Monthly Archives: December 2012

Homemade doughnuts

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So as always, I’m a little late posting these. They were supposed to be a Chanukah treat for all of you, but just like last year’s Latke recipe, I kept convincing myself I had time to post them. I made them early enough, it’s just whenever I sat down in front of Lightroom with over 150 photos to sort though and edit I would find something else that needed to be done. Like do some more online shopping, or check how many books I sold in the last twenty minutes, or check the word count on my current book.

You know, important things.

But, enough is enough. Just because I missed out on posting these as a Chanukah recipe doesn’t mean they weren’t good, and gosh darnit, they are not going to sit on my computer until next year. Because most likely, I will be a much better photographer by then, and so embarrassed by my crude attempt at food styling that I will refuse to post them.

Which, if I could find my archive of photos from a year ago, I’d show you the difference.  Continue reading


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Christmas cookie party

When I started this blog a year and a half ago, I never imagined that I would ever be considered a real “blogger.”

But look at me now, going to christmas cookie parties with other bloggers! I had a wonderful time on Saturday with two lovely local food bloggers. On the left we have Steph, from over at Steph Chows, and in the middle is Tracy from Sugarcrafter. In the front you can see our wonderful array of cookies we whipped up to share!

Steph made the cutest little cinnamon bun cookies, which I had no idea even existed until she told me that was what she was making.

Look how adorable they are! Be sure to check out her blog in the next week or so for that recipe.

And wonderful Tracy made these flaky and delicious Kolatchky (spelling?), which I think are Slovakian, and filled with some of her incredible jam. Tracy was also our wonderful host for the party, and provided us with delicious snacks, including the most amazing hot pepper jam (go buy some from her!!!), which was so incredible on crackers and on Steph’s fresh rosemary bread.

Ok, I think I’m done with the plugs for now 🙂

As for me, the lonely little jew who is also fairly new to the baking scene in general, I figured I’d stick to something I know a little bit about.


Candy balls, that is. Come on guys, get your head out of the gutter! Now, my normal go-to seasonal ball to make is a peanut butter ball that tastes just like reeses, but since Tracy is deathly allergic to peanuts, I figured I would skip that and try out an oreo truffle.

Note the festive Chanukah sprinkles!

I’m always fond of addicting little treats that take minimal work, and only have three ingredients and just as many steps.

You will need:

  • package of oreos
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 16 oz semi-sweet bakers chocolate

Crush your oreos using your preferred method. I chose throwing a handful into a plastic bag and rolling it with a heavy rolling pin, to avoid making a huge mess on Tracy’s table. 

Add the cream cheese, and maybe a splash or two of whipped marshmallow vodka, and combine. Roll into 1 inch size balls (a loaded teaspoon works well) and freeze for 10-15 minutes.

Can I just say how insanely jealous I am of Tracy’s natural light in her house? It does not take a million hours of setting up lights and backdrops when you can just stand next to a window, and I want it. 

After you pull the balls out of the freezer, dunk them in the melted chocolate, and that’s it!

You can top them with sprinkles, or oreo crumbs, or drizzled chocolate…anything. What I’m trying to say is that this is the perfect easy to make recipe that will impress your coworkers and friends (are you sensing a trend with the things I post around holidays?) Minimal effort, maximum results.

So I survived my first cookie making party, and had a lot of fun in the process. Now go check out their lovely blogs to see the recipes for what they made, and be sure to bookmark them. You’re definitely going to want to follow them.



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Playing with royal icing…and star wars cookies!

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Hola. I’m not sure how many times I’m allowed to apologize for being a negligent blog updater, but…I’m sorry. Life is crazy right now for me, as I’m sure it is for all of you as well! Holiday season is nuts.

I won’t go into too much detail, but my company is getting ready to submit our device to the FDA for approval so we’ve been running around like crazy gathering data and working on paperwork, I am taking a photography class AND a cooking class online (remind me to talk about that later!), I have my cruise in less than three weeks, and I’m hoping to finish the first draft of my second book by then. phew. 

But, look at this. STAR WARS COOKIES!

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I guess since my last post was about an Avengers party, an unsuspecting visitor might get confused and think that I’m some sort of nerd. But luckily, my faithful reader, you know better. There is no doubt in your mind that I’m a HUGE nerd. 🙂

My boyfriend is the big Star Wars geek though, so when I saw these cookie cutters on sale at Williams Sonoma on Black Friday, I had to buy them, and surprise him with a batch or two. It gave me the perfect chance to dive headfirst into the time-consuming world of cookie decorating, but I ended up having so much fun, and it’s hard not to love biting into a stormtrooper head.  Continue reading


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