Chocolate covered buttercream cherries

January 30, 2012

Ah, Valentine’s Day.

Okay, technically, yes, it’s a bit of a corporate greeting card holiday.

But, hey, any excuse to be romantic, right?

Last V-day, I presented you with the lover’s lasagna.

Because nothing says “I love you,” like two pounds of cheese.  Read the rest of this entry »


December 12, 2011

Growing up, my dad was always a big fan of gingersnaps.

He’d buy one bag at a time of those mocha-colored brown sacks with the wax coating inside and the old-fashioned writing.

The day after there would inevitably be an empty, crumpled bag lying at the foot of his winged maroon leather recliner.

My did is still a bit that way, as is my husband.

They can’t have just one.

And, so, with the holidays nearing, there have been lots of exciting excuses to forgo “just saying no.”

Case in point: this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Read the rest of this entry »

Caramel popcorn

October 29, 2011

Caramel corn | Photo by Brave New Food

Okay, so you may want to just stop reading now.

No, really. Stop.

Because once you learn how easy it is to make this holy-lord delicious caramel corn, there’s no going back.

And, I hate to tell you, but once you buy the main ingredients, there’s a lot more where that came from.

Crack candy popcorn.  Read the rest of this entry »

German chocolate icing

October 22, 2011

As you might recall, I like a big fuss over my birthday.

Or, rather, I appreciate it if a big fuss is made.

So, when the hubs’ day rolls around, I like to pay back in full all of the doting attention I received on my birthday week.

Always one to know exactly what he wants, I had to settle with buying him a watch that he had already picked out.

But I *was* able to surprise him with a beta fish (named Walternate) and a bunch of rainbow-colored balloons.


(Did anyone else watch “The Red Balloon” in film criticism class? No, just me?) Read the rest of this entry »

Skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie

October 18, 2011

Skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie | Photo by BNF

Clearly, I am only branching out so far when it comes to desserts.

Yes, okay, so I did make the pear and ricotta tart. I’m still impressed with myself on that one minus the quarter-size burn on my arm.

And the almond biscotti was no piece of cake (har har).

But a skillet-baked  chocolate chip cookie? Pish.

I mean, obviously, it has potential to be pretty good.

Is it cake? Is it a cookie? Is it pie? (yes). Read the rest of this entry »

Classic chocolate chip cookies

September 25, 2011

Gooey chocolate chip cookies | Photo by BNF

Do you have a famous go-to dessert recipe?

One that people beg you to bring to dinner parties?

Well, you do now. Read the rest of this entry »

Cherry turnovers

August 21, 2011

Cherry turnovers | Photo by BNF

Watch out, I’m about to get fancy on you.

Cherry turnovers. Whaaaat?

So, I have a new officemate at my new job and he is the type of cook who just throws things together.

And can’t ever remember how much of each ingredient was used.

This is super infuriating for those of the “baker” mindset like myself, who spends extra time making sure that everything is just so carefully measured out. Read the rest of this entry »

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