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Posts for July 12th 2007
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If you were one of those weird kids who liked chewing on your dolls, then you're in luck. These watermelon flavored Sigmund Freud Head Pops will bring you right back to first grade - although I'm not quite sure what Freud would actually say about the whole thing. After all, I'm sure there's some sort of metaphor waiting there... Each lollipop is 2 1/4 inches tall with a 4-inch plastic stick. I think it'll look really odd in your mouth, but I think the display box of 24 candy Sigmund Freuds is even odder. Oh and if you're not into Freud, you could opt for Marie Antoinette (hence my
ridiculous clever title) or Abraham Lincoln instead. Box of 24 lollipops available for $27.95.
In a what was he thinking moment that lasted 7 years, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey has been posting information on a Yahoo finance bulletin board under a pseudonym. - New York Times
When hosting any sort of sit down dinner, I always set the table in advance -sometimes even days in advance. However I learned a hard lesson in pre-setting the table this 4th of July. Our hostess Denise had created a gorgeous table setting in red, white, and blue with watermelon accents. Although dinner would not be served until dark, the table was set and unfortunately the heat (it was 105° that day!) had melted all of her candles into wilted shapes! Thinking quickly, she took the melted candles, rolled them back into their long, thin shape, and placed them inside until it was time to light them. Moral of the story: to avoid a waxy meltdown, when pre-setting your outdoor table, don't position the candles until the weather has cooled and you are ready to light the wick.
As I was leaving work yesterday, it dawned on me that I had not baked anything this week. Panicking, I said to PartySugar, "Gah, I don't have a lot of time, what should I make?" Surprisingly, she handed me a printout for a Sour Cream Pound Cake and said, "Bake this, I printed out two copies on accident." I checked out the recipe, decided that it sounded simple and tasty and thought, sure why not?! The only ingredient that wasn't in my pantry was sour cream, so I popped by the cornerstore and a little while later I was noshing on pound cake cupcakes (the easy to whip up - no mixer necessary - recipe has enough batter for a full loaf and a few cupcakes extra). To make this lovely cake tonight (honest, it's simple, just give yourself a little time - it needs to stay in the oven for over an hour), read more
The other day my sister told me how she had been to a wine tasting and they were giving away free bunches of lavender. I was incredibly jealous because 1) I didn't partake in the wine tasting and 2) I didn't have a fragrant bouquet of lavender in my room. Lavender or lavandula as it's scientifically known, is considered to be one of the most versatile flowers in the world and is used in everything from foods to medicines to aromatic/essential oils. Lavender is characterized by gray-green foliage with thin spikes of purple flowers on long stems. One of the oldest plants, lavender grows wildly all over the earth.
Lavender blooms in the full summer sun and requires plenty of water at regular intervals - allowing time in between for the soil to dry. To encourage stronger root production, cut off the first year buds and protect the blooms from wind. Wonderful in gardens, lavender can be planted in containers, flowerbed borders, and used as ground cover. Lavender pairs nicely with sage and is one of the only flowers that retains its fragrance after drying.
Did you watch Top Chef last night? If so what did you think? I think it's starting to get interesting, but there are still a few too many characters for me to keep straight. After a two week hiatus, it was almost difficult to get back into as I kept having to say, "Who's that?" or "Wait, who's that girl?" However, once things got "cooking" (sorry I couldn't resist), I got back into the groove and was ready for a visual feast.
Things start off with an interesting quickfire challenge. Padma and Jamie Walker - guest judge and "global master mixologist for Bombay Sapphire Gin" - presents them with 12 mixed drinks and asks them to create proper food pairings. Immediately we cut to Hung who, having drawn a Raspberry Mint Martini, is
bitching pouting about how his food is too good for hard alcohol. He then goes on and on about sweetness always going good with creaminess. To find out who wins the quickfire and who gets sent home at the end, read more
Today's food-inspired jewelry, covers the letters P through T and includes a special request from PartySugar. We're starting things off with the coveted Marc Jacobs Pear Watch Pendant (as PS requested), it's stylish, fun and fruity. I'd love to own it, but think I'd actually prefer the "queso" bracelet. If you think I cheated with "queso" maybe you can help me find some Q named food-inspired jewelry!? To check out P-T, scroll through below: