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 »

Peanut butter blossoms

July 24, 2011

Peanut butter blossoms | Photo by BNF

Before you tell me that these are a “Christmas cookie,” I’m aware.

And I’m totally doing it anyway.

Because it’s Christmas in July.

My grandmother used to make these during the holidays, and they were one of my favorites.

Peanut butter cookie meets Hershey Kisses sprinkled with sugar. Win-win … win. Read the rest of this entry »

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

June 18, 2011

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing | Photo by BNF

Growing up, when my mom would ask which kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I always requested the exact same kind.

Vanilla cake with chocolate icing.

Well, it’s not my birthday, but I did pass my journalism master’s thesis defense yesterday.

*Happy dance!* Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit pizza

May 28, 2011

Fruit pizza | Photo by BNF

In honor of Memorial Day (even though I don’t get Monday off because I teach Tues-Thurs – doh!), I thought I’d include one of my favorite summer desserts: fruit pizza.

You really can’t go wrong with a combination of fruit, cream cheese and sugar cookie.

Fruit pizza is sweet … without being too sweet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pear and ricotta tart

April 9, 2011


Pear and ricotta tart | Photo by Brave New Food

Most mornings I kind of dread breakfast.

Not eating it, really. Deciding what to eat.

Part of the reason I enjoy blogging is that I get to try new dishes all of the time. And with breakfast, well, I get a little bored.

Blueberry muffin here, bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios there.

Basically, unless it’s a Sunday brunch at the Flying Biscuit, I’m not terribly excited.

Until now. … Well, for at least a week or so. ;) Read the rest of this entry »

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