When I think of “romance tips,” I think of those taglines on the front of womens’ magazines. I remember being like twelve always reading them and being curious what it meant to use your tongue in such and such way and what “surprising him” really meant. I sort of can’t believe I was sort of allowed to read those magazines at that age and not allowed to watch rated R movies but whatever.
As an adult, I can now say the one thing you should do to infuse romance into your relationship is not any of those things (I mean, I’m sure they work) but the real thing is to laugh. And a lot. Not like just a chuckle here and there but like really laugh. Laugh so hard tears are rolling down your face. And talk about everything and anything all the time, which most likely will lead to more laughing. And nothing is more funny and more unexpected than pantsing your bf/gf when they least expect it.
I was reading this book called Cooking by Hand one night and came across a description of a recipe (there are barely any photos in the book) called zuccotto. I liked the name and said it like I was an old Italian man: “zuccccotoo!” V exaggerated, you know?
It sounded really interesting: a dessert made with slices of poundcake and put into a mold and stuffed with whipped cream. I did some googling and came across this really fun video of this man making his with lady fingers and flavoring the ricotta with amaretto, chocolate, marscapone and nuts and fruit. When he removed it from the bowl, it looked amazing!
I was sold. I made this with poundcake instead of lady fingers and I stuffed it with a few different flavored ricottas.
I watch MasterChef Junior and am sort of in awe of those kids, on television, articulating themselves so well, while perfectly icing cupcakes. Like, what was I doing at age 10?!
Let’s see…I was probably convincing my mom to give me money (or trying to earn it by doing random chores) so I could ride my bike to the corner store and load up on Starbursts to only pick through them and only eat the pink ones. I was probably thinking about my frizzy hair and how unlucky I was to be born this way bc no boy would ever like me. Now, I like my hair but still only like the pink Starbursts. We don’t change that much!
There’s a good chance that you’re giving me stroooong side-eye right now.
Yes, girl. In cookies. I didn’t exactly invent this idea but I have been seeing white and red miso being used in “hip, cool” bakeries so I figured I’d give it a go.
They add a lot of rich nuttiness to cookies, think peanut butter or almond butter. This cookie almost tastes like it has a mild nut butter in it rather than miso but not really. It’s hard to describe, but I will say it’s very savory. It goes SO well with white chocolate. And the salt just takes it over the edge.
Yesterday I showed a lil’ sneak peek on the Instagram and a lot of ppl were like WHITE MACADAMIA! And I was like well…sorta.
And they sort of remind me of them but more interesting. Remember when you’d go to the mall, eat a Mrs. Field cookie and look at lingerie in Victoria’s Secret and go to The Gap. I miss those dayz!
I actually always dreamed of getting those cookie cakes with my name written on them but then when the time came, I could never make the sacrifice because I LOVE CAKE.
I’m currently watching Little Women over and over with a million blankets over me. It’s legit cold in LA, like, maybe colder than New York and other parts of the east coast. WEIRD! But I’m not complaining, I love it, please continue this, LA.
Not sure if you noticed but it’s December and the world has been taken over by gingerbread houses and buche de noels and hot toddies. I’ve been out of town for the past few weekends so the next few days are my first time heading into to holiday soirees.
If you, too, are looking to make something chill and delicious, here are some options:
I’m currently eating a cannoli mid-flight, making my way back to Los Angeles where Amelia and Joshua are waiting for me.
The past few months have been filled with lots of traveling and me going from one place to the next. This homebody is V excited to stay put for a while.
I’ve been wanting to make some form of babka for a long time because the spiral chocolate vibes make me super happy.
Initially I wanted to make something similar to these wreaths (aren’t they beautiful?!) but then I tried it and this dough, while delicious, spread (thanks to maybe too much butter). But, they work great when formed into a knot and baked up in a muffin tin! Second (or third time, can’t remember) was a success.
I’m back from Portland and currently flying my body to Boston for a book signing and wreath-making workshop. I actually really love traveling during the holidays. I love the shitty Christmas lights and decorations in stores and in airports. I think it’s because it reminds me of Home Alone.
If you haven’t heard, SERIAL just dropped season 2. I kinda wish they just posted all of the episodes like Netflix does. I mean, part of me doesn’t because I wouldn’t get anything else done but you know what I mean!
Let’s talk about hot buttered baba au rhums! When Billy came to my house the other day so we could test these, he was like what the hell is that. I explained that they’re kinda like a French version of a tres leches cake and it all made sense to him. (Billy was also Mexican in his past life because he knows more about Thalia and Mexican pop culture than anyone I know.)
If you’ve never made this cake there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. This batter is very wet. Like, you might think I’m playing a joke on you or you made a huge mistake but you didn’t!
2. This cake is yeasted. But it’s a million times simpler than making any form of dough because there’s no forming of any kind. The first rise doesn’t even have to be transferred to a clean bowl. It’s very hands off.
3. This cake is very dry…that is until you but all that hot buttered rum business on top. That’s the good stuff.
To kick things off on this chill Wednesday, let’s start with some fun event news! This Saturday I’ll be at Eat Boutique in Boston hosting a wreath-making workshop and eating pop tarts and signing books. Please come! The wreath-making workshop is $30 and you’ll walk away with a wreath to hang on your door!
These cookies were the thing that my mom had to hide from me after she she her weekly grocery shopping. She’d always buy a bag or two and by the next day they were usually GONE. All that was left were those little crinkle-y white liners they came in.
Cookie season! It’s my favorite time. Glittery lights, appetizers galore, ugly sweaters that are warm and cozy…and cookies! So many cookies! This past weekend I’ve been in Portland for a mini vacation with Josh. We’ve been eating our way through the city, while shivering because we live in California. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! Enough about Portland (I’ll talk more about later), let’s talk holiday cookies!
These cookies are a simple shortbread cookie with homemade nutella in the center, which has been on my tomake list for a very long time. For this post, I teamed up with my favorite blender in the entire world, the Vitamix S55, which is slightly smaller than the big one you’re probably used to seeing. I actually favor this version because it’s smaller and more compact
but even though it’s teenier in size, it still is very powerful.
It makes the smoothest of soups, the most delicious smoothies and the best nut butters. The cookies begin by roasting the hazelnuts until they’re fragrant and dark brown. The smell from the hazelnuts smell like Christmas.
When they cool down a bit, the hazelnuts are transferred to the Vitamix where they’re ground up. Using the tamper, guide the hazelnuts towards the blades; the tamper is designed to never touch the blades. After blending for 2-3 minutes, you will have a really smooth and creamy nut butter
I know what you’re probably eating today. I’m gonna take a very wild guess. It’s a sandwich, piled high with shredded dark meat turkey and cranberry sauce and mayonnaise and if you’re super crazy, you might’ve added mashed potatoes on your bread. I say live it up because in January everyone is going to be on a cleanse.
This recipe is all about using up those last bits of pumpkin puree you might have in your fridge from the pumpkin pie you maybe made. Or maybe didn’t.
For this post I teamed up with bobble and their presse. I figured it was a good match because nothing goes better with doughnuts than coffee…and vice a versa.