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Headed to a Potluck? Here Are Three Easy Dessert Recipes!

January 29, 2015 6:04 pm

A friend asked you to provide the dessert at an upcoming potluck dinner, but you’re drawing a blank about what type of sweet treat to prepare. If you want to make a creative, tasty dessert that doesn’t require a professional baker’s expertise, these three recipes can help.

Key Lime Whoopie Pies [Martha Stewart]
Martha Stewart’s Key Lime Whoopie Pies combine two classic desserts into one sweet and sour confection. The recipe makes individual whoopie pies for 20 people, and each one features cinnamon and sugar-flavored cake and a bright lime and cream cheese icing interior that tastes just like traditional key lime pie.

1 Pan Fudge Cake [Food.com]
If your friends or family are chocolate lovers, they’ll absolutely adore this simple 1 Pan Fudge Cake. It takes just 25 minutes to make, and the blend of rich cocoa, classic vanilla, and generous amounts of sugar give it a fudge-like texture that makes the perfect decadent dessert.

Angel Food Cake [Taste of Home]
Everyone loves angel food cake, especially when it’s homemade and served with fresh berries, thick whipped cream. and the company of good friends. This simple recipe has a much heartier texture than angel food cakes made from a mix, and it’s flavored with the signature almond extract that gives it its distinct taste.

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Expect Gourmet Casual Dining at Granville

January 21, 2015 5:06 pm

Why should enjoying a quality meal prepared by people who care about good food also require you to spend and arm and a leg? Why should wanting the freshest, natural, local and healthy ingredients also require enduring a snobby or pretentious environment? The proprietors of Granville don’t think it should, and judging by the growth of this small LA-area chain, lots of folks agree with them!

Parking at the location in Studio City can be tricky, but once you are inside you’ll find that the decor and ambiance make this a great location for a casual date or meal with friends. The menu changes regularly and typically includes artisan pizzas, delicious burgers, and an array of soups, salads, and shareable plates, not to mention an extensive beer and wine list. Best of all, when the bill arrives you’ll find it no more expensive than any other casual dining chain.

Granville
12345 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 506-7050
www.granvillecafe.com/home
www.yelp.com/biz/granville-studio-city

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What to Look for When Shopping for Quality Cashmere

January 14, 2015 5:05 pm

Whether you purchase it secondhand or invest in a brand-new piece, cashmere is a luxurious material that every fashion lover should have in his or her closet. A soft cashmere scarf or sweater is incredibly cozy when cold weather comes around, but it can also be quite pricey. Here are a few tips for what to look for when shopping for cashmere to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. Check for two-ply yarn. Truly high quality cashmere sweaters are made of two-ply yarn, a type of yarn that is made of two individual “legs” that prevent the garment from torqueing. Be sure to purchase two-ply instead of the lesser quality one-ply.
  2. Check the stitching. Look closely at the garment to see if the stitching is loose and open or if it is tight and closed. Open stitching could lead to pilling down the line, so be sure to avoid cashmere items unless the stitching is almost impossible to see.
  3. Use your senses. If you’re prepared to invest in a high quality cashmere pieces, you likely have something in mind about what it should look and feel like. Using your own senses is one of the best ways to tell if cashmere is made well, so get up close and rub it with your fingers, try it on and inspect the color clarity to see if the quality is up to snuff.

What to consider when purchasing a cashmere garment [CCMI]
What Do I Need to Consider When Buying Cashmere? [Real Simple]
7 Secrets of Cashmere [Marie Claire]
Expert Tips on How To Buy a Cashmere Sweater [The Vivant]

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