You might remember Kevin as the guy I spent hours decorating turtle sugar cookies for over the summer, for his last day of work at the lab before he went to graduate school. I, however, remember him as the bearded guy who is a better baker than I am.
On my very first day of work I was offered a delicious cookie, and I was shocked when they told me the nerd wearing the Doctor Who shirt had baked them. "Boys can bake?" I remember thinking to myself as I brought the cookie into the lab (big no-no). I remember also thinking, "that's a sweet shirt."
And then there was the time I brought in brownies to impress my boss, on the same day that he brought oreos baked into chocolate chip cookies. I was clearly out of my league.
My only choice was to entice him into my kitchen and steal his magic recipes!
He hides his recipes in his beard. But you gotta give him credit for passing the "I'm going to surprise you with a rat on your shoulder while you're cooking, and see how you react" test!
Since Christmas is just a few days away, I figured I'd post his incredible ginger cookies, for you to share with Santa. ...continue reading
There's no denying it now. Though I tried to hold on to summer for as long as possible, autumn is definitely upon us. And that's ok, because each new season is a new challenge for me. Once I get comfortable with one set of flavors and a style of cooking, the weather changes and I'm forced to switch it up.
I'm especially excited for fall, because that seems to be the favorite season of food bloggers. And so, to ring in the changing of the leaves and the grill being put away, I decided to make a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Gimme Some Oven. There are a lot of ingredients, but don't let that stop you because it's an easy recipe and the result is worth it!
You will need:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (she recommended using Libby's, so I do too!)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
*I liberally added more spices to the mixture, so my cookies were especially flavorful!
My mother and I went to the Fairport farmer's market this past weekend. It's tiny in comparison to the big one in the city, but it's much closer and less crowded, so I prefer it.
She kept asking what I wanted, and I kept responding, "buy whatever looks good, I'll figure out something to do with it."
So we bought peaches.
Peaches intrigue me. I haven't eaten many, and when I have eaten them they were from a can or in a fruit salad.
It's such a beautiful, fragrant fruit with vibrant colors...and that texture.
That soft, almost human-like skin that you want to rub against your face.
It creeps me out.
I've always wanted to make monkey bread. The whole concept of bread that you pull apart just intrigued me, and besides, look at it. It's super cool looking.
I have no idea why it's called monkey bread, but...
I dug out an apron for Captain Chips here, handed him a mixing spoon and we were ready to go. What's monkey bread without a monkey helper?
I'm a big fan of bananas. I try and bring one to work every day, but there's always the problem of them turning brown so damn fast.
If I buy them too early (like the week before) they never last me the week. Thank god for banana bread.
Awhile back, my sister sent me a very simple recipe for banana bread:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tps baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 overripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9X5 loaf pan. In one bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whip bananas and sugar together for 3 minutes until there is a nice fluffy cream. Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat well and scrape down sides of bowel. Mix in dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in nuts. Pour into pan. Back for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Now, she was obviously rushed when she typed this up for me (that can happen when you have a baby), and I've highlighted some of the delightful errors. My favorite is "scrape down sides of bowel." Gross =)