For Evie’s 4th Birthday, she requested Strawberry cake -I think it was a memory from our beach trip to Florida earlier this year where we had Sugaree’s Strawberry Layer Cake. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a great strawberry cake recipe. I was surprised that my favorite of the versions included a cake mix and jello (since I’m a make-from-scratch baker) but the result is unbeatable -the layers are so soft and the frosting melts in your mouth. The flavor of the fresh strawberries is strong and it has so quickly become the new favorite birthday cake. I’ve already made it 3x this past week!
The cake has its quirks… it is very delicate and the frosting can get too runny and loose if directions aren’t followed closely. Shortcuts aren’t recommended here, because the result is so worth wait!
Friday, I was in Utah. Yesterday, I was in Vegas. Today, I’m in Brooklyn, and tomorrow I will be in San Francisco. Basically, I’m eating and shooting my way through the country.
Did I mention I have been eating and eating?
S’anyway, tonight I ate a Fennel Sausage and Fresh Ricotta Pizza at Paulie Gee’s
and a Spicy Pork Meatball Slider and Ice Cream Sandwich at The Meatball Shop
. Yep, all in one night. I loved everything and was thrilled to find out that The Meatball Shop Cookbook
is due out this fall and quickly pre-ordered my copy. Heads up: their secret is to use fresh white bread rather than breadcrumbs… keeps it light and anti-dry (I hate using the real word.)
Man, do I love butter. I made Thomas Keller’s Potato Pavé from his cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home. I can’t even describe how amazing these taste… you’ll just have to make it for yourself. Buy the book here, or get the recipe here.
Oh, and if you buy the book, I dare you to make his Fried Chicken. Time consuming, but soooo worth it. Puts those Southerners to shame.
My mom made pancakes yesterday and used an old favorite recipe from Martha. (We tend to test out lots of recipes.) After eating these babies, we concluded this IS the best buttermilk pancake recipe out there.
photo © martha stewart living
photos © Jonathan Lovekin
I just received my copy today and I have to admit… I’d forgot I’d ordered it. It was so long ago and since it came from England, it took way too long to get here.
But I’m glad it did because everything Donna Hay does makes me so incredibly happy. A few online magazines popping up have bits of copying –but nothing compares to the original.
i saw this cookbook the other day and fell in love with its photography and natural styling.
my friend made this amazing aquarium birthday cake for her husband’s birthday and gave him diving lessons for scuba certification. are you kidding me? HOW do you top that? oh wait, she does daily with her hand-painted linen company. leith… your projects just get more and more amazing.
speaking of food…
it may be springtime where you live, but it just got cold again today and i’m up for comfort foods. i’ve been holding onto this recipe forEVER and might just try it. click here for the pumpkin fritters recipe.
my crappy scan of a john kernick photo from O magazine.