Spring Forward… You have cost me one whole episode of Teen Mom 2. Thanks? I guess? I mean, I’d be mad if I were doing something valuable with my time. Like baking scones. If you’d taken these away, we might have to have capital-w Words. Maybe all-caps WORDS.
Ah, spring forward. The controversy! Morning people and night people: it takes all kinds. We can’t all do everything at once; that’d be madness. Like baking. Some of us get down with night baking, some of us wake up naturally with the sun, drink some green juice/chamomile tea/virgin blood (I don’t know how you people operate, forgive me) and bake up breakfast goods at an appropriate time.
Either way, we will have scones. Tender, slightly sweet, dotted with heavenly banana chunks and toasty hazelnuts.
Posted in Baking, banana, Breakfast, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged baked goods, baking, banana, breakfast, buttermilk, cinnamon, hazelnut, nuts, pastries, scones, spices
I’m afraid I am becoming predictable. Smoking! Gorgonzola and goat cheese in everything! Experimental ice cream flavors galore!
And here I am, once again bringing you farro. Thank goodness I can’t physically see you rolling your pretty little eyes at me.
This reminds me of some interview I’d seen with Mariah Carey, where she addressed criticisms that her songs sound the same. Being the capital-d Diva that she is, girlfriend was just like, “Well, excuse me for having a style.” Boom!
I apologize. That interview is firmly lodged in my brain where Spanish verb conjugations ought to be… And it’s probably never leaving.
Posted in Fall, Healthy (?), Main courses, Salad, Sides, Vegetarian, Winter
Tagged carrots, cinnamon, farro, feta, onions, parsley, pine nuts, preserved lemons, raisins, vegan, vegetarian, whole grains
What a weekend this one was! Foodbuzz Festival ’12, my first, was a dashing success in my book. Lovely people, lovely setting of San Francisco, lovely weather, lovely food and drink, and did I mention the lovely people?
So, so excellent. I can’t wait for next year. Going to these things alone is downright terrifying, but all you have to do is remember that food people are the best people there are–it’s the truth. Food people love each other.
Anyway, all that crazy, amazing madness called for a very, very lazy Sunday. It called for fruit that I’d picked up at an orchard in Auburn, CA. It called for wholesome, toothy whole grains, a touch of cinnamon and the natural sweetness of just a bit of maple syrup. Yup.
Posted in Breakfast, Fall, fruit, Healthy (?), Vegetarian
Tagged apples, breakfast, cinnamon, fall, farro, hearty grains, spice, vegan, whole grains
You know what I love?
I love it when you share things with me. Links, articles, recipes, etc., that you think I would enjoy. And I do! Every time. You people get me, and it’s just the best. I can’t wear lots of black and talk about how misunderstood I am anymore–nope. No excuses.
Jura, a lovely (Lithuanian!) reader shared this with me a while back, and it took me a couple months to get to it. It’s not summer anymore, however–imagine this sitting atop a bowl of hot, cinnamon-scented apple crisp. With a blanket, on the couch, in your cinnamon-scented home. Good stuff, right?
Posted in Dessert, Fall, Lithuanian, Summer, Vegetarian
Tagged cinnamon, cream, gera vodka, ice cream, lithuanian vodka, maple, maple syrup, milk, spice, vodka
This is also known as Deb’s mom’s coffee cake. As if I knew not only Deb of Smitten Kitchen, but also her mother! It’s easy to forget that every recipe belongs to someone–or many someones–and sharing them is really sharing a part of you. My friends, my coworkers and I enjoyed this lovely cake because Deb and her mom wanted us to. Touching, no?
(Don’t tell anyone I have Feelings! Okay?)
No, really. Where would we be if the first caveman (or cavewoman) to discover barbecue hoarded the secret? I don’t even want to think about it. What an asshole.
Let’s toast to civilization today. We’re onto something good here, people! Bake up something pillowy, soft and studded with chocolate chip bling. Throw some cinnamon sugar magic in there, then some more on top. A good cup of coffee is necessary.
Also, this is a crowd-friendly cake… You’ll need at least a few good companions to take this on.
Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Cake, Entertaining, Vegetarian
Tagged chocolate, chocolate chips, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon swirl, coffee cake, sour cream, spice
The rules of the booze shake are as follows:
(1) The first rule of Booze Shake is… You can totally talk about Booze Shake. Why do you ask?
(2) Go easy on the alcohol, then add more if necessary; we’re not making a cocktail. I find that half a shot per shake is plenty–of course, this varies on how sweet/easy to drink your chosen liquor is.
(3) Use quality ice cream. The stuff that is pumped full of air, when blended, will deflate faster than the wide-eyed romantic ideals of tween Twilight fans everywhere. (If you are judging me for knowing anything about this… That makes two of us.) Anyway. I usually make sure to pick up ice cream that feels relatively heavy and has a relatively decent amount of calories. Julie’s Organic did the job beautifully in this case.