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Strawberry Shortcake Cream on Top!

I said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m OBSESSED with cake! But often times I find that my funds are low so on many occasions I have to bypass the spots where I can get my cake fix. When I’m really going through withdrawal and my addiction gets the best of me, I do what I gotta do. That means I head to the kitchen, cookbook in hand, and I raid the cabinets for ingredients that can be combined into something that will suffice.

Claude DeLucca served as my savior in my latest breakdown. Her book 68 Original and Authentic Desserts and Recipes served as my scripture. There was nothing I needed more than 68 options for dessert. However, I must admit, I feel like DeLucca should’ve incorporated the word “pudding” into her cookbook title because about half of the recipes are pudding recipes. Pudding is great but I’m no Bill Cosby when it comes to it. I’m more of a pastry girl so I found the recipes for “Maria’s Strawberry Shortcake” much more feasible for my purpose.

The recipe was short and sweet, just how I like it. It called for:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lard
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

*Butter or shortening can be used as a substitute for lard.

Bake ten or fifteen minutes in a good hot oven. Split and fill with mashed and sweetened berries. Cover with whipped cream and garnish with whole berries.

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Voila! Sweet tooth satisfaction!

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Desserts, Spring Treats, Sweetness

 

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Cupcakes– My Addiction

Cupcakes-- My Addiction

I was running around SoHo today after work and I stumbled across Georgetown Cupcakes. I had no idea that they had an NYC location! Anyway, it was only right for me to try one since I’ve watched the show all watery mouthed. It was AMAZING!! I’ll be back soon.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Cupcakes, Desserts, Spring Treats, Sweetness

 

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The Dinner Table

The Dinner Table

Date night with the Mister. We went to P.F. Chang’s for the first time after walking past it only about a million times to eat at The Cheesecake Factory next door. Smh we’ve been missing out!

 
 

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The Dangers of Being Addicted to Food

I’m not a health guru, calorie counter, or constant dieter but I do know a little something about the difference between eating right and eating wrong. As of lately, I have been inexcusably careless, possibly even reckless with my choices in food consumption. However, yesterday took the cake. The day started off as usual: a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a banana. Innocent enough. But it was downhill from there. I won’t make excuses or point any fingers, instead I’ll just lay my shame on the table. Lunch consisted of  a cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a hotdog; midday snack was a Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie from Jamba Juice and dinner was a Cinnabon.

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I really should have done better, especially considering the fact that I had just finished reading James Erlichman’s, Addicted to Food: Understanding the Obesity Epidemic earlier that morning. The truth is, I have very little discipline when it comes to food. I see it, I want it, I get it. Luckily, I am blessed enough to not have a weight issue, however, I am not immune to getting diabetes or even heart disease. Indulgence every now and again is fine, but overindulgence, or gluttony, is indeed dangerous. One of Erlichman’s objectives is to warn people like myself as well as those who are obese of the dangers of food addiction. He writes:

In the past 30 years food has quite literally, become our fourth substance addiction, easily outpacing the three more traditional vices [tobacco, drugs, and alcohol] in capturing new and vulnerable addicts.  Food is killing people across the globe, with no sign of this ‘obesity epidemic’ slowing down, much less coming to an end.

Scary isn’t it? It may sound a bit overly dramatic at first, but if you really think about it, Erlichman is right.

ImageSo in an attempt to redeem myself from this week’s gluttony. I’ve prepared something I generally don’t bother with.. a salad. This recipe I devised on my own. I combined:

  • mixed greens 
  • baby spinach
  • dried cranberries
  • sliced strawberries
  • feta cheese
  • sliced almonds
  • croutons
  • balsamic vinaigrette dressing

And with that, I feel a slight sense of equilibrium between eating good and bad.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Healthy Foods, Salad

 

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