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Sweet Winter Reading: On My Bookshelf

29 Nov

I’m not letting Monday’s 66-degree weather fool me, Massachusetts. You may be all smiles now, but December is almost upon us. The colder it gets, the more likely you will be to find me indoors, snuggling with a book, a DVD, a hot chocolate or a glass red wine (maybe even all four at a time). To that end, here is my round-up of sweet reads for the coming cold weeks:

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I’m Shipping Up to Boston

1 Oct

Okay, so let’s dispense with the elephant in the room. Obviously a good chunk of time has passed since I last posted on Tortefeaster. Apologies to my two loyal readers (LOL). Before you start judging me, it is not as bad as it looks. After finishing up very intense sophomore level pastry labs (including the particularly taxing specialty cakes that was a brutal–rather than beautiful–struggle) this May, I moved back home from Charlotte and almost immediately began my internship with the Dining Editor of Northern Virginia Magazine.

Anniversary Cake I Made as Part of My Specialty Cake Lab (Image: Johnisha M. Levi)

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It’s a Small World: Canning the Cupcake

13 Feb

For some reason, in this supersize nation, we prefer our burgers, fries and drinks big, and our desserts small. We are particularly smitten with one miniature dessert: the cupcake. The cupcake was once humble stuff, let’s face it. It was something a kid couldn’t mess up, and that was perfectly fine if made from a box, frosted any old way, with rainbow sprinkles in either foil or pink, yellow, or blue paper cups. But sometime in the late 1990s in the heart of the West Village, or so legend goes, the cupcake got a makeover.

I am not going to lie, I was crazy for cupcakes. In the beginning.

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