Charles Dickens (English author of classics such as Great Expectations) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (the American poet who penned Paul Revere’s Ride) were just a few of the celebrities who strolled into the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston the 1850s. Probably to savor the hotel’s famed Boston Cream Pie. Maybe they connected with their muses whilst biting into a deep chocolate coating a yellow cake filled with pastry cream… The luxurious dessert was also the pick of the Cake Slice Baker’s group.
The vast velvet skies studded with stars, which glimmered over Meadow Mountain Girl Scout Camp in Colorado, accentuated the vast distance between my rustic reality and the comforts of home. I longed to see the flashing neon signs of Ginza, to hear the joy-filled chants of men carrying mini Shinto shrines (called mikoshi) down the street during the summer festival season, and to smell the sizzling soy sauce-drenched yakitori skewered chicken...There is one memory, however, from my Girl Scout Camping days, which made the whole experience worthwhile – S’Mores!
Hear the thundering hooves of horses? Yup. Calgary Stampede 2013 has arrived in Canada. Along with the cowboys showing off their rodeo tricks, giggling kids press the metal to the pedal-powered John Deere tractors. And oh the food! The sizzle of frying pies scented with cinnamon is just a start to the line up of decadent treats.
Ready for Christmas in July? Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners cookbooks are being given away at this week’s #SundaySupper at Twitter...If you’ve followed Sara’s culinary adventures via her cookbooks or appearances on Good Morning America or public television (Sara’s Weeknight Meals), you are probably aware that her mentor was Julia Child.
As a child didn’t the adults in your life ask, “What do you want to be and do when you’re a grownup?”
How did you reply? I dreamed of being a royal princess. Whenever the ever-so genteel Crown Princess Michiko (now the Empress of Japan) appeared on television, my heart ached to embody such grace and enjoy such luxury. The yearning was exacerbated the day I was served Baked Alaska at the Imperial Hotel…
Excited to be a part of this formidable group of ladies called The Cake Slice Bakers, I took on this month’s assignment of baking a Black & White Cake from Vintage Cakes cookbook. (Variations of shapes e.g. cupcakes, Bundt cakes are allowed.) Suddenly, popping up on Facebook were previews of fellow contributors’ completely professional cakes! This confirmed my suspicion that I was part of an elite group. Gulp....When faced with performance anxiety...
Today’s Father’s Day #SundaySupper is all about Dad. Food bloggers from around the world are setting forth their best dishes for the patriarchs of their families...Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes are my contribution to the virtual party. As a metaphor for aiming and scoring high, I made edible mini basketballs.
Sheryl, The Lady Behind the Curtain, peeked out to whisper the theme of June’s dessert challenge that was to be kept secret until today. I leaned in and heard strawberries and raspberries. Hmm, fruits that are rife on French influenced Japanese tarts. The berries are always artistically displayed and almost always on white flour and sugar laden pastries.
The strawberries and raspberries I employed for the task of the challenge were placed on a slightly healthier foundation. I love white refined sugar but to benefit the well-being of family and friends, I opted for...