410. Baked Goods, Gaming, and More Birthday Goodness with Amanda

Today Amanda and I are answering listener email about books on sale, extremely long romances, and, most importantly, BAKED GOODS. I talk about my birthday cake, a homemade mint chip brownie baked Alaska, and we discuss all the delicious things we, and you, are all making. Plus book recs, and a very important question at the end. Come hang out with us!
Thank you to Jacqueline, Amy, Verity for the recipes, and Jasmine and Ellie for the questions.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

Get ready because we’ve got LINKS.
Ice cream attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer
From Amy: Bumpy Cake!
From Verity: a link to an Oreo Brownies recipe
My birthday cake: Brownie Baked Alaska from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Smitten Kitchen’s write up of Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion
The Serious Eats recipe for fresh egg pasta 
Amanda’s write up of long romances for BookRiot 
EReaderIQ and BookBub
The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality 
Jacqueline’s recipe for Vegan Crinkle Cookies (aka Hot Cocoa Cookies):
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup melted vegan butter (I like Miyoko’s)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I use oat milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Watkin’s is the best, imo)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I’m a big fan of King Arthur’s Bensdorp dutched cocoa)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling
Mix dry ingredients first, followed by wet. When combined, it should make a very dense and cohesive dough. Roll out into 1-2” balls and press into powdered sugar, letting the balls become flat-ish. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
Here’s a picture of said cookies

And of course, pictures of the mint chocolate chip brownie baked Alaska, aka, my birthday cake this year:

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This episode is brought to you by Never Conspire with a Sinful Baron by Renee Ann Miller, the fourth book in a steamy Victorian historical series
Last season, Lady Nina Trent fell for a scoundrel. This year, she intends to choose more wisely.
Baron Ralston offers to pretend to court her in order to attract a duke’s attention – a duke much more interested in fox hunting and sports than in marriage. Nina thinks he’s the perfect catch, and she hopes Ralston’s attention will bring out the duke’s competitive nature. That type of plan never works out the way people intend, right?
Meanwhile, Ralston has another plan: he wants Nina, and her dowry, for himself to rescue his estate and his fortunes. He does feel guilty, thought their interludes of dancing, flirtation, and increasingly heated kisses, become impossible for him to regret – until he realizes he’s placed Nina in real and imminent danger.
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