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Lovely Internet 2.28.14

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1. The Many Doughnuts of Mardi Gras.

2. Yoga is even better for us than we thought.

3. 8 books to preorder.

4. Seems like there might be hope for my relationship with escarole.

5. This can’t be healthy.

6. The best relationship advice, from someone who has seen it all.

7. The Politics of Representation

8. Favorite cocktails on Food52 (including our Satusma Cobbler, something I love eternally). Also, more party drinks.

9. Well, it’s donuts for me then.

10. A woman’s tribute to her mother-in-law, her husband, and her family food heritage.

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound Cake 1

Last week, to much fanfare (in our living room), The American Cookbook was released! All day Monday I got texts and emails as people got their preordered books in the mail, and it feels overwhelmingly amazing to know that something I worked so hard to create is out there in kitchens around the world. It’s thrilling and humbling and terrifying, all at once. Naturally, we celebrated by having some friends over for burritos.

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Over the next few months I plan on sharing recipes from the book, and I’m excited to kick it off today with a classic (and a favorite)- pound cake. Each year on my birthday my grandma, Bobbie, would make me three things- pound cake for breakfast, pimento cheese that I didn’t have to share, and a mountain pie. Of all the cakes, pound cake is the best (though it’s still not better than pie, guys). This recipe makes a tart, moist, and delicious cake.

Pound Cake 2

Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
The American Cookbook by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr and Caroline Bretherton

1 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup sour cream

for the glaze:

1 tbsp whole milk
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the butter in a large bowl and gradually add in sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. Add in vanilla extract.

Sift together flour and baking soda into a bowl. Add to the egg mixture, one third at a time, alternating with sour cream.

Spoon batter into a greased 10″ bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a plate.

Whisk together milk, lemon juice, and sugar. Slowly pour the glaze evenly over the cake. Serve warm.

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Lovely Internet 2.21.14

2.21.14 1. Jennifer Aniston interviews Gloria Steinem on feminism (fantastic).

2. I’m so impressed by this seed lending program our local library is kicking off! I can’t wait to participate.

3. Six reasons why you should care about sustainable clothing.

4. How Movies Teach Manhood

5. I’m making myself “just because I love you” heart shaped churros this weekend. CLEARLY.

6. An eye opening look at how one athlete’s body changes day to day during the course of a week.

7. The Truth About Being Healthy- it’s not easy.

8. I loved this mom’s rule about her daughter’s clothing choices- the shoes must be practical and the outfit must be climate appropriate. Other than that, the world is your oyster. Just as it should be.

9. The World’s Largest Oyster.

10. An amazing story about a boy who would grow up to be an astronaut.

And, of course, last night was amazing. Unforgettable. We needed that.

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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