Saturday, May 7, 2011

What a perfect day in Gay, GA! Our third trip to the Cotton Pickin' Fair and it gets better each time. Today the weather was a crystal clear day with highs near 80 but cool in the morning. Lots of repeat customers and friends from our previous trips.
We are staying at the Pine Mountain Club Chalets http://www.pinemountainclubchalets.com, up the road in Pine Mountain (near Callaway Gardens http://www.callawaygardens.com). Darling chalet with a large screen porch - grilling dinner and resting up for tomorrow. Mother's Day - but I am happy to be
here.
I have had a revelation about baking cakes on this trip. We have been just about everywhere in the southeast and Texas baking cakes for shows. When people tell me their cakes never turn out, I am always amazed. Today at the chalet my cake got too brown in the oven. Over the years as owner of Home and Garden, we have done hundreds of cooking classes, and it is amazing how many women do not have the appropriate tools in the kitchen. It occurred to me today that most people don't think about their oven - just the cooktop. A convection oven makes baking a breeze - even temperature and a nice crisp top. Checking the temp and "hotspots" will make everything you bake turn out a little more perfectly!
Looking forward to another day at the "fair" - will fill you in tomorrow!

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