Month: December 2008

Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

One of my “themes” for this blog is simplicity. I like to make simple food and simple desserts. From working as a pastry chef, I have the experience to make over the top desserts, but I just don’t have the time or energy to do […]

Easiest Homemade Gift

Easiest Homemade Gift

So is everyone ready for Christmas? I haven’t been feeling particularly festive since its been so warm here. It is during times like these when I wish I lived in a cold environment. I’d love to go for a nice walk outside in the brisk […]

Procrastination

Procrastination

Can you believe it is 6 days til Christmas? Yeah, me either. I thank goodness we have the internet as I am a tried and true procrastinator. I always wait until the last minute to do my shopping and then I vow to never do that again. Rrrright. Never going to happen. I started early this year… on the 18th. That was only because the retail industry got together and came up with “Free Shipping Day.” I just can’t pass up free shipping. So I got free shipping AND even started early… well, for me, at least.

One thing I did do early was bake Snowflake Sugar Cookies. I saw this recipe in the December Food and Wine magazine and had to try it. It uses a different method, as you do not cream the butter like in this recipe. Unfortunately, my kitchen was crazy hot, as I was baking other cookies while I was trying to roll these out. Note to self: always roll the sugar cookies BEFORE the oven gets turned on… especially if you live in South Florida where it is 80 degrees in December. So I had to roll the dough and put in the fridge. Cut a few cookies and put in the fridge. I could only cut 3-4 cookies before the dough got too soft and wouldn’t retain the shape. What a pain in the ass! But I did get the irony that I was attempting to make snowflake cookies in a 85 degree kitchen… Not funny at the time. However, the cookies are yummy and I liked the method as it was easy and quick. If your kitchen is a normal temperature, you’ll have no problems with this cookie!


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Cranberry Cookie Bars

Cranberry Cookie Bars

As usual, after Thanksgiving, I have tons of homemade cranberry sauce leftover. I usually eat it with foods I’d never eat cranberry with until it is all gone… like pancakes ala cranberry, or french toast with cranberry sauce the side. Tasty, but not what I’d […]

A Cheap Cookie

A Cheap Cookie

My usual holiday baking gets expensive… very expensive. One of my favorite cookies to make is my Almond Crescent Cookies, which will easily cost me $20 a batch. It uses 2 tubes of almond paste, which at my grocery store, costs $7 a tube. When […]

4 Years

4 Years

It is amazing how time flies… Today isour 4th wedding anniversary! I dedicate this post to my hubby, Stephan. We have a good thing going… we laugh together, we work together and we argue like the Costanzas! :P I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thank you for always being so supportive of me, in every thing I do. You’re the best fan club a girl could ask for.

Here’s a few pictures from our wedding… no food shots today!Tonight, we’llbe going to my favorite Miami restaurant… Joe’s Stone Crab for a decadent dinner to celebrate. Before drinking too much wine, hopefully we can get some pictures of the amazing food there!
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A Snowball’s Chance

A Snowball’s Chance

Can you believe it is December? It seems like we just took our tree down and it is time to put it up again. I’m trying to get into the Christmas spirit by starting my holiday baking early this year. This cookie is one of […]

Bacon Butter

Bacon Butter

I’m finally clawing my way out of the turkey coma and blogging about my Thanksgiving. We’ve been unusually busy the past few weeks with weddings. Last weekend, we photographed a wedding in Miami Saturday night and then hopped on a plane four hours later at […]