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Rose Pistachio

While the Midwest was getting snowed in, Rebecca and I were in the kitchen working on some new recipes, and we came up with a very interesting one that I want to share with you: Rose Pistachio.

 Let me explain, when Rebecca first told me she wanted to purchase Rose Water, I was incredibly confused. She expressed that in honor of Valentine's day, we should introduce the rose to our cupcakes.  I thought people only used rose water for perfumes!  Rebecca explained to me that you are able to bake with it, and it lends a fantastic flavor to desserts.  So I said I was in, and we started the search for rose water.  We researched how you make rose water figuring it may keep costs down.  Ha, YEA RIGHT!  You have to buy roses, set them on a brick, in a bowl, with some water and steam them for hours...ummm no thanks.  Then one of our friends suggested to cut costs that I find a man to buy me roses, and we use those to make the rose water.  After that suggestion... I called Whole Foods.  Not because I have a crush on the cheese guy, but because I know it would be cheaper, financially and emotionally to buy the rose water, if you know what I mean.  Once again Whole Foods came to the rescue, and the recipe was coming together. 

Rebecca suggested that we chop Pistachios in the batter to give another texture and flavor, and I couldn't have gotten my knife out any faster.  I love Pistachios.  Rebecca kept yelling at me because I would chop some, eat some, chop some, eat some.  I really am a great baker....trust me.  After I chopped / ate half of the bag of Pistachios, the cupcakes were in the oven.  The kitchen began to fill with the delicate aroma of roses with a hint of the buttery pistachios.  At this point we were happy bakers, I mean what women doesn't love a kitchen smelling like cupcakes and roses?  After the 17 minutes of baking, it was finally time to taste the delights....and they were awesome!  We filled them with a vanilla pistachio frosting, which carried the pistachio flavor into the vanilla, which gave you a hint of lemon, and it finished with the floral rose flavor.  What a flavor experience and combination! Once again Rebecca was right, and we now have a new delicious cupcake. 

 We were recently asked to make desserts for West End Bistro, 87 West Wine Bar's sister restaurant.  You can taste the Pistachio Rose cupcake at either place.  Please go and enjoy, and let us know what you think! 

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Lyudmila wrote:
In early spring, I tenrsplantad 3 wild roses from my road to my garden. Most of there leaves fell off, the plant looked un waterered, dead, but I took good care of it and it made a great recovery, all the leaves are finally back. I took 12 more wild roses and made there own flower bed for them. Most of the leaves are already crackly, and falling off. I tenrsplantad them about 2 weeks ago. I suspect that most of the leaves will probably fall off anyway, and I think 2 of the wild roses might die, because almost all of there leaves are fallen. Some new leaves are finally starting to grow, and they are a nice green colour. I know they won't bloom this year, but next year, when, and for long will they bloom? They are about a foot to 2 feet tall, and the ones on the road have been blooming for about a month, but there arn't very many blooms because no body dead heads or trims them. Thanks:) And one last thing, I have sweet peas, and are about 5-8 inches tall. When will they bloom? Thanks.

Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 11:12 PM

2. Domiingo wrote:
The most important thing is that you MUST take out alsomt all of the root system without disturbing much of it. Secondly, the soil that you place it into should have as much if not more of the correct fertilization that the original growing place had. Thirdly , the watering of the bush should be kept moist, but not overwatered for a rather lengthy (lets say a month) time so that the ingredients in the soil will have time to rot and feed the plant. i would suggest that you look into the organic gardening (a splendid magazine) website and see if you can get information there. Do as much background reading about roses as you can find. Then try again. Good luck.Addendum: Forget about the flowering for now. The most important thing is to establish the continuous growing of the plant and let it take care of the blooms at a later time and in its own time.

Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 11:12 PM

3. Abdurahmon wrote:
Besides digging them up or using Round Up, I'm not sure you have a lot of other optnios. You can also cut them down to a manageable level before trying to apply your plant killers. Take some pruning shears and cut them about 4 or 5 inches above the ground. This lets you get rid of the bulk of the plants with little effort and will make digging, pulling, or applying a weed killer much easier. Since plants need air and sunlight you can also tarp them over and let them die that way. If you don't cut them down push them over and smash them against the ground. Put a tarp down over them and weight it. After they die you'll still need to pull them or digg them up, but it should be easier.

Thu, January 24, 2013 @ 11:12 PM

4. Vanesa wrote:
Hey Guys! Im the girl that came in and got LOVE on one wrist and FAITH on the other! lol. Just wanted to thank you John for doing such aimnzg work! I havent seen script this fine-line and fancy since I moved here from Cali!!! My husband will be coming in for tattoo when he gets back!

Thu, January 31, 2013 @ 1:32 PM

5. Jake wrote:
A note on the budget: We set a few main proreitiis client services (this will pay for bus passes, id's, move-in costs, etc for guests), a general reserve to ensure financial stability, and repairs and maintenance to keep our buildings standing. Each of these expense categories grow with income under our 3 scenarios. Please comment here if you have any questions about the budget or our progress report!

Sun, February 3, 2013 @ 5:44 AM

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