A lot of secrets are coming out about Amy Bouzaglo,, as in Amy’s Baking Company, after the airing of the episode of “Kitchen Nightmares” that featured the Scottsdale, AZ, restaurant.
There is the felony record.
The purloined photos.
Will I have one for you. I strongly suspect Amy did not bake the pastries featured on the show.
And here’s why.
- It takes a lot of technical skill to be a pastry chef. A lot. Amy has difficulty serving a pizza without the dough being raw.
- I don’t see her getting up at 4.a.m. every morning, the time bakers usually get to work, to make the goodies that were featured on the episode. That’s especially considering that both she and her husband take off days and close the place down at will. That’s incongruous with the discipline it takes to be a baker.
- It could have been just the way the segment was shot, but I did not see any evidence of any of the utensils and equipment it takes to bake on the scale that was showcased on the show.
- She would post photos of what she makes. I routinely post photos of the things I make. I have seen some of the photos “borrowed” without my knowledge and I’m just a blogger/author/broadcaster. You best believe if I had a restaurant I would be posting the food I made, and not featuring pix from websites as varied as Livestrong’s and Martha Stewart’s.
That, I suspect, is why Amy has been so sensitive.
If I am wrong Amy, and it’s okay if you call me a moron, I dare you to bake, on camera, something for Gordon.
Just leave out the arsenic.
We first met in a room in Malawi, Africa. There was a midwife in that room, along with a chair with a hole in the middle of it. That’s about it, which was a bit of a problem because my umbilical cord was tied twice around my neck. The midwife handled it, but then there was another problem. I didn’t cry. They had to splash me with cold water to get a reaction My brothers might say that after that I never shut up.. So it began, a mother and daughter love story. My mother has always been my inspiration–from orphan to Ph.D. and bestselling author and popular speaker. She is even more inspiring in private.
Hard times arouse an instinctive drive for authenticity.
I don’t know it all, although my brothers might say that I think otherwise.
Truth be told, I love to learn. Guess that’s a by-product of being the progeny of educators.
There were always books around the house. When those ran out, it was off to the library.
Now it’s a matter of taking an on ramp to the information highway.
My learning is not arm chair. Every week I learn and do something new. In recent weeks that has included learning how to make sourdough bread.
And just this week, I thought to myself, why can’t I make a meatball from eggplant? Score. And I also picked up some new beauty tips this week that will profoundly change how I put myself together.
So why don’t you vow to try something new this week. And why would you want to do that?
- It builds confidence. Do one thing well, it will propel you to try something else. My success with making sourdough was the gateway for me to make the best 100% whole wheat bread of my life.
- It relieves boredom. Do you really want to do the same thing over and over and over again without trying something new? Technology changes. Ditto your abilities and your determination.
- It provides you with a new interest. There are whole groups devoted to wild yeast, the kind you capture when you make sourdough. I would never have been aware of that subculture, had it not been for my new food fancy.
- You may find that the old way you have been doing things is better than the new. That’s another way to build your confidence.
- If you are cooking something, it will give your something very tasty for dinner.
I don’t get the History Channel so I have not been able to see the blockbuster hit, The Bible. No worries. I’ve read the book.
Try it Tuesday is all about trying something that won’t cost you more than five bucks and it won’t take your more than 30 minutes to accomplish.
On this Try It Tuesday, I want you to nail it.
Nail art has come a long way from the French nail.
Use your nail bed to bring out your inner Michelangelo.
While I have a few old bottles of Chanel polish, my tips are just as happy with what I have picked up for a dollar. Going cheap will allow you to experiment with colors. Black. Blue. Grey. Metallic. The important thing, if you want the shine to last, is to use a top coat.
- Try going ombre with your nails. That’s basically a gradient that goes from light to dark.
- Try an animal print. I free styled mine, but there are plenty of tutorials online.
- All that glitters may be the glitter that you have in your craft cupboard. Mix the glitter with you clear nail polish.
- Paint every nail a different color in the same color family. If you don’t have the colors in on hand, mix the colors you do have. Recycle a plastic container to use as your palette.
- Try a new shape up your nails. I vote for square.
- Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees
- Sprinkle each rib with a pinch of salt. Then rub it in.
- Slather each rib with one teaspoon of Sriracha
- Place in baking pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake, on the rack closest to the middle of the oven, for three and a half hours.
- Bake for an additional half hour uncovered.
- Boom! Get ready to feast on your very own Super Stupendous Simple Sriracha Ribs
Mayo infused potato salad and sugary beans are frequent rib companions, but since the ribs are decadent enough as it is, I like to pair ribs with healthier fare. There is nothing more delicious than a baked sweet potato. Plain. Steamed brocolli is good too. Remember, I like juxtaposition.
Tell me how yours turned out,