Something special (Tuesdays with Dorie: Limoncello Cupcakes)


People seem to either love them or hate them.

Like anything else, there are good ones and bad ones.

As long as it tastes good and isn't part of a cupcake cake, I am okay with them.


I've got hope... (Tuesdays wit Dorie BwJ: Sweet Ricotta Pie)

One of the things that I really enjoy about cooking my way through cookbooks is that I am often challenged to make things that I would never consider if left to my own devices.

This ricotta pie falls into that camp.

Creamy ricotta filling + sweet pasta frolla dough = my kind of pie.
The original recipe called for anisette flavoring - something that I am totally not on board with. I swapped it out for almond extract and was pretty pleased with the result. We had this pie (along with the limoncello cupcakes) for Easter dessert.

Now, lattice tops and I usually don't play very nice together. I am not sure if it was the dough or if I was just having a good day, but this was one of the best lattices that I have ever pulled off. It gives me hope...

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Making it work (French Fridays with Dorie: Not-Salmon Tartare)

So... it's not Friday.

Between work, school, travel and getting the house ready to put on the market, life has just been more chaotic than normal.

I haven't cooked a meal in almost a month (unless you count the epic waffle fail). I think I've baked exactly two things in the same time period.

The counter girl at the pizza and sub shop around the corner and I have gotten pretty tight.

Shredded wheat is a perfectly acceptable dinner plan.

Cut up vegetables and hummus that have been my lunch staple.

The fact that at least half of my kitchen and 70% of my cookbooks are sitting in a storage locker doesn't help the situation.

For real.


#EpicWaffleFail (Waffles and Cream)

Here is what I learned this week: you can totally cover up epic waffle failures with lots of dark chocolate, caramel sauce and caramelized bananas.



Why didn't I think of that (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Crispy-Topped Brown Sugar Bars)

Do you ever come across an idea and wish that you had been the one to think of it?

I totally get why Romy and Michele claimed the whole Post-It(R) note thing. Those things are genius, who would not want to claim credit for that?

Well, I kind of feel the same way about caramelized Rice Krispies(R).