Wednesday, April 23, 2014

easter 2014

This Easter was the holiday season all over again:  between three birthdays and the Easter celebration itself, we celebrated until we could celebrate no more.

We started with chocolate-caramel cake for my sister-who-won't-eat-cake-with-icing Mia's twelfth birthday; as the carnivore of the family, she struggled with a Good Friday birthday sans steak.  Saturday, Hannah turned 21, and we celebrated with a rainbow pony cake.  Nothing more traditional for a 21st birthday, right?  More on how Steph, Hannah, and I used to pretend to be the Pony Pals to come some other time--maybe I can even share the fruit salad recipe out of the Pony Pals Cookbook that my mom still has floating around.

We wrapped up our weekend with a big ol' Easter brunch and some New York cheesecake for Nick's birthday.   My mama served the eleven of us a big (9 lb!) Honeybaked Ham this year, accompanied by all our favorite sides, including some 4-minute roasted asparagus with garlic aioli (not pictured):

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

favorite chocolate chip cookies

Though I love to cook and bake, I really haven't been making too much of anything the past few weeks;  I've felt nothing short of exhausted.

I've been working much more than usual, I've had less sleep than I'm accustomed to, and I've had less free time than I'd like.  Every time I've sat down to write a blog post about any of the things I've had lined up, all I've wanted to do was complain.  And, let's be honest, nobody wants to read about somebody complaining how tired she is; I don't even want to write about it.

But, then I sit down to write and nothing comes to my brain except I'm crabby//I'm tired//why are all those cookies gone.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

king cake (with a cinnamon-chocolate filling)

Given that I had this weekend off with zero school obligations and given that my sister Stephanie was coming home on Saturday afternoon, I wanted to bake something magical.  Of course, living in St. Louis, the city with the second biggest Mardis Gras celebration in the country, I felt a king cake was in order.

Visions of making this king cake danced in my head:  its mascarpone pastry filling, salted caramel,  flambeed bananas, fresh pecans, and praline glaze were forcing my hand, right?

Well, unfortunately, the voice of reason (also known as Nick) informed me that there was no way I could make all those components on Saturday morning.  The voice of reason also didn't sound like he wanted to wash all my dishes and smooth over all my panicked I'm-in-a-hurry-so-I-messed-this-up moments either were I to choose that route.