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“Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. LV: ‘Today’s Recipe is for Russian Tea Cookies—delicious Shortening-based Cookies dusted with Powdered Sugar—Heavenly Morsels to be Sure” by Chef Kilgore Randalini



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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Chef Kilgore Randalini

FABULOUS BAKERY DESSERTS, PT. LV

 Fabulous Bakery Desserts, Pt. LV: ‘Today’s Recipe is for Russian Tea Cookies—delicious Shortening-based Cookies dusted with Powdered Sugar—Heavenly Morsels to be Sure” by Chef Kilgore Randalini



Bakersfield, CA, 04-26-2012 Th: We are going to continue on with another cookie recipe today as promised and this one is a beautiful one, the famed Russian Tea Cookie, heavenly little tidbits rolled into balls and when they exit the oven, dusted with powdered sugar.  I love these cookies and they are among my most requested wherever I work.  People love them and the good thing about them is that they’re unavailable by the bakery companies, one would have to order them especially from a bakery which is the way it should be if they can’t bake them themselves.  I always favor making sure that union bakeries get my business because I do believe in the importance of labor unions in certain areas.  Traditionally culinary personnel and bakery workers are the most taken-advantage of employees in the nation and that to me is something that justifies the entrance of unions.  I don’t believe in the excessive demands leveled by union representatives in other arenas because they typically are what make it impossible to buy American goods.  When you tack on so much additional costs to a finished product, it ends up being cheaper to buy the goods from China, South Korea, or Latin American than in buying them at home and supporting American workers.  There’s a fine line between doing what’s right and in crushing the businesses that employ the workers.  This is the inherent problem with unions, they go overboard in their protection of the workers and their demands become so onerous that it’s impossible for many businesses to be competitive and to do well in the nation.  I think there needs to be a happy medium in which workers’ jobs are protected while allowing their employers to remain competitive.  If this doesn’t happen and soon, you will see the United States become a complete service economy which is tragic, we need to return to the manufacturing giant we once were.

So, you ask, “What’s the difference, Kilgore, between the bakers’ and cooks’ unions and others like the UAW?” Well, the difference is this: the demands aren’t so overboard as to destroy the employers but protect the workers from being terminated for false cause or their jobs being stripped away and delivered into the hands of illegals.  It is important that jobs and health and safety issues are addressed and not top-heavy demands that don’t make sense and which make the businesses unable to compete on the national and world markets.  I want to see the things that unions always protected maintained and not these new demands which make it impossible for restaurants to be able to have a full kitchen and floor staff.  When that changes, we might actually see bakers in many restaurants once again thereby establishing a larger job base and more creativity.  Sure, the top hotels, country clubs, and fine-dining restaurants will always have room for pastry chefs but the regular restaurants, coffee shops, and delicatessens will be able to expand and to add new workers to their payrolls.  It’s time to wake up, America!  Let’s see a drive to return bakers back to every restaurant, hotel, country club, hospital, and coffee shop across this country and see a rebound of the economy!

Well, sorry for the tirade on unionism and my ideas on it.  Here’s the recipe for my Russian Tea Cookies, one of the best I have in my repertoire!  The main thing is to always pay attention to the cookies when they’re in the oven so that they DON’T overbake, that’s the cardinal sin that we try to avoid whenever we spend money making something and getting it into the oven.  It’s important to be vigilant as if you don’t happen to have an oven thermometer and are going on what seems to be right, you’ll liable to commit a major mistake and to have to start over—then it’s a waste of money, time, and resources!  Let’s do it:

(#1437) RUSSIAN TEA COOKIES





Yield: About 2 Dozen:


Qty.
Measure
Item


.75
Cup
Shortening


.75
Cup
Powdered sugar


1.75
Cups
All-purpose flour


3/8
Teaspoon
Salt


1
Teaspoon
Vanilla extract


Powdered sugar




Method:



1.      Preheat standard oven to 350°F or convection oven—fan in the “on” position—to 300°F. 

2.      Cream shortening and powdered sugar together and then blend in remaining items.  Mix together well and then refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.

3.      Cut into 2-dozen pieces of equal size and roll into balls. Place on two sheet pans and then bake on the middle oven rack, one at a time, and brown lightly, about 12-15 minutes.  Remove them from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool when they show the least amount of brown around the edges; note, they’ll continue to bake on the pan for a minute or two longer.

4.      Dust with powdered sugar and allow them to finish cooling and then serve or store in airtight containers for use at a later time. The cookies will remain fresh for about a week or so.

This is one of the all-time great cookie recipes that are easy to make and a real pleasure to eat. You will use this one time and time again!  The most important thing is as stressed: be vigilant while baking and you will have success beyond your wildest dreams!

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Please remember to avoid doing business with AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA.  These people don’t care about the small customer anymore but instead put all of their attentions onto their corporate customers. It’s sad to not remember why one has the success they do or from where it came.

Sorry for the tirade, once more, on the importance of unions and what they should and should not do, it’s important that workers are always protected but that companies aren’t driven out of business by non-caring union representatives.  Too often, that’s the case and too often, the workers are the ones being hurt, not the union leadership.  It’s like a cancer killing its host: once the host is dead, the cancer dies with it.  NEVER allow the businesses that are necessary for American jobs to be driven out of business.  It’s important that we do the right thing in November on Election Day! Don’t miss it!    

   Anyhow, let us close with this impassioned plea—please leave some comments and/or become a follower and why not spend some money and purchase an album by HOT TUNA and/or buy a cookbook from Amazon.com—we want to make some money here so help us out by buying something!  We are allied with them and are pleased to market their merchandise! See you next time around! Bye!  

Thank you!

Kilgore Randalini

Kilgore Randalini
Working Chef, ACF

This is me back in the 1980's when I was a middle-aged chef working at a Grand Hotel in Southern California. I began my culinary career in the early 1960's after having spent some time in the United States Army. Presently, I am still working at a local country club somewhere in Kern County.

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The END Commentary for Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Chef Kilgore Randalini



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