The best thing about a wedding cake is the multiple flavors. Julie worriedly told me that she hates chocolate and loves marzipan but her fiance, Scott, loves chocolate and hates marzipan! Looks like this is a predicament that shows how newlyweds can learn to compromise. Luckily this dilemma has an end result in which both can have their cake and eat it too (sorry guys I had to make that horrible pun...) by alternating layers of marzipan and chocolate cake. Or choose one cake, julieulie suggested she was interested in a chocolate chip pound cake with layers alternating in chocolate and marzipan frosting. Fill small bowls with black, white, and blue candies and arrange on the table next to the cake. If you are having a wedding that will most likely last until the wee hours of the morning offer a late night snack a la Truman Capote's Black and White Ball and serve a snack at 2 am. Keep the snack simple and serve a breakfast style hash, mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk, or miniature grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. For the chocolate chip pound cake recipe-it's light and fluffy thanks to sour cream- read more
Posts for April 17th 2007
- Okay, this is a bit corny, but it made me smile, and Adam (aka The Amateur Gourmet) is fantastic. Check out how he saves a lady's life with Eggs Benedict. - Serious Eats
- So you're having a party and you don't want your friends to bring their children, how do you tell them? Here are some tips to help you out. - Chow
- Oh eggs, beautiful eggs. I know, you probably think I have some sort of problem, but eggs make me drool. Be sure to see this recipe for Pappardelle With Bagna Cauda, Wilted Radicchio and an Olive-Oil-Fried Egg. - Wednesday Chef
- I have a feeling we all know at least one geek who would love these Chocolate Gadgets. - geeksugar
- Learn the art of the Japanese Bento Box. - The Daily Tiffin
- New York legend Joseph Ades is still hawking his peelers in Manhattan. - Kitchen @ Apartment Therapy
- Los Angeles readers, you're in for a treat. Cybele has put together her list of places to buy candy in LA. I say someone needs to google map it and go on a candy quest. - Candyblog
The seating arrangements at weddings can be a daunting task. Deciding how to place your divorced grandparents far away from each other and your single girlfriend with the single friend of your cousin can be a challenging and overwhelming chore, luckily with DearSugar's helpful advice you can get the job done. However once you have decided where to seat each of your guests the fun begins...creating the perfect placecards! Placecards are beautifully written little notes with the name of the guests on the front and a table number on the back. Use your imagination to come up with inventive ways of numbering your tables. At a wedding I attended last September the couple is known for their crazy love for candy.
Instead of giving the tables a number they named each one for a different candy (gummi bears, m&m's, skittles, etc). At the tables guests were met by small goodie bags with the candy of their table. If you are having a destination wedding you can name each table after a neighborhood of the city or take pictures of you and your fiance at each of the locations and use these pictures to identify the tables.
There are endless ways to decoratively and festively arrange placecards so that your guests are pleasantly surprised upon their arrival to the reception. Attach to a bulletin board decorated in beautiful ribbon, place each card in a stick in potter's soil, write the names on a keepsake seashell, slide a flower into each card. Placecards serve as a nice reminder of your wedding celebration and guests can take theirs home with them so make them special. If you can afford it hire a professional calligrapher to write out all of the names. Got a placecard idea, please do tell it below!
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Planning the dinner for a wedding can be a very tedious task. Work with your event planner and caterer to determine the best, local and seasonal dishes to round out the menu. Offer a variety of choices with at least two entrees one meat and one vegetarian. Steer clear of choosing a dish that may not please the majority of guests like lamb, duck, or a fishy tasting fish. If you serve a cocktail hour with lots of heavier appetizers, dinner can be a light meal consisting of crab cakes or grilled marinated steak placed on salad greens. Likewise, if you are serving very light appetizers, do not skimp on the main course. Instead of serving dinner in buffet style with several long tables where a slow moving line is inevitable, create several buffet stations and place them around the locale. To see my main course serving suggestions for Julie and Scott's wedding, read more
Pizza is probably my all time favorite food. I love it so much I could write a Dr. Seuss-like poem about it... or I could make one for dinner tonight, which is a little more up my alley than rhymes. For a fresh spring take on pizza, opt for one that is loaded with peppery arugula after it is baked. With the crust super crispy and two types of oozing melted cheese, this pizza is to die for. A perfect light meal when paired with a glass of white wine and a bowl of tomatoes, this pizza could also work as an appetizer for a dinner party if cut into bite sized pieces. If you love pizza like I do, and are looking for the recipe, all you have to do is read more
Have you ever gone to some fast food place, taken a look at the pictures on the menu and decided that, despite what you know about fast food, it looks pretty darn good? Then you order it and WTF? Is this the same meal? Well the folks over at The West Virginia Surf Report have decided to start a comparison of fast food ads vs real fast food photographs. There's a lot of debate as to whether or not this is a fair comparison (after all the ads get great lighting and color correction, so maybe the real pictures should have better lighting and color correction), however it is still pretty telling. The picture above shows Taco Bell's Nacho Bell Grande and if you ask me, no amount of lighting, color correction or soft focus lenses would make the one on the right look nearly as good as the one on the left. Some of the ads don't look nearly as terrible as the others - and some look bad no matter what, the fish fillet looks sort of odd and bland even in the ad photo - but don't take my word on it, go ahead and judge for yourself.
What do you guys think? Do you think it's fair to compare them? Is it bad for advertisers to use the images they do?
Also, this isn't the first time this has been done. In fact just last month The Consumerist ran a comparison of the Wendy's 4 Alarm Spicy Chicken ad vs a real picture.
Don't forget! Today is free cone day at participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shops! Get there between 12-8pm, and you'll be able to receive a free cone! What flavor will you get?
It's wedding time here at the Sugar Network and I'm pulling out all of the stops to create and inspire the perfect reception for julieulie and her fiancé Scott. We kicked things off yesterday with a beautiful baby blue, black, and white invitation and today we are moving right along to the food - where the majority of your reception budget will be spent. At Julie and Scott's more formal wedding, cocktails will be served with passed tray appetizers and an antipasto bar in a small room overlooking all of Philadelphia. Then for dinner the entire party will move into a lavishly decorated ballroom where the sit down meal will be served. Julie is a vegetarian, but Scott is not, so the menu should be both veggie and meat eater friendly. I have a variety of six appetizer suggestions that reflect the location and the religion of the wedding. For these savory tasty bites, read more
Tick Tick Tick. Folks, that would be the clock counting down the minutes you have left to get your taxes done (you do know that taxes are due today, right?). For those of you that have successfully e-filed or mailed out your taxes, you can whip yourself up an Income Tax Day Cocktail and dream about how you're going to spend your refund. Or, alternatively, drown your sorrows and not think about how much you owed.
If you haven't finished up your taxes, I highly recommend waiting until they're out the door before partaking in a drink. Although, maybe it'll make signing those checks a lot easier...
To check out the Income Tax Day Cocktail, read more