Monthly Archives: December 2009

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    Christmas tree cupcakes

Christmas tree cupcakes

  Maybe one day I will be able to look back on these cupcakes as a learning experience. For now, though, all I associate them with are sobbing over a double boiler of separated green buttercream while holding my baby in one arm and a wooden spoon in another. I made these chocolate cupcakes with coffee-flavoured buttercream for Christmas Eve with the in-laws. I thought I had everything under control. To maximize my time, I made everything in batches. Cupcakes one day. Buttercream, another. I planned to decorate and pipe the buttercream just before leaving for the party. I had even done my own mise en place with all my dragees and other decorations.I thought to myself: Buttercream is invincible, right? If it separates, or “curdles” just heat it again in the double boiler and whizz it about in your trusty KitchenAid mixer to make it smooth again, right? Wrong. […]

  • Cookbook Review: Michael Symon’s Live to Cook Cookbook Review: Michael Symon’s Live to Cook

    Cookbook Review: Michael Symon’s Live to Cook

Cookbook Review: Michael Symon’s Live to Cook

  When I first got my hands on this new cookbook from Iron Chef America’s Michael Symon, I was skeptical. According to the publisher’s promo copy, Symon showcases the “heritage” food based on the recipes beloved by his Greek-Italian-Eastern European family and also tells the story of his meteroric rise to fame from working-class Midwestern boy to Iron Chef superstar in “Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen” (Random House). That’s a tall order for just one book. After all, how many more stories can we read about the American dream coming true? But the book cover did this cookbook no disservice. Not only does his personal story ring true with anecdotes about his humiliating mistakes and his mother’s home cooking, his cooking philosophy also shines through and through. Symon is adamant about using only the best ingredients, seasoning foods properly, and cooking at the right heat. […]