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Inside A Professional Baker's Home Kitchen | NYT Cooking

Inside A Professional Baker's Home Kitchen | NYT Cooking
sound speeding sound speeding okay we're in new jersey let's do this hello hello how are you come on in rimley is ready to greet you come on come on in rimmel will come in with you to a house full of food in every possible place it can fit i'm erin jean mcdowell i am a cookbook author and stylist and recipe developer and i have a new pie cookbook coming out in the fall of 2020 that makes this

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smell like pie a lot of the time where do you think we should start erin i kind
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of would love to rip off the band-aid if you want to go in my fridge let's do that first i fully believe there are two kinds of people there's photos on the fridge people and clean naked fridge people and i take after my grandma in being a photo on the fridge person that's her that's my grandma and that's her little house i grew up loving

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and eating there and she had tons of photos on her fridge kansas not that bad it's pretty great there's so much stuff that
goes in and out of my fridge like every day every week so it's always really full i just had a dinner party so there's a lot of dinner party leftovers this is bacon jam this whole thing is bacon jam i love hot sauce obviously you got your green cholula green cholula is superior to regular cholula yuzu hot sauce from trader joe's trader joe's has all the like things you don't know you need until you go in there oh timer oh what is that save by the bell no more fridge just
kidding um it is some cream puffs for a very fun new york times

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video where i'm making a croquembouche i love harry potter okay back to the fridge there are these things that i just like can't seem to get myself to get rid of this is a can of truffles oh here's definitely something that's been in here for a long time pineapple caramel i style rose leavey baron baum the amazing author of the cake bible her books this is a recipe in her upcoming ice cream book and it is
epic and it takes a really long time to make it i have been saving this to put over more ice cream but i smell it yes you can taste it i'll give you a spoon yes just watching you eat it pineapple caramel goodbye sweet friend i think that scott's also kind of jealous that he didn't get to have oh my gosh i do feel kind of bad i just put it away is there like a little three-minute snack that you could make us yes is it okay that it doesn't have pineapple caramel scott okay i not
surprisingly love carbohydrates so i have a secret cracker stash at any given time these are cars whole wheat crackers which taste like graham crackers but not as sweet so the thing about being a food stylist and a recipe developer is i always have these like exceedingly complicated things in my fridge if i don't have bacon jam it's something like pineapple caramel it's something like truffles in a can that i needed for some shoot i don't know i might have an herb i could toss
on there too see you add a little herb to something and automatically you've made it fancier you wouldn't know that was leftover on a cracker cheers yes cheers corn and ricotta and bacon you're welcome corn and bacon together ricotta is like the funny friend that you invite to every party because they're going to like kick it up a notch i really love that about ricardo i get that now can we go yes those i'm not ashamed for you to look at come on over this

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is really a
workhorse because it's my

home

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i mean i cook dinner and breakfast and whatever here but it's also where i develop recipes do photo shoots and when on photo shoot days you know there could be eight to ten different dishes happening here so many

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s have so much unusable space so i have lots of things like in the back where you wouldn't be using that counter anyway i loved this when i was a kid that's utterly horrifying i loved it when i was a kid you'll notice it
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was in the back of the cabinet and not looking at me so many mason jars part of the reason is that i use them for storage but i also have like very specific jars for certain beverages so like a shot of espresso i might do in here a shot glass or champagne mason jar they're not all for alcohol though i swear all the rings are down here when you use a lot of jars you have all the jar tips oh my husband is obsessed with knife sharpening so these are all of his sharpening tools these are his
stones some thermometers my label maker because i can't be caught without a label maker this little thing makes sprouts this is the salad spinner that every person who lives in an apartment needs to have because it's so small and i do my herbs in here and they'll dry much faster and it's like kind of the right size for a bunch of herbs as well that's cool maybe one of the most prepared culinary

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s i've ever we have a lot of tools but we also are not really a
fan of tools that only do one job for the most part this little thing makes sprouts we also have this like horrible list of things that are really impractical for us to have but that we want to have and one of them we finally splurged on and got it's in the next room okay let's go see yeah it's a vacuum sealer hold on here i come i'll wheel it to you it's so impractical but we do use it we use it all the time back into its hiding place where no one needs to know that i have
it okay what's next we were in oh this is where i keep all my plates and also all of my dried mushrooms doubles a lot of things because this is really a workhorse this

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so the same with the plates it looks like a lot of plates but on any given day it's not normal for them all to be in there like that clearly i emptied the dishwasher in preparation for your arrival so this kind of goes along with my philosophy of finding unused space and finding a way to use it so like i'm not
going to use that space so hang the

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aid attachments there i always be mixing basically one of my favorite

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tools and not just because i'm sort of a pyromaniac i always be mixing i always be lighting things on fire back there all my baking tools and there's like a couple particularly funny ones that are worth showing cherry pitter which i also sometimes use for olives this is a dough docker this is my favorite brand of spatulas but this spatula no and the thing is this does
so many things number one it gets to the bottom of a ketchup bottle like nobody's business like no more shaken that bottle everyone get one of these tiny tiny spatulas but i was not prepared there's a surprise around every corner i'm kind of a tchotchke person so i have like a lot of very sentimental things this was a cookie cutter that my grandma gave to me there's a family recipe we have for sugar cookies they have a small amount of spice in them just like a whisper of spice
like spice and these were the cookie cutters that her grandma used to make them when she was young i keep that there as one of the things to help remind me why i love food and baking oh more cream puffs puffin all day this is this tiny nook is where i keep my ruler that i use a lot in baking my mom's dad was a woodworker and he made these can you want to guess what that does do you know what it does we've got the cream puffs in here so you can do it in different ways but the whoa and
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then this pushes it back this i had made when i was working on my first book inspired by downton abbey actually where the cook works in downton abbey there was this incredible wooden thing that probably held like five dozen eggs and i just thought oh my gosh i have to have something like that and so i worked with a wood maker on etsy to make this and he asked how many dozen eggs you want to hold and i said three dozen though it regularly has four or five dozen because we'll stack the eggs
like this as a

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it's very important to always have eggs at room temperature and that is what this is here for and a lot of people say is it okay to have that many eggs at room temperature and to that i say all of these will be used up within another two days so yes it is okay for them to be at room temperature eggs or butter what do you think you use more of that is a hard question i use a lot of butter for sure like just this week and i wasn't even here for a part of this week and
we had to order 15 pounds of butter right now in the house there are nine dozen eggs in total a lot of stuff comes out of this house it's really good to be my neighbor where do you keep all of your ingredients that is a good question there's not a ton of room in the

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for them so there's a couple hiding spots here sugars and like some alternative flowers there's that label maker coming in and then i keep a lot of ingredients on the counter top like that are frequently used
i like to make infused salts and that's the pink salt we sometimes grate when guests come over sometimes it's like fun as an interactive album you're making me come off really extra here you like can go over basically to someone's salad and like just do it like freshly ground pepper it's like the same thing but with salt plus these are so pretty i also turned this which was not really probably supposed to be used for this but i turned it into a pantry is this your hvac yeah
i'm definitely coming off as a hoarder like i'm realizing that more and more but you know what it is it's that all of you live in new york city in these tiny tiny closets like your apartment probably looks like this right is this your apartment so you know yeah it seems like i had a lot of stuff but that's because i live in the magical land known as new jersey where houses are bigger and i have a driveway i'm seriously feeling like now my family's gonna see this and like
be concerned for me or something and we haven't even gotten to all the plates and stuff another cream puff break how many cream puff breaks are too many cream puff breaks this is my my baby fridge the smeg there's cake cardboard cake circles and my cake turntable and this is a jar of pie weights everyone thinks it's candy and i kind of wish it was because i wish i had the kind of

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that just had like cute things in it just because many days recently this is totally empty
because where you have par baked like 13 pie shells so anyway you have normal things that everyone has in their house like a speed rack because i do a lot of photo shoots here at my house i have these cabinets this is when i that is actually something i used to call it my cackle box it was all my cake decorating supplies but it is an actual like tackle box but i put the piping tips and stuff in them cackle box ice cream melts really fast so these are like food styling tricks so the so the
photographer would have something to focus on and we could frame up i would like and he would focus on that then to get the angle right and then i would come in and i would scoop the ice cream and we'd be all set i don't actually collect a lot of cake stands i mean i know there's still a lot in here but look at my 20k this is called a pie safe they're like little cake cones but they're made out of porcelain and then there's the baking cabinet and that's the last
thing i swear cake pans pie plates loaf pans buns on buns on buns it's called the party bundt at the very top you'll see my sprinkle shelf when we moved in here i told my husband that the one thing i wanted was a shelf entirely of sprinkles i throw this big gingerbread house decorating party every year for kids in the neighborhood this one is literally just like a grab bag of christmas sprinkles that's a french product that's a french fry cutter that was a gift that was a gift
it's absurd i am a hoarder i'm embarrassed and also proud and also proud it's beautiful all right so i think that's it right thank you for coming to my

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today thank you for showing me that i may have a problem but i mostly am excited to give people a glimpse into what it's like to work out of your house as a food

professional

you got to find that balance of making it both your

home

and feel like you but also a place that you can get a lot done in and that's what my

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is for me so thanks for coming by you're welcome anytime you're coming over a lot you know where i live you'll be back bye oh brimley's very concerned you're leaving