Archive for November, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie – All In One Holiday Bundt Cake

Posted in food on November 24, 2009 by uglydudefood

Outside of a little crumbling issue when I was unmolding it, this cake turned out to be the bee’s knees. I wish Thanksgiving were a Tuesday so I could share my treats with family and friends. Oh well…another week of eating an entire bundt cake alone…


Tuesdays With Dorie – Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies

Posted in food on November 17, 2009 by uglydudefood

These cookies turned out pretty nicely on the top, and slightly burnt on the bottom. I probably should have used more pepper, as these did not have the advertised “zing” that Dorie wrote about in her bakebook.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Cranapple Crisps

Posted in food on November 10, 2009 by uglydudefood

When I heard what our recipe was called this week, I had figured that I would be making cookies.  Instead, it’s an apple crisp divided into several cups.

It’s pretty good.  Mine is a little too tart.  With all of the cranberries in there, I should probably have gone with a sweeter apple than Granny Smith.  Still, I had no qualms with downing this stuff.  The recipe is best eaten “the day it’s made,” which I’m going to interpret as “every breakfast for the next two weeks.”

Feeling Nice

Posted in food on November 4, 2009 by uglydudefood

I exercised today for the first time in almost a year. It wasn’t much. An hour on the stationary bike, a set or two of curls with some embarrassingly light dumbbells. But it was enough to make my deconditioned body all noodly, an it was enough to get my endorphines flowing.

I was reading a book of poetry while I was exercising, because I am going through menopause: “Blessing the Boats,” a compilation of poetry by Lucille Clifton. I’ve mined this book for inspiration before, and usually it gives me something. While my poetic voice is not similar to Clifton in style or competence, I find that reading talent is enough to give me some sort of ridiculous nugget.

For the first time in nearly three years, I had an idea for a poem. And then another. TWO IDEAS FOR POEMS. Nothing short of miraculous.

I guess it goes to show that my steady intellectual diet of graphic novels and blogs was not exactly what I needed. There’s only so much poetry in Batman, and it took a book with four poems about Superman for me to realize that.

So anyway, I’m feeling pretty good about myself in general, and I guess there’s a lot of benefits to exercise besides excellent cardiovascular health.

A quarter century is almost over, and I’m not sure where all the time went.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake

Posted in food on November 3, 2009 by uglydudefood

What a pain!

The cake and the ganache came together great. It’s the assembly portion…it just killed me.

This is a call to action. DORIE – DO NOT MAKE US CUT OUR CAKES INTO THREE HORIZONTAL SLICES. This is not a thing that keeps cakes intact. It crumbles them and destroys them.

Also, my ganache didn’t spread.

Also, I’m a whiny old man.

I was so grumpy tonight that I decided to skip the glaze. I’m glad that I did, as the whole thing was so overwhelmingly chocolatey and sweet with the ganache that a chocolate glaze would have killed it for me.

Chestnuts are gross.

In conclusion, fart.