Mrs. Lane was delighted to find that WETA has a new channel up in the high HD numbers: WETA Create. I have been enjoying the re-runs of Baking with Julia Child, nearly as much as her original series. Another show has also impressed me, America’s Test Kitchen. The premise of the shows I have watched so far seems to be to fix the problems that viewer’s had creating ‘classic’ dishes and testing products and equipment. The segment I watched was Pasta and Tomatoes, reimagined. One recipe “fix” occurs when making Pasta Caprese with local grocery store purchased fresh mozzarella. One can end up with a gooey globs of partially melted mozzarella mess rather than neat individual pieces beautifully blended with pasta and sauce. Problem is, our local grocery store fresh mozarella isn’t really very fresh. The solution was simple, start the sause, start the pasta cooking, then chop and freeze the mozarella for 10 minutes, while the pasta and the sauce cooks. Now that the kitchen is unloaded, Mrs. Lane intends to try this dish this evening and report on the results.
Another segment was on stock pots. Mrs. Lane owns two dutch ovens and one overly tall spaghetti / vegetable steamer / stock pot. In fact, it is very similar to, if not the same as, the Metro pot they tested. I was relieved to learn that they had alternatives to the most expensive stock pot, which was over $300, ouch!, and have located some of the recommended stock pots on amazon. Mrs. Lane is planning to add the Cuisinart stockpot, the $45 -70 winner, to her Christmas Wish List!