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Daily vs Weekly: blogger conundrums and sweet notes

My attempts to make this a daily blog has “failed” (for now). I’m still coming up with blogs, ideas at least. It’s just the writing part and uploading part that I haven’t got a handle on just yet. I’m sure you, my fellow bloggers, can understand. I was just having a conversation with one of my long time friends and fellow writer. While I’m totally for a blog that’s a mash-up of thoughts, I really want to define the purpose of this blog. I know it’s a food blog for sure. But what else? I think I know where I want to go with this blog in terms of chronicling both my journey to a career and entrepreneurship. I guess it’s down to mapping it all out only to eventually toss the map out the window and go for it.

Anywhoo.

I’ve had a number of cake and sweet orders lined up in the past few weeks: chocolate and peanut butter overload birthday cake, baby shower, and a two tier first birthday cake (s’mores on the bottom, chocolate dulce de leche up top).

I’ve been playing around with vegan/dairy free/allergy free recipes again. I really think there might be a market for desserts that aren’t limited to granola bars and muffins where I live. It’s time to pull out the old researcher hat and get to work.

Best time to start is now

Or so I’ve been told.

Hi there. I’m still alive.

I know. I knooow. My last post was a rambling on about how I was going to stay dedicated to this blog and believe me when I say, it’s been on my mind since then. I’ve just been in a creative slump more so on the writing side than the food side partially because of the intense last semester I had. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve been up to a bunch of things like, for example, graduating from my master’s program (whoop whoop) and it seems, watching everyone around me get married, have babies, all that fun stuff.

Aside from milestones and trying to navigate through the post graduate waters, my appetite for life and food is still as veracious as ever especially since in between job hunting and interviews and more job hunting, I’ve been keeping house while the nurses of the house go off to work. That includes cooking meals which, if I didn’t do, I probably would have gone crazy by now. I’ve really been trying to either reconnect with my roots, explore new cuisines, or reimagine, in the broadest definition of the word, food that’s already been done and redone (i.e. cauliflower).

So let’s start now.

The holidays have always provided a perfect time for me to go baking crazy for several reasons. For one, as any seasoned baker knows, the chilly weather of the Northeast turns the front porch into an extra fridge. Another reason, which I’ll write about in an upcoming post, I usually spend a solid two or three days in the kitchen baking homemade treat boxes for friends and family, so the cold weather makes being in the kitchen bearable, if not ideal. Now if only my cake orders coincided with the cold weather, I’d be an extremely happy baker.

Since I’ve started making homemade gifts about 4 years ago, I rarely make a dessert for our Christmas gatherings. This year, my sister asked me if I was going to make one since we were hosting Christmas lunch, turned dinner since everyone was running a bit…late. While keeping count of how many batches of cookies and treats I made so far, I had the thought of what I could make that wouldn’t give me a last-minute kitchen meltdown at the back of my mind. The was no shortage of ideas, however, I always came back to one dessert in particular.

Buche de Noele.

Continue reading “Buche de Noel: Oldie Revisited and Revamped”

Revelation…resolutions

Hello to all…six…of my subscribers!

I sincerely apologize for the severe silent treatment. What started off as a strong month of blogging in June, quickly turned into a whirlwind of bridal showers, bachelorette weekends, weddings, a new addition to the family (I rescued a dog!), and the start of my final year in grad school that pretty much kicked my behind. However, I have a total of 179 drafts waiting for words to wrap around the images of food adventures that I’ve had in the recent months. With that, my resolution, starting a few days before the start of 2017, is to update this blog with a mixture of old-new and new-new blog posts.

Needless to say (though I’m going to say it anyway) with 179 drafts, there won’t be any shortage of posts.

Stay tuned.

Fun fact, I spent a year trying to create what I think is the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Last week I had the strongest craving for a freshly baked, chocolate-chip cookie (or two) like the one I’m holding in the picture above.

Does anyone ever have cravings like that?

Anyway, usually I have some dough from another batch sitting in freezer, ready to be dropped onto a baking sheet and popped into the oven. I could have sworn I did, but to my great disappointment there wasn’t. So I settled for the emergency roll of cookie dough.

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emergency roll chocolate chip cookie

In my year of crafting the perfect cookie, I gathered, as I usually do when I’m cooking or baking, many life lessons. Here are my top three.

Lesson 1: There’s more than one way.  Continue reading “Life lessons and cookie crumbs”

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