Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Red Jacket Orchard Inspired Cherry Smoothie

My smoothies are quite simple: a handful of this plus a handful of that, whichever frozen fruits sound good at the time.  I’m a proponent of the all-fruit smoothies (sans dairy) as they give me a big energy boost in the morning, one that lasts especially if I save a few sips – and I’m not worried about it spoiling a bit later because of milk or yogurt.  Added bonus: when the cup is empty, add in ice-cold water and you have  a refreshing fruit water that’s tasty and keeps you hydrated.

Today’s smoothie was inspired by Red Jacket Orchards.  This local New York State farm and juice company sets up every Sunday in the Tompkins Square NYC Greenmarket with tasty samples and buckets of their sweet drinks submerged in icy water.  

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August 10, 2011

Butter Lane Cupcake Class

A couple of weeks ago on a lazy Sunday I cashed in on a much appreciated birthday gift: cupcake baking classes at Butter Lane Bakery.  Butter Lane is a tasty spot just a block away from my apartment.  We tend to pop into the shop once or twice a month for a cupcake, and I stop by for $1 icing “shot” every so often if I’ve had a particularly stressful day.  The timing was perfect:  I would be joining the gym and starting an intense workout regimen the next day, so why not kick it off with some sugary goodness?

Also adding to the justification for sugar overload is the fact that the recipes were back to the basics.  Yes, there was a lot (a LOT) of butter and sugar in these cupcake and frosting recipes.  However, my funfetti-loving self skipped the processed, packaged boxes and made these puppies from scratch, along with a bunch of other ladies and one lone male, my beau.

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