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Puppy Love

 

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HE IS YOUR FRIEND, YOUR PARTNER, YOUR DEFENDER, YOUR DOG. YOU ARE HIS LIFE, HIS LOVE, HIS LEADER. HE WILL BE YOURS, FAITHFUL AND TRUE, TO THE LAST BEAT OF HIS HEART. YOU OWE IT TO HIM TO BE WORTHY OF SUCH DEVOTION.

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June 5, 2014 - 11:41 pm

Dawn White - Love, love, love this! Wonderful new blog, can’t wait to read more Cake & Cottage.

The Gold Finch

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I’m a huge Donna Tartt fan; I pretty much think she’s a literary genius. She’s like the Meryl Streep of writers. As a master storyteller, it usually takes Tartt ten years to craft one of her novels. Her latest book comes in at almost 800 pages so it’s not for your casual, wine sipping book clubber. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I love wine.

A tragic accident at the Metropolitan Museum leaves Theo, a thirteen-year-old boy, motherless and adrift in the world. As he moves through his new life without her, an infamous painting entitled The Gold Finch, becomes the one reminder of his beloved mom. The book follows Theo from prep school to adulthood to the dark alleys of the underbelly of the art world. Along the way, you become thoroughly immersed into the lives of a vibrant cast of characters. Hobie, the elderly antiques dealer and father figure, Boris the likable Russian derelict, and sweet red headed Pippa, his first love, are all standouts. Curiosity keeps you reading as the story unravels at Tartt’s own pace. Will Pippa and Theo reconnect? Can he keep his secret safe from the world or will he be exposed?

I adored this novel—the story, the characters, the tiny gold finch—they stay with you long after you’re done reading. Then again, I guess that’s what good books do. Don’t take my word for it, though. The Gold Finch recently won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and Donna Tartt was featured in the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People for 2014.

June 6, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Pooky Hall - I loved this book, too! What a great recommendation.

Lemon Layer Cake–so smitten!

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Armed with a Saveur magazine featuring Southern layer cakes and my will to succeed, I attempted baking my first layer cake from scratch. I felt all “farm-to-table” fetching my own fruit from my backyard lemon tree.

Kitchen Notes:

  • I messed up on halving the two layers into four (definitely not even Steven). Using a long serrated knife to half each cake layer should help.
  • I may or may not have dipped into the frosting a little too much, leaving not enough to fully coat the outside of the cake. Of course, you could add more frosting in between the layers and on top leaving the sides unfinished—baker’s discretion.

In spite of my amateur baker moves, the lemon curd butter cream frosting was perfectly sweet and lemony at the same time. The cake was light and airy with a lovely flavor. If you keep your mitts out of the frosting bowl, you should have enough to properly coat the outside of the cake. Of course, you could add more frosting in between the layers and on top leaving the sides unfinished–baker’s discretion.

Verdict: A solidly good lemon layer cake!

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P.S. Please disregard the first couple of reviews of this recipe on Saveur’s site. I’m not sure if the reviewers were not wearing their contacts when reading the recipe or just grouchy, but I didn’t have any of their issues.

June 6, 2014 - 9:06 pm

admin - Cake was delicious! Thank you for the kind words. Please keep reading!

June 4, 2014 - 6:15 pm

alicia Schumacher - Enjoyed all entries, but especially the informative review of “The Goldfinch” since I’ve been looking for a good “start of summer read”–going to get it today! Thank you– I’ll continue to follow your blog for inspiration and tips!

May 29, 2014 - 10:42 pm

maillot PSG 2014 - This is one awesome blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

May 12, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Caroline - I am so excited to make a delicious cake like this at my home! I love lemon and baking! Your blog is so cute and I am so excited to explore it once you have more posts up! How was the cake that you made?

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