Monthly Archives: January 2014

Blueberry pop tarts

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For Christmas people always give me a plethora of cooking supplies. It’s like getting lingerie from a boyfriend, it benefits both the giver and the receiver. This year I got a pop-tart-maker/ hand pie mold. All you need is some pie crust, pie filling and the possibilities are endless.

Find this adorable device here for only $1.99. (Sidenote: glad to see my parents really splurged this Christmas with a 2 dollar gift…. Turns out googling past presents can be a tad disappointing).

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Red velvet peppermint kiss cookies

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These cookies are very much belated, as I actually made them to give to our neighbors for the holidays. Now, I take baking for neighbors and holiday gifting very seriously. You never want to be the person to give the rock hard fudge that will be shunned in the corner, belittled by neighbor Nancy’s perfect peanut brittle. I always want my contributions to be the enjoyed, rather than shoved into the trash, so taking this task seriously is necessary. As I am a little late, you can exceed neighborly expectations next year, with these festive cookies. Or just substitute the peppermint kisses for normal chocolate for a non-holiday version.

Recipe here: Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

 

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Peppermint patty brownies

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So there isn’t much of a recipe to share with these brownies. Basically I bought a bag of holiday Peppermint Patty’s at the CVS post Christmas sale. Then I bought a brownie mix (see my last post about boxed baking approval here). Then I followed the directions on the box and threw in some of the candy. Some would say these brownies don’t even deserve to be on a food blog because they are so simple. But they photograph so freakin’ well, I just had to share.

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New York City

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I haven’t posted anything besides a recipe in a long time, partly because I haven’t been traveling much, and mostly because desserts are more photogenic than I am. However, this last weekend I got take a trip to NYC with Calvin (otherwise known as my token Asian friend).

Although there were some low points, including a post Bolt Bus meltdown and eating Wendy’s twice in one day, there were also many high points. I finally made it to Brooklyn, and was rewarded by seeing Robert Pattinson and Dakota Fanning at Smorgasbord! I’m a bit of a celebrity whore (proud Us Weekly subscriber since 2000) and hyperventilated to the extent that Calvin refused to be associated with me, but we all have our weaknesses.

Even with our Wendy’s indulgence we managed to try two great restaurants, Cafe Mogador and Shelter Pizza. They are about a block away from each other, so I recommend going to Cafe Mogador for their hangover brunch, and then later going to Shelter for their two for one beers.  When on vacation in New York, you always have to post game brunch.

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Chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars

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Although these cheesecake bars look ingredient heavy and labor intensive, don’t be fooled. The recipe suggests using packaged cookie dough mix, which I am actually all about. I’m sure there are a lot of bakers out there who shun packaged products. But I happen to believe cookie and brownie mixes make pretty great treats. After all, it’s only premixed sugar and flour, how can manufacturers f#%* that up, amiright? The key to packaged desserts is substituting butter for oil. Betty Crocker mixes are quintessential American, so go ahead, cut out a few baking steps, do your American civic duty, and buy packaged cookie dough for these cheesecake bars.

Find the recipe here.

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