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 – 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.