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For quite a long period of time in the annals of family history, my cousin, who is more like a sister, would travel down from Pennsylvania with her 2 girls, and sometimes with her husband in tow.   We all had great fun, dying eggs, making delicious meals, hunting for eggs, playing dress up and filming plays ( the girls not the Moms)    and sometimes heading out for brunch if we were feeling flush!

If we stayed in, the table was loaded up with strata, sticky buns, fruit, slabs of bacon ( the preferable form of pork over ham), leftover pastries, continuously flowing brewed coffee and one can not leave out the candy from the Easter baskets.  Who says it has to be Thanksgiving to overindulge!  Phew.

Silly cookie time

Silly cookie time

We all loved to eat, so ample food was available including the occasional box(es) of Italian pastries procured from Philadelphia.  One year, discussed in the pre weekend planning conversation was the inclusion of a rich Cannoli Cake so naturally it made a one time only appearance followed by a hasty disappearance primarily due to the consumption by myself and my cousin.    Where did that cake go??

Thumbing through food magazines in advance of the holiday would inspire our creativity and the 2 most memorable cakes were the magnificent Baked Alaska and a Coconut Cake with sugar cookie flowers simulating a really snazzy edible basket. We did enjoy ourselves, sometimes too much, lingering at the table like beached whales, trading stories from our past.

Doing the Dye

Doing the Dye

Elegant Eggs

Elegant Eggs

Coconut Cookie Cake Basket

Coconut Cookie Cake Basket

Yummy Baked Alaska

Yummy Baked Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the kids have grown up and are doing their own thing in far flung locations.  The appetites and desires are still in tack but getting together is more difficult to do.  This year’s dessert was much simpler, less caloric and quickly assembled.  Presented to a smaller group of participants at the table we admired and inhaled it as we reminisced about the good ole days, food and former festivities.

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Our Ever in Demand Sticky Buns

 

Orange Sponge Cake adorned with whipped cream and strawberries

Orange Sponge Cake adorned with whipped cream and strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinda makes you want to get out the old carousel slide projector, gather the family up and click through the pictures, the memories projected with a comfy rhythm on the screen, prompting chit chat and warm feelings throughout!

Till next time we eat, meet, enjoy family, food and baking.  Mangia!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

When I had the brilliant idea or so I thought, of starting a blog, I being all consumed with the notion of it, neglected to pay attention to the reality of keeping up with the blog and of how life somehow manages to get in the way, gobbling up time and sapping the creative juices. Can’t believe it is already February 2013, well actually I can believe it, but in doing so I am admitting the shameful gap in blog posts.    Am I baking on life?    Yeah, but so busy in the kitchen and others rooms of life that all my grand ideas for posts stay either as scribbles or stuck in my head.     Organization, a trait that I seem to be losing grasp of as I turn the calendars of life. When I am in the moment of typing , editing, pulling pictures and seeing results it is wonderfully fun and satisfying but, turn away, step away, allow yourself to be pulled in 89 directions and poof it is wiped clean from the frontal lobe, time passes, then I worry what the handful of people who might read this blog would think in my absence so I delay more.

In December I vowed to make sweeping resolutions, weight loss, new products for the bakery, rise earlier, be more productive, blog success.  I planned on writing or confessing my progress in my life blog.   Well done! It is February, nice job! Yeah, long list, who am I kidding?     But ya know I did take down the Christmas tree this week and 99% of the decorations are packed up and on their way to the store room.    I absolutely love Christmas, the wonderment, magic and purity of it.   The festivity of it.     We have approximately 8 boxes of decorations, most of which manage to escape from the boxes and distribute themselves all over the house each year.      fudge pie, vd box, short cookies 038

We all have unique Christmas memories that we cherish.  My mother was born on Christmas Eve many many moons ago.  She always says it must have been difficult for her mother to birth a child at such a time.   As kids my parents took us into Yonkers to Patricia Murphy’s, a wonderful restaurant, beautifully decorated for the holiday.  It was my mother’s birthday treat.  I will always remember the popovers and small sticky buns they served as an accompaniment to the meal.  The waiter came around with a serving tray or basket of the freshly baked treats.    Yum.  That experience stays with me.   We traveled into Manhattan each year to see the NYC Rockettes perform their spectacular Christmas show.   We eventually moved to Florida so the holiday took on a whole new look & feel for us.   We still made it magical!

Candlelight Restaurant Westchester New York  
Courtesy of CardCow.com             Patricia Murphy's in Yonkers NY, summertime.

Too bad I can’t put my finger on a photo of the restaurant all lit up with white lights and decorations.  Memorable, but not quite as memorable as those popovers and sticky buns!  Maybe that’s why I love to make sticky buns all these years forward!!   My mother made Yorkshire pudding,  using popover batter,  served with standing rib roast and delish roasted potatoes for Christmas dinner every year.  Popovers are a cinch to beat up but the baking process can be tricky.   A preheated hot oiled pan seems to be the trick, but alas I do not make them as often as the delectable sticky bun.  Food swirls in and around our memories, like the sweet cinnamon filling in the bun.  It fleshes life out, flavors it and makes it more potent.   Hope you’re cooking / baking one up now!  I will try to spend more time in my life with this blog!

Mangia! Until next time we eat!!

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