Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ginger Spice Cake

Ginger Spice Cake with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting and Yeti Stout Syrup

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Here's my second dessert for the Knife and Fork.  Chocolate Zucchini cake with lemon vanilla buttercream and mint syrup.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This is a chocolate beet cake I made last week at the Knife and Fork restaurant in Spruce Pine, NC.  It's filled with a sweet beet curd and topped with chocolate ganache, creme fresh, and a roasted beet half.  Delicious!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Metals I week 2

Last week was my 2nd week of Metals I. So far I have had the chance to saw and solder new things and get introduced to skills that I think will be crucial for my development as a jewelry artist. Here's a picture of my very first sawing project which as to make a nameplate.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Last night I whipped up a new version of chocolate chip cookies. For about a year now I have been referencing when I wanted a new tasty recipe. I've been sticking with her variations on chocolate chip cookies. I have occasionally changed it up but these changes I made last night are absolutely scrumptious. I think all of my Metals I classmates would agree seeing as how there were none left at the end of class.

If you're looking for something yummy give these a try.

4c blanched almond flour, packed
1/4t + 1/8t sea salt
1/4t + 1/8t baking soda
15T coconut oil, melted (approximately 3/4c)
1T vanilla extract
2t almond extract
3/4c brown rice syrup
1-1/2c chocolate chunks (I used Enjoy Life brand, use what you like)

Pre-heat oven to 350
*In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together
*In another bowl or large glass measuring cup mix wet ingredients and whisk until blended
*Pour wet into dry and add the chocolate chunks (chips, whatever) and mix until liquid is absorbed
*Drop by the tablespoonful on parchment lined baking sheets and gently press flat
*Bake 9 minutes
Remove parchment from baking sheet and allow to cool

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Slaw and the Slow Cooked

My husband and his colleague Edited this book that is a collection of "stories" about BBQ in the Mid-South. They worked on it for a number of years. Finally last December we received our final copies in the mail. It was a really exciting moment when I got to see my best friend realize one of his dreams.

If you are interested in reading about various BBQ traditions and how big a part they play in the lives of folks in the Mid-South I think you'll find this book a great read. It's available directly from the publisher which is Vanderbilt press and is currently featured on the front page.


Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year

Some days I have a lot of thoughts I'd like to share with others. Unfortunately, these thoughts usually crop up when I am in the middle of my son's homeschool lessons, or while I am cooking a meal, or otherwise occupied with something that I cannot stop in the middle of the write it down.

For all those times when I wish I could simply stop what I am doing and tell you what I really think I give you the above photo. In person and until you get to know me well, you might find yourself under the impression that I am a very sweet and amiable person. You might notice that I will go out of my way to to make some things easier for others and I never seem to offer an unsavory opinion. I believe this is a true first impression of me. However, as you get to know me and talk to me one-on-one you might find yourself surprised that I am actually very opinionated and in many ways working quietly and within my means for big social change.

In fact I think I would like to see some real social upheaval in which those with a lot realize they are not separated from those with little. I urge each and every one of us to recognize the part we play or refuse to play in the destruction of this world we plan to leave our children and grandchildren and however many number of generations may come after us.

I believe that our actions do not only have an affect on us, they have long lasting effects that future generations will have to deal with. I put a call out to all the mamas and papas I know to use the main tool we have in this American society of 2012, put your money where your mouth is. Spend responsibly, know what your money ultimately supports when you buy stuff, and make good decisions when you give your money over to someone else.

I make no claim to be amazing in my own habits, but I do claim to be usually aware of where my money is going once I spend it.

Anyway, that's my rant for the new year. I plan to live life to the fullest, love my loved ones faithfully and fiercely, and work for change in ways I know I can. Peace.