Hello dear readers. Those of you who know me know my wife. Kara. For those who don't know her, she is a ballerina, currently performing in Billy Elliot on Broadway (although she'll be leaving soon to be in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, before returning to The Phantom of the Opera). Besides her incredible skill as a ballerina, Kara is also an exceptional baker. In fact, she is known as The Dancing Baker.
Well, she has started a new endeavor -- The Dancing Baker Project. Yes, yes, Kara was inspired by a certain Meryl Streep movie to start a blog dedicated to (what else?) baking. Here's the conceit: everyone has their own opinion as to what the best chocolate chip cookie, cupcake, brownie, etc. is. Kara is going to gather a multitude of recipes for a given treat (let's say chocolate chip cookies). She will then follow each recipe to the letter (including her own), and have a group of Taste Testers grade the results on a numerical scale. The highest scored recipe will be the "best" chocolate chip cookie.
Along the way, Kara will detail the process of finding the "best." She'll discuss the ingredients used, the equipment employed, the cost to produce, etc. Choice comments from the Testers (a la Zagat's) will be included as well. Personally, I think it's a great idea for a blog. If anything, it has a hell of a lot more direction than this blog! And it's sure to actually be updated on a regular basis!
So, please, check out the Dancing Baker Project, whether or not you have any interest in such things culinary. You never know, you may learn something.