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Save That Cake!

How to Save That Cake!
Saving cakes from overcooking or even burning isn’t too difficult. As in the video, sometimes it’s a simple matter of adding a little bit of liquid to the cake. In the show I use Raspberry Liquor, however there’s a whole slew of liquors or even other liquids you can use to juice the cake:
Banana Liquor
Cherry Liquor
Kahlua/Coffee Liquor
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Grand Marnier
Vanilla Liquor
Espresso
Sugar Water/Syrup
Flavored Syrups
If you’ve burnt the cake– cut off the burnt parts and see what other directions you can take with what’s left:
– Cut the remains into fun shapes and top with ice cream and hot fudge
– Layer it with pie filling or pudding
– Mix with pie filling and serve hot over ice cream
Just let your imagination take over– I mean you’ve burnt the cake, what else is there to lose?!

Poppy Seed Dressing

Now that spinach is back on the shelves, may I suggest a good dressing to go with?
Poppy Seed Dressing:
2 Tbl Minced Onion
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Dry Mustard
1 tsp Salt
1/3 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Tbl Poppy Seeds
In a mixing bowl add vinegar, onion, sugar, mustard, salt, poppy seeds, and vegetable oil. Whisk together or blend with a stick blender. Or just do it all in a blender– up to you.

Caipirinhas

Caipirinha– “Kai-pih-reen-yah.” It’s a mouthfull– fortunately a very good mouthfull. This Brazillian beverage is a nice, simple, summer cocktail to enjoy on the remaining days of summer.
The recipe:
1/2 Lime, cut into chunks.
2-3 tsp sugar
1 oz. of Cachaca (Kah-sha-sah)– if you can’t get cachaca, use vodka.
Sparkling water.
Crush the limes (skins and all) and sugar together in a tumbler. Add the shot of cachaca. Add ice. Top with sparkling water. Give it a little stir.
And please– Drink responsibly.

Hot Pesto Dippin’ Stuff

Great for dipping Italian breads. Fast to make. Garlicky, salty. Bring on the Chianti.

The recipe:
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp basil
1 tsp kosher salt
3-4 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat the olive oil in a small/medium frying pan over medium heat. Toss in the garlic. Let it simmer for a few seconds. Add the salt and basil. Stir and simmer until the garlic shows a hint of browning. This will all happen pretty quick. Take it off the heat and pour it in a plate. Let it cool a little, but serve it hot. Sop it up with bread.