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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 …

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: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

First thing’s first: Ariel and I found out about Study Abroad for next semester! What? Yes! We’re leaving the lovely USofA to go immerse ourselves in other cultures through food, drink, and fun. Oh, and school I guess. So where will we be traveling? Ariel will be spending her spring in Tel Aviv in Israel and I will be spending mine in Florence! We are more than excited to travel around the world, we just wish that we could do it together. Though our distance and different locales will only provide more interesting things for us to share with you all here! Nosh & Tell will be up and chugging along as we travel through Europe and the Middle East respectively. Who knows how often we’ll get to blog, or what the heck we will blog about since we won’t have access to all of our lovely kitchenware that will be staying in NYC, but we will blog! And we will eat! Oh we will eat. Pasta. Wine. Yum. Anyway, that’s not happening till Spring, …

Lookie at my Cookies: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

  So Welcome Week is officially over and school has started. Meaning we are now trying to piece together our schedules and figure out where to fit in time for friends as well. So far it’s going pretty well, except for the whole class thing. I think this is the least prepared I have been for school–normally I spend hours in Staples picking out school supplies like an excited middle schooler. This year…not so much. I had to call friends for an SOS to look at my schedule for me and figure out what room/time I had class. Oops! Oh well, it’s kind of liberating actually.   So far classes are looking pretty good. I’m taking a few Food Studies classes that I’m really excited about and then a few others that I’m…eh…less excited about. Gotta take the bad with the good I guess. Anyway, in an effort to start off my year the right way I’m getting ahead and writing this blog post early! (Okay so it’s really only the night before I would’ve …

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: 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 …

Lookie at my Cookies: Red Velvet Cake

The first memories I have of Red Velvet Cake are all from my sister’s birthday parties. My sister, Liz, is a hard core fan of Red Velvet Cake. She has sampled Red Velvet all over Los Angeles and got the best of the best for her last birthday party, wish I could have been there to try it! I have tried many many slices of Red Velvet Cake from various bakeries and home made, aside from my sister my room mate, Hillary, also happened to be a huge fan of this rich, delicious cake. Considering my extensive history with this cake, I pride myself on being able to distinguish a good Red Velvet Cake from a great Red Velvet Cake. In my opinion this kind of cake can never really be bad, so it’s just a matter of going from good to GREAT! I have tried a few recipes for Red Velvet Cake and I know I have found the BEST one. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and I don’t remember why I …

Lookie at my Cookies: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla bean ice cream and other vanilla bean flavored things are my favorite! The simple flavor of vanilla is so often lost when it is mixed into more complicated things, sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics. In this case, Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting. I think my next project is gonna be to make a vanilla bean pound cake YUM! The cupcakes turned out so great………except for the frosting. It’s official…buttercream frosting and me do not get along. I don’t know what it is! About 75% of the time my buttercream frostings come out fine, then there’s that pesky 25% that separate and turn into more of a glaze-UGH, frustrating. It seems that sometimes my butter just doesn’t want to be perfectly room temperature to mix together with the rest of the frosting ingredients. WELL I am a failure at buttercream so it’s a good thing I like cream cheese based frosting much better. Should have made a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting instead. Other than the buttercream frosting attempt, the cupcakes were …