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Friday’s Favorites: Sweet as honey

This week I am going back to the old Friday’s Favorites format. It will remain an Etsy treasury feature.

So, on to Friday’s Favorites. This week is all about honey! Etsy features some great handmade (bee made in this case) honey items perfect for use as party and or wedding favors. Having a Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower? How about giving out little jars of honey? A beautiful bar of oatmeal and honey soap is perfect for a spa party. Looking for sweet treats to add to your candy or sweets buffet? Honey based candies and truffles are sure to be enjoyed by your guests.

I hope you enjoy the treasury and take a gander at what Etsy has to offer.

‘Sweet as Honey: Favors’ by ravengrrl


Custom Wedding Honey Jar Fav…

$3.50

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Goat…

$4.00

Honey Bourbon Blackberry Jam…

$8.95

Double flavor bite size drop…

$12.00

Apples and Honey Cake Truffl…

$29.00

Honey Pennants – 100 Favors …

$75.00

8 oz. Torch Illumination Hon…

$9.00

Chocolate Covered Sunflower …

$159.00

Cupcake Bath Bomb -Honey Coc…

$8.00

Gourmet Popcorn – Honey Must…

$4.00

All Natural — Hand Poured -…

$3.00

Rich Dark Chocolate Organic …

$12.50

Honey Wheat Chocolate Dipped…

$11.50

Bee Pollen Gourmet 1oz. Samp…

$4.95

Lavender Honey Caramel 1/2 p…

$11.50

Honey Almond Dead Sea Salt …

$5.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Tips or Trends Tuesday: Watch it wiggle…Gelatin Shots

As you may already know, the notion of a signature drink for your event or wedding is now an event staple. Bartenders, caterers, and event folk are beginning to usher in a new signature drink trend: gelatin shots. Now, before your brain tries to convince you that jello shots are reserved for frat parties and the weekend kegger, allow me to introduce you to the world of gourmet gelatin shots aka the drink you eat.

- image from Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

These gourmet jello shots have made their way via top notch bars and restaurants seeking to provide their patrons with a fun, yet beautiful and tasty drink experience. With drinks such as Lychee Saketini, Elder Flower Mojito, and Blackberry Cosmo, your guests will be provided with a unique drink in a form that combines top shelf alcohol with a bit of childhood nostalgia. Check out Jelly Shot Test Kitchen for more recipes and pics. Here are some recipes that correspond to the pics below. Enjoy!

(Left to right, top to bottom)
Recipes:
Blackberry: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/case-study-eat-this-drink/
Strawberry: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/case-study-eat-this-drink/
Midori: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/case-study-eat-this-drink/
Sangria: http://www.marthastewart.com/333079/dessert-wine-gelees-with-citrus-fruit
Birthday Cake: http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/2011/08/so-they-say-its-my-birthday.html#
Butterbeer: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/butterbeer-jelly-shots-recipe/1/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=recipe-embed
Lychee: http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/2011/06/lychee-martini-jelly-shot.html
Pineapple: http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/2010/10/pineapple-brandy-fix.html
Champagne: http://jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com/2010/09/end-of-summer-jelly-shots-french-75.html#

Lovely Jello Shots

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Trend: Savory Cupcakes

With the passing of cupcakes as a trend in to a wedding and event tradition comes the little brother of the sweet cupcake in to the world of wedding and event trends: the savory cupcake.

Imagine if you will a cocktail buffet full of lovely cupcakes stands filled with little culinary wonders such as the ones pictured below.

Or consider a flight of savory cupcakes to wow your guests.

Check out Etsy for cupcake related items sure to rescue your savory cupcakes from the realm of the ordinary.

‘The mighty cupcake!’ by ravengrrl

A treasury for a piece on savory cupcakes.


Assorted Stripe Cupcake Line…

$5.75

Pink Raspberry Twirl Cupcake…

$3.75

Love Birds Cupcake Wrappers …

$9.50

Violet Cupcake Liners (50 li…

$3.50

Green Train Cupcake Wrappers…

$7.20

Hello Kitty Cupcake wrappers

$10.00

30 Assorted Red Square Bakin…

$8.50

Cupcake Wrappers – Miami Bea…

$6.15

Bookworm Cupcake Toppers

$12.00

Edible Butterflies – Small A…

$9.95

Ninja Karate Cupcake Toppers

$28.00

Fashion Diva edible cupcake …

$9.95

Retro Record Dessert 3 Tier …

$18.00

Large Tiered Simplistic Eleg…

$189.95

Rustic 3 tiered custom wood …

$125.00

Shabby Chic Wedding, Vintage…

$195.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Here are nine great little savory cupcake recipes for your wedding or event (from top to bottom and left to right in the inspiration board that follows:
Recipes from top to bottom and left to right:
The Ultimate Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes: http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2010/04/28/the-ultimate-bacon-chocolate-cupcakes/
Salmon Cupcakes: http://threemanycooks.com/recipes/nibbles-and-drinks/salmon-cupcakes/
Bacon and Egg Cups: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=2
Mini Pepperjack Savory Cups with Pesto Swirl<a href=": http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=7″&gt;: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/kids-cooking/savory-cupcakes-recipe-cup-appetizer-party/?page=7
Spicy Cornbread Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/07/11/spicy-cornbread-chocolate-chunk-cupcakes-with-chocolate-ganache/
Savory Cupcakes Italian Style: http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/food-drink/Wayne-Johnson-Prepares-Savory-Cupcakes-Italian-Style.html
BBQ Baked Salmon Cupcakes: http://www.whatrunslori.com/2011/02/the-cupcake-series-bbq-baked-salmon-cupcakes/
Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion Cupcakes: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/07/savory-cupcakes-fig-goat-cheese-and.html
Macaroni & Cheese Cupcakes: http://carpecupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/07/recipe-of-week-macaroni-cheese-cupcakes.html

Savory Cupcakes

Monday’s Findings: Das Meyer aka Best Cake EVER

The blog has now returned to its regularly scheduled programming.

So, yesterday my fiancee and I went to a really great bridal show at the Lionsgate Event Center in Lafayette, CO. It was quite possibly the best bridal show I’ve been to in a really long time, especially if you are a foodie such as myself. I think there were eight or so caterers (on a side note, my fiancee loves my favorite caterer…so, that’s a big check off my list) and each and every one had a lot to offer.

In addition to the fabulous catering, there were some really great bakeries as well and that brings me to this week’s Monday’s Finding: Das Meyer. Of the four or five cake makers/artists there this was one I haven’t tried and OMG my life has been changed. I am a total frosting nut. For me, cake is a vehicle for frosting and I am extremely picky, especially when it comes to buttercream. FYI- buttercream frosting should be made with BUTTER! I have recently come across places trying to cheap out and make their “buttercream” with shortening…um, EW! I don’t want to feel like I have an oil slick in my mouth after eating your cake and if I do, you can guarantee that I’m not going to pass your info on to a client. Okay, I shall step off of my buttercream soap box now.

Anyhoo, one bite in to their signature Orange Blossom cake and I swear I was magically transported to cake heaven and I heard the angels signing and then became all warm and lit up inside. This was some seriously quality cake and as amazing as the cake was, the buttercream was like a private song from the archangel. It melted in my mouth with no greasy film left, the flavor was saturated, and best of all, not too sweet.

So, in talking with the baker’s (Dennis Meyer) wife, the reason why her husband’s buttercream is so amazing is that he gets cream delivered in 5 gallon containers and he makes his own butter. In addition to making his own butter, the frosting is made up of 30% butter. Seriously, the heaven thing…yep. that will be making an appearance at my own wedding.

According to the bakery’s website, “We have been awarded the prestigious “Best of Wedding Cakes” by The Knot in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Our wedding cakes have also been featured in Colorado Expressions, 5280, Confetti, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. The owner, Dennis D. Meyer, has been baking since 1965 and is renowned as a Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Master Baker, and is also a member of the American Academy of Chefs. Dennis was named “Chef of the Year” in 1987. He has won numerous gold medals in culinary competitions, including “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show.” Das Meyer Fine Pastry Chalet has designed cakes and pastries for governors, senators, representatives, international dignitaries, presidents, local celebrities and professional athletic teams. In 2006 he was inducted into the Colorado Chefs Hall of Fame.” – http://www.dasmeyerpastry.com/recognition.html

Not only was Das Meyer’s cake delicious, but it was the best cake I have ever had (I’ve eaten a lot of cake in my time) and the cakes were beautiful too. Very skilled with regard to piping and the ability to make the buttercream surface so smooth that I initially thought they were fondant.

Needless to say, Das Meyer gets a huge thumbs up from me. I highly recommend that you not only peruse their website, but also consider them for your wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah, etc.

To learn more about Dennis Meyer and his amazing cakes, please visit the bakery’s website by following this link: http://www.dasmeyerpastry.com/index.html or any of the highlighted links above.

Friday’s Favorites: Unusual Sweets

Sweets tables and candy bars are fast becoming party, event and wedding staples rather than a trend. Typically, the sweets are coordinated with the color or them of the event or are family favorites. Are you are looking for something out of the ordinary for your event’s sweets table or candy bar? Here are some of my favorite unusual sweets as well as where you can get them:

Top row (l to r):
Sprinkles Cakeshooters: http://www.cakeshooters.com/index.php
Burfi: http://www.sulemanmithaiwala.com/five-star-milk-burfi.html
Stuffed Marshmallows: https://www.gud-fud.com/Store/index.php

Middle row (l to r):
Carrot Cake Cocoa Butter Caramels: http://amellacaramels.foodoro.com/products/carrot-cake-cocoa-butter-caramels
Sherbet Fountain: http://www.shinyshack.com/product.php?prid=213284&pn=Sherbet-Fountain—Pack-of-3
Candied Bacon: pic from: http://bonappetitblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/img_1377.jpg, recipe: http://www.rookie-cookie.com/2009/05/candied-bacon.html, order unusual candied bacon confections: http://www.thestickypig.com/

Bottom row (l to r):
Red Fire Chocolate Tortilla Chips: http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/red_fire_tortillas/chillies_and_chocolate
Filipino Puto (rice buns): pic from: http://www.philrice.net/filipino-words-for-rice/, recipe: http://philippinesfoodrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/10/puto-puto-recipe.html
Rose Infused Aphrodite Brownies: http://www.buttersbrownies.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-flavors&product_id=55&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=61

Valentine’s Day: Weird Heart Shaped Food

This is a post on the sillier side of Valentines Day. I think we all know someone who is SO rabid about Valentine’s Day that everything they serve either to their loved ones on this day must be in the shape of a heart. To them I salute you and provide you with nine more things to make in the shape of a heart…check out the heart shaped meatloaf (with props for using delicious bacon as a garnish) and that scary looking steak (yikes!).