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The Daring Bakers Make Baked Alaskas

In Cakes, Daring Bakers, Frostings and Icings, Ice cream on August 28, 2010 at 8:31 am
From Adriana Cooking

“If only”. . . The sound of a wish in a pair of words.

It didn’t occur to me how rapidly summer is dwindling to an end until early this morning.  I was on the couch, happily flipping through a cookbook, when my sister pointed it out.

“There are only 12 days of vacation left”, she had said, her voice full of dread.  The filtered morning sunlight that had danced across my limbs, causing the metal on my watch to scintillate in its light, gradually faded away, leaving the room as gloomy as my thoughts. It couldn’t be. Just last week  (or so it seemed), I walked home from school, my heart full with the prospects of summer. I’d left my last middle school report card lying on the dinning room table to go outside and spend some time with my friends, absorbing each and every second of the newly granted freedom I had obtained. Time must be playing with my mind. It’s passing as slowly as honey dripping off a spoon, and rushing by faster than the second hand around the clock. I tried to push the thought of school away, and enjoy the cookbook in my hands. If only we had more time, more vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Devil’s Food Cupcakes

In Chocolate, Frostings and Icings, Muffins and Cupcakes on August 22, 2010 at 7:59 am
From Adriana Baking

It’s humid, hot, and the weather is practically unbearable. It’s summer!

For about a week now, I’ve been pet-sitting our neighbors’ two German Shepherd Labrador mixes . When I get up in the morning, the sky is a cloudless stretch of bright baby blue, and the trees just outside my bedroom are awake with the music of songbirds and the gentle swaying of the wind, weaving in and out of their deep emerald-green leaves.  Seemingly, the weather is perfect. But once outside, I’ll be drenched in sweat without so much of a light breeze to cool me down.  The dogs will be pulling on their leashes one minute, then suddenly jerking to a stop the next in hope of finding a morsel of food left behind on the dark gray pavement.  And by the time the sun sets and it’s time for another walk, the weather will be no less hot than before. Read the rest of this entry »

Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

In Chocolate, Frostings and Icings, Yeast Breads on August 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm
From Adriana Baking

I haven’t lived nearly long enough to write of childhood, but in this case, I write with experience.

Since I was young, I’ve loved animals. My sister would volunteer to take the the nursery school’s rabbits home for Christmas vacation, then watch the teachers lock up her nursery classroom, leaving it too cold and lonely for two little bunnies to stay in.  Once we took them home, I loved feeding them carrots through the wire bars of their enclosure, watching them nibble at them until only a few orange shreds were left. They liked mint leaves too, and I would give them each a few sprigs for a post-dinner snack.

When I was in elementary school, I harbored a scrawny, blind kitten, who was abandoned by its mother, and desperately hoped to revive it from its near state of death.  I could not keep him inside, for our house cat, Snowball, disliked- no, abhorred, all other cats with such a strong passion she could probably set fire to a whole forest of trees. The kitten eventually died, to my great dismay, and I didn’t get over it very easily. Read the rest of this entry »

Panforte Ice Cream and Gingersnaps

In Cookies, Ice cream on August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am
From Adriana Baking

About half a year ago, I had what I thought was a wonderful idea. I would start a food blog and post new recipes and anecdotes about my experience in the kitchen every week.  Naturally, I couldn’t keep my excitement to myself. And when I told my parents about my idea, they were every bit as encouraging as I was excited.

The first few days of blogging were pretty frustrating for me. I would sit in front of the computer, obsessing over every view and updating my blog when I realized not much was happening.  If someone happened to find my blog and leave a comment, I would spend the whole day reading over it in my head, eventually memorizing it.  Soon enough, I realized that I had more and more to write about. Instead of writing only about the recipe, I started incorporating little pieces of information about what was going on in my life. Anecdotes. My little group of readers seemed to like the new style of posts, and my blog was soon becoming more popular. Read the rest of this entry »