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Raspberry-Ricotta Cake

March 1, 2015

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I had basically given up on this blog. Life has been busy since I moved to San Francisco almost a year ago, and while I’ve continued to cook and bake to my heart’s content, I had completely deprioritized posting any of the deliciousness here. Then I came home from work yesterday, and the outlet that powers my TV and internet wasn’t working. We can all agree this was truly horrible timing given that House of Cards Season 3 had just been released.

I woke up this morning and walked down the block to grab a cup of coffee and walk the pup, then came home and started flipping through the March issue of Bon Appétit magazine. Now I think it’s important to note here, that when it comes to Bon Appétit, I’m more than a bit of a fangirl. Not only do I follow the magazine’s official Instagram handle (@bonappetitmag), I also lurk on all their staff. I’d like to say I’m embarrassed, but really….I’m not.

So back to this morning. I’m flipping through the magazine (which I have to say is AMAZING this month), and I stumble upon a recipe for a Raspberry-Ricotta Cake. It looked so simple and delicious, and without internet or TV at my disposal, it seemed like a great day for a baking project. I walked over to Whole Foods to grab a few ingredients, and in a little over an hour, I had this beautiful raspberry-specked cake ready to eat.

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As I dipped my fork in to take my first bite of the cake (spongey with a soft crumb!) I scrolled through the pictures I had taken on my iPhone, deciding which one to post to Instagram. I posted the picture, and deciding “why not,” tagged @bonappetitmag and its Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport in the image.

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I continued relishing the taste of the cake while watching the first episode of House of Cards, as a few “likes” started popping up on my screen. And then. THE MOST EXCITING THING EVER. Adam Rapoport COMMENTED ON MY PICTURE. Now i realize to most people, he may not be a household name. But in my world, he’s right up there with Taylor Swift and Chris Harrison under the category of “OMG I LOVE YOU CAN WE BE BEST FRIENDS??!!!”

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So this post goes out to my new BFF Adam Rapoport. Your comment just made my day…month….year? TBD. But I’m pretty psyched right now. Read more…

“I live here!”… and Peach Cobbler

July 2, 2014
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Most of the world has probably given up on this blog. I pretty much had. My life changed a lot over the past four months, and I thought to myself: “Do you really want to keep doing this?” But then I made this peach cobbler. And it was so good. And so easy. And I thought— why not?
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To fill you in on the last six months….Back in January I decided I was ready to make a move. I loved Boston, but it was a great time for me to make a change personally and professionally, so I started hunting for new jobs in other cities. At the end of February, I was offered a position at an ad agency in San Francisco and within three weeks, I was packing up my South Boston apartment and driving west with Rugby in tow.

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Christmas Candy: Chocolate-Almond Coffee Toffee and Pecan Pralines

December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas from the best pup in the world!

Christmas is a great time of year to say thanks. I have a lot of people around me I’m thankful for. There are my friends here in Boston- they know how to be fUn & fLiRtY and are total minxes on the dance floor. Or my college friends who live too far away that I miss terribly. Of course there are my coworkers- they make even the most miserable day on the job fun. And finally there’s the team of dog walkers that come to play with Rugby each day. How do you say thank you to all these people at Christmas? I’ve discovered the answer. And it’s called Chocolate-Almond Coffee Toffee and Pecan Pralines.

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Last weekend I was out trying to do some Christmas shopping, with little success (unless you consider shopping for myself a success?). I was at Crate and Barrel and came across a candy thermometer. I’ve been meaning to buy one for some time, and I decided to finally give in. What a great decision! Sunday evening I whipped up my first batch of toffee and immediately had to package it all up to keep myself from devouring every last bite. I put some in a cute tin to send across the country to a friend in CA and the rest got bagged up to take to work.

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My coworkers gave the toffee two thumbs up, so I decided it was the perfect gift to batch up in this cute packaging (another impulse purchase from Crate and Barrel) and give to Rugby’s walkers with a gift card to Starbucks. I mean, what could possible go better with coffee toffee than a cup of Joe?

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The pecan pralines were created on a whim and then bagged up to distribute to some of my coworkers as little Christmas surprises. I also put together some homemade hot chocolate mix in mason jars and dolled them up with some twine and jingle bells. Nothing like some sweet treats to say “THANKS FOR A GREAT YEAR!” Read more…

Sweet and Sour Holiday Brisket

December 16, 2013

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I’ve probably mentioned before that this blog was founded on a faulty premise. See… in my research I’ve discovered that guys aren’t that into sweets. I could bake the most delicious brownies (I do!), spend all day churning my own ice cream, or build the most ridiculous triple-layer cake (remember this one from Valentine’s Day??), but in the end, all a guy really wants is some meat and potatoes.

Well the dinner I made tonight would have been the perfect meal to reward a dude who shoveled my car out of the snow and ice we got yesterday in Boston. Since no one did that, I have 5 lbs of brisket to enjoy throughout this week. And they say that brisket is always better the 2nd day…so anyone that cares to come by tomorrow and shovel out my car….this meal could be yours! Read more…

Chicken-apple Sausage and Butternut Squash Risotto

December 2, 2013

Chicken-sausage, butternut squash risotto

The citizens of Boston are all about to go into hibernation for the next 5 months. Soon we’ll batten down the hatches to hide from the snow, freezing winds, and general miserable-ness that the everlasting season of Winter. Of course there are things I love about this season: skiing, hot cider with bourbon, Christmas trees, watching Rugby flop around on ice like Bambi…but those things lose their entertainment factor around February 1st. And then we still have another 3 months of winter to go.

One of the best things about winter though, is the comfort foods that make hiding away in your apartment and becoming a hermit almost worth it. A while ago I noticed this recipe on Pinterest and though it looked like the epitome of comfort food.

This year I couldn’t go home for Thanksgiving. Work’s been really busy and flights were expensive, plus with Thanksgiving falling so late this year, Christmas is just around the corner. Since Rugby and I were going to be doing our own little Thanksgiving, it didn’t make sense to cook a real Thanksgiving feast for just me (and Rugs doesn’t care for Turkey and its fixings). My plan was to make this risotto. Decadent enough to feel like a real meal, but more sensible as a dinner for one.

The day before Thanksgiving, my  office tends to give us an early dismissal around 11am. My plan was to pick up all my ingredients after work so that I’d be prepped to cook the next day. And while we did get the announcement of an early close, I was hit with a work emergency and didn’t finish up until around 8pm, leaving a grocery trip out of the question. In my ignorance, I never thought a grocery store could be (gasp!) closed on Thanksgiving day. What do people do if they forgot an ingredient?? So dinner on Thanksgiving turned out to be a Tombstone pizza purchased out of a freezer at the Rite Aid and a few glasses of wine. Not ideal. Read more…

It’s been a while…

December 1, 2013

As my friends like to remind me, it’s been a while since I posted. I know. I’m ashamed. The problem hasn’t been a lack of cooking, baking, or ice cream making. Those things have been a-plenty. The real problem has been finding the time to actually sit down and write about it. Since my last post, I’ve been traveling quite a bit for work and a little bit for play- New York, Martha’s Vineyard, LA, and Bar Harbor to name a few  destinations. But things have calmed down, and now I’m happily at home in Boston with my pup, and we’re ready to pick up where we left off.

At the request of my friend Jen ( perhaps this blogs biggest fan), I will be sharing a risotto recipe sometime in the next couple of days. But in the meantime, feast your eyes on some of the delicious goods I’ve been baking up this fall. If I need to revisit some of these recipes to post them, just let me know….

 

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

July 5, 2013

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It’s a heat wave in Boston. Three consecutive days of 90+ degree temperatures. With the humidity, today is set to feel like 106 degrees. Did I mentioned I don’t have air conditioning? I love Boston in the summer, but O-M-G. It’s hot.

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Yesterday was the 4th of July and I was lucky enough to spend the day laying on the beach, wading around in the cool Atlantic waters, getting a little sun burned, and enjoying a few cocktails. Later in the evening, I had some friends over on my roof deck to enjoy burgers, sausages, and of course, dessert. For America’s birthday, I made a bourbon peach gallete, a blueberry pie, and classic vanilla ice cream. The gallete and the pie were ok, but the star of the show was most definitely the ice cream.

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