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June 16, 2007

beets from farmfreshtoyou.com

roasted beets from the oven
roasted beets
mmmm beets
my hands are still this color
beet juice

these beets were part of my first delivery from Farm Fresh to You- Capay Organic Farms. Included in the shipment were: red onions, green beans, apricots, peaches, beets, red chard, cherries, red potatoes and zucchini. So far I’m happy with the service!

to make the beets:

-wash beets & sprinkle with generous amount salt & pepper
-wrap beets up in parchment paper
-wrap parchment covered beets with foil
-put on baking sheet
-roast 425 degree oven for 45 minutes
-peel off skin & enjoy!

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June 14, 2007

teacakes, emeryville CA

whoopie pie!
vanilla with chocolate frosting
don't worry, i've got my eye on you. you'll be safe with me.
honey tangerine!  tuesday special!
chocolate sour cream with chocolate buttercream
the damage we did.....don't worry that flower was not wasted

i was not born into a family of sweet tooths. my family is big on bread. we will eat bagels, pasta, crackers….carbs galore. My grandma is the first to tell you she’d rather eat bread & butter for dessert instead of chocolates & sweets. It wasn’t til I met Casey that I realized that sooo many people out there are sweet toothers… And in the past year I’ve turned. I now appreciate the delight of a good dessert. I’ve even learned how to make room for it when we are out to dinner.

cupcake trip #2 is done! check out our thoughts on teacake bakeshop in emeryville at melissa’s site!

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June 11, 2007

weekend recap

sunday lunch

over the weekend:

-went to Randy’s going away party @ Poleng in SF
-went to coffee late in the afternoon on Saturday
-bought some fun things at Paper Source (dangerous place to go if you are me)
-went to dinner @ Amber-Indian Restaurant on Santana Row in SJ (yummy Mango Mint cocktail/butter chicken/kebab platter)
-saw Knocked Up (still finding myself laughing when i think of parts)
-made lemon cookies & stuffed them with cream cheese frosting (brought some to neighbors so i wouldnt eat them all!)
-made this lovely little open faced sandwich above for sunday lunch
-pulled out bush in the backyard and welcomed our new Meyer Lemon tree in it’s place
-went to Target (fun!) & the Library (where I picked up Magnolia’s Cupcake Cookbook & the book on cd: Heat)
-added mulch to the backyards plants
-ate grilled cheese sandwiches in between recapping last week’s sopranos…and watching the LAST episode
-watched the first episode of John from Cincinnati (not sure if i like it yet)
-read some more of Possible Side Effects, by Augusten Burroughs

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June 10, 2007

Lemon Cookies with Cream cheese frosting

lemon cookies lined up
lemon cookies from the oven
lemon cookies with cream cheese frosting inside
lemon cookies with cream cheese frosting inside

i ripped this recipe out of the magazine a LONG time ago-but it wasn’t until i saw Christine’s post that I remembered I wanted to make them! I had leftover cream cheese frosting from the coconut cupcakes so I decided to make sandwiches. Delish. My house smells like lemons. Yum.

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June 10, 2007

cupcakes should not taste like pound cake

im a sucker for this comet part for some reason
baking in the sun
vanilla cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting
vanilla cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting

confession- I’m not really a baker, but i’ve been attempting to bake recently. So far…the results have been mixed. Note to self: DO NOT TRY A NEW RECIPE WHEN YOU WANT TO SURPRISE SOMEONE WITH CUPCAKES FOR THEIR BIRTHDAY (btw i already know this note, i just need to remember to follow it-the picture looked sooo good!)

Martha Stewart’s Coconut cupcakes (JUNE 2007 issue)…… I knew I was in trouble when the cupcakes had to cook 10 minutes more than the recipe called them to. I took them out of the oven and notice that not only were they heavy for their size, but the bottom part of the wrapper was completely seperated from the cupcake. What is that?? It was like those little vanilla cupcakes were wearing extra large, sagging granny pants. The only good part-was the cream cheese frosting. Needless to say, it was a dissappointment. Not only had I recently bought a carrying case for them (thanks melissa!)-but I spent over 2 hours making them. There are 8 out of 20 left in the fridge. Despite their resemblence to pound cake, Casey has been making a dent in “ridding” me of them. Thank god his sweet tooth is large enough NOT to discriminate.

-So why couldnt there have been a DO NOT OVER-BEAT warning on the recipe? How could they not have included how far up I should fill the cupcakes? Isn’t that just rudimentary? Perhaps my baking powder wasn’t fresh?

so many factors… perfect vanilla coconut cupcake recipe…you are out there. I must find you!

anyway- happy bday v-dog. hope it was good!

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June 4, 2007

who enjoys mondays?

cheese lunch!
mmmmm cheese
fresh strawberries to finish
my mint is growing!
goodmorning, coffee.  on the back porch
little dandelions

this weekend i:

-celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday (i have blisters from dancing-at least my shoes were super cute!)
-went to signona’s farmers market (my first time since we moved here a year ago!)
-sat on the back deck & had my morning cup of coffee…dreaming of a finished backyard….
-splurged on expensive cheese & sat on the back deck & devoured every bit with the husband
-made cocktails & crafts with neighbors & helped make chinese fried rice
-added mulch to the front yard plants & checked in on my mint in the backyard
-tackled a weeks worth of dishes because one of the pipes broke to our sink šŸ™

i’m wishing i didn’t have chores to do. why do weekends slip away so fast?

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June 2, 2007

cupcake test #1: Kara’s Cupcakes, san francisco

kara's cupcakes
all our cupcakes!
carrot cake & java cupcake minis
meyer lemony cupcake filled with lemon curd

melisser & i went to Kara’s Cupcakes yesterday in the city. It was the first spot on our journey to find the Bay Area’s best cupcake. What’s in a good cupcake? What makes a good cupcake? What’s the best combo? I’m starting to learn my way through a good buttercream….and trying not to be biased when it comes to Cream Cheese frosting (my favorite). She’ll be writing ’bout our experiences, and I’ll be the one snapping photos and eagerly eating the other half of each cupcake. Next time, I’ll be sure to eat lunch beforehand…as I had a huge sugar headache at 7pm! Bay Area, look out.

    6 cupcake flavors tested:

-sweet vanilla
-chocolate velvet
-kara’s karrot (mini)
-java (mini)
-meyer lemony lemon (filled with lemon curd)
-banana caramel (filled with caramel)

***update*** you can read Melissa’s post here:

http://theurbanhousewife.blogspot.com/2007/06/foodie-fieldtrip-karas-cupcakes.html