Category Archives: Cookbook

Pink Velvet Cake

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I finally got around to making a cake from Southern Living Cakes cookbook.  (Well, I already made one–a peanut butter cola cake, but I didn’t like it.

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It called for using coca cola, and I don’t think I like that flavor in cake.)  I knew I would get around to making the red velvet cake recipe because I love red velvet cake.  Only, I used only one bottle of red food coloring, so I have a pink velvet cake.  This recipe makes a lovely cake, and there is plenty of frosting.

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Two for Tuesday: Halloween Foodie Items

Halloween is not a gift-giving holiday, but it can be if you want to give a gift to someone special or to yourself!  I found some cool Halloween- and fall-related gift items.

The first is this adorable pumpkin-shaped cookbook of pumpkin recipes I saw at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan.  (They even have ones on potatoes, eggs and pasta too.)

pumpkin book

If you want something a little more eerie, opt for the chocolate skull at Fika, a Scandinavian coffee shop in Manhattan.

chocolate skull

Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview

Today is Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview, a list of the cookbooks for Fall 2013, both domestic and international.  Some of interest to me include favorite topics of mine like classic New York restaurants/food and food Americana.  I also like Balaboosta, Robicelli’s, and I’ve been seeing a lot of John Besh on TV and liking his cooking and thought the combination of Southern and Italian cuisine was an interesting idea.

Balaboosta

By Einat Admony

Katz’s: Autobiography of a Delicatessen

By Jake Dell

The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook

By Sandy Ingber and Roy Finamore

Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes

By Allison Robicelli and Matt Robicelli

Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots

By Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer

Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way

By John Besh

The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

By Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman

The Taste of America

By Colman Andrews

A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants

By Rick Browne

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

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New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

Contest is closed.

Weekend Whets 4/5

Community Cookbook Extravaganza, Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn:  Bring a recipe or food story to include in the community cookbook.

Smorgasburg, Saturdays starting April 6, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront; and Sundays on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn:  Event with local food vendors.

Cheese and Wine Pairing Class, Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6 p.m., Cheese and Wine Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ:  Class on how to pair wine and cheese.  $60.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn:  Food tasting of Fifth Avenue’s best restaurants.  Music, dancing and complimentary wine and beer.  Tickets are $45 and $25 of that goes to a local charity of your choice.

Peruvian Sushi Night, Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, Manhattan:  Gabriel Alegria and the Afro Peruvian Sextet playing.  Peruvian sushi must be ordered in advance.

Eat Like a Chef!  Danny Meyer and Michael Romano with Adam Gopnik, Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:15 p.m., 92nd St Y, Manhattan:  Restaurateur and chef discuss culinary secrets to making staff meals at Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and more.  Tickets are $29.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, Brooklyn:  Event that celebrates the borough with tastings from area vendors and restaurants like Robicelli’s.  VIP tickets, $75; general admission, $50.

2nd Annual Taiwanese Night Market, Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Villian, Brooklyn:  A night market of Asian and Taiwanese food vendors.  Tickets $40.

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Cool Food Blog

Bits of Sunshine is a very cool baking blog from a blogger in South Africa.  The name alone is enticing, especially when we are having “bits of sunshine” as we wait for spring to finally arrive.  The blog has favorite modern recipes like chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes along with creative cupcakes and cookies with ingredients like Rolos. I really want to make the custard cream cookies she recently posted.  I love their sunshiney yellow color, and I’ve always wanted to try a corn flour cookie.  This blog has a bright, fun feel.  She even designs free printable cake toppers and tags for readers to use.  And the best:  You can download her cookbook, Bakes & Treats, for free.

Kids’ State Dinner at the White House

First lady Michelle Obama is hosting the first kids’ state dinner at the White House today.  Out of 1,200 entries to the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, there were 54 winners (aged 8-12).  Judges included White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Chef Jose Andres, Authors Marshall and Alex Reid, and Epicurious Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steel along with USDA and Dept. of Education representatives.

Along with their parents, the winning kids were invited to the White House to try the winning dishes.  New York’s winner was Samuel Wohabe, age 9, with Fish Fueled Pepper Rocket with Kale Chips and Quinoa.  North Carolina’s winner was Sydney Brown, age 11, with Sydney’s Homerun Meatloaf Burger.  Some of these recipes sound like they would be good for adults too.  Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes sound good, and I have some cabbage at home.  You can even download the Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Cookbook free.