Saturday, October 23, 2010
Autumn Cooking and Getting Stuck
That wasn't always the case.
About six or seven years ago, one of my friends told me about DeMarle at Home. By now most people probably know about Silpats, even if they haven't bought one. At that time I hadn't even heard of them; then my friend began selling DeMarle products--and I fell in love with cooking nutritious meals and cleaning up (in a hurry). DeMarle products are made in France to extremely high standards. Their products are made from silicone and a glass mesh--and have almost nothing in common with the silicone cooking products you may have used or purchased elsewhere. They literally clean up in seconds! Other people make gooey or messy foods in pans that they throw away or soak for hours after cooking. I no longer hesitate to make gooey or messy foods. I do make the concession of using a silpat on a perforated aluminum tray beneath the Flexipans when there's likely to be a spill or bubble-over. The acorn squash above could have been a mess because I had to cut off the very pointy end of one of the squash halves to get it to sit upright--and then before it was done cooking, the buttery, spicy sweetness inside ran all over the bottom of the pan--creating what would have been a caramelized challenge if I hadn't had access to a Flexipan.
(The other cool thing about these pans, a trick I use with the muffin pans, is that they can be turned inside out to make clean up even easier!)
I don't work for the company--but I would if I could manage it!
It's not the only quilt top I'm stuck on. I'm also stuck on a purple/gray/white one for a nephew--it's a prayer quilt.
And I'm guessing that despite how much I need quiltmaking therapy, I'm not likely to get much of it with the really long commute that begins Monday and will be part of my life for the rest of this academic year.
Trying to stay positive--a lot of niceness from fellow staff members at the school I've been at for seven years has been gratefully received in the last week--and I banked it in memories and am going to be drawing on it frequently, I'm sure.