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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 …

Chocolate [not] Cinnamon Bundt Cake

So I set out to make Bon Appetit’s Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake that I’ve seen floating around. Buuuttttt I forgot to put in the cinnamon so I got Chocolate Bundt Cake instead. That sounds really boring but the cake was AMAZING, even sans the cinnamon (oops). I’ve decided that Bundt cakes and me don’t really get along…last week I made a Nutella Swirl Poundcake (or I tried too) but I forgot to swirl the nutella in with the batter so I just got alternating layers of pure nutella and layers of poundcake. I feel as though this chocolate bundt cake and the nutella (not) swirl poundcake would have really benefitted from me following the recipes, but they were both still rockin even with my mess ups. This chocolate bundt cake is uber decadent and delicious. You will probably only be able to eat one slice but you’ll be wishing you could eat the whole thing–actually that’s probably just me. This is the type of thing you need to eat with a large glass of milk, …

Cookie Cake

I have been a long time fan of the Cookie Cake. There’s just something about the concentrated cookie flavor in the shape of a cake slice that is just so appealing. I have tried many times–unsuccessfully–to re-create this cookie cake flavor on my own. Attempts including rolling out dough into a circle on a cookie sheet–failed, doesn’t cook evenly. I have also tried using a recipe for chocolate chip cake–failed, it’s actually just cake with choc. chips in it, not cookie like at all. Well I have dominated the Cookie Cake thanks to Ariel and her ingenious idea: to use a pie dish! I’m not sure how it all got started but thank goodness it did. We were lazing around on Sunday when Ariel found a ballin’ recipe for Mac n’ Cheese (in her last post). In my hungover state from Halloween I promptly jumped on the bandwagon pleading with Ariel to go to the grocery store to get the ingredients and make it. Carbs, Pasta, Cheese, Cream, Salt–pleaseeeee. While she was there she picked …

Lookie at my Cookies: Reese’s Cake

HELLO! Sorry all, we had to take a hiatus from the blog for a bit due to our extremely hectic schedules over the past week. No worries, we are back and here to stay–we missed y’all! It’s too bad school has to come first sometimes, ah well, such is life.Since we were MIA, here’s a quick recap of our past week:1. We started our second kitchen fire–I say we, but really it was just me…as I was cooking for my sorority rush I decided to jump in the shower to make myself presentable. Got out and of course I see smoke billowing from the oven. I open the oven and my pigs in a blanket are ON FIRE–despair. The piggies got pretty soggy when I had to throw water on them to put out the fire but I managed to salvage some from a previous batch. Oh well.2. We ate a lot (duh) but more so than normal since our kitchen was churning out food for hundreds of people each night of rush. Yes, you …

August Daring Baker’s Challenge: Dobos Torte

Oh Dobos, dobos, I’m going to put this nicely: I strongly dislike you. Talk about a dobos disaster. The August 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus:  Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.  Sure the cake tastes great, but this thing was a BIG hassle. Okay, so it tasted like a slice of heaven but the Dobos is a don’t–unless you like being extremely stressed out while baking. This was hell and only slightly worth it. The FIRST time I tried making the Dobos Torte, it wasn’t so great. I needed a success to help me sleep well that night, I needed to be able to pat myself on the back about something. Well, I went to bed irritated and covered in flour. If someone had been filming me while I was baking, it would have been one long “beeeeeeeep” covering up all …

Lookie at my Cookies: Chocolate Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate and Salted Caramel Buttercream Filling

Well here I am a week later after this post and I’m sitting in the same place I was when I wrote that post, still staring at boxes that I have yet to unpack. Oops! Time flies when you’re having fun, or when you’re preoccupied with Mad Men. Yeah yeah my marathon catch up on LOST finally ended and I needed a new show to catch up on. Mad Men peaked my interest since it’s about advertising in the 1950s. I am really interested in PR & Marketing for food associated products and I also find advertising intriguing–and who isn’t a sucker for the glamorous style of the ’50s. It just makes me wanna wear fluffy skirted dresses, classy pumps, and red lipstick! Anyway, point is, Mad Men is pretty good but it’s no LOST (duh). Catching up on tv, working, and ordering cookbooks have kept me way too busy to have time for unpacking! Like how I slipped that one in there…ya know, just in case the ‘rents are reading this. More details on …

Lookie at my Cookies: Raspberry Walnut Muffins and LOST cake

I recently realized that I have not made muffins for the blog. In 4 months and 87 posts I haven’t made any muffins! Nor any other breakfast pastry for that matter. Hm I just remembered I completely forgot about August’s DB Challenge, wonder what it is! Any who, times are a changin’, the recession might be over, I might get over the sinus yuck cold I’ve had all summer, Ariel and I are being kicked out of our beautiful room that we’ve had for the summer to a less than desirable room in Chinatown, and most importantly, I made muffins! Raspberry Walnut Muffins to be exact. I saw these muffins on Baked Perfection like the day she posted them and have had them bookmarked since. Last night seemed the perfect time to make them. I don’t have much to say about the muffins, not because they weren’t good! Because they were. But if you check out the recipe you’ll see that they are healthier because they’re made with Greek yogurt, a mix of whole wheat …

Lookie at my Cookies: Cake Balls

What do you do when you break a cake into a million pieces because the cake got stuck in the pan because you were too lazy to parchment paper the bottom? Make Cake Balls! If you’re like me first you will freak out for about a minute and a half, but then eat a piece of the broken cake, and move onto cake balls. Equally as delicious and a hundred times easier. I recently destroyed a cake layer while making my good friend Anjali’s birthday cake. After suffering through the initial disappointment of flipping over my cake pan and nothing coming out, I decided I had two paths to take from here. Freak out and have a mental break down over my destroyed cake because it was after midnight, I was tired, and had to work the next morning; OR I could make cake balls and eat a few pieces of the cake too. Just because it breaks in a million ugly pieces doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good!I adapted a recipe from Bakerella who …

Lookie at my Cookies: Perfect Party Cake

There are a times during the year that I lovingly like to call “birthday season”. During these weeks I am usually poorer due to buying presents and dinners out, busy juggling plans, confused because I am trying to keep everyone’s birthday’s straight, and full off cake. I am also infinitely happy because I absolutely love birthdays! Especially my own, but I really like to help others celebrate too, everyone deserves an extravaganza. These few middle weeks in July are a birthday season for me. Three of my great friends celebrate their birthdays in these few weeks, two of which were on the same day, last Monday! Of course I always make cakes for my friends to make the occasion special, so last week was cake week for me. It was probably a good thing my computer was broken so I could stop procrastinating by sitting on Facebook and Tastespotting and get these cakes done! Both Danny and Mary Helen requested the same thing for their birthday cakes, actually Danny didn’t know he was getting one …

Lookie at my Cookies: Devil’s Food Chocolate Cupcakes with Flour Frosting

I have had Devil’s Food Chocolate cupcakes on my urgent list of things to bake for like a week now, other baked goods just kept coming up and I had to keep putting them off, well I am glad I finally got around to making them. I found this Flour Frosting–yes, I did mean to say Flour Frosting, it has flour in it–on How to Eat a Cupcake like a week ago and have been itching to make it ever since. Let me explain…I am very pretentious about frosting. It can make or break a baked good. In my case it usually breaks it, because I happen to LOVE store bought frosting. I know there is nothing but a bunch of chemicals in Betty Crocker’s Rainbow Chip Frosting but I really don’t care. It’s amazing. There is nothing that can compare to it. I don’t really like buttercream icing because it tastes too much like butter and I love cream cheese frosting but it doesn’t go with everything. BUT store bought frosting (such as the …