Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Hands On Research
While writing UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, I tried my hand at making pierogi as it was a staple for my characters in 1950s Detroit.
Had I simply read about the process in a cookbook, I wouldn't have known how sticky the dough can be if not mixed just right.
I wouldn't have poured the potato-water down the drain and had to boil another half-dozen potatoes.
I wouldn't have experienced the pitfalls of rolling the dough too thin and too thick, and I wouldn't have discovered what happens when one does not properly and thoroughly crimp the dumplings.
Had the process gone smoothly and without all of these missteps, I wouldn't have had much to write about.
Thankfully, I gave myself much material.
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