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A young and slightly ignorant woman who has always loved baking and cooking, I want to make people happy with food as often as I can. I'm here to whisk away and explore!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cupcake Craze: Orange Dream

I set out to make two kinds of cupcakes for a family who came to dinner on Sunday. (They were VERY nice company. They laughed a lot and weren't scared to actually make real interesting conversation despite the fact we had just met.) Orange Dream and Key Lime. Key Limes are their own kind of animal, so this is all about my orange concoctions. I'm pretty excited because they turned out great! And I created the recipe on my own. The cupcake itself tasted like an Orange Creamsicle, but filled with Orange Marmelade and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and candied orange peel, they were better. Our company (one of whom is a self confessed food snob) really liked them. :) That's the best part of baking- when people get happy from eating it. And for extra fun I'm posting my recipe for Candied Orange Peels. They are super tasty and fun to make. (Who am I kidding, everything is fun to make!) Plus they make the kitchen smell like that old fashioned orange peel potpourri that Christmas Fairs sometimes smell like.

Candied Orange Peels
Peel an orange with a vegetable peeler and put the peels in a pan of cold water. Heat the pan until the water is boiling. Let them boil for about 3 minutes. (The orange water smells great and you can save it for linen spray to keep your towels and sheets smelling orange and fresh)  Drain quickly and place in cold water. When the peels are cool enough to touch, drain them and pat them dry on paper towels. The next part is probably the most extensive part. Take a knife and scrape/slice off the white part that is normally closest to the fruit. Make sure you get all of it off. If you leave the slightest part on, the candy will be bitter. After they are all scraped, cut the peel into the shapes you want your candies to be. I usually cut them into thin strips so they look nice on a cupcake. You can cut them into fun shapes with kitchen scissors too, if you want. In the same pan you boiled the peels in before, mix 1/4 cup of water with 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is boiling. Add the peels to the syrup and boil them until they become transluscent. Then spoon them out of the syrup and roll in sugar. Place them on paper towels to dry. You can then use them to top cupcakes, cookies, muffins, or just to eat on their own.

Key Lime...

EDIT: I have put up more photos of the finished cupcake! They are mini cupcakes however, so the size of them is smaller. 

I have very few pictures of my Key Lime experience, unfortunately. My photographer was there during the baking process, but she was unable to take pictures of the actual finished cupcakes... All is well. I can always make them again and update my posts with more photos later! ;) I'll probably have to make them again anyway. I frosted them with cream cheese frosting because I had some left over...but that was a weird citrus combination. Next time vanilla butter cream will be better, I think. Cream cheese is great but as with all recipes, it can't be used in everything.

 The finished product! :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ready. Set. CATER!

I promised myself I wouldn't post anything on here unless I had pictures. Alas! I have broken my oath...but it isn't that bad because I take this time to announce something very exciting.
I am going to CATER AN EVENT!!! For 100 people! It's a double graduation party and I am super excited. The people graduating and their family are so nice and fun to be around. I can hardly wait to make the menus and food.

Ok. Next time I PROMISE there will be pictures. Promise promise.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Impromptu Delicious

I (being human) love pasta.
The other day my sister had some friends over between the bewitching hours of noon and 2pm. This is a good time to be over at the Lango house because that means I can cook you lunch! Here is the best lunch type invention I created on Friday:

Impromptu Delicious Pasta
Some Pasta
Half a can of diced tomatoes
Finely chopped chives
Finely chopped parsley
Onion Powder
Clove of Garlic

Cook the pasta, drain it. Throw in some butter, let it melt. (mmmm) Throw in the rest of the ingredients mix it up and eat it! See how beautifully simple it is? It is impromptu, delicious, and awesome. If you omit the butter in order to b artery conscious, you can even refrigerate it and eat it cold. BOOYAH! You can even throw some black olives in there, that would be great too.
The highschoolers liked it. Even after the claimed they "weren't hungry" they ate the whole pot of it. (This is because it is impossible to refuse a dish with pasta and butter in it. It's scientifically proven.)