Posts for March 20th 2008
If one adorable cake wasn't enough for you today then here's another! I was hunting for cakes on TeamSugar when I came across this adorable Easter Lamb Cake by bluesuze. It's so wonderfully cute and precious. She says that her family makes an Easter Lamb Cake every year. To create her masterpiece she used the Wilton Lamb Cake Pan ($12.99) and I think hers looks even better than theirs!
Looking for something tasty to do this weekend? Here's some noteworthy things you might want to check out. If I missed one, let us know in the comments below!
- Maywood, CA: Guacamole Festival — Mar. 22-23
- New Orleans, LA: Cocktail Film Festival — Mar. 21-22
- Fountain Hills, AZ: Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire — Mar. 21-23
- Washington, DC: Tequila & Mezcal Festival — Mar. 18-30
At any brunch, it is mandatory to have an assortment of breakfast beverages. Just-brewed coffee, a variety of teas, ice-cold milk, and fresh-squeezed orange juice are delightful selections. Keep things simple and offer only one alcoholic drink — a bloody Mary or bellini are definite crowd pleasers. Fill clear pitchers with lemon and cucumber water. For a healthy and unexpected surprise, whip up a batch of fruit smoothies. To see the recipe for these pretty pink smoothies, read more
It's the first day of spring, and my thoughts are turning towards fresh veggies and bright colors. Normally it's the appetizers and main courses that get the spring treatment, but this year, dessert can play along too. This Garden Patch Cakelet Pan ($34) is a garden-themed cake pan that features rows of carrots, cauliflower, radishes and peas. It would make the most adorable petit-fours and hey, maybe it'll get your little ones (or big ones) to finally eat their veggies.
As someone who loves to bake, I was pretty bummed to hear that the price of flour is going up. We've been hearing about how grocery prices are going up due to increased prices of dairy and wheat, but this is the first time I've seen solid numbers. According to CNN Money, the price of a 50-pound bag of flour went from $16 to $37, a 131 percent increase. And if that's not crazy enough, sources say that the price may reach $40 next week.
The prices have been steadily climbing due to poor growing conditions including a US Winter freeze and a European drought. With prices reaching new records, it's not just the homecook who won't be able to afford anything. Increased prices means less profit margins for restaurants and retailers. Sooner or later, those price increases are going to be passed on to those of us eating the food. So start saving your pennies, that $2 croissant might just be $3 tomorrow.
Today marks the first day of Spring and the last day of my Winter soup-making series. I wanted to go out with an exceptionally superb soup, but like my father and the Rolling Stones said, "You can't always get what you want."
I'd been holding on to this recipe for a while and hoped it would create a brilliantly purple soup. Unfortunately, I failed to realize that naturally, the radicchio would brown while cooking. Luckily, the soup had a wonderfully comforting, robust flavor and delicious, lush taste. The radicchio is mild and the final product is very similar to French Onion soup with radicchio in place of the onions. To see how it's made, read more