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Lovely Internet 1.17.14

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1. A lovely story from some of my favorite voices in Southern food.

2. Pizzelles make me think of Christmas. In the best possible way.

3. What is your favorite family recipe?

4. Would you?

5. A brilliant take on eating meat in a humane fashion.

6.  I’ve been loving this blog for all my running related needs.

7. Down the road I would very much like to run an ultra marathon (more than 26.2 miles in a race). This article was an interesting perspective on the sport.

8. These nontraditional engagement portraits are solid gold.

9. An interesting way to support an awesome artist.

10. Dan’s birthday gift.

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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Rum & Coke Cake

rum and coke cake 5 Last week Dan celebrated his 29th birthday and in true Rosemond-Hoerr fashion the partying started on Thursday and  continued through lunch today. Our dear friends came into town from across the country and we ate, ate, drank, ate some more, and ate. It was so much fun, one of the best weekends we’ve had with friends ever. I didn’t want anyone to leave, I need to steal them all and convince them to move to Wilmington. 

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rum and coke cake 6 Dan’s request for his birthday cake was a rum and coke cake- a coca cola cake with a rum icing. It was easy as could be and the perfect end to an evening that involved char broiled oysters, three rounds of ribs, pork roast, and heaps of other snacks. And Dan seemed to love it, which is the only measure of success that I need. Happy Birthday, love!

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2 cups plain flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 whole eggs beaten
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 bag large marshmallows or 2 cups mini marshmallows

icing:

4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup rum
2 sticks butter, softened

Combine sugar and flour in mixing bowl. Heat butter, coca-cola and cocoa to boiling and pour over flour and sugar mixture, mixing thoroughly. Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, vanilla and marshmallows. Mix well.

Grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans. Divide the powder between the two pans and bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.

While cake is still hot combine butter and powdered sugar in the mixer, blending until smooth. Add rum, a little at a time, until an icing forms. While the cake is still warm transfer the one layer to a plate and ice the top. Stack the second layer on top and spread the remaining icing over the cake. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Lovely Internet 1.10.14

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1. This year’s Saveur 100.

2. Standing ovation to this man not just for being a good father but for getting on the soapbox and saying what needs to be said about the role men should and do play in modern parenting.

3. The Next Civil Rights Issue (not a pleasant conversation, but an important one)

4. Is the blog dead?

5. I made a turducken. It was kind of amazing, and kind of grim.

6. This is AMAZING. I want one.

7. Can you imagine eating any of these foods? Have you?

8. I found this book problematic in a lot of ways, but it’s worth the read for less than three dollars.

9. I’m generally pretty wary of doctors and medical intervention, but I do believe that vaccinations play an important role in the health (literally) of our society. This article raises some very interesting arguments.

10. A sad state of affairs.

Thanks for your patience as I took a little bit of a break from posting recipes to get through the holidays and the aftermath of the holidays. I’m wrapping up a big freelance recipe development project so I’m hoping to come back to reality sometime soon. I’ll be back this weekend to share Dan’s birthday cake!

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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