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A Cup of Tea, Chocolate and a Herald Angel to Say

Hey, it’s your birthday!

Happy Birthday to my friend V, who tells me good stories and makes me laugh!  Enjoy your day. This angel is a music box.

Happy Birthday to You.

Happy Birthday to You.

A little iPhone shot of a still life I put together for your birthday.


Back to Real Time and Green Pepper Jelly

Thanks for looking at the four days of 2010 Snowmaggedon photos this week.  I imagine most people are weary of watching and talking about any weather ad nauseum but depending where you live, it’s been tough to ignore.

(Okay, Rob, Shuey  and Kristin don’t mind sending the Florida temps to me)

Right now I’m curled up with a laptop and a shawl, enjoying the flannel sheets, unwinding from the week, deciding whether or not to go down to the basement to take the clothes out of the dryer while they are still warm and unwrinkled or wait until morning and give them a quick whirl.

This is what I found on my computer keyboard on my school desk this morning.  Yes, I considered tidying up for the shot, taking off the knitting, removing the battery charger, pushing the papers to the side but this is what it actually looked like, unretouched.   The custodian who cleans my room left me a lovely heart of chocolates.  An early morning surprise.

Valentine Heart on a Keyboardnot artfully arranged or set up.  AS IS.   A jumble but authentic.

(See the Knitting Blog for student progress in knitting since last post)

Thursday night the girls and boys basketball teams won their respective games in the playoffs and advanced to the next round. I photographed both games and this is what it looked like when I left school around nine. Getting more proficient at the action shots.  The players sure move fast.

 

After the basketball gameOn my way to the parking lot, I looked back and saw this scene outside of the school.

 

 

 

Manager's Special DonutsThe Manager’s Special today, heart shaped donuts.  The students appreciated them even if they are probably on a list of food one should never eat!

And then the bonus of the day- homemade Green Pepper Jelly shipped via the USPS  from Omaha, Nebraska. Thanks J.  Steve and I had some fancy appetizers before dinner.  Steve had bought a container of organic cream cheese so I opened it and put them on some gift crackers Steve brought home.

Green Pepper Jelly Appetizers

This dish was given to me by my loving neighbors Ann and MJ who have both passed.

So that’s my Friday.  Thanks for making and sending the jar of Pepper Jelly, J!  Delicious.


Wedding Flowers in the Snow

Valentine's Wedding Flowers Charlotte and Joel's wedding February 14, 2010

Ruth:

Happy Fourth Anniversary Charlotte and Joel. What a beautiful wedding it was….married on her Grandparents’ Valentine Wedding Anniversary. So romantic.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

What photo to put up?  A dilemma. There’s the ongoing documentation of the storm, the damage done-  like the aluminum canopy over gas pumps all twisted as if in a tornado, buckled under the weight of the snow.  Or an Alpine mountain (i.e. huge pile) of snow that looks like Geology class. So many layers, the striations  from the different days. The bottom layer  almost black sedimentary rock-  coal!  A dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top.  The snow I shoveled today felt like the stuff in the movies, that ersatz fluff in the Nutcracker that floats down  onto the Snow Queen.  If you need to Create Fake Snow Falling from a Ceiling for a School Play there are instructions. Tomorrow’s  shovelfuls might be like concrete.  And it’s snowing as I think of what to share.  Lots of comments and emails about Spring and the hope for pictures with green in…

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Tartelette aux Framboises and Dark Chocolate Royal

We made an evening run for me to pick up something at Target.  Little plastic containers for soup.

On the way to the parking lot, Steve asked me if I could drive by his work so he could get something he left there.

Someone had brought two delicious French pastries from La Gourmandine Bakery as it turned out.

He brought out the box and opened it in the car and there they were.  Two lovely pastries.

When we got home, I cut the raspberry one in half and ate it, intending the other half for him later.  Ooops. I ate the other half too.   Here is the description on their website

Tartelette aux Framboises
(shortbread crust filled with baked almond cream and topped with fresh raspberries)  and the description of the

The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake.

chocolate one courtesy of baker Lisanne

Pastries in a box

in the box     so glad he remembered they were at work and they didn’t go to waste! Happy to swing by and pick these up.

Raspberries

close up

ChocolateI saved this one for Steve.


Chocolate Covered Bacon

I happened to be at the Milk Shake Factory on Carson Street last Wednesday.  Did I mention that they have Happy Hour and all Milkshakes are half off fro 4-6 PM?  You might remember the post I did of the place.

It’s right down the street from the Post Office where I had to mail a couple of packages.

Anyway, the chocolate covered bacon,  by Edward Marc Chocolatier, was looking at me.

There are eyes on it, aren’t there?

Once my friend  R brought some over to the house but I can’t remember how it tasted except I know how bacon tastes and I know how chocolate tastes but can’t remember the combo.

Didin’t buy any , just got a half price milkshake, but caught a shot of it with the phone and wondered who got the idea to dip bacon in chocolate.

 

chocolate covered bacon

 

 

There are recipes for chocolate covered bacon all over the internet ( I just checked) and it says that it is a popular dish at state fairs.

 


Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

At least a year ago, my friend Connie W. from Florida, sent a newspaper article from an Ocala paper about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia.  Connie must have read it and thought of Matthew, my son who lives there.   I asked him one time about it and then another time and we didn’t talk about it or mention it for along while.  Then I said I hope he could take Flat Ruthie there as I thought it would be an interesting place to visit.  Then Flat Ruthie went missing. And besides Flat Ruthie  hasn’t really had any relationships to break up  that I’m aware of………….

Today in my email I received photographs of his visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  Here is what Matthew wrote:

 
My Blog-following friends- Sasha, Ana Maria and Tanja asked if I had taken Flat Ruthie to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I hadn’t.  So we decided to go together and take some pics for the Blog.  Flat Ruthie was too busy exploring the remote reaches of my desk drawers, so she opted not to join us this time.  I bought a Bad Memories Eraser for Mom at the gift shop, but a few hours later ran into a friend who needed it more.  Her boyfriend has gone to NYC to play the drums.

 I wonder what she’ll donate to the museum: a pair of scuffed sticks or an abandoned ride cymbal?  Hopefully, she’ll update us when she decides –   Matthew

Welcome to Museum

It isn’t just the objects.  It is the stories behind the objects.

Boots

 

 

Biker Boots

the story behind the boots

 

Ana Sasha Tanja

Tanja, Sasha, Ana at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

 

 

 

 

A wisp of hair

 

 

 

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Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEdding Box

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Flyer

 

 

 

Keka Flyer

 

 

 

Chocolate

At the gift shop

 

 

Blog Followers

I am so happy you all encouraged MAtthew to go to the museum!!!

 

I am not sure to whom the credit should go to for the photo of  Matthew at the entrance.  Let me know and I can edit the post.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Photo credit to Sasha, Tanja or Ana Maria- Thank you

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Chocolate, Eggs, Signs of Spring

Eataly Chocolate

Eataly Display

eggs in le creuset

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Woman on Cell Phone Carrying a Tulip

Box of chocolates

The Biggest Box of Chocolates I’ve Seen

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Godiva Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Rockefeller Center Chocolates

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Plantings About to Bloom on Fifth Avenue

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Unusual Flavors at Gourmet Garage

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Ice Cream Truck

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Balloons and Toys


Another Cupcake Heard From

No falling sprinkles today but one good cupcake leads to another.  My sister said cupcakes aren’t her favorite as the frosting is disproportionate to the amount of cake involved but many people are crazy for cupcakes.  I have seen a line around the corner on Bleecker Street at the Magnolia Bakery, many times.

A couple of weeks ago on a Monday, I went to a friend’s house and these chocolate cupcakes were the dessert.  Here is the recipe for Chocolate Heaven with Chocolate Buttercream.

I’m on a team for the Biggest Loser at work and we weigh in every Monday morning.  Good thing I had the rest of the week to try to make up for the indulgence.

I looked through the cookbook where J got the recipe from and everything sounded enticing.  Old fashioned baking with plenty of real ingredients. From Savannah Georgia, the  Back in the Day Bakery  is the name of the cookbook.  J had heard the owners, Cheryl and Griffith Day,  featured on the radio show Splendid Table.    Their specialty?  Vintage Desserts!

Chocolate Cupcake


Christmas Mice to Admire and Eat

Guest Blog from Euthemia where my sister is spending the Christmas holidays.

Her friend Joanne brought these to Christmas dinner . Euthemia emailed me the photo of them and then I wrote back to ask if it would be okay to post.  Directions below.  Thanks Euthemia and Joanne. photo-5

 

 

Here are the instructions for making the chocolate cherry mice from Joanne Maier of Glenmont, New York.  
They were a great hit at the holiday table.  

 
24 Maraschino cherries with stems
Waxed paper
1/2 cup chocolate chips
24 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
48 almond slices (match pairs by size)
Icing – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon of water
Black food coloring
Red food coloring
Drain cherries, pat dry. Cherries, unwrapped kisses and paired ears need to be lined up ahead of time on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper.  Microwave chocolate chips 15 seconds at a time until melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.    Hold the cherry by stem, dip and swirl til covered in chocolate, put on the side so tail sticks out and on the front, push on a Kiss to make the head.  Where the Kiss meets the cherry, put in the two ears, and keep doing it until you finish.  Make icing, take a small amount and add black food coloring, another small amount for red food coloring, and the rest will stay white.  Put icing into 3 different baggies and cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.  Make the eyes white with a black dot in the middle, and use the pink for a nose.

Swivel Stools and Ice Cream Counter at Yetter’s in Millvale

It gets dark early these days. The interior of Yetter’s caught my eye after we parked and headed down Grant Ave to Sedgwick Street.

Steve and I were on our way to Panza Gallery for an art opening reception last Saturday night. Do you remember Millvale Days when I didn’t bring my camera and had to shoot with my phone? Well, we headed for the art opening and all I had was my phone to capture this scene at night.

Yetter’s is known for their homemade candies which you can mail order online although I must confess I have never eaten a chocolate covered potato chip. Just an old fashioned place with fresh candies and ice cream and delicious milkshakes.

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Aunt LInda Teaches Anna How to Dip Strawberries in Chocolate

And Maura is taking good notes!

Shot last May in Columbus, the night before Anna’s Communion Party.


Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll

My friend G’s mother in Morris Plains NJ used to make these icebox cakes in the sixties.  I always loved to eat a slice of one.  And they still sell the cookies you need to make one. I hear they are difficult to find.  I found a box on the top shelf of Giant Eagle supermarket right here in Pittsburgh and I saw them for sale in Kroger in Ohio.

We are still missing the NABISCO bakery which is now a location for Google and the new gym, Anthropologie and some other stores.  There is even a hotel in Bakery Square where the NABISCO bakery used to be.  I am not sure if they used to bake these chocolate wafers in that facility or not.   Found an article that these cookies were advertised in 1929 with this recipe suggestion!    And the author of the article is correct- these cookies are always hidden on the top shelf in the cookie aisle.   I’ve been thinking about making a Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll  for a long time.  So I bought the Famous Chocolate Wafers and a pint of heavy cream to whip.  Mine did not look as neat and lovely as my friend’s mother’s dessert did when we were growing up.  Once I covered it all with the leftover whipped cream it looked better. It is chilling now.  Laura is coming in tomorrow from OH and I hope she will find it amazing when we slice it and it is striped. Milk chocolate is all I had for a garnish but dark chocolate garnish would have looked better.  After you put it all together, it sits in the refrigerator and as I remember it, the cookies soak up moisture and get cakelike and soft, with the layers of cream in between. A no-bake dessert you just assemble and refrigerate.  Anyone remember eating this as a child?

If you want the nutritional information you can click here but just enjoy a single slice and have people over to share it!


It’s Happy Hour at the Milkshake Factory on Wednesdays- Half Price!!

Last week I looked in the window and thought some tour or a class must have just let out or everyone is on a field trip at the Milkshake Factory on Carson Street. They were lined up out the door.  And I was headed to my Photo class again this Wednesday after school and parked and got out of the car, foraging for dinner somewhere on the South Side and went by the Milkshake Factory and it was PACKED!!!  I walked down the street and got a slice of Pizza at Pizza Sola and walked back to the Milkshake Factory.  I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to photograph the milkshake machines and see what the crowd is about.  Hmmmm.  Good excuse.  Well, the woman in front of me who confirmed that she was indeed the end of the line said, “Oh it’s Happy Hour- The milkshakes are half off!!”  I asked if I could photograph- after I ordered a coffee milkshake.  And the smell of chocolates was tempting too.  The Edward Marc chocolates are beautiful.  They will let you buy a single piece.  There were boxes of Valentine’s chocolates half price, too, but I resisted those.  Marble counters, a red tin ceiling, white subway tile. A host of milkshake “shakers” acting super pleasant, energetic and patient even with the enormous crowd, filled up the metal cups with loads of ice cream and milk, whatever flavor combination you wanted. And there are some wild possibilities with the flavors.  One guy had a drink carrier with four shakes to go!   So two dollars and eleven cents later (they had a dish of pennies to help out) I had my milkshake in hand.  I mustn’t make it a regular Wednesday stop as I didn’t ask for the nutritional information but calcium is good for bones, right? HA!  Named “best historic restoration in the city” according to their website. I am going back to the gym tomorrow after school. The past two Wednesdays have been fat-loading.

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Old Fashioned Milkshakes on the South Side

Scoops and scoops of Ice cream
pour in cold fresh milk,
load it into a tall metal cup
whirred by a sturdy machine.
Thick shake eased into a tall plastic
container with a clear straw–
melting as you sip down to the
grating sound of sucking
when the shake’s all gone,
wishing for a few more sips.
Sweet and satisfying.

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Turrón: Egg Whites, Honey and Almonds Dessert from Spain

After the dinner plates were cleared at the neighbor’s house on  Saturday night, Joaquin brought out a magnificent circular platter of Turrón.  His mother had sent  the assortment from Spain.  It was a Christmas gift but fortunately for us it arrived in late January.  There’s also marzipan with chocolate and a pineapple nougat on the plate, too.  Sweet and a perfect finish.  The area in focus is small, but you get the idea of the presentation.  I should have photographed it afterward as it was about empty! Yum.

A Different Dessert

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Egg whites
honey
and loaded with almonds.
This version hard.
The Italian I ate at Christmas was soft.
Delicious!

Turrón dates back to at least the 15th century according to wikipedia.

Delicious confection filled with almonds.


One Pound of Imperfect Assortment- Chocolates by Betsy Ann

Perfect taste! Imperfection not a problem.

The  Imperfect Assortment tasted perfect to me.  V. brought them to dinner last night, a sendoff for Matthew returning to Croatia.  Made in West View. Available once a year.   And the golden box of perfect Betsy Ann truffles was delicious as well. I went to get a Waterford candy dish that sits in the china closet.  I thought the Imperfect Assortment deserved a proper presentation. Love ya Betsy Ann!

 


Book Club Held During Power Outage

It was all candles.  Candles on the mantel, the table, the desk in the hall.  It was very dark. I thought all of us looked great by candlelight.  We discussed The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The power was off for about two hours.  Fortunately the night before I baked a Gateau di Sirop (recipe)with a bottle of Steen’s Cane  Syrup. Baked Split Second Cookies with Bon Maman Fig Jam.  Extra sharp cheddar and Honeycrisp apple slices.  And Tess and Chris brought me a box of St. Moritz truffles from Oxford Centre downtown. Lovely.  A gold box with an oval window in the middle.  There’s a spider and a tiny dancer one and a pumpkin one and each one is delicately embellished.  Just before everyone arrived, Laura had sent a picture on my phone of a lovely ring on a finger.  Then she called. James Weaver asked her to marry him and she said YES. It was a happy night!

Tess told me every flavor and I promptly forgot almost all of them. Going to have to eat each one and be surprised,


My Friend Ellen Bakes

Usually cheesecakes but lots of other great stuff, too. And she made a tray of these chocolate cupcakes with tiny chocolate chips and cream cheese for the school meeting this afternoon.  So moist and flavorful.  Thanks Ellen.  She said take some home and I did! Three for the little cupcake stands my friend Joanne gave me.  One for Ray who came to fix the window and doors and one for Roberta who waited for him to come and for Steve who brought the lettuce home to go with the quesadillas.  I had already eaten mine at school but wished I had been piggy and brought another one home.   Thursday evening impromptu “dinner party”  with dessert by Ellen. click to see Ellen’s fridge

 

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips and cream cheese

Do you remember Ellen's refrigerator with the cream cheese and beer from July 18th posting?

 


Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake Baked on Sunday Afternoon

The inventor of the Bundt Pan (Nordic Ware) Mr. David Dalquist, passed away in January 2005.  I read his obit in the Times. Having never owned one, that week I bought a Bundt Pan, bid and won a Bundt Cake Cookbook on Ebay. I had plans.

Four years later I finally baked the Tunnel of Fudge cake for Sunday supper guests, a farewell to summer meal on the front porch.  I sliced up some pieces and slipped them into wax paper lunch bags for them to eat later- or for breakfast.  I followed the recipe to the letter even though I wanted to add vanilla and salt.  A side of vanilla ice cream would have been good.

Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake on Cake Stand Kitchen Counter, Waits for Guests

Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake on Cake Stand Kitchen Counter, Waits for Guests

Great article in the Washington Post  January 11, 2005  by Mr. Hank Stuever but it cost too much to republish.  Heartily recommend you “google it” though.   and the recipe is all over the web

The Tunnel of Fudge Cake, a second-place Pillsbury Bake-Off winner in 1966, was developed by Ella Rita Helfrich of Houston, Texas, who won $5,000.

1  3/4 c. butter, softened
1  3/4 c. granulated sugar
6 eggs
2 c. powdered sugar
2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. cocoa
2 c. chopped walnuts

GLAZE:

3/4 cup confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
1/4 cup cocoa, like Hershey’s
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Heat the oven to 350*F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch angel cake pan. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Gradually add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, beating until well-blended. By hand, stir in 21/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup cocoa and the nuts; mix until well-blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 58 to 62 minutes. (Because this cake has a soft tunnel of fudge, an ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking time are critical.)
  5. Let the cake cool upright in the pan on a rack for 1 hour, then invert onto a serving plate and let cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa and 1 1/2 tablespoons milk. Mix until well blended, adding the remaining 1/2 tablespoon milk to make a spooning consistency.
  7. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cooled cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store the cake tightly covered.

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