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

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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”

red velvet “cheese ball”

For some reason, the term “cheese ball” is unappetizing to me — and that’s coming from a girl whose first word was “cheese” (and not because I was cute and my parents took lots of pictures of me). Maybe the objection comes from transposing the words. Is that gross? Too much for a food blog? I’m sorry. It’s been awhile; I’m a little rusty. Continue reading red velvet “cheese ball”

what’s bakin’ bacon?

Everyone loves bacon. Even vegetarians love bacon — they just don’t want to admit it. There are websites devoted entirely to bacon. Bacon ice cream. Bacon liquor. Even bacon gum balls. I get it: Bacon is awesome. You what’s not awesome? Cooking bacon.

At least that’s how I felt before I discovered the wonder of baking bacon. Continue reading what’s bakin’ bacon?