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When my mom took me shopping to pick out a cake for my third birthday party, I perused the cake case and almost immediately zeroed in on a pure white coconut layer cake, crowned by a single gleaming red maraschino cherry. Now, this wouldn't seem out of the ordinary, except for one key factor: I hated coconut (and still do).
Not looking to tempt a meltdown, my mom gave in and had the cake boxed up for the celebration. Later, after blowing out the candles, I refused to try even the tiniest taste, instead gobbling up the maraschino cherry with glee, sated by that single cheery cherry. Today, my mom likes to joke that she could have gotten away with just buying a jumbo-size jar of maraschino cherries, with better success for all parties involved.
So when my mom mentioned that my (much younger) brother requested a carrot cake for his birthday, I panicked slightly. Would he be expecting the carrot cake equivalent of that notorious coconut cake? Were his eyes filled with dreams of piped frosting carrots, rather than the contents within? Craftier folk might have practiced piping diminutive carrots ad nauseam until they came out with bakery-level precision. But I know my limitations: my shaky hands are capable of a clean and simple frosting job at best, so I trudged on, and held my hopes high that my brother would be wise beyond his years and enjoy the cake for its sweet and spicy flavor, rather than a deftly packaged product.
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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently launched a slew of new beverages: a new line of sweet teas, as well as a unique hot-beverage concept, tea cappuccinos. Intrigued by the new concept and a penchant for sweet tea, we took a
coffee tea break to see how the chain's latest drink offerings stack up.
A quick word before we delve into specifics (and how each beverage fared): a tea cappuccino, at least by TCB&TL's definition, is a vanilla bean syrup-sweetened, steamed milk-topped beverage with a tea base that's brewed in an espresso machine solely devoted to tea brewing.
Chai Tea Cappuccino
Full of robust, peppery, authentic chai flavor, the Chai Tea Cappuccino was neither too sweet nor flat (as many chai blends unfortunately tend to be). Hints of ginger, cardamom, and other sweet-leaning spices meld perfectly with the vanilla bean sauce and powder, making for a drink perfect for days when an indulgent start is obligatory. For everyday mornings, we'll take advantage of the store's openness to drink customization (and use of loose leaf tea, rather than a concentrated chai base) and order the cappuccino unsweetened to avoid a midmorning sugar crash.
Scottish Breakfast Tea Cappuccino
While we enjoyed the robust, tannic Scottish tea base of this iteration, it lost points when combined with the incongruent vanilla bean sauce, which, while spot on when paired with the chai tea, didn't quite do it for us with the otherwise pleasant black tea. We'd consider reordering this option unsweetened or with a drizzle of honey.
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One of the best things about tea towels is the fact that you can switch them up often and show off your personality with their fun designs. Now that Spring is here, it's the perfect time to shop some of the best and brightest ones out there and give your space that warm-weather feel. Use them as decor, for drying dishes, to bundle up muffins — whatever the way, bring the season's florals and colors to your counters with these pretty (and practical) picks.
Got a few leftovers after making, say, braised short ribs? Follow in the footsteps of crccooks and turn them into a whole new — and equally delicious — dish by adding pasta.
Inspired by a pasta course I had at Mario Batali's Del Posto in NYC, this dish features tender, fall-off-the-bone braised short ribs and sautéed Swiss chard studded with crispy pancetta.
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Color-coding the kids. Lunch on the go. Maybe even a leash for her 1 year old. That’s what works for Rose, a busy yet surprisingly blissful mom living her dream job as cook, chauffeur, maid, storyteller, laundress, and rodeo-wrangler/lion-tamer to three super-active boys under the age of 3.
Check out the video above for a peek inside her day, and see how she relies on Tide Detergent to protect her colors — and thus, preserve her sanity!
Did you know March is National Noodle Month? It doesn't surprise us that 31 whole days are dedicated to the versatile food — it's the basis of so many delicious meals and lets all cooks, no matter what their level, get creative in the kitchen. To honor the staple, we've rounded up five recipes to make this week. Consider it a nod to some of our favorite noodlelicious dishes.