I love it when people tell me that they’ve tried the recipes from ModernDomestic – it’s one of the biggest thrills I can possibly get as a blogger. So I was really thrilled when Cathy of We Love DC and Constantly Cathy hit me up for birthday cake recommendations this week. She finally decided to make the almond cake with lemon curd and marscarpone frosting that I made for my mother’s birthday, and it came out great! She even had better success with the frosting (mine got kind of curdled) – she whipped the cream separately from the marscarpone and then folded it in at the end. It came out smooth and creamy – the way a good frosting should be. So not only did she try a recipe from here – but she even had better luck with it than me. There could be no better highlight to my week.
In other news, I’m over winter. Over it.
Recipes I want to try:
- Milk chocolate peanut butter cookies, from A Measured Memory.
- Britannia at Endless Simmer claims to not be big on baking, but his kumquat cupcakes look pretty damn delicious.
- Citrus salad with cilantro and mint from Sassy Radish (even if you don’t want to make it, check it out for her gorgeous pics).
And in other news:
- The Arugula Files is on vacation in Hawaii and she’s making me crazy jealous of the lovely food, setting, and weather! I was particularly interested in her post about rambutan – a fruit that kind of looks like a furry raspberry. I wonder how they’d be in a trifle – or a pie.
- Confused about the difference between Dutch-processed and regular cocoa? David Lebovitz has an excellent primer. My problem with cocoa is that I read articles like this and I’m like “oh right, that’s the difference.” And then I promptly forget what the difference is and the next time I’m at the store trying to pick out a cocoa, I’m still in the dark. I need a cocoa cheat sheet.
- Food & Friends is holding their annual Dining Out for Life event on Thursday, March 11th. You can find participating restaurants at Open Table, all of which will donate a portion of their proceeds to Food and Friends. It’s a really easy way to give money to a good cause.
- The Washingtonian is hosting a Cupcake Cup. I guess the Post’s Cupcake Wars series really wasn’t the final word on DC’s cupcake scene. Via Best Bites.
- The Washingtonian featured Capital Spice in their weekly Blogger Beat interview. A great piece – and lovely photos.
- Columbia Heights is getting a farmer’s market! I’m so excited – it’s opening June 5. Via DCist.
- Mango and Tomato hosted her first knife skills class – and it went off beautifully.
- Loved this essay in the Washington Post about the power of the long, slow braise – and the recipes looked tasty too.
- What do chefs and food writers have in common? Tim Carman cites 15 ways over at Young and Hungry.
- One Bite at a Time faces an ethical food dilemma, one that I’ve faced many times – do you go for the $16 organic chicken? Or the $6 store brand chicken?