King Cakes – The Cake with a Baby Baked Inside! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Feb24

King Cakes – The Cake with a Baby Baked Inside! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Why would anyone bake a tiny baby doll inside a cake? The king cake is a succulent and fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras. It’s time to introduce everyone to this dessert that’s just a darn good time! A few years ago, a friend from New Orleans introduced me to the tradition of the king cake. The large and colorful cakes are a part of the party fun at Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras (or Carnaval) is several days of eating, parades, dances, and partying. The celebration comes to a head with Fat Tuesday, the last night before the Catholic Lent season begins, and at which time the faithful are expected to fast and obey church law. There are many different varieties of king cakes and countries around the globe have their own versions, with many being served at Christmas time. The cakes are usually decorated in Mardi Gras colors: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Some of these high fat cakes are deep fried like a donut, while most are baked with some type of inner stuffing such as cream cheese, strawberry, or in true Louisianan style – cinnamon. The cakes are then coated with icing and sprinkles. I’ve enjoyed some on several occasions and each time it reminded me of eating a gigantic cinnamon bun. Most feature a small, plastic baby baked inside which is meant to resemble baby Jesus. Finding the piece containing the plastic kid, designates that person gets to receive special treatment such as “king of the day” and in many cases is expected to provide the cake for the next celebration. The host of the party can purchase a cake without the baby baked in, and insert into the cake just before serving to have an idea of where it is. ...

Technically Geeking: Carlectric Boogaloo

. a blogumn by Justin Time It used to be Ferraris, Jags and Porsches. Now it’s Teslas, Volts and Priuses. I come from a long line of car-obsessed men. My grandfather would buy a new car even when he had 3 others and could barely drive. My father can’t drive on the expressway without pointing out every car that is the slightest bit uncommon. He passed the sickness onto me, by both nature and nurture, taking me to car shows, subscribing to car magazines, and buying me diecast collector cars. Growing up, I had a poster of a white Testa Rossa over my bed.  It was the 80s, ok? Now that my boyhood frivolity has all but vanished, I have moved on from Ferraris to things I could maybe afford and that wouldn’t make me feel like a complete jackass driving around. And then there is the environmental heroism appeal of hybrids and EVs. But at the root of this passion for cars and interest in fuel-saving technology is a big geeky revelation… Cars are the ultimate gadgets! You climb inside and become a high-speed machine with gears, dials, sensors, and of course computers. And you can add more geek crap – GPS, audio systems, CBs, radar detectors, jammers, and LoJack. So here is a list of my favorite geek cars available now or coming soon: 1. Tesla Model S – Hot EV sedan – now taking 2011 orders – $49,999 2. Chevy Volt – Please please please survive to finish this, GM. $35,000? 3. Optima Joule – Funky electric 6-seater with leased batteries (South Africa). 4. Bee One – British EV on the cheap – $17,700 5. 2010 Toyota Prius – Had to be mentioned. The 800 pound gorilla just got better.  6. Tata Nano...