Hi Friends! I hope this week is gently easing you into a nice long weekend filled with people you love and these s’mores bars.
Somehow three-day weekends always sneak up on me, but this one has me super excited for my niece’s first birthday and the BABY Jordans she may or may not be sporting by the end of the day. (Seriously, I’m obsessed with them.) We’ll also take a hike and a picnic where my husband proposed to me, and I’ll carefully pack these little bars in wax paper for the journey.
This is not a new thing to the internet, but it’s new to me, and I hope it is to you as well. This recipe is very …keep reading
Y’all. Is it getting hot where you are? It’s starting to feel like summer in California, and the warm breezes and hot sun have me bursting out the door in the morning ready to take on the day…it’s got me feelin’ Good As Hell.
I’ve geared up for summer with my new side hustle as a spin instructor (with this song on repeat), with chilled gazpacho on the patio, with a new striped maxi dress, and with these creamy, dreamy, frosty pops.
These popsicles fall in to the guilt-free dessert zone for me. No added …keep reading
How you doin? Feelin’ fresh?
Doing things that make you feel good? Getting enough sleep/ exercising/ making time with friends/ setting aside time for yourself?
I’m still adjusting to life as a baker. Finally feeling like I’m locked into a schedule that involves sunlight, humans, and sadly some traffic, I’m trying to juggle in all of the above. Sleep and personal time seem to be the first things to go…let’s try not to burn out, shall we?
Notice I didn’t mention food in my list of feel-good necessities? Well, that’s because I don’t know whether to recommend healthy food or tasty treats – every day I’m torn between feeling healthy/sexy and TREAT YO’SELF.
The struggle is real. Especially working in an amazing bakery, having the best pastries in the city at my fingertips all day. (Hence my, “Katie, don’t be an asshole” diet….it’s a balance.)
No matter what you have going on this fine weekend in February – snuggling with your roommate’s cat/ hot date/ dinner with girlfriends – I highly suggest that you TREAT YO’SELF (and the lucky people you choose to include) to this dark chocolate mousse. It’s divine. It’s pinkies up. It’s too easy not to. …keep reading!
It’s “A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots/ Is the wish of Bonny and Ben/ Dolls that will talk and go for a walk/ Is the hope of Janice and Jenn!” …was my response to my coworker’s question, “who even knows those lyrics anyway?!”
I was then affectionately (I hope) deemed a Christmas nerd who probably has elf ears ready to wear at a moment’s notice :) While I don’t have elf ears, I do have the banisters wrapped in holly garlands, a centerpiece of gold pinecones and nutcrackers, and seasonal soap, of course.
What can I say? I love the Christmas season. I often feel just as excited as Buddy the Elf. All the decorations, the music, the family time, the movies, and obviously the COOKIES. Oh! Remember these Spiced Molasses Cookies?! Or the Chocolate Walnut Sandwich Cookies with a Salted Caramel Filling? YES. Make them all.
I love popcorn. It’s easy snacking; it’s light (except when it’s not); it’s a high-fiber dinner – no shame.
I was the kid at the movie theater who made a B-line to the popcorn butter pump. I went all-in. My thought? More is more. It’s just so salty and, well, ultra-buttery. Y’all know that it’s really butter that makes the world go ‘round, right? When it comes to popcorn, it’s all about that lightweight crunch under the POP of flavor.
I really didn’t think I had that much to say about popcorn when I sat down to write this post, but now I’m analyzing how my popcorn love has gone through a few stages throughout my life. It started with the movie theater popcorn (which I still love, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like a special occasion these days). Then in college, I discovered the simplicity of popping popcorn kernels in a paper bag with just some salt. And now, I’ve discovered the beauty of stovetop popping with lots of fun flavors.
I really got into it initially with a nice drizzle of truffle oil and a healthy dash of salt, garlic powder, and paprika. I dabbled in some delicious kettle corn for the first time last year, and I just decided to try out other fun sweet combos.
Enter Mexican Chocopop! Continue reading
I’m feelin good. 2014 so far has thrown me some curve balls, but it has been a great restart. I believe you should restart anytime throughout the year in a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of way whenever you need it. I did a surprisingly good job on my resolutions last year but didn’t seriously sit down to make new ones for 2014 – they just sort of happened to me.
I’m starting my new year – Le Petit Artichaut just turned two and I’m about to embark on another year myself. I’m fully focusing on me and the amazing people I have in my life. I’m at a new restaurant as a pastry cook! That means I work more, but I’m so so happy with it. I’m totally taking a break from Continue reading
Coming to you live from a humid back porch in Florida, I have a few of my favorite old blog recipes for you! Since I’m always making one new recipe a week, I rarely remake recipes, so this week provided the perfect opportunity for me to revisit some for my family’s sake….They always look at my blog from afar, so it’s not often that they get to sample my cooking these days. Like these guys – Gpa and mi hermano :)
I did manage to make two new recipes this week: Butter Pecan Cookies and Joy the Baker’s Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. They were a welcome addition to my Christmas cookie line-up for both my family and for Santa – particularly because they come with an ice-cold glass of homemade eggnog (made with four different liquors ;)
I made my famous Buttermilk Pancakes for our annual Christmas Eve pancake decorating contest. We used to use a boxed mix for the pancakes and we also used to go with basic designs that took maybe ten minutes to put together, tops. Needless to say, we’ve upped our game significantly…
I also revisited the divine Double Coffee Chocolate Cake recipe for a Christmas dessert show-stopper! This cake is incredibly, seriously, insanely moist and the frosting makes it extra decadent. Hey, why not? It’s Christmas.
And last, but certainly not least, I whipped up these wonderfully flakey and delicate biscuits for a big family breakfast this mornin! Because guess what!…I got biscuit cutters for Christmas. Woohoo! :D
Enjoy these quality blog throw-backs! We sure did.
French phrase for fun:
J’ai fait du kayak avec les lamantins cette semaine!
I went kayaking with manatees this week!
P.S.- this is a real Christmas decoration in Florida. ‘Merica!
Yes. You read that right. These cookies are outrageous. I’m gonna warn you up front – they just won “Most Addictive” in my office cookie competition…oh, I mean swap.
And there’s only a tiny amount of butter ;)
Hey, why not?! It’s Christmas! Let’s just go for it, shall we? You can skip out on something else later, but these cookies should not be passed up. They should also be the star of your Christmas cookie production line this coming week. I am a little biased though, because I happen to (correctly) believe that salted caramel is the stuff of gods – you could put it atop practically anything and it would sing with that heavenly sweet and salty river of flavor that rushes over your taste buds making your heart skip two beats and your knees weak.
…did I go too far? What can I say? It’s cookies like these that make me really really love running.
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Let’s impress your friends and family this Christmas season! I think it’s really nice this time of year to bring homemade treats to a friend and have them sittin’ pretty in a bowl in your office or at home. I magically just happen to have a fantastic recipe for just such an occasion ;)
This time of year is tricky to please everyone you know – especially now that it seems every other person you know is gluten-free or vegan, and of course there’s the “watching-my-holiday-waistline” ones who shy away from my decadent desserts…come on! Why not?! It’s CHRISTMAS! (Don’ worry, those recipes are still to come, like these perfect Christmas cookies :) But… …Don’t stop now! Keep reading.
You wouldn’t think I needed another rejuvenating California fix after my recent trip to LA, but I did. I went to San Francisco for ten days last week and just about died I was so incredibly happy and relaxed.
I got to explore more of the city and a lot of the East Bay. I got to go north to Muir Woods to breathe in that amazing redwood scent and to Stinson beach to dig my feet in the sand while enjoying a picnic with one of my favorite people in the world. I got to spend the whole time with some of my closest friends from high school and college. I got to relax, bake, and go running and hiking; I got to try some pretty freakin’ outstanding restaurants and some trendy SF bars.
I feel so lucky. Oh, and I also made a Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie. Yeahhhh :) But first, here’s a look into my California time…
The theme of the week :)
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