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Around the Internet Kitchen: Cooking for a Crowd

by Nick

Betsy and I have a number of friends from out of town coming to DC this weekend and I don’t believe that any of them are coming for the Glenn Beck Extravaganza. But, turns out, that when the Beckites come to town, they take all the restaurant reservations!

That leaves me cooking for a crowd. Obviously I consider this a bonus because it means I don’t have to change out of my PJs.

The thing that makes this weekend more interesting (and a trend that I’m starting to notice) is that these visitors actually know about Macheesmo. Therefore, they expect me to make really amazing food when they come over.

I’ll do my best to please of course. Usually, when I know I’m cooking more than one meal for the same group, I try to do one surefire winner and one slightly more experimental dish. That way they’ll get at least one good meal and one meal in the life of a food blogger (might be good or might be FAIL-city).

I’ll give you a hint about the experimental dish. It’s a brunch dish. And it involved curry. You’ll see it next week, fail or no fail.

In other news, the new Bon Appétit has some really good stuff in it. Let’s make something!

A few links!

10 Culinary Tools and Tricks – Some of these I knew, but some were new to me. I definitely have never thought of using a PedEgg in the kitchen, but hey… why not? (@ HuffPo)

No Knead Pizza Dough – I’m a big fan of Jim Lahey’s no knead bread and I’ve heard about this pizza dough deal but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I have a pretty solid pizza dough recipe and it would have to be as good and a lot easier for me to switch I think. The verdict is still out. (@ TFIMB)

Canning Tomatoes - I swear the day after I have a pantry, I’m gonna start canning everything I can get my hands on. You watch. (@ The Bitten Word)

Pink Frosting with NO Food Coloring – This is fairly amazing. I didn’t think it was possible to come up with something so pink without using artificial stuff. Mark it down as the one billionth time I’ve been proven wrong. (@ Cupcake Project)

Mermaid Lotion – Of course, if I made this it would be MerMAN lotion, but either way this looks like a fun thing to make. Maybe I’ll expand Macheesmo into the homemade products area… (@ The Hungry Mouse)

Have a good weekend everyone!

Photo by Jeremy Brooks.

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4 comments on “Around the Internet Kitchen: Cooking for a Crowd

  1. A word of caution on the no-knead pizza dough…we've tried it, and the flavor is good, but just like he says in that post, it's super hard to work with! We've switched to a traditional kneaded dough and it's worked much better for us. No-knead bread is indeed awesome, but it seems to work best as just that: bread.

  2. I just got that issue of Bon Appetit! The mushroom meatloaf and mushroom gravy looks delicious.. I might have to try it for some vegetarian biscuits and gravy.

    1. Taco Night with really good tacos and lots of Tex-Mex sides. Pretty much impossible to screw up and feeds a lot of people. :)

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