I like this cheesecake. Did you ever think you'd read those words on this blog?
December 23, 2013
December 19, 2013
I know that José Feliciano's song "Feliz Navidad" is on lots of people's List of Terrible and Annoying Christmas Carols, but I kinda like it. It's upbeat and fun in a genre that's often a little bit dreary and slow, you can't deny that.
December 16, 2013
December 12, 2013
December 10, 2013
I definitely support the idea of semi-homemade cooking.
|Yes, my boyfriend's dishes are much prettier than mine. |
He has good taste in dinnerware and women.
December 5, 2013
In all my life, I've never seen an upside-down cake that didn't involve some sort of fruit.
Granted, I've only really been paying close attention to such things for about 6 years (egadders, have I been blogging that long?*), but still, have you ever encountered or heard of such a thing?
December 2, 2013
It's a shame that such a lovely name for a little girl has somehow managed to have some negative connotations. Let's focus on the positive, shall we?
November 26, 2013
Labels: pies and tarts
November 21, 2013
Whose idea was it to name those terrible knobs that arise on our feet after one of the most extraordinary vegetables in the world? What an insult.
The number of potential Thanksgiving desserts is astronomical, but I wanted to show you some of my best recommendations. A few of these have definitely graced our holiday table in the past, but this year, it'll be something new: Pecan Pie Cheesecake. You'll want to stay tuned for that one.
November 17, 2013
I think my new favorite item to make is the upside-down cake.
Granted, there aren't quite as many things that you can change up as in cheesecakes, but its potential for versatility is still pretty great. Plus, there's that small added bonus of being something I actually enjoy eating...
November 13, 2013
I've never hidden the fact that I don't care for the flavor of pumpkin, though I'll readily admit that it makes a useful ingredient. Anyone who works with food in any capacity knows that pumpkin is in everything from lotion to lattes right now, so it behooves me as a baker to get on board.
November 8, 2013
I had my very first fresh fig just one month ago, can you believe that?
It was pretty good, though I've been hard-pressed to find a fruit that I don't like. The thing is, I think I prefer them dried! That chew and the concentrated flavor is tough to top.
November 5, 2013
You'd think that with the rise in popularity of vegan diets, people would know by now how to pronounce the word.
But no, I still get requests for vay-gan cakes and vej-an pies. That's okay though--at least these folks are trying to be accommodating to the needs of their friends and family.
October 31, 2013
October 25, 2013
...and a few more things that are nice*.
*But not all things nice. Come on--let's be realistic here.
October 22, 2013
You GUYS. Taste of Home has a feature called the Mixing Bowl in which they share information about bloggers they love. This month, they love me! Check it out on newstands starting either today or tomorrow!
If you're interested, here's the link to the pie included in the write-up.
Labels: just plain fun
I'm halfway into my 30th year now. I need to be coming to terms with the fact that there are several things that I used to be able to do that aren't so easy now. Plus, my bumps and bruises hurt more and don't heal as quickly. I also have to accept that I can't pull out every gray hair I spot and that those little wrinkles around my eyes won't be going away. Like, ever.
October 18, 2013
I rarely eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anymore, but when I do, I most definitely feel like a kid again.
October 14, 2013
October 10, 2013
Another pie so soon? Well, folks, pie season is nearly upon us. Best to gird your loins now and get prepared.
|It's a custard curtsy.|
October 7, 2013
October 2, 2013
How do you feel about pet names? They can be really silly, of course, and I know more than a few people who think of them that way, but I happen to believe that they can be a sweet and simple way to let a person know you care.
September 27, 2013
I know the saying is "as American as apple pie", but apple crisp is pretty representative of the good ol' US of A, too. Maybe moreso, as even the laziest among us can't complain about any difficulty in making it. (God bless America.)
September 24, 2013
You're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but why not? It's an unwritten rule that really has no basis in our society anymore. There's another rule that everyone seems to follow for no apparent reason--even though it's widely available year-round, you rarely see pumpkin used as an ingredient until fall officially begins.
September 20, 2013
I have high standards. I know this to be true, mostly because I've been told as much by several people who know me well. I don't think it's a bad quality, but it does leave me open to disappointment more often than not. It's also pretty difficult to impress me.
September 17, 2013
Melba. When I see that word, the image of a stereotypical little old lady comes to my mind. Is that weird?
September 14, 2013
You're familiar with ambrosia, right? The version I know and love consists of mini marshmallows, orange segments, pineapple, coconut, and nuts all smothered in a sweetened sour cream or yogurt sauce. Food of the gods, indeed.
September 10, 2013
There are a lot of pieces of equipment and several utensils that I covet from the bakery, and I'm slowly but surely purchasing and procuring my very own collection of them.
If you've ever been curious to learn a little bit more about me or my attitude in the kitchen, check out the little feature Mommypage has done! Even if you're not a mother, you can find a lot of useful information there.
Labels: just plain fun
September 6, 2013
I'm just not crazy about curd. I think my problem stems from the fact that my first association with the word had to do with curdled milk--NOT pleasant. Plus, even before I learned about fruit curds, I knew about bean curd and how very unappetizing it could be.
September 3, 2013
Well, corn season is sadly over, at least for me and my personal gardeners (also known as my family).
Labels: sides and snacks
August 29, 2013
Contrary to how it may seem based on my plethora of posts about lemon goodies, I don't really get excited about the whole sweet-tart combination in desserts.
You won't catch me ordering key lime pie, no sir. Not when there are things like coconut cake to be had.
August 26, 2013
August 22, 2013
My beloved bakery makes the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had. That's not an exaggeration, folks, and I'm not the only one with that opinion.
August 19, 2013
What's a gal to do when someone gives her a box of shredded wheat cereal?
We're talking the unflavored, unsweetened, MASSIVE kind here, so if you were thinking about recommending eating it with some milk, don't waste your breath. Blech.
August 16, 2013
When did granola become the go-to snack for hikers and the like? I'm not sure, but as far as I'm concerned, that's just a marker of good sense and good taste.
August 12, 2013
August 6, 2013
Banana bread is a delicious, easy, and versatile treat, you'll get no argument from me on that. However, sometimes bananas deserve a fate just a little bit more decadent.
August 2, 2013
I haven't posted a soup recipe since 2009. Dang. It's not because I'm not making and eating them, I think it's more to do with the fact that they're a)not extremely photogenic, and b)rarely the result of an actual recordable recipe.
July 29, 2013
Near the tippy-top of my list of people I'd love to meet and hang out with for any amount of time is Conan O'Brien. That man is a laugh riot.
July 22, 2013
...though anything more would be superfluous.*
*That's a riff on an old Edwardian family table-saying, in case you're curious.
July 18, 2013
July 15, 2013
...so much as cherry tomato, French vanilla, and concord grape.*
*And yes, it's an absolute coincidence that all those hues happen to have culinary names.
July 9, 2013
Weight can often be a sensitive subject, and there are a few kinder, more delicate ways to describe the size of something or someone.
July 5, 2013
As alcoholic beverages go, I find sangria to be extremely gentle and benign. After all, it's more fruit than anything else.
July 1, 2013
More than almost any other aroma, the smell of sizzling bacon has a magical power to convince a person that she's hungry even if she's only just stuffed her stomach full of other foods.
June 27, 2013
People who know me well know that I don't squeal or get particularly sappy about much of anything*, but when I first saw these cookies, I thought they were absolutely adorable. It's the closest I've come to making an "awww!" noise in a long time**.
*My precious niece excepted.
**The last baby-unrelated trigger was probably a Corgi puppy.
June 23, 2013
...strawberry season, that is. Yep, there are no less than 5 trucks set up in random places in my area selling fresh strawberries out of the back. They're good strawberries, too, and I can't get enough.