Freshening Up…

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It is still January and, as such, I know that winter is far from over.  But the weather this past week here in the San Francisco Bay Area has given me a touch of Spring Fever.  This, combined with the start of a fresh New Year, has left me with the itch to clean, polish, reorganize…clear the cobwebs.  If you follow this little space known as The Dinner Concierge, you may have noticed a few changes in our appearance recently.  Nothing drastic…but subtle nips, tucks and a fresh coat of polish.  This little seed, which I planted four months ago and have been tending to everyday since, has been growing.  I have learned so much since that first day {staring at a blank computer screen as the children headed off to school} and I continue to make new discoveries, everyday.  My little corner of the world has expanded, quite literally.  I now entertain regular “dinner guests” across the United States as well as in Canada, Brazil, Australia, France, Belgium, Denmark & the United Kingdom.  I love receiving all of your notes…keep them coming for they truly brighten my day!

Now, follow me, I will take you on a spin around my office …

Up there, right above that lovely new header image, I have added a couple of new menu tabs:

  • Sunday Dinners ~ it is how our family kicks off the new week ahead so we try and make it special.  We set the table and dine in the dining room {most other evenings we eat in the kitchen}.  I usually try and make something that I wouldn’t normally attempt during the week because of time constraints.  Sunday left-overs are re-invented to become children’s lunches or even a second dinner {occasionally, even a third dinner}.  I receive the most mail about our Sunday dinners.  All things considered, I felt Sunday Dinners deserved a spot up at the top of the page.
  • My Rolodex ~ I frequently am asked about my resources for things such as meat, cheese, linens, etc. So here you go!  I will continue to add to this page regularly so keep checking in!

Next stop:

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a thing for monograms.  The letter K appeared on almost everything I owned in college.  Our wedding monogram was the first item on my to-do list after becoming engaged and within the first few days following each child’s birth I ordered their monogram plates through Tiffany & Co.  So, it only seemed natural that a “K” would brand my space here.  It follows me wherever I go…Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.  It is super easy to spot in those “neighborhoods” so, if you see the “K” say hello!

Stay in Touch ~ Speaking of “those neighborhoods”…I own a bit of real estate on each of those blocks.  Yes, it is a bit of a juggle maintaining all of those properties, so if one doesn’t look as fresh as the others, bear with me…I will eventually make my way around the block!  Click on any one {or all} of those buttons to leave a note or see what I am up to.

Subscription Options ~ Don’t want to miss a thing?  Pick your method of delivery {RSS Feed, E-mail or Facebook} and I will come to you!  No effort required.

BlogLovin’ ~ There are so many amazing blogs out there!  Check out some of my favorites in Kitchen Inspiration & Other Lovely Places.  Whatever your favorite places are, follow them all from one site with BlogLovin’.  It really is the easiest way to keep up with multiple sites without having to bounce all over cyberspace!

FOODerific ~ My photos are now on this cool little spot which is basically Pinterest but just for food.  You can look for new recipes by what catches your eye.

ZipList ~ a handy tool that serves as your giant recipe box.  Collect recipes from here and anywhere else on the web and keep them in one spot.  ZipList will also generate grocery lists from the recipes you select!  Here is how it works…

A recipe appears on my blog {such as this one, which I promised I would get up this weekend} …

Key Lime Cream Cake {adapted from Bakerella.com}

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup organic sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease & flour a bundt pan.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl.  Stir in sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, add eggs, oil, lime juice & vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
  4. Add sour cream and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until smooth.
  6. Pour in prepared bundt pan and bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown & a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean when removed.  Cool and serve with whipped cream and the slightest pinch of lime zest.

Key Lime Cream Cake

 

Towards the bottom of my post a printer friendly version of the recipe appears in a box along with a Save button.  Click this button and the recipe will automatically be saved to your ZipList recipe box.

Favorites ~  this is where I showcase my favorite kitchen things. These are all items I actually have and use…a lot, so I recommend them with confidence.  I also give a few short comments below each item.  It is also an easy way for you to shop if you see something you like.

Well, I think that covers all the new territory!  I hope you enjoy the newly-renovated space.  Let me know what you think…

 

 

Key Lime Cream Cake
 
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Key Lime Cream Cake {adapted from Bakerella.com}
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup organic sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease & flour a bundt pan.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl.  Stir in sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, add eggs, oil, lime juice & vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
  4. Add sour cream and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until smooth.
  6. Pour in prepared bundt pan and bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown & a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean when removed.  Cool and serve with whipped cream and the slightest pinch of lime zest.

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