Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LUCY AND ETHEL LEARN THE ART OF THE WHOOPIE PIE.....

OR SHOULD I SAY.....LUCY AND LUCY.....
YOU SEE ETHEL ALWAYS WENT ALONG WITH LUCY'S
HAIR BRAIN SCHEMES....LUCY BEING THE INSTIGATOR....
IN OUR CASE WE ARE JUST A BLOND AND BRUNETTE (DYED)
VERSION OF LUCY.....
THAT'S RIGHT...YOU HAVE SEEN OUR HI JINX AT IKEA AS WE
TRY TO OUT DO EACH OTHER IN THE
"LET'S MAKE AN ASS OUT OF OURSELVES" DEPARTMENT....
JOYCE IS WINNING SINCE THE TIME SHE WOUND UP ALL THE KITCHEN
TIMERS IN THEIR HOUSEWARES DEPARTMENT AND THEN STOOD OFF TO THE SIDE
AND WATCHED AS THEY ALL WENT OFF AT THE
SAME TIME....
IN FACT AFTER I ALMOST GOT THROWN OUT OF THE
NEIL SIMON THEATRE IN NYC FOR
TAKING PICTURES AT "RAGTIME" SOME OF MY
BLOG FOLLOWERS WERE SO UPSET WITH MY BEHAVIOR THAT
THEY MADE IT KNOWN THAT IT'S UNACCEPTABLE....


I SAY WHEN YOUR 62 YOUR NOT DEAD YET SO
HAVE SOME FUN PEOPLE....
IT KEEPS YOU YOUNG....

SO TODAY ME AND CHICAGO JOYCE WENT TO ANOTHER CLASS
AT THE VIKING COOKING SCHOOL IN
ATLANTA....
A WONDERFUL FACILITY.... WE TOOK A CLASS HERE A FEW
YEARS AGO AND I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GO BACK
EVER SINCE.....
SO......JOYCE BEING THE GOOD BUDDY SHE IS AND NOT
BEING A FAN OF THE "FRENCH MACARON" AGREED TO GO WITH
ME AS ONE OF MY BIRTHDAY GIFTS FROM THE BOSS....
THEY HAD WAITING FOR US SOME ALREADY MADE
MACARONS..... CHEESE AND CRACKERS.....FRUIT....
AND DRINKS.....
HERE IS OUR INSTRUCTOR AND CHEF
MR. LANDON SPRINGS.....
AND IF HE HAD A THOUGHT BUBBLE OVER HIS HEAD IT WOULD
SAY.......
"GOD HELP US ALL.... THOSE TWO WOMEN ARE BACK"....
CHEF SPRINGS ASSISTANT.....
I DROVE THIS POOR FELLOW CRAZY GETTING ME ICE
AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS.....
ANYBODY WHO HAS EVER GONE OUT TO LUNCH WITH ME KNOWS
THE WHOLE THING....
GOTTA HAVE MY ICE....
CHEF SPRINGS GETTING US STARTED WITH WHIPPING
UP THE EGG WHITES FOR THE MACARON SHELL.....
I ASKED MORE QUESTIONS THEN AN "IRS AUDIT"
HE HAD THE PATIENCE OF A SAINT....
THE EGG WHITES NEED TO BE VERY STIFF FOR THIS
RECIPE.....
I WORK WITH MERINGUE ALL THE TIME SO THIS PART
WAS A NO BRAINER FOR ME....
FOLDING IN THE ALMOND FLOUR AND
POWDERED SUGAR.....
SHOWING US THE PIPING TECHNIQUE....
MACARONS DON'T SPREAD OUT TOO MUCH SO
YOU CAN PUT THEM CLOSE TOGETHER ON YOUR
BAKING SHEET.....
YOU TAP THE BAKING PAN ON THE COUNTER TO
FLATTEN THEM A BIT AND WE ADDED
SLICED ALMONDS ON TOP.....
THE PARCHMENT PAPER GETS A LIGHT SPRAY
OF COOKING SPRAY OR YOU CAN USE
A SILPAT MAT....

CAN YOU SEE THERE ARE DOUBLE BAKING SHEETS
TO PREVENT THEM FROM BROWNING TOO MUCH ON
THE BOTTOM....

THE ALMOND FLOUR AND SUGAR NEEDS TO BE SIFTED
FOR A SMOOTH BATTER....
 
I LOVE WHEN A MAN IS IN A COOKING OR BAKING
CLASS....BUT IN TYPICAL MAN FASHION HE APPEARS TO BE
TRYING TO TURN ON THE MIXER BY HITTING IT WITH
HIS FIST :)

AND IT JUST WOULDN'T BE A POST WITHOUT A
PICTURE OF ME IN SOME SORT OF POSE....
 

WE MADE PINK ONES IN HONOR OF JOYCE'S DAUGHTER
ANNIE GETTING READY AT ANY TIME NOW TO GIVE BIRTH
TO JOYCE'S FIRST GRANDDAUGHTER.....
I MEAN ANYTIME....EVERY TIME HER PHONE RANG
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE TAKING A TRIP ACROSS THE
STREET TO PIEDMONT HOSPITAL....
 
CAVORTING WITH THE GENTLEMEN.....

WHOOPIE PIES!!!!!!!!! 

OUR FINISHED PRODUCT.....TINY BUT NICE AND
FLUFFY
 

THE RECIPE MAKES 40 LITTLE CAKES OR
20 MACARONS....
 
OKAY HERE SHE IS......STANDING IN FRONT OF A HUGE FAN
KEEPING THE ROOM COOL.....
SHE KEPT SAYING IT WAS LIKE THE PICTURE YOU HAVE ALL SEEN
OF THE BEAGLE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE FAN WITH
HIS EARS BLOWING BACK....
YUP.....SHE'S CRAZY....

IT WAS NICE FOR ONCE NOT TO HAVE TO CLEAN UP!! 
PUMPKIN WHOOPIE PIES WITH TRADITIONAL
MARSHMALLOW CREAM FILLING....
EACH GROUP MADE A DIFFERENT COLOR USING
GEL FOOD COLORING.....
ALL THE FILLING WAS BUTTER CREAM....
I CAN'T WAIT TO EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FLAVORED
FILLINGS.....
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER SEEING
"WIVES WITH KNIVES"
GERMAN CHOCOLATE ONES....
SHE IS MY BAKING HERO AND THAT WILL BE ONE OF THE
FIRST FLAVORS I TRY....

click on link above to find Kathy's recipe....
HERE ARE OURS FILLED AND READY TO BE EATEN....
CHEF SPRINGS SAID THE PINK ONES CAME THE BEST AND WHEN
ASKED WHO MADE THEM OF COURSE WE DID THE....
"WE DID WE DID WE DID".......
ALWAYS THE SHOW-OFFS...

THEY HAD BAKERY BOXES FOR US TO TAKE HOME A
STASH.....
 
I DON'T KNOW HE LOOKS GUILTY ABOUT
SOMETHING????
OH....HE HAD A MACARON IN HIS MOUTH!
AND AS THE CLASS CAME TO END THE THOUGHT BUBBLE
SAID.....
"PLEASE TAKE HER WITH YOU OR WE ARE CALLING THE POLICE....."

IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A VIKING STORE NEAR YOU I
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR CLASSES....
THEY ARE FUN....THE INSTRUCTORS ARE GREAT
THEY HAVE A WONDERFUL ARRAY OF CLASSES TO TAKE...
BUT IF YOU GO......TAKE A FRIEND......AND MIS-BEHAVE....
BECAUSE YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE AND IT'S MUCH BETTER TO
GO THROUGH LIFE LAUGHING.....

12 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You guys always have SO much fun. Loved reading this, Sue. I laughed my way through it, particularly about the thought bubble. LOL!

XO,

Sheila

Jojo said...

Now that looks like it was a blast!! Love it! Let the adventures contine fo Lucy and Ethel!!

Salmagundi said...

I'm a whoopie pie expert, but have still to try making macarons. I just want to go to Paris and have a dozen from Laduree. Eat a bunch for me when you go in December. Yours look really good, I'd eat a dozen of them, also. Sally

Cheri said...

I can't agree with you more Sue...have fun and live it up. How fun that you were able to take the class you have been wanting to take and with your comrade in arms. Maybe next time there will be a class I will be interested in taking with you, Joyce and whoever. It would be fun.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Looks like a good time was had by all!

Chatty Crone said...

Well I personally know you two convicts and you had me laughing all the way though - barbecue I know what you say is true.

You are so right - you only live once - so make sure you live!

And the class looked fun and interesting.

Wonder if Joyce is a grandma again by now.

I am glad you had so much fun.

Peg said...

I laughed through this entire post. I wish I could have been there with you! You and Joyce are always having too much fun and I say "good for you!" Let us hear when the granddaughter arrives!

Shelia said...

Hi Sue! Well, you're truly my kind of girl! Fun is great and I know you have fun in life! You must have had a ball! :)
Thank you for your visit and your words.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sue said...

Another fun experience, Sue! Anything to do with food would be be number one with me. Wish I could fly in and join you on one of your adventures sometime. I would promise not to get us in trouble. LOL

Marigene said...

Sounds like a fun time...it is true that the older and goofier we get people just chalk it up to our age!

Babs said...

LOL, you're a nut! Hey, life's too short to not have fun.
Hugs,
Babs

Kathleen said...

Joyce told me to look for this, too funny!
I love the expression on her face!
Read your football post. My aunt was a Mara, the owners, we used to getb free tickets to the Giants games. But she died, so no more tickets! I hate football, dh loves it. :)