It's Genius: The Cut-able Silicone Baking Mat
Double It: Throw a Bigger Party
Just One Egg White? Use it Here!
Just One Egg Yolk? Use it Here!
The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg
15 Reasons Why You Sometimes Need a Recipe for One
Small Table Gardening for One
Your Friend, the Freezer: Buying, Portioning & Freezing Meats
Monday, March 14 is Pi(e) Day!
It's Genius: The Cut-able Silicone Baking MatThere are not many things more frustrating than a cake or loaf of bread sticking to the pan. Yes, you can dig out fork-fuls and pretend that everything is OK, but inside you have the nagging feeling that your work was at least partly wasted. Don’t let this happen to you! When you have made the perfect small cake or small loaf of bread, reward your efforts by assuring that your fresh-baked treasure slides right out of the baking pan.
Double It: Throw a Bigger PartyHave you made your Memorial Day plans? The Small Table Planning Committee is still juggling a few options for how to spend the weekend. In any case, a bigger holiday usually means a bigger party. If you are devoted, like I am, to generally making small desserts, this doesn’t have to be a problem. Almost every recipe on this site can be doubled (or more) with no sweat. The doubled cake pictured here fed eight people quite generously. Cakes lend themselves especially well to doubling, since they look so gorgeous when stacked. Need some extra compliments this weekend? Show up to the party with a stacked cake!
Just One Egg White? Use it Here!The great thing about egg whites is that they freeze like a dream. If you have one and you don’t want to use it yet, freeze it in a little cup, well-covered. Defrost before using.
Just One Egg Yolk? Use it Here!First of all, it is possible to preserve a yolk for a day or two until you are ready to use it. An extra yolk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days by putting it in a small cup, and pouring in enough fresh water to generously cover the yolk. Cover the cup tightly with plastic wrap, and pop it in the fridge. When you are ready to use the yolk, pour off the water, and you’re ready to go. See below for recipe links.
The Perfect Hard-Boiled EggSpring is in full swing here at the Small Table. Little S is on spring break from school, the daffodils are blooming, and birds have started chirping (yell-chirping!) outside my bedroom window around 4:30 every morning. All of this calls for some perfect hard-boiled eggs. We like to color them, then devour them with melted cheese on warm buttered toast for dinner. Why do we not hide them, you ask? It’s because in the first grade I ‘hid’ a beautiful colored egg deep in my sock drawer, to ‘keep it safe.’ My mom’s nose led her to it about three weeks later; it was rather traumatic. We had to throw away most of the socks. So, better to enjoy the beauty for a day, and the taste that very night.
15 Reasons Why You Sometimes Need a Recipe for OneNo matter what your stage in life, there are always reasons why you may need a recipe that makes a small portion.
Small Table Gardening for OneToday I was hit with a wild dose of Spring Fever. Here in Small Table Land we are having our first few sunny, warm days, and all of a sudden I am dying to plant something out on my deck! I have had only varying degrees of success with gardening in the past, but as hope springs eternal, I think I’m going to try again… Depending on where you live, it’s not too late for you to run out and grab some supplies to plant a few Spring crops. CROPS!! Sounds fun, right?
Your Friend, the Freezer: Buying, Portioning & Freezing MeatsA rather large grocery-store obstacle in cooking for one is the fact that meat comes in big packages. It is very rare to find steaks, pork roasts, sausages, or ground beef in packages of less than one pound. To avoid wasting what you don’t need, you often end up making a huge pot of chili or pulled pork for 10. The freezer (and a good little kitchen scale) is the answer to this problem! If you haven’t been taking advantage of this frozen appliance-friend, now is the time.
Monday, March 14 is Pi(e) Day!Remember those exasperating afternoons in math class wondering when you would ever possibly use [insert complicated equation here] in real life? Well, it turns out that life does use math– to the vindication of my high school Trig teacher… If you are a lover of pie or a lover of math, you likely know that 3.14 is March 14th, as well as π, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Do we need this? YES! Any excuse to make and eat pie is a good one!