From Lizzy - Boston, MA
I’ve made your meatballs before and they are amazing, but I am still a beginner and I’m always feeling a little confused about the breadcrumbs! Do you recommend any specific brand of “seasoned dried breadcrumbs” And for the fresh breadcrumbs, do I just chop up some bread and call them breadcrumbs?
For the seasoned dried breadcrumbs, I like brand '"4c" which is available in most grocery stores. For fresh breadcrumbs, I start with a loaf of crusty white or sourdough bread, remove the crust, and chop the bread in a food processor until it's the size of large breadcrumbs. I hope that helps!!
From Becky - Grand Rapids, MI
I want to make your Morning Glory Muffins. In your recipe you say to use a box grater to shred the carrots and apple. I don't have a box grater anymore- may I use my electric shredder instead?
I use a box grater because it makes the carrots a lot less wet than grating them in the food processor does. If you use a food processor or other electric appliance instead, I would lay the carrots out on a towel dry them afterwards so you don't end up adding extra moisture to the batter.
From Jackie Conn - Gig Harbor, WA
Your recipes often call for use of a food mill. I don't have one. Can I have success using a food processor or immersion blender?
You can definitely use an immersion blender or the food processor, just be sure that you don't over process the vegetables- you don't want them to end up like baby food!
From Sue Carroll - Bethesda, MD
How do you decide whether to use a stand mixer or a food processor when blending butter into flour?
When you're blending butter into flour, a stand mixer does it more slowly, and you can control the speed better. If you're careful, you can certainly use a food processor instead, you just want to be sure that you don't over-blend the butter.
From Jean M. - Boston, MA
What kind of food processor do you use on the show?