Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Loaded "Baked" Potato Pita Pizza

Sometimes you just wants carbs, carbs, and more carbs for lunch. Oh and maybe some bacon. And cheese. And you know what? Go for it. There's nothing wrong with that. Maybe not every day for the rest of your life (I wish) but for a special treat for a few days worth of lunches? Golden.

I love to eat pizza but haven't been able to find any out here in LA that compares to the amazing pizza in NJ/NY. That leads me to homemade pizza, which I love, but is difficult to portion control for lunch. I'll want to eat as much as I can otherwise leftover pizza just never reheats quite as well. That's when the idea for pita pizzas hit me. Perfect portion control, a little healthier, and easy to serve.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monkey Bread

I have no idea why this is called Monkey Bread.

I also have never made monkey bread before, despite it being ridiculously easy and ridiculously delicious. You could make your own biscuit dough, but I was all about the short cut this time around. I know I tend to be a "from scratch" snob with certain things. But when it comes to yeasted dough, I am all about the shortcuts.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Oh. My. God. Or should I say, Oh my salted caramel and chocolate god.

Whenever I make something with a salted caramel sauce, my friend Alicia is first to comment on my obsession with salted caramel. And it's true. I'm obsessed, in love, should probably go to a support group for it. But I can't help myself. Luckily there have been no objections from people. Though who says no to free baked goods?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

thursday things

1. Playing (slash babysitting) a 20 month old means tons of bubbles, tons of swings, and tons of playground time. Definitely worse ways to spend your time :)

2. Other than that, my favorite candy store in the world opened in LA! Whenever I was in NYC I would go to Sockerbit and they just opened (as in Tuesday night) their LA location. Literally SO EXCITED AND HAPPY. Going to eat all the candies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Do Lunch: Veggie Quinoa Sliders

I made adorable little crispy veggie quinoa sliders.

It's a fact that everything is cuter when in miniature. Babies? Way cuter than most adults. Plus even their tantrums could be considered cute. Once you grow up it's just pathetic. Puppies and kittens? Generally cuter than dogs and cats (except for Molly - she's always adorable). Mini cakes and cupcakes? Pretty darn cute. Miniature bowls and spoons? Cuter than huge dishware. So, by that logic, little quinoa sliders are definitely cuter than big burger sized patties.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

When I try and think what sort of baked goods I want to share with all of you, I can get a little overwhelmed. There's SO much out there I want to create and share. I literally have pages in a notebook with recipe ideas separated into categories - cakes, cupcakes, donuts, muffins, breads, glazes, etc. But when it comes down to actually making something? I can't decide. I'll sit staring at all my cookbooks, at all of the lists, and I just can't pick something. I want it to be something worthy, something that maybe you wouldn't think about or something that I've never done before. Sometimes it can be something I've done a thousand times before and want to share a personal favorite. It's different every time.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chocolate Cake for Two with Salted Caramel Frosting

I love cake. I don't make them a lot because they can be pretty time consuming with the multiple layers, the crumb coat, the frosting, the chilling, and all the steps. I've become a fan of the rustic look, where you see the cake layers and just frost the tops so it doesn't have to be perfect. Even so, having a 3 layer cake can be a little excessive sometimes. Mostly because I will eat the whole cake, regardless of size.