I lost a bet.
More specifically, I lost a Masterchef bet because I really really wanted that adorable Brandi to win. (It’s okay, girl, madeleines are hard!) So, I owed a friend something baked and chocolate. Being as busy and lazy as I’ve been this year, noted in my nine month absence from the blog, I pulled out a recipe I tried once last year and decided to change it up with a peanut butter filling instead.
I can’t believe it’s already December. I know I say this every time the season turns, but the past few months have really flown by! It’s nice to look forward to a lot of baking this year after nearly killing the turkey on Thanksgiving. BTW, Alton Brown’s turkey is so good that even accidentally forgetting to reduce the heat (from 500 to 350) for the last 1.5 hours didn’t completely burn the bird. The foil blanket also helped. It was really good in congee that night and pot pie the next day. (more…)
There aren’t many things I like about the weather getting colder- mainly cuz I hate being cold and I love long lazy summer days. However, I do love that I can go on crazy baking sprees for the holiday season. I love the smell of delicious goodies baking in the oven. It spreads warmth, sweetness, and the scent of homemade all through the house. There’s nothing quite like it. (more…)
Okay, I know I dropped the ball here for over a month and I completely apologize for it. There was the traveling, the mutant cold, the moving, the drama with the moving, then no Internet, then the practice… too many things = no energy for here. But here, these amazing cookies are my offering to you. If you were in here in my kitchen, I’d probably offer to make you some. Cept the kitchen is kind of a mess right now. (more…)
Summer is shaping up to be a season of busy. It has been a beautiful week of plentiful sunshine, cool breezes, and lots of work! Planning for my Europe trip next month is one big thing I’ve been busy with. That’s right- I’ll be taking my first international trip to Europe! The first part of the trip is with my grad school advisor and her study abroad history of psychology class. I did a little preliminary research for the program years ago and she’s invited me along to see the fruits of my labor. I’m really excited to see some of these hallmarks of psychology I’ve only read about in textbooks and articles (and seeing my passport look more worldly). (more…)
I’ll admit, I was pretty (read: very) late to the red velvet wagon. It seemed like a dessert that couldn’t make it up its flavor-mind and hid its indecision behind a lot of food coloring. I thought I saw through that. Who wants a confused cupcake anyway? Then two years ago, a friend was throwing a surprise birthday party for his then-girlfriend and I offered to make cupcakes for dessert. Guess what her favorite cake flavor was? That’s right. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get this intense urge to bake cookies. Images of mixing chocolate chunks into cookie dough, dropping rounded dough on parchment paper, and pulling out warm delicious cookies play through my mind until I must. bake. cookies. Arrrghh… cookie making monster…. (more…)
I’ll confess: today’s post was a spontaneous I-saw-it-on-my-Instagram-feed-and-had-to-make-it-RIGHTNOW. Like, NOW. And they turned out so yummy that they had to be blogged about ASAP. Brownies made in cast iron skillets look so inviting, as if they were welcoming you to a campfire as an alternative to s’mores. (more…)
I love chocolate cake. Its possibly my favorite flavor of cake, as long as its chocolatey and not too sweet. Density depends on my mood- I favor lighter cakes, but sometimes, you viscerally need something rich and dark. And sometimes, you need something in between that you can slap together really fast and eat for an entire week (if you don’t plan on sharing). This cake is the last kinda cake. It has a deep chocolate flavor, enhanced by chocolate chips that are little melty punches on your tongue, and can be dressed up with whipped cream, mascarpone, ice cream, berries ….or just a touch of powdered sugar.
As I dig deeper into the world of blogging, I’m learning how much there is to know about having a blog. I feel like I don’t know anything! There are tons of articles and lists out there about how to get people to visit your site, comment on your posts, find inspiration for posts, monetize posts, and make your site look attractive to bypassing potential readers. (Reread that last sentence and pretend to speed up like crazy about halfway through.) Whew..! It kinda feels a little overwhelming. One thing I decided to try is an editorial calendar to help keep track of my posts. It even lets me start drafts on the days I want to post and allows me to schedule my posts! At first I thought, “I post twice a week. How can this thing do anything more than make me feel inadequate?” But after reading another blogger waxing poetic on her favorite plugins, I realize that it made way more sense than my long, handwritten list of written ideas for future posts. I even have my entire February planned out now!