How to Defrost a Wedding Cake

29 May

Friends said it couldn’t be done.  They said, “Get a back-up cake just in case…”  We heard horror stories of buttercream frosting falling off in clumps, cake that tastes like cardboard, and bone-dry cake.

Determined to eat and enjoy our wedding cake top on our one-year anniversary, I Googled methods for defrosting the cake after a year of deep freeze, and not surprisingly, I found several different “fool-proof” methods.

I personally think it’s all in how you wrap it on your wedding day.  To my bride-to-be friends, think about assigning this task to a bridesmaid or nice aunt!  Here’s what worked for us.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

27 Feb

It’s still soup season here in NC….but just barely.

Though mild, this winter has given us plenty of chilly, windy and/or rainy nights when soup was all the soul and body craved.  These days the weather seems to be changing its mind on a daily basis, but I won’t let the freak 75 degree-days fool me – it’s only February, and I know we’re due for a least a few more chilly nights.

Do yourself a favor and make this soup SOON – before the fickle winter turns way too quickly into the sweltering summer.

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Grilled Romaine Wedge

13 Feb

We are now well into the new year, and there’s a chance that perhaps your New Year’s resolution involves more salads.  Maybe you are trying to eat more veggies? or lose weight? or up your fiber intake?  Salads can accomplish all that….and MORE.

But, after 6 weeks of more salads, maybe you are getting a little bored of lettuce?  Here’s something to shake things up a little bit…

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Sweet Berry Blue Quinoa

16 Jan

Wow it took me a long time to come up with a name for this dish.

It’s roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and blue cheese folded into fluffy quinoa.  I could have called it “Sweet Potato, Cranberry, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Quinoa Salad,” but that’s way too long and uncreative.  I could have called it “Sweet n’ Cheesy Quinoa,” but would you have kept reading?  Probably not.

Sweet Berry Blue is intriguing and mysterious – is it dessert?  is it actually blue?  Come take a journey with me and find out!

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Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Kale Soup

10 Jan

I was not planning to blog this soup.

In fact, I didn’t have a plan at all.  I suggested soup for dinner….maybe sweet potato, black bean and sausage?  Charles said keep the sausage but lose the sweet potato…and don’t we have mushrooms?  So I just started throwing stuff into the pot, completely unaware that I was making my new ALL-TIME-FAVORITE SOUP!

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Good Morning Muffins

9 Jan

Actually, they are blueberry grapefruit muffins.

But with oats, chia seeds and the unusual but delicious combo of blueberries and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, these make for a good morning indeed!

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