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With the budget of a 25 year old who has a moderately successful entry level job with a solid paycheck, who can afford to buy all the candy she wants.

And I have no shame in going to see kid's movies on a Friday night, when other people my age are out partying or clubbing or whatever normal people do.

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So on Friday night I went to go see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2...and it was awesome. ...continue reading

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It's not unusual (cue the Carlton dance!) for people to go through phases with their eating habits. For most people, that's something like "I love avocados  and I'm adding them to tons of dishes!" or "I can't stop eating pints of Ben and Jerry's since the breakup!" or even "I'm so broke this month all I'm eating is ramen and mac n cheese."

For someone like me (read: weird), these phases usually involve cereal. For new readers, understand that cereal basically raised me. As a child who hated everything her mother cooked, cereal stepped in. It was a quick breakfast before the bus came, it was dinner when mom made pot roast, it was a sweet dessert while watching tv.  ...continue reading

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I know, I know. I've been bad at blogging this year. But I've been great about everything else! I've been working hard at work, my book, some art projects, and oh yeah, a ginormous cake that totally blows away anything else I've ever made!!!

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That's right. The most epic cake ever, and totally a surprise for Kevin's 26th birthday (he thought I was making a tardis cake! Could we get any nerdier?)

I started this on Sunday and finally stacked it on Friday. It consists of 12 separate cake layers (chocolate and vanilla alternating) with buttercream filling, and about six pounds of homemade marshmallow fondant. People seem surprised when they discover how expensive wedding cakes are. I will guess that this barely made it under $100, especially when I take into account all the extra tools and supplies from Michaels I needed. It's almost creepy how much butter and sugar is in that thing...

I designed it months ago, knowing that Kevin's birthday falls only three days after our one-year anniversary (we always joke about our poor planning). I of course knew right away that I wanted to do Star Wars, because I thought it would work perfectly for the ambitious, multi-tiered design I had in mind.  ...continue reading

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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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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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I made these adorable cookies last autumn for a halloween party, and I just couldn't resist making them again. This year, however, I have a year of cooking under my belt, and they came out MUCH better.

Better flavor, better consistency, and the addition of white crystal-like sprinkles added a little sparkle and a fun texture.

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The best part about these cookies is how small they are. They are literally bite sized, so you can eat a whole handful without feeling bad about it. Well, too bad.

I mean, I ate like 4 dozen of these by myself and I feel great!

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Simply follow the instructions for the last time I posted this recipe, up until the part where you cut the dough. Then jump in here.  ...continue reading

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Let me start of with a bit of an explanation for this concoction.

My brother-in-law, Matt, is without a doubt one of the funniest people I know. He's also incredibly neurotic and obsessive about certain things, which is why, when he decided to buy some jelly beans, he didn't half-ass the job.

Apparently he purchased about ten varieties of easter jellybeans, and did a blind taste test with my sister. The result was that Sweet Tart jellybeans had the best texture AND flavor.

When he told this story to Kevin and me earlier this year, we rolled our eyes and nodded our heads. Later, in the car, we discussed how insane he was. But when I saw a bag of them at the store, I bought them on a whim.

Oh.

My.

God.

From March-April, Kevin and I were averaging about 2 bags a week. I would make several trips to the convenience store during my lunch breaks to get my fix, and all of my teeth fell out. Ok, I lied about the last part, but I am not lying about the intense jelly bean cravings.

For example, this is one of my victory photos after an especially impressive Rite-Aid haul.  And to put it into perspective, this was my pre-easter stash. The Monday following Easter Sunday I went into full-out panic mode, and drove around to every store, buying out their supplies to stock up on my beans. I managed to score about 15 bags, hopefully enough to last me until Easter.

And if you think that's bad, my brother-in-law is hoarding over 30 bags of these. 

I'm not proud of this addiction, and went I look at the cupboard overflowing with candy, I'm a little ashamed. And when you have over 12 pounds of sugar, you start thinking of things to do with it.

Hence, the jelly bean-tini. ...continue reading

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It's Chardonnay week!

That's my sad attempt to make a connection between sexy wine cake and rich and flavorful vegetable lasagna, both of which I made this past weekend. And both of which are out of this world amazing.

I'll post the lasagna later this week, but first can I get a round of applause? I successfully made my first moist and delicious cake from scratch! I attribute my success to the some of the ingredients I used: cake flour, pudding, and wine (of course!).

But I'm not joking when I say this recipe blew my mind. It's a white Bundt cake that uses a half cup of chardonnay right in the mix, which gives the sweetness a little bite. Then, after you cook it, you pour a chardonnay glaze onto the pan and let it seep into the cake, infusing it with more flavor and creating a nice sheen on the outside. Yum!

The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know by Cindi Leive. I've posted several recipes from there already (fried chicken, peppermint bark, chocolate and beer cupcakes with irish cream frosting), and I keep being pleasantly surprised by the recipes in her book. This cake in particular was called "Impress his family chardonnay cake," and when I brought it to Kevin's house for dinner I think I succeeded in impressing them. :) ...continue reading

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There are no recipes in this post. There aren't even any hints or techniques for decorating cakes. Because, let's be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing.

But neither does Ken, so I think we're pretty evenly matched.

I've been planning this little contest for a few months now, and with Valentine's day just around the corner, it seemed like the opportune time. The rules were simple: We would each bake and decorate a two-layer cake of our choosing. And we would post the pictures online and let people decide who won.

I baked a red velvet cake, and Ken chose a marble cake. Mine rose a little more than his, but it meant that I had to level mine.

 

We printed out these practice sheets, taped them to the table under a piece of wax paper, loaded up our piping bags and began practicing our techniques. I was confident that I would school him at this stage because I have years of art classes under my belt, but as it turns out, this is not intuitive at all. We both sucked at it (me a little more, I'll admit), and after 10 minutes we gave up and decided to wing it. ...continue reading

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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.

Jerk.

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!

Kevin Kewin

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