Archive for category: Baking/Cooking

Sugar Sugar

Sugar Sugar

Thanks to Martha, I’ve found the perfect sugar cookie recipe. And everyone who tries them seems to agree- I even had a coworker offer to pay me to make them again– they’re that good.

And it was a bittersweet moment when I made these sugar cookies roughly two weeks ago for my last day at Nat Geo. Yes, as excited as I am to be working for the Queen of Media, I was beyond sad to leave Nat Geo. Why?

Italian Panic

Italian Panic

A friend of mine had jaw surgery this past week, so I offered to make him supper the night before- anything he wanted. The poor kid will be drinking his meals through a straw for the next 6 weeks, so I really wanted to make him something he’d love.

His choice? A full-on Italian meal- Chicken Parmesan and Tiramisu. Immediately, panic started to set in- this Southern girl doesn’t know the first thing about how to cook a decent Italian meal. But I took a deep breath and started to look up recipes, bound and determined to give him- at the very least- an edible last meal.

I was relieved to discover Chicken Parmesan was basically fried chicken with cheese and marinara sauce- that I could handle. But Tiramisu? My panic turned into full-fledged dismay when I soon discovered that this dessert was missing a very key ingredient, BUTTER. If you’ve read my blog at all before, you know I have quite the love affair with butter. So attempting a dessert without butter? I shuddered at the thought.

But I took a deep breath and decided to dive on in and attempt Italian night…

How do you spell love? B-u-t-t-e-r

How do you spell love? B-u-t-t-e-r

When it comes to cooking and baking, I like to live by the motto, ‘more is always more.’

Forget the recipe- if you really love something (like I love vanilla) a little extra pinch or two isn’t going to ruin your recipe. Now I wouldn’t go completely overboard on anything and everything, but I think a ‘liberal’ amount rather than a perfectly measured amount of that one ingredient you really love (an extra handful of chocolate chips, a dash more nutmeg or cinnamon, a splash more of vanilla…) will only make you love what you’re making that much more!

And let’s be honest, whoever said ‘less is more’ was a fool when it comes to to the good things in life- more is always more… which leads me to a confession. I have another great love in baking/cooking– butter. Blame it on my southern heritage and the south’s collective love of all things delicious and fattening, but I just love the taste of butter. And gladly, I’m not alone in my butter love. My entire family (even the dog- we once caught him eating an entire stick of butter we had left to soften on the counter) loves butter. We’re generally pretty health conscious and don’t go slathering everything in sight with butter, but the holidays are a time to indulge. So naturally, almost everything in our Thanksgiving feast includes- yep, you guessed it- heaping amounts of butter.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Yes, you read that correctly. Bacon + Chocolate combines for the perfect little cookie.

My sister first told me about this little bit of culinary heaven (she’s known for her baking, not her decorating) and I knew I had to try it! What’s not to love? Bacon and chocolate are perhaps two of my favorite foods, and I’ve always loved a sweet and salty combo! Don’t be worried about the saltiness of the bacon overwhelming the chocolate– you candy the bacon (read: fancy way to say ‘you put brown sugar on the bacon’) so it’s more of a smoky sweet flavor! Mmm… hungry yet?

And to make these cookies even better, they are just about the easiest things in the world to make! Seriously, just look at how easy!