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.
June is Pride Month, making it the perfect time to try my hand at some of the rainbow-inspired recipes I’ve bookmarked over the past few months.
There are lots of rainbow recipes to choose from, from cakes and cupcakes to fudge and fruit pizza. I stumbled upon this sugar cookie recipe from the Etsy Blog and thought it looked like a fun (and fairly simple) project.
These rainbow cookies are easy to make. You basically start with a standard sugar cookie dough, divide it into six smaller portions, then tint each dough ball with a different color. Then, the dough is rolled with a rolling pin, with each color wrapping around the next. (The Etsy Blog includes complete directions and a photo tutorial, which I found helpful.)
I did learn a few things along the way, and made some notes that I will keep in mind if/when I attempt these cookies again. See below for some tips and tricks that will help you to make this recipe a success.
Rainbow Cookie Tips
A few things I learned while making a batch of these cookies…
- Double the recipe. You’ll need a lot more dough than you think you’ll need! My cookies turned out much smaller than expected (only about 1″ or so long), because I just simply did not have enough dough.
- Do NOT divide the dough into equal-size balls, even though this is what the instructions say to do. Instead, make six balls in varying sizes. You’ll need the most red and orange dough, so make the two largest dough balls in those two colors. Make the smallest dough ball purple, and use medium-size dough balls for the remaining colors in between.
- Use gel food coloring, rather than the liquid stuff. (I like this Liqua-Gel coloring, but any brand will do.) Gel will produce much brighter/more saturated colors, while using a lot less product to achieve these results.
More Rainbow Recipe Ideas
For more rainbow-inspired recipes to try during Pride Month, check out my rainbow desserts board on Pinterest. You can also cook up a batch of my old-fashioned hard candy, which makes a lovely rainbow of sugary fruit-flavored treats!
And, keep an eye out for my take on rainbow gummy bear candies…recipe coming soon!
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