June 23rd, 2012
This past Monday, I woke up early and decided to go to the gym before my day started–it was my first day back on rotations. I was running a little late and rushed out, headphones and water bottle in hand, and as the door clicked closed, I realized I didn’t have my keys. Of course our condo door locks itself automatically. Ugh. Luckily my neighbor was just on her way out the door to work and spared me a couple minutes with her phone so I could beg my dad to bring over my extra set of keys. Overall, not a good morning. read more »
October 1st, 2011
What is it with me and waffles, huh? After years of using the same recipe over and over again, I’ve finally branched out. Problem is, once you’re used to a recipe, it’s hard to love another one. I tried a lot of different ones and though they were good, I’m not sure if they were better than ‘the original.’ read more »
September 19th, 2011
Bagels have been on my baking bucket list for a long time. Well, they would be on my bucket list if I had actually thought one up. I keep reading bagel recipes on different blogs, but they have weird things like malt syrup or other such things and I really didn’t feel like going out to get that kind of stuff. I finally found a recipe that wasn’t too fussy–you could use all purpose flour, honey, whatever!
I really love bagels. My favorite part of going to get bagels is that sometimes you get lucky and get the warm bagel! I really feel like I’ve won the lottery. I’m sure I could just ask them what time they usually put out bagels, but it’s so much more fun to try and guess. The other day we went and got bagels and someone actually toasted their warm bagel. Blasphemy! read more »
August 7th, 2011
It’s been a while, huh? I spent most of June and July either studying, getting married or vacationing. Not a bad couple of months, no question, but I woke up this morning and it was suddenly August. Yikes! I had grand plans of having posts up while I was on the honeymoon, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Oh well, good intentions all around. This month-long hiatus has really just made me even more behind in my backlog, but hopefully I can get through it eventually. Like these granola bars. They come from the Flour Bakery Cookbook. For two full years, I was privileged enough to live right down the street from this wonderful place. I think I tried almost everything there, but now it’s just a faint memory.
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June 16th, 2011
This is the last dish I made for my Mother’s Day Brunch, which was now more than a month ago. I actually made these more for my dad, who really loves scones, even though it was Mother’s Day I figured dad deserved a shout-out too. He loves scones and all too often the dry pucks you get at coffee shops are just not edible. Or you get the variety that are so sweet that the only thing that makes them scones is their triangle shape. read more »
June 6th, 2011
Sometimes I read about people doing things like making their own cream cheese or whatnot and I think to myself “that’s crazy!” Then I realize that if you had told five years younger me that I’d be making pita bread, taking pictures of it and then posting it on a blog, I would’ve called you crazy. I suppose one person’s crazy is another person’s normal. I’ve always wanted to make donuts. In fact I made an attempt at donuts before and quite frankly, they sucked. I think we still ended up eating them all, but I knew I needed a do over. read more »
June 1st, 2011
This is the second dish I made for my Mother’s Day Brunch. I can’t even begin to describe the awesomeness that is this bread. It’s of course from Joy the Baker. She’s up there with Ina Garten as someone who I wish I was friends with so that they would make me awesome things and I could go over and eat them. read more »
May 17th, 2011
As I mentioned in my Mother’s Day post, I made brunch for my mom this year. I really wanted to do something nice, but am so not a morning person and knew that if I left stuff for the morning of, it would result in a really cranky brunch. I started out with the idea of doing a savory bread pudding. Then I was inspired by The Family Stone and found some strata recipes. Have you seen the movie? It’s one of those movies where it’s so awkward and uncomfortable that I have to watch the entire movie or else I have this weird gnawing feeling in my stomach all day. Anyway, what does the movie have to do with strata? Long story short, the girlfriend that’s trying to impress the family makes a strata and the entire things ends up all over her. read more »
January 22nd, 2011
My dad is the type of man that ate Frosted Mini Wheats every morning for breakfast for at least 10 years. No joke. Obviously if we were on vacation or visiting someone, he ate something else, but in general, that was his breakfast of choice. I think he finally changed it up sometime in the 1990′s when he started eating egg whites or whatever heart healthy meal you’re supposed to eat, which then became his breakfast of choice. Anyway, I’m not quite as much a routine person as my dad, but as soon as winter hits, I’m all about oatmeal. I used to eat the Quaker instant variety way back when, then progressed to plain rolled oats that I flavored myself. I had heard so much about steel cut oats, but the 30 minute preparation time really turned me off. Thankfully Trader Joe’s makes a quick cook steel cut oats, which are really good. read more »
January 13th, 2011
Each holiday season I always get sucked in by the eggnog. It’s so good, but after a couple small glasses of it, I’m usually sick of it. I started adding some nog to my hot chocolate, which was really tasty. But there is only so much hot chocolate that one person can consume. I was trying to think of other ways to use up my eggnog when it hit me: eggnog waffles! I felt like the waffles would be a good choice as you use a lot of milk in them, plus the eggnog flavor would have a chance of coming through.
I went with my favorite waffle recipe and subbed the eggnog for the milk. I ended up subbing for the entire 2 cups because I wasn’t sure if the eggnog flavor would come through. Not a worry–these waffles practically screamed eggnog, which was a good thing! I think next time I would maybe sub in a little milk to make the final product less dense, but overall, I was very pleased with the flavor. Maybe you have some eggnog lurking in your refrigerator still…try making something else out of it instead of pouring it down the drain!