May 9, 2012

Coffee Caramel-Glazed Baby Cakes

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Know this: I often fear, with increasing regularity, that I am becoming a Cathy cartoon. Which is to say that sometimes I feel I am composed entirely of foibles. The most certain of these is my dependence on coffee. I suppose I’m well within the limits of what’s considered “healthy” in terms of my coffee consumption, but nevertheless, I am starting to get concerned about what can be described as sheer primal need for my first cup of the morning. I swear I can even hear Cathy-esque thoughts happening in my head as I stumble to grind the beans and fill the pot. “GIVE ME COFFEEEEE OR GIVE ME DEATH!! ACK!!”

It doesn’t exactly make you feel youthful, these Cathy thoughts. I’ll tell you that right now. But on the plus side, always having coffee on the in morning leaves a little leftover to play with, which is super fun when you’re a mad scientist baker like myself.

(Sidebar: Isn’t it also totally an Old Lady Thing to refer to coffee as being “on”? Gah. )
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May 2, 2012

Margarita Marshmallows

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So yesterday was a big day, folks. The sort of day that I’ve been giddy about for weeks on end. Yesterday I got up, mainlined about half a pot of coffee, and actually managed to shower and dress myself before dropping Little C off at school. Post-drop off, I drove to the KQED studios here in San Francisco, got settled in front of a microphone and tried to act like it was a totally normal day. Except it so totally wasn’t. Because I was there to talk with Lynne Rossetto Kasper and record an interview about marshmallows for The Splendid Table. Ohmahgah. 

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Apr 26, 2012

San Francisco’s Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale!

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I gotta tell ya, I’m all on edge over here. With the third annual San Francisco Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale coming up this Saturday, it’s a little like Christmas all over again. I’m so serious! All the planning, anticipation, loads of baked goods smelling up the place all delicious-like. The past two years have been full of light and love and butter and sugar, all in the name of a good cause, and we’re expecting this year to be no different. I’m all geeked up, as you may have noticed. Here’s the details:

What: San Francisco Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale
When: Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez Street (at Church Street)
San Francisco, CA 94131

 If you’re in the Bay Area, we really would love for you to stop by, say hey, meet some of the best food bloggers around, and try some of their wares for yourself. Bring lots of cash and a big old shopping bag–you’ll be glad you did. (And come Monday, I’ll be sharing a recipe for one of my contributions. It involves cake, coffee, and caramel. So there’s that.)

Hope to see you there!

Apr 23, 2012

Super Simple Strawberry-Buttermilk Ice Cream

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Like most people, I celebrate instant gratification. See also:

Google.

Drive-thru restaurants (preferably those that serve diet Coke, not Pepsi).

DVR’d episodes of Barefoot Contessa.

Unfortunately, the older I get, the more I realize that life is often just series of hurdles that keep us from instant gratification. See also:

Small, hungry children.

Work deadlines.

Taxes.

I suppose there is a lesson to be learned in there…somewhere? Like, the hurdles are really designed to teach us something, keep us growing. But as noble as that idea sounds, let’s be real: it can be freaking annoying, all this slowing of my roll. If you’re picking up what I’m laying down, then I’ve got just the thing for you: the world’s simplest homemade ice cream recipe.

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Apr 19, 2012

Asparagus Caesar Salad

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Do not adjust your computer screen. Friends, it’s time. For me to come clean, keep things on the up and up, give it to you on the realz, yo. The truth is, I don’t just eat cake.  I also eat salad. Lots of salad, actually. And in celebration of this revelatory proclamation, I thought I’d do something completely off the wall and offer you something that you can actually make for dinner tonight. Asparagus Caesar Salad. It’s a very real thing in my life.

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Apr 17, 2012

Savory Quickbread: Green Garlic & Two Cheeses

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Savory quickbread?! Whaaa? Quickbreads should be sweet and coffee-break-ish, with things like apple, pumpkin, and bananas. Go back to your Cave of Crazy!”, and really, I don’t blame you altogether. But let me put it to you this way: sweet quickbreads are indeed great with coffee, but SAVORY quickbreads are perfect with booze.

I rest my case.

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Apr 9, 2012

Homemade Coffee Creamer

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You know what drives the husband nuts? “Lady coffee”–that is to say, any coffee that has a creamy look and is flavored. He fears it, this lady coffee. It’s like he thinks it will make him grow a uterus or something. Anyway, he can smell that such a coffee beverage has been created in our kitchen before he even enters the house and his disdain while walking in the door is loud and extremely negative, cursing and shouting, “Ack!! LADY COFFEE!!”, as though he’s discovered something unsavory on the sole of his shoe. It’s all quite dramatic.

Unfortunately for him, I happen to looove lady coffee. For a while, the only thing that kept me from always making lady coffee (besides the Man Whining about it) was the high price and somewhat questionable ingredients in the flavored coffee creamers from the supermarket. It’s almost kind of amusing to learn that most store-bought coffee creamers don’t actually contain any milk or cream, plus there’s lots of other stuff in there I can’t quite pronounce. But recently I learned that I could make my own fabulous flavored coffee creamer for a fraction of the cost with a much simpler ingredients list, and it is awesome.

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