Month: April 2012

Review: Take a Bao, Studio City

My friend Evy always introduces me to new restaurants in Los Angeles. She works on commercials, and experiences the catering skills of any number of culinary experts on a daily basis for free as part of her job. Right before Passover she contacted me because she had been wanting to check out a place in Studio City for the longest time, and hey, that’s just around the corner from me! That picture up there. Those things are called “boas”. They are these little sandwiches that are filled with all sorts of things. I am not sure of their origin, except to say it was an Asian themed restaurant. The bread is the thing. So doughy. OMG, I’m thinking of it now! Yummm. Two other things to note: I will not speak of the other food there. Not worth talking about. Spend your money on the boas. The second thing is to try the mint julep. Holp Schnikey that was good! They have lovely outdoor seating, free valet, a cool vibe, and some interesting cuisine. It’ …

Outcakes #1 – Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake

I’m starting a new topic for my blog. See, I’ve posted many great recipes here for your baking pleasure, but I have a serious problem. Many of the cakes I feature where photographed last year, when I wasn’t any good at food photography! It just hurts my heart that some of my truly terrific cakes were not given the same treatment by the blog-viewing public as other because of my poor picture-taking skills. As I was sitting down one evening talking this problem over with my friend Evy she was like “You need to have a series of outages, but for cakes. OUTCAKES!” And here we are, my first OUTCAKES post. This one is dedicated to my most requested cake of all time – the Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake. This cake is so popular, it was requested by my friend Sarala, for her birthday, several months in advance. As you can see this cake is topped with maraschino cherries. I hear you loud and clear: “MARASCHINO CHERRIES AREN’T KOSHER!!!” Well, that’s not totally true, …

DIY Bunting Place Cards Tutorial

Oh, I just love my DIY bunting place cards. Place cards just make an event to personal and special, don’t you agree? The person touch is especially evident when names are written by hand and each little seat marker shows the effort of the host. Oh, hey there – in case you didn’t know you’ve landed on DIY Wednesday! Do you want to do some crafts? I do! DIY BUNTING PLACE CARDS What you will need: Card stock rulerpenscissorswhite fabric (such as muslin)yarnhot glue gun + glueand a sharpie (your choice of color) First, measure out and mark how large you want your place cards to be. I wanted the actual face of the place care to be 2″ x 3″, and you folder the place card in half, so I cut out 4″ x 3″ rectangles. Count out how many letters you are going to need, and cut out as many diamond shapes to correspond with the letters. You will be folding these diamonds in half. Place a dab of hot glue on one …

Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

Good news everybody, I started a new job! Woohoo! Bad news everybody, I’ve been so busy with the new job I have been eating out waaay too much. It is time to get my crockpot skills down, and in a huge way. Today I bring you a really good easy recipe that is not only easy, it’s the kind of thing even your kids will like. Why? Cause it’s got honey and chicken – and what kid doesn’t like that? Now a common thing I’ve found with most crockpot recipes is that they require you cook the meat for odd amounts of time. Like, anywhere between 3 to 6 hours. The problem is, who goes to work and arrives back home in just 3 to 6 hours? Who sleeps between just 3 to 6 hours? Well, I’m sure some people do, but I don’t. I believe my crockpot disasters are due in large part to leaving the meat in the crockpot for 8+ hours. Here’s what’s good about this recipe: because everything ends up in …

Review: 3rd Annual Slumdog Pesach (Part 2)

Last week I reviewed the pre-party preparations, but what’s a party without guests? Thank G-d for Smart and Final! I love these tin service deals with the flame underneath! It made an authentic Indian buffet experience without the food poisoning. On one side I put the not so spicy dishes and on the other side the spicy(er) dishes. As always I put rice to the side for those who eat rice during Pesach as well as an Israeli Salad. Here’s what I served with a link to the recipe: Kumi Ori Tandoori Chicken Coconut Ginger Chicken Aloo Gobi Chicken Tikka Masala Beef Kofta Madras Beef Curry I also had the signature Slumdog Pesach Sour Apple Martinis, but this year, because we were drinking out of mason jars, I made a big martini mixture in a serving carafe. I have a large apartment for a Los Angeles 1 bedroom, but people still express their concern when I talk about a sit-down party with 16 people. But I can do it! I knew I could do it …

Shabbos Specials: Happy Birthday Israel!

This Shabbos is very special because we are celebrating Israel’s birthday! You are looking at a birthday cake for Israel I did from last year that bleeds blue, and is complete with parve icing! The cake recipe, I’m not going to share – it didn’t meet up to Miri in the Village standards. If you would like a good dyeable white cake recipe those look to my recipe for the World’s Best White Cake or even the Lavender Chamomile Cake – with the change using regular milk instead of the herbal infused milk. What also makes this Shabbos special is that today I am giving you a two-for. First, I am going to give you a great recipe for Parve icing that tastes just like marshmallows! Second, I am going to tell you how to get pre-printed cake bunting! Woot! Ok, here we go. PARVE SWISS MERENGUE FROSTING (THAT TASTES LIKE MARSHMALLOWS) (adapted from Call Me Cupcake) Ingredients: 5 large egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Put egg whites and sugar in a …

DIY Painted Candle Holders Tutorial

Do you see all the beautiful pictures of parties and weddings on Pinterest and pine to put on something swank? Or perhaps you want to do something really special for a loved one like a fun and personal party, yet your wallet is telling you a different tale? Thank Heavens you ended up on my blog and it’s DIY Wednesday! Today we are going to make some painted candle holders, and they are totally cute. 🙂 I bought vases from from the dollar store ($1 each, of course), a can of white spray paint, also of a dollar, some left over yarn I had in craft supplies, and some tea light candles I had on hand. So all in all, making 6 Candle holders cost me $7. Easy, easy stuff! What you will need: Tall vases you can fit a votive candle in Yarn Spray paint Votive candles Take the yarn and tie it once around as tight as you can with a sturdy knot. Then tightly wrap the yarn around the vase until you …

And the Winner Is…

The comment winner of the Miri in the Village Cupcake Sweepstakes is… ROMAN WOOD! And the winner from the Facebook Fanpage is Rebecca Z.!Congratulations Roman and Rebecca! You have each just won 2 dozen cupcakes of your choice! Thank you everyone for participating. Look forward to more of these giveaways in the future! ~Miri

World’s Best Chocolate Buttercream Recipe

Oh my, what a relief to be able to blog about normal cake stuff again! Passover just seemed so long this year. Maybe because I had to make my kitchen kosher for Passover like a week ahead of time. Chametz, I missed you! NEVER LEAVE! Chocolate lovers gather round! I have for you a super light, silky, not-too-sweet chocolate confection for you that I may or may not have snuck a spoonful into my mouth once or twice. This buttercream will make all your wildest dreams come true. Well, let’s just say it’s really good. I brought it to this women’s thing, and there were many who commented that they just wanted a bag of this frosting by itself. I can’t blame them. I want a bag of this stuff right now too. WORLD’S BEST CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM (adapted from Baby Cakes by Rachel) Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups sugar 5 large egg whites 4 sticks (or 1 pound) unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 6 oz of bittersweet chocolate (or bittersweet chocolate chips) 2 …

Review: 3rd Annual Slumdog Pesach (Part 1)

Hello! and welcome to the 3rd Annual Slumdog Pesach post that I have been ranting on about for the last month! It was a long, arduous journey, but so worth it. This post is only part 1 where I tell you about all the prep work and show pretty pictures of before the time when people come over. The picture below shows two DIY projects that I will have posts for in the future: panted vases and tissue paper flowers. The vases also contained pinwheels and flowers from my own flower boxes on the porch. Another future DIY post: handmade bunting place cards! This one belongs to Krystal. Both she and her husband Tony were a huge help in putting this on. Thank you guys! So pretty! So girly! I love it! I used brown butcher paper I got at the dollar store. $1 for 15 feet! As you can see, I used those wonderful DIY Passover Plates (tutorial here) to bring together the back yard BBQ theme. Completing this look were the pre-tied utensils …