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It's time for another original episode of Slashfood in the Kitchen with Marisa (that's me!) and Scott. This time we make a classic yellow birthday cake from scratch and top it with a chocolate seven minute frosting. It's a quick and delicious way to make someone feel loved on their special day and do it in no time at all.
The cake recipe came from my copy of the Gourmet Cookbook (the big yellow one that came out a few years ago) but you can also find the recipe here on Epicurious.com. I used this seven minute frosting recipe, also from Epicurious, and added in 2 ounces of melted unsweetened bakers' chocolate at the end.
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For more Slashfood in the Kitchen, check out episode 1, 2 and 3.
Every been curious to see how gelato is developed and made? Then you are in luck, as The Futures Channel, a website devoted to making short, educational videos about different interesting careers, has put together a five minute long video about how gelato is made for the mass market (they aren't exactly artisanal producers). See how the machinery works and how the head chef develops new and interesting flavors. This website is geared primarily towards educators, so they also offer lesson plans and activities to make the videos applicable to real life.
Some people learn by reading. Other people are strictly hands on learners. Still others need to watch someone else do it before they themselves are able to tackle the task. When it comes to cooking, the first group are easily satisfied with a clearly written cookbook. The hands on folks tend to just head into the kitchen and mess around until it comes out right. There's always food TV for the people who learn by watching, although that has it's flaws as well, since it's hard to stop and start a cooking show while you're standing at the stove stirring your risotto and keeping an eye on the roast in the oven.
Someone recently brought a new website to my attention that seems to have been designed for the people who learn by watching but were getting left behind by conventional cooking shows. It's called StartCooking.com and has really clear, easy to follow video instructions that take you step-by-step through basic techniques like cooking rice and browning ground beef as well as more complex recipes. It is perfect for the beginner cook (and as an added bonus, the website is nicely designed and easy to navigate).
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