Chat Leftovers: Food Processor Bread, Grieving Fare
Arlington Gay Food Fan (aka GAFF): Kim, I finally did it, and it's all your fault. I bought a full-size (10 cup) food processor. Since Saturday, I've made your hummus, a roasted veggie soup (sadly, there can be too much cumin when processed), two pizza crusts, a loaf of Italian bread, and tonight six Italian bread rolls (same recipe, but dough cut into six parts after doubling.) Please give me links to more bread recipes that work well in food processors with a bread blade. I'm especially interested in rye, sour, and Italian recipes.
GAFF, I’ll take the heat any day for your kitchen purchases! Congratulations on your new acquisition; it sounds like you are having a blast. You know, I’ve never done bread in a food processor, but your recent adventure has me curious.
In her blog, dough diva Rose Levy Beranbaum (and author of pastry classics, including “The Pie and Pastry Bible") tweaked her recipe for ricotta bread, with food processor-specific instructions.
The guy who got this food processor dough party started is one Charles Van Over, who consulted with Cuisinart to engineer a dough blade and setting. In 1997, he penned the “The Best Bread Ever: Great Homemade Bread Using your Food Processor,” which sounds like it might be right up your alley.
Check out this video that demonstrates the Van Over method which eliminates the need for activating yeast in advance:
I gotta say, GAFF, I might be followin’ in your dough-y footsteps.
Advice -- food for grieving: We've just had a death in the family. I would like to cook meals for the widow and leave them with her. I was thinking single-serve containers of chicken soup, butternut squash soup, casserole -- homey and easy to eat. Any other suggestions? And should we do a few larger containers for when guests come?
We touched on this a little bit in a What’s Cooking chat earlier this year, and one point many agreed upon is to do a little homework before you start cooking. Talk to the widow and ask her what she might be craving (recognizing, of course, that she may have a temporary loss of appetite) or what she’d love to have stowed in the freezer for later. This way, you’ll avoid preparing something she can’t or won’t eat, and I’m betting the one-on-one face time will be invaluable for you both.
Although single-serve containers may seem logical and practical, it may be a painful reminder that her partner is gone. You might want to consider quart containers, which would last three or four days after being thawed.
Chances are there will be lots of offers of food right now while the grief is fresh, but I’m betting your widow would appreciate this gesture a few months down the road when life quiets down and she needs a culinary pick-me-up. Additional thoughts from those who have been in our friend's shoes?
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