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Posts for September 14th 2007
This week when I was browsing the Yum Market, I came across a lot of funny little things that made me laugh. It seems kitsch, that fine line between artsy and tacky, has found a suitable place in the kitchen. Kitchen kitsch comes in many different forms and flavors: ghost salt and pepper shakers, pig snout shaped salt holders, or egghead measuring cups to name a few. This bee shaped honey jar, found by laura1867 is a perfect example of a kitchen tool that is chic, weird, and cool all at the same time. If you want to add some humor to your kitchen, one or two pieces are fabulously fun, but an entire kitchen will look garish and gaudy. Browse the selection I have compiled below for more inspiration!
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In a "hmmm... surprised this didn't happen sooner" moment, Marilyn Manson will continue to perpetuate his gothic identity by releasing his own line of absinthe called "Mansinthe."
The family-run distillery Matter-Luginbuehl will collaborate with Manson in order to produce thousands of bottles for a worldwide audience. Manson hasn't visited the distillery — which is located in the rural Swiss village of Kallnach — but decided on them after tasting several different absinthes brought by distillery partner Markus Lion.
"The collaboration first arose when Lion asked Manson if he would design a label for one of his absinthe bottles, following a concert by the star in the Swiss city of Basel some two years ago."
The partnership makes sense to me, after all, everything Manson touches seems to turn goth, so I guess it's only appropriate that anything associated with goth turns to Manson. I'm just surprised it didn't happen sooner.
One bottle will be 66.6% proof and will cost 49 Swiss francs (41 dollars, 30 euros) at the distillery's online shop. It initially will not be available in the US (pesky laws!) and most of the exports are for Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Greece and Italy.
What do you guys think of it? Do you think it's a fun idea? Or do you think it's totally tired?
Source: Yahoo News
To me, the screwdriver is a pretty boring drink. Vodka mixed with orange juice is plain, unoriginal, and dull. However with a little innovation, it can be turned into a deliciously complex concoction. The mixologists over at Chicago's Mexx Kitchen at The Whiskey have done just that with their Clementine Crush. Sugar, ginger, and tonic transform the screwdriver into a whole new drink. This cocktail is great at happy hour, and makes a wonderful addition to any brunch menu. If you can, use fresh squeezed orange juice as it makes a huge difference in the flavor. To get the recipe, read more
When I was a kid, one of my favorite desserts was banana pudding with Nilla Wafers. My mom used to make it often, and my siblings and I would chow down on it like there was no tomorrow. I haven't had it in years, but recently someone mentioned Nilla Wafers to me, and they've been on my brain ever since.
So naturally, when it came time to make this week's ice cream sandwiches, Nilla wafers were my first choice. Originally I wanted to make my own banana ice cream, however my ice cream maker wasn't ready. So I picked up a pint of the next best thing — Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey — and headed over to my sister's house.
While there I decided that her strawberry ice cream looked great too, and that a slice of banana would be a nice touch — cut yours thinner than mine so the sandwiches stay bite-sized. The Nilla Wafers were smaller than I remembered them, so I ended up using a melon baller to scoop the ice cream out. I then created a little assembly line — wafer, ice cream dollop, banana, ice cream scoop, wafer — in order to make a bunch to enjoy at once. I then stuck them in the freezer and counted down until dessert time. They made perfect appetizer sized sandwiches, and would make great desserts for a party.
Last week I helped plan an impromptu concert in Spain. We started prepping on Tuesday when the venue was secured. After the flyer distribution, the most important part of the planning process was finding a stage. Luckily, one one was discovered quickly and set up the morning of the concert. A huge oriental rug was placed on the stage for a festive hippie look. Fun lighting was created in the form of a big disco ball. Other necessities involved guitar drink stirrers for the whiskey cocktails, a paella pan for the rice, and black napkins and plates for serving. Simple white votives were placed in glass holders to create a warm glow. Tons of plants and lots of pretty Spanish plates were on the walls, which added character to the entire setting.
To take a look at a brief video of the show and check out my complete gallery of photos from the event, read more
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I love chicken parmesan but my favorite recipe is super time consuming. When I'm in desperate need of chicken parm, I make this quick, cheesy open faced sandwich version. This works as a great end of the week meal because it's delicious, comforting, and simple to make. Serve it alone or with a green salad to jump start your weekend. Pair with a cool cocktail, icy beer, or chilled wine. Get the recipe now, just read more
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This week my girl FabSugar found herself at the Alice + Olivia Alice in Wonderland themed show. While the clothing is absolutely gorgeous — lots of bold patterns and frilly sleeves — and the hair wonderfully mod, I was really excited to discover that she was on Yum patrol and snapped lots of photos of the nosh and drinks.
An ornate yellow table and matching yellow chairs stood in the center of the room. On the table black, white and yellow dinnerware echoed the black, white and yellow backdrops and furniture in the store — including a suspended upside-down piano.
The table was filled with delightful goodies, such as "Eat Me" labeled cupcakes from Crumbs, black M&Ms, mini pb & j sandwiches and fluffernutter sandwiches too. The perfect finishing touch was definitely the container of Lucid Absinthe — talk about setting the mood! I only wish I could have been there!
What do you guys think? Does this decor fit the mood or what?