Folks, we've got a lemon problem around here. Last night I was up late looking (make that drooling) at lemon desserts and today, there's talk of of lemon tarts over in The Kitchen Goddess group. I guess it's not so much of a problem as it is a craving. Since the KG girls have us covered on the decadent baking side of things, I thought I'd share this super simple lemon truffle parfait - and by simple I mean buy your ingredients ahead of time and throw them all together! It's an easy make ahead dessert that will be perfect at an afternoon luncheon, or while sitting on the couch in front of the tv... To check out the recipe, read more
Posts for May 11th 2007
I almost don't know why I'm bothering with this one. Your responses are probably going to be "Too Easy!" or "Who?" - either way I think it's a fun photo, so I had to share.
Guess which chef was seen rocking his Fiji water at the Parsons 8th annual Line Debut Fashion Show? To find out, read more
Berries + Booze = Fantastic Dessert Topping.
I don't need a pocket calculator to tell me that equation is correct. This thick raspberry Baileys sauce can be eaten plain, on top of ice cream, pound cake, etc. Sounds delish!- Baking Bites
Salt and pepper shakers are great everyday tools that can be used to add style and personality to your kitchen. Sure you can get them in plain old clear glass but why would you want to when they come in so many fun and fabulous colors, shapes, and styles? For example, both casie82 and I ask, how cute are these salt and pepper shakers? I love how they are little honey bears and think I may have to get them for my parent's mountain vacation house.
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This afternoon we are celebrating the arrival of advice columnist E. Jean to the Sugar Network. DearSugar is girl after my own heart who loves any and every reason to celebrate. So today I'm playing bartender and whipping us up a round of classic Champagne cocktails. Different from a glass of champagne, the classic champagne cocktail (one that every hostess with the mostess should know how to make) incorporates a sugar cube, bitters and cognac. This is one sexy cocktail - if you have never tried it, you should because it oozes glamour. Celebrate with DearSugar and me, read more
Pronounced stef-an-O-tis, this pretty white bloom is more commonly known as Madagascar jasmine, a name derived from its origin of Madagascar. The trumpet shaped blossoms are traditional flowers for brides because the flower is the symbol for marital happiness. Stephanotis grows on long trailing stems that have dark green, leathery oval shaped leaves. The stems can be trained to climb and weave, and the flowers are waxy and shaped like stars.
The flowers are long lasting, sweetly scented and are considered to be one of the most fragrant flowers. Stephanotis bloom during the spring and summer and need lots of water through summer with a good drainage system so the flowers don't drown. When growing, keep temperatures regulated - drastic changes in temperature can cause the buds to fall. Stephanotis is not easily movable, prefers the sun with little toleration to frost, wet, or cold conditions. Stephanotis lasts about a week in a vase.
Here's a tip I picked up a long time ago - you've probably already seen it, but I thought I'd pass it along just in case. If you happen to have an egg slicer in your mix of kitchen contraptions, you can now move it from uni-tasker to multi-tasker. Not only are egg slicers perfect for creating uniform strips of egg, but they work well on mushrooms and strawberries too. Now you can have sliced strawberries for your spinach and strawberry salad in no time.
Theoretically quick chili is a complete oxy moron much like a healthy dessert, I'm not really sure if they can exist. My best chili recipe takes at least 2 hours and the more time spent on the stove the better it tastes. However this recipe for a quick (and healthier because it uses ground turkey instead of ground beef) chili immediately caught my eye. As I read it, it dared me to try it. So I say we all make it for dinner tonight. The recipe is super easy, you only have to chop one onion and two cloves of garlic the rest is mostly canned ingredients. To see if a quick-yet tasty-chili can be made read more
Some people are just cupcake people - they love the personal-sized portions and cute decorations. While others are cake people - they love the extravagance and decadence in a great cake. So how about you, which do you prefer?
Mother's Day is only two short days away and I am busy as a bee preparing my mom's brunch. Everything is going along quite smoothly - a party for one is so much easier than a party for 300. I took care of making her a card earlier in the week by turning the mother's day card into a Mother's Day invitation. I'll make an easy breakfast of fruit salad, an egg sandwich, and sweet crepes with a strawberry bellini to wash the whole thing down. A very delicate beautifully set breakfast in bed tray will hold the magnificent meal. On Fridays, I usually talk about what kind of music will play at the party. Quite simply it all depends on your mom. If your mom loves Sting get a copy of his greatest hits for her. If she loves jazz make a compilation of new jazz songs for her. BuzzSugar suggests getting her The Reminder by Feist, a new cd filled with interesting ballads that your mom will love.
However there may be the chance that your mother prefers to watch tv or a new movie or read the paper. If this is the case, then netflix the movie she has been dying to see or order her the new book she has been talking about. The most important thing that you must remember is that Mother's Day is all about making mom feel loved and appreciated. Oftentimes the people we take for granted are the ones we love the most so go out of your way to be honestly nice and genuinely loving. If you do so, I can guarantee that your party will be a success and your guest of honor, your mom, will be unbelievably happy.