[Events] No plans Thursday? Make your way to Let Them Tweet Cake meet-up, 3.22.12

A slice of pound cake with strawberry filling from Sweet Surrender. Effects by Pixlr-o-matic.

It’s that time of the month — time for cake, tech talk and good times.

The ladies (and couple of gentlemen) of Let Them Tweet Cake will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sweet Surrender Dessert Café, 1804 Frankfort Ave., Louisville.

Here are some topics that could be discussed, courtesy of organizer and Consuming Louisville blogger Michelle Jones:

As always we’ll be disussing all manner of tech and social media related topics. We might talk about the new iPad, Facebook’s IPO, Instagram coming to Android, Path’s privacy snafu and lots of other interesting topics.

Shout-out to Christine Vaughn and Apple Patch for sponsoring this month’s meeting. Free cake for everyone!

I’m having a sad because I will be out of town that night, so someone pour a little out for the homie who won’t be there.

Treat yo’self and others at Ghyslain on Market’s first anniversary celebration

Chicken curry naan and a side of fruit from Ghyslain on Market.


I love being frugal, but occasionally, you have to treat yo’self and others. 

Ghyslain on Market is a good place to do so.

This French bistro on East Market Street in NuLu has delicious sandwiches, pastries and other sweets that are perfect for a midday pick-me-up.

And next month, Ghyslain on Market will celebrate a year in Louisville by sponsoring a supply drive for Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give a Day, a city-wide service initiative that helps kick off the Kentucky Derby Festival.

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, patrons can receive a free Vanilla Crème Brûlée with the purchase of entrée when they bring in a donation for St. Joseph Children’s Home. Did you read that, people? FREE FANCY DESSERT. Sandwiches and entrees start at $10, and it’s worth every buck.

Here are some of the items that St. Joseph Children’s Home needs:

  • Nightlights
  • Beach towels
  • Wrapping paper and gift bags
  • Adult-size socks
  • Individually-sized snacks

For more info, visit the websites of Ghyslain, St. Joseph Children’s Home, or Give a Day.

Three things you should do in honor of Pi Day

Looked at a calender today?

It’s March 14, or 3.14, aka Pi Day (π), a celebration of the most awesome-est number (it’s true).

Here are some ways to celebrate the big day:

  1. Grab a slice of a different kind of pie at the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie KitchenI’m a fan of the Double Crust Apple Pie. YUM.
  2. Try and recite as many digits of pi as you can. There’s A LOT more after the 3.14.
  3. Wish my dad a happy birthday. What’s not to love about this guy?
Happy birthday, Daddy!

Cooking tip: Freeze your dough ahead of time to ease holiday baking

The depths of my freezer.

This will be a homemade Christmas season for the Ashlee Eats empire.

I’m making a lot of gifts for my family and friends this year, so they should expect lots of [SPOILER ALERT] baked goodies.

But next week, I will start a new day job*, and I have seven people and counting for whom to bake dozens of cookies. When will I have the time?

The Kitchn, my favorite food blog, answered that question in this post about freezing cookie dough.

You can save lots of stress later by taking advantage of the free time you have now by doing the heavy lifting now. Here’s how, according to The Kitchn:

  • Prepare your cookie dough according to recipe directions.
  • Roll dough into little balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for about an hour or until the dough balls are frozen.
  • Pop the dough balls into a freezer bag. Don’t forget to write the name of the cookie, the date the dough was frozen and baking instructions.
  • Whenever you’re ready for the cookies, bake as normal with a couple of extra minutes added on to the baking time.

I’ve baked three batches of cookies so far that are sitting pretty in my freezer. I will also bake a cake or two ahead of time and freeze them for later, another tip I got from this post at The Kitchn

Has anyone else tried baking ahead of the craziness of the holidays?

 

*Yep, after six months of unemployment, I got a new job at Humana. Read more about it on my Twitter feed and look out for a blog post in the next few days.

Join me at Let Them Tweet Cake’s November meetup tonight, 11.10.11

Want to eat some cake, talk technology and hang out with me and a bunch of cool ladies?

The next meetup for Let Them Tweet Cake, an organization for women interested in technology and media, is today at 6:30 p.m. at the bakery Sweet Surrender, 1804 Frankfort Avenue. Don’t worry, dudes, you’re welcome, too.

Tonight’s event is sponsored by local author Shiloh Walker, who has a new book out called “If You Hear Her.”

So now it’s time for a roll call: Who’s going to join me? This is a great way to meet interesting, fun people in Louisville.

 

Let Them Tweet Cake November Meetup

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 10, 2011

Sweet Surrender, 1804 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, Ky.

Which local spot will have ice cream, pie and a wide range of liquor?

This was a big week for ice cream in Louisville.

Relative-newcomer The Comfy Cow opened its third location on Frankfort Avenue at the location of the old Genny’s Diner Wednesday. And late Thursday night, this tidbit popped up on my Facebook timeline from Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen:

According to comments from the folks who operate Pie Kitchen’s Facebook page, this cafe will also be on Frankfort Avenue. I have a feeling the dessert scene is about to get HOT.

Time for some dessert and technology talk at this month’s Let Them Tweet Cake meet-up

It’s that time again, ladies.

Let Them Tweet Cake, a meet-up for women (and a few dudes) who are interested in talking tech and eating sweets, will take place at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, August 3, at Sweet Surrender at 1804 Frankfort Avenue. Here’s a blurb from Michelle at Consuming Louisville, the organizer of the Tweet Cake events:

A lot has happened in the world of technology, mobile apps, social media and the internet this summer so we’re going to have lots of good stuff to talk about.

I’ll be there. Who else is coming?

The Sweet Fix: Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

(Blogger’s note: The Sweet Fix is an occasional feature that will run throughout the summer featuring ice cream and dessert places in the Louisville. Have a suggestion? Let me know.)

Gadzooks, that's a lot of chocolate.

There’s always a line when I visit the Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen on Bardstown Road in the Lower Highlands.

The shop, one of nine locations throughout the area, is near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road, a corridor filled with bars, restaurants and plenty of people who want some dessert after an evening out.

Though Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen is open year-round, this location is bustling during the summer as customers skip the cakes, pies and cookies and head toward the only dessert that can provide some relief from this monstrous humidity — ice cream.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen employees begin churning the ice cream each day at 7 a.m. They spend the rest of the day with their arm halfway down the dozens of buckets, scraping up scoops of delectable dairy to pack into cones and cups.

My favorite thing about this dessert shop is its 25-cent ice cream scoop day about which I have previously blogged. For one day in the summer, Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen sells scoops of ice cream for a quarter each. As you can imagine, the lines are long and the employees are tired. But is it worth it? INDEED.

Rob, Roscoe and I made our way to Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen near the end of the 25-cent scoop day. Since Rob had to wait outside with Roscoe (sorry, no pups allowed inside), he requested that I surprise him with a scoop of something with chocolate in it. I fulfilled this request fourfold when I brought Rob a scoop of Peace, Love and Chocolate, a flavor that is made up of four different kids of chocolate.

Scroll back to the top of the page to take a look at Rob’s reaction to all the chocolate-y goodness of his scoop. I took a lick (or two) myself. I didn’t know you could pack so much chocolate into ice cream. It tasted like the dairy equivalent of eating a handful of Hershey’s Kisses drizzled with chocolate sauce with chocolate shavings sprinkled on top. Yum.

Though the 25-cent day is over, it’s still worth swinging by Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen for something sweet. That Peace, Love and Chocolate was definitely delicious enough for me to shell out the full price.

Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

1041 Bardstown Road, and eight other locations throughout Kentuckiana

 

In a Harry Potter depression? Cook up some wizard-worthy treats to get by

I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself once I see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2, or HP7II, as I refer to it.

Four years ago, I mourned the end of the book series after I locked myself in my D.C. apartment and spent eight hours reading Deathly Hollows cover to cover.

Fortunately, I still had the movies to look forward to, the movies that always took the story that had become so familiar to me over the years and gave it an exciting live-action treatment.

But the theatrical tale of Potter and Posse ends after the movie premieres at midnight.

Besides seeing Deathly Hollows at least two times and rereading the series, what should a HP fan like me do to cope?

NPR suggests some grown-up books for the HP set. Or you could hack into some road signs to show your love of Ol’ Harry. But I will turn to the coping mechanism that comforts me when life throws me for a loop — cooking.

The Harry Potter books are full of references to culinary treats both imaginary and real. So in our time of mourning, dear fellow fans, here’s a look at some websites that provide recipes for some of the treats J.K. Rowling included in HP’s world.

  • Like the junk food that the kids eat at Hogwarts? Here are recipes for Acid Pops, Cockroach Clusters (minus the cockroaches), Licorice Wands and Chocolate Frogs. (The Pastry Affair)
  • I always thought Butterbeer had a little bit of adult beverage in it, even though it was sold to minors (those crazy liberal Europeans … I kid, I kid). Anyhow, this recipe for the popular wizarding drink is alcohol free and sounds pretty tasty. (The Pastry Affair)
  • MuggleNet, the best site for all things Potter, has a comprehensive list of HP recipes. Highlights include Golden Snitch Cake Pops and Fever Fudge. (MuggleNet)
  • If you want to get more in depth with the magic in your kitchen, consider buying a Harry Potter cookbook. (Amazon)

Bits and pieces: Cheesecake Factory, downtown distillery and other food news from the web, 7.11.11

  • Ever wanted to try all the cheesecake selections at the Cheesecake Factory? A group of writers did, and they lived to blog about it. And you can check out this slideshow to see if how many you have tried. (Serious Eats)
  • Some kids in a Cleveland suburb were robbed at their lemonade stand. The bandits made off with at least $13.50. Somewhere, an angel is crying. (Huffington Post)
  • A Michigan woman could face 93 days in jail for planting a vegetable garden in her front yard. Yikes. (Gawker)
  • A distillery is going to renovate and set up shop in a historic building in downtown Louisville. Operations are expected to begin n 2013. (Business First of Louisville)