Tuesday, February 20, 2007

About Bash Bucks

So, what are Bash Bucks? They are gift certificates that equal cash and are redeemable only at the current Bash event. They cannot be kept and spent at a future Bash event.

How do I win Bash Bucks? Anyone can enter to win them in the blog and Twitter contests. To enter, participants will comment on the blog or retweet a specific phrase. Winners will be picked at random. Winners will claim their Bash Bucks in person the day of the current Bash. Bash Bucks cannot be mailed to the winners.

Okay I won! Now how do I spend them? Bash Bucks come in increments of $10 and spend like cash. The winner cannot receive change from Bash Bucks, and they cannot be split up to spend at two different booths. For example, if you want an $8 item, you must pay with your $10 Bash Bucks and forfeit the remaining $2 since change cannot be made. Additionally, you cannot spend that remaining $2 at a different vendor's booth.

Who's paying for these anyway? The Bash is footing the bill so we can spread the love to our wonderful shoppers and our artists.

What do they look like? The appearance of the Bash Bucks changes with each Bash event and is not publicized whatsoever. These are currency and therefore will have several unique distinguishable marks making them impossible to counterfeit.

The Very Fine Print

+ Previous winners, members and participating artists ARE eligible to win.

+ If your comment or tweet is chosen, you will be required to give your full name and date of birth via email. You will be given instructions on how and where to pick up your Bash Bucks (any time during the event). You must reply to the congratulatory/instruction notifications by Midnight April 28th and must be present the day of the 2011 Spring Bash to collect your the certificates and redeem them.

+ Bash bucks are not transferable. If you win them, you have to spend them. If you win, please be prepared to bring a proper ID (driver's license) to claim your Bash Bucks.

+ Bash Bucks cannot be redeemed for cash. They must be spent at one of the Spring Bash 2011 vendor booths the day of the event. You are responsible for paying any total over the value of your certificate. Any balance after purchase is surrendered to the vendor (change will not be given).

+ 2011 Spring Bash Bucks are void after April 30th at 5pm, and may not be used at any other event or online.

+ Play Nice. Don't lie, cheat, or steal.

+ We love you! See you at the Bash!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Recipe: Whiskey Sauce Bread Pudding


* 12 to 14 cups 1-inch cubes day-old white bread, such as French or Italian
* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
* 2 cups heavy cream
* 4 cups whole milk
* 6 large eggs
* 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
* 4 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup raisins
* Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
* 1 recipe Whiskey Sauce (recipe follows)


1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2) Place the bread in a large bowl. Grease a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with the remaining tablespoon of butter and set aside.

3) Combine the heavy cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk to mix. Pour the cream mixture over the bread, and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.

4) Transfer the bread mixture to the casserole dish and bake until the center of the bread pudding is set, 50 to 60 minutes.

5) Garnish the bread pudding with confectioners' sugar and serve warm with warm Whiskey Sauce (recipe follows).


* 2 cups heavy cream
* 1/2 cup whole milk
* 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* 3/4 cup bourbon or other whiskey
* Pinch salt
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1) In a 1-quart saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and sugar.

2) Place the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the bourbon in a small mixing bowl and whisk to blend and make a slurry.

3) Pour the slurry into the cream mixture and bring to a boil. Once the sauce begins to boil,
reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

4) Remove the sauce from the heat, add the salt, and stir in the butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of bourbon. Serve warm.

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