There are loads of books out there dedicated to the lovely cupcake. In fact, it seems like you can barely walk into the cookbook aisle without being bombarded by at least 10 cupcakes smiling back at you (and yes I said smiling, because we all know, cupcakes don't really scowl). And while there are some really fantastic cupcake books to choose from, today I thought I'd tell you about Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans. Filled with gorgeous photography and perfectly moist and delicious recipes, this book will have you racing to the kitchen to whip up a batch before you can even say paper liner. With easy to follow recipes, the hardest part will be deciding what to bake first! My biggest complaint with the book is that I really wished there was a photograph for each recipe. Some of the techniques seem straightforward, but a picture example would have been great. Also, I should mention that this book has had some mixed customer reviews on Amazon. Seems that a bunch of folks have had problems with the basic chocolate cupcake recipe. However, I've made them several times (as have friends who don't have as much baking experience) and have not experienced that problem. Have any of you tried this book, and if so, have you run into any problems? If you haven't, and you're curious about the recipe, then be sure to check out this one for two-layer Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cupcakes (with or without mint). I thought they came out wonderfully moist and perfectly sinful. To get the recipe, read more
Posts for August 6th 2007
Like a true fashionista with clothes, a hostess with the mostess can never have too many appetizer serving trays. There is such a wide variety of appetizer dishes - from crostinis and cheese bites, to chips and dips - that having a bunch of different platters is a good idea. I have a few cool platters, but want to supplement my collection with some new stellar pieces. Can you help me with your fabulous bookmarking skills?? Look for platters that are useful, yet stylish and that will endure a vigorous entertaining schedule. Search for all shapes and sizes, materials and textures. Save your trays (and bowls!) in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Appetizer Tray. Happy hunting!
To learn more about the bookmarking feature of TeamSugar, please read through geeksugar's explanation.
Pop singer Justin Timberlake recently opened his first restaurant in New York City. Called Southern Hospitality, it's a BBQ joint that serves exactly what you would expect from a Southern boy at heart: ribs, cornbread, hush puppies, and fried chicken. Many of the recipes are from his family's collection, including his grandmother's deviled eggs and pecan pie. Says Timberlake of his beloved deviled eggs:
It's my granny's original recipe that I grew up eating and she finally showed me how to make them.
That's not the only recipe his granny is sharing, because we have her scrumptious pecan pie. With a sweet, syrupy filling and crunchy, melt in your mouth pecans, this is one recipe that you will definitely want to make. For all of us who don't live in NYC, baking this pie is a great way to experience Justin's new eatery. So get the recipe now, all you have to do is read more
Everyone in my office knows, I'm a sour gummi candy junky, and I'll eat anything at least once. However something about this 2 Tape Worms novelty gummi candy just doesn't sit right, not even with me. - Junk Food Blog
If a regular root beer float is a little too tame for you, then I suggest you spice things up a bit with the grown-up version. Sure you could spike your root beer with bourbon, but why not take it to the next level? Why not indulge in a properly mixed drink that tastes just like a root beer float? The strangest part is that it actually doesn't use root beer as a base, it uses Coke! To find out how to make this fantastic concoction, read more
One of the dishes the wannabe chefs on Gordon Ramsay's reality show, Hell's Kitchen, must produce on a regular basis, is beef Wellington. A traditional British dish, a beef Wellington is a perfectly seared piece of beef tenderloin encompassed by a light puffy pastry shell. After watching the chefs repeatedly burn, overcook, undercook, and ruin beef Wellingtons all season, my conclusion is they're not the easiest dish to make. But if you are feeling up to the challenge, and want to give beef Wellingtons a go, you'll find Ramsay's recipe after the break. Oh and if you aren't exactly in a culinary adventurous mood today, you must check out the video demonstration of Ramsay making Wellingtons. Set to music, it's pretty hot! read more
Remember the insanely crazy Double Roll Pizza from Pizza Hut Japan? If you didn't believe it was true, all I can say is check out this video below. Not only does this pizza continue to deliver with mind-blowing awesome-ness, but the chime of "Sausage Roolllll Oooooh" in the background is enough to make your jaw drop and your mouth drool. Just look at the size of those rolls! To check out the entire commercial, read more
This weekend I was checking out the recipes on TeamSugar and noticed that lately, you all have a been a bit cupcake crazy. There's been a bunch of innovative cupcake recipes like: sarahkushner's Red Wine & Chocolate Cupcakes, minko's Pear & Blue Cheese Cupcakes and Lychee Lemon Coconut Cupcakes, as well classics like laurafox's Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese. However since today is National Root Beer Float Day, I thought I'd share TeamSugar member sarahkushner's recipe for Root Beer Float Cupcakes. These babies look fantastic, does anyone else want to lick their screen too?!? To check out the recipe, read more