food

3 cake tips from mom every baker should follow

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I was having a discussion with my mother this afternoon about baking, since I plan on trying to make madeleines again Sunday morning.

My mom has always been a really great baker. We have always had homemade deserts for all special occasions. At Christmas time, we have cannoli, around 10 different kinds of cookies, and more.

Recently, I have decided to use Evernote to collect recipes and different tips from her (and likely other places too). As we were discussing my madeleines, we started talking about cake.

I thought I’d share these things here, too! These 3 tips is something she said was on most recipes, but a lot of time people skim over them and don’t follow them directly.

  1. With most cake, all diary has to be brought to room temperature.
  2. Gradually add sugar into beaten butter.
  3. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, and you only stir them in you don’t beat them in.

Ok, that’s it! Hope these tips are helpful to some other (perhaps newb like me?) baker.

Reckless Optimism, One from the Quiver, Rap–wine box subscription order from Club W

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Can you guess what these all have in common? They are all booze, of course.

Next Sunday I have a nice relaxing date with myself, and because of this I decided to order some wine from Club W. What’s Club W? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I happen to have a referral link right here in case my undying wine passion spurs you into trying them out. You’ll get 2 free bottles out of it, so it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ve already tried Club W before in October, and I have to say I am definitely a fan. Especially if you are kind of new to trying out wine, they make it very easy to learn about different wines, vocabulary, and more.

My favorite part of their box subscription service is they feature a video with professional winemakers, Sommeliers (which is a trained wine professional according to Wikipedia), and more. They talk about each wine they have available for purchase. They also pair a recipe with the wine, which they send in half-page recipe cards in your box.

Besides this, Club W also asks you to take a quiz, and rate wines you’ve purchased in the past all in the hope of suggesting wines you will like each month. As a relative newbie to this delicious drink, I don’t know enough yet about wine for this to mean much to me. I know I like dry, red wines, but that’s about as detailed as I can get so far.

This box I ordered the 2012 Reckless Optimism Red Blend, 2013 One From the Quiver Malbec, 2013 Rap Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m pretty excited to try them; however, I have already tried the Reckless Optimism with some friends and enjoyed it.

Once I pop one of these babies open, I will be sure to share my thoughts with you. Until then, remember that if you are interested in trying them out, please do me a solid and use my referral so I can get more wine, too. I’ll even toast one for ya.

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Mimosas, Drag Queens, and Death & Company in New York.

nyc lights2Sounds like just your regular weekend, right? Friday afternoon at around 5 pm, I finally made it on the NJ Transit train to New York City.

You can never spend just one night in NYC. Originally, my plan was to go Friday afternoon and leave Saturday morning. Somehow this plan got completely thrown out the window, and I instead didn’t leave the city until 10pm Sunday night.

lips stageLet’s jump into this post starting with Friday night’s adventure – a drag queen show. Yes, you read that right. If you are wondering how this exactly got on the agenda, I can’t honestly say. My friend Alex, the girl I was visiting, just basically informed me earlier in the week that this was where we were going for dinner and a drink or two to start. So that’s how we ended up at Lips – a drag queen diner joint. (more…)