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Silly Lily
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:09 pm  Reply with quote
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aren't they perfect and fun??? AND DELICIOUS. MMMMM.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:18 pm  Reply with quote
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YES! My mom loves them and she says she wants you to come here and cook with us.
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Silly Lily
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:22 pm  Reply with quote
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i would love to!! that would be so so so so fun!!!

i went to the grocery store and they had pork tenderloins on sale so i got some and i'm excited to have medallions with potato gratin and broccoli! everyone i know thinks it's weird how excited i get about food but i love it so much!!! I WANT TO COME COOK WITH YOU AND YOUR MOM RIGHT NOW.


isn't fleur de sel WONDERFUL?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 5:08 pm  Reply with quote
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Silly Lily wrote:
alright, i still have no time but i'm going to try and write out a recipe to the best of my memory and culinary knowledge.

mix about a 1 cup of heavy cream and 5 or 6 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan and bring them to a boil. add a teaspoon of nice salt (i always, always use fleur de sel but any larger salt like kosher salt or sea salt will be fine). let those boil together briefly and meld and then set aside to cool.

boil together 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. then stop stirring and let the mixture boil. swirl the pan but don't stir it. let it boil until it is a light brown, caramelly color.

stir in the cream mixture carefully (it will boil up but it should, don't worry) and simmer it for about 10-15 minutes until it looks done. if you haven't made caramel before then you won't know when that is so ignore that and do it until a candy thermometer measures 248 or 249ish. if you don't have a candy thermometer tell me and i'll give you other ways to know.
pour it into a baking pan and cool it in the fridge for about 2 hours. you want it to set but not be too hard. then cut it into pieces and dip into melted chocolate. i temper my chocolate but it's not necessary. i find the darker the chocolate the more complete the taste is but you do want sugar in it. don't use unsweetened chocolate. sprinkle the tops with more fleur de sel and let them cool until the chocolate hardens. then eat them.

i know that was vague and quick so ask me if you have questions!


okay lady, i want to make these, but i don't have a candy thermometer. how can i know when it's done?

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Silly Lily
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 5:19 pm  Reply with quote
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okay, baby, there are a couple ways!
you want it to be in between the soft ball and the hardball stage (closer to soft if you like buttery, smooth caramel) so the best trick is to take a little in a spoon and drop it into a bit of cold water. it will be cool enough to touch after about 30 seconds so you can see how firm it got and if it's pliable but holds a shape then that's pretty perfect!

or you can just eyeball it and when it looks like caramel does then it's done!
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:19 am  Reply with quote
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This is vaguely on topic, but I think chocolate tastes best when it's with something salty. Like, popcorn and candybars or chocolate dipped pretzels. I wouldn't shy away from sea salt caramels if I had the opportunity to eat one. However, I am very, very lazy when it comes to making candy. I've only ever tried it 3 times in my life and failed miserably each time. I was trying to make Turkish Delight, which is apparently incredibly tricky even for people that don't completely suck at cooking.

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Silly Lily
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 12:31 am  Reply with quote
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lucky for you, fran's makes the best sea salt caramels i've come across!!
metropolitan market and whole foods and pcc also carry her chocolates.

and i agree about salt and chocolate. i put sea salt on my chocolates directly.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:51 am  Reply with quote
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Rad, there's a Metropolitan Market not too far from my house, I'll see if I can get my hands on some.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 11:16 am  Reply with quote
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they're expensive but they're worth every penny.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 3:07 pm  Reply with quote
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Turkish Delight is relatively expensive too, but I don't mind paying for it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 5:13 pm  Reply with quote
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this is the best candy i've ever had. it's like perfect in a tiny, sea salt sprinkled square.
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Kaydria
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 11:19 am  Reply with quote
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So I was at the Metropolitan Market by Seattle Center last night and I couldn't find Fran's anywhere Sad

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 12:05 pm  Reply with quote
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that's because that just turned into a met market. it used to be larry's so they don't have quite the same stock yet. it's too bad you picked the only one that wouldn't have it! often pcc and whole foods have them too. and there is fran's actual store in uvillage too.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 4:27 pm  Reply with quote
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Really? I thought it's been around for at least a year. I think I remember seeing it last year during Folklife or Bumbershoot or something.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:19 pm  Reply with quote
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nope. it was larry's then. it's been met market only for a few months.
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Kaydria
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:44 pm  Reply with quote
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Maybe there's a different Metropolitan Market that I'm thinking of. I remember looking at it and thinking "hey, Lily works at a MM." so I know that what I was looking at was a Metropolitan Market.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 2:29 pm  Reply with quote
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there is one on the top of queen anne ave but that's the only one in that area.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 7:40 pm  Reply with quote
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hmm, I don't know. I'll try the one on Dash Point rd some day soon.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 7:41 pm  Reply with quote
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they're definitely worth taking a trip for.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 8:53 pm  Reply with quote
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okay that MM didn't have them either. I'm losing hope.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 10:06 pm  Reply with quote
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whole foods, pcc or the met market on the top of the hill will all have them for sure.

but i really recommend just going to fran's. it's cute and they have samples.
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