Last week I went on a bit of a holiday chocolatemaking binge. In a couple of days, I made chocolate bars, candied chocolate-dipped grapefruit peels, and these peppermint lollipops. I only intended to make green pops with white chocolate, but they turned out so well that I decided to experiment with dark chocolate and red gel coloring, too!
I ended up two batches of lollipops, one in red (dipped in dark chocolate) and the other in green (dipped in white chocolate). Then, I flavored the pops with natural peppermint oil, and finished each one with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy.
These delightful peppermint lollipops make a great addition to a Christmas care package. They’re perfect stocking stuffers, and look lovely tied atop wrapped presents, too!
I made a batch of this chocolate-dipped salted pumpkin seed brittle candy a few weeks ago. Turns out, it was such a huge hit with friends and co-workers (a few weeks have passed, and people are still mentioning it to me!) that I decided to post the recipe so that others can try their hand at making pumpkin seed brittle at home.
This autumn treat is the perfect blend of crunchy, sweet, and salty. I started by making a lightly salted pumpkin seed brittle (a twist on traditional nut brittle). Then, I cracked it into pieces. I dipped the pieces in Belgian dark chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolate and finished each one with a sprinkle of crushed pepitas.
The result? A sweet and crunchy pumpkin seed brittle, perfect for sharing the flavors of fall!
When I started this blog, I chose the name “Baste Cut Fold” because it reflects both of my worlds–costume design and cooking. Baste, cut, and fold are all frequently-used terms in the food industry, but they all mean things to costumers and seamstresses, too.
I’m starting to explore my food-related interests in a more serious way, with a goal of someday working in the industry at a professional level. However, to some degree I’ll probably also always have my hand in the world of costumes. There are many ups and downs to working in the entertainment industry–rarely is it as glamorous as it looks from the outside–but I do truly enjoy the creative parts of my work, especially when I get to design with full creative freedom.
Preparing costumes for Broadway Bares
My cheerleader costume designs for Broadway Bares 2017
One of my favorite events to costume is Broadway Bares. Broadway Bares is a burlesque show produced annually by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a wonderful charity which supplies medications, health care, food, counseling, and emergency financial assistance all across the United States. Hundreds of designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, stage managers, technicians, dancers, choreographers, and other industry professionals volunteer their time to help create Broadway Bares each June, and all proceeds go to BC/EFA. This year’s show, held on June 18th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, raised a grand total of $1,568,114.