Elegant Pound Cake for Easy Desserts

For about six dollars, you can purchase three pound-cakes and freeze at least one of them for impromptu occasions when guests appear for coffee and tea. This is a simple cake that some of us find challenging and rather expensive to make (a pound of butter and several eggs are typically used, together with a cup or more of sugar); luckily there are stores like Sam’s Club where one may find bulk-packs of them in the bakery, costing only six dollars for three cakes. Pound-cake freezes very well and is easy to thaw. Slices of pound cake may be festooned with strawberries and cream, for example, or topped with nuts and syrup.  Pound cake can be used for making the classic dessert Baked Alaska or French petits fours. The creative possibilities are infinite with this classic, versatile loaf. To ensure that you always have something at hand to offer guests, a pound cake in the freezer is an easy, inexpensive and elegant solution.

©M-J de Mesterton

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Elegant Pound Cake for Easy Desserts

For about six dollars, you can purchase three pound-cakes and freeze at least one of them for impromptu occasions when guests appear for coffee and tea. This is a simple cake that some of us find challenging and rather expensive to make (a pound of butter and several eggs are typically used, together with a cup or more of sugar); luckily there are stores like Sam’s Club where one may find bulk-packs of them in the bakery, costing only six dollars for three cakes. Pound-cake freezes very well and is easy to thaw. Slices of pound cake may be festooned with strawberries and cream, for example, or topped with nuts and syrup.  Pound cake can be used for making the classic dessert Baked Alaska or French petits fours. The creative possibilities are infinite with this classic, versatile loaf. To ensure that you always have something at hand to offer guests, a pound cake in the freezer is an easy, inexpensive and elegant solution.

©M-J de Mesterton

The Elegant Miguel Torres

The Elegant Miguel A. Torres, Vintner of Spain

03/07/2010

by M-J de M.
Elegant Survival has been featuring wines by Torres of Spain for three years.
Article by Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, “A Spanish Dynasty Looks Forward”
Excerpt:
The elegant, courtly Miguel Torres has mild blue eyes and dresses in the tweedy style of the English country gentry, also favored by the chatelains of Bordeaux. At the age of 68 he seems to retain a youthful sense of curiosity; he has recently decided to take up Japanese and holds his own in a conversation with his Japanese importer, whose annual visit to the sprawling winery complex in Penedès coincides with my own. He drives a Prius, which seems as much a testament to his modest demeanor as to his passion for environmental issues. He stopped using pesticides 20 years ago and he’s committed to reducing CO2 emissions at the winery 30% by 2020. He’s also bought land in the cooler highlands near the Pyrenees, in case global warming makes the lowland vineyards in Penedès too hot for viticulture in the future.
~~Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, July 3rd, 2010
Elegant Garnacha: TORRES MALENA

The Elegant Miguel Torres

The Elegant Miguel A. Torres, Vintner of Spain

03/07/2010

by M-J de M.
Elegant Survival has been featuring wines by Torres of Spain for three years.
Article by Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, “A Spanish Dynasty Looks Forward”
Excerpt:
The elegant, courtly Miguel Torres has mild blue eyes and dresses in the tweedy style of the English country gentry, also favored by the chatelains of Bordeaux. At the age of 68 he seems to retain a youthful sense of curiosity; he has recently decided to take up Japanese and holds his own in a conversation with his Japanese importer, whose annual visit to the sprawling winery complex in Penedès coincides with my own. He drives a Prius, which seems as much a testament to his modest demeanor as to his passion for environmental issues. He stopped using pesticides 20 years ago and he’s committed to reducing CO2 emissions at the winery 30% by 2020. He’s also bought land in the cooler highlands near the Pyrenees, in case global warming makes the lowland vineyards in Penedès too hot for viticulture in the future.
~~Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, July 3rd, 2010
Elegant Garnacha: TORRES MALENA

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