This is one of Bob Greene’s recipes
I wanted to make it vegetarian so I substituted ‘Gimme Lean’ for the ground beef. I also subbed canned lentils for the kidney beans, left out the red pepper and added 2 to 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
2 heart-shaped foil pans (8 inch)
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 can (8.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Cupcake Icing cloud white
1 can (8.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Cupcake Icing petal pink
White candy sprinkles
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Easy Flow black decorating icing
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Easy Flow white decorating icing
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker® Easy Flow red decorating icing
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray bottoms of foil pans. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 8-inch pans. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove cakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
2. For bride cake, place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Frost cake with white cupcake icing. Using pink icing, frost upper portion of heart cake in V-shape for skin. Using writing tip and white cupcake icing, pipe lace design on dress and V-shaped edge of dress. Use white candy sprinkles to make pearl necklace.
3. For groom cake, place remaining cake layer on serving plate. Frost cake with black decorating icing, leaving V-shape at top of cake. Using white decorating icing, frost V-shape for shirt. Using black decorating icing, pipe black buttons and lapels. Using red decorating icing, pipe red bow tie on shirt. Store loosely covered.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons mild-flavor molasses
1-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
Gingerbread Cookie Cocktail
1 oz Gingerbread Simple Syrup (2 tablespoons)
1 oz vanilla vodka (2 tablespoons)
1 oz half-and-half (2 tablespoons)
1/2 oz coffee liqueur (1 tablespoon)
1. To make Gingerbread Simple Syrup, mix sugar, water, molasses, gingerroot, cinnamon sticks and cloves in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Strain syrup into glass jar; discard spices. Cover jar, and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
2. To prepare cocktail, moisten rim of chilled martini glass with orange wedge. Sprinkle brown sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1 ounce gingerbread simple syrup, vodka, half-and-half and coffee liqueur; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass.
Tip: If you can’t find mild-flavor molasses you can use full-flavor molasses but reduce the amount by 1 tablespoon.
Stuffed peppers are a homey meal that can be adapted to fit most tastes. Choose either ground beef or turkey or make the dish vegetarian by substituting black or pinto beans for the meat. This dish is also an easy way to get extra nutrients, including vitamins A and C and folate, from the red bell pepper by using it as a vessel to hold the main course.
This is also an easy meal for one or two. Use leftover filling for a burrito or another meal.
— Jeanne Besser
I see many tourist come through New Orleans with there expensive DSLR cameras, and they always want to shoot at night the many beautiful locations that New Orleans has to offer. However, many people always come up short because they use either a fast Film Speed and/or flash. The secret as most of you may know is first a Trp-Pod, Slow film speed (ISO 100 or lower) and a long expsosure.
This shot was taken with
2) F/16 for DOF [wide apertures are a mistake as they can increase your chance of flare]
3)A clean lens free of dust (Most important)
4)Long exposure as I used 30 seconds (You want to bath you film or CCD in as much light stopping down on you aperture as much as possible.
5)Always Keep your EV value at 0
6) Manual Focus- Spend about five minutes looking at your seen or subject through your lens, allow time for you eyes to adjust. Then get the sharpest focus you can produce manually.
7_Manual Exposure- Dont depend on Aperture or shutter priorities, true pros shot with manual exposure. Also Use your spot meter feature when shooting night.
The recipe above should produce the results that I have achieved above everytime.
A good book to read on Night Photography:
"The Complete Guide to Night and Low Light Photography" by Lee Frost
Pick it up at any borders or Barnes & Noble