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Dacquoise with Cream and Berries #TheCakeSliceBakers

I am finally, finally jumping in to The Cake Slice Bakers events five months in to 2022. This year, the group is baking through Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More by Zoë Francois. I haven't participated at all this year; I bought the book in late 2021, tested a few recipes for the holidays, and promptly misplaced the book. For. More. Than. Four. Months. So, it was serendipitous that I found my book just in time for the May edition of #TheCakeSliceBakers! I looked at the three recipes that were chosen and knew exactly which one I wanted to serve for my forty-ninth birthday party. Are you the kind of person who likes to be spoiled on your birthday? Or are you, like me, the kind of person who bakes her own cake?!!?  Before I get down to the recipe, I'll recap what the group is all about since I haven't posted with them for all of 2022. In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose
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Marbled Smoked Salmon-Topped Deviled Eggs #FishFridayFoodies

It's time for the May Fish Friday Foodies' 2022  event. W e are a group of seafood-loving bloggers, rallied by Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm , to   share fish and seafood recipes on the third Friday of the month. This month I am hosting and told the group: " Let's make some diminutive seafood bites. Amuse-bouche are single, bite-sized hors d'œuvres. Get creative with a seafood-based amuse-bouche."  Here's the line-up... A Day in the Life on the Farm: Smoked Salmon Rolls Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Marbled Smoked Salmon-Topped Deviled Eggs Food Lust People Love: Baked Crawfish Rangoon Karen’s Kitchen Stories: Shrimp Cocktail Cucumber Cups Of Goats and Greens: Steamed Scallop Wontons Palatable Pastime: Kung Pao Shrimp Lettuce Wraps Sneha’s Recipe: Pudina/Minty Shrimp Skewers Marbled Smoked Salmon-Topped Deviled Eggs   One of my very favorite small bites to make: deviled eggs. They are easy, flexible, and the perfect bite or two to star

Buttermilk Shortcakes with Macerated Berries #SundayFunday

  Today the Sunday Funday group is sharing shortcake recipes. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group.  And, for this event, Sue is hosting. We are sharing shortcake recipes! Here's the line-up of our creations from the #SundayFunday bloggers... Buttermilk Shortcakes with Macerated Berries from Culinary Adventures with Camilla Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes from Palatable Pastime Eggless Jam Shortcake Swirls from Sneha's Recipe Leftover Lemon Loaf Mixed Berry Shortcake from A Day in the Life on the Farm Mini Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits from Karen's Kitchen Stories Strawberry Lemon Shortcake from Mayuri's Jikoni Strawberry Shortcake with Sweet Biscuits from Amy's Cooking Adventures This was the dessert I made for myself to end my Mothers' Day feasting. It's the perfect balance

İyi ki doğdun! Turkish Meze, Ekşili Balık, and Donkey & Goat's 2021 Sparkling Grüner & Chard Pét-Nat #WinePW

Today the Wine Pairing Weekend writers are talking about Slow Wine. Gwendolyn of Wine Predator...Gwendolyn Alley is hosting; you can read her invitation . Last month, the Italian Food Wine Travel group looked at Italian Slow Wine. This month, we turn our eyes towards Slow Wine in the United States.  And, as a fantastic bonus, Gwendolyn arranged a Zoom meeting for us with the senior editor of the guide,  Pam Strayer. It was nice to see familiar names in the editorial masthead, including Nicole Ruiz Hudson of Somm's Table , I've known Nicole for years through our wine blogging groups, but I finally met her face to face in 2019 at a Prosecco Superiore lunch in San Francisco. And the presenter from that event is also one of the Slow Wine Guide editors - Iris Rowlee. The wine circles collide! But we are talking about Slow Wine... If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join our live chat on Twitter on Saturday, May 14th at 8am Pacific time. Follow the hashtag #WinePW and

Ekşili Balık – A Lemony Turkish Fish Stew Recipe #EattheWorld

  Welcome to the May 2022 event of  our #EattheWorld project, being spearheaded by Evelyne of  CulturEatz . Here's  her challenge .  This month, we are sharing Turkish recipes, here's the #EattheWorld line-up... Magical Ingredients: Kumpir - Turkish Style Baked Potatoes   Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Turkish Simit Bread  A Day in the Life on the Farm: Pide Ekmek   Pandemonium Noshery: Sahanda Pirzola - Turkish Lamb and Tomatoe s  Sneha’s Recipe: Keto Turkish Menemen - Scrambled Eggs In Tomato Sauce  Kitchen Frau: Çilbir (Turkish Eggs in Garlic Yogurt)  Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Ekşili Balık – A Lemony Turkish Fish Stew Recipe Other Turkish Recipes I have made some Turkish dishes before, including  Soganli Tavuk Yahnisi (Turkish Chicken Stew) ,  Muhallebi , and Turkish Bazlama, photographed above, a delicious flatbread for which I never posted a recipe. Soon! But for this event, I wanted to make a main dish...and I served this on my birthday. Ekşili Balık A Lemony Turkish

Limoncello, Homemade Lemon Liqueur

Limoncello is one of those sips that instantly transports you back to where you first tasted it. In my case: sitting on the beach on the Amalfi coast with Jake during a three week trip to Italy just before we got pregnant with R. It reminds me of sunshine, sand, and a carefree time in our lives. Each time I make it, it's a delicious remembrance that one of these days we'll be kidfree and carefree again. Sooner than we think, actually. Well, maybe not the carefree part - that's a luxury of the young and  naïve - but both of our boys will be launched at the end of the summer. And I will certainly lift a glass in celebration that we did it: We raised two boys who have grown up to be good young men who will make the world a better place! But this is about limoncello... This particular batch was inspired by a lemon event at a local organic farm where we tasted three kinds of limoncello - one regular, one limoncello cream, and one with lavender. I picked a ton of lemons at the fa

Oil-Cured Fromage Blanc-Stuffed Nasturtium Leaves #SundayFunday

  Today the Sunday Funday group is sharing creative lasagna recipes. Thanks to Stacy of  Food Lust People Love , Sue of  Palatable Pastime , Rebekah of  Making Miracles , and Wendy of  A Day in the Life on the Farm  for coordinating this low-stress group.  And, for this event, Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures is hosting. We are celebrating mothers! Here's the line-up of our Mothers' Day dishes from the #SundayFunday bloggers... Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Brownie Bottomed Raspberry Cheesecake A Day in the Life on the Farm: Molettes de Jamon y Frijole Food Lust People Love: Fresh Peach Cream Pie Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Oil-Cured Fromage Blanc-Stuffed Nasturtium Leaves Sneha’s Recipe: Churros French Toast Making Miracles: Apple Cinnamon Rolls Mayuri’s Jikoni: Thepla - Gujarati Flatbread Cook with Renu: Avocado Stuffed Celery Sticks (Oil-Free) Oil-Cured Fromage Blanc-Stuffed Nasturtium Leaves A couple of Springs ago, my friend and culinary maven Jenn Erickson