Chew This! Salmon Patties 

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday!!! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I’ll be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

I love salmon – not to mention the many health benefits that go along with it – and my recipe for “Salmon Patties” is a multi-generational recipe that is delicious – quick – flavorful and versatile. Squeeze lemon on the patties at the end for a burst of fresh lemon flavor that pairs well with the salmon or sprinkle on chopped chive at the end and serve alongside macaroni and tomatoes. A recipe sure to please! 

Also in this column is my “Ask and Answer” feature explaining the difference between dry yeast and instant yeast. Several people have written to me wondering the difference – and there is quite a difference! They are in the same “family” but work in totally unique ways. 


Chew This! Salmon Patties

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/neighbors/neighbors_features/article_f576ac98-50a2-5f0e-ab41-a0f95bf82124.html

Enjoy! 

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Dessert Day!

TODAY IS THE DAY!!! My “Blaise the Baker” baked goods will be featured at “The First Annual Henry County Church Chili Cook Off” at the Memorial Wesleyan Church from 5pm-7pm. Tickets are $5 and the proceeds are going to help send their missions group to Belize! Stop by for the chili cook off – bid on my desserts – and have a great time! What kind of desserts will be there!? I’ll be making my Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownie Truffles, Old-Fashioned Vanilla Fudge, Lunch Lady Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Coated Potato Chips, Gooey Butter Cakes and Peanut Butter Pies! Hope to see you all there!!! There will also be an opportunity for you to buy my cookbook! For more information contact Jill or myself!

Blaise

Tea Time! 


It was such an honor to be able to meet one of the most talented and inspirational friends I have – Donna Cronk! A couple days ago Donna and Travis came to Glen Oaks Health Campus and had “tea time” with my Mom, Darla, my Grandma Deloris and I. It was such a fabulous time! 

Read all about it – and my “Dessert Donation” here – 

http://www.donnacronk.com/blog/this-that-and-blaise



(Photo taken by Travis)

Blaise 

Cookbook Corner – Chocolat

“Chocolat” By: Pierre Marcolini

It’s no secret that I LOVE anything and everything chocolate! So – can you imagine my love for this deliciously put together cookbook? 

There are so many recipes in this book I can not possibly list all of them – or even half of them in this blog post! Just trust me when I say that you will want to add this amazing cookbook to your collection if you love chocolate – great sophisticated recipes – and gorgeous photographs. 

There are sections from chocolate known areas of the world like Mexico, Brazil and Java that each include recipes of their own. There are sections in this book that you will want to tear out of the book – only to later frame them on your walls. Not that I’m recommending tearing apart this book – but seriously the photographs are exquisite! 

I love the stories that are told throughout and the “From Bean to Bar” section that is basically like a storyline tracing the cacao tree from birth to finished chocolate bar. I love how it talks about proper cooking techniques – storing techniques and techniques that will make your finished dishes soar above anything you’ve made before. 

Natural Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles – Natural Milk Chocolate – Crisp Milk Chocolate Praline Clusters – Black Sesame Seed Praline – Chocolate Soufflés – Ganache Filled Chocolate Cookies – Candied Lemon Peel Dipped in Chocolate – Soft Chocolate Caramel Candies – Chocolate Pastry Cream – Chocolate Marshmallows – Vanilla Scented Hot Chocolate and Praline Hearts. Those are just some of the interesting – complex and delicious recipes that fill this book. 

I highly recommend this cookbook to the chocolate lover and to the cookbook collector who can not resist a cookbook filled with great stories, recipes and photographs. 

To buy “Chocolat” click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Chocolat-Cocoa-Bean-Chocolate-Bar/dp/0847859282

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Round Two 

Guess what!? My cookbook is OFFICIALLY IN ITS SECOND PRINTING!!! I’m so excited about this and want to say THANK YOU to all of you for your dedication and support! Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought the first printing of my cookbook would have went so fast! It’s only been 6 months since it’s release and my stock has been depleted almost completely. “Blaise the Baker Dessert First” (in its second printing) will be officially available THE FIRST PART OF MAY! I’m still taking orders – and preorders – so GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY by sending $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. Or pay online with PayPal at http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending money. Order 4 or more cookbooks and the shipping and handling is FREE! I’m so excited about this and can’t thank you all enough! Round two! Here we go!!!

Blaise

Cookbook Corner – Gâteaux

“Gâteaux” By: Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq

This book is huge in content – size – photos – recipe and taste! A beautifully laid out book that draws your attention from page one. The photos are page big and are fabulously paired with some of the best recipes you will find for some of your favorite desserts! I can not tell you how much fun I had looking through this book! 

The sections that divide up this cookbook are – In One Bite – Sunday Brioches – Simple Cakes – Fruit Desserts – Celebration Cakes – Cakes of the World – Tarts – and Just for Fun. There are also wonderfully put together “step by step” photos that go with some of the more “complex” recipes. 

Some of the recipes that make up this fabulous cookbook are – Champagne Ladyfingers, Pears in Pastry, Coconut Cookies, Lemon Tartlets, Cinnamon Stars, Jam-Filled Donuts, Bee Sting Cake, Puff Pastry Brioche, Stacked Crêpe Cake, Breton Buckwheat Cake, Parisian Cream Flan, Chestnut Cake, Lemon Mousse Cake, Red Berry Tart, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse Cake, White Rose Cake, Pineapple Baba with Lime Meringue, Lime-Raspberry Macaron Cake, Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Cream, Speculoos Cookies, Fruit-Topped Cheesecake, Caramel-Chocolate Tart, Cherry Tart with Streusel Topping and Light Cheese Tart. 

Some of the recipes have a couple different recipes that go with the finished product but those who may be wondering if the book may be to advanced – my answer would be no! Anything delicious takes time and patience and I love how there is nothing processed in this book and how the finished desserts have a fresh and familiar flavor – but unexpected and new at the same time. 

Highly recommend this for those who love baking and beautifully done cakes, cookies and desserts. 

To buy “Gâteaux” click here…

https://www.amazon.com/Gateaux-Large-Small-Cookies-Desserts/dp/0847858650

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Nancy’s Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

I love Nancy Fuller and I love her cookbook and show on “Food Network”. This recipe is hers and it is fabulous! Chocolate and peanut butter – what could be better!? I have made a few changes to the recipe based on my personal taste buds.

Nancy’s Peanut Butter Bars with Chocoalte Ganache

1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

Prepare an 8×8-inch square baking dish by spraying with non-stick spray containing flour. 

In a large bowl combine the confectioner’s sugar, graham cracker crumbs, smooth peanut butter and melted unsalted butter. 

Once combined, pour into prepared pan and pat down evenly with clean hands. 

In a medium size microwave safe bowl combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Whisk until glossy. 

Pour carefully this mixture over the pressed peanut butter mixture and spread evenly. 

Refrigerate for one hour before cutting. 

Enjoy! 

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Cookbook Corner – Tartine All Day

I LOVE this beautiful cookbook…

“Tartine All Day” By: Elisabeth Prueitt

This book is BEAUTIFUL! There are really no other words that can quite describe how fabulous and beautiful this book really is! The photos are beautiful – the recipes are beautiful and the stories are beautiful! I have tried several recipes from this book and all have turned out – well – beautifully! Ok – I will try and limit the use of that word throughout my review but I did want to get a point across here! Ha! 

Just some recipes that fill this book are –

Buttermilk-Herb Dressing, Applesauce, Chicken Stock, Preserved Lemons, Ricotta Cheese, 5-Day Sauerkraut, Blueberry Jam, Peach Jam, Apple Butter, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Any Day Pancakes, Crispy Waffles, Popovers, Stuffed Dates, Chicken Liver Mousse, Simple Crab Bisque, Vegetable Slaw, Purple Salad, Pan-Roasted Eggplant, Whole-Loaf Cheesy Garlic Bread, Ricotta Dumplings, Seafood Stew with Aioli, Fried Chicken, Pork Chops in Mustard Sauce with Apples, Porchetta, Shortbread, Apple Beehive, Teff Carrot Cake, Birthday Cake with Fluffy Milk Chocolate Frosting, Apple Pie, Flan, Lemon Pudding Cake and so many more! 

So many people are familiar with this fabulous brand – food – locations – now get familiar with the cookbook! This cookbook is all about familiar and charming comfort foods which can be made at home – but totally different and unexpected than you first might think at first glance. 

To order “Tartine All Day” click here…

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.

Blaise 

Blaise the Baker Recommends – Notes on a Banana 

“Notes on a Banana” By: David Leite 

I can not tell you how much I love this book! It really struck a cord with me. I guess I was not expecting this book to hit so close to home but it really did in just about every way imaginable. David is a very talented writer and I am lucky enough to be able to call him one of my “Facebook friends”. I really admire him, his journey and now after reading this – his life. 

This memoir is not to be missed! I was lucky enough to score an advanced copy – and I am recommending everyone to preorder this book today! I have already placed my Amazon order – I can not wait to gift this to some of my friends and family. 

For the last several months – years maybe – I have been reading cookbooks like novels. Between this memoir and “Give A Girl A Knife” it has really opened my eyes to the world of food memoirs – a genre that I am really learning to love and appreciate. 

This memoir covers just about everything you can think of! Sexuality, family dynamics, food, love, lust, mental illness, acceptance, balance and so much more. And there is so many things that relate to me or to the people I have in my life. I love David’s philosophy on butter and cooking and I love his philosophy on love and how to love with all your heart. 

This charming, informative, personal and emotional memoir landed in my lap at just the right time. The depth of what is covered in this memoir can not possibly be covered in this short blog post so trust me when I say – PREORDER this book TODAY! Trust me. You will not be sorry. And buy a copy for your friend too. This is the perfect book for your local club book – so many wonderful discussions can be brought out in the open by this charming and frank memoir that has touched me so much. 

To purchase / preorder click below – 

https://m.harpercollins.com/9780062414373/notes-on-a-banana

Blaise