Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me. Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night. I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many. The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream. Notes for flaming strawberries:Any alcohol below 80 proof will not ignite well. Shaina made a margarita version of this on Babble Food. Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Yield: About 20 cupcakes [click to print]Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Quotes: Wise quotes Some wise and funny quotes from famous and anonymous people. 1. Advertising modern art 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. Cheese Pinwheel Rolls Sooner or later, all my conversations inevitably turn to food. Don’t believe me? Call me up sometime and try to, say, sell me some insurance. Perfect example: I was in a meeting a few weeks ago at the office. What was the best way to make them? Ah, the Frankenroll This recipe borrows heavily from two fairly unrelated things. To make these rolls, spread pizza dough liberally with melted butter, sprinkle it with cheese and spices, roll it up like a stromboli—then slice and bake like a pan of cinnamon buns. The result? Fill them however you like The best part about these rolls? This is what I always refer to as a Sliding-Scale Recipe. You can toss it together with a ball of pre-made dough and a bag of shredded cheese from the grocery store—or you can go all out and make the dough from scratch and grate your favorite cheeses by hand. I like to throw these rolls together on a weeknight. So, this one’s for you, Scott. Cheese Pinwheel Rolls Makes about a dozen rolls Roll out the pizza dough
50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. The books we chose required some hard choices. We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 45.
Don’t Mind Your Language… Language. Language, language, language. In the end it all comes down to language. I write to you today on this subject as a way of welcoming you to www.stephenfry.com 2.0 and because, well, it’s a subject worth thinking about at any time and because fewer things interest me quite so much. Image: Nicole Stewart for SamFry There are so many questions and issues jostling, tumbling and colliding in my mind that I can barely list them. “Language is the universal whore that I must make into a virgin,” wrote Karl Kraus or somebody so like him that it makes no odds. I suppose we should remind ourselves of the old distinction made by the structuralists and structural linguists. The two for consideration however as those once fashionable Frenchies designated them are Langue, language as an idea, and parole, language as utterance. I’ve used this analogy before, but I’ll use it again. I’m veering all over the shop. For me, it is a cause of some upset that more Anglophones don’t enjoy language.
madebyfrances 30 Funny Illustrations about Simple Truths of Life While surfing Internet the I came across the blog of Alex Noriega an illustrator from Barcelona, he has some interesting life lessons that our parents and teachers may have forgotten to tell us and he presented them in the form of some really funny illustrations. In this post I am posting 30 Funny Illustrations about Simple Truths of Life that I have picked from his blog. Hope you all will enjoy this post. Duh-Licious: Bailey's Chocolate Pudding -- No Kids Allowed Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding — No Kids Allowed Posted on 23 February 2010 by Mădălina At first glance, this looks like a cup of dark chocolate hot cocoa, but take a closer look and you’ll find the ultimate after-dinner-dessert. I added Baileys Irish Cream, and used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk-chocolate, and feel free to splurge on the more expensive chocolate. Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Pudding Cups — NO Kids Allowed Ingredients: (makes 6 – half cup servings) 6 oz. – semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. used for topping; splurge for the higher quality chocolate) 4 oz. – Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor 1/3 – cup golden syrup 2 1/2 – cups warm milk 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp – corn starch 2 – egg yolks, whisked 1 – tsp pure vanilla extract 1 – tbsp butter garnish (optional) – marshmallows, chocolate chips, whip-cream, walnuts, ice cream, etc. Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Stir the remaining egg-Baileys-vanilla mixture into the hot pudding. 5. Garnish, and serve. Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding [serves 6] Ingredients: garnish 3. 5.
Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech -- Society's Child © The Daily MailThe 2010 Graduating Class of Coxsackie-Athens High School. Here I stand There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? I am now accomplishing that goal. John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, "We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness - curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. H. So, here I stand.
Pragmatics First published Tue Nov 28, 2006; substantive revision Mon Mar 21, 2011 These lines — also attributed to H. L. Mencken and Carl Jung — may or may not be fair to diplomats, but are surely correct in reminding us that more is involved in what one communicates than what one literally says; more is involved in what one means than the standard, conventional meaning of the words one uses. 1. Pragmatics deals with utterances, by which we will mean specific events, the intentional acts of speakers at times and places, typically involving language. Different theorists have focused on different properties of utterances. Near-side pragmatics includes, but is not limited to resolution of ambiguity and vagueness, the reference of proper names, indexicals and demonstratives, and anaphors, and at least some issues involving presupposition. We can divide these facts into several categories. Far-side pragmatics deals with what we do with language, beyond what we (literally) say. 2. The maxims
chinese dumplings and potsticker recipe Recipe: chinese dumplings and potstickers [warning: a long post] Do you know what that one recipe was that started you on your cooking passion? I have cooked since I was a kid, but I didn’t get serious until I was a sophomore in college and I felt this cultural obligation to make dumplings from scratch to celebrate the Chinese New Year. for the pork filling I posted Making Chinese Dumplings with Jen on my website several years ago (it now lives here). there is an ungodly amount of chopping involved First off, the process for making the dumplings and the potstickers is the same until you actually cook them. adding some sesame oil, soy sauce, and cornstarch to the mix The biggest time sink in making dumplings (for me, anyway) is chopping everything into a mince. pork filling is ready I used to have dumplings every Sunday night as a kid – and without all the work! shrimp dumplings require… shrimp! peel and devein in the mix: ground pork, green onions, shrimp, water chestnuts, ginger root good dog
Earth Day Quotes, World Environment Day Sayings Related Quotes Environment Helping Arbor Day Car-Free Nature Every day is Earth Day. ~Author Unknown I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. I'm not an environmentalist. Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
Man Built a Sanctuary for Homeless Cats Caboodle Ranch Cat Shelter for Homeless Cats Craig Grant bought a tree farm far away from the city and turned it into a sanctuary for all the cats he has rescued. He lives there with the cats and provides lots of love, care and companionship. It’s hard to imagine that once he was not a cat lover and did not want cats until he met his son’s cat Pepper. He also got to experience what it is like raising a litter of kittens. “Over that time I learned that every cat had its own unique personality and it wasn’t long before the kittens were swinging from my curtains. “Cats should be able to roam free, and at Caboodle Ranch, that’s what they do.” Craig has built many beautiful cat houses and decorated the place with vibrant colors and tons of liveliness.