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cake on Fridays

Everyday Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen, view of the just baked cake in the pan

Since our Move To Seattle anniversary cake we seem to have started a new Friday night dinner tradition in our house, which is cake. This past week I made Smitten Kitchen’s Everyday Chocolate Cake. It was so easy, just the mixer bowl, my underused kitchen scale and a cake pan, wha-la! I didn’t have a loaf pan so I used my angle food cake pan. It turned out great, like a big chocolate donut.

Everyday Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen, the cake turned out and looking like a squared off donut

The week before this I made Best Birthday Cake, also from Smitten Kitchen. Well, I used a boxed yellow cake mix and made the icing. I used a mix because lately I’ve been noticing all these sites recreating yellow cake so that it tastes like the stuff they loved out of the box – Angry Chicken, and of course this Smitten Kitchen recipe. But, I had never had yellow cake from a box so I decided I needed to experience the real thing before moving on to making my own. (Also, it was easier.)

The chocolate icing from SK was so very easy, but a bit too both tangy and fudgy for my taste. I’ll make it again and add more sweetener (the recipe allows for that) and use a different chocolate. See? An excuse to make more cake.

Everyday Chocolate Cake from Smitten Kitchen, two slices of cake, raspberries added later

The best thing about Cake Fridays? They inspire us to make more of a big deal out of dinner. We try new cocktails, use the nice dishes to eat outside on the deck, we sit and talk about our week and linger for longer than we would otherwise because there is cake to be eaten a bit later. It’s perfect. Having leftover cake for Saturday breakfast is a bonus.

· comments [20] · 08-9-2010 · categories:food ·

Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

The Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs here in Seattle is coming up! If you already live here in Seattle there is an event at the conference that is free to attend:

Are you looking to connect with the art, craft and design community?

We are excited to announce a special special round table reception hosted by The Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs.

The event will feature small group discussions about running a small business, networking opportunities with members of the the art, craft and design community, craft and product demonstrations, special discounts on services and products from our sponsors, and sweet snacks too!

Free To Attend
Friday, August 13th from 4:15 – 6:00 PM
Century Ballroom, 915 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3849 (map)

RSVP now at: Eventbrite.

As a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the first 50 people who register by August 11th, you get one FREE conference session of your choice on Saturday or Sunday! Session registration will take place on Friday when you check in for the round table event. RSVP today to ensure your space at this amazing event!

To see conference choice options on Saturday and Sunday check out our schedule.

Additional classes will be available for $25 per session – cash only – register day of at venue location.

Will I see you there?

· comments [0] · 08-6-2010 · categories:events · seattle ·

what I’ve been reading

Scott and I have spent most of the summer with colds (he started it). As a result I’ve been reading a lot more than usual. I’ve come to really love reading on the iPhone, largely for the backlighting so I can read without disturbing Scott with a bedside light. But I also love being able to read while laying on my side and not struggling to keep a book open, and not having to fuss over pages that have too small a margin in the center and cause that wavy line effect, and not having to reach out my other arm to turn pages because, let’s face it, I’m lazy. It’s like watching tv in bed but it’s reading and I should probably stop typing right now shouldn’t I?

Apparently when I need to be soothed I read fiction that is about the end of the world as I know it, in one way or another:


Daemon (for Kindle). I originally bought this as a paperback to read on airplanes. I found it in a drugstore and with blurbs by Craig Newmark, Stewart Brand and William O’Brien (Former Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy for The White House) I couldn’t not get it.

Freedom (TM)

Freedom (TM) (for Kindle). Daemon comes to a sudden end, a downside of the Kindle for iPhone is that you have no idea how far you are into a book. So I used the upside of the Kindle and immediately downloaded the sequel and kept reading, all around 2 a.m. Now I cannot remember where one book ends and the next begins, which is bad since I keep accidentally giving Scott spoilers when we talk about Daemon.

The Passage

The Passage (for Kindle). I kept coming across reviews of this book so I downloaded it next, and it’s glorious length kept me company through many long nights of keeping myself awake coughing.

Going In Circles

Going In Circles (for Kindle). This book by Pamela Ribon (whom you might know better as Pamie) is a story about a woman knocked over by a divorce, and picked back up by roller derby.

The Breach

The Breach (for Kindle). This was a short book when compared to my earlier science fiction books, but I kept wishing I had a beach to sit on while I was reading it. It was fast paced and fun.

The Stand

The Stand (for Kindle). Reviews of The Passage kept comparing it to this so I figured I might as well finally read it.

If you’re looking for something to read I recommend heading over to What’s In Rebecca’s Pocket? and see all the lists of reading lists that she compiles in the summers. (Thank you Rebecca.)

· comments [16] · 08-4-2010 · categories:books · shopping ·

links: food

DIY Cheese · Edible Crafts @ CraftGossip. These cheeses are easy enough to make at home, but this tidy kit would make a nice gift.

Orangette: That’s the spirit. Pimm’s Cup made with ginger beer.

Serious Heat: Santa Fe-Style Green Chile Pancakes | Serious Eats : Recipes.

Does My Waiter Hate Me? : What you can do to make his job easier – CHOW. Good stuff to know.

Grownup Popsicle Recipe: Boozy Campari Citrus Pops | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn.

9 Greatest Stick Foods of All Time – Seattle Restaurants and Dining – Voracious.

Seeking Sweetness in Everyday Life – CakeSpy – Big Fun: An Enormous, and Delicious, Cinnamon Roll. I *love* this, I’ve always liked the inside of the cinnamon roll best.

Jelloware, Biodegradable Flavored Drinking Cups.

NOMSKULLS, by Fred. Skull shaped cupcake molds that you bake right inside of, neat.

· comments [5] · 08-3-2010 · categories:food · links ·

links: seattle

All You Can Eat | Din Tai Fung opening in Bellevue: xiao long bao fans rejoice. Soup dumplings are coming to Bellevue.

Bars with Outdoor Seating! Also: A/C and Ice Cream | Slog | The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper.

Curio Confections Re-Opens Tomorrow | Slog | The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper.

Oh Fuck, Not the Buck: Historic Fremont Tavern to Close in September – Seattle Restaurants and Dining – Voracious. NO!

Wheeling to winery country: A scenic ride with a fruitful stop. Bicycling from the Burke-Gilman to Redhook, my sort of trip.

Seattle’s Top Five U-Pick Berry Farms – Voracious.

· comments [4] · 08-2-2010 · categories:links · seattle ·