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Wednesday
Apr012009

Faux Food for Fools

I'm sure you've heard of the whimsical meatloaf cake and the hee-larious mashed-potato sundae that are often recommended for April Fool's Day guests...but if that's not your style, you can put a more sophisticated spin on faux food.  Here are three of my favorites:

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Clever "eggs and toast" (lemon custard and cinnamon cake) from Eggs on Sunday

 

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Sushi?  No, that would be fruit-shi.  From Wandering Chopsticks

 

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If you don't want to play with your dessert, surprise your guests with this cauliflower soup and masala-spiced cereal from The Kitchn

Monday
Mar302009

Easter Eggs, Part 1 of 2 - Fancy Eggs

Every year, I promise myself that THIS will be the year I try a new Easter egg decorating technique...only to end up using the tired old vinegar-and-food-coloring method. In an effort to combat this complacency, here are some motivating alternatives. First, there are the gorgeous Ukranian easter eggs known as pysanky. LearnPysanky.com gives excellent instructions, should you choose to embark on this project. It takes time and patience and, I suspect, a few broken eggs.

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Don't you LOVE those little wee ones? Ogle more eggs at the Pysanky Museum.

 

Less time consuming but still lovely are these origami paper eggs, with how-to from Martha Stewart. I think I could actually do these!

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If you want something cutesy, also from Martha are these adorable "chicken" eggs, decorated with felt:

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But then, sometimes a girl just wants some bling. If you want to go flashy and fake, then this is the egg for you:

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Later this week, we'll explore some techniques with a more natural bent. Between this post and that one, I'll really have no excuse this year...

Friday
Mar272009

Ginger cocktails

Last night I was at Uncommon Ground to see a friend perform in their Singer Spotlight Unplugged series.  I've had some mixed experiences at UG, but last night was fairly smooth.  It was made even more smooth by the ginger martini I consumed.  Ok, martinis - plural.

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Ginger cocktails, once an anomaly, are really quite popular these days and I couldn't be more pleased!  The low heat pairs well with so many different flavors.  Lemon?  Mint?  Chocolate liqueur?  Sure...ginger can play nice with all of those!  It's friendly like that. If you want to recreate the ginger experience for your guests, here are some recipes to get you started:

Easy Ginger Martini
Icy Lemon-Ginger Slush
Ginger-Rosemary Lemon-Drop

Wednesday
Mar252009

Pop of Color from CB2

The other day I received the new CB2 catalog, and - squeeee!  It's full of the promise of warmer days spent on windy rooftops!  (For those not in Chicago, CB2 is the hipper younger brother to Crate & Barrel...there are only a few CB2 locations in the country, but they'll ship anywhere.) Anyway, aside from all the photos giving a shout out to the West Side, what really caught my eye was all the eye-popping, inexpensive serveware.

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Ah yes, the man who accurately predicted the coming of Reality TV.  Warhol Quote Plate, $1.50 (1 of 4 designs)


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Also by Andy Warhol.  1960s Flower Plate, $3.95 (1 of 3 designs)


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That's what your guests will say! Comic Appetizer Plate, $1.95 (1 of 4 designs)


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Dual use is always good...these could serve as drink glasses or bud vases. Zombie Tumblers, $3.95 each

 

 

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Love these jewel-tones.  You could use them during the holidays, too. Gem Martinis, $4.95 each

Tuesday
Mar242009

Edible Shot Glasses

Imagine you're having a party and you decide to offer shots.  Sure, you could gather a hodge-podge of little glasses detailing your days on Greek row, but really, where's the charm in that?  You've probably seen ice-tray shot glasses...have you come across the candy ones?

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Although I imagine they would get sticky after a while (but maybe that's better than a melting ice sculpture in your hand), these candy shot glasses from Perpetual Kid would be great for a summertime event.  Fill with a lemon-drop shot or just plain lemoncello (or a blue Hawaii, or any other colorful drink).  There's also a candy-cane version, perfect for holiday joy of the liquid persuation!  You could try to combat the sticky factor by wrapping a circle of Press-n-Seal on the bottom and lower section of each cup.

Additional ideas

Make your own Gummi Shot Glass
...or one out of a cucumber
...or purchase a Chocolate Shot Glass or one that resembles a chocolate-lined Ice Cream Cone

 

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