Monthly Archives: February 2010

Kipling In Gloucester Book and Event Video With Anne Robinson

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Kipling In Gloucester Book and Event Video With Anne Robinson, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

 

Dark Chocolate Sunset Orange Torte

I don’t want you to come down from that Valentine’s Day chocolate buzz so here’s another recipe that should set you right back in orbit~if you can’t find the Ferraro chocolate balls you can use Ghirardelli chocolate orange bars or add some orange zest/extract to whatever good quality chocolate that you use.  Enjoy!

And by the way, if you are on Facebook and would like to go and vote for this recipe in a contest that could win me $2500.00 please do!  You can vote daily through March 12th.  Here is the voting link:

http://apps.facebook.com/ferrara-chocolate/?recipe=85

Dark Chocolate Sunset Orange Torte

4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 sticks butter
5 eggs, divided
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons orange extract
1-6.17 oz Ferrara Dark Chocolate Orange Ball, finely chopped, divided
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz white chocolate
½ cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two 8″ round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside

In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt unsweetened chocolate and butter.  Stir until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.  In another medium bowl stir together by hand 4 eggs and 2 cups granulated sugar.  Stir in flour, salt and orange extract.  Mix in chocolate and butter mixture and stir in half of the chopped Ferrera Dark Chocolate Orange Ball.  Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and set aside.

In a medium bowl beat together cream cheese, egg, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until lighter in texture and completely mixed.  Drop cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls on to chocolate batters and swirl with knife.  Bake for 25 minutes or until center is set.  Remove from oven and cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.  When cool, place one layer on serving plate.

While cakes are cooling, prepare filling.  Bring to a simmer 4 oz white chocolate and ½ cup heavy cream in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and refrigerate until cool.  When cool, add confectioners sugar to mixture , beat and spread half of the mixture over first layer of cake.  Top with remaining layer and spread remaining white chocolate mixture over top layer.

Melt remaining chopped Ferrera Dark Chocolate Orange ball in microwave and stir until smooth.  Drizzle on top of white chocolate layer.  Enjoy!

So Excited!

Yesterday I ordered a new Nikon d90. I have been so totally obsessed with getting a new camera, I’m driving everyone around me crazy. I even went to Hunt’s to check it out. I finally pushed the 1-click button at Amazon at 4:00. I haven’t sold the d70 yet, but it’ll happen. I feel like Joey when he got the new video camera. I sure hope it’s here by the weekend; I’m such a little kid when it comes to new toys! :)      —Sharon

Debbie Clarke Answers your Questions

A few years ago I was playing around with some video clips made with my $100 kodak camera.  Windows Movie Maker couldn’t produce the video due to resolution/light issues, so I downloaded a trial home movie maker with a pre-loaded, wacky video editor.  The video I produced gives directions for making egg glue, also known as glair, which is a glue that can be used to adhere gold leaf to a panel.  Last week I received some good questions from Scott Songfeather, a self-taught iconographer: 

following are his questions and my response:

“Researching verre eglomise I was pleased to discover the vids of you at work with the technique and your blog.

1. Is the ratio of snow/crushed ice to the egg white critical? How much snow to egg white is good?

answer:  the ratio isn’t critical. I use about 2 tablespoons of snow/crushed ice.
2. Should the egg glue be used immediately, while still cold from the snow/ice?

answer:  the glue sets up to tack pretty quickly and can be used immediately, but it is better to let it sit refrigerated for 24 hours.  the albumen coagulate (chelaga) and other residue should be strained out to create a glue that will flow smoothly onto the surface to be gilded.

3. Is snow/ice necessary, or will water substitute satisfactorily?

answer:  Ralph Mayer in “The Artist’s Handbook” has a recipe using 1-2 tablespoons of water. I have never used this recipe, so I don’t know the results.  If Ralph says it works, it will work.

I paint icons in egg tempera and recently discovered online the Romanian technique of icon painting reversed on glass (verre eglomise/hinterglasmalerie) and plan to try it. Thus these questions.

Thanks, and best wishes,
Scott Songfeather

Scott Songfeather's first Icon painting using Deb Clarkes Method

Deb Clarkes Egg Glue Video http://www.youtube.com/user/pbsage#p/u/5/lXnZAvkuaeU

Scott provides some excellent pics and directions for writing icons under the username Celadonite on wet canvas. follow this link for his info.

If you have a question/comment that you would like to see answered through this blog Go to;

http://debbieclarke.blogspot.com/

Jimmy T Survivor Casting Call Video Has Been Accepted

Jimmy T applied to be a contestant on Survivor and his video application has been accepted.  Read here-

jimmyt0907,

Congratulations!  Your Survivor Casting Call video entitled “Gloucester Fisherman” has been accepted.

Please check back on February 22 to see if your video was selected as part of the final 10.
Click this link to view your video:  http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/casting_call/video_player.php?vid=4164&playvid=yes

Forward this email to your friends and ask them to vote for your video or to enter their own.

Good Luck from CBS!

Won’t you check out Jimmy’s video and cast your vote for him?

Let’s help our boy get on and represent Gloucester.

Cathy Tarr instructs how to vote-

I registered at the CBS site – I thought that maybe you had to register to access voting. Normally I wouldn’t register and give up my email to a commercial site like that, but – not only is it a home boy, but how perfect would Jimmy be on Survivor?!

Anyway – I went to the rules and read the fine print. (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/casting_call/rules.php) A panel of judges picks the 10 finalists from this round, then the general public votes on the final 10, starting on February 22.

We have to wait until Monday to see if he made the Final 10. Good luck, Jimmy!

Frank LaFrance retires!

Photo Thom Falzarano

From Kristin Michel

At the final GHS home hockey game of the season on Wednesday night, EMT Frank LaFrance will “retire” from his duties.  Many of us have seen Frank at Newell Stadium or Dorothy Talbot Rink carrying his faded orange equipment bag, standing ready to attend to student athletes who may become injured during competitive play.

I have known Frank for several years and had no idea that he was a volunteer.  I was even more surprised when Frank told me how long he had been volunteering.  Frank has been proudly volunteering as an EMT for the GHS varsity football and hockey teams for the past 37 years!

One thing I do know about Frank is that he would never look for recognition, but I am sure you will agree that he certainly deserves it.  Frank has done a tremendous service to our athletes, our schools, and our city.

If you are in the stands on Wednesday night, look across the rink to the left of the American flag and join me in saluting Frank LaFrance for his dedication to our student athletes and his 37 years of service to the City of Gloucester.