A Flapper Inspired Red Wine & Raspberry Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Feathers

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May 2015

Nostalgia and Wanderlust might be romances cut from the same cloth. Lured by the city I love and the acclaimed director on the bill, I made the effort to see Midnight in Paris in the theater. The scenes absorbed me. In an effort to recall and revel in my time in Paris, I thought of the routes between the landmarks and locations featured in the film. My mind so thoroughly journeyed to Paris, I was disoriented and disappointed to discover Pittsburgh again upon leaving the theater.

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Like me, the film’s protagonist, Gil, is enthralled by Paris. He openly fantasizes about living in the Paris of his dreams- 1920s Paris, when Hemingway, Dalí, Buñuel and Man Ray shared deep thoughts over strong drinks, late into the night.

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Gil’s antithesis in the film, shoots down his nostalgic daydreams, “Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is Golden Age…

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Happy National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day!!!


Today is National Rocky Road Day! Rocky road ice cream is a delicious dessert with an interesting culinary history. In 1929 after the stock market crash, a man named William Dreyer (the founder of Dreyer Ice Cream) calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the original rocky road. He mixed chunky almonds, mini marshmallows, and delicious milk chocolate ice cream to create a new ice cream flavor that would make people smile despite the tough economic times. It instantly became an American favorite and soon became popular all over the world. 

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Your Welcome!!! – Dunkin’ Donuts & Krispy Kreme offering FREE Donuts on Doughnut Day (June 5th)


Dunkin’ Donuts will give away free doughnuts June 5.

The promotion is to honor National Doughnut Day, which was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

You can pick from any doughnut of your choice at Dunkin’ Donuts including the new Chips Ahoy! Crème and Chips Ahoy! Crunch doughnuts.

The offer is good all day while supplies last with the purchase of a beverage. 

Also,Krispy Kremeis offering folks a free confection, including glazed, chocolate iced and custard filled.

No purchase necessary, and the offer is valid while supplies last.

To find a store near you, visit www.krispykreme.com.

National Doughnut Dayis on Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Happy National Donut Day!!! – What’s your favorite Donut? Get FREE Donuts!!!


Today is National Donut Day! Whether it’s powdered, jelly-filled, or frosted, this classic treat is always delicious, making National Donut Day a great reason to celebrate. 

Did you know that National Donut Day began as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938? It is celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, and honors all the female volunteers who served donuts to soldiers behind the front lines during World War I.


To celebrate Donut Day 2014, many eateries are handing out free donuts.Krispy Kremewill be giving away a free donut to every customer (no purchase necessary), whileDunkin’ Donutscustomers will receive a free donut with any beverage purchase. Be sure to check your local and regional donut shops for special promotions as well!

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Six games selected to the World Video Game Hall of Fame – What was your favorite game to play?

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The Strong National Museum of Play has finally selected its first class of video games to enter the World Video Game Hall of Fame.


The six games are: “Doom,” “Pac-Man,” “Pong,” “Super Mario Bros.,” “Tetris” and “World of Warcraft.” With the exception of WoW, all are classic games that gamers have been playing since before the new millennium.


The six games, which were announced Thursday during a special ceremony in Rochester, were chosen by a committee composed of journalists, scholars and video game industry members who based their decision on a selection of criteria: icon status, longevity, geographical reach and wider influence on culture.

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The committee considered some of these games to also be trailblazers in their genre.

Photo Credit: World Video Game Hall of Fame

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Perfect Zucchini Recipe: Charred Zucchini With Summer Pesto

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Ah, the joys of zucchini. It grows so easily that it makes any gardener feel good. But then it keeps coming, and coming….and coming….and then you get so much you can’t even give it away (neither can your neighbors). And god forbid you try to cook it all- your kids will never forgive you if you serve it every night (trust us, we have tried and they haven’t forgotten).

zuczuc1Happily we do have a few recipes that make the bountiful, but otherwise somewhat bland and watery zucchini worth eating throughout the summer. One of our faves is Redcat Zucchini, but that recipe is best done in small batches. What if you are grilling for a group? Well, this charred zucchini recipe is the perfect answer. This recipe is easy, tasty, time-efficient and it features ingredients that should be in your garden or…

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SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE – Fresh Watermelon “Cake”

watermeloncakeI decided to post this because it’s going to be about 85 degrees outside today and why not post some type of fun summer dessert!

I think there are a few ways you could do this, you could just frost it as a huge piece like the picture shows or you could maybe cut it into rounds (like cake pans) and make it a layered cake. I would say before you frost a fresh watermelon to take the excess moisture off with a paper towel so the frosting isn’t sliding down the sides. This also is a good idea for someone’s birthday, maybe the person doesn’t like cake but likes fruit? for the Fourth of July you could make this into a red, white, and blue cake.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Tres Leches Cake

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Cinco de Mayo 2015

Today would be a good day to be a high-school Spanish student. Today all the French and German students would watch you tote chips and salsa to class with jealousy (or Latin, Japanese & Arabic students if you went to a very privileged school with an eye toward the growing global economy). Today is Cinco de Mayo, and even if the historical connotations are fuzzy (you did read them in Spanish after all), one thing is clear: today is a Spanish class party day!

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In thinking back to my own high school, Spanish class, cultural “immersions,” I recall one very late night, when months of procrastination hit me like a prickly cactus. I scoured the then very basic pages of the world wide web and attempted to finish a major report on Spain, taking the necessary breaks to lament my woes over AOL chat and catch the latest gossip…

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