The Cake Whisperer

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Need a wedding cake? Birthday cake? Cupcake? Cake pop? Greg is Menlo Park’s best kept secret. My wedding cake was insane – Fast forward a year later and Sally is tying the knot.  Greg Strikes back with some crazy new flavors for the official wedding cake tasting.

  • Chocolate speckled cake  (chocolate shavings) with orange pastry cream filling and mocha butter cream
  • Lemon cake with fresh strawberry filling and  a lavender & honey butter cream
  • orange cake with pistachio butter cream
  • Red Velvet cake with cream cheese butter cream

Four rounds of tasting later…. it’s between the last three. We still can’t decide.

Need a cake for your wedding? Contact me for his info.

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Bass Lake. Home of the 96’er.

If I can get him to eat the fat and gristle can you throw in some Paul Bunyan hats for the kiddos?

Amazing road trip to Bass Lake this weekend. Who knew this hidden gem was where this epic movie was filmed. I have a new favorite spot. Thirty minutes outside of Yosemite, 1/2 the size of Donner Lake. I want to buy a house here.

Seared Pork Chops with Brown Sugar and Caramelized Pineapple Potatoes

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Ingredients4 (1 1/2-inch thick) pork chops
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup peanut oil
4 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups pineapple, medium dice
2 tablespoons brown sugar/ 1 tbs brown sugar

1 cup of fresh pineapple juice split – 1/2 cup each
2 large peeled russet potatoes.

Directions

Cut potatoes into chunks and toss in olive oil and salt and pepper for 30 minutes at 400.Heat skillet to medium high heat. Season pork chops liberally with salt and pepper. Add peanut oil to skillet and sear pork chops, after one minute add chopped pineapple and 2 tbs. brown sugar- sear until golden brown on both sides. Insert skillet into preheated 450 degree oven for 12-18 minutes, or until done to your likeness. Remove Chops. In same skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter and when it starts to brown add pineapple and cook until pineapple starts to caramelize. Now add 1 tbs. brown sugar, mix thoroughly, then add 1/2 c pineapple juice. Pour over pork chops and roasted potatoes.