Friday, January 8, 2010

The Pioneer Woman Book Signing

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 - 6pm.
My very first book signing!
Ree Drummond, who has a blog called "The Pioneer Woman" -
is signing her new book
"The Pioneer Woman Cooks"
@ Borders Bookstore
off Preston and Royal.

This is me waiting. She is to appear at 7pm.
There wasn't even a line or anything when I purchased the book and received my bracelet.
So, how naive of me to think that this might take a hour or maybe 2 tops!
See Ree? Can't you see her? She's standing there with her hand's together - in black..
I know.. I need a new phone.. iPhone does NOT have zoom.
This is a lovely cookbook. She has a great sense of humor, and takes fabulous pictures.

... this is the reward.. which I am glad.
I didn't take a picture with her because I was looking like a soggy dog by midnight.

Boy, did I learn lessons...

Lesson #1: Call the bookstore and find out the specifics.  In this case, they were giving out bracelets early in the day - which was the way to go, because by the time I got there at 6pm and got my bracelet, I was #400. No wonder there wasn't a line.   There were 800 people in line to get their book signed.  I got my signed at midnight, and there were people there until 1:30 in the morning.

Lesson #2 :  Be prepared to wait and wait and wait.  Dress comfortably, bring snacks.. and make sure you bring someone with you that is equally as interested.  (I brought my co-worker since we commute together.  She had never heard of the Pioneer Woman - but figured it's a book store and she'd find stuff to do - again with the mindset that it'd be 2 hours MAX.. not 6 !!! )

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bundt Trifecta

For Christmas, I decided to bake 3 bundt cakes using my 3 different bundt pans.
I was going for a "hat trick" which means completing the same thing 3 times successfully (for example in hockey, if the same person scores 3 times in the same game, it's a hat trick), but ended up with a "trifecta" which means I predicted (successfully - based on my experience cooking with these pans) the order of success these cakes turned out!
Let's start with 1st Place
I love this pan. It's a Martha Stewart that I bought at K-mart like a million years ago.
Here is the "Apricot-Lemon Cake" with a lemon glaze and frosted cranberries that I made. It was the favorite amongst all my dinner guests.

Apricot-Lemon Cake Recipe
1 lemon cake mix
1 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 lemon

Beat ingredients in a bowl for 4 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool.
Mix powdered sugar and lemon together
Pour over cooled cake

2nd Place
A friend gave me this pan recently.
I used Homemade Gourmet's "Grandmother's Great Gingerbread" mix with cinnamon glaze.
3rd Place
This is a traditional (and cheap) bundt pan.
It's hit or miss every time.
I'm not sure how long I've had  it or where I even got it.
By the time I got to this cake, I was in a hurry, and didn't allow it to cool down enough
resulting in this...

OOPS... maybe I didn't let it cool

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winter Grilling

So I have had this small "George Foreman Grill for One" for about 4 years now.
I bought it when I lived in a small condo, and didn't have room to store anything.
Surprising, I've used it more than I expected.
It does pretty good chicken

I got this big daddy grill for Christmas.
Ok.. maybe it's not Big DADDY
but it is to me!
It comes with removable plates.. much easier than my little one to clean.

Now my 2010 goal is to actually get a real outdoor gas grill.
For some reason, I'm scared I'm going to catch the neighborhood on fire...
but it's a fear I plan on conquering this year.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cupcake Cake Pan

I usually post my baking success stories..
isn't of them

My nieces are 5 & 7, so I thought this would be the perfect cake for our belated Christmas Celebration this past Saturday.
 Look how adorable these cakes are!

(Am I the best aunt ever or what?)

(***heavy sigh***)

Ok.. so..

First, I trimmed both layers so that they laid flat on each other

I tried "piping" the frosting on the top spiral layer...
that was goopy and messy.
Basically, there is not a picture of the finished product because when it was done,
it was hideous... edible but not pretty anymore...
I gave the pan to my sister-in-law!

Monday, January 4, 2010

PW's Phyllo Mushroom Bundles

These are crazy delicious!

This was my first time to work with phyllo.

I did ok for my first time, I must say !

Click here to check out the recipe on The Pioneer Woman's website

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