Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake

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Dark chocolate and orange are a classic combination in this decadent dessert. With Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur), orange juice, and orange rind strips on top, this cake is zinging with citrus.

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Ingredients

Cooking spray
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 tablespoon hot water
Dash of salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Powdered sugar (optional)
Orange rind strips (optional)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Coat an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray; line bottom of pan with parchment or wax paper. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil.

3. Place 3/4 cup sugar and eggs in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 7 minutes.

4. Combine cornstarch and cocoa in a small bowl; set aside. Place juice, liqueur, water, salt, and chocolate in a small glass bowl; microwave at high 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture; whisk until smooth.

5. Gently stir one-fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold into remaining egg mixture. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Place pan in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to larger pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes or until top is set. Remove cake pan from water; cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with powdered sugar and rind just before serving, if desired.

New York Fashion Week and the Project Runway Finale Show

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Words cannot express how excited I was to get in to see this show.  Great big fun meeting all the designers!!

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NYFW- The Mimi Plange Show

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Mimi Plange is an architect turned fashion designer. These fashions represent her 5th year collection.

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New York Fashion Week and My Birthday!

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On Wednesday, we arrived in New York, another town where I have lived and miss more than I can say. As part of my birthday week, some friends decided to help me take my town back. My birthday is 9/11 and I have not visited New York on my birthday since the day became something else here. Since Fashion Week falls during my birthday celebration, the timing just seemed right.
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At An American in Paris on Broadway. Simply awesome!!

Sunday Reflections

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BIRTHDAY WEEK 2015!!!

I am eagerly looking to the week ahead, another birthday for TenaciousM!! Happy Sunday and stay tuned… the best is yet to come!
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