Friday, December 30, 2011


Imelda's Fruitcake

"Oh my, it's fruitcake weather!" So begins Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory, in which a young Truman and his dear aunt Sook set about making fruitcakes for just about everyone they've ever met or hope to meet from President Roosevelt to baptist missionaries in Borneo, bus drivers to traveling knife grinders. Saving their pennies all year, they carefully source all the ingredients, including whiskey from a feared bootlegger named Mr. Haha Jones.

Sometime between then and now, people forgot the magic of fruitcake. What a travesty! This recipe is guaranteed to dispel any of your anti-fruitcake biases. 

  • Sugar, 1 1/2 cups + 3/4 cup
  • Flour, 2 cups
  • Baking Soda, 2 teaspoons
  • Pecans, 1 cup
  • Raisins, 1 cup
  • Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Eggs, 2, beaten
  • Fruit Cocktail,  1 can, juices and all
  • Evaporated Milk, 1/2 cup
  • Butter, 1/4 -1/2 cup
  • Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
Fruit Cake:
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Mix together 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour, baking soda, pecans, raisins, and salt.
  • Add the two beaten eggs.
  • Add the fruit cocktail.
  • Mix and pour into a greased, rectangular cake pan.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Mix together 3/4 cups sugar, evaporated milk, and butter.
  • Bring to a boil and let boil for one minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Pour over cake while it is still warm.
  • Sing its praises!

    Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2011

    Presenting the complete Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2011!

    P.S. View the complete Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2010.

    Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2011 Part 13

    Gifts for your outdoorsy dad who has visited every national park west of the Mississippi and was once scouted by the Major Leagues.

    1.   NPR t-shirt, $20
    6.   An ice cream sundae (...or three!) from Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf
    8.   Scorpion, $50
    9. membership, from $45
    11. Ubaldo Jimenez autographed baseball, preferably from the 2007 World Series
    12. Dirty Girl Gaiters, $19

    P.S. More gifts for dads.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2011 Part 12

    Gifts for your stepmom who does everything with style and can miraculously keep orchids alive for years. 

    1.   Town and Country subscription, $10
    2.   DKNY Cozy, $137
    3.   Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, $63
    4.   Antique plant pots
    5.   Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, $1050
    6.   A spa day at The Broadmoor, $200
    7.   Iomoi personalized stationary, $78
    8.   Mani-Pedi
    9.   Funny Face DVD, $7
    10. Tazo rooibos tea, $8.50
    11. Ceremonials CD by Florence and The Machine, $17
    12. Pratesi bath robe

    P.S. More gifts for stepmoms.

    Coulter Curated Holiday Gift Guide 2011 Part 11

    Gifts for your little sister who performs around South America with a traveling circus and finds no food too spicy.

    1.   A pet fox
    2.   James Modern Terrarium, from $75
    3.   Feather hair extensions
    6.   A banjo
    8.   A new tattoo
    10. Glass blowing classes
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