Yeah. It's not that pretty. To be fair to myself, that red wrapping I used on the base is what throws off the color balance in the photo. But still. It's a rather ugly display. It's chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, a 6" heart sitting on a 15" heart...decorated with rambling greenery and frightful… Continue reading Cakes – Chocolate Heart With Flowers – 1997 (Eek!)
Earlier today I put up a post to let readers know I was going to take a little vacation of sorts from posting - it's a busy week here and I needed to set something aside, and this seemed the logical choice. And then...because I am a masochist...I was just checking my stats, and I… Continue reading Timing is Everything
Sorry, I didn't make the Peanut Butter Torte - this week's Tuesdays With Dorie challenge. I have too much else on my plate right now and just couldn't squeeze it in. But go check out all the other members (listed on the TWD site) and take a look at all of their mouth-watering renditions! See… Continue reading TWD: Not This Week – Sorry!
Yesterday morning my Dad's Rotary Club held their annual May Breakfast. We went down, and saw my father there, resplendant in his bright red apron, while we stood in line. My mother and my sister and her son arrived a little later. While we were there, I snapped few pictures, and this one just cracks… Continue reading May Breakfast
Bill put a few large crickets in the lizard tank and Julia stood nearby - not too close - to watch the lizard stalk his prey. He finally scurried down from his leafy perch and got one, then scrambled back up to gulp the thing down. It was a big cricket, so it took a… Continue reading Blinks
I suddenly realized the other day that Cinco de Mayo was fast approaching and, good heavens, I haven't posted anything relevant. Not that too many people will care...but I had a couple of big theme months recently, food-wise, what with all the Valentine's Day dinners and desserts in February and then the whole corned beef… Continue reading Margarita Ice Cream with Picante y Dulce Almond Brittle
I wanted to make something crunchy to accompany my Margarita Ice Cream. I wanted it to be sweet, but to have flavors influenced by what I know (not a lot) about Mexican cooking, and I wanted it spicy-hot to play against the cold and tangy ice cream. I used Gale Gand's Sesame Brittle recipe in… Continue reading Picante y Dulce Almond Brittle
I've had a copy of Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cuisine for, oh, months now. It's another beautiful book put out by DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing and written, of course, by Masaharu Morimoto, of both the original Iron Chef series and the American version. And, more importantly, chef and restauranteur and rock star of… Continue reading Red Miso Souffle with Lemon Ice Cream
(Adapted from the "Yuzu Ice Cream" recipe in Morimoto.) "This ice cream is subtly flavored with yuzu, a citrus fruit favored by not only Japanese chefs, but by chefs everywhere who get to sample its inimitable taste. The juice can be had from the fresh fruit or is sold jarred or frozen in Asian specialty… Continue reading Lemon Ice Cream
I just knew. There was that notice that came home from kindergarten in his backpack - the generic "a child in your child's class has tested positive for strep" form to give all the other parents a head's up. That was earlier in the week. But there could have been other causes for the sore… Continue reading Yep. It’s Strep.