Wednesday, March 19, 2014

That escalated quickly

Somehow went from "sure, I'll make a cake!" to making something more elaborate and much tastier than my wedding cake.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sumbitch Cookies

So, I've been thinking about these since last Monday's airing of How I Met Your Mother-- Lily meets The Mother on the train and they bond over cookies.  Peanut butter, caramel, and chocolate cookies.   

They're good enough to get me to write up my first post in over a year.

Adapted from People.  Which is the first time I've ever said that.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


My cake caddyhas gotten a workout over the last few months...

Chocolate panda cake filled with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam, frosted with whipped white chocolate ganache:

Spice cake filled and frosted with brown sugar buttercreamcheese frosting:

Almond cake filled and frosted with French raspberry buttercream (with raspberries between the layers):

Yellow cake filled and frosted with whipped white chocolate ganache and filled with raspberries and jam:

Posts with recipes to come (eventually).

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Beer Can Chicken

I'm behind on my posting-- this was originally written in July, and then set aside until I got around to uploading photos, six months later.  Pretend it's summer, and fire up the grill!

This has become a staple dinner for us; we've been eating it almost weekly all summer.  It's very easy, and turns out a perfect chicken every time, with juicy meat and crispy skin.  Except for once.  It turns out that turning off the middle burner IS important. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bourbon Peaches and Cream Popsicles

I know that summer is past, but you can just hold on a little longer with these...

Summer on a stick.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Grilled Pizza

I think my husband put it it best when we were eating Donato's on Saturday.  "Great.  Now you've ruined pizza."  This method of homemade pizza not only beats any frozen pizza (not that hard, admittedly) but also gets you better pizza than calling up anyone that delivers.  

The problem with making pizza at home is usually that your oven only goes up to 500 degrees or so, while a 'real' pizza oven is at least 100-200 degrees hotter.  Your grill doesn't have that limitation.

No Knead Pizza Dough

This makes a very wet dough, but you weren't going to toss it in the air anyway. 

3 c. bread or AP flour
2 t salt
1/4-1/2 t 'instant' or 'rapid rise' dry yeast
1 1/2 c. water
Olive oil for second rise

The first bit is exactly the same as no-knead bread
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  Stir in water until it makes a nice shaggy ball; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until flat and bubbly (anywhere from 8-12 hours or more).

If you're in a hurry (less than 8 hours until dinner), use more yeast (up to 1/2 t) and set in a warm location.  Lately, setting the bowl outside in the sun will get the dough to rise in just a couple of hours.
The second rise differs slightly:
 Oil your hands and four small bowls; cereal bowls work nicely.  Divide the dough evenly into quarters and roll into balls.  Put them into the bowls, oil the tops, and re-cover with plastic wrap. 

Let rise until doubled in size (1-4 hours, depending on yeast amount and temperature.)