‘Cupcake Wars’ lures me back to competition shows with local competitor

Update: Sweet Reasons placed second on the Miss-America themed episode of ‘Cupcake Wars.’

I’ll say it: Food Network’s competition shows aren’t my favorite. They’ve been good for revenue, of course, but I’d prefer to actually learn about cooking. Like from Sara Moulton, who used to host a live show where viewers could cook along (after buying the posted ingredients beforehand) and call in with questions. My family frequently watched “Cooking Live” and once even made dinner with Moulton as our guide. Weekend mornings are now the “prime time” to learn about cooking, unless you’re able to get the network’s sister channel. Most of the rest of the day, judges are just as important as cooks.

But I’ll make an exception this Saturday night to watch one of our local cupcake shops compete on “Cupcake Wars.” Sweet Reasons will face three other shops in the Miss America-themed episode, airing at 8 p.m. Saturday. When I wrote about the announcement for this week’s Food section, I knew the owners would be able to say very little about the actual experience. It’ll be quite interesting to see what snippets of conversation will be used for the 60-minute show from what they described as a marathon baking-filming day back in June; I’ll certainly follow up afterwards to see how realistically the competition was portrayed. You can find my article here: Sweet Reasons to compete on Saturday episode of ‘Cupcake Wars’ Continue reading “‘Cupcake Wars’ lures me back to competition shows with local competitor”


Ireland in a Cupcake

The flavors of Ireland include many more items than just the stereotypical potatoes (which don’t have much flavor, anyways). There are fresh cheeses, plenty of meats, and of course, the alcohols: Guinness, Jameson’s and Baileys Irish Cream. Combined, the three are known as an Irish Car Bomb, which many swear tastes like a chocolate milk shake for the time it tastes to chug the drink.

Since leaving Ireland, we’ve all been eager to have a reunion for the 21 of us back at JMU. And finally (I say finally, but really, we’ve only been gone 3-and-a-half weeks), Wednesday was the night. During our first or second week in June, we organized a potluck in our dorm rooms at University College Cork. One or two suites brought pasta, another brought bread and salad, and we made chocolate chip cookies. For our reunion, it was the other Katie’s idea to have a Cork-style potluck with baked spaghetti. I said I’d bring dessert.

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