Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
“In this heartfelt memoir, master baker and star of the #1 hit TLC show, Buddy Valastro tells his inspiring story—and recounts his family's warm memories from a lifetime of living, loving, and cake making.
Television viewers have fallen in love with Buddy Valastro, master cake maker, and his funny and fiery family, proprietors of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken , New Jersey , on the smash hit TLC series Cake Boss. Now, to coincide with Carlo's 100th anniversary, cake designer extraordinaire Buddy Valastro brings together his passion for baking and his high-energy family stories in the pages of this charming, heartwarming book—complete with 25 recipes and tips that will make every reader the "cake boss" of their own kitchen.
Buddy's beautifully designed cakes are the stuff of legend—and so is the remarkable story of his father, a beloved pillar of the community and himself a talented baker who set the stage for his family's rise to the pinnacle of their industry. Cake Boss recounts the story of Buddy's life and of his family's bakeshop, originally established in 1910 and now a Hoboken , New Jersey , landmark and culinary tourist destination. Here also are twenty-five recipes for Carlo's Bakery's most sought-after pastries, pies, cupcakes, and cakes, an irresistible combination of time-tested old-world recipes and modern creations, all founded on a rock-solid "old-school" baking foundation and classic techniques.
This is the incredible true story of how Carlo's Bakery came to be, how one hard-working family realized their patriarch's dream of making their beloved bake shop a household name. The special bond and loving dynamic of the Valastro clan make this an uncommonly touching and truly inspiring memoir.” – Simon and Schuster
Click here to buy your copy now.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I came across this great idea in “Cooking with Paula Deen” Magazine to give a cappuccino fan or if you love to host.
- Photocopies of favorite image or monogram letter
- Plastic recyclable take out beverage lids, large enough to fit over a coffee cup
- craft knife
- hole punch and ribbon – if giving it as a gift
1. Photocopy an image.
2. Place the photocopy on the underside of each lid and draw the outside of the object on the front side of the lid with a pencil.
3. Being very careful, use a sharp craft knife to cut out each object following the pencil lines.
4. Punch two holes on the top of the lid and tie a ribbon though, if you plan to give as a gift.
To use: After pouring frothed milk into cappuccino, hold the stencil over the cup (being as close to the foam as you can without touching it), and shake cocoa powder or ground cinnamon over it. Remove stencil, and serve.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
One of my favorite authors, Ellyn Spragins, recently released this amazing party concept based on her books, What I Know Now About Success and What I Know Now.
Attention, book clubs, college reunion organizers, baby shower hosts, birthday party givers, wedding fete arrangers and women who love their friends! A Letters To My Younger Self® Party is a perfect way to reflect upon life’s most important lessons while enriching your relationships with old and new friends.
With the LTMYS Party Kit, you’ll lead ten guests through the process of writing letters to their younger selves and sharing the letters with each other. We promise you great conversations, laughter and a deeper connection. What you know now…pass it on!
Each kit contains:
1 copy of What I Know Now About Success or What I Know Now (NYTimes best seller)
10 invitations to a Letters To My Younger Self® Party, with envelopes
10 Party Theme inserts for the invitations
1 Instruction booklet for the Letters To My Younger Self® Host
10 Writing Tip Sheets for your guests
1 Set of Letters To My Younger Self® writing papers
"I didn't know what to expect, but "WOW" did I leave liberated, refreshed, and with a new mindset. My letter is going to be framed to mark the occasion."
"This is a wonderful gift of healing, of affirmation, of applause that women can give to themselves and to others."
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Florida Gator in me had to share these super cute scarves from Dunlop McCandless.
Each Florida alligator scarf, aptly coined The Turlington Scarf, is created using the perfect blend of exceptionally soft cotton & acrylic yarns to give the comfort you'd expect, and the style you'll enjoy.
Excellent hand-knit craftsmanship provides a versatile design warm enough for the low Fall temperatures, while lightweight and breathable enough to accessorize your game day wardrobe during the warmer months as well. Resembling a real alligator down to the finest details, this 56"L x 6"W scarf will no doubt be a topic of conversation at every game and tailgate!
Available in alligator green, and the ever classic, UF orange and blue, you'll find this just what you need to match your game day attire!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Young Friends of The Norton Event “ Nick Cave - Meet me at the Center of the Earth” November 10, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.
Please RSVP to Cherryl Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or . Pistache is also donating 20% of dinner checks to Young Friends of the Norton.
Organized by the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco.
Local sponsorship of this exhibition is made possible in part through the generosity of The Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Dr. Henry and Lois Foster Endowment for Contemporary Art and The Contemporary and Modern Art Council of the Norton Museum of Art.
Media support provided by The Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Over the weekend I attended the clever and creative Halloween Party hosted by