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Tuesdays With Dorie: Lemon Loaf Cake April 17, 2012

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie is being hosted by Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life. They were picked by lottery to thrown down on the Lemon Loaf Cake located on page 252 in Baking With Julia.

This loaf cake is actually pretty straight forward and as the directions suggest 5 minutes, one bowl, and then sit back and relax. I actually decided to switch the directions around just a bit when it came to the lemon zest. Originally the directions just said to mix with the sugar/eggs. I decided to use something that I learned in my first round of Tuesdays With Dorie, and that is rubbing the zest into the sugar to release the oils in the zest, which equals more yummy flavor. Also, I just can’t seem to pass up the opportunity to play with sugar and lemon zest, 1 – it taste yummy and 2 – the smell is fantastic 🙂

The cake came out perfect. It has a very tight crumb and soft but firm texture, which is very reminiscent of pound cake. The one thing that would make this different from the traditional flavor of pound cake is the definite flavor of the eggs in the batter. The flavor threw me for a second, but then I got over it because the loaf is just straight up lemony goodness.



Never Forget <3 32 April 16, 2012

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It has been 5 years, and I will never forget.
I love you and I miss you every day Stack. I wish you could have met my little girl, but I know you are looking down on us and laughing at all the crazy stuff she does.


Pictures taken before the memorial was complete.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Pizza Rustica April 9, 2012


As I sit here, writing this entry, relaxing to the quite sounds of a sleeping house, I sip my coffee….

YES, I am drinking coffee at 11:00 pm. The caffeine really does not have any effect on my sleeping habits. I could drink a pot and still roll over and pass out. I have that much talent 🙂

Last weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was hosted by Emily of Capital Region Dining and Raelynn of The Place They Call Home. They had the honor of rocking out with Pizza Rustica, which is located on pages 430-431 in Baking With Julia. I actually made this recipe on time and we ate it for dinner last Monday. I just had a bout of procrastination and now one week later, BOOM, here it is.

This recipe was actually EXTREMELY easy to put together and have for dinner the same night. It came out absolutely perfect. The flavor of the pizza was perfectly balanced. The saltiness of the prosciutto and the Pecorino Romano cheese was the perfect balance to the slightly sweet crust. I served it with a small salad and it was a nice dinner. Mike actually really liked the “quiche,” as he likes to call it. He actually polished it off in less than two days. The pizza was good slightly warm, cold, and at room temperature. The day after we ate it, I cut a slice and walked around the house eating it for breakfast :). It is perfect for any meal.

For Easter I did a catch up Tuesdays With Dorie recipes of Dorie’s Florida Pie (cross between a key lime pie and coconut pie with a meringue on top) and Dorie’s French Pear Tart. I have made the Pear Tart before which is fantastic, but it was my first time to make the Florida Pie. The Florida Pie came together pretty quick and it was fantastic and my father-in-law loved it. Sorry no pictures of the pies.