I hate it when people ask this question because I’m as observant as a blind squirrel. And just in case you’re like me, let me just tell you, there’s something different around here. No, not a haircut. No, these are the same jeans I wear almost everyday. No! I did not get Botox…what are you saying? Jeez.
It’s just that Blog con Queso has lost some weight in 2007. There have been no recipes. This wasn’t planned, it’s just happened.
So we’re making up for lost time. And we’re giving some calories away. Keep reading.
Janey the Great emailed me yesterday raving about the merriest little bakery around. And when Janey raves, I listen. And then when NPR raves about the same bakery in a serious, hushed tone, I laugh. Both of these things happened.
Introducing the ShoeBox Oven, a boutique bakery in Alexandria, Virginia. I emailed Krishna, the adventurous baker, and she said their Web site is currently the main “storefront” of the bake-to-order delivery/pickup/mail order bakery. I love this, because (1) the Web site is wonderful with lots of beautiful photos, (2) Krishna created this entire concept with sugar, flour, imagination, talent and energy, and (3) even though I don’t live in VA, I can still enjoy the deliciousness. So, this very morning, I’m ordering up a few things for my poor coworkers.
Janey also said their cakes are fantastic. And here’s a preview recipe for you. Courtesy of the ShoeBox Bakery and the golf tones of NPR.
Makes 9 to 12 servings
16 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cacao)
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1 cup champagne
Champagne glaze (below)
2 cups champagne
1 cup sugar
So three cheers to Krishna for combining two of my personal favorite things in one fun treat. Yuh to the um.
Krishna also mentioned that she digs the idea of personal spaces. You guys had some phenominal ideas on that. I’m still in the planning phases of mine over here, but I’ll keep you posted as things progress.
And finally, if you’re ready to give Weight Watchers the bird, I mean the break it deserves, just leave a comment. The Hurricane will again pick a winner, who will receive some super delicious champagne chocolate from ShoeBox Oven. The contest will be open until midnight CST, Friday night. And the winner will be announced on Monday.
I really hope you win.