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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

4 Layer Cookie Bars & Launch Party Giveaways

This is a double whammy post: one part delicious baked good, one part charity/prizes/really that kid wasn’t in the balloon?/we’re really freakin’ excited for our launch party! Alright Four Layer Cookie Bars were fabulous, it’s four cookies in one so they are what you might expect: rich, sweet, and yummy. I made them for our tailgate breakfast when I went home to Nashville this weekend for the UGA vs Vandy game. My lovely friend Katie was nice enough to have us all over to eat and hang out before we headed down to the game. Ah, living the normal school life for a weekend, two things that NYU lacks: football and day drinking. Here’s the recipe, you should all make them because they are to die for good. Yes since they are four layers its quadroople the calories, but hey, the holidays are coming, might as well start now. OKAY on to the more important stuff. We recently launched our new website (like a week ago) and we love any excuse for a party. That’s …