reverse Samoa

“Clean eating”  and “Paleo” are all over the place these days, and I’m kind of intrigued. Generally speaking, the Paleo diet focuses on eating like a caveman — things that were around 10,000 years ago, like meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, healthful oils, etc. I still need to do some research, but from what I can tell, the biggest difference is that clean eaters can have grains and Paleo followers should not.

I’m in the middle of the Insanity workout, playing soccer four days a week and trying to reduce (ideally eliminate, but one step at a time) the bad-for-you things I occasionally put in my body. And we’re still in the thick of Girl Scout cookie season, so that’s not always an easy task, especially when you have a weakness for the delicious, caramely, coconuty Samoas. Fortunately, Elana’s Pantry posted a Paleo Samoa recipe that caught my eye, and I decided to try out my first caveman confection. Continue reading reverse Samoa

naughty & nice Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is pretty polarizing. You have the friends posting 50-line odes to their significant others on Facebook or getting engaged in some grandiose fashion (which is basically everyone I know), or you have the people touting their Cupid contempt and blaming Hallmark for ruining an otherwise perfectly average February day. I’m pretty indifferent, and that’s not because Valentine’s Day hasn’t treated me well; I’m just too busy these days to feel one way or another about it.

Still, I had the urge to bake up a what could be considered a Valentine’s Day treat last night, though it was mostly motivated by the abundance of unused strawberries in my fridge. Thus, I present my “naughty and nice” strawberry doughnuts. Continue reading naughty & nice Valentine’s

chocolate-covered strawberry footballs

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Footballs

Looking for an easy but impressive Super Bowl snack? For our game day feast last year, I made about 10 different things. (I got a little carried away because the Giants were playing in — and subsequently winning — the big game.) One of my favorites I cranked out were these chocolate-covered strawberry “footballs.” Simply dip in melted chocolate, set on parchment paper, wait until the chocolate has dried and line with melted white chocolate or decorative icing.

National Peanut Butter Day ’13

Um… hi. I know it’s been an unreasonably long time since I last posted and I’ve got some ‘splaining to do. The good news is that I finally have a home and a kitchen and I’m hoping to get back to posting on a much regular basis. More on that to come…

In the meantime, it’s National Peanut Butter Day, so I want to share the peanut butter-iest thing I’ve ever made: peanut butter pudding pie. Continue reading National Peanut Butter Day ’13

come on over for a misnomer

My housing situation has been in limbo for more than two months now, and with most my belongings in storage and any culinary ventures taking place in a relatively foreign kitchen, my cooking and baking have slowed to a sluggish pace. A few weeks ago, though, I had a reason to bake through adversity — family gathering! Continue reading come on over for a misnomer

Blue Moon for the “blue moon”

Oh, hey. I know it seems like my posts have been coming once in a blue moon, but I’m hoping to change all of that soon. I went on a baking and cooking hiatus during the summer, and subsequently a blogging hiatus. I’m expecting to have a little more time to do all of the above soon, so please come back!

In the meantime, here’s a little flashback in honor of tonight’s “blue moon,” which isn’t really blue at all and really has none of the occult-like effects people claim it does. But if it gives you a reason to act all crazy and/or have a pint of Blue Moon, by all means… Continue reading Blue Moon for the “blue moon”