Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis… Tofu for Dessert

June 21st, 2010


For the second match of Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis… our players had to come up with Tofu for Dessert…

Aaron started with a brilliant Ace that led to him winning the match with his own recipe of Chocolate Mousse Cake. He found it to be very good the next day as the taste of tofu was gone.

While Ginny continued her brownie obsession with a serve of Vegan Chocolate Brownies. Afraid of tofu, she added 1 cup of chocolate chips and iced with chocolate butter cream. However, these addition were unnecessary because these brownies are amazing! Very moist and cake-like!

Don’t miss the third round in two weeks! These master (kitchen) tennis players will be back to bring you: EDIBLE FLOWERS for BREAKFAST!

Please stay tuned!

Also, if you would like to participate in the next round, email ginnygetsfloury [at] gmail [dot] com by July 3, 2010, the name of your blog, its URL, the recipe and a photograph. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to participate- just email me the recipe with a picture. I’ll hope you join us for another round of Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis!

Cake Holiday…

June 1st, 2010

A guest blogger… my mother…two delicious cakes… read on…

Recently, Ginny was home for a few days. So of course, I baked a cake! I have a long history of cake baking . As one of a family of twelve, it was often someone’s birthday and I loved making the cake. I even baked my own birthday cake as it ensured I got what I wanted!! Sunday dinner was always a big feast as well so a cake was usually featured.

For a number of years I would bake birthday cakes for my coworkers. Many times my children would be excited about a cake that they could smell baking only to learn it wasn’t for them. My coworkers are the one’s who dubbed many days “cake holidays” as they would even search out obscure days (e.g. Botswana Liberation Day) as a day that “needed” a cake.

So, for Ginny I baked the standard yellow cake that is my favorite. Dinette cake from Betty Crocker. I doubled the recipe and used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. The chocolate icing is the Hershey’s Lickety Split recipe. I decided to split the layers and make four layers so the icing recipe should be increased by half. My family always used hot coffee instead of milk which gives the icing a mocha flavor. You can also melt a square of baking chocolate to replace part of the cocoa which gives the icing a fudge-like consistency.

HERSHEY’S LICKETY-SPLIT FROSTING
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup Hershey’s cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
6 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup butter,softened

Note: If you ever visit the South and see chocolate cake featured on the menu, a yellow cake with chocolate icing is what you will get!

Resa came home for Memorial Day weekend and we baked a cake together. It is a coconut cake from Cooking Light and it was amazing!

Feasting on Art…

March 28th, 2010

… I love art!  On our first date, Juan asked me what I considered Art and why I loved it so much.  I remember it threw me at the time because a). it is so rare to have someone ask you a serious question on a first date (bonus points for Juan); and b). I had never thought really thought about it- it just makes me happy – it is a feeling.

My father is a painter and has always encouraged my interest in art.  He would take me to art exhibits and ask me questions about what we saw.  He would buy me canvases and let me play with acrylics, watercolors or pastels.  I have always liked that it is something we share.  Even now, when I find a new artist I like, I tell my Dad.

After college, I realized how important art was in my life as I was always in DC at a new exhibit.  I would miss it and crave it.  Then I stumbled across a discipline called Art Law- suddenly, I knew my calling.  Telling someone that ultimately I want to be an art attorney tends to lead to one question- What is that?

Well, it is many many different things from representing artists, dealers, art insurers, and museums to prosecuting art theft and archeological destruction.  I am still figuring out how I would like to work art into my legal practice but… I love learning about it and it keeps me motivated at school… This summer, I will be working in DC in a very awesome art related legal internship.  I’m very excited!

I made this cake for Feasting on Art‘s Birthday Blog Celebration.  I really enjoy reading her blog because it is wonderful intersection of art and food- two things I love.  I decided on Gattina’s Lemon Cake with sliced strawberries. She also has a beautiful blog worth checking out. The cake turned out good but I did not like the consistency. It may have been my mistake though because I added the flour mixture to the lemon juice… as the daughter of scientists… baking soda + lemon juice = a flat cake… but it was devoured quite quickly…