Friday, January 19, 2007
Red Velvet Cake
It took me a while to warm up to Publix grocery stores. The reason is so strange I hardly want to admit it, but here goes. When a new store opened in our area a year or so ago, as I walked along I kept getting one of those little shocks every time I touched something metal. In the winter, I’m quite a sight as I try to open store doors without incurring the shocks. I have been known to wait until another braver soul comes along and to quickly scoot in afterwards. Well, I’ve conquered the shock factor, and I haven’t experienced this phenomenon since for whatever reason.
And, I love shopping at Publix for the good products and customer service found there. As a designer, I note things like packaging, and Publix products have garnered design attention from the likes of Communication Arts Magazine.
What does all of this have to do with Red Velvet Cake dear gentle readers? Well, yesterday I noticed that Publix now has a Red Velvet Cake flavor of its premium ice cream. I long to try it especially after hearing it’s good according to a fellow blogger who felt so strongly about it that he wrote a letter to Publix. But, I’m trying to avoid sugar and instead opted for the Blue Bell No Sugar ice cream which is tasty enough to please my teenage son.
In the South, Red Velvet Cake is a traditional dessert well worth the calories and the red food coloring. Over Christmas I made one to celebrate my daughter-in-law Natalie’s birthday. Now, I do not usually make cakes from scratch, choosing instead to buy the Duncan Hines (they make a Red Velvet version too). But I thought Martha Stewart’s recipe sounded good, and I gave it a shot. I even took a photograph just to prove I could make a homemade cake.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I think the Red Velvet Cake ice cream would be a great treat to end a Valentine’s meal if it’s as good as I think it is and if you are not up to baking a cake.
Note: This little Valentine to Publix is entirely without compensation although I would accept a coupon for some of the Red Velvet ice cream.