Archive for February, 2008

Red Velvet Cupcakes, and one step closer to the perfect chocolate chip cookie…

February 23, 2008

Red Velvet Cupcakes!

This week I had a bunch of orders for Cakes for a Cure. I made three Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Cakes (thanks Clotilde!), 8 batches of cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin), and one order of Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I was pretty excited about! The cupcakes ended up coming out delicious, and so so cute. The cookies, I’m proud to say, are very very close to what I consider to be absolute perfection in chocolate chip cookies. I like a thicker cookie, generously studded with chips, crisp and a little knobbly on the outside, but soft and ooey gooey in the middle. I want that one middle bite that almost tastes like cookie dough. And of course, there must be lingering but delicate hints of butter and vanilla. Ooooh.

So up until now, my main issues have been texture and height. There is a time and a place for a thin crispy cookie; I will admit that I have had a few thin, crispy chocolate cookies that were, admittedly, delicious, but those were exceptions. I like a cookie that I can really sink my teeth into. So, you’ll understand how disappointed I’ve been each time I put a batch of perfect-tasting chocolate chip cookie dough into the oven only to find, nine minutes later, a pan of dry, greasy, melted-looking chocolate chip pancakes. I don’t know why it took me so long to do some research on cookie chemistry, but I am infinitely glad that I finally did.

Cakes for a Cure!

February 13, 2008

Just wanted to put up a quick post about the fundraiser I’m doing, “Cakes for a Cure!” I’ll be baking like crazy and all the proceeds are going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here’s the whole story: I’m training for a marathon with Team in Training (although my training is currently on hold because of a hurt ankle…) and Cakes for a Cure! is my chosen fundraiser. So, order a cake, or some cookies, or anything! My website is http://www.whystopathope.com, and there’s much more information there. Also, please feel free to donate to the LLS through my website, if for some crazy reason you aren’t interested in delicious baked goods ;)

studying with soba

February 13, 2008

studying with soba

Well, all of today was devoted to studying. I think I’m in an altered mindset. All I can think about are molecules and reaction rates! My social skills are on hold, my sarcasm detector is temporarily out of order, and, well, I’m just in a bit of a haze. I guess my stomach is still working though, because as I was wading through problem sets and section quizzes I suddenly became very hungry. So… what could I make in 15 minutes or less that would be warm and cozy on this very cold and very un-cozy night?? Soba!

This is hardly a recipe. I mean, I really don’t think I could call it that. I just cooked some soba noodles in broth and then added a bit of soy sauce and just a touch of sesame oil. I also threw in some spinach just to get those veggies in. And because I love spinach. In everything. I’ve never made this before, but I have to say… it’s so easy and satisfying, I’ll definitely be making it again.

Test Batch!

February 12, 2008

mmmm… more later :)

oatmeal for breakfast.. or lunch, or dinner?

February 10, 2008

Oatmeal!

Well, I’ll just go ahead and say it. I love oatmeal. Looooove. I’m eating it right now. Really. There is something about oatmeal that is so satisfying. It’s hearty, warm, savory (or a little bit sweet, if you like that), and there are so so many ways to enjoy it. Right now I’m having mine with apples, cinnamon, and a little bit of tofutti better than cream cheese. It’s kind of like an oatmealy apple pie an a bowl.

So is it dorky to have oatmeal cravings? Maybe so, but I just can’t deny that, yes, my little heart starts to flutter at just the thought of it. I think this may have something to do with my grandpa. He is actually the original oatmeal aficionado. When I was younger, my grandparents would babysit my brother and me, and they would always give us oatmeal for breakfast. My grandpa always made it the same way: kind of on the gluey side, raisins and milk. To this day that is still my favorite way to have it. As a matter of fact, I was over at my grandparents’ house just the other day and I was kind of hungry… My grandpa made me, well, you guessed it, oatmeal. Amazing.

a retrospective…

February 8, 2008

Well, I have to get some more light for my kitchen. There isn’t any natural light and it’s really hard to get a nice picture, so I’ll have to figure something out. For now, here are some older pictures that I thought I’d share.

Brillo feet

Above: Brillo feet

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Above: Baking with Xiao Ge- the best Santas ever!

Kale for the soup

Kale for the beans and greens soup

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Beans and yams for the soup




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