Thursday, February 11, 2010


1. Sometimes early-stage cake batter starts out with a texture more like thick, beater-slowing cookie dough. I've become used to cake recipes that start out "cream the butter and sugar…" but as I learn more about cake-making, I'm seeing this isn't always standard. Such was the case with the strawberry cupcakes I made a couple of weeks ago for a buddy's potluck birthday party, seen here in various stages of unbake, if you will.

2. This one's major: My camera has white-balance settings! That are easy to use! And were there all along! They take a lot of the yellow, grainy quality out of photos — even those shot at night in my yellow-walled kitchen. I've gone more than two years without knowing about this, so I'm making up for lost time now. Expect a surplus of pictures of the bleach commercial variety as I marvel at how my whites are so much whiter.

3. Paul Reubens, when dressed as Pee-Wee Herman, looks exactly the same now as he did in character in 1986. I took a break from the strawberry cupcakes to watch him in the next-to-last episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, feel several twinges of entertainment nostalgia and then go back to pureeing strawberries. Yes, this was a while back, but these two guys in their very different suits have been making me laugh for a long time now. But then, so does this guy:

(And just look how white he is!)


  1. I love that guy. I also love cupcakes. Thanks for minimizing the judgment for my cupcake binge. I would gladly eat 6 of your strawberry cupcakes.

  2. Amy Hudson KilpatrickSunday, February 14, 2010

    You're cute, cutie! A secret food blog. I love it! (secret to me, anyway. . .)

  3. Hello, ladies — nice to see you both here! What is this, South Russell?

    Dana, I knew you'd like that guy. How are your eggies getting along these days? And what we discussed holds true: cupcakes do seem to be shrinking these days. Nothing wrong with six!

    Hey, Amy — glad you found me! Now that you've tuned in, I'm estimating that my readership has been boosted an entire 25 percent!