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For the Love of Doughnuts

Gentle readers, into every virtuous eating life some doughnuts must fall. Be they called beignets or fried dough, they are simply delicious. Life has delivered a few of these wonderful treats lately, and here’s an ode to them.

The Hot Now Sign, a Siren Song for Me

The Hot Now Sign, a Siren Song for Me

1. Cake style. Still thinking about the doughnut in New York, which I ate too fast to photograph. That is in fact the sign of a great doughnut. Much like Hot Now from Krispy Kreme. My heart is with the double K, but an artisan cake doughnut is a thing of beauty.

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry: Because I could not stop long enough to photograph the actual doughnut.

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry: Because I could not stop long enough to photograph the actual doughnut.

2. Beignets. Procured at Bouchon in The Venetian in Las Vegas. These were tasty, and I attacked them like a wild dog. It is very difficult to get granulated sugar back off of your phone, by the way. Spread with a touch of jam (we passed on the chocolate sauce for breakfast), these were a delight. I desperately wanted chicory coffee though.

Beignets from Bouchon with Chocolate and Jam

Beignets from Bouchon with Chocolate and Jam

3. Fusion with dipping sauces. These doughnuts were more of a sauce vector. There were three, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. The vanilla was nice, a bit sharper than sweet. The doughnuts were bite-sized and perfect for after a meal. (I realized I failed to take a picture of these as well, notice a trend? So here are some oversized biscuits instead, doughnuts cousins.)

Biscuits from Hash House a Go Go.

Biscuits from Hash House a Go Go.

In conclusion, though I have no need to take up another hobby, I bet I’ll be working on making apple cider doughnuts soon. They are my weakness, and I would like to see how hard they are to do from scratch. Are you a doughnut fan? Post your favorite in the comments section!

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Gentle Readers, It’s Time for a Change

Gentle Readers, after over 365 days of daily blogging, the time has come to change gears a bit. On occasion, The Practical Cook must sleep. Fueled by ice cream, bacon, and chocolate, I can accomplish much, but eventually one must make time to braise and stew. For the month of March, I will be moving to blogs on Sunday (Weekly Menus, probably a bit expanded), Wednesday, and Friday.

Coffee Unadulterated: Better Bitter Than Sweet

Coffee Unadulterated: Better Bitter Than Sweet

My goal is to spend more time in the kitchen, more time doing field research, and more time engaging with all of you. That said, as always, I want to hear your thoughts. This is a trial run, and I’ll let you know the results at the end of March. We’ll be running the Bacon Brackets just the same, and there will be recipes, reviews, and more. In fact, let’s take a poll, shall we?

Thanks to one and all for your support and for your readership. Please feel free to tell me what you think in the Comments section below. Good, bad, or indifferent, I’d like to hear from you.

Fuel for The Practical Cook (Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe's)

Fuel for The Practical Cook (Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe's)

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