Saturday, March 31, 2012

Birthday Cake Chocolate Bark — Art in Three Steps

To me, baking represents so much more than the creation of desserts.

When I'm methodically mixing together ingredients, baking is therapy — a means of moving past any negative or stressful experiences the day may bring.

When I'm developing a recipe, baking is science — a precise mixture of ingredients that yield a specific result.

When I'm trying my hardest to make my creations and photographs look as great as my blogger idols', baking is art.

Whatever you want to call it, baking always begins the same way: With a blank canvas and an idea.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sweet Day for Some Sweet Potato Pancakes

I haven't baked or blogged in over a week and that's only half of what's been going on.

After about 6 weeks of living in a scuzzy apartment with two grimy BC grads, I decided I couldn't take it another day, and I moved out of their frat pad and back into my Aunt and Uncle's wonderfully clean and cared for home. Today I woke up in my cousin's old bedroom feeling more refreshed and content that I have in weeks.

I've spent my day so far watching Project Runway and Mama Mia, while casually whipping up and consuming a batch of Sweet Potato Pancakes. As I'm writing, Dirty Dancing is just starting on TV and I can't even begin to express how wonderful I feel!

In a nutshell, I've traded this:

For this:


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Double Oreo Birthday Cupcakes

Happy (Belated) 100th Birthday to Milk's favorite cookie!

You heard right — Oreos have been bringing joy to people for 100 years!

I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get my hands on a bag of the celebration Birthday Cake Oreos that Nabisco released to celebrate the centennial because my city-life grocery shopping is limited to corner grocery stores and Whole Foods. Lucky for me, one of my co-workers brought a bag in last week while half of the office was out of town at an event.... so no one was around to stop me from bringing them home!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hamantashen for Purim!

Last week for Purim, I baked up a small batch of Hamantashen, those traditional triangle cookies usually filled with jam. I swayed a bit from the tradition as usual, and turned half of my cookies into Cinnamon Roll Hamantashen... and they were superb!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grab and Go Oatmeal

Lately, I've had a hard time getting food in my mouth before running out the door.

Does that ever happen to you?

I find that if I have something ready made or something that requires absolutely no prep time, like yogurt, I'll eat breakfast as I'm getting dressed and be fine with it. Things that require even the most minimal effort, like oatmeal with its measurements AND microwaving time? Fuggedaboudit.

These BAKED oatmeal muffins stepped up and saved me this week! I made a batch of six Sunday night, and have been grabbing one every morning on my way out the door, eating it either cold or zapped in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Corona and Lime Blondies

Some things just mesh well together: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chips and Dip, Corona and Lime.

When I found a recipe a while back for Corona Blondies, I knew I had to adapt it to incorporate lime. The bars came together in no time at all, and I brought them to a group of people who mesh together even better than the flavors — some of my best friends and old roommates!