How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream…in a Jar!

February 22, 2017

I think I’m getting the hang of this whole YouTube thing. And I kind of love it. Today, I’m showing you how to make homemade whipped cream in a jar. A JAR. This would be pretty perfect for those extra-busy holidays where you’ve already got ~294038 dirty whisks staring up at you from the dishwasher. Or, you know, just for any old day when you’re craving something fresh, sweet, and special.

I know it’s a pretty straightforward recipe, but it’s also a really important one that you’ll use again and again. So, why not simplify it even further?

Many apologies to fans of W.B. Yeats. (I’m one myself!) Promise I cleaned the book off thoroughly.

I’ll leave you with a nice poem of his, anyway, to make amends.

And below that, you’ll find the ever-so-simple whipped cream recipe.

Enjoy! xx

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in bee-loud glad.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

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How to Make Popovers With Just 4 Ingredients

February 19, 2017

 

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

Drumroll, please…

…I started a YouTube channel!

I assume you weren’t too caught off-guard by that news because 1) I love making videos and 2) there’s a giant thumbnail of the first video right above this block of text and my face is featured prominently. Powers of inference, people. Powers of inference.

Anyway, I’m soooooo excited about this new development. SO. EXCITED. I feel like it’ll be the perfect way to share recipes and life updates and who the heck knows what else with my friends and family and all of you mysterious and lovely blog-readers of mine.

I’m already planning tons more fun videos — in fact, a few are processing on my computer as we speak — so if you’re interested in viewing any of those, kindly subscribe! And sign up your friends and cousins and totally random acquaintances while you’re at it, too.

I started things off with popovers, which are frankly so simple/light/airy they don’t need too much of an introduction, but I *will* say that if you’re planning on hosting brunch for friends soon, these would go over splendidly. I’m partial to the cinnamon-sugar ones myself. And you absolutely don’t need to use a fancy popover pan for these. From experience, I can say with certainty that muffin tins will work just fine; you’ll just end up with a slightly more squat shape.

The recipe for those glorious, air-filled popovers is below (and in the video, duh!). Have fun, get baking, and check back to my channel soon for more videos.

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Heart-Shaped Egg-In-A-Hole Breakfast

February 13, 2017

Traditional (read: non-cutesified) egg-in-a-hole is one of those quintessential, back-pocket breakfast recipes that everyone should know by heart. It’s easy and impressive and kills two birds with one stone. And that phrase is uncomfortably apt in this context, but you know what I mean.

So even if you can’t bring yourself to haul out the heart cookie cutters for this lovey-dovey version, you might as well learn / memorize / get a tattoo of the general recipe. I promise it’ll come in handy.

In the meantime, happy almost Valentine’s Day!!!!! If you’ve got a Valentine, HOORAY. Make them toast. If, on the other hand, you are alone as alone can be, never fear: I dreamed up a fun solo night plan for ya over on Martha Stewart! (Quick disclaimer that “fun” is loosely defined here and includes making pairs of felted mittens from old sweaters.)

Personally, I’m most excited to raid the candy aisles on the 15th and come up with some fun chocolate recipes with my finds. Stay tuned.

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Recipe-Printed Mug Cookie (or Cake!) Valentine

February 3, 2017

The question remains: Is it a recipe? Is it a craft?

I really couldn’t tell ya. But I’m sort of in love with this recipe-printed cookie-in-a-mug situation I threw together for Martha Stewart’s “14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day” campaign. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your gal pals (or anyone who’s obsessed with baking things in mugs) (GUILTY), look no further. Full how-to below — and over on MarthaStewart.com, too!

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3 Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

January 16, 2017

I really wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a morning person, which might surprise you given that A) I worked at a morning show for a long time and loved every minute of it, B) one of my all-time favorite books is quite literally titled “Why I Wake Early”, C) I do often jump out of bed and immediately begin singing the “Happy Working Song” from Disney’s Enchanted, and D) okay, OKAY, yes, I own this embarrassingly overpopulated Pinterest board dedicated to the joys of waking up early.

(Please note that I created said board back when I thought my Pinterest profile was private.) (Sigh.)

Anyway, while I’d really rather think of myself as an an all-times-of-day, does-not-discriminate sort of person, it’s true: I think mornings are great. And the best part about them just might be…smoothies! I threw these three together for FabFitFun’s online magazine and will link you guys early next week. In the meantime, you can snag all the recipes below and finally see for yourself just how wonderful it can be to wake up a little bit earlier. (You’ve been warned, though: You will get a little pin-happy in the process.)

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On My Nightstand: “Dorie’s Cookies” by Dorie Greenspan

December 26, 2016

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(Okay, quick disclaimer before we get to the fun stuff: The “On My Nighstand” series doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for this particular book. I don’t actually read cookbooks before I fall asleep at night. Promise. But I do tend to keep the books I’ve most recently been perusing/loving on my nightstand before they eventually make their way back to my bookshelves. So. Let’s just go with it.)

Now that THAT’S out of the way…I have another beautiful book to share with you guys. It’s Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, “Dorie’s Cookies,” and it’s gorgeous, funny, and SQUARE. Can we admit that we all have a soft spot for interestingly-shaped books? Yes? Good.

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Potato Latkes with Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche, and Edible Flowers

HAPPY HANUKKAH! It’s the third night of the holiday, which, for me, is serving as a pretty horrifying reminder of the power of fried food smells to linger in apartments well beyond the actual frying action. Case in point: I made the latkes pictured above on Friday afternoon, a day-and-then-some before the holiday actually began, and my entire home still reeks of oil and onions and burnt potato skins.

 

But honestly, that nostalgia-inducing, days-old latke smell is totally welcome to stick around my humble abode as long as it pleases. ‘Cause latkes are the best.

As kids, my siblings and I always ate them with applesauce, and I have to admit I still think that savory-sweet pairing still reigns as the ultimate flavor combination. This year, though,  I tried my hand at a more grown-up variation, dressing them up with a bit of smoked salmon, some creme fraiche, and — ooh la la! — a smattering of edible flowers. I know. So fancy. I don’t really have anything to say for myself except that Eataly had the colorful flowers in stock and they were calling my name.

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Cold Brew Cocktail with Peppermint Whipped Cream

December 23, 2016

I feel a bit like a fraud sharing this recipe with you. The truth is, I only just began drinking coffee regularly, and by “coffee,” I mean, “vanilla chai lattes,” which don’t actually contain coffee. Uh.

But anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve almost certainly got some sort of innate, internal caffeine production system. After all, I’ve got the energy of a die-hard coffee addict, I talk at the pace of a Gilmore, and I tap dance. I TAP DANCE. That must win me some degree of brownie points and/or kinship with even the most patrician of espresso-sipping sophisticates.

And while I haven’t yet (yet!) fallen in love with blacker-than-night-no-milk-no-sugar-*coffee*-coffee, I have become more and more enamored with the idea of said coffee-coffee. Especially as the winter days get shorter and my schedule gets busier. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s a drink that doesn’t just taste good; it revitalizes you. It reincarnates you. It thrusts you back out into the world with a SPRING in your STEP.

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Homemade Peppermint Candy Buttons

December 20, 2016

I’m pretty sure that anyone who snacked on candy buttons as a child asked their parents the same question at one point or another. “Are you sure it’s okay that I just ate PAPER!??!” …to which their startled parents would give the same dubious shrug. Naturally, as I ventured off to make them myself at home as a grown-up, I attempted to solve the age-old problem once and for all. How, I asked myself, can I make candy dots without subjecting myself to tons of paper consumption?

The answer, friends, was simple: I could not. But then, the thrill of paper-eating is just as much part of these tiny candies’ allure as is their satisfying, sugary crunch, is it not? And since a little bit of paper never hurt anyone (according to a quick Google search, anyway) I say…the heck with it.

You can watch me make these beauties this Saturday on Food Network’s Snapchat Discover profile (yup, Christmas Eve!) or simply scroll down for the recipe below. Get nostalgic, get sugar-high, and…why not? Get a little paper-high, too. You deserve it.

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Mini Blueberry Message Pies for Thanksgiving

November 16, 2016

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Yes. It’s true. I made mini “Happy Thanksgiving” pies and it’s a good week-and-a-half before the actual holiday. Either I’m already abusing my newfound blogger powers, or I’m just a crazy person.

Don’t dwell on that too long. Instead, direct your attention at the super cute message pies in question. They’re one of those seemingly over-the-top, ultra-impressive desserts that are actually semi-homemade (and in all honesty, that “homemade” part is a little too flattering for what happened in my kitchen tonight. I’m looking at you, frozen pie crusts from Trader Joe’s).

You can dress them down by nixing the leaf garnishes, you can dress them up with some from-scratch pate brisee and faux lattice work, or you can simply leave them as is. Honestly, the possibilities are endless once you’ve you’ve got the basic “mini pie” shtick down to a science.

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