Nothing says BakeSpace more than 1,000 cupcakes. That’s why the moment we heard we were selected to participate as one of twelve Startup Showoff at Twiistup6 we knew we had to bring cupcakes. If you’re not familiar with Twiistup, it’s a 2-day tech event in Los Angeles which features an extensive list of panelist covering the tech and digital media.
Most of the night was spent at our booth schmoozing and “reloading” our 6-tier cupcake tower. Check out our booth and the 1,000 cupcakes donated to us by CRUMBS Bake Shop. (Thanks Danielle, Harvey & the team at CRUMBS!)
Also, thanks to Ely with BizCard.com for printing out our postcards and delivering them in less than 72 hours!
Check out some of our recent Twiistup Coverage:
BakeSpace: An Unlikely Startup Success Story from Twiistup – ReadWriteWeb
Exciting news! My panel was selected in the SXSW Interactive panel picker.
What’s that you ask?
The organizers of SXSW (South By Southwest) Interactive Festival put together a panel picker which allows folks like me and you pick what topics will be discussed at their event.
How cool is that?
So from now until September 4th, you can place your vote and help us get our panel titled Hooking Up with Hollywood: Riding the Studio’s PR Machine in the lineup!
In English folklore, it’s thought to be good luck if you have a dream that involves an apricot. While we can’t say for sure if apricots will bring you luck, there’s no question that they’re delicious. Why wait to dream when you can enjoy one right now?
Check out our Apricot Recipes Newsletter featuring recipes submitted by BakeSpace members
When chopping dried apricots in a food processor, toss in a pinch of flour to keep them from sticking to the blades.
When chopping by hand, oil the blade of the knife or kitchen shears. You can also dip the dried apricots in flour.
Everyone has their own particular preference when it comes to eating fresh salsa. What’s great about making salsa at home is that you can customize it to fit your pallet.
Try substituting Jalapenos with a milder type of chili pepper such as Anaheim or Poblano chilis.
You can also cut down on spice by using just 1/2 of the Jalapeno pepper in the recipe, or by seeding the Jalapeno before adding it to the mix.
Hot and Bothered
Craving more sizzle with your sauce? Add 1 to 2 more Jalapeno peppers, or trade in the Jalapeno for an intensely spicy Habanero chili. Just make sure to keep a glass of water handy, because this sauce can get mucho caliente!
Check out BakeSpace’s Salsa Newslsetter
Packed with Vitamin C, Orange juice is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. It fights infections like colds and flus, and helps the body ward off free radicals that can lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. With OJ’s great taste and health benefits, it’s always a great time to enjoy a glass of “liquid sunshine.”
But orange juice isn’t just for drinking… it can also add some zest to just about any recipe!
Thawing Frozen Orange Juice Quickly
Keeping a few cans of orange juice in the freezer can you help “chill out” during the warm summer months ahead. The only catch is that when the craving hits, you have to wait around for the concentrate to thaw. Here are three easy steps to help you speed things up.
1. Hold the can of frozen concentrate under hot water for a minute or two. This should melt the concentrate just enough so it releases easily from the can.
2. Dump the block of concentrate into a pitcher and add the suggested amount of water.
3. Use an immersion blender to mix the frozen block with the water. The mixer will produce a smooth, lump-free juice… with no waiting.
For more recipes check out the BakeSpace Orange-infused Newsletter
AVOCADOS: TESTING FOR RIPENESS
THE FLICK TEST – Finding a perfectly ripened avocado at the grocery store can be tricky. Sometimes an avocado that feels ripe is really just bruised.
Here’s a quick trick: Flick the small stem of the avocado. If it comes off easily and you can see green underneath, you have a winner! If the stem does not come off and you see brown underneath, it’s not.
VIEW ALL AVOCADO RECIPES ON BAKESPACE
WORKING WITH SPINACH
SELECTION – For the best quality, select leaves that are green and crisp, with a nice fresh fragrance. Avoid anything that looks limp, damaged or spotted.
STORAGE – Fresh spinach should be dried and packed loosely in a cellophane or plastic bag, and then stored in your refrigerator’s “crisper” compartment. If stored properly, it should remain fresh for 3 to 4 days.
PREPARATION – Spinach grows in sandy soil, so make sure to wash it thoroughly to get rid of dirt particles. Tear off the stem and separate the leaves before placing them in a large bowl of water. Gently wash the leaves, and let the dirt particles drift to the bottom of the bowl. Remove leaves from the water, and repeat the process with fresh water until the leaves are clean.