Monthly Archives: October 2011

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Growing up, my mom almost always put oats in the chocolate chip cookies she made.

I mean, I don’t discriminate.  I love all chocolate chip cookies.  But the nostalgia of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies gets me every time.

Not only do I love them because that’s the way my momma made them, but because the oats create a new texture from the traditional ho-hum plain chocolate chip cookies.  With the oats, the edges get a toasty crunch, and the middle remains chewy, dotted with crunches of cooled chocolate chips.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 0

Why I Love Pinterest (And Why You Should, too!)

A few weeks ago, I joined Pinterest.  I know it’s been around for a while, and lots of savvy folks are already pinning away.

If you don’t know what it is, Pinterest “… lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes”.

It’s a visual paradise of pretty things, helpful tips, DIY projects, funny quotes and recipes, recipes and more recipes.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Virgo, and Virgos typically like to have choices, explore and bring very specific things into their lives.  But I am really loving Pinterest, not only for my personal fancies, but also for blogging.  Here’s why:

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 8

Thyme Roasted Carrots

When you have gorgeous fresh vegetables, you don’t need to do much to them to make them amazing.  It’s not hard to make their natural beauty shine through. This is the best thing about using local, farm fresh, organic produce.

Contrary to woody, giant, tasteless conventional grocery store carrots, these little beauties that came in my farm box this week don’t even need to be peeled to be enjoyed.  Simply rinse, trim the tops, leaving a little mohawk of green, and slice lengthwise.  Then you’re ready to go.  That’s it.  Really.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 4

Lorna Yee’s Balsamic-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

In case you don’t know, I am a newlywed.  This, however, is coincidental to the fact that I LOVE Lorna Yee’s cookbook, The Newlywed Kitchen.   Don’t let the title fool you — I have had it since well before I was married or even engaged.  You do not need to be a newlywed, married or in any type of relationship to enjoy and cook from this book.

There are delightful stories and recipes from couples all around the country, and reading them was quite a pleasure.

What is so fabulous about this cookbook is the cookability (yes, I made up a word) of every single recipe.  They are simple to prepare and utilize ingredients that you would normally buy and cook with.

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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Home Cooking + Recipes | Comments: 1

Will Bake For Food 2011

What fun!  I’m going to be participating in Will Bake for Food, a food blogger bake sale to help fight hunger in our community!  The event is November 12, 2011 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until we run out of goodies) at the University Heights Center in Seattle.

The blogger-run bake sale will be benefiting the Emergency Feeding Program, which provides food to families in the Seattle and King County area, with almost half of their meals going to children.

Last year was a great success, and here are the stats:

  • 1631 items sold by 54 bakers, including 108 cupcakes, 82 whoopie pies, 473 cookies, and 150 vanilla beans
  • 2 drink dudes who pulled 138 cups (55 coffee, 83 cider) in 90 minutes
  • 300 people through the door in under 2 hours
  • about 20 volunteers who made the event sing
  • 1903lbs of food and $946
So fabulous!  I’m looking forward to being part of such an awesome event.  I have some tasty recipes in mind that I will share in another post!
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Author: Adrienne | Categories: Leftovers | Comments: 2
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