August 31, 2010

Brooklyn. Home at last!

This is what I love about Brooklyn.  I just jumped on my bike to go up to Prospect Heights and register my son at LAVA for this very cool gymnastics program.  On the way down (slight slope), I stopped at a bike store, Ride Brooklyn, and picked up a new set of Linus panniers, in navy blue canvas, a new bike lock which wraps and leaves more room for locking around impossible situations and a nice loud bell.  Cling, cling!   Then after that, I sat down in this lovely organic kitchen, right next door, called Sun in Bloom. It was really lovely. Nice relaxing... and the scramble that I had was yummy.  Spicy and fresh.  I won't mention my next stop, it was personal.  But if you know the block, you can guess.

I love Brooklyn. It's nice to get away sometimes, and breath fresh air. To see some other types of wild life. But I have to say...   living in Brooklyn really keeps you alive.

August 27, 2010

The Ganache that Tasted of Mint

And you didn't think I could do it! But I did! My very own Mint Chocolate Ganache!
I made this in June for my husbands birthday, and just never had time to post it before the summer break and the big redesign. Well now you have it.

(courtesy of Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)
Makes one 9'' layer cake.

3 sticks butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted, plus more for pans
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup sour cream
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Mint-chocolate ganache (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9x2 inch round cake pans; dust with cocoa butter, taping out excess. In a medium bowl, whick together cocoa and hot water, until smooth. Whisk in sour cream. Set aside and let cool. Into another medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the cocoa mixture and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined.

Divide batter between prepared pans; smooth with an offset spatula. Bake approximately 45-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool. After 15 minutes of cooling, take cakes out of pans, and let cool completely on the wire racks.

MINT CHOCOLATE GANACHE (makes about 7 cups)

4 cups of heavy cream
2 lbs of quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pour peppermint extract

Empty chocolate into a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream to a full boil. Turn off heat. Pour heated cream onto chocolate, and let melt for approximately 2-3 minutes. Slowly whisk until smooth. Add the corn syrup, salt and peppermint extract, and stir until well combined. Let set.

Using a serrated knife, trim the tops of the cake to make levels even. Transfer one of the layers to a cake serving dish, lined with strips of parchment paper. Use 1/2 of prepared ganache over first layer. Let set. Add second layer to cake, and pour the rest of the ganache over the top - let the ganache fall over the sides. Put cake into the refridgerator to set completely.

Before service, remove the parchment paper to create a clean edge along the cake plate. Garnish with a couple of mint leaves, if desired.
(thanks to Kitchen Talk for letting me copy the recipe so I didn't have to re-write it)

August 26, 2010

The First Kodak Moment: America Captured in Time

This is just a sample (80 in total) of an amazing group of images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. They are some of the only color photographs taken between 1939 and 1943 of the effects of the Depression on America's rural and small town populations.

The clarity and color of the photos are so amazing, and sometimes it looks like photos that could be from today. But the details in the pictures give away a time, now long lost. And although the people in these photographs look hard, and look like they are going through hard times, there is a sense of pride, hope and belief.

I wonder today, how many of the people in the same circumstances feel, inside.

1 Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Homesteaders. My family, on my mother's side comes from homesteaders. They were Homesteaders of arthurdale, West Virginia. Arthurdale, WV, was first known as “The Reedsville Project” by the government employees who were sent there to establish the first New Deal community under the first of three Franklin Delano Roosevelt administrations. I have been there several times, and have sifted through some amazing photos from our family.

Children in the tenement district. Brockton, Massachusetts, December 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains. White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, June 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

4 Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Jack Whinery, homesteader, and his family. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Faro Caudill family eating dinner in their dugout. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Clinton, Iowa, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

M-4 tank crews of the United States. Fort Knox, Kentucky, June 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

View the original article with all 80 photos on the Denver Post Blog:

The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

August 25, 2010

IFB’S EVOLVING INFLUENCE : I want to go to there!

Fashion bloggers reached new prominence in 2010, but this is only the beginning of an industry-changing movement. Kick off New York Fashion Week with a day of seminars hosted by Independent Fashion Bloggers. Eight pioneering experts will join IFB on September 9 to share in-depth information about how their blogs catapulted them to new career heights. Whether you want to become a major player, monetize your blog or just get inspired, IFB has the resources you need.
Date: September 9, 2010
Conference 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Good Units, Hudson Hotel 356 W 58th St, @9th Ave NYC
Register online through IFB for $60
Register at the door for $75

For more information, visit IFB online

August 24, 2010

The Troops Go Marching On

Hello my dear readers!
It has been some time since I've properly blogged. I've been spending the summer revising my blogs design. First it was the surface, but then there was the interior to tackle. It didn't really want to do what I was trying to do! But, alas, some modifications, and now I have it under control! I've added some nice graphics to go with my "labels or categories". And I've even added a twitter gadget.

You might wonder, if your one of my followers from before Lady Warfield, why I changed the name of the blog. I'm not sure I can truly express this. But, just to simplify, I needed something fresh. Mommydrinks, is great, and you can still email me there (if you know the email).. but I am not just a mommy. And I find that term defines me, in my blog, as a mommy and as a mommy who drinks. I am both. But I am more.

Also, why Lady Warfield Presents? I think that is self explanatory!

and here I go now... marching to the tune of my own beat!

(This is an original 1950-54 West Point uniform from my own personal collection.  Donated to me by the original Great Santini him self... my father)

August 15, 2010

Ladies in the Country

Absolutely massive red tractor presented by Lady Warfield and The Elegant Lady Sonya.