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What's Cooking at Our House: Ciambella

April 19, 2014

As cakes go, this is a relatively easy recipe.

Though it is described on some websites as a doughnut, the classic ciambella is a ring-cake, often referred to as an Italian breakfast cake. We made one last week to celebrate the launch of my latest book (cue the shameless pitch) Get a Job, Build a Real Career and Defy a Bewildering Economy.

As cakes go, it's a relatively easy recipe; its disguishing features are four eggs and lemon zest. Here is one recipe.

Since we own a lemon tree, the zest was no problem; but we did that one better by adding a bit of home-made lemoncello, an easy-to-make liqueur of lemons and vodka.

I took these photos right after pulling the cake from the oven; pardon my poor presentation.

We used a heavy bundt pan, which gave the cake a nice texture.

Sugar is once again in the public awareness as a health hazard. In the counterculture days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was widely known as "white death," so the negative consequences of consuming large quantities of refined sugar is not exactly a new bit of knowledge.

Like any other refined food, it is best consumed in moderation; this is common-sense. The negative consequences arise from daily over-doses (for example, the infamous 44 gallons of sugary soda the average American consumes annually), as opposed to small servings consumed after a meal of real unprocessed food.

As a culture, we got into trouble by turning foods that were once rare treats into daily treats and by forgetting that the mind and body are one. Recently, per capita soda consumption in the U.S. slipped to 701 8-ounce servings, the lowest since 1987, so the awareness of the benefits from reducing consumption of sugar and zero-value soft drinks is rising.

There is a place for treats. Baking a cake when you complete a multi-month project is a nice thing. Consuming cakes, sodas, fast food, ice cream, etc. a few times a year restores their role as celebratory treats.

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This Month's entries:


What's Cooking at Our House: Ciambella
April 19, 2014

It's Time to Retire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a Measure of Prosperity
April 18, 2014

It's Time to Ditch the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
April 17, 2014

What's the Difference Between Fascism, Communism and Crony-Capitalism? Nothing
April 16, 2014

The Alienation of Work
April 15, 2014

How To Get a Job Despite the Economy
April 14, 2014

What's Cooking at our House: Appam and Sambar
April 12, 2014

Are We Losing Practical Life-Skills?
April 11, 2014

Now That the U.S. and China Have Picked the Low-Hanging Fruit, Peak Everything Looms
April 10, 2014

Fed to the Sharks, Part 2: Housing and the Death of the Middle Class
April 9, 2014

Fed to the Sharks, Part 1: The Fed Takes Our Money, Gives It to Banks Who Loan It Back to Us at 16%
April 8, 2014

And the Next Big Thing Is ... Degrowth?
April 7, 2014

What's Cooking at Our House: Local Aquaculture Trout
April 5, 2014

My Wish for 2016: We Finally Get a President Who Doesn't Kiss Wall Street's Rear End
April 4, 2014

It's Not Just the Stock Market That's Rigged: the Entire Status Quo Is Rigged
April 3, 2014

What Happens After the Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked?
April 2, 2014

April 2016: Dow Jones-30 Suspended Due to Lack of Interest
April 1, 2014





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