Monthly Archives: January 2011

  • Frosty vanilla snowflake cake Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

    Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

Frosty vanilla snowflake cake

It had been a while since I felt the burning ambition to decorate a cake. Lord knows I’m all about shortcuts these days — which is why when I saw this in the Kraft Kitchens’ holiday edition I knew this recipe would be quick to bake, slower to decorate. And though the purists may be choking on their homemade shortcrust pastry right now, sometimes that’s about all you can ask of me. The beauty of this dessert is that it is lovely, covered by fragile white-chocolate piped snowflakes that will hide a not-so-perfectly frosted cake.The challenge of making this cake is that if you don’t have a light hand in piping the snowflakes, it may look sloppy, childish even. And even if the snowflakes are perfect, you will want to make more than you need because a few of them will break on the way from your kitchen counter to your fridge. […]

  • Cookbook Review: Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? Cookbook Review: Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?

    Cookbook Review: Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?

Cookbook Review: Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?

  I know this review is long overdue. I’ve had this book for a while now. But I’ve had bronchitis twice, the flu, and then a sinus infection, and I wanted to give this the proper attention. (Are you sick of hearing about me being sick? I’m sick of talking about it. Let’s move on, then.) I went through this book, page by page, as soon as I got my hands on it. I’m a big, huge fan of Ina Garten because her recipes are fool-proof. Some are more involved than others but the emphasis, in her latest book “Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?” is on “her easiest recipes ever.” Garten’s road to culinary celebrity was not the typical one. Once a White House nuclear policy analyst, she loved to entertain. Eventually, she left her career to purchase gourmet food shop the Barefoot Contessa. It was the right fit. She went on to release […]

  • National Delurking Day National Delurking Day

    National Delurking Day

National Delurking Day

  Hello, readers! Are you a lurker? Do you read my blog without leaving a comment? Do you pop in to check on me without saying hello? Now’s your chance to come out of hiding and tell me more about yourself… It’s National Delurking Day! (Please, leave a comment even if you see this post any time over the next few days). Inquiring minds want to know: Who are you and where do you live? (I’m Mary and I live in Toronto.) Do I know you in real life? Do you have a blog? (Um, yeah) Who is your celebrity doppelganger? (I’m told I look like Natalie Wood.) What did you have for breakfast today? (Greek yogurt and honey parfait.) What are you craving at this very second? (A vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting.) Which books are on your bedside table? (Bill Bryson’s “At Home”, Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair,” “Sesame Street Bedtime Stories”, Ian McEwan’s […]

  • David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

    David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

David Lebovitz’ Best Sweet and Spicy Party Mix Ever

  This party mix saved my life this holiday season. Whether my husband forgot to tell me people were coming over, whether I needed a last minute hostess gift, whether I forgot to eat a meal and needed a quick snack, this sweet and spicy pretzel and nut mix was there to save the day. Really, though, you’ll want to save this all for yourself to nibble on over a chilled glass of wine as your coq au vin simmers away. (That’s the scenario in my dreams, anyway.) It was so quick to whip up, so delicious, that I have already made nearly two-and-a-half pounds of it in total.The first time I grabbed a handful, still slightly warm from the oven, I told myself this was the best thing I’d ever made. Maybe I’ve said that one or two or three times, but this is no regular nuts and bolts […]

  • Chocolate Mousse Igloo Chocolate Mousse Igloo

    Chocolate Mousse Igloo

Chocolate Mousse Igloo

  This chocolate mousse igloo would be the ideal dessert to make with young children, but perhaps not the most sophisticated dessert to serve your adult guests. I decided to make this recipe after seeing a photo for it in one of the Kraft Kitchens magazines, but even before I began the ingredient list made me inwardly cringe(melted margarine mixed with Oreo crumbs as the base, for example). It was easy enough to make as it was a multi-step process and I assembled it shortly before serving, but it was a bit of a logistical nightmare to cut. It was one of those desserts that has people nervously calling my name when the time comes to dole out servings. How in the world do you cut it? Cut around the marshmallows? Cut through the marshmallows? Remove the marshmallows and then cut through the mousse? Either way, it’s charm is short-lived because […]

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