New pics are up! I was invited to make sweets by Jewelry by Monica Lauren for a holiday event last weekend. Check out her beautiful pieces. The open house and sale donates a portion of their proceeds to community needs. The event was hosted at a grand old Craftsman home in South Pasadena. Each artist was featured in a different room of the home. My decorated Texas chocolate sheet cake bites were hosted outside. The event started at noon and people immediately began rambling through the home speaking to artisans about their wares and purchasing on the spot. Many vendors sold via the Square market and made sales on mobile devices. You can tell from the pictures this is a bunch of incredibly talented artists. I made fresh chocolate mini cake bites decorated with chopped pecans, others with crystallized iceberg rose petals. The best part is the buttery fudge frosting on the top.
Street Art, a set on Flickr.
I stumbled on these murals along Christiansen Alley, which runs parallel to the first block of shops along the North side of Colorado Boulevard (it’s the alley to Sur le Table and Paper Source). Love! Another reason I find living here inspiring, art and trees everywhere. Get out and experience a different path today. Enjoy, Shelly xoxo
This is the perfect buttermilk pancake! Hands down, a must add to your cookbook recipes. Light, tender and crispy on the outside.
- 2 cups (10 oz.) all-purpose flour (or mix 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 cup whole-wheat flour)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk (increase 1/4 if using wheat-flour option)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1-2 teaspoons canola oil mixed with 1-2 teaspoons butter
- Preheat oven to 200 F. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray and set it inside a baking sheet then place the baking sheet in the oven.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Create a well in the center of the mixture. Add the buttermilk, sour cream, beaten eggs and cooled melted butter to the dry ingredients and whisk gently just until combined – the batter will be lumpy and it’s fine if there are a few streaks of flour. (Avoid over-mixing.) Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil/butter mixture in a 12-inch nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Once the oil starts shimmering, use paper towels to wipe the pan so only a thin, even coating of oil covers the bottom and sides. Use a 1/4 cup measure to portion the batter into the pan. Cook on the first side until the edges are set and bubbles form on the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes on the second side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the pancakes to the wire rack in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter, adding the rest of the oil/butter mixture to the pan if necessary.
I like to add precooked bacon strips to the pancakes before I turn them over.
Makes about 16 pancakes