Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
So... I wanted to share - I had to go into my recipe bin to find this as I want to include all the ingredients in my next shopping trip.... I LOVE carrot cake, it was our wedding cake too...
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar (I use 2 1/2)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1-1⁄2 cups corn oil (I use canola)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (use GOOD vanilla)
1-1/2 cups shelled walnuts, lightly chopped
1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
1-1/3 cups puréed cooked carrots (I use shredded)
3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch springform pans.
Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat well. Fold in the walnuts, coconut, carrots, and pineapple.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Set on the center rack of the oven and bake until the edges have pulled away from the sides and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 minutes.
4. Cool on a cake rack for 3 hours. Fill and frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting - Just use your favorite recipe (I'll admit, I've even used pre mixed in the can... but it's so easy to make w/ cream cheese too)
Happy Early Easter! (a good excuse to eat Carrot Cake)!!!
If you have a "favorite" Carrot Cake Recipe... PLEASE share... a GREAT excuse to try another recipe!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A "Save the Date" set of Cookies arrive in a box!This is a new phenonomin to me... receiving a piece of mail to "Save the Date". I'm going out on a limb (again)... I'm hearing about edible cookies that have a "save the date" message on them, not to mention that they cost $3.00 each to be mailed!
Perhaps you'd like this tacky magnet on your fridge so you don't forget to "Save the Date"!I know when we mailed our wedding invitations, we "banked" on some people NOT coming...it's just the way it was! Well, the US Postal Service must be happy as mail is dwindling down to an all time low - but I'm really OK to wait to receive an invitation and if I'm booked already - Oh Well!
Here you go... another way to hope people remember to "Save the Date"!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I had my long overdue physical last week... it's been haunting me. I knew I had to meet my new primary care physician and schedule my first colonoscopy.... (a few years overdue). Today I received a call... hmmm, why was the Physician calling me? Apparently, I'm VERY low in B12, Iron and Vitamin D, she sounded "a little" concerned and recommend I have B 12 injections weekly for at least a month... Can I come into her office TOMORROW??? She wanted to know how I was functioning, and "WHY" I'm not exhausted. I really had little to nothing to say... I feel absolutely the same. (I asked her to check to be sure she had "my" chart) I'm aware post bariatric patients may not absorb all nutrients... but I always thought I'd feel badly to determine if it was reason for concern... My sleepless nights are when our 21 year old is home from school and I can't sleep until he's in for the night... So, I'm going into her office to start my injections and starting my supplements...This is a new challenge for me to face, maybe it goes with getting my AARP "STUFF" in the mail more frequently (that I totally ignore too)... my sister-in-law calls me "stubborn Irish"... maybe, after all, SHE does know best???
Friday, March 5, 2010
Sharyn on the show with the famous Chef Gordon Ramsay!
Bazzini Restaurant, Ridgewood, NJ - aired, February 5, 2010 - on "Hell's Kitchen"It happened again... a Friday night at Williams Sonoma... I started talking to a customer who was reading one of our new "Chocolate Cake" Cookbooks... After talking to her for a while, she informed me she has her own baking business... I then learn she was the pastry chef on a recent "Kitchen Nightmares" episode... Wow! Of course I was engulfed in conversation and a sponge to learn everything about her... Her carrot cake is becoming word famous... Chef Ramsay LOVES it, endorsed it openly on his show and she is making them non stop. Sharyn Sherman is a character, I can see her taking her career to another level, she should - lots of spunk and feisty openness, we (my manager Lisa and I) encouraged her to "PUSH" herself to continue to be nationally recognized, with Easter around the corner make these carrot cakes well known! I certainly hope so! For anyone in the area, Sharyn currently has space in Cafe Amici in Wyckoff, (a great restaurant where Sharyn also supplies their desserts) she supplies a few other establishments and bakes for the consumer! Lisa ordered a carrot cake tonight... I think I may have to as well! To place an order, call: 201.248.9361 and... follow Sharyn on facebook: Simplyhomemadedesserts and her website: simplyhomemadedesserts.com
Sharyn's Famous Red Velvet Cupcakes
I mention that "it happened again"... on a recent Friday night, George Georgiades, from Varka Estiatorio in Ramsey, NJ also visited Williams Sonoma - another great chef!
LINK to "Hell's Kitchen" Episode: (copy and paste to your browser)
Monday, March 1, 2010
It was just a quick glimpse of something we used to frequently see... I had guy friends and that was their only way of getting around... and I thought absolutely NOTHING of it...
Not so sure if I now feel jaded, or I miss my innocence?