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Posted Online: March 19, 2013, 11:56 am
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Mr. Tidbit: The chips are down
New from Nestle is a boxed mix from which to prepare Toll House chocolate chip cookies. The box contains everything but the butter and egg.
The box front says it makes "over 4 dozen cookies." (The nutrition panel says it contains 26 servings of 2 cookies each, so 52 cookies.)
The box is big enough to suppose that it prepares the recipe on the 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips, which that bag says is about 5 dozen (60) cookies. In fact, the smallish bag inside the mix's large box makes just half of that recipe. It contains only 6 ounces of chips, and half of the other dry ingredients called for on the 12-ounce bag of chips.
So if you're accustomed to getting 60 cookies out of the "from scratch" recipe on the bag, and you make the same size cookies — what Mr. Tidbit will call "standard size" — from this new mix, you're going to get more like 30 cookies than 48 or 52.
All of that is by way of saying the box should say "Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies."
At one store, where the mix costs $3.54, the same ingredients bought separately would cost $1.92. Adding the butter and egg, the mix as prepared costs $4.47 — for 30 cookies that's about 15 cents each. The same ingredients bought separately total $2.85 — about 10 cents each.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)


In the Q-C: Kids can cook with Machine Shed chef March 27
The Machine Shed in Davenport will host a free kids cooking class at the restaurant on March 27 at 7 p.m. Chef Matt Kaperka will lead a cooking class that will focus on eggs. He will be talking about the different things one can do with eggs, nutritional value and history of eggs. Kids also will be
decorating an egg for Easter.
The cooking class is free to the public and an adult must attend with their child. The class is limited to 20 kids and reservations are encouraged. For more information or to sign up, call 563-391-2427 or stop in The Machine Shed, 7250 Northwest Boulevard, Davenport.

Easy recipe: Crispy garlic shrimp skewers
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 32 appetizers
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 egg white
2 large cloves garlic, minced
32 raw medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill or parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Dash salt, optional
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely shredded pecorino or Parmesan cheese
16 pitted large green olives
16 pitted large ripe olives
32 grape tomatoes
1/2 medium cucumber, sliced lengthwise and cut into 32 pieces
32 (4 to 6-inch) appetizer skewers
Heat oven to 475 degrees F.
Blend 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, egg white and garlic in small bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat; set aside.
Blend remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dill, lemon peel and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
Mix bread crumbs and cheese on waxed paper; dredge shrimp to coat evenly. Place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden and thoroughly cooked. Gently loosen shrimp from baking sheet; cool 1 to 2 minutes.
Thread a single shrimp, olive, tomato and cucumber piece on each skewer. Serve immediately drizzled with olive oil mixture.
Tip: Rub bread crumbs and cheese between your palms to create a uniform, consistent mixture. The mixture will adhere more evenly to the shrimp.
— GateHouse News Service




 












 



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