Category Archives: Now Bake This

Summer Vacation

As of Monday, I’ve been at home for two months. And guess what? It’s been awesome! As soon as I came home from the hospital, I’ve felt energized and have been cooking and baking up a storm! I’m sure my husband has appreciated my return to the kitchen as the last 4 months (or more) of pregnancy meant sad meals and lots of take out/frozen dinners.

I’ve managed to make blackberry, cherry, peach, lemon meringue, chocolate, strawberry, rhubarb, all while wearing a certain little someone. We’re certainly a fan of baby wearing around these parts. I registered and received the boba wrap which is one of those giant pieces of cloth that you wrap around you and slip the baby in. It’s like the moby wrap but the fabric has spandex in it which makes it pretty foolproof.

pie making

I’ve also made lots of cookies, my favorite being chocolate chip pretzel (so good). Hmmm, should I be attributing my stall in weight loss to my baking? Nah…that couldn’t be it 😛

Some of the new recipes we’ve had for dinner include: fajita enchiladas, herb smothered salmon, stuffed french toast, and lemony mushroom chicken.

As you can see, I’ve definitely been having fun getting acquainted with my kitchen again! I missed being up to my elbows in flour and sugar!

What new recipes have you tried this summer?

Snow Day Essentials

We are supposedly in store for quite a snow storm ’round these here parts. I’m in the “yay snow” camp because I’m fortunate enough to work for a university that has snow days!

What do I need when “stuck” indoors? (Stuck being used loosely here because I LOVE being snowbound): 2 dozen eggs, a freshly opened bag of flour, sugar, and 4lbs of butter! Oh and prayers that the electricity doesn’t go out because my oven is electric, eep! My back-up plan is to run over to the neighbors house because they have gas. (Wipes brow)

If you happen to be stuck indoors too, may I suggest you bake/make:

Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Yogurt Cake (I subbed lime for lemon, greek yogurt for the regular yogurt, and coconut oil for the vegetable oil)

Two Peas and their Pod Lemon Sugar Cookies (pillowy centers and crisp edges, soo good! You won’t be able to stop at one!)

Waffles from Allrecipes.com (they freeze well so you can make a big batch and enjoy them over the week)

Old Fashioned Pancakes from Allrecipes.com (these also freeze well)

Hey and who knows, maybe with the extra free time, I’ll get to work on more art for the nursery! It’s coming along so swimmingly, I can’t wait to show you!

What do you like to do/eat on a snow day?

Holiday Baking

Who doesn’t appreciate deliciously baked cookie during the hoilday season? Grinches and humbugs, that’s who. Otherwise, you should find something for everyone on my list of treats on my recommended recipes for 2013 holiday baking season!

For your chocolate feigns, I suggest Martha Stewart’s Outrageous Chocolate Cookies:

From marthastewart.com

For your lemon lovers, Two Peas and their Pod’s Lemon Sugar Cookies :

From two peas and their pod

For your classic admirers, King Arthur Flour’s Gingerbread cookies:

gingerbread

For a fun, festive treat, try your hand at King Arthur Flour’s red and white pinwheels:

red and white pinwheel cookies

And for your celebrators of Hanukkah (sure it’s over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the appropriate cookies!), rugelach! I used the Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook recipe but Barefoot Contessa’s recipe is very similar:

apricot rugelach

All these recipes have been taste tested and have received high-marks from all the judges. So go ahead and give them a try! As far as effort, I would say I’ve listed them in order of difficulty. Pinwheels and rugelach are not for the faint of heart. They require a few rounds of refrigeration as well as shaping and molding.

What are some of your favorite Christmas cookies?