Friday, August 8, 2014

Em takes Spain...and a cooking class

So we'll admit it. We've been off the web for quite some time now...more than 8 months?! But much has happened since then. Between the two of us we've moved into two different apartments, moved to two new cities, had 2 graduations, and explored a good part of Europe!

Having been abroad for the first 5 months of this year, I felt it fitting to write a post about what I'd been up to. Being severely affected by the travel bug (not an actual disease, no worries, just a love for travel) I finally thought it was time to sit down and make an update. There's nothing like traveling to give you greater perspective. Spending the better part of these months in Sevilla, Spain and studying abroad, I was luckily able to take two cooking classes along with a flamenco and music history class.

But where does one even begin when living in the land of famed jamón, sinfully wonderful churros con chocolate, and ice cold tinto verano and sangria? I readily admit I'm no expert in Spanish cuisine, but I can't help but write down and try to share some of my favorite recipes I was lucky to have learned.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Cookies

It's mid-December and the past few months have flown by.  I've made these Ginger Molasses Cookies about 20 times already before finally succumbing to the holiday spirit to make these Holiday Cookies.

Holiday cookies were never my favorite. They seemed dull and tasteless, sometimes totally terrible.  But with my trusty ATK baking book in hand, these cookies were a hit!  I usually take recipes and rework them, but this was the one time when I didn't dare.  

We also ran out of red food the cookies are blue and green. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rustic Apple Tart

On the way to hiking in New Hampshire, we spotted an apple orchard.  And after a few hours of hiking in the chilly mountain air, it was the perfect place to stop.  All hunger pains can be cured with mulled apple cider and cider doughnuts. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blueberry Peach Hand Pies

As summer winds down and school starts again, final celebrations of summer freedom are in full swing. A perfect summer treat for a picnic or gathering is a hand pie: minimal mess but a lot of summer fruit and flavor!

The layers of pastry are light and crisp, with peaches that are sweet with just the right amount of tart. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lemon Layer Cake

Lesson #1: Don't try to finish a whole 2 layer cake with just 3 people. 

It is ambitious. 

Here is a delicious lemon cake that can induce multiple sugar comas, so bake away!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Recently, baking tends to come in spurts.  I bake in between work, after shelf exams, or before a marathon study period. If I'm running short on time, but have the urge to bake, I choose something simple and fast -usually one I've made before. 

But for special occasions? Although they are my favorite, plain old chocolate chip cookies don't always cut it. 

So I give you these Black Bottom Cupcakes.  They are both quick and easy, but also a step up from the basic cookie.  

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