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Vintage Cakes for Old People

 Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

Two easy cakes from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.  Not pictured is the Italian Cream Cake--coconut cake layered with milk chocolate ganache, that I left to tide Ian and Sophie over during my absence last weekend.  All delicious, and you could even serve the blueberry skillet cake for breakfast.  The recipe for the Texas Sheet Cake is here, and it is almost like a frosted brownie that requires minimal effort and lots of powdered sugar.

I think I am just about recovered from my race.  I can rise from a seated position without screaming a little, and the thought of going up and down the stairs doesn't make me rethink how badly I need to use the bathroom.  I had such a good time in Charlottesville with Maddy that I would do it all over this weekend.  We had lunch at Moto Pho Co (review to follow), shopped the downtown mall--marveling at the $300 jeans and $78 t-shirts at Eloise, and bought Sophie this book at a used bookstore.  I ate a late dinner at Fleurie on Saturday night, seated right next to the hostess stand.  Since I was the hostess' mother, it was the best seat in the house.  After a chicken liver/brioche/caramelized onion amuse bouche I had the lobster bisque and rack of lamb.  The chef slipped me a seared scallop and a raspberry macaron on the house.  It is a charming little restaurant serving classic French cuisine with a modern flair.  The lobster bisque was not the clunky, under-seasoned abomination that you see on most menus these days.  You could actually taste the tarragon and the consistency was soupy, you know, like a soup.  Not the sludgy, melted ice-cream texture I have had the misfortune to eat in other establishments.  The Pastis ice cream alone would bring me back in just for dessert and coffee.  

On the to-do list this week: make hundreds of mini cupcakes for the D.C. Birth and Babies Fair, finish up my raised beds for the garden, return to running and menu planning for our "Cuatro De Mayo" party.  We bought Maddy a ticket to Thailand for her graduation present, and the web research had me wishing for Asia again.  I had to make do with some tandoori chicken, chapati and that carrot salad from Burma.  I found some pre-ground shrimp powder which made it even easier to make.  I bet Burmese housewives would buy pre-ground shrimp powder so I don't feel like a complete slacker.  Time to chase the rabbits away from my peas....

 Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

Little Boxes

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