New tv is upon us, tv-watching people! Settle in, watch some trailers, and then come see how kegger and I feel about things!
ameliebee: I chuckled a few times, but I probably won’t watch it. I have high standards when it comes to sitcoms these days.
ameliebee: I couldn’t even make it through the whole trailer. Pass.
kegger: It looks kind of awful. And I actually somehow managed to watch the entire trailer.
ameliebee: That clip gave me NOTHING about the premise of the show. However, IOAN GRUFFUD! HI! (The premise of the show reminds me of New Amsterdam. Does anyone remember that show? It starred pre-Jaime Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. That was my first Nikolaj Coster-Waldau experience, and you know what they say about your first…)
kegger: Looks… meh. (Also, what the heck is New Amsterdam?) This show looks like it’s going to be a procedural… while he figures out he’s immortal? Whaaa? The premiss just seems kind of week, to be honest.
Confession: I’m not really a cake person. If it’s there, I might eat a piece, but I’d rather have cookies or brownies or pie or anything other than cake. While I don’t like to eat cake, I love to bake it. So when my cousin asked for a red velvet cake for her birthday, I said, “absolutely!”
I’ve never understood the fascination with red velvet cake. It’s just a chocolate cake with red food coloring. What makes it so special? What are your secrets, red velvet cake?
Bakerella’s recipe is really good, and pretty easy. I like that it’s a true homemade cake–no cake mix involved at all. I’ve made it several times, and it always comes out perfect and gorgeous (and I guess tasty. No one has complained about it, that’s for sure!) My cake is never as pretty as Bakerella’s example, but I figure once it’s sliced up, no one cares what the cake looked like originally.
This is what the cake looked like originally.
One note for first-time red velvet cake bakers: you’re going to get food coloring all over your counters and it’s going to look like you stabbed someone.
One more note: The recipe just says vinegar, but I always use apple cider vinegar, and it’s always good.
Shit, another note: make sure your cake is ALL THE WAY COOL before you even attempt to frost it. If the cake is even a little warm, the frosting won’t stick. I wrap my layers in plastic wrap (keeps the cake from drying out while it’s cooling) before I stick them on the wire rack to finish cooling. If you’re short on time, wrap the layers up and stick them in the fridge. If you’re really short on time, stick them in the freezer–just don’t forget about them!
It’s been a while since kegger and I have blogged, but we’ll be back more regularly this summer. We’re participating in Blogging For Books, so get ready for lots of book reviews! (And maybe other things, if we feel like it.)
We will loudly and proudly admit that we like The Vampire Diaries. Doesn’t matter that it’s about vampires—they are totally not lame and there’s no sparkling. Doesn’t matter that it’s on the CW—we’ll always hold a grudge against them for canceling Veronica Mars, but we can overlook it for the sake of this show. It’s not just a guilty pleasure to watch—there’s nothing guilty about liking it.
Here’s why we like this show: shit happens. There is an over-arching mythology, sure. But in building the foundation for the mythology—the mysteries and secrets that give it depth—the writers haven’t neglected to answer the little questions. Take this season’s moonstone. First it was “What is the moonstone?” and “Why does Katherine want it?” We’re six episodes in, and we know what the moonstone is and we have a pretty good guess as to why Katherine wants it. (You could take some lessons from Vampire Diaries, Lost!!) We’ve also got werewolves this year. We know that it’s a family curse, and we know how the curse is activated. We’ve gotten background on Katherine, Stefan, and Damon that’s helped us understand what’s going on and helped push the plot forward. We’ve had permanent deaths, un-deaths, vampire-making deaths. We’ve had fake break-ups and real break-ups. We’ve had all kinds of juicy character developments. It’s twisty and twisted and dark but not dreary, all sharp storytelling and real, coherent plot development. You guys, it’s A Good Show.
And, seriously, the sheer amount of Shit That Happens in each episode is staggering. Most shows would stretch things out as long as possible, which doesn’t really create tension within the confines of the show; it just frustrates the viewers.
It’s almost too bad VD is on the CW, because it’s unlikely that any of the cast will get the recognition they deserve. If we gave out Emmy awards, Nina Dobrev would be high on our list just for the number of scenes she’s in (practically every one, if you’re wondering. And sometimes twice in the same scene. We get exhausted just watching her.) You never have to wonder if you’re watching Elena or Katherine—the differences between the two might be subtle, but they’re there and you know who she is.