Author: Whitney

E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy! (3)

Ciao again from Firenze! Well I promised a post about Italian food, finally, and here it is, finally. You see life abroad is hard, wake up, eat, do stuff, eat, nap, go out, eat, sleep and then do it all over again. I think the three necessary evils of Florence are vino, mozzarella and pasta. And olive oil. And nutella. And kinder bueno candy. And this candy called Milka that is kind of like a chocolate covered s’more. It’s all just too good. This post is coming ‘atcha from Lucca, Italy. A tiny, ancient, roman town about an hour west of Firenze. We went on a slightly dreary Saturday for the day. Here’s what you should know about Lucca: rent bikes, it’s really small, lots of candy and chocolate shops and I had really REALLY good pasta. There’s lots of little churches in Lucca and a lot of them are in the Gothic style which is change from the Renaissance design of Florence. It was a nice day but I don’t think you need more …

E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (2)!

Yesss I am still in Italia! But no this post is not on Italian food–I promise, I’ll get there. But before I got to Firenze I went to Paris to visit my friend Anjali and to have a European Reunion with lots of our friends. It was a ton of fun and I am SO happy that we got to go! I think we had a little too much fun… While we were there we ate tons of crepes, cheese and other buttery delicious Parisian food. (and some frozen pizza–or 2–at 6 am…but we don’t need to get into that). One night we went to restaurant called Le Refuge Des Fondues–more commonly known among Americans/NYUers as “the baby bottle place”. To explain: they serve wine in baby bottles. As my parents pointed out, weird, but surprisingly fun and something we just had to do. Le Refuge is on the hill on the way up to Sacre Coeur in Paris. We had been up to Sacre Coeur earlier in the trip and it’s really pretty, I …

E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy! (1)

So I actually made these Snack Mix Bars before I left to come to Firenze but I’m here! To steal Rachael Ray’s phrase (ugh never thought I’d say that) EVOOh my gahhh I’m in Italy! It is absolutely GORGEOUS here and the food is AMAZING! I think the Italian language is so beautiful and I am thrilled to be able to study it (and the cuisine) in a place like Florence! More about the food here later. For now: Snack Mix Bars. I found these on Inn Cuisine back in September, yes these have been on the “to bake” list for a while. To my surprise these are actually a no bake bar! I’m not sure why it surprised me when I actually got down to making these but yes, in fact, they are a no bake. This combined with the fact that they are addictingly delicious makes them a must make! A must make, no bake, heh. The only thing bad about these chunky bars is that you do have to let them sit …

New Years Eve Dinner Nosh & Tell Style

I feel like New Years Eve is never as fun as it should be. Like it gets built up so much and then either plans don’t work out or a bar is too crowded, etc. etc. But this year was pretty good, spent with good friends and in my favorite place: home. The only downside: the fact that it was SO FREAKIN’ COLD in Nashville this year! That made for misery during our attempts of getting a cab home. I got to see the guitar drop–a new feature for downtown Nashville this year–and I have to say it was awesome. I vaguely recall a massive multicolored guitar descending over the river front at midnight and I  also remember being way into it (got the pictures to prove it) so I feel confident that it was great. Yes, I did say the guitar drop in Nashville was great, don’t judge me. Another part of New Years Eve that I particularly enjoyed was how I spent my last day of 2009: cooking. Some friends and I decided …

Leftover Alert: Peppermint Bark Chunk Cookies

I’m just gonna second what Ariel said: sorrysorrysorry for not blogging. My bad. That’s really all there is to say about that–life just got in the way in the form of finals, goodbyes and packing. Yuck. You do not wanna know what our diet consisted of for that last week, no time for grocery shopping does not suit us well. But, we made it! Did you? It’s the end of ’09, that’s probably good too, but can you believe it? I think every year goes by faster. I can’t believe that this semester ended, I won’t be returning to New York, we already had Christmas, tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I’m going to Italy in 2 weeks! Errrrrrrrrr yikes–fun, but yikes. Some parts of me, the parts that don’t crave fresh pasta, caprese salad and wine, wish it wasn’t time yet!  Oh yeah, and I hope Santa was good to y’all, I got this beautiful beautiful stand mixer I have been cherishing for like mmm a year. Loveeee it. But before I can even …

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

First off: sorry I’ve been MIA. Once again technical difficulties/school have prevented me from being active in the blog world lately. Boo. Good news though I got a new camera and I am free from finals/papers for at least another two days. Then it’s back to all nighters in the library and living on a diet of coffee and chips. Blech. More good news: these Cinnamon Bun Cookies were ballin’. I’m slowly working my way through my “Things to Bake” list (probably about 100+ more things on there) and happened to look at these cookies from Recipe Girl the other night. My friends urged me to make them and with little convincing, I did. They are perfect for the holiday season and will please any guests you’ve got staying with you this winter. I mean who doesn’t like Cinnamon Buns? No one! And these are the exact, precise, perfectly on point cookie form of the buns…I can’t explain it, they just are. I’m hoping to get around to making more holiday cookies but honestly right …

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

Back in September (feels like yesterday, really it’s December?!) I went to the famous Baked Bakery in Brooklyn. Uhhhh so good. [moment to remember the amazingness that is Baked]. I tried about 15 different delectable items and all of them were memorable but I think my favorite by far were the Peanut Butter Crispy Bars. I have said many a time that PB+choco happens to be my favorite combination. It’s just natural that the two things go together. Like Diet Coke and me, like Vodka and soda, like Don & Betty Draper (well that’s not a great example), like Juliette & Sawyer on LOST, like Ron & Hermoine and like cream and…well…everything.  Needless to say these PB Crispy Bars get the job done. The bars might seem intimidating, yes you may have to whip out the candy thermometer, but they’re rather easy once you get down to it. And there’s actually no baking involved. Just cooling in the fridge, which is almost worse. Patience is a virtue my friends. I have none, but luckily for …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

They look boring, but looks can be deceiving. Especially in the case of these cookies. Turns out Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are anything but boring. They were amazing. Ridiculously easy, and absolutely delicious. When I saw these on A Bird in the Kitchen I knew that they needed to be part of my cooking baking craze on Sunday night. I’m not sure I can sum it up better than SweetBird does: “Put away your bathroom scale. Break out the fat pants with the elastic waistband. These cookies are going to rock your world”. Rock your world they will. These cookies are not for the nibblers out there. They aren’t for the “Okayyy, but only just ONE” type. I’m going to put this out there: you won’t be able to eat just one bite, or just one cookie, prepare to make a meal out of them. They’re just too good for self control. I’ll go so far as to quote my favorite Brit brit in her new single “Three”: “Living in sin is the new thing”. …

Brownie Cookies

I have long suspected that I share some qualities with Cookie Monster but my suspicions have been confirmed once and for all. Last week I went on a pie frenzy and last night I went on a cookie extravaganza. Sometimes I really wonder how I can eat so many sweets but then I realize I don’t really care why, sometimes it’s nice to have a bottomless pit of a stomach for dessert (and other food). This is one quality I believe I share with the big blue guy. Some more: I also happen to get crumbs all over when I eat, it seems like I cannot eat without making a mess–cookie crumbs, ketchup stains, drink spilling–I do it all. I also use the phrases “me want cookie!” and “om-nom-nom-nom” often. Me and Cookie Monster’s final similarity: chocolate chip cookies are my favorite but I will eat any kind. First up in my cookie baking extravaganza: Brownie Cookies. I have seen these floating around on blogs the past few months and decided it was high time …

Fudge Pie

Pie mania overtook our kitchen last night. I’m saving the second pie to blog later but here’s one to drool over for now: Fudge Pie. Apparently it’s not too common in the North (considering Ariel had no clue what fudge pie was) but in the South it’s arguably the most common pie. Right alongside your pumpkin and pecan: fudge pie is a fantastic way to end any meal. Or in my case, it’s a great way to start any day, considering I frequently pick at my baked goods for breakfast. Eek. Thank goodness cold weather is coming so big sweaters are a-okay to wear again. One question I always get about making pies is whether I make my own crust or not. Short answer: no. Semi-longish answer: no, because to me, store bought crusts always taste better than the ones I make at home. Maybe that’s because I’m bad at making pie crusts? I don’t know, but it saves me time. Here’s the catch: you wanna be semi-homemade like Sandra Lee? You gotta pick the …