Diane, A Broad
  • August 27, 2012

    I have an extremely un-classy thing to compare these muffins to. Okay. Here goes.

    Did you ever go to El Torito Grill? It’s this Mexican restaurant chain, mostly found on the west coast. I remember going on a lot of dates there in high school because, you know, it was high school. We had low standards and were low on pocket change.

    Anyway. There was this corn cake thing that accompanied a lot of the dishes. Not cornbread, but this wet, doughy corn mash, partly whole corn kernels and partly cornbread. It was kind of sweet and I was addicted to the stuff. I would always order extra.

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  • August 26, 2012
  • August 24, 2012

    After a two-week heat wave, it’s starting to cool down in Paris this week. At the Thursday Bastille market, there were yellow and orange leaves littering the ground, and the strawberries were not as numerous or quite as bright and juicy-looking as they were earlier in the summer. I know it’s only August, but as soon as the strawberries start going out, it feels like fall is on its way. What’s say we make a few lovely sun-drenched cakes to stretch out the summer a little longer, hmm? You save the time of waiting in a store to order a single cake. With online ordering system, you can easily go through the various designs and choose the one that best fits your needs. You can also get to know the ingredients. In general, the online stores have huge collection of compared to the regular stores. If you are ordering it for a special occasion, you can even choose the date when you want your cake to be delivered. There are certain aspects you have to look for before ordering a cake online. On doing so, you can easily figure out the best one for the occasion. Determine the design for your cake. Choose a design pertaining to the occasion. You can visit various design catalogs that is available with the online store. If you are not happy with the designs, you can search for other designs online. You can submit the design to the online store and have a customized cake designed by the store. If you are ordering a cake as a gift, make sure the person whom you are gifting it to likes the design of the it. Find the various decorations for the cake. You can even have words imprinted on it. For instance, if you are buying a cake for a birthday party, you can have a birthday message written on it. You can even write special notes to the person whom you are gifting to. Keep your message short and crisp. You can check with the store to find out the various cake decorations.  cakes are one of the hottest modern decorations for a baby shower, but you don’t have to leave it to decorative accessory alone. You can also incorporate your cake of diapers into party games that some fun and excitement the event. There are lots of different baby shower games that have been played for years all over the world. When you bring a cake of diapers into the party you can create unique variations of these games that are a lot more fun to play. You can also come up with completely new games that put these fun cakes at the center of attention for at least part of the party. There is no end to how diaper cakes can be used for baby shower games, but here are some ideas to get you started. What ideas can you think of to use your cake as a party game? Add to the list and put your ideas into action at your next shower. You can click here for Eggless Cake Collection.

    I’ve made a version of this cake every summer since I moved into my first apartment in college. I don’t remember where that first recipe came from — possibly one of the cookbooks that my roommates brought with them — but this recipe from Martha Stewart by way of Smitten Kitchen is my favorite so far. The milk in the recipe allows the cake to stay moist throughout the long bake time, while the strawberries soften and roast into  dimpled puddles of sweet jamminess. The way the strawberries make the batter buckle and puff make it look vaguely quilted. Lovely for company or for afternoon snacking.

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  • August 23, 2012

    An old sweetheart of mine once gave me one of the most interesting compliment I’ve ever received: “I’d like to see you eat a salad. It’s hard to eat a salad gracefully, but I bet you could do it.”

    He’s not wrong. About salad, not about my ability to eat it. Salads are, in general, kind of a messy affair. Especially the ones with those pretty and colorful artisanal lettuces that you don’t want to chop that are juuuuust bigger than one mouthful, meaning you get dressing all over your lips trying to get that forkful of unruly greens into your stomach, messing up your lipstick in the process. And don’t even get me started on frisée.

    This is the antithesis to those messy, albeit often lovely, lettuce salads. You can eat the entire thing with a spoon. It’s crisp and cold from the raw corn, the chickpeas bring a lovely nuttiness, and the avocado melds with the lemon and olive oil to form a lovely creamy mouthfeel. I toss mine together in about five minutes flat.

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