December 13, 2004
"Cooking" With My Sisters
As in, I hang out with them and they tell me to "sprinkle the sugar" or "I need two tablespoons of butter" or "If you keep eating those you won't have enough to give out to people." My sisters are so much more at ease with cooking than I am. Then again, our parents had them doing prep work and helping out in the kitchen since they were younger. What was I doing? I probably hid out with my nose in a book.
Over the weekend we made a variety of treats to be packaged up as food gifts for friends and coworkers. Peppermint bark, chocolate truffles, candied nuts, and pumpkin rolls. We met at one sister's apartment. We were pretty ambitious for starting late in the day, but it was nice to hang out and actually enjoy each other's company.
Everything but the pumpkin rolls turned out well. You really have to work on them one at a time. You really need to use regular cream chesse, not the fat-free. You really have to spray the sheet pan with Pam really, really well. Oh, and it helps to not let the cake burn either. The rolls were still quite tasty - they just weren't good enough to give out as gifts. Guess who got to take home four rolls? Whether a certain someone deliberately jeopardized the cooking process in order to get some baked goods of her own, we'll never know.
Besides, the coworkers will still get their candied nuts.