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Noted: Strawberry Cake from Food52 #food #recipe

May 26th, 2014 No comments

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Strawberry Cake from Food52

So back in the yard, staring balefully at my garden and all that winter has wrought, I note the reemergence of my strawberries, one of two surviving yard crops. The ones in the market are divine already, too. What does it all mean? DESSERT!

This charming cake from the wonderful drbabs has a lot going for it, including the mix of butter (rich) plus oil (moist), the use of a ceramic dish (special), and the involvement of Shirley Corriher methodology (successful). Also, I love the texture and flavor that yogurt in baked goods imparts.

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Noted: 9 Surprising Things to Add to Your Coffee (Beyond Cream & Sugar) — Smart Coffee For Regular Joes from TheKitchn

May 26th, 2014 No comments

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9 Surprising Things to Add to Your Coffee (Beyond Cream & Sugar) — Smart Coffee For Regular Joes

While there are certainly coffee purists out there who advocate for black, black and black, there’s no denying that adding an extra ingredient to your cup once in a while provides for a fun change to your normal coffee routine. No, I’m not talking about cream and sugar. Here are nine more surprising additions for those looking for a way to give that cup of coffee a little extra flair.

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Link Focus: Food: Ginger Scones from Mountain Breaths

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

Ginger Scones from Mountain Breaths

Despite the fact that I shouldn’t eat them nearly as often as I do, I love making and eating scones. I came across this recipe for Ginger Scones in my  travels and quickly added to my “to bake” list. (Don’t you have a “to bake” list? (LAUGH))

Sometimes I think that people are a bit scared of making scones, when really they are one of the easiest (and tastiest) baked good out there. This recipe lays out everything quite clearly so that anyone — yes, even I — can follow the directions and end up with great scones. I love the inclusion of the candied ginger in the scones much like you might include cranberries or other dried fruit. I can almost imagine those potent pops of ginger as you munched.

 Ginger scone recipe

From Mountain Breaths

Blogging has introduced me to a wonderful community of peers, and we learn so much from one another. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons.

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Link Focus: Free art books online from the Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums from MetaFilter

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Free art books online from the Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums from MetaFIlter

Free is good. Free is even great, when the free items are of such high quality as these books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Yes, all of these are older and mostly out of print editions, but they are all evergreen publications that still retain almost all their value.

One standout item is this Tutankhamun publication from 1976 filled with amazing photographs and explanatory text.

Tutankhamun

You’ll need to poke around a bit in each site to find publications that interest you most, but there is something here for nearly everyone — from Impressionism and Illumination to Klee and Kandinsky.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim offer 474 free art books online. 99 art catalogs from the Guggenheim. 375 MetPublications. An example: Masterpieces of Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A few of the exceptional gems to explore from the Met: Images of the first big museum blockbuster show (worth checking out): “Tutankhamun”: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 34, no. 3 (Winter, 1976–1977), Origins of Impressionism, The Art of Illumination, Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 …and more!

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Link Focus: Food | Hedgehog Cupcakes by Maria Olejniczak from Cupcakes Take the Cake

March 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Hedgehog Cupcakes by Maria Olejniczak from Cupcakes Take the Cake

Whether you have hedgehogs in your garden (or just wish there were) these amazingly cute sugary hedgehogs are a triumph of food art. Far beyond my own food skills and patience I think there are absolutely adorable.

There isn’t much information on the web site, but it looks like these are made from marzipan paste with chocolate sprinkles for the spiny coat. Those mushrooms are wonderful in their own right.

Hedgehog cupcakes

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73 of My Favorite Things for February 2014 – Shared links from Douglas E. Welch

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

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As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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51 of My Favorite Things for February 21, 2014 – Shared links from Douglas E. Welch

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

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As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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206 of My Favorite Things for January 2014 – Douglas E. Welch

February 1st, 2014 Comments off

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As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

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40 of My Favorite Things for Week 4, January 2014 – Douglas E. Welch

January 24th, 2014 Comments off

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