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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 …

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 …

Rel’s Passover Treat- Chocolate Matzah Brittle!

For those of you who know- and those of you who don’t- Matzah is…okay. It’s relatively tasteless, kind of like cardboard; it also is pretty dry and for lack of a better word, binding. Yikes! So for this Passover I decided to replicate a recipe that I enjoyed when I was younger. Matzah Brittle! I found this recipe from Zabars and added a few twists of my own. Let me just say, it is AMAZING. I will snack on this for the next 8 days and feel completely guiltless! The Brittle Recipe calls for: 4 Matzah Squares 1 Cup of Butter 1 Cup of Brown Sugar 2 Cups of Semi-sweet chocolate 1 Handful of Milk Chocolate chips 1 Handful of White Chocolate chips To make the brittle, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. While that’s heating up, put the butter and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a slow boil, pour it all over your matzah, which should be on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake the …

Lookie at my Cookies: Carrot Cupcakes-Easter EGGstravaganza

I’ve already said that I love Holidays, and lucky for me (and you) there are two big ones coming up: Passover and Easter! Nosh and Tell will be celebrating both because I celebrate Easter and Ariel observes Passover. Double the holidays, double the treats, double the fun! To get in the Easter spirit I made Martha Stewart’s Carrot Cupcakes. Her recipe is actually for Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes but I omitted the ginger because I didn’t know if the Easter Bunny would appreciate the added flavor and I’m not a fan of ginger. Top 5 things I have ever baked: these cupcakes. After eating these, I just had one question…WHAT did the world do without Martha while she was in jail? Thank goodness home girl bounced back and is better than ever. I could not be happier that I bought into the Martha enterprise and now own her Baking Handbook. I just started reading it so I’ll let you know how I like it but if this recipe is any indication, one click order this from Amazon ASAP.These Carrot Cupcakes are exquisite. …