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Switzerland–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy! (7)

So I’m not really IN Italy anymore which really makes the title of this blog a lie…but what the hey I wish I was still there anyway so I’ll go with it. Double lie because this post isn’t even about Italy it’s about an entirely different country! Good ol’ Switzerland. Gotta love the cheese, and the cow paraphernalia everywhere, and the chocolate and the hot extreme sporty men. Good times had all around. My friend Liz and I went in the beginning of February so it was still pretty cold though now I’m sure it’s great summer sporting time there too. I almost didn’t go on the trip and I am SO glad that I did. We went to Interlaken–a tiny little town in Switzerland that a lot of student travel groups take trips to. It was amazing. Other than the night sledding and 4-wheeling illegally on Swiss highways, the food also happened to be a highlight of the trip. The one tip I got before going to Switzerland: eat Rösti. What is Rösti you ask? Oh only something …

La Dolce Vita–E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy (5)!

Ciaooo! Still here in Italia living La Dolce Vita! Haven’t been able to post much lately due to lots of traveling but rest assured that I have been photographing all my amazing meals along the way. Let’s see..the last time I posted I think was after I had been to Lucca? Since then I’ve been to Chianti, Montepulciano, Rome, Venice, Milan, Sorrento, Interlaken, Bologna, Capri, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Positano annnddd Pompeii…whew, is that it?! It’s been an amazing few months and I can’t believe I have to go home in less than a month! I am NOT ready to leave Italy or Europe in general. It’s an amazing amazing place. I feel so lucky that I have been able to travel so much of Italy and Europe while I’ve been here and of course I have my parents to thank for that! And school…for being so relaxed and letting me slack off majorly this semester haha. Anyway, here are just a select FEW of the sweets I have eaten while in Italy. Both 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 …

Peanut Butter Spider Blossoms

Just in time for Halloween: Peanut Butter Spider Blossoms! I have been meaning to get to my Halloween baking but am just now getting around to it. I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting a while ago but now the holiday is almost upon us! What are you being? We had our first of many Halloween parties this past weekend and dressed up as a few of the decades, but this weekend we’re gonna be really creative. Especially for Thursday for our LAUNCH PARTY! Don’t worry, you can still buy raffle tickets by clicking the donate button on the top right of this page. You’ll do double duty by donating to Share Our Strength AND entering yourself to win awesome prizes from places like Le Creuset, Dean & Deluca, Urban Outfitters, and even a mini-keg to be consumed at the launch party if you’ll be around! We would love to have you if you’re in the NYC area, and if not then we can always ship you a prize if …

Lookie at my Cookies: Monster Cookies

A short and sweet post since it’s currently after 1 a.m. and I really need to catch some Z’s before tomorrow. Short and sweet kind of like Monster Cookies! These were some of the first cookies I ever made and to this day if you ask me what my favorite flavor cookie is I will quickly respond, “Monster Cookies, aughhh yummmm”. Really the only question left to ask is why the heck haven’t I blogged these yet? I like to classify a few of my treats as “pre-blog era” and for some reason these get left out of the shuffle for some reason. I think it’s because I’ve made these baked goods so many times that they are so familiar to me I don’t think of them as “blog worthy”. In fact they’re probably the most worthy of blogging because the fact that I make these recipes over and over again is just a tribute to their greatness! Monster Cookies are no exception. Leave it to Paula Deen to throw everything but the kitchen sink …

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 …

Lookie at my Cookies: Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes

Okay a quick post because I’m tired and gotta watch Mad Men from last night. As I said in my last post I did a bit of cookbook shopping last week! After some Amazoning I made out like a bandit with Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes and The Gourmet Cookbook. I held off buying Martha’s book because I was resisting more of the cupcake rage…but I finally gave in. Oh, am I glad I did! This book is filled with beautiful, irresistible pictures of delicious looking cupcakes. I want to try them all they’re SO pretty! I think half the reason I love this book is because the food styling and photography is incredible. Plus it’s by Martha so 9/10 you’re gonna get a winning recipe. The Gourmet cookbook I raved about in my post from the Rice’s cocktail party, I haven’t had time to make anything from it yet but everything from the cocktail party was amazing and I have like 100 post it notes stuck in it already.  So what about these Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes? …

Lookie at my Cookies: Oreo Cookie Cookies

Has anyone seen the new “Next Iron Chef” promos on Food Network? They just came on and let me say Alton Brown is so fetch. That’s the only word I can think to accurately describe him, fetch. If you haven’t seen Mean Girls then here’s your def courtesy of Urban Dictionary: “Variation and shortening of the word ‘fetching’. Used to describe something cool and trendy. General usage by females, teeny-boppers. You can almost hear it replied with “Like, totally!” Coined by the movie Mean Girls“. Alton is like so totally fetch and so are these new promos. Good job FN. I gotta say I love Alton, but I am not into this southern character that is in the episode of “Good Eats” that’s on right now. Has anyone seen the gumbo episode? This guy is rather confrontational and loud…not liking his style. Hm. I’m sure Alton’s gumbo will be great with or without annoying Mr. Bayou stereotype. (I just called Ariel to read her my blog post and she started laughing when I read this …

Lookie at my Cookies: Peanut Butter Candy Bar Bars, the Bars that started a blog

I owe these delicious looking bars Peanut Butter Candy Bar Bars a lot, other than the 5 pounds I think I have gained from eating them. I credit them and my friend Liz, to encouraging me to start this blog! Let me explain. One day I’m sitting in my room with Liz, on the computer while simultaneously watching TV, avoiding doing homework, and/or going to class. Liz is an avid user of Stumbleupon.com and one day she “stumbled” upon Tastespotting. She quickly alerted me because I love making and eating food. It was love at first sight. I quickly became addicted to Tastespotting and other food porn sites like it.  I had never seen a food blog before this, it was like a whole new world had been opened up to me. A world of me sitting at my computer pretty much drooling over delicious looking recipes and pictures. A world where I would spend all my extra money on baking supplies just to be able to try these recipes for myself. I discovered the recipe for these …

Lookie at my Cookies: Butterfinger Bars

One night this weekend Ariel and I had been tastespotting for a dangerous amount of time, this led to many intense cravings and a brutal 30 minutes of indecision on which urge to follow. In the end Ariel decided to make some sort of pasta and I decided to make something with peanut butter and chocolate (as usual). Introducing, Butterfinger Bars! Not quite as good as the candy–personally I’m partial to the tons of sugar, preservatives, and chemicals found in packaged junk food–but they definitely hit the spot! I found these on Katie Blair Designs and was salivating as soon as I saw the pictures. The Butterfinger Bars did not disappoint. After a quick trip to the grocery I whipped these up in no time, they were really really easy to make–the hardest part was waiting for them to cool! Impatient as I am, I stuck them in the freezer because I was dying for a taste of the Butterfinger Bars. The cookie/blondie part is peanut buttery and delicious. It doesn’t have the distinct texture of a Butterfinger …