomfield's gnudi recipe this evening. I babied the things for three days and ended up with cheese porridge. Such a disappointment.

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    1. That has happened to me so many times I can now see it coming a mile away. Why does it happen so often? What is the key to dumplings that hold together?

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    2. Cheffie magic? Hank Shaw posted his own take on the gnudi recipe but I am out of ricotta so it will have to wait.

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  4. Dear Jennifer, I haven't been online for a while due to computer problems. BUt when i came i went to your site and there where so many articles to read. THanks. Made me laugh so much I love your style of writing. Reareading make the bread buy the butter again do you plan to publish a new book soon?

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    1. A new book, I don't know . . . I think about it, but don't have a really great concept at the moment. Thank you very much for your kind words.

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