Monthly Archive for June, 2009

ice box dreams


Well it was not so long ago (or maybe it was) that I promised to publish this recipe on the back of ‘Taste This!’ and while entirely unintentional I have to say that the timing is now ideal – it’s summer and what better dessert to make than an ice box cake. (Yes, Foodies, you are safe, no techy talk on this post – just straight up FOOD and it’s the DESSERT variety). Shall we un-cook it? I feel more like a mad scientist concocting new recipes that don’t involve the stove than a cook but due to lack of better lingo – shall we?
DONE!

Whipped Berry Bliss Ice Box Cake

Ingredients

2 cups fresh berries (or if frozen, thaw and drain)
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup white chocolate chips, finely chopped
2 containers (8 oz. each) frozen whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
8-10 Oreo cookies, finely chopped
1 TBS butter, melted
Aluminum foil

Directions

Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with foil, making sure that the ends of the foil extend over the sides of the pan.

Mash two cups of the berries in a large bowl.

Add condensed milk, juice, chocolate and 2 cups of the whipped topping then mix well.

Pour into prepared pan.

Mix chopped cookies and butter and then spoon over whipped topping mixture.

Cover with ends of foil and gently press cookie mixture into whipped topping mixture.

Freeze 6 hours or until firm.

Invert dessert onto serving plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil.

Spread remaining whipped topping onto top and sides of dessert.

Slice remaining 2 cups of strawberries; arrange over dessert.

Serves 6-8.

Et Voila – an ice box dream!

Ready, Set, Prep…

Groceries purchased, lists made and bags are packed. Seems like a whole lot of organization for five minutes of tele but what do I know. This will be one for the books – no pun intended – okay, maybe just this time it was intended. Stay tuned and wish for the best – I certainly am hoping not to make a fool of myself.

If I only I could find the perfect opening line, let the cards (or spatulas) fall where they may.

Recap: The show went well and it really was a lot of fun. Prima and Secondo even got a bit of air time (which they loved)! Here is the clip…and the highlights: we ran out of time to make the second dish and Secondo managed to talk back to me while on camera. Classic! (and he lied by the way!!!!) To follow the show on Twitter go to @viewfromthebay

Click here to view the segment –>The View From the Bay: A Hassle Free No-Cook Meal

On the set at ABC

On the set at ABC

Lost in Transition

While there is a constant acceptance that technology makes things faster and better – there are so many transitions that technology has muttled. No, I am not trying to play devil’s advocate but I am someone who constantly turns things over to examine the proverbial underbelly. My super tractor beam of inquisition is in the hunt for a bit of real talk (and not just because my computer system opted to stop working this past weekend and I am karmicly hell bent to take revenge -no not the shiny new Apple but my old faithful). So let me give you the low down on my observations:

1- Caller ID: while it is nice if you are the person receiving the call to know who you do and don’t want to speak with, this is a very tricky mobile technology nuance. If you respond to your caller by saying simply, ‘Hello, how are you doing?’ How should the caller respond? They can no longer logically say, “Hi X, this is so-and-so.” So does that mean you move onto question #2? Did you just loose your transition to question 2? >Awkward< 2- Facebook and/or Twitter updates scan: Here again, it is unclear if this information serves as a springboard for eliminating pleasantries because maybe you have already read the latest information so you want to jump into some other update and skip right over that person’s feelings. Or perhaps you feel obligated to comment on something important the person posted that could be slightly uncomfortable for them to have you comment on based upon how little (or how intimately) you know the person. A miss step here could prove nearly fatal no matter which way the pendulum swings. >gasp<

3- Wearing your heart on your keyboard: what is too much information and how do you determine who you let in and whom you keep at a distance? Is it possible to really connect with someone that you only ‘sort of knew’ and haven’t talked to in years or maybe never really ever met? I believe it is possible, as we do connect on many different levels, but it certainly does seem like a strange concept when you sketch it out on a laptop. And what IS the transition exactly: do you give that person the 140 character personal bio update? Does this really entirely replace a phone conversation? Transitional confusion prevails as there are no hard/fast rules on this one.

4- Positioning: I am speaking of how you position your business in this tech-ified micro world. I recently read an article about someone I knew many years ago who is in PR and was mortified to learn that her positioning for not really knowing social media was to call herself ‘old school’. Here the transition of ‘appearing’ to kinda-sort-almost understand this marketplace was rendered VOID. (WTF?)

5- Anachronim-ology and Hash tagging: Where to begin? For those of you may not be in the know. There are more acronyms that you can begin to imagine and if you can’t figure out what one of them means like EVOO (extra virgin olive oil – yes remember, I am a Foodie at heart) you can do a search on Google or Yahoo and find out what that new shortened term means. As for hash tags, well that is more of a way to track a conversation or a ‘thread’. By searching on #blogher you will come up with a wealth of information on that topic. Problem here is that as the reader, you’ll have to do your own digging and attempt to transition your input in whatever medium you are utilizing to communicate. Big picture transition- acronyms or hash tags leave you in a quandary of what the person is trying to communicate and can often read like gibberish if you don’t have the patience to drill down to the crux of the conversation.