Pocatello has drawn talented people from different parts of the world. This includes the cook Tom Cashin from New Jersey, who runs this eating place with his wife. Actually I declare myself a good cook too! See my work (Tarte aux Pommes) done in an actual French kitchen at http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo429969.htm
If something happens to ISU's Computer Science program, er, "Department," where I teach, maybe I'll open a Pâtisserie! Or maybe a photo studio! Actually, both are difficult to keep afloat around here I'm sure, but not impossible.
Well, it's almost 2AM here in Pocatello, and one last thing I'd like to say is that it's fun to fantasize what I'd make if I ran a Pâtisserie. (Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss' "If I ran the Zoo"! Here's a possible list.... As restaurateurs in Pocatello will tell you, keep it short but easy and interesting.
- Tartes aux Pommes. Like the one you see if you clicked the link to trekearth I just gave you. I know this one so well, and it's good and simple. This represents France.
- Frankfurter Kränze. I had (and will again find) Nika Standen Hazelton's old-fashioned version with 13 egg yolks and a ton of butter (well, not quite). They are wonderful and I made them many times when I was a student in Baltimore. People loved these. So these represent Germany, but the present-day German recipes are often not decadent enough and don't taste right!
- Schwarzwälder Kirschtorten count as German (though the origin is questionable) and are wonderful when made well. Did flop sometimes on me when I used to make them.
- Engadiner Nußtorten Wonderful and easy-to-make representatives of Switzerland. Only 4 ingredients and no chemical leavening agent!
- German's Chocolate Cakes "Remember -- It's German's, not German!!!" representing the United States.
- Banana-Peanut Cakes Great representatives of my native Thailand, even though probably originated from
the United States.
Well, it's bedtime! My Pâtisserie is not going to open any time soon, if ever. But for now you can keep fantasizing, or better yet, you can start making these things yourself.