Combo Plate: Crack Pie ice cream, you in print, best places for pie and more
-- It's Social Media Week in L.A. -- and what are you doing about it? We stopped by the Foodie Beach Bash at Shutters in Santa Monica on Tuesday night to chit and chat with some of our favorite social media butterflies -- organizer @bakespace and @toastymuffin among them. (It didn't hurt that the pomegranate martinis were flowing courtesy of @pomonline and that there were lobster sliders too.) We also got a fascinating chocolate primer from chocolatier and caterer @ollada.
-- Blogspotting: Stop the presses! Just when I thought dessert couldn't get any better than Momofuku's Crack Pie, blogger Nina Lincoff -- Bake List -- went and turned it into ice cream. Yes. Crack Pie Ice Cream. I can hardly contain myself. Nina wonders whether it might all be a little obscene -- wait till you see how much butter is involved. But I think you will all agree with me: It's not obscene at all, Nina.
-- Brand X puts the screws to Denise Assad -- she started Bountiful Bakery last year, and her lemon bars and carrot cakes are familar sights at the Brentwood and La Cañada Flintridge farmers markets -- and finds out her ingredients for small-business success.
-- You, in print: Food52 is rolling out new recipe contests for its second "crowd-sourced cookbook," to be published by Harper Collins in 2012. Plus: food52 launches @Foodpickle, "the first 911 for everything food." If you find yourself "in a pickle," ask a question and you'll get an pronto answer.
-- Your must read for the day: Fascinating piece in the Denver Post that will make you care -- really! -- about the farm bill.
-- Surprise, surprise: Carrots are a vending machine hit among kids. [Grist]
-- More celebrity cookbooks benefiting charity: Go to Barilla's website and download the celebrity pasta lovers cookbook for recipes from Molto Mario, Meryl Streep and others. "Vote" for "meaningful meals" -- you do believe in meaningful meals, right? -- and Barilla will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels.
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-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Crack Pie, meet Ice Cream. Credit: Bake List