Sunday, June 19, 2011

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Apologies...

Sorry I haven't written .. I've been busy moving (Still!)  Into an apartment with a teeeeny tiny kitchen (and oven) :( .... also it's electric.. So this blog MIGHT get a little weird, more like an experimental project in cooking in such a kitchen.. Luckily I will however have more time to actually blog, and I'll have to cook more for myself .. and maybe some lucky friends ? (lucky... ? we'll see...)

Anyway! I should be moved in this weekend and from that point on you can harass me for more blog posts ... but right now I still need to CLEAN the hell out of the place and then get my stuff ( and I have a LOT of stuff) into it.

Thanks for your patience !
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Coconut Cream Layer Cake.

 Easter, I have decided to put a spin on the classic Coconut Bunny Cake

I am making a Coconut Cake, with Coconut Cream Filling and a Vanilla Bean Buttercream, and Garnished with Toasted Coconut .... Sorry Bunny.

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Happy Easter !

Happy Easter everyone ! Easter is my favorite holiday .... I have no idea why, but I believe it stems from my childhood where I was (am) a spoiled only child.. and got 2 Easter baskets ( 1 candy, and 1 gifts)  a new dress, new shoes and it officially marks the beginning of Spring!

Currently I am working on baking a Coconut Cream Layer Cake, which I will share with you all later ... hopefully :)  But for now, I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with Love, Food, Family and Sunshine!! 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Samoas Cheesecake.

Yea, well If anyone would do it.. it would be me . This weekend I combined an entire cheesecake.. with an entire box of Samoas Girlscout cookies...... and it was fabulous.

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okay FINE!

Well- I suppose it's time, once again to begin updating my blog.  Thanks to the little shout "at" on ... So wait for it!! ( but don't hold your breath, unless I don't like you ... ) There should be some new posts shortly!

Ideas, Glee, The Samoas cheesecake I made this weekend.... and of course all that I post on my Semi-Sweet FB .. ( If you don't know about it .. you should ! )

Talk to you soon !
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Monday, August 16, 2010


Well I haven't Posted in quite some time .. but tonight I made something that was just so delicious, I had to share... and it wasn't even a baked good... (gasp!) .. well It was.. but not a dessert ...

Spoonbread... specifically Corn Spoonbread.

I only took one little picture..... and  you only get one little recipe ... so here it goes  :)

You'll need .

2 cups of corn ( I used fresh off the cob but the original recipe called for frozen )
1 diced Jalapeno
1/2 cup ( 1/2 an onion ) diced
1 clove garlic smashed and minced
salt and pepper to taste
Butter.. 2 tbsp for sauteing the  above ingredients and more for coating the baking dish.

2 cups milk
up to 1/2 cup grated cheddar  ( or cheese of your choice)
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
4 eggs separated  (sorry, it sucks but it must be done)

Start by buttering your 8x8 or there abouts ( I actually had a smaller pan so I used two pans -pictured is the smaller of the two) oven proof dish .

preheat oven to 375 degrees .

melt butter in medium sauce pan , add in chopped onions , garlic , Jalapeno, salt and pepper, cook until the onions are soft... 10 min ? more less.. you decide.

add in your corn, and then milk .  cook until the milk is hot but not bubbling .. between 5-7 minutes...

when milk is hot , add in your cornmeal, wisk until the mixture is thick . This is when I added my cheese ... also the cheese is not in the original recipe... I just thought it sounded delicious... I was right, up to you ...  remove the pan from heat when your mixture is thick and let it set for 10 minutes to cool.

meanwhile, get those eggs separated- yolks in a small dish- and whites in the kitchen aid with whisk attachment if you've got it , otherwise a metal bowl with the hand mixer standing by.

When your 10 minutes are up , whisk your egg yolks 1 at a time in to your cornmeal batter, while your egg whites are hopefully whipping up into soft peaks with help from your kitchen aid :)

-- then Fold your whites into the yolk mixture, and then pour into your baking dish .

Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.

The Spoonbread turns into a Souffle of sorts , puffs up , but doesn't fall .. ( At least mine didn't... ) Turns nice and golden .. and when you serve it, is light and airy.. The corn comes through , nice and sweet , and the egg isn't at all overpowering . I HIGHLY recommend trying this dish !!

Enjoy My Loves !

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Well Hello!

It's been  a Very Long Time Since I've updated this little blog spot ....

I've done some exciting things... baking wise- cupcakes for auctions and galas.... and even started a  Facebook page for my hopefully up and coming business Semi-Sweet Baking Co.

A work in progress really- But if you so desire, Fb us and "Like" me .. It should be a fun way to follow the trials and tribulations of me .. and my craziness .

I really Wanted to just touch base and say Hi to you all --- Give you a quick update ...there may be less " how to " blogs for a while ...but this may turn into a new venting ground ..... I really haven't decided fully which way to go ... Suggestions are always welcomed!
 Until then !

Much Love  :)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Final Idol Post?

Well.. Here it is Folks.. Traditionally I don't post  on Results Night ... So will I tomorrow??? Only Tomorrow will tell ...... Until then I shall treat tonight as if it were my LAST Idol Post ..

Tonight Lee and Crystal Sing 3 songs a piece ...... and from what I heard Crystal won the coin toss so she goes second .. Up first is Lee .. fighting the hard fight to the end :)  This is ... American Idol :)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Top 3. The FIGHT for the Finale :)

Idol Night ..... I have no idea how this is going to go , I haven't seen a single spoiler... dammit .

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

THIS is American Idol

Top Four ... songs from the Movies... 

With Jamie Foxx Mentoring .... which I really don't get but Hey , if it works for Idol.. whatev. 
Also the Contestants will be singing a few duets, That should be interesting... So Lets sit back, relax and enjoy the show ! 
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Songs Of Sinatra!

Top 5!

This could be one of those amazing nights, or one of those that CRASH AND BURN !! 
Either way , I'll give you the reviews, And I'll do it ... My wayyyy ... 

(I'm a huge Sinatra Nerd.. haha beware!)

- Oh I forgot to mention, Harry Connick Jr is mentoring .. what a great Mentor !

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shania Week ...

And I am not even sure If I want to watch .... it would have been better if it was just country in general .. but no ..Shania.. Kill me .

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Idol.. Migraine...

Struggling through Idol tonight With a Migraine .. Excuse the shitty post !

Songs of Inspiration.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bad Blogger....

Bad Bad Baddddd Blogger.. It is true .. I bake .. I document ...I forget to blog .. I can't help it! My life get's so busy sometimes that once I finish the whole baking, picture taking , then EATING process .. I just  push the blogging about it aside .. and I forget that YOU guys lose out .. I am trying not to do that so often ... Luckily, I have some post's to catch up on ... and you will benefit from my laziness . I promise!!!

I've got some Blueberry Muffins, some Tiramisu Cupcakes ( TO DIE FOR) and  a Carrot Cake Cheesecake on deck for you ....  Ready ? Set ! BLOG!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Elvis Night!

Makes me want a Hunka Hunka PB and Banana sandwhich ......

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Idol night!

Tonight is Beatles night! Wooo!!  I love me some Beatles!!!

Ok. Lennon/McCartney .. Whatever. The songs are great- lets see how the contestants do with them !

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Idol Night!

Hello Kids !

Tonight we get the "pleasure" of hearing the idol contestants sing, R&B and SOUL.....

And our mentor is none other than !!! Usher ... wait ... when was his last hit song ????? ahwell ...  here goes Nothin! Welcome to the TOP 10 !!!!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Smitten Kitchen WANNNAAA BEEEE

 If you know me .. You know I follow a few select Blogs .. One is
and I recently ran into THIS post !

SO here .. Is my version ......  Smitten Kitchen's Bakewell Tart ..Or as I called it, Almond Raspberry Tart.

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An apple a day ...

Apple Muffins, because I had a craving .. and for no other reason than that !
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


SO.. Idol changed the theme for tonight .. It Was SUPPOSED to be teen idols.. which was wayyyy better than Billboard #1's ... but here we are .. Tuesday night ... Billboard #1's... and the freaking Mentor is Miley ... Oh boy .. what a night we are in for....  here goes nothin' kids !

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blueberry Pancake Dreams.

No really! The other night I had an actual DREAM about blueberry pancakes... Craved them alllll day yesterday and then today decided to make them .. After  googling blueberry pancakes the FIRST recipe that came up was one of my VERY favorite blogs... so I went for it ( I also had some buttermilk left over from a previous recipe so It was meant to be..)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chocolate Coconut Cream Cuppies!

Well Hello my Lovlies... Tonight I have a demonstration for you ... some helpful hints and tips .. and a mouthwatering idea.. but No chocolate cupcake recipe.. You see.. I have actually developed this recipe of my own, and while I am VERY proud of it .. because it is quite delish .. I also want to open my own dessert shop one day and I can't give away ALL my recipes....... SO with that I hope you enjoy this post regardless and if you live nearby me ( In Saratoga Springs Ny) You are more than welcome to order a doz cuppies anytime :)  Here goes!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

You Can't Always Get What You Want ....

Hello everyone … well I am not going to try and Hide my upset .. My two favorite girls were voted off last week .. as well as one of the better boys of the bunch , Alex… soooooo tonight I am going to be especially brutal .. as I don’t like many of the contestants .. nor the theme … The Gall Stones!!! I mean .. Rolling Stones…. Lets just say I hope they are easily passed.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bonus Post :)

Well I'm feeling kind of charitable today ... and so I made a quick batch of "Irish" cookies this afternoon .. They came out SO good That I am now sharing them with you ... Only one thing is necessary to get you to read more I guarantee it  ....
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Sundays are my FAVORITE!!

Hello My lovelies!! First of all I shall apologize right off the bat -- I took an unannounced (10 dollar flight) Trip to Florida this past week .. so there was no American Idol Blogging .. there were no food blogs .. but I shall make it up to you I promise!!!! First off ...  I have an Old Family Recipe to share with you .. that someone of you may or may not have ever had the main ingredient ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sorry Guys!

Back to Normal Idol posting next week -- This week I had an imromptu trip to Florida ....

Here's to hoping we have a decent top 12 !

OH and I think I fixed the comment problem on the blog.. if someone would try to leave a comment .. it would be much appreciated ! :)
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

My name is Zoom.....

Once you Blog You can't Stop ??? Well That is what I am trying anyway ..  most recently I have made an Orange Buttermilk Cake "Orange Velvet" If you will .... with an Orange Cream Cheese Frosting for my Mom's Birthday .. ( which isn't technically Until Wednesday .. but we like to celebrate these things on weekends here in my house ! )

So .. here goes !

Lm's Orange Velvet

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Noshing's Banana Cake.

Well .. while reading one of my FAVORITE people's  tweets (The Pioneer Woman! ) I ran into a blog .... .. and this Fabulous recipe for Banana cake! One day while sitting at my desk at work .. I became hungry for this very recipe .. so, Yesterday I came home and made it! I brought one of my cakes today to work and just about all that is left of it is crumbs .. so try this cake .. trust me . its a cross between the best banana bread you've ever had .. and a sinfully declicious cake .. trust me !!!!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

American Idol Girls Night 3/3

Hello everyone!  Tonight is Idol Blog # 2…. Girls night after the Strange Crystal Bauersox illness.. so Lets get this thing rolling!!!   I will spare NO feelings tonight I’m feeling especially Harsh ! woo!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

American Idol

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Well It's been a while.

.... and I don't have a full post .. but I'd like to share a few things that I've made in the past weeks.. and if anything strikes anyones fancy .. perhaps I can make a point to make  a full recipe post :)

so .. hit it !

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ok .. no more cupcakes..

Or cookies.. I was up WAY tooo early baking .. but heres a cute shot ... taken yesterday, but a great photographer and also owner of Betties Cakes in Saratoga Springs NY, Lorraine Murphy ..

This is me!!  as a pin up.. with one of my very own cupcakes... :)

It is a little racy so it's behind the cut!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cuppies for a party!

.....Well, I'm just not ready to share my cupcake recipe yet ... and I'll tell you why . I .. Lisamarie . Hate cake. You heard me . I hate cake .

So. In my kitchen , I have formulated a recipe for cake that I will actually eat .. ok well white cake is a litttttle bit easier for me and I will eat it at SOME places  but chocolate cake especially I will eat no one else's but my own .. but today, I decided to just give you a small picture update , as I spent the morning in the kitchen preparing a  couple batches of cupcakes for a christmas celebration :)

I'm sorry that I am just not willing to part with my recipe just yet , but don't worry it is so labor intensive that you probably wouldn't want to try it anyway .. haha !..

 These little Holiday gems are my very own white cake recipe , filled with raspberry filling and topped with my "House" buttercream, which is Amaretto .. YUM !

Yum ....

With any luck tomorrow, I'll post some more .. hopefully a recipe and maybe some more  cupcakes to go along with  it .. I have some left overs and a hankering for pineapple buttercream! So.. lets make it one for my baby, and one more ... for the road .. enjoy your day loves!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!

I'd Like to Open this Forum Today to you , all of my friends to comment, leave all your favorite cookie suggestions and requests for my christmas cookie tins ... who know's... maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones who gets one!!

I will be posting my official cookie list, AND a blog (god willing) of the process of a batch of each cookie!

Let the comment's begin ! :)

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Hello My Lovlies!

Well tonight , I came home, even though after work , I was supposed to work at my second job at a cute cupcakery ... anyway well I broke my foot and directed by my urgent care doctor to stay off it, I came home to see my Mom's Favorite Sugar Cookie recipe open on the kitchen table.. She immediately asked if I would make the cookies for her . Instantly I responded with a curt "No! ..... On second thought... yes... "
At that very instant I decided that while these ARE NOT by any means my favorite cookie .. I mean they might not even fall in my top 10 .. they would be the perfect beginning to my blog ... They are in fact , Sugary, colorful, crisp, yet not my ideal soft lofty sugar cookie, so for me they are... Semi-Sweet....

Read more ( Once I figure out how to  insert a "jump") After the jump

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Welcome All........ and .. me..

Well .. Hello there... is .. this thing on ....? 

Tonight I decided , after much consideration ... and an impulse post on my fb/twitter - followed by an overwhelming positive response ..... to start, This , Food blog.

Expect some serious typo's ... so many things misspelled... Oooh , it could be a total mess for a good long while .. What I hope to do eventually is to  be more like the Pioneer Woman ! .. If you've never seen her blog you are not only missing one of my favorite sites on the entire interdweeb... you are missing some of the BEST recipes and stories and photos.. Oh man .. why are you even still here! ? Go look.. NOW ..

No ! Wait! Finish .. then go look  :)

So on with my thought, I would like to review recipes, restaurants, new foods that I try ... ( In addition to that , I'd LOVE if you all would send in YOUR thoughts/reviews that you'd like me to post, and so on as well ). As soon as I come up with a format for that to work , I will post that and begin that asap! 

So I hope you'll all follow me , read on, try my recipes .... comment, comment, comment!!! and most of all enjoy. 

-Love, Lisamarie 
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