On our path, we will find those whom we treasure and find we travel with our greatest teachers.
~ Robin L Griffith
edits effective February 4, 2014
Wrapping up a month of Mixology & Cocktails:
I had a great time this last month exploring Mixology and the Classic Cocktail. Not only did I learn about the
history of the cocktail, but I also learned a few tricks of the trade around creating cocktails and so far, so good with the ones I have made. :> [think orange peel]
Tips for preparing Compound
* The butter must first be brought to room temperature and softened by beating it.
* The flavoring ingredients must be very finely chopped or pureed. If any extra liquid develops, it should be drained off thoroughly before mixing in the butter.
* For the flavor to better penetrate the butter, allow it to stand at cool room temperature for a few hours before refrigerating.
* Compound butters may be stored in freezer, tightly wrapped.<< MORE >>
The information below comes from SF Mixology and it covers the shaken versus stirred methods for cocktails and why you would want to do either of them. I’ve tried shaking when making juice based cocktails and felt like it made my drinks taste better.
Confused about when to stir and when to shake? Here is a good rule to follow. When mixing a drink (i.e.<< MORE >>
CocoaMocha Heart Shaped Cheesecakes
Servings 3 / Prep Time: 30 mins / Cook Time: 30 mins / Yield: 3 individual cheesecakes / I created this for three small heart shaped springform cheesecake pans by combining two different recipes.
1 cup crumbled Thin Chocolate Persian Tea Cookies (any chocolate cookies will do here)
1/4 cup C&H Powder Sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon Toll House Nestle Cocoa, Baking
2 tablespoons chunked Land O Lakes Salted Butter
1 (eight-ounce) package Kraft Philly Cream Cheese softened
1/3 cup Borden Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (14-ounce can)
1/3 cup C&H Powder Sugar
1/4 cup Toll House Nestle Cocoa, Baking
2 separated eggs yolks / whites
1/2 teaspoon Schilling Almond Extract (can use vanilla)
1 tablespoon C&H Powder Sugar
1 cup heavy cream
Combine all crust ingredients into blender or small food processor chop/grind into fine crumbs. Press onto the bottom of the springform pans. Set aside.
Cheesecake filling: In glass bowl add egg yolks, cocoa powder & instant coffee, powdered sugar, almond extract, and then chunk cream cheese into bowl on top.<< MORE >>
Sorry I'm late. I had a series of technical issues - I'll just blame it on Mercury Retrograde.
Visit Galadarling.com for a for a wonderful overview of how
to survive mercury retrograde.
This month I'm focusing on "Mixology and the Classic Cocktail". I've visited lots of websites, I've purchased a few books, subscribed to Imbibe Magazine, and attended a workshop put on by Shawn Refoua of SF Mixology "SF Mixology".
My Tea Service at Lisa's Tea Treasures @ The Pruneyard in Campbell (CA) was delightful. I now can say I've had my first formal Tea Service. The staff at the location did a good job ensuring I had, what I call, a "Tea Experience".
"Tea! thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid,... thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate." - Colley Cibber
I have had the best time this last week going to different Goodwill stores looking for porcelain or ceramic tea cups and saucers. Actually, I found just about everything I need at two different Goodwill stores.<< MORE >>
While doing my tea research, I spent some time on a side tangent looking at 3-tiered dessert tray images. I was surprised at the average asking price for those. One 1.5 foot vertical bar and three different size round plates with holes in the middle.<< MORE >>
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I spent a few hours yesterday cruising the internet for information about tea and tea parties. I was surprised to see how many different websites there were with detailed information on tea and tea parties. It would seem that I am coming late to the tea party indeed.
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I made lasagna the other night and went with a white sauce instead of a red marinara type. Here are a pictures of work in progress, along with a short video talking about the moisture content. When working with dry noodles instead of pre-boiled you need more moisture in the dish.
I promise to never make fun of California's lack of "cold" weather again. This morning, I am especially grateful to be where there is no snow on the ground. I am disappointed in how badly my garden and plants got fried by what cold weather we have had these last few weeks.<< MORE >>
5th, First Adventure – First Week
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I'm probably the only person in the SF Bay Area that's on the computer instead of in front of the TV. The San Francisco 49ers are aiming for a playoff spot right this very moment.
Happy Friday! I'm headed out for a walk on a local pathway, but before I go I wanted to share a link with you to one of my Pinterest
This one reflects the journey of a DIY project I decided to tackle. I have always just hated the look of the bathroom tile.When I came across an article that spoke of painting over ceramic tile in one weekend and for less than $200 sprucing up the whole bathroom, I jumped in with both feet.