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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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

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

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

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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.

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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: 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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OSI: Sihan of Befuddlement

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Time to take a peek into Sihan’s world this week! Sihan’s blog, Befuddlement is an awesome spot to go and catch some great ideas about baking, laughing and living. She says she’s only been baking for 3 years. Come on now Sihan! Your baked goods look like you’ve been doing this for years, and your photos make us drool. You’re good, real good!

For her recipe this week at TWD, Sihan chose Dorie’s Blueberry Crumb Cake. Everyone seems to love her choice. She wasn’t too crazy about the results, but it looks great to all of us here on the other side of the screen licking your photos! So, let’s all give Sihan some TWD love and check out her blog, Befuddlement!

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1. When did you start baking?
If my memory serves me correctly, I probably started baking about 3 years ago, in my first year of college. Just some simple recipes here and there, cookies, mix and bake cakes and such. My brother had to beg my mum to get an oven for me cause I didn’t dare to make the request to her personally. Till this day, I am thankful to my bro for being part of my journey with baking.

2. What is your favorite kitchen tool?
my favourite kitchen tool.. hmph.. that’s a toughy. Probably my silicon spatula, I’m constanly yelling for it whenever its disappeared or gone into hiding in my bottomless drawer. haha.

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3. Which TWD blog is your favorite?
now, I don’t mean to show any favourtism or anything, but my favourite TWD blog of all time goes out to Michelle’s Flourchild! She’s such a generous soul and that shows thru her honest and down-to-earth entries.

4. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
definitely Bill’s big carrot cake.. hmph.. oatmeal chocolate chip chunksters ( i was popping these till I had a major sore throat!) and the marshmallows.. wait.. did u say one?

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5. What TWD recipe has been a dud for you?
*scratches head*. what’s a dud exactly?

6. Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
dying? that would be an exaggeration. But if I had to pick one, it would be espresso cheesecake brownies. Has anyone chosen that yet? please do…

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7. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Could I travel around the world instead? I mean if I had limitless funds then that wouldn’t be a problem. I’ve always had a dream of living life like a nomad.

8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
I would try to conquer the world.. haha..joking. probably make a fortune and retire in a castle with my beloved boyfriend or perhaps set up my own bakery!

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9. If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
time control! i think its definitely a cool power to have to be able to stop time and whoop your enemie’s ass or even to make things happen the way you want them too. Though it can be catastrophic in certain aspects. haha.

10. If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
I think it would be better if you said a day to myself and sans all the worries of the next day’s workload. If that is so, I would probably just go for a long run then visit a nice cafe to chill out with a cuppa cappuccino the rest of the afternoon while reading a fantastic novel. I’ve just finished Ruth Reichl’s ‘Garlic and Sapphires’; wonderful novel and definitely a recommended read for the rest of you TWD folks!

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11. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
This cold crab appetiser in China that had a sort of glassy transparent flesh. It was revolting… kind of tasted like a fishy jello though.

12. What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
defintely a cuisineart supreme ice cream maker and an espresso machine with coffee maker. I’ve always wanted both! *rawr*

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13. Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
Emotional, Crazy and Highly imaginative. My boy-friend can testify for these.

14. What spice do you use over and over again?
cinammon. Don’t think anyone else wants to hear me talk about its benefits again.

15. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a geologist. that’s obviously a no go in a country like mine, with everything man-made and hardly any natural rock structures worth studying. What a drag.

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OSI: Liliana of My Cookbook Addiction

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Let’s celebrate this Irish Tuesday by doing an up-close-and-personal interview with Liliana of  My Cookbook Addiction! Liliana lives in Quebec which is predominately French. However, it’s no secret that Liliana is all Italian living in a very French world! Combine the two, and you can only imagine the food that goes from the kitchen to the table in that house! You’ll see a lot of her heritage in her blog, which by the way not only focuses on amazing food, but beautiful photography as well!

Liliana chose the French Yogurt Cake with Marmalade Glaze for this weeks recipe. It looks so easy and delicious, you could almost lick the screen! And, what about the cookbook addiction Liliana? I think you need some serious therapy for that! Maybe another cookbook? So, let’s go give Liliana a shout out and help support her habit on My Cookbook Addiction!

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1.  When did you start baking?
I wish I could say that I learned how to bake at my mother’s side but as much as my mother loves desserts, she is not a baker. I remember  baking my first cake using a cake mix when I was about 10 years old.

2.  What is your favorite kitchen tool?
My new red Kitchen Aid.

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3.  Which TWD blog is your favorite?
That’s a tough question to answer as there are so many wonderful and interesting TWD blogs.

4.  What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
I loved the Madeleines.

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


6.  Which recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
A Fig Cake for Fall

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


8. If you knew could you try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what would you attempt?
I would open a cooking school offering cooking tours to Italy.

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9.  If you could have a superpower, which one would it be, and why?
I would like to have the power to heal. It breaks my heart to see people suffering.

10.  If you had a day to yourself, what would you do?
Watch the Foodnetwork all day. I would probably be knitting at the same time.

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11.  What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Brains (yuk) – my mom prepared them like a frittata and tricked me into eating them.

12.  What kitchen tool would you purchase for yourself if money were no object?
A Wolf cook top and built in oven.

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13.  Give us three adjectives to describe yourself.
loyal, talkative (or as some people would say – rambling) and sincere

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


15.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It’s written in my high school year book that I probably would end up cooking pasta for a family of nine! What was I thinking? I am now cooking pasta for a family of four and am happy with that.  Secretly, I wanted to be a writer.

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