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Archive for the ‘cooking and baking’ category

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Thanksgiving Table

Some people are busy planning their menus and beginning the food prep in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I’m on the hunt too… but not for Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe or a new sweet potato dish. I enjoy hosting the big event but my real love lies with creating the centerpiece! Here are a few things I’ll be experimenting with this year:

Ornamental cabbage/flowering kale

Turnip and pumpkin votives

and some driftwood. I never know exactly what I’m going to end up with until I make it, so I like to have a few items to play with. Need more eye candy? Just enter Thanksgiving in the blog search to pull up past posts on centerpieces.

Isn’t this turkey veggie tray cute? Livi and I are going to tackle this after we get the real bird in the oven!

And this paper bag turkey looks like fun too!

I also want to do a giving thanks tree like this one; you’ll find the leaves on Etsy.

Happy planning!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Funny Food

Bill Wurtzel is determined to make you laugh and eat and play and laugh some more. A jazz guitarist, Bill has been making Funny Food plates for his wife, Claire, for as many years as they’ve been married. Now he is turning a hobby into an art form with a social message. His goal? To discourage obesity by inspiring children— and adults — to improve their eating habits by creating meals that are not only nutritious, but also fun.

Now it’s your turn!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Kid Cake!

The next time you’re sweating over cake decorating for your kids, remember this awesome strategy: Why not let the birthday boy or girl do it? That was the brilliant thinking behind one mom’s fantastic doodle cake. What might be even better than eating your own cake? For some creative kids, it might just be decorating it!

You can find the AmeriColor Food Colour Markers here and more on Rosie’s fabulous cake on her Sweetapolita blog.

(images courtesy Sweetapolita)

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Setting Sail with Veggie Boats

Looking for something creative to do with all that lovely summer produce? These veggie boats from Oh Happy Day would be cute for a summer party or as a simple yet strategic way to get youngsters to eat more veggies!

(image courtesy Oh Happy Day)

Friday, May 25th, 2012

One Sweet Barbecue

Here’s one barbecue which will cause a double take. Who would have thought that using three lollipop sticks instead of one turns your cupcakes into minigrills! Duncan Hines’ clever recipe uses Tootsie Rolls, jellybeans, Mike & Ikes and a detailed combo of Starbursts and caramel for realistic candy “meat.”

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

(image courtesy Duncan Hines, found via Lil Sugar)

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Play with your food, seriously.

If you’re looking to make mealtime a little more fun, check out this fun project by Alexis Birkmeyer. The instructions on Oh Happy Day walk you through the steps in creating artwork on plates that then become backdrops for a multitude of food scenes. Who knows? Kids just might forget they’re eating vegetables!

(concept, styling, and photos by Alexis Birkmeyer, via Oh Happy Day)

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

This cake requires a lot of heart!

Hats off (or should I say hearts off!) to I am Baker for the awesome heart cake. I am not a cake person — I actually never eat it and I certainly never make one (that’s what the grandmas are for, right?) But I LOVE the surprise inside! I really would love to try this for Livi’s neighborhood Valentine’s party next week (I’ve also seen the cake mold at Michael’s) but, well, I’m feeling a bit chicken. Would my heart be in it? Most importantly, would any heart be in it? For now, I will savor the images below!

I am so NOT a Baker.

(images courtesy I am Baker)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Turkey Talk: Plan B?

from Jamie

Feeling the pressure of putting a beautiful and tasty bird on your Thanksgiving table? I’m right there with ya, but I also take comfort in the fact that sides will save the day! Nevertheless, here are some plan Bs if you want to have some fun with your guests — and not have the bag of giblets slip down your disposal, clog your sink and cause your dishwasher to overflow onto your hardwood floor (but that’s another story).

A paper bag turkey from One Charming Party, directions here.

Looks like a beauty from the outside; time for a taste test.

Now this is my kind of bird… no neck, just popcorn!

Serving a room full of sweet tooths instead of meat eaters? Here’s your main dish!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Next Restaurant: Childhood

from Jamie

Check out Next Restaurant’s newest themed menu: Childhood!

From the pictures and video I’ve seen, they do a fantastic job of presenting the simple culinary pleasures of childhood using creative and eloquent staging. My favorite has to be the plate of “foie”sting on cake batter mixers! Also on the menu: chicken noodle soup, fish ‘n chips, mac and cheese, school lunch box, hamburger and roasted marshmallows over plate-sized campfires.

I think Whet Moser of Chicago Magazine sums it up best: “The dough or frosting-covered mixer blades are a clever touch, though if my current habits are any indication, I don’t see what’s so childish about it.”

Find out more here.

p.s. Next’s video is temporarily disabled due to copyright issues with the music. They hope to have it back up soon. I was lucky to catch it before hand and I have to say Devotchka’s How it Ends (on the soundtrack from Little Miss Sunshine) was the perfect backdrop!

(photos courtesy Eater)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Savory Halloween Appetizers to Scare Away Hunger (and Blood Sugar Crashes!)

from Jamie

Ready to think beyond candy? Check out these fun finds from Lil Sugar: