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Half-way through my toast this morning I decided I wanted to be eating cereal.

Quick fix!

I just chopped up my toast and poured milk on it.  Even better than cereal from a box.

And I had two “flavors” from the two halves of my reincarnated toast: sunflower seed butter with raisins, and peanut butter with banana.

Decision making is easier when you can have two things as one.  And I need all the help making decisions I can get…

Last weekend I was tasked with making the cake for my uncle’s birthday.  It was an open-ended assignment, since he indicated no preference for flavor.  Luckily Katie was here and had concrete ideas about what cake I should make.  We get the little mini Everyday Food magazine that comes alongside the Martha Stewart Living magazine.  They did a maple/brown sugar feature that included a Maple-Walnut Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting.  It stole Katie’s heart, and I didn’t take much convincing 🙂

The magazine doesn’t have the recipe online (yet?) but someone else did the work of transcribing it, so here it is.  It was pretty simple cake-making.  It just involves…

Creaming Butter, Sugar and Maple Syrup…

Adding Flour, Baking Powder and Salt…

(There’s An Egg in There Somewhere…)

Folding in Walnuts…


Frosting (hand modeling by Decider and Assistant Spreader Katie)…

And Decorating!


It was super-decadent, autumnal, and salty-sweet (I accidentally used salted butter in the cake, but I think it worked).  The walnuts added texture and toasty flavor, and the cake itself has a mapley-caramel taste.  I think it has gotten better with age, too.  I’d call it a success.


After a busy week of work and visitors, I have a completely free day.  I’m going to clean my room, study for the GRE, go for a run, and I’m thinking of baking something, I just have to decide what…




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Birth Post

I don’t know why, but the thought of starting my own blog has been intimidating me for months.  I think it has something to do with the overwhelming supply of fabulous blogs that I encounter on any casual stroll through the world wide food web.  I haven’t been able to quite convince myself that I would I could provide something fresh, engaging, and at the same caliber as the blogs that have been tempting me to start my own thread in the web.

The way I got over my intimidation is kind of like how my mom got through her first pregnancy:  “All those other women with kids gave birth and they seem to be doing okay.”  Every blog has a beginning.  Maybe being just another blogger is kind of like being just another mother.  You give the blog life, care for it, and it will grow into a unique little extension of your being.

And I hear blogging is less painful that childbirth.

Well, birth is a good theme for my first post, because we’ve been celebrating a few birthdays around here.  My parents’ birthdays are a week apart, and so we got together with the extended family yesterday to celebrate.  Cake was my assignment (sigh, what a burden).  We had a lot of plums to use up, so I went to foodgawker, typed in “plum cake,” and had my mom chose which one she wanted.  She chose this one, and here is the result:

I was pleased with the smooth mosaic the plums made on top.

And that it looks like a flower because of the leaves painted on the plate 🙂

It made a print on the parchment I lined the pan with.

Katie said I should frame it.  It would be a quite beautiful twist on fly paper 😛

One more thing before I go.  That was some “yum”, but where’s the “run”?  Well, today marks the official beginning of my marathon training.  I signed up for my first marathon just moments ago.  Yeek?  I’ve done a few half marathons, but when 13.1 miles is half of something… I would consider that a long something.

I’m hoping to make this blog a chronicle of my training, as well as the food I create and enjoy along the way.  A record of two of my favorite things: yumming and running.


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