Posts tagged "Food"

The mystery of the abandoned cupcakes

When I saw four Whole Foods cupcake in our work refrigerator last Monday I did not realize they¬†would become the key figures in a mystery that I would obsess about for the rest of the week. The cupcakes were there when I put my lunch away on Monday morning. I figured they were one person’s... Read more »

I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto

I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto
A while ago ChicagoNow bloggers were challenged to write a post about what they believe in, possibly in the style of Crash Davis’s “I believe…” speech from Bull Durham or maybe the “This I believe” segments on NPR. I thought that was a great prompt, but I believe I was too busy that week. Besides,... Read more »

100 pumpkin spice products to love or loathe

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, is patient zero in the pumpkin spice pandemic.
I admit that I like pumpkin flavors this time of year, and yes, I do expect that the pumpkin be prepared with some spice. Occasionally I like pumpkin spiced with curry, but usually I like pumpkin things spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, the flavor combination that has come to be known as “pumpkin spice.”... Read more »
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How to cheat at cake decorating: 7 simple tips

1. TRACING<br><br>

Although this cake took some patience it did not take much skill because of tracing!<br><br>

I traced a Cat in the Hat decoration onto wax paper. I placed the wax paper on a smooth layer of frosting and pressed in the design using a dinner knife. I colored the design using frosting pens, since decorating tips and icing bags can be a mess if you aren't used to them.<br><br>

If that's still too ambitious, my other tips are even easier.
I’ve always loved to bake, so it made sense that I would make my own cakes and cupcakes for my kids’ birthday parties. Unfortunately, although I am skilled at baking delicious desserts I am not skilled at decorating them, which tends to be an expectation for children’s birthday parties. That’s why I had to come... Read more »

White chocolate macadamia nut bars: My most requested cookie recipe

White chocolate macadamia nut bars: My most requested cookie recipe
I’ve been making these white chocolate macadamia nut bar cookies for over ten years, and they are always my most requested cookie recipe. I tend to be pretty lazy about copying recipes though and often don’t fulfill my promise to provide the details for how to make these. My hope is that in posting¬†my white... Read more »

Top 10 Pinterest comments supporting Paula Deen

To paraphrase: It doesn't matter if people think you are a racist; you make great cookies (even though I modify the recipe).
Paula Deen has been roundly criticized for admitting she used the “N” word and made other racially insensitive comments. The Food Network dropped her. Brands for which she was the spokesperson dropped her. But Paula Deen still seems to have the support of the crock pot and chalkboard paint set. Check Paula’s recent Pinterest pins... Read more »
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List 36: The best food (to make me explode like an overfed goldfish)

List 36: The best food (to make me explode like an overfed goldfish)
Below is a list of some of the best food I know. No, it’s not the most artfully prepared gourmet food I’ve ever eaten. That stuff is good, but this is the best food because it is the food I crave. If someone were to stock my kitchen with these all things I would eat... Read more »

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties
On Saturday, I threw my 20th consecutive Christmas party. (As I’ve stated before, I am an introvert who loves to host parties.) Below are 40 facts and memories from 20 instances of what has often been called the “Kimmy Z Christmas Party.” My mother started throwing Christmas parties with lots of food in 1970. She... Read more »

Green Bean Casserole: A Thanksgiving Memory of a Lost Friend

Green Bean Casserole: A Thanksgiving Memory of a Lost Friend
My friend Bev is dead. She’s been gone for 10 years. Sometimes it seems like less, like she was just there yesterday. Sometimes it seems like more, particularly because so much has happened since then. I’ve lived in two different cities since then. I’ve gotten married. I’ve had two kids. It feels wrong that Bev... Read more »
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Brandied Cranberries: An Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe

Brandied Cranberries: An Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe
Brandied cranberries are an easy Thanksgiving side dish that will impress your guests. They can be made several days ahead of time and can be served cold or at room temperature, which means they don’t take time or stove space on a day that tends to be short on both. They are vegetarian and vegan... Read more »