Monday, March 29, 2010

Lemon-Lime Danishes, my First Blogiversary and a Giveaway!

Danish 2: The "fallen" danish

1. Blog Updated!: Instead of focusing on my dissertation proposal, I worked on updating this blog all weekend. I have come to the realization that while most people like WordPress for its snazzy themes, I much more prefer Blogger for its ease in adjustments and settings (I wrote this before it messed up today). I spent literally hours trying to upload a theme to Wordpress.com only to find out that you couldn't upload unaffiliated themes to wordpress.COM, but you could do it to Wordpress.ORG! Then, you have to get a domain host before you can download the .ORG version. So, before I found that out, I had paid money to get a new theme. When I found out I couldn't use that without paying more money for a domain, I felt like screaming. I bought a cheap domain at godaddy.com and still couldn't move forward because I couldn't find some authorization EPP code. At this point, I had spent more than 5-7 hours working on this stuff.

I finally gave up and went back to blogger to find a theme to my liking. I was hoping to find one with a three column footer and a dark, simple, sleek background, and I found it...for FREE. I downloaded it in a matter of seconds and then moved things around and was very pleased. Then, I decided to change the header to add my own photos but didn't know how. I found a great tutorial on Digital Photography School and was finally able to make my header once I figured out what was going wrong with the Rectangular Marquee Tool on my limited, free version of Photoshop. Two hours later, I made the header you see above. I am happy. I am pleased. I don't ever want to update my blog again....well, not until my next blogiversary. LOL!
Danish 1: The burnt danish

2. FIRST Blogiversary!/Danish Revisited: Anyway, since this is my first blogiversary, I decided to revisit what I made on my very first post: a cherry cream cheese danish braid. Instead of making a cherry danish this time, I made a lemon-lime danish and a lemon-lime danish with fresh strawberries (I'll explain next while I ended up making two danishes). Both danishes had a lime glaze on top and the last one had candied lime zest as well.
Danish 2: Before it fell

Well, to go along with all the trouble I went through to update my blog, these danishes didn't turn out as well as I had wanted. The first one I burnt even after baking it a few minutes under the time suggested (remember I always do half the time and then I went a few minutes under that). It still tasted fantastic, but as you can see, it was burnt and the braid didn't stay together as well as the one on my very first post.
A yummy slice of the burnt danish

I didn't burn the second one. Instead, I dropped it on the kitchen floor right before I baked it (fortunately, it was covered with clear wrap), and the braid loosened up and just opened up completely while baking in the oven. Everything was a total disaster but still tasted great. After, drizzling a bunch of glaze and candied lime zest on top, you couldn't see its "lime pastry cream guts" sticking out as much.
Generous portion of lime glaze to cover the damage

I am sorry that I can't share with you all a beautiful, perfect danish. I will make another one....next year for the next blogiversary (if I last that long). I will do it well enough ahead of time so that I'm not stressed and pressured for time. I will do it before spending hours on fixing up my blog.
The burnt, yet in-tact danish! It was still so good!

3. FIRST Giveaway!!:
On a positive note, I am offering my first giveaway. I wasn't sure what to offer. So, I thought of something related to the theme and feel of my blog, which I hope deals with international culture, foods, and languages. So, for my giveaway, I am giving one of the following cookbooks to one of my lucky readers, lurkers, and/or visitors residing in the UNITED STATES, CANADA, or MEXICO (I apologize to readers not residing in those countries; I am a lowly graduate student and can't afford much more.). Deadline: Thursday, April 1st at 12 midnight, Pacific Time.

THE GIVEAWAY DEADLINE HAS PASSED.

Click on photo to enlarge. Photos of book covers courtesy of amazon.com

In order to participate in the giveaway, answer ALL of the following questions in the comment section below:
Para participar en el concurso, contesta todas las siguientes preguntas en la sección de comentarios abajo:

1. Which cookbook would you like? ¿Cuál libro escojerías?

2. What international (i.e., outside of the U.S. for me) dish would you like to see on Mangio da sola?
OR What international (i.e., any dish not traditional to your country of residence) dish have you prepared?
¿Cuál plato internacional te gustaria ver en Mangio da sola? O ¿Cuál plato internacional has preparado tú?

3. And because I am a linguist, how many languages do you speak?
AND/OR What languages would you like to learn, if you could?
Y porque soy lingüista, ¿cuántos idiomas sabes?
Y/O ¿Cuántos idiomas te gustaría aprender si pudieras?

If you would like to leave a comment without entering in the giveaway, you don't need to answer the questions. Just leave some love!

¡BUENA SUERTE! BOA SORTE! BUONA FORTUNA! GOOD LUCK! BONNE CHANCE! 행운!

I am submitting this post to yeastspotting!

Lemon-Lime Danish Braid
dough and candied lime zest adapted by Cooking Bread (process photos of dough and danish braid) and lemon-lime pastry cream adapted from Make a Whisk

DOUGH:
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup whole milk
3 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
2 cups bread flour
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cardamon (optional)
1 tablespoon butter2 large eggs (beaten)
2 cups unsalted butter (cold)

DOUGH: Pour milk and water into a saucepan; heat to a scald. In a large bowl, add in sugar, salt, cardamon and flour. Add a tablespoon of butter to the scalded mixture. Stir till the butter is melted. Add in two beaten eggs and mix with a whisk. Cook mixture to 110F.

Once cooled, add in instant yeast. Pour liquid into the bowl of the flour mixture; mix with a wooden spoon. Pour out onto a lightly-floured surface, and knead for 6 minutes or till smooth and elastic. Wrap into plastic wrap and place into the fridge for 30 minutes.

BUTTER BLOCK: Prepare the 2 cups of butter. Place the butter onto some plastic wrap. Place more plastic wrap over the top. Using a rolling pin roll out to a 6 x 12 inch rectangle. If you roll the butter to large, just cut the sides and place the excess butter on top and re-roll. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
DOUGH PACKET: Take the dough out of the fridge, and roll into a 9x18 rectangle. Place the rolled butter onto the bottom 2/3rd of the dough. Fold over the top part of the dough to the middle. Brush off any excess flour. Fold over the bottom half over top the first. Pinch the seams closed. Turn the dough 90 degrees, so the narrow end is facing you. Roll out the dough into another 9x18 rectangle. Brush off any excess flour. Do the three fold again and seal the ends.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and place a black dot or make an impression with your finger on the plastic wrap. Place into the fridge for another 30 minutes. Remove the dough, and roll out again and fold again. Wrap with plastic wrap and place another dot or impression on the plastic wrap. Place back into the fridge for 30 minutes.

Again, remove the dough and roll out again and fold for a third time. Cover with plastic wrap and place another dot or impression on top so you will have three dots to remember how many times you have done this. Place the dough back into the fridge for at least 1 hour or over night. Now the dough is ready to use.

DANISH BRAID:
Remove the Danish dough from the fridge. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface and then unwrap and cut the dough in half. Wrap one piece with plastic wrap and place back into the fridge. Roll the dough into a 10x15 rectangle.

Brush any excess flour from the top. Now, place the dough into a piece of parchment paper. Using a pizza slicer lightly score the dough 3 inches from each side. Do not cut through the dough. It's just to be used as a guideline.

Place your filling into the middle without crossing the score marks. Using your pizza cutter and a rule cut slices down each side on the dough. Do not cut past the score line. It will be about 9 slices down both sides.

Cut off the two bottom pieces and the two top pieces. Fold over the bottom onto the filling.

Beat one egg and 1 tablespoon of water into a small bowl. You will use this as glue. Brush each piece of dough as you create the braid. Begin at the end of the dough and fold one piece of dough over the filling. Brush with the egg wash. Now, take one piece of dough from the other side and fold that over the other piece. Continue till you have created a braid. Brush the top of the braid with egg wash. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 1 hour. Remove plastic wrap and egg wash once again. Place into a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with some icing over top.

To make the spirals, roll out the other half of the danish dough in a rectangle shape about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Fold in half and using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1/2 inch thick strips.

Take each piece of dough, gently stretch it slightly and twist it over and over until it is tightly wound. Coil the twist rope into itself.

Place onto a piece of parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof for about 30 minutes. Make an indent in the center of the coil ( I used the bottom of a shot glass to make the indent ) and fill with filling. Brush with an egg wash and bake in a preheated 400F oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Drizzle some icing over top.

LIME PASTRY CREAM:
2/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
2 cups cream
2 teaspoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I combined lemon and lime)

Mix together egg yolks and cream. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Whisk the egg mixture into the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk every minute or so at first, but as it heats up and starts to boil and thicken, you will need to whisk constantly. This should take about 10 minutes.

Turn the heat to low/medium-low so that mixture bubbles gently and cook until it coats the back of a spoon, or when you can draw your finger through it and the line stays there. Stir in the butter and vanilla, and two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve/strainer to remove all lumps. Because the mixture is very thick, you may have to help the mixture through the strainer by pushing gently with a spoon.

Set aside and let cool to room temperature. Then place in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, with plastic wrap pressed gently against the surface of the cream.

CANDIED LIME ZEST:
1/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of corn syrup
Zest of 3 limes

Using a zester, remove the rind from three limes. In a saucepan, add the water, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a soft boil, and add the lime zest. Continue to boil mixture for 15 minutes. The lime zest with become translucent.

Use a fork, remove the zest from the liquid, and place the cooked zest onto a piece of wax paper. Spread out the zest, and sprinkle on top with a little sugar. Allow to cool and place into an airtight container until ready to use.

LEMON OR LIME GLAZE:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice

Stir ingredients together well, and pour or drizzle on top of danish.

67 comments:

  1. Hi, Mem

    I love what you have done with the place, i.e., the blog! You are such a patient and dedicated hard worker; congratulations on your blogiversary! Alrighty then!!

    Okay, to answer your questions: (1) I would like the Lidia Italy's cookbook. (2) I would like to see you prepare a tres leches cake. (3) I speak three languages: English, Spanish and Italian (in descending order).

    See ya!

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  2. Wow! Great post! First, the danish looks great...even the burnt one!! Second, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!! Your blog is wonderful, congratulations. Last, I don't know which book I would want..tie between Lidia's Italy or Korean cooking :)

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  3. dios mío Memoria qué buena pinta!!! non mangiare da sola. La próxima vez te acompaño. Abrazos, Marta.

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  4. I would love any of the books... but really, what I would really like is a piece of that "fallen" danish. Felicitaciones! I love the pictures.

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  5. tres beau! I would pick Portugal..:) I have baked many french pastries, italian..etc. I'm happy to see another daring baker.. I host Jan 2011!!!. I speak English. I know bits and pieces of french spanish,Italian. I would love to be fluent in french and Italian. Molto Grazie!

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  6. 1.) I would like the korean cooking book
    2.) I would love to see more everyday type things
    3.) I only speak English :( I wish I spoke more languages though

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  7. Hi, i know the feeling of wanting to update and change your blog. I found some great free templates on ourbloggertemplates.com It worked for me and they are very very customisable. I love your blog and what you are doing is great. I am the same, always trying to change things and found wordpress soooo confusing... ha ha.
    Keep it up. Love the post by the way. LOOKS AMAZING!

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  8. Jim-49 said
    Lady,that is so-so lovely!! I really lke the dough,and the lemon idea!! I make one off of - www.thefreshloaf.com - I make it with blueberries,strawberries,cherries,apples and peaches.Love the site and thanks for the ideas on lemon,and the pastry dough.

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  9. Happy Blogiversary!
    Congratulations on sticking to it. I just found your site through tastespotting, as I was looking for inspiration for this Sunday's brunch. These danishes look wonderful! I look forward to exploring your blog further.

    1. I would enjoy any of those cookbooks, but the Portuguese one jumped out at me first.
    I already own Lidia's Italy, and use it often. Her fennel & orange salad was a hit at Christmas dinner.

    2. I love making soups, but have never gotten around to making pho, which is one of my favorites to order when I go out. Hopefully, it will be on both our blogs one day! :)

    3. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I also have basic knowledge of German and French, but wish these were stronger.

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  10. Oh my gosh. Italian, Portugese, Mexican, Korean or Brazilian? I don't even know where to start. Hmm... not familiar with Portugese or Brazilian. Maybe the Brazilian cookbook. What were the other questions I don't speak any other languages but would like to learn French and Spanish both. I've cooked Thai Duck curry and Indian dishes. What international dish: Either Paella, not just a traditional Paella. You are too, too generouse.

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  11. The Brazilian cookbook looks good!
    I was born in Honduras, speak only English, cook lots of Hispanic, Indian, and Asian foods. Live on the coast here in Oregon so I eat lots of fish.

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  12. 1. I would love the Portuguese cookbook because of my love for linguica and kale soup.
    2. Like Corinna, I absolutely adore pho: I make it at home whenever I can. I love making the stock because of all the lovely spices it incorporates, particularly star anise.
    3. I speak English and French fluently. If I woke up tomorrow with the ability to speak a 3rd language, it would be Arabic because it is a very melodic language and has a beautiful script.

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  13. Hey Mem,

    The blog looks great! Though, it looked great before. Thanks for the simplicity, too much sparkle makes my eyes sore.

    Both danish attempts look great, I'll eat either one. Mmm burn-y pastries.

    In response to the questions: (1) I would take Cocina de la Familia. (2) I would love to see you make a Russian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk). I can't actually confirm on that name because my grandmother just calls it "the cake." But it is the one with the struesel top and not the Sharlotka. (3) I speak English, French, Russian, and a little Spanish.

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  14. Your site is beautiful! I love your header! I'm a new blogger (first post 12/31/09)and I'm using wordpress.com. I've learned since then that I should be using .org but the instructions for switching are intimidating. You give me hope.

    1. Since a trip to Florence in '09, I am an avid student of real Italian cuisine. I would love Lydia's Italy!

    2. I recently made Marcella Hazan's "Rolled Fillets of Chicken with Pork and Rosemary Filling" from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Delicious and a great learning experience.

    3. After intense French classes in high school and a quarter in college, I could speak French. Mais, quel dommage, that was 40 years ago and I have forgotten most of it. So I can only claim English now. I'd love to reclaim the French and I'd love to learn Italian, which my daughter (who does speak Italian) learned is also useful in Spanish-speaking countries!

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  15. Yum, yum, yum. That is the tastiest looking Danish - ever.

    The site looks great.

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  16. looks wonderful. To answer your questions:
    1) The one that is your personal favorite and the one that you have found most helpful. I just want to learn!
    2)I would love for you to make the Slav dish of Sarma. I have tried something similar (cabbage rolls) but it just wasnt the same
    3) I speak french and know a little chinese. Next on the list: spanish

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  17. (My comment above does not link to the right wordpress site. I have so much to learn. sigh)

    Your site is beautiful! I love your header! I'm a new blogger (first post 12/31/09)and I'm using wordpress.com. I've learned since then that I should be using .org but the instructions for switching are intimidating. You give me hope.

    1. Since a trip to Florence in '09, I am an avid student of real Italian cuisine. I would love Lydia's Italy!

    2. I recently made Marcella Hazan's "Rolled Fillets of Chicken with Pork and Rosemary Filling" from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Delicious and a great learning experience.

    3. After intense French classes in high school and a quarter in college, I could speak French. Mais, quel dommage, that was 40 years ago and I have forgotten most of it. So I can only claim English now. I'd love to reclaim the French and I'd love to learn Italian, which my daughter (who does speak Italian) learned is also useful in Spanish-speaking countries!

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  18. 1. Korean cooking! While I am korean, I am not as versed in traditional Korean cooking as I would like. With my parents leaving the country and no more of mom's cooking to fall back on, I need to get my butt into gear and learn to cook my favorite Korean foods!

    2. I just found a recipe for Brazilian cheese bread and am dying to try it out. I love bread, I love cheese and I love Brazilian food. This just sounds too perfect!

    3. I speak a bit of Korean, mostly conversationally and a bit of Spanish, from what I've learn in high school. Unfortunately both skills are fast deteriorating from little use! I would love to learn Cantonese and Japanese!

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  19. 1. Cocina de la Familia OR The Brazilian Kitchen!

    2. I recently made a fusion dish of Italian wheat pasta, spicy Spanish plantain sauce, Japanese edamame, and Chinese tofu and clementines. Sounds extremely weird, I know. But it was pretty delicious....

    3. I speak English, Chinese (Mandarin & Shanghainese), and Spanish, and would love to learn French and Portuguese...I think they're just beautiful.

    Thanks for the great post!

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  20. Congratulations on your Anniversary!

    Your danish looks amazing. I love the idea of the lime. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the link to the Photography school.

    I would love any of the cookbooks, but if I had to actually choose one it would be the Mexican - Cocina de la Familia.

    I would like to see more of your traditional family recipes.

    I only speak English. Since Canada has two official languages I would also like to speak French.

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  21. 1. Which cookbook would you like? "The North End; Italian Cookbook" because I love Italian food and I grew up right outside Boston and went to school in Boston so I visited the North End many times during those years.

    2. What international (i.e., outside of the U.S. for me) dish would you like to see on mangiodasola? OR What international (i.e., any dish not traditional to your country of residence) dish have you prepared?
    I'm mostly from a French background so I attempted to make traditional French macaroons which I love love love but they are hard to find good examples of in the states. I made mine with chocolate and almond flavor but they ended up burnt even though I cooked them less than what the recipe said. I will attempt again and watch more carefully. I would also like to see gelato attempted on this site because it is delicious and I am interested in trying to make it myself.

    3. And because I am a linguist, how many languages do you speak? AND/OR What languages would you like to learn, if you could?
    I speak English and French fluently. I took one semester of Italian and one semester of Spanish during college and hope to continue with those when I get the chance. I also took some Japanese classes when I was much much younger but was unable to pick up the different alphabets. I wish I had spent more time on that when I was younger.

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  22. Man! Three questions? Can I just have some danish, the burnt but not really danish is fine! :)

    1. Anyone of them would be happily received by me!
    2. More Puerto Rican dishes!!!
    3. English! :(

    Thanks!
    ~ingrid

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  23. Happy Blogiversary! I love that you revisted your first post and think both danishes look scrumptious, even if they didn't turn out as you'd hoped.
    1. The Brazilian Kitchen (don't think I've ever made anything Brazilian--that would be fun!)
    2. I've made Kolaches that I adapted from a recipe a friend gave me that was passed down from her grandmother, who was a full-blooded Czech.
    3. I only speak English but Spanish was my best subject through middle school and high school. I have forgotten a lot of what I learned, so if I had to choose a language, I would choose to relearn that one.

    How many languages do you know?

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  24. Wow! look are that danish! I think I'm gaining weight by looking at it! I think if I was going to pick it book it would have to be "The Foods of Portugal." I lived in Hawaii for a while and there are a lot of Portuguese over there. Their food was amazing! I agree with an above reader, I would like more of your family's traditional recipes. That would be a rich experience for me. I don't really speak any other language but I have studied Hawaiian in collage for two years and am fascinated by the language. I have actually been working on it more lately.
    Mahalo nui loa na nau hapa nui lani blog
    Thank you very much for your most beautiful blog
    Dana Zia

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  25. ok, here goes...
    i would like "Lidia's Italy". i love the show and italian food.
    i have made many near-authentic italian dishes, since my husband lived there and i have visited. one of my favorites is the simple, but oh-so-delish pasta e fagoli. done right it is sublime!
    i speak english, infant and toddler...studied french, but can only read it.

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  26. Memória, so many exciting new things! First, congrats on your blogiversary! You know how much I love your blog already, so I don't have to remind you of how fabulous it is. ;)
    Second, I'm sorry you had such a hard time with blogger/wordpress, but the new layout looks great! I too, have often spent way too much time time on blog stuff when I should have been doing research stuff.
    Third, a giveaway?!? That's so exciting. Well, here are my answers:
    1. Lydia's
    2. I love Italian, Indian, and Mexican.
    3. I speak English(obviously), Spanish, and Bengali.

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  27. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I support blogging as procrastination for disserting. ;)

    We love international cuisine ... but I'm eating more vegetarian these days. Brazilian food is healthy, no?

    We make all sorts of things ... my father was from Spain, and so tortillas are part of our regular rotation, but so is Tom Kha Gai!

    I speak English, some Spanish, very little French and Italian under duress. :) I wish I had time to practice all of these! (Except English, of course!)

    Thank you for your beautiful blog!

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  28. Happy Bloiversary! I hope you are still putting great recipes on here a year from now!


    1. Cocina de la familia
    2. I LOVE Arepas- I ate them all the time when I lived in Venezuela. I love making them and think you could do a good filling for them too.

    3.I speak English, Spanish, Zapoteco, and some French

    Heres hoping I am the lucky winner :)
    Ashley

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  29. (1) Lidia's Italy (cos I've seen her on TV and enjoy classics Italian book)

    (2) Are you challenged for Chicken Rice? It's popular. I have American's friends who love it so much and they can't find it back there.

    (3) English, Mandarin. Can't get further than being tri-lingual.

    Your danish looks very beautiful and oh yea, tell me about the switch of domain...that is why I am still reluctant for change, somehow.

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  30. I think even the burnt version looks very pretty. I'd like to try a braided pastry sooner or later, this looks like it'd be a nice summer dish.

    As for the questions...
    1) The North End

    2) My favorite food is Lebanese food. My family is Lebanese so naturally I grew up on it. My favorite dishes are kibbeh and mujadarrah, both served with leben.

    3) I took Spanish in school but a class room environment is really no way for me to learn a language. I picked up some spoken Japanese here and there but I can't read the characters. And I obviously know English.

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  31. 1. Lidia's Italy
    2. I would like to see a flan on here or maybe ropa vieja
    3. I speak 1 1/2 languages :-) English and some Spanish.

    Fallen or not, that pastry looks delicious! So does that "burnt" one. Though it doesn't look to burnt to me.

    Happy 1 year blogoversary!

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  32. oh dang! I meant to say "too burnt"! Please excuse my typo :-)

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  33. 1. Lidia's Italy. My mom has it and she loves it!

    2. I made ropa vieja once and it was delicious! I've also made tons of different Asian dishes, my favorite being Korean short ribs. I love everyday international cuisine because it's so often a one-pot meal.

    3. I speak a little bit of Spanish (I understand and read it much better than I speak it) and a tiny bit of Italian. I would love to actually learn Spanish and be fluent in it.

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  34. 1. Lidia's Kitchen. I loved watching her on PBS with my mom as a child.
    2. Since we are going Italian, I would love to see a braciole recipe. One of my favorites.
    3. I speak English and a bit of French. My husband is fluent in Spanish and I would like to learn to speak that as well.

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  35. Hi,

    I really like your blog, I will bookmark and comeback later.
    thank you..
    saddy

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  36. 1. I would love to have Lidia's Italy
    2. You should make banket, a traditional dutch almond pastry, it is so good! It's a Christmas tradition in my house, but that doesn't mean we don't eat it all year!
    3. I really only speak English unfortunately. I took a little bit of German in high school and college but it's been a long time. If I could though I would love to learn Dutch.

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  37. 1. I would love to have Lidia's Kitchen. No matter how many different kinds of food I try, I find that I just love Italian!

    2. I would love to see you try Dutch Sugar Bread. I am proud to be Dutch and this is a very interesting and delicious bread.

    3. I sadly only speak English. I took some German but am not very good at it. I would love to learn more German, Dutch, Spanish, and maybe more!

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  38. loved reading ur post! and the danish looks super....I love ehm...even burnt!
    ur layout is great..worth all the effort u put into it...

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  39. 1. Which cookbook would you like?
    --I'd love to try the Brazilian cookbook!

    2. What international (i.e., outside of the U.S. for me) dish would you like to see on mangiodasola? OR What international (i.e., any dish not traditional to your country of residence) dish have you prepared?
    --I'd like to see really something from Greece! I always love other culture's take on Greek food!

    3. And because I am a linguist, how many languages do you speak? AND/OR What languages would you like to learn, if you could?
    --I speak Greek and English. I'd love to learn Italian

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  40. Gosh, your blog is so beautiful! I just love it! I hate wordpress!!! I also bought a domain and tried setting it up with wordpress, it was a nightmare and my money and time were wasted. The danishes look incredible!

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  41. Happy blogiversary my friend! I'm hoping you blog for many many more years.

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  42. Hola,

    Esta es mi primera ves en un blog de cocina, me pase horas leyendo to blog, las recesetas son fenomenales, lastima que yo no cocino tanto por que no tengo tiempo y no me gusta pero me gusta comer. Veo que tienes un concurso no se si es para cualquiera persona o nada mas para las personas que cocinas pero si me permistes yo tambien me gustaria contestar tus preguntas.

    1.A mi me gustaria cualquiera, por que como dije no cocino mucho y me ayudaria mucho cualquier libro.
    2.Como no se de cocina pues no se pero me gustaria que ver alguien que cocine una comida exotica.
    3. Y el unico idioma o lengua que hablo es el espanol, pero se que preguntaste que idiomas o lenguas uno habla, yo leo y entiendo italiano, portugues, he ingles, yo quisiera hablar una lengua muerta o antigua.

    Su esposo a decer una person con mucha surte con encontrarse con una mujer que le guste cocinar. Y eso es para todas las peronas con esposo

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  43. That pastry looks positively sinful! LOve your blog.

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  44. And no, I am not here for the book, just wanted to let you know what a wonderful blog you have!

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  45. HAPPY 1 year BLOGIVERSARY!

    Beautiful danish, Memoria! I love the lemon lime filling..so unique in danish land :) Also love how you redecorated the place! That said..to answer your blogiversary giveaway q's


    1. I'd like the Portugal or Brazil cookbook

    2. I'd lovew to see you make this great beef plantain omelet called 'Pinon'. My friends mom used to make it for me all the time..love it so much!
    3. I speak a little French and a bit of Spanish, but I'm basiclly a single lingual..lol

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  46. I wanted to tell you that I love your blog! It's simple and so cool that you are a graduate student!! I just finished my undergrad :D I also like the wide variety of recipes that you try- I tried the crock pot dulce de leche because i've been making it on the oven for years but the plug was broken so my slow cooker never turned on...but thats the plug's fault! hmm I guess I'll enter the contest too...

    1. Lidia's Italian- in a tomato phase! i'd also like to start an herb garden!! also, would love love to learn more about italian food instead of just the stereotypical spaghetti and lasagna that everyone thinks of!!
    2. maybe you should take a stab at chinese food! it's hard but rewarding! dim sum is my favorite- specifically this bun called char siu bao which is a very very tender steamed bread filled with meat. its yummy! i tried to make it once but can't get the filling right!
    3. english and proficient in spanish since my grandma speaks it- would like to learn chinese though since I loveeee the food and would like to go back there and be able to actually order street food for myself!!

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  47. The danish came out gorgeous and I don't think you could have picked a better filling.

    Going to bookmark this so I can make it sometime soon.

    Thanks!

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  48. I think that Danish pastry looks wonderful, despite what you wrote about the mishaps. I've got that Lidia cookbook already, but would love the North End Italian cookbook. How about something from Belgium - the food there is even better than France - maybe waterzooi? I speak English and Italian.

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  49. It's really nice to find your blog. Your photos are great, even if you did tan the danish. :) Happy blogoversary to you!

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  50. I bookmarked this recipe!
    1. I would like "The Brazilian Kitchen"
    2. I would like to see a dish that uses duck!
    3. I speak 5 languages--English, Mandarin, French, Indonesian, and Italian. And I would love to learn Portugese and/or Russian soon.

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  51. Your danish looks delicious - I'd prob even eat the burnt one!

    1. Food of Portugal
    2. I would love to see tapas-style dishes on your site. Something as simple as the spanish omelet would be great!
    3. 1.5 languages. English and a little Korean.

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  52. your danishes are stunning! I'd be lucky to create something even half as beautiful even if i didn't drop or burn it..

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  53. Happy blogiversary!! Even if they didn't turn out as you would have liked, those Danishes are so amazingly tempting. I copied the recipe and just wish I had time to make it today. It will have to be soon--even though I fear yeast. Gracias por la recta con muchas intrucciones especificas.

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  54. Oh my goodness, I could definitely have my way with those pastries. Do a lot of damage too! They look wonderful, I may have to try out the lime...

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  55. Good Grace, I am utterly so happy that you have the step by step process, that helps a lot. Thank you so much!

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  56. It's me again ....
    welcome back to blogger (not that I have so many google executives at my neighborhood) But, I think blogger is just much easier and more simpler to change thing around your blog.
    I have the same problem with wordpress. I have blog on wordpress first before I join blogger. I found that wordpress is very technical and when I tried to change the css, I found out that I had to pay. I am very happy with blogger at least for now.

    Cheers,
    elra

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  57. Mem, you know I am not here for the giveaway. ;) I just wanted to wish you a very happy 1st blog anniversary and many, many more to come. You're an amazing cook, baker, writer and photographer. AND you're a linguist too! Whatever you make is always pretty - burnt, dropped or perfect - and I am being serious. So, hugs to you, my friend. Hope you have a wonderful blog birthday week. :)

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  58. Happy bloggiversary chica! I love the idea of a lemon-lime danish. I've never seen one with those flavors before, which is too bad because I love citrus more than anything.

    Great giveaway! I would love The Brazilian Kitchen and to see you cook croissants! I bet you would do a great job with them. I speak two languages - English and Italian.

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  59. Congratulations on your Blogiversary and I love the new header on the page. The danish looks fantastic and that lime glaze is just perfect, I could just eat a piece with my cup of tea now!

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  60. Oh, this is just stunning. What great photos to help with the step-by-step making of it too.

    I can't figure out what's going on with my reader, but I've been wondering why you haven't been posting and today 6 posts popped into my reader - all outdated. So here I am seeing all I've been missing! : )

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  61. Both danishes look great too me, especially the fallen one :) Must have been a sweet labour of love

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  62. Lovely danishes and I love the sounds of these flavors. Looks are no matter when taste is excellent in my opinion, but I do understand the pressure we have as bloggers.

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  63. I'm so happy to have checked your archives! I don't speak Portuguese but I love all things Danish, particularly cheese Danish, and this one looks simply fabulous. Sunday, tomorrow, is my fancy breakfast day and I will definitely make this beauty then. Many thanks for sharing!

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  64. That looks super yummy !
    1. Me encantaria tener el libro de Lidia's Italy cookbook,
    2. I'm from Belgium and I am a big fan of waffles but never found a good recipe...
    3. Je parle Français, Néerlandais, Espanol (mi esposito es Costarricence) and English ...

    Gracias por la receta !

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