Hot Polka Dot
26Apr/11

Tuesday Tip: Starch Is Your Friend.






































Don't rinse your cooked pasta after draining it. The water will strip it of the sticky starch that helps to hold the sauce. Boiling the pasta with oil in the water will also make it difficult for the sauce to get a good grip on the slippery surface.







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26Apr/11

And The Winner Is…


Varshini, that's you! You've won a pretty bird's nest necklace made personally by me! I hope you treasure it always as a token of Spring and a thank you for your kind comments about my blog.

Please email me at hotpolkadot (at) live (dot) com to claim your prize and give me your mailing address.

Congrats!







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21Apr/11

Feather The Nest.

Outside tiny birds fly distracted and twitterpated snatching up twigs and absconding with string to prepare nests in your eaves trough. Inside we feather our own nests with knick knacks, baubles and trinkets.

I've made my nests of airy threads of spun sugar atop pillows of velvety Caramel Buttercream crowning moist Vanilla Bean Cakes. An egg would be so lucky to hatch here!

Because It's Spring again.

Because I had my first robin sighting of the year.

Because I'm on a sugar high.

Because I want you all to know how much I appreciate you.

I made you a little gift inspired by today's cupcakes.

It's a bird's nest necklace made of twisted silver wire and shiny turquoise beads on a dainty cable chain. Made with love by yours truly so it can be Spring all year long.

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19Apr/11

Tuesday Tip: Wet Your Whistle.






































Adding even a tablespoon of milk, water, liquor or fruit juice to frosting might seem useless but it actually improves the texture and makes it easier to pipe or stick to surfaces. Dry frosting can easily fall from where it's placed like the side of a cake or a piped border.

A lot of people, including myself, have skipped this part of the recipe in order to keep the icing nice and thick, but don't overcompensate and add too much. A little bit of liquid goes a long way!







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19Apr/11

And The Winner Is…


Roxanna from A Little Bit of Everything, you are the lucky winner of The New Food Processor Bible! You are going to have so much fun with this book. I promise!

Please email me at hotpolkadot (at) live (dot) com to claim your prize and give me your mailing address to receive the lovely cookbook.

Thank you to everyone else who entered!







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