OSI: Beth of Supplicious

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Let’s say hello to Beth of Supplicious this week. Beth obviously loves chocolate, so it was no surprise that she decided on Dorie’s  Chipster-Topped Brownies, which by the way, were out of this world! Beth is a dedicated Dorie groupie, who completed an astonishing 40+ TWD recipes so far! Not only does Beth bake with TWD, she also participates in Craving Ellie in my Belly. Another truly incredible fete was her month long blogging marathon with NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).

Beth says, “I am married and living in NYC. My husband and I both love to cook. He is often much more creative than I am but I’m finding a love of food and cooking within me. I prefer baking, it is much more of an exact science.”  A baker and a chef creating in the same home – her kitchen must smell absolutely divine with all that baking and cooking going on! So, take some time to check out Supplicious for a recipe, a delicious photo and show her some TWD love!

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1.  When did you start baking?
I called my mom to help me answer this question.  Apparently, I started around age 2!  She would measure out the ingredients and hand them to me in my high chair for me to dump into the mixing bowl.  I then began baking on my own around 7 or 8.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
my Kitchen-Aid mixer

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

I don’t think I have a favorite.  I envy those that have to time to bake faithfully every week.  I also envy those with great photography!

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

I’m partial to the carrot cake since that was my first recipe with the group. I am also a big fan of the french chocolate brownies and grandma’s sugar cookies.

5.  What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?
anything with a pastry cream, its one skill I seem to have a very hard time with

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

I look forward to monthly list and can’t wait to see what we are baking every month.

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7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I’m pretty content right where I am but I would love to visit Europe; I just don’t think I would want to stay for a year

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

I would start my own photography business or my own cafe, its a toss up

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
I spend my day traveling in a car for my job and sitting in traffic; some days I wish I could just telaport from one place to the next

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

I would spend the day at a spa getting a massage and a pedicure, two of my favorite ways to relax.

11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
I am not very adventurous when it comes to food but I did have moose sausage while on a trip to Alaska

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12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
I would love a new stove/oven.

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
I am very detail-oriented, nurturing, humorous.

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

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

I wanted to become a teacher.

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OSI: Kelly of Baking with the Boys

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This week it’s time to get to know Kelly from Baking with the Boys. In addition to her love of baking with  TWD, Kelly is also involved with Barefoot Bloggers and You Want Pies with That? Kelly says in her bio, “I am a married thirty-something mother of two great boys, six and three, in Kansas City.  I work full-time outside the house but love to get my kids in the kitchen with me.”   Take a look at some of her posts.  She’s a very busy girl and has time to bake and blog too!

Kelly selected Fresh Mango Bread for this week’s TWD post. It looks really yummy as does all her other goodies! I couldn’t help but stare in amazement at a picture Kelly took of Dorie’s Custard in thermal. How cool is that? So, let’s all go check out Baking with the Boys this week, and give Kelly some TWD love!

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1.  When did you start baking?

I baked a lot of tollhouse cookies with my mom as a child but I didn’t really start baking or cooking on my own until law school.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
My KitchenAid and my nesting bowls.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
I don’t have one favorite.  I really appreciate the people who bake every week.


4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
There are a lot to choose from:  Big Bill’s Carrot Cake, Chocolate Chunkers, Tall and Creamy Cheesecake, Quintuple Chocolate Brownies, Summer Galette…

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

The Arborio Rice Pudding and I didn’t get along so well.

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6.  Which recipe are you dieing to make that no one has picked yet?
There are a lot that are intriguing…but the Lime Cream Meringue Pie because I love meringue pies and the Chocolate Souffle because I have never tried one before stand out.

7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
On a tropical island with my family — a bit of contrast to the Midwest!

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
Bakeries open far too early (and I don’t have the skills) so strike that.  I would love to take my husband and kids on a trip around the world. I also have this fantasy that I own a particular local ice cream parlour that closes for three months every winter.  Maybe I could spend those months on my island.

9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
Heal the sick, no question.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I would probably try that Chocolate Souffle.  I am embarrassed to say that almost every single picture I have is loose in a box or in various cabinets.  No albums, barely a baby book.  It makes me anxious to think about so I would probably sit down and organize them all.

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11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Hmmm…I became a vegetarian in my early twenties (many moons ago).  I think I missed a lot of opportunities for cow intestines and the like.  I did have octopus as a child.  Not my fave.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
Well, I am over ten years out from my wedding.  Can I re-register to replace everything that has been broken or lost?  I don’t know how but I think we are down to four forks.

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Optimistic, easy-going, scatterbrained.

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Baking: cinnamon; Cooking: a fajita hickory spice blend from a place in Wichita.  I make my dad pick it up whenever he is there on business.  I don’t know what they put in it but it makes vegetables sing.

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

Which year?  Dancer, actress, astronaut, gymnast, mystery author but always, always a singer.


OSI: Barb of Babette Feasts

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This week, we’re privileged to have Barb of Babette Feasts choose TWD’s recipe. Although Barb totally LOVES chocolate, she picked out Dorie’s Tartest Lemon Tart. Everyone seems to agree Barb, thanks for the great pick! Go check out her blog, her photos and Dorie’s recipe.  And poke around while you’re there too. You won’t be sorry!

In addition to her own blog, Barb is also the Dining Expert at VisitFlorida.com. She’s obviouslyone very busy girl, as she’s been writing there for about a year! Here’s her bio:  “A former professional chef and life-long foodie, Barb is currently consulting food editor at Florida Table, a South Florida food magazine.” Who wouldn’t want her job, right? Barb admits, “I am an expert at eating…heh. Imagine that…This? This is my work. I am one lucky dining expert.” She sure is!

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1.  When did you start baking?
I guess pretty young. I remember that Betty Crocker cookies cookbook. Nothing was cooler than the red and white twist cookies bent into a candy cane shape and dusted with crushed peppermints. The thing is–I never really got good at it. I’m a lazy baker. An imprecise baker. That is not really a good baker. Although I actually got hired as a pastry chef (I gave 2 weeks notice after 2 weeks)….I remember really being worried if I was the best they could get.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
Spring-back tongs. I grab everything with them.

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3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
I love ChocolateChic for her humor and her photos and because she often reads me–which means Pinkstripes, Leslie, Tracy also get props. I love my readers. And love Kara Cooks (One Recipe at a Time) because of her photos.

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
World Peace Cookies. Aside from the great name, it perfectly combines my love of sweet/salty and …well, chocolate.

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

I didn’t like my savory corn and cheddar muffins …used too much chile powder…I think it’s down to me that they weren’t so great.

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

Rum-drenched Vanilla Cake…Because I love rum and I love pound cake. I like simple desserts.

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7.  If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Italy, hands down. Nothing fancy. Learning to speak perfect Italian. Cooking whatever I find in the market. Writing. Honing my photography skills. Cooking and having loads and loads of friends over for dinners and conversations that last hours. Did I  mention cooking?

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

Rock Star.
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9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
I’d want to fly. I’m an impatient traveler now that air travel stinks and train travel (here in the States) is too expensive. If I could just fly…or better still, beam myself places a la Star Trek.

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

Be with my best friends from college and now, be outdoors doing something like hiking or boating, then finishing the day by cooking with friends and dancing to all the music we love, singing along as we dance, dancing until the sun came up –then I would sleep and it would be good sleep (I have a bit of insomnia and long for a good night’s sleep).

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11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Rocky Mountain Oysters. I also ate grilled Sheep’s Head in Little Italy once.

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

A Viking Stove. Or an Aga. I almost bought a mediocre house once because it had an Aga. But I live in Florida now. An Aga would be stoooopit. The Aga I saw was in Minnesota.

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13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Easy-going. Open. Friendly.

14.  What spice do you use over and over again?
Nutmeg. I love it. Have plenty of whole nutmegs in my cupboard for a quick grating whenever I need it.

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

An archeologist. I majored in Anthropology (and Spanish)–and find that cooking has opened up a world of cultures to me, so in a roundabout way, my love of the foreign and unknown is satisfied by what I do. Not exactly digging up bones and chipped pottery, but still…

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OSI: Megan of My Baking Adventures

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Megan describes her blog, My Baking Adventures, as “Finding the meaning of life through my mixer, along with mixed ramblings of my life”.  Megan certainly is busy, as I noticed when I started going through her blog one category after another. She’s involved with more cooking and baking groups than I’ve seen in a long time! Daring Bakers, Barefoot Bloggers, Sweet Melissa Sundays, Tyler Florence Fridays, OBG, and of course, TWD among other projects… like her kids and dogs!

Megan says, “Today, I feel like the most popular kid in school – because this week, I got to choose the recipe for TWD.” And she’s right! This week, Megan chose Tiramisu Cake, which obviously from all the comments, was a very wise choice, indeed making her the most popular girl with her peeps at TWD! Go take a peek at My Baking Adventures, and see what Megan’s been up to. You won’t be disappointed. AND, if that’s not enough, Megan also has another blog called The Brownie Project! Clearly, this girl has serious chocolate issues ;-)

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1.  When did you start baking?

I think I was about 6 or 7. I started by cutting out and decorating cookies with my mom every Christmas. When I was 10 I made a cake by myself from “The Joy Of Cooking” – it was a rainbow cake. My brothers ate it, so it must have been edible.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

My two dishwashers. They are my BFF’s.

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3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

I don’t have a particular favorite, but I have to say I owe the most to Laurie, our founder. Without her, I never would have been able to figure out Gmail, the feed reader, updated blog rolls, and avatars! She is always patient and informative while helping me navigate cyberspace.


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


Anything with chocolate. Seriously. Cakes, pie, brownies – I’m an equal opportunity chocolate lover.

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

I try not to think about anything being a dud, we all have our likes / dislikes and every recipe is a learning experience. Wait, that sounded like a politician wrote it.

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

I had to get the book to answer this one. The tarte noire – it’s chocolate and cream in a pastry crust. That’s my idea of heaven.


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

I’d go live on the beach, drink mango smoothies all day, and watch the waves come in. Jet-ski when I felt like it. Maybe take up surfing. Oh, and I’d get rockin’ tan while I was at it.


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


See the answer to #7

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

Be able to eat chocolate all day and never gain weight. Why not?


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


This is an easy one. I’d sit by the pool, read a book from start to finish, and nap between chapters. And there would be daiquiris involved.


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

Eel at the sushi bar. I try not to visualize it while I’m eating. Although my mother tricked me into eating shark once.

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

I wouldn’t buy anything for the kitchen – I’d buy a Ferrari.


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13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Dependable, honest (sometimes to a fault), and practical. But that applies to almost every mother!

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

Vanilla. And cinnamon.


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

Believe it or not, I wanted to be a nurse.


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OSI: Kim of Scrumptious Photography.

Kim picked today’s Chocolate Cream Tart.

Which is totally fabulous by-the-way.

Kim has such lovely photographs.

Let’s learn more about Kim.

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1.  When did you start baking?

I actually didn’t really bake much until I started my blog! I think the only things I had made from scratch before that were a batch of brownies and some banana bread. I am very process-oriented, though (I’m a computer programmer), so I think that translates well to baking.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?


My KitchenAid stand mixer!

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?


The list would be too long to write here! I am still awed at the amount people who are dedicated to TWD and bake every week.

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


Definitely the creme brulee. Simple and delicious!

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


I’m going to have to say the scones, not because it’s a bad recipe, just because of my own tastes.

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


Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia :) That was my 2nd choice.

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


Italy! Specifially, Tuscany. I spent three months in Siena during college, and it was amazing.

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


I would be a professional photographer ;) I am actually shooting a wedding this summer and I would really love to get into that business.

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


There are so many awesome ones to pick from… but I’m going to have to go with a classic: I want to be able to fly.

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

I would probably sleep in, then bake some brownies and eat them all while watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (shout out to Cathy from Tortefeasor!!)

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


Beef aspic. I am not a very adventurous eater, but when I was in Siena, I had to eat everything my host mother served. I was really freaked out when she served the beef aspic, because I had never even heard of anything like it before.

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


More space!!!

13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.


Fun-loving, dedicated, curious

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


Vanilla. Does that even count? ;)

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


I actually did a project about this in 6th grade, and I wanted to be a calligrapher. (I am a terrible calligrapher, hehe.)

OSI: Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle

Today we are learning all about Lauren of East Side Chronicle.

Lauren is a pastry chef, and she grew up in a candy store.   What a childhood!

Lauren picked the Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding.   Thanks Lauren for a great pick.

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1.  When did you start baking?

Always in the kitchen with my mother baking chocolate brownies, marble cake and banana bread and licking the spoon!

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Like many of the TWD bakers, it’s the KitchenAid mixer but a runner-up would have to be my Silpat mats. I have quite a few.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Oh, so many, it’s hard to pick just one. The dedication, creativity, humor, photography. I’m still thinking….I’ll get back to you.



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

The first one since I joined the group that got me hooked…..The Most Extraordinary French Lemon (Orange) Cream Tart. It’s unlike any other.

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

I’m not sure if it’s the recipe or me. I would like to redo/rethink Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler. It deserves another chance.

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

Just because, Tiramisu. It’s a classic and I would like to see how we could push the envelope on this one.

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

Italy, probably Sicily. Cooking teacher Giuliano Bugialli has inspired me with his classes and techniques and philosophy about food. I love the simplicity and freshness of Italian food.  It would be an amazing experience. One day!

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

First, to regain my Hulu Hoop title and then launch a food related business.


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

Make everyone in the world good and refom those that evil. We must maintain hope. Does that count as a superpower?

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

A day at a spa.

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

MacDonald’s.  Really.  When I was 10, and on a class trip to Washington D.C., the only food available on the roads was MacDonald’s.  Up until then, mom made home cooked meals and eating a hamburger from this odd place with golden arches, well to me that was strange.  It still is!

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

A professional soft serve ice-cream machine. That would be a treat!


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

I like to think I’m a kind person. Also, I can think outside the box, so I’m creative. Lastly, I have a sense of loyalty.

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

Salt

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

An artist.  I did go to art school and then professionally, ended up at a corporation for way too many years.  Baking is going back to my roots.  It’s creative and my heritage.

OSI: Holly of Phe/MOM/enon

Today we are going to learn all about Holly.

Holly picked today’s 15 Minute Magic Chocolate Amaretti Torte.

Holly is funny, passionate about her food, and her photographs are fabulous, and I always look forward to reading her blog.

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1.  When did you start baking?

I started baking with my Mom when I was probably 7. I remember making Christmas cookie plates to take to friends and neighbors as probably my first baking memories.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

This is a tough one for me because I have so many favorites. If I had to pick one tool though that I couldn’t live without it would probably have to be my digital scale. My Dad gave it to me for my birthday a couple of years ago and it has been amazing to have.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Well, I would have to say favorites actually. I’m so inspired by everyone who dedicates the time and effort to bake each week and put their experience out there.  I am probably most inspired by our fearless leader who is the genius behind this group, Laurie, for all the time, effort and heart I know she puts into this, and by Dorie herself for always being around to help us all out!

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

This is a really tough one for me.  If I had to choose just one then it would probably be the Lenox Almond Biscotti.  I think I have made that recipe five or six times now.  If I could choose more than one though, I would have to add that the Gooey Chocolate Cakes rock and I crave those often… but refrain from making them too much!

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

Oh, me and the French Chocolate Brownies.  We so didn’t get along. It was such a fiasco for me. I don’t blame the recipe though, I think I had major oven temp issues at the time.  I haven’t been able to bring myself to try again though since I bombed on them three times.

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

The Chocolate Pecan Pie.  I can’t wait to make that one!

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

I am going to cop out just a little and say Europe. If I had a full year I would have to spend it going all over Europe. France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy.  I couldn’t pick just one, I want to see them all!

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

At the risk of repeating others answers, I would open a little cafe/bakery. I have it all figured out in my mind and know exactly what I want it to be.  Someday I plan to go for it, but probably not until the kidlets are both in school.


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

I don’t know if it could be considered a superpower or not, but I think I would want the ability to have magic. I think it would be awesome to be like Samantha on Bewitched. How fun would that be?

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

Spa Day.  I would so hook myself up with a perfect spa day.  Relaxing massage, good food, maybe a nap in the afternoon, maybe a little book reading under a tree on a warm day.  Definitely something amazing like that.

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

Honestly, nothing too strange. I am a total chicken. I just can’t do it. I am picky and I’m fine with that. Possibly the strangest thing I’ve ever been served was a baked potato with scrambled eggs and tomato soup on top of it though. But I still wouldn’t eat it.

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

A huge Wolf stove complete with indoor grill and griddle.  Either that or I would have a brick oven.


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Dreamer, Dork, Sarcastic

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

Fresh nutmeg.  I love grating fresh nutmeg and sneaking it into stuff. I think that everyone should buy nutmeg nuts and try using it fresh at least once because it is nothing like the pre-ground bottled stuff.


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

Funny enough, I wanted to be a Baker, Restaurant Owner or writer.  I haven’t changed much, but I’m not there quite yet.

OSI: Amy of Sing for your Supper

Today’s OSI is all about Amy from Sing for your Supper.

Amy picked out today’s Banana Cream Pie, which is fabulous by the way.

Amy loves to sing and she loves her food.   You can tell by her passion and her pictures.

Lets get to know her a bit more.

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1.  When did you start baking?

In the backyard when I was around 4 or 5. I made a mean mud-pie.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Most definitely my red Kitchen Aid Mixer – I use it daily.

3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?

I love Kim of Scrumptious Photography – her photos are always totally drool-inducing. Every single TWD blogger deserves a big pat on the back, though – kudos to us all! ;-)

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

Before I joined, TWD made the Gooey Cakes – those are my absolute favorite. But if I had to pick one from during my time in the group, I’d have to go with the World Peace Cookies- I can’t get enough of the salty/sweet combo.

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

The Cherry Cobbler – I spent hours trying to pit my cherries with a chopstick and ended up with a soggy, less-than appetizing cobbler and bright red hands.

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

The Katherine Hepburn Brownies- I’m a big fan of hers and I love brownies, so I figure I can’t go wrong!


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

Salzburg or Vienna. I went in college and absolutely fell in love – plus, that’s where Mozart was born/lived/composed; it would be absolutely amazing to walk the same streets daily that Mozart walked. I’m a huge geek.

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

Maybe open a bakery or start my own opera company? Or maybe have kids…but only if money were no option. ;-)

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

Is there an Eat-anything-you-want-and-not-gain-weight super power?


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

Probably sit around all day watching old Katherine Hepburn movies eating nothing but chocolate – ooh, maybe the Katherine Hepburn brownies – perfect! ;-)
11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

I don’t know if this counts, but once my husband’s friends invited us over for dinner and served frozen lasagna and leftover biscuits from breakfast the day before. Never really had lasagna and biscuits before…


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

Oooh, I don’t know! Probably one of those nice built-in wine chiller cabinet things


13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Determined, opinionated, motivated

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

Black Pepper. All the time.

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

I used to tell people that I wanted to be a Technologist when I grew up. I never, and still to this day, really, have no idea what a technologist is. It sounded smart and dramatic, so I went with it.

P&Q: Banana Cream Pie

Here ya go… let the pie fly. :)

OSI: Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch

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If you haven’t been to The Barefoot Kitchen Witch yet, you’re in for a real treat! Jayne’s blog is a mix of food, fun & family, and not necessarily in that order! Oh, and then there’s the Random Generator cats, Scratchy & Softie, that help pick the winning numbers for her giveaways! Add Jayne’s lean, mean baking machine kids and taste testers into the mix, and you’ve got one very eclectic blog! Jayne loves the How-To method of teaching the current recipe, be it homemade mozzarella or something her husband catches from the sea, and everything is no doubt delicious!

Jayne chose Coconut Butter Thins this week. Julia put on her own apron, while Mom tied back her hair. She helped bake the beautiful cookies and narrated the whole process. Jayne, when is Julia’s new cookbook due out? We all want a copy! Go check out Jayne’s blog, The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. Her photography will amaze you, and you’ll wonder how she does it all. Personally? I think her little helpers do all the baking, and she takes the pictures!

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1. When did you start baking?

When I was very young. My mom used to use the top of the freestanding dishwasher as a work area (it had a huge wooden top) in the kitchen, especially when she was making bread or pies or cookies. I remember standing on a chair so I could work on that surface, too. She’d give me a bit of pie dough and I’d roll it out with my little rolling pin and make a little pie and probably a big mess to go with it.

2. What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Only one? Oy. Well, my most recent favorite tool would be my 12-cup KA food processor. She’s fabulous. (Has to be a she – she’s very pink.) Runners-up would be my two KA stand mixers. Yes, two. If I had a bigger kitchen and gobs of money, I’d have one in every color. It’s a sickness.

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3. Which TWD blog is your favorite?

Oh, there is no one favorite. Who could pick just one? I don’t visit them all as often as I’d like to, but a couple favorites are Di’s Kitchen Notebook, and Phe/MOM/enon. Really, though, I think the whole TWD group is fabulous.

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

Probably the French Lemon Cream Tart or the Ricotta and Polenta Cake. Depending on my mood.

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

The Arborio Rice Pudding. I called a Puddle instead of a pudding.

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

Really, I’m not dying for any one in particular. I figure we’ll get to them all eventually, and if there was one I was dying to make, I’d go ahead and make it now. I should probably focus more on the recipes I haven’t made yet and go back and do them.

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

Again with the “only one?” style of question. Don’t you know I can’t make decisions??? My first thought was Italy, so I’ll go with that. But really, I have about oh, ten more places right behind it. Or, you know what? I’d like to spend a year just traveling around the US. I’ve always wanted to – to see EVERYTHING out there, and to try out all the local food, take tons of pictures, go to all the zoos with my kids…that’s my answer. Italy is now second.

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

I’d open a little store and sell all the different kinds of things that I like to make – food, art, jewelry, quilts, and so on, all in one place. And in one portion of the store there’d be a kitchen, and the other end would be a food-free work area for all my other creative pursuits. That way people could see all the works in progress. It would sort of be like my home is now, only tidier.

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

Who says I don’t have one? What I’d really like to have would be a maid to do the cleaning and the laundry and leave me to do the important save-the-world stuff.

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

I’d go have coffee early in the morning with my sister…then walk the sea wall and the beach in Narragansett…maybe hang out in a book store for a couple of hours. Or head off to a winery with my husband (I know that doesn’t exactly count in the “to yourself” department, but it wouldn’t be as much fun without him) and take our time sampling the wines…maybe bring along some good bread and good cheese.

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

Hmm. I guess uni (sea urchin) and ankimo (monkfish liver) might seem strange…I’ve eaten calf’s heart…frogs’ legs…chicken feet…I really don’t think I’ve had anything really over the top strange compared, say, to Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain. I’ll try anything.

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

A 20-quart Hobart stand mixer. First, of course, I’d need to bump out a wall in the kitchen to make a bit of room for it….

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13. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.

Creative, nurturing, intuitive.

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

Black pepper. And cinnamon.

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

A food blogger. I just had to wait for Al Gore to come along and invent the internet.

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