Showing posts with label bundt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bundt. Show all posts

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Birthday Bundt

Did you know I have a day job?

Oh my, yes.  I teach American government to college kids.  The great thing is that I love it almost as much as I love writing.  I'm a lucky, lucky girl.

I remember once upon a time I thought the life of a writer was quite glamorous.  Now I know better.  There's a lot to recommend it (wonderful readers, getting paid to play make-believe, being able to work in your jammies), it's not all dreamy contemplation of the written word.  Witness this quite lovely clip of Meryl Streep as Mary Fisher in She Devil:

Someone recently commented that people have similar misconceptions about my day job (college professor), likely because of movies featuring ivy-covered walls and men in tweed, pipes clenched between their teeth, telling kids to rip up their texts and learn from life and blah, blah, blah.

It's nothing like that at all.

First, I don't lecture to 35 young adults who are all completely absorbed in what I say.  Rather, I have nearly 600 students this semester, and many of them probably couldn't tell you my name.  And those ivy covered walls?  Try ongoing asbestos abatement.

But just as there are tons of unexpected pleasures associated with being a writer, there are tons of unexpected pleasures associated with teaching at a big ol' public university.  While we don't have the gorgeous old buildings you see in the movies, my office is in Sage Hall, and it's a perfectly lovely room with actual windows (two!) and doves (not pigeons) who perch on my sills.  I also get to enjoy my own personal inside joke: my office used to belong to a guy named Warren Watson, and I have kept his name plate.  It's silly, but it makes me laugh to think of the Watson dynasty.

Sage Hall - no ivy, but not bad.

My crazy-messy desk, complete with gorgeous i-Mac

The Watson legacy lives on in Sage Hall
And while my relationship with many of my students remains pretty impersonal, others find a special place in my heart and never move out.  Right now, my kiddos are knocking my socks off with a great project they did rewriting the constitution after the zombie apocalypse.  Seriously, they did a great job.  Makes me about burst with pride.

I also have fabulous co-workers.  Writing is a solitary profession, so having a cluster of colleagues with whom to spend my days is invaluable.  Today, we celebrated the birthday of one of my suite-mates.  Cards all-round, lots of laughing and joking throughout the day, and a birthday bundt cake.  

So that's what I want to share with you today:  the recipe for that birthday bundt cake, so you, too, can share in the warmth of wonderful co-workers.   And tell me what your workplace is like ... what's your favorite thing about your job???

Chocolate Bundt Cake
(from The Veganomicon)

1 3/4 c. brewed coffee
2/3 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. applesauce
1/4 c. cornstarch
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325.  Spray bundt pan with nonstick spray.  Set aside.

Bring coffee to simmer over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low and whisk in cocoa powder until melted.
Coffee and cocoa powder
In bowl of stand mixer, combine canola oil, applesauce, sugar, and cornstarch.  Whisk until well dissolved.  Add extracts and slightly cooled chocolate mixture.  Add dry ingredients and whisk until combined.

Pour into bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes (until knife comes out clean).  Cool on rack for 20 minutes, then invert on plate or serving platter.  Sift powdered sugar over and serve!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Apple Bundt Cake from Guest Author Lois Winston

Please welcome today's special guest. Lois Winston is the author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries published by Midnight Ink. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist and was recently nominated for a Readers Choice Award by the Salt Lake City Library System. The new year brings with it the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in her series. 

Read an excerpt from Lois's new mystery by clicking hereFind out more about Lois and her books by visiting her website by clicking here or visit Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog by clicking hereYou can also follow Lois and Anastasia on Twitter @anasleuth.


Lois' blog tour contest is now over. Congrats to the following winners who left comments on the following blogs:

Marilyn’s Musings -- Holli Castillo
Suspense Your Disbelief -- Lynn Demsky
Lesa’s Book Critiques -- Rita Horiguchi
Cindy Sample Books -- Pat Gulley
Killer Characters -- Jane R. 

If you don't see your name, you still have a chance to win! 

Lois is giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads. Click here to visit the giveaway page. 

Thanks again, Lois, for visiting our Kitchen!

~ Cleo


I want to thank Riley/Elizabeth for inviting me back to guest on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, even though I write crafting mysteries, not food mysteries. 

Last time I was here, I talked about Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. Throughout the month of January, I’m on a blog tour for the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the series, featuring magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack and her food editor sidekick Cloris McWerther. 

Along with keeping my reluctant amateur sleuth’s sweet tooth sated, Cloris plays Watson to Anastasia’s Sherlock. And since Anastasia is juggling recent widowhood, two teenage sons, a semi-invalid communist mother-in-law, her Russian princess mother, and a mountain of debt, Cloris has once again agreed to step in to provide one of her recipes to the readers of Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen.



5 cooking apples
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup orange juice
4 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
confectioner’s sugar


Peel and slice apples. Place in bowl. Add cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. Mix to coat apples. Set aside. Cream the butter and remaining 2 cups of sugar. Mix all other dry ingredients together. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture. Combine eggs, juice, vanilla, and almond extract. Slowly add to other ingredients as you continue to mix. Batter will be thick.

Grease and flour bundt pan. Place small amount of batter in bottom of pan. Add a layer of apples. Continue layering batter and apples, with batter as last layer.

Back at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Cool on wire rack 15-20 minutes. Remove cake from bundt pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Death By Killer Mop DollLois' full blog tour schedule can be found at her website by clicking here, and the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, here

She's giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads. Click here to visit the giveaway page. 

Thanks again, Lois!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Exploding Turkeys with William Shatner + Leftover Turkey Pot Pie from Cleo Coyle

A scene from Eat, Fry, Love: A Turkey Fryer Cautionary Tale
starring William Shatner.  Yes, that William Shatner.

Foodie trends are interesting, aren't they? Remember "blackened Cajun" everything? So big in the 1990s. Now? Not so much. High-end burgers will probably be next to go the way of fern bars, Chardonnay, and Green Beans Almondine. 

Deep fried turkeys were another big trend a few years back. The Food Network zealously presented this unique method of cooking your Thanksgiving bird, and America bought it, along with the fryers to crisp them up. The results were, well...explosive, as you will see in the video below...

There's a better way to
roast marshmallows. Really. 

Cleo Coyle, who has
New York City's Fire Department
on speed dial, is author of 

The Coffeehouse Mysteries
According to State Farm, these are the top ten states with the most "cooking-related claims" from 2005 to 2010:

 1. Texas (36) 
 2. Illinois (24)
 3. Ohio (21)
 4. New York (17)
 5. Pennsylvania (17)
 6. Michigan (15)
 7. Florida (14)
 8. Minnesota (14)
 9. Indiana (13)
10. Louisiana (12)

To help prevent future cooking-related fires, State Farm did something else (other than release the above stats). They hired William Shatner to tell his harrowing tale of nearly being immolated in a turkey frying incident. 

Yes, our beloved Captain Kirk, who has gone where no man has gone before, was jonesing for a fried turkey one Thanksgiving when he perilously neglected his dingle-dangle... (His what?) Watch the short video below (It's G-rated, I promise), and you will understand... 

So Tell Me...

Have you ever tried to fry a turkey? Or know anyone who has? This is certainly a cooking method I'd like to "boldly explore" one day...before I reach my final frontier. :) Have you wanted to try it? Leave a comment below. I'd love to know your turkey-fryer thoughts.

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As for today's recipe, I have two for you that might come in handy this week and (you'll be happy to know) neither one involves a fryer.

My first recipe is one I've shared before. It's in our Recipe Index, but many of our new followers may have missed it. 

I throw this pot pie together every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It's quick and easy, very delicious, and makes good use of your leftover turkey.

Cleo Coyle's Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

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in a free 
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you can print, 
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If you're still looking for an impressive (yet easy) dessert to serve to guests or bring to a family gathering, here's one to consider. 

One cup of canned pumpkin, a little maple syrup, and some classic holiday spices convert an ordinary yellow cake mix into a delicious dessert. The "surprise" in this baby is a center swirl of sweetened cream cheese, the perfect flavor pairing for a spice cake. Serve it plain (or with a dusting of powdered sugar) for brunch or dress it up with a drizzle of white glaze for a holiday dessert table...

Cleo Coyle's 
"Surprise Swirl" Pumpkin-
Maple Bundt Cake

To download this recipeCLICK HERE.

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~ Cleo Coyle, author of  

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