OSI – April of Short + Rose

This week’s host is April of Short + Rose.
In her bio, she says “I’m April and I live in Memphis. I like to bake, knit, garden, travel and hang out with awesome people. I hate hot weather, rude people and answering the phone. I want to move somewhere cold and I hope to one day have an ounce of the creativity and a sliver of the adorableness some of the bloggers I adore do.”

Erin has selected Cherry Fudge Brownie Torte for this week’s TWD post.

Let’s all get to know a bit about her and then head over to her blog and show some TWD love!

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Questions:

1. When did you begin baking?

I’m not really sure but I am positive it was in my Nannie’s (my maternal grandmother) kitchen. She didn’t mind the messes I made when I was ‘cooking’.

2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress/ballerina/chef

3. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

World Peace cookies, hands down. I’ve made them so much. A delicious combo of sweet & salty.

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4. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Several, all of which I blame on myself, not the recipe. Probably the worst one was the Summer Fruit Galette, the dough came out terribly, I couldn’t blanch the peaches, it was just a disaster from every angle.

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie (or Tart), in fact I’ll probably go ahead and make it soon. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors!

6. What one item in the kitchen could you never live without?

Whisks, I have three but I’m still always looking for a clean one. They’re fantastic.

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7. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Loyal, stubborn, sentimental

8. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

Super speed! Then I could knit sweaters in minutes not months!

9. If you had a day to yourself, no distractions, what would you do?

Take a roadtrip! I love roadtrips, especially with a great self-made soundtrack & a mocha-to-go.

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10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Tokyo, Japan. Amazing landscapes, amazing food & high speed rail!

11. If you knew could you try anything, and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

Start a non-profit that focused on giving low-income children and teens an opportunity and the means to participate in the creative arts.

12. What meal and dessert would you choose to be your very last?

Filet mignon, caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, mashed potatoes with goat cheese, rolls & chocolate bread pudding with Irish cream sauce.

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13. What is the “strangest” food you ever eaten?

I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten a strange food, I’m pretty squeamish when it comes to weird food.

14. What spice do you use over and over again?

Salt!

15. Offer up one random, little known factoid about yourself.

My mom used to be into Civil War reenacting and so growing up I visited practically every Civil War battlefield in Tennessee.

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Note: I, (Jeannette @ The Whimsical Cupcake) will be heading the OSI portion of TWD every week. IF YOU ARE A NOVEMBER HOST and you haven’t done so already: please send me your answers OR if you have not received an email from me (most likely due to the fact that I couldn’t find an email addy for you), please send me one (flamegoddess65@aol.com). Without your answers, I can’t post the nifty facts about you ;) That is all.

OSI – Erin of Prudence Pennywise

This week’s host is Erin of Prudence Pennywise.
In her bio, she describers herself as “a fun loving girl, given to flights of fancy and spontaneous purchases. Really. But when it comes to grocery shopping, my alter ego (Prudence Pennywise) takes over. I want the freshest ingredients at the best prices, which I use to create healthful, beautiful, fast (who has time?), delicious meals. My goal is to feed my family of four scandalously good food on about $100 a week. Get ready to save some pennies!” Her goodies look fabulous!!

Erin has selected Sweet Potato Biscuits for this week’s TWD post.

Let’s all get to know a bit about her and then head over to her blog and show some TWD love!

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Questions:

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1. When did you begin baking?

One of my most distinctive memories is rolling out sugar cookie dough with my mother on my second birthday.

2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Always a mother, but at various times a belly dancer, a pirate, and a world famous actress.

3. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

I can’t stop making the world peace cookies, but I’ve also had some late night cravings for butterscotch pudding of late.

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4. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

The buttery jam cookie was the only recipe that had to be deep sixed.

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

All in one holiday bundt cake, pretty please.

6. What one item in the kitchen could you never live without?

One item…. I love my chef’s knife, but then I’d also need my cutting board. And if I’m being absolutely truthful, I can’t make it one day without ice.  I’m an inveterate ice-chomper.

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7. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Frantic, Blithe, Hungry

8. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

If I could manage on little to no sleep, I think I could just about accomplish every needful thing.

9. If you had a day to yourself, no distractions, what would you do?

It would have to involve r eading, crossword puzzles, and baking with my two little ones.

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10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Isle of Guernsey

11. If you knew could you try anything, and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

I’d love to publish a cookbook.  Working on it now.

12. What meal and dessert would you choose to be your very last?

Grilled Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Pico De Gallo. Buttermilk Brownies for Dessert.

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13. What is the “strangest” food you ever eaten?

I lived in South America for a couple of years, and there I ate hooves, livers, and hearts.  Shudder, convulsion, wretching.  I try not to think about it.

14. What spice do you use over and over again?

Chili Powder.

15. Offer up one random, little known factoid about yourself.

I’m the middle child in a family of ten children.

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Note: I, (Jeannette @ The Whimsical Cupcake) will be heading the Q&A portion of TWD every week. IF YOU ARE AN OCTOBER HOST and you haven’t done so already: please send me your answers. Without your answers, I can’t post the nifty facts about you ;) That is all.

OSI: Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table

This week’s host is Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table.
In her bio, she describers herself as “a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a friend, and a carpooling wizard.” She is such a sweet woman but be sure to pull out your best grammar when writing to her or she will just correct your mistakes ;)

Kayte has selected Allspice Crumb Muffins for this week’s TWD post.

Let’s all get to know a bit about her and then head over to her blog and show some TWD love!

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Questions:

1. When did you begin baking?

I remember my grandmothers giving me bits of dough so that I could make a little pie or my own cinnamon roll as a child, but I didn’t really start baking until I started with Tuesdays with Dorie.  I joined because I wanted to learn how to bake something other than chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes (from a box mix), brownies (from a box mix), and apple pie.  It worked:  I can now bake more things than previously listed.

2. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child I wanted to be nun who taught school or who was the librarian at a school.

3. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

Absolute favorite:  Creamiest Lime Cream Merin gue Pie.  I made the mistake of making a small version (7″ – half the regular size) as I thought my guys wouldn’t really care for it as they love chocolate weeks at TWD.  Big Mistake.  I got one teeny tiny sliver of that pie and they ate the rest in one sitting.  I need to make it again and not tell them.

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4. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Rice pudding, not because the recipe was a failure, but because we don’t like sweet rice.  I made it anyway thinking maybe some miracle would occur.  It didn’t.

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

The Translucent Maple Tuiles, pp. 173-175 (I was going to pick them, but I didn’t think they would be very popular, and I hate it when people frown at me!)  I picked the Allspice Crumb Muffins because they were easy, the ingredients were readily available without needing a run to the store possibly, they seemed inexpensive, they sounded seasonal, and they didn’t require messing up the entire kitchen with tons of dishes/pots/pans/bowls/utensils, etc.  How did I do?  I’m thinking there are lots of smiles right now.

6. What one item in the kitchen could you never live without?

My taste tester, Matt (17 year old son) because I don’t like chocolate and he is willing to taste test all chocolate items for me.  Oh, you mean a tool:  my metal bench scraper as I use it every single day for tons of things.

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7. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

“Compulsive, Ordinary, Bookish” were my thoughts, but Nancy at The Dogs Eat the Crumbs thought I should list “Optimistic, Curious, Enthusiastic,” and I liked the sound of those, so let’s go with those.  And, then, Cathy at The Tortefeasor chimed in with “Kind, Fun, Compassionate, Friendly, ChocolateHater, LemonLover,” and I am thinking I am soun ding even more interesting and even I was beginning to like me, so let’s go with all of those and maybe there is a part of me in there somewhere.

8. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

To go back in time and correct every single mistake I have ever made.

9. If you had a day to yourself, no distractions, what would you do?

Read historical fare.  This will surprise no one who knows me.

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10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Ravenna, Italy.

11. If you knew could you try anything, and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

I would love to visit every museum in the world.

12. What meal and dessert would you choose to be your very last?

Meal would be French Onion Soup and a really really good grilled cheese sandwich.  Dessert would be Graham Cracker Pie made by my Grandma Ohl.

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13. What is the “strangest” food you ever eaten?

Cow tongue.  I have no idea what possessed me, and am fairly confident it will not be possessing me again.

14. What spice do you use over and over again?

Nutmeg.

15. Offer up one random, little known factoid about yourself.

I cannot parallel park.

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Note: I, (Jeannette @ The Whimsical Cupcake) will be heading the Q&A portion of TWD every week. IF YOU ARE AN OCTOBER HOST and you haven’t done so already: please send me your answers. Without your answers, I can’t post the nifty facts about you ;) That is all.

OSI – Garrett of Flavor of Vanilla

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This week’s host is Garrett of Flavor of Vanilla.
He says in his bio, “Vanilla. It’s always my favorite flavor growing up, whether it was in ice cream, cookies, or cake. Other people argued that vanilla was too plain, but I never agreed. It has an underlying taste to it, it gets along with almost anything, and yet it can also stand out on itself. I’m hoping I can relate the same ideas to my cooking – creating something that isn’t flashy on the outside, but will still wow you when you bite into it, something that you will remember.”

Garrett has selected Split Level Pudding for this week’s TWD post.

Let’s all get to know a bit about him and then head over to his blog and show some TWD love!

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Questions:

1. When did you start baking?

I rarely eat out, so I’ve been cooking ever since I moved out of the dorms in college (2005).  The whole baking thing is relatively new though – only since May of 2008.  Started my blog at the same time.

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Either an astronaut or a doctor.

3. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

Definitely the Chocolate-Banded Ice Cream Torte.  The French Chocolate Brownies were a close second.

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4. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

When I try a new technique, I’ll often get duds – my first being the Raspberry Cream Puff Ring.  I had never piped anything before, so when I piped out the choux, it was in a horrible shape.  The whole puff ring just looked bad.

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  I can’t wait for someone to pick the Dulce De Leche Duos, but I’ve already made that one on my own – people definitely need to try it!  It’s a favorite.

6. What one item in the kitchen could you never live without?

A bowl.  Pretty utilitarian there, haha.

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7. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Social, earnest, forward-thinking.

8. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

Regeneration, because if I could heal quickly, maybe I’d be less afraid of my bread knife.

9. If you had a day to yourself, no distractions, what would you do?

Drive around the city, sit at a cafe, read a book, and just relax.

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10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

I’ve always been fascinated with Paris, plus I’d be able to drive to the other nearby cities I’ve always wanted to see.

11. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

Start a bakery/cafe/restaurant (two sides: one with the bakery and cafe, one with the restaurant, all under one name).

12. What is the meal and dessert you would choose as your very last?

The meal would be some high-quality sushi and sashimi.  Dessert would be a large slice of amaretto cake.  I was really tempted to put In & Out in there, but it just doesn’t beat out the sushi.


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13. What is the “strangest” food you ever ate?

The first time I got ph, I ordered without knowing what was in it.  I told my friends to leave me in my naïveté until I was done with the meal.  I didn’t find out until later that I was eating intestine, tripe, tendon…all that good stuff.  Now that I’ve gotten over it, I’ll try anything at least once.  Whatever’s strange to me is just normal for other people.  Without that look on food, I’d never have found that beef tongue is fan-freakin’-tastic, and that pork belly can kick bacon’s butt any day.

14. What spice do you use over and over again?

Italian Seasoning – you can put that onto almost any meat and make it delicious.

15. Offer up one random, little known factoid about yourself.

I didn’t find out I don’t like biochemistry until my 4th year into a biochemistry degree.  I still graduated in biochemistry, but just do the chemistry part.

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Note: I, (Jeannette @ The Whimsical Cupcake) will be heading the Q&A portion of TWD every week. IF YOU ARE AN OCTOBER HOST and you haven’t done so already: please send me your answers. Without your answers, I can’t post the nifty facts about you ;) That is all.

OSI – Carla of Chocolate Moosey

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This week’s host is Carla of Chocolate Moosey.
She says in her bio, “I am a recent college graduate with a B.S. in multimedia. My cookbook collection has over 200 cookbooks and magazines plus numerous binders full of recipes and is still growing.”

Carla selected Chocolate-Crunched Caramel Tart for this week’s TWD post.

Let’s all get to know a bit a bout her and then head over to Chocolate Moosey and show her some TWD love!

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1. When did you start baking?
Probably when I was 14 or 15 in home economics class. My parents never baked, and I didn’t grow up with grandparents, so I learned through school.

2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet or a zoo keeper

3. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
World Peace Cookies

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4. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?
Probably the black and white banana loaf back in August 2008

5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
The chocolate-crunched caramel tart, which is why I picked it haha

6. What one item in the kitchen could you never live without?
My hand mixer. Seriously, I tried making cupcakes with an old hand-crank one because my roommate had the mixer. Not fun.

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7. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Shy, over-achieving, hungry

8. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
Instant teleportation so I don’t waste time getting to places.

9. If you had a day to yourself, no distractions, what would you do?
Bake, watch tv, bake some more, actually make it to a zumba class because it’s been a long time.

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10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I lived in Ireland for four months, which was awesome! I miss it so much, but this time around, I would probably pick Italy.

11. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
A bakery named Chocolate Moosey

12. What is the meal and dessert you would choose as your very last?
This spinach and Portobello mushroom salad with capers and feta cheese I had from a brewery at school with pub pretzels and good beer. As for dessert, probably tiramisu.

13. What is the “strangest” food you ever ate?
I ate a kangaroo burger at an Australian bar while visiting Glasgow, Scotland.

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14. What spice do you use over and over again?
Even though it’s not really a spice, I use garlic in almost everything. If I had to pick a true spice, black pepper.

15. Offer up one random, little known factoid about yourself.
Even though I have been baking for the past 8 years, I finally bought cooling racks last week. A few months before that, I finally bought a whisk.

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Note:  I,  (Jeannette @ The Whimsical Cupcake) will be heading the Q&A portion of TWD every week. IF YOU ARE AN OCTOBER HOST: please send me your email addresses if you have NOT received an email from me. Without your answers, I can’t post the nifty facts about you ;) That is all.

OSI: Lynne of Cafe LynnyLu

Cafe Lynnylu – Scrumptious Food Styled and Photographed by Lynne. Thanks to Lynne for choosing this weeks recipe, Dorie’s Vanilla Ice Cream. She makes it look so yummy with all her colored pots. What a colorful way to serve ice cream!

Lynne’s blog, Cafe LynnyLu, is a beautiful masterpiece. The background is black which shows off all her delicious photos, and her recipes are simply scrumptious. Lynne has been blogging since 2006, so she knows her stuff. Take some time this week and check her out….I mean her blog Cafe LynnyLu!

Summer Fruit Galette

1.  When did you start baking?
My first baking project was my grandmother’s date nut pound cake when I was around 12 years old. Amazing that it turned out because several baking projects later were complete disasters.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Spatulas-all shapes and sizes and flexible plastic funnels with a variety of opening for filling different bottles, glasses, etc. The spatulas work well for getting all the batter and other mixtures out of the mixing bowls.

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3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

There’s no way I can pick a favorite blog. I love to read some that really entertain me and some whose photos I love to look at. Everyone in the group has an individual talent I admire.

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
Because I love anything lemon, the Florida pie was my favorite. But I also loved the French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze and the Summer Fruit Galette.

Florida Pie

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?
I didn’t see the thrill of the World Peace cookies.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

I don’t remember all that’s been baked, but I would like to make the Tiramisu Cake and the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake.  I became a member after the Homemade Marshmallows were featured, so that would have been a pick.

French Yogurt Cake
7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I would live the summer months in Edinburgh, Scotland and would winter in Mustique, a posh island in the Grenadines.

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
I would buy a house in the French countryside with a complete staff, have a vineyard with a winemaker on my property and have a gardener who would grow beautiful flowers and herbs in my garden.

Madelines

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
I would love to be a time traveler, if it were physically possible. It would be cool to transport myself back in time to observe historical events.  Being in the midst of one of Henry VIII’s lavish banquets or Rome during the time of Julius Caesar.  Can you tell that I have seen The Tudors and Rome?

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d sit on the beach and read a book.

Lemon Custard

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Conch ceviche has to be the strangest food. While on a snorkeling trip in the  Turks and Caicos, our guides dove for conch as we swam around looking at the coral formations and the beautiful tropical fish.  Afterwards, they prepared the conch ceviche on our boat trip back to the dock. It was weird at first, but I loved it.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

I’m not sure about a certain tool, but I would love a complete outdoor kitchen.

Fig Cake

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
That’s a tough one. Sometimes we don’t know ourselves.  I’m perceptive, reliable and patient (sometimes).

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
I love Southwestern and Mexican foods so use cumin more than any other spice. I also include cumin in many of my spice rubs.

Chocolate Pudding

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Early on, I wanted to be a nurse, but that didn’t last very long.  Then I wanted to be a weather girl on television, but that didn’t happen either.

Rugelach

OSI: Susan of Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy

Have you seen Susan’s new and improved super-duper blog yet? If you haven’t been to Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy in a while, get yourself over there quick. She’s completely revamped her blog, I mean like totally! I thought her old blog was perfect, but this new design is absolutely gorgeous! It’s so full of, well, pink! The banner is playful, she’s got loads of new pages, and her photos are so crisp and clear, they dance right off the screen and onto your plate!

Susan says, “After fifteen months, it was finally my turn to host our little weekly TWD soiree.  The recipe I had chosen was Dorie’s Raspberry Blanc-Manger.” Then, the inconceivable happens! I’ll let her tell you all about what transpired, but suffice it to say, Susan was NOT a happy baker! Leave it to Susan though to save the day, and show us how success triumphs over disaster. The Raspberry Blanc-Manger is stunning, and I’m sure every bit as good as the photos. I hope your family knows how lucky they are to have you cooking and baking for them. Bravo! Bravo! Can I move in now?

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1.  When did you start baking?

Well, if you don’t count slice and bake cookies and boxed brownie mixes, I would have to say that I didn’t really start baking until after I created my blog.  Joining TWD definitely expanded my baking horizons!

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

I’d have to say my Magimix food processor.  It has 3 different sized bowls for different sized jobs, and it can mix up a pie crust in no time flat!  I’m also really loving the nifty little cherry pitter that I received as a gift from Sur La Table a few months ago – just in time for cherry season!

Dorie's White-Out Cake
3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

No fair!  There are way too many great ones.  How could I pick just one favorite?

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?

Hmmm. That’s another tough one. I’d have to say it was a toss up between the Banana Cream Pie and the Caramel Crunch Bars.  I dream about those bars!

Caramel Crunch Bars
5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

The Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler did not work out at all for me.  It was inedible!  Not sure what went wrong there.  Purely from a taste standpoint, the Cinnamon Squares were my least favorite recipe.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?

Well…the Raspberry Blanc-Manger.  That’s why I picked it!

Berry Coobler

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Paris!  No question about it.  It’s my favorite city in the world!

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?

Two things: I’d sing “La Traviata” at La Scala, and I’d write a best-selling novel.


Blueberry Ice Cream

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

I love to travel! If I could have a superpower, I’d probably want to fly, so that I could go wherever I wanted without dealing with airport security.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?

I’d turn off the phone and spend the day playing on the computer and doing all the little projects around my house that I never have time to get to.

Chocolate Pudding
11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

Hmmm.  I’ve eaten a lot of foods that many might find strange.  When I was a little girl, my Grandma used to make tripe, gizzards, snails and pig’s feet.  I ate them all and loved them! As a grown up, I’ve eaten turtle, eel, alligator, abalone, ostrich, elk and fish heads.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

That’s easy! A Thermomix!

French Yogurt Cake

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Loyal, Creative and Perfectionist

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?

I love to use smoked paprika and cardamom, though not necessarily together.

Peach Ice Cream

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was three, I wanted to be a garbage man.  When I was four, I wanted to be Miss America.  When,I was five, I decided to be an opera singer.  I pretty much stuck with that choice from then on.

Lemon Tart

OSI: Denise of Chez Us

Let’s give it up for Denise of Chez Us! If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you need to go over there right now. Don’t wait, do it now. The photos alone will impress you, but she’s also got videos, podcasts and rolling Daring Bakers photos! And when you get there, don’t just look at her TWD Brioche Plum Tart, which is absolutely beautiful. I’m sitting here staring at the most realistic lobster I’ve ever seen. Her photo of Lobster Azorean Style literally jumps off the page, and I want to lick the screen!

Thanks for the treat Denise, you made our day!

Brioche Plum Tart

1.  When did you start baking? I attempted to bake when I was younger, as in my teens, but failed at it so I never really took an interest.  I remember once, that I was at home sick  from school and attempted to make floating islands, it was a disaster;  so I then attempted to make cream puffs in the shape of swans, another disaster!  I have always been able to make my way around a kitchen while cooking outstanding dinners, but baking never took for me until a couple years ago.  I decided I should challenge myself by learning how to make great deserts so I joined Tuesdays With Dorie as well as the Daring Bakers, I was so inspired by everyone and this is when both groups barely had 100 members.  After the first few challenges, it all sort of fell into place and I just became comfortable with it.  I now feel that I am able to finish any baking task I set my mind too.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool? My Kitchen Aid Mixer, it is definitely the most used item in our kitchen.  We love all the great attachments that you can use with it.


TWD Berry Surprise Cake


3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite? The group has grown so much in the past year, that I cannot even keep up on them all.  I try to explore new ones every month as well as peeking at old favorites.  I really enjoy each for so many different reasons, from witty stories to outstanding photography, I consider each baker as “raw and undiscovered talent”.

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far? That is a hard one as I fall back on Dorie’s recipes all the time, this book is really timeless and such a great one to have for all your sweet tooth desires. There are three that really stand out for me, Lenox Almond Biscotti , Fluted Polenta and Ricotta Cake and the Chocolate Armagnac Cake.

TWD Armagnac Cake

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you? The recent Chipster Brownie really didn’t do anything for either of us over at Chez Us.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
Why, that is easy, the Brioche Plum Tart, exactly why I picked it!

TWD French Pear Tart

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
We consider ourselves very fortunate to be living in San Francisco as it is beautiful but it is not my dream home.  Anyone who really knows me or who really knows Chez Us for that matter, knows that is a given;  Paris.  We both love it there and if we could find work there ……

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt? I have always felt that I could do anything I really set my mind too and have never let money stand in the way, regardless of failing or not.  If I had to pick something it would be to travel around the world, cooking and shooting pictures, if money was no object!

TWD Gingerbread Cake

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why? I would love to fly as I am always wanting to go somewhere, travel is in my blood.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
The Spa would be great.

TWD Honey Peach Ice Cream

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten? Pig’s feet when I was much much younger and I loved them.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
La Cornue Stainless Steel and Chrome Stove/Oven

TWD Lemon Custard

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself. Loyal, passionate and adventurous

14.  What spice do you use over and over again? Cardamom

TWD Parisian Apple Tartlet
15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? That changed all the time, never had one set dream, I wanted them all.

twd-chipster-brownie

OSI: Jessica from My Baking Heart

Hi fellow TWD’ers.

Today we are going to learn all about Jessica from My Baking Heart.

Jessica picked today’s Parisian Apple Tartlets.

I just loved these tartlets.

Thanks so much for picking this week.


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1.  When did you start baking?
I helped my mom off and on when I was younger, but I didn’t really become obsessed with it until about 2 years ago. Yes, I said obsessed.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Bertha, my Ice Blue KASM. She and I have been through a lot…
3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
I have hundreds of favorites, and I absolutely love the photos on a few specific blogs, but I don’t want to hurt any feelings. I’ll just say that ‘My Baking Heart’ is my favorite… :)

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
The Pumpkin Muffins & the Granola Grabbers. Fall is my absolute favorite season and these two recipes made Autumn ’08 even better!
5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

Oh, my… the Two-fer Pie and the French Pear Tart. The Two-fer Pie wouldn’t even come out of the pie plate and the tart crust burned to a crisp, resulting in a very ugly little tart. :(

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
The Cranberry-Lime Galette… I went back and forth between this and the Apple Tartlet!!

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I’d move back to Fort Worth in a heartbeat. Or Santa Fe… I love it out there.
8. If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
I’d open my own wedding/event planning business or enroll at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
Mind reading… so that I could know what everyone’s thinking about me when my back’s turned. :)
10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d definitely get a massage, first thing. Maybe a little retail therapy (preferably antique shopping) with a Decaf Americano. Then I’d grab a good book and head out to the lake to read.
11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Sehk-wee-bvee (Sec-wee-vee)… a Native American dish which consists of cow or buffalo intestines stuffed with meat. And no, even though I’m 3/8 Comanche, I didn’t like it.
12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
A 21st century oven… preferably a double, with a warming drawer.
13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Thoughtful, silly & devoted.
14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Cinnamon. Om nom nom.

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An athletic trainer for the Texas Rangers… and I came close, but only got as far as the Advertising Department!


OSI: Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

Hey fellow Tuesday With Dorriers.

Today were going to find out more about Tracy.

Tracey chose the delightful Cinnamon Squares.

Thanks Tracey for such a great pick.

Enjoy her gorgeous photography, she is great.


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1.  When did you start baking?
I probably helped my mom or grandmother in the kitchen occasionally growing up, but I didn’t really start baking until I bought a house 2 years ago.  Having more space finally enabled me to unpack the kitchen-related wedding gifts and start using them!

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
It’s so hard to pick just one but I’d probably have to say my KA mixer.  I really can’t imagine baking anywhere near as much as I do without one.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
One look at my Google Reader and you’d see I have a lot of favorites!  I really enjoy the blogs that are humorous or have witty commentary.      That said, I think all of the TWD bakers are pretty fantastic!

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
Tough call – probably either the devil’s food white out cake or the chocolate malted whopper drops.  Loved both of them, though the chocolate malted whopper drops were a huge surprise as I didn’t expect to enjoy them like I did.

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?

I don’t like custards and puddings so those recipes haven’t been my favorites.  No offense to Dorie – they’re just not my thing in general.

6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
Any of the apple recipes – I adore baked apples.  I was going to say Russian Grandmothers’ Apple Pie-Cake but just saw that it was chosen before I joined the group.  I’ll definitely be making that this fall.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
That’s a difficult question.  There are plenty of places I imagine would be amazing to live for a year but having never visited most of them I can’t say for sure.  I’d want to visit before I commit to a year :)  Right now, a cottage on a white sand beach in the Caribbean overlooking crystal clear blue water sounds good.

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
Hmmmm, I’m going to avoid the obvious “open a bakery” and say I’d love to open a travel agency.  Planning vacations is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I’m always dreaming of the next place I want to visit.  I think it’d be really fun to help other people plan their vacations.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?

I’d love to have control over the elements/weather.  I live in New England where we have four distinct seasons and I love all of them but I wish I could control which days would be snowy, rainy, sunny, etc.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d grab a book and head to the beach for the day.  I find it virtually impossible to read these days as I’m always distracted by TV or the internet.  After I left the beach I’d stop at the store, get some fresh, local ingredients and make a fantastic dinner.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

I tried both goat and kangaroo recently.  Those were pretty unusual, I thought.  For the record, I didn’t really enjoy either of them.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?

I’d hire someone to wash all of my dishes for the rest of my life!  I despise washing dishes.

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Shy, Playful, Forgetful

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Does vanilla count as a spice?  If not, salt.

15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Wow, I have no idea.  I don’t specifically recall anything in particular I really wanted to be when I was a kid.

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