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Make a whimsical cake

whimsical cakes

“Whimsical” cakes are the kind that the Mad Hatter served at his tea party in Alice in Wonderland - or at least, the kind that he would have served if Lewis Carroll or Disney had come up with them. The name could apply to any creatively decorated cake, but it primarily refers to funky, tilting cakes that are constructed in such a way that they look ... Read More »

Grilled Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger

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I really hope that everyone is having as good luck with strawberries as I am right now. Every basket in recent memory has been fantastic and very few have lasted more than a few hours in the kitchen; they’re just that hard to resist. Ordinarily I wouldn’t complain about something like strawberries being too delicious, but I just can’t keep enough around to put together a ... Read More »

Did you make this yourself?!

My friends know that I am a baker – and a prolific one, at that. Acquaintances know this and, from time to time, even strangers seem to be aware of it when they meet me (friends of friends or acquaintances, no doubt). Because of this, I’m always caught off guard when someone close to me forgets this and exclaims, with heavy disbelief, over the fact ... Read More »

Ecuadorian Ceviche

Cevicheis said to have originated in the area around Ecuador and Peru in South America centuries ago, and perhaps because of its long history, it seems as though every country in Latin or South America has their own (relatively standard) ceviche recipe. And for the most part, this is true. Cooks in different countries use different kinds of fish, spices and even fruit juices to ... Read More »

Red Footed Booby Martini

There are three species of boobies – a type of large seabird – in Galapagos: Nazca, Blue-Footed and Red-Footed. All three are gorgeous birds, but the Blue and Red-Footed varieties seem particularly special due to their unusually colored feet. After all, how often is it that you see a bird with blue feet? Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a chance to see the Red ... Read More »

The mystery destination was… the Galapagos!

It seems as though my clues were helpful, because it took one reader no time at all to figure out that my mystery trip was to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Fantastic job, Ericka! She will be receiving a copy of the oh-so-appropriate cookbook The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to everyone who ... Read More »

2nd place in baking contest is second to none

Taking home a blue, first-prize ribbon is the ultimate goal of just about everyone who enters a competition, whether it be a sporting event or a culinary one. Second place is nothing to be ashamed of, either, as finishing near the top – regardless of placing – shows that the judges recognized your ability above almost all of the other competitors. But for one woman ... Read More »

Barking hot dog cooker

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 This year, I didn’t end up grilling hot dogs for the fourth of July and opted for a simple salad and grilled corn (vacation recovery fare). If I had had a Barking Hot Dog Cooker, I might have reconsidered. It’s not that I don’t love my grill, but the cuteness of this little gadget is hard to resist. The cooker steams up to six hot dogs ... Read More »

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