Saturday, January 31, 2015

{FFWD} Croquants

The last few French Fridays recipes have been fishy and we have been running around like crazy with basketball so we not been home for a lot of cooking. This week's recipe took one bowl, I got to use my digital scale, and these cookies baked for 8 minutes.

My little taste testers all said they loved these! These croquants are crispy, crunchy cookies. They are supposed to be much prettier than this as mine spread. I am guessing since I used half nuts and half chocolate there wasn't enough filler to bind the cookies. No matter, they were delicious! :) My family doesn't mind when my cookies turn out wacky as long as they taste good. 

Check out the LYL on French Fridays with Dorie to see what these were actually supposed to look like. :) There are only a few recipes left until the end of this cookbook! Make sure to get your copy and follow along!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

{TWD: BCM} Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

Have you ever made anything with brown butter? I accidentally made brown butter once or twice when I over cooked the melted butter for mac and cheese. The first time I remember having brown butter on purpose was at My Spam and Anchovies Comfort Food night. Sara brought Brown Butter Cookie Dough Pretzel Squares. They did not last long! The next time I remember having brown butter was at my cooking club's Greekfest at Beth's house. Hmmm.. something about cooking with friends brings out the brown butter. :) Once again a dish everyone loved! When I saw brown butter in the title of this weekend cake I knew it would be delicious! The slightly nutty flavor went perfectly with the vanilla.

Speaking of vanilla...I did not have any vanilla beans on hand but had a Sahale vanilla powder sample from the IFBC conference. It was exactly what I needed for this cake.

The best part of this cake? It was easy! There is something to be said for the recipes that take time and have lots of steps but when you are hours away from heading to a New Years Eve party easy is just the ticket. I could have let this rest before baking to enhance the flavor even more but I didn't and it was wonderful. My hubster and kiddos grabbed all of the edge pieces that were left behind after I cut the cake.
My hilarious, incredibly smarty pants friend Sara and her equally hilarious, mohawked husband Travis invited us over for New Years Eve. If you ever want to talk literature Sara is your girl! She is working on her doctorate right now and is even more in love with reading than me. She even bought my sister's first novel that came out this week! My daughter is planning on reading the Cinder series so Sara encouraged her to read the original fairy tale first, which she had at home so Munchkin was able to read it that evening. Travis runs Stedicam for all kinds of awesome places! The two of them have the smartest, cutest, sassiest,  superhero loving girl you have ever seen. So you know we were in for a fun night and then the Twilight plates made an appearance and the night was complete! I mean who doesn't want to cover up Bella and Edwards faces with brown butter vanilla weekend cake with salted caramel from Seattle? ;) But wait! Our night was not complete! We had to set off fireworks! We all had so much fun setting them off! I took a few photos and we let Travis do the lighting. One shot off in an unexpected direction which made us all laugh hysterically. The kids lit sparklers and did monster pops, the people across the street watched while throwing fireworks into their fire. It was a perfectly lovely night I think the brown butter vanilla weekend cake tied it all together! Of course it could have been the company with the addition of the lovely cake. :) 

This is my first week back to Tuesdays with Dorie in a little while. I have every intention of making each of the recipes I have missed but this was a great one to jump back in on. Check out the recipe in Baking Chez Moi and check out the LYL to see how other bakers liked this cake this week!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

{Blogging for Books} It Was Me All Along

The very first thing I have to say about the author of this book is how very personable she is. While on instagram I saw Jessica of  My Baking Heart had posted a photo of this book. I commented that I was about to read this book also. Andie commented back to both of us! :) Of course she is an active food blogger and recipe creator. You can read more about her at her website here.
Photo courtesy of Jessica of My Baking Heart
I was immediately hooked when I sat down to read "It Was Me All Along". The vivid descriptions of her earliest memories with food were gripping and made me want to read more. I wanted to see how she got to the point where she is now. There was heartbreak, depression, friendship, love, loss, and an amazing journey. There were moments when I could see myself in what she was writing. I was amazed at her candor and transparency at the struggle. Andie Mitchell wrote an incredible memoir that anyone struggling with weight should read. Those not struggling with weight should read it to get a look at what someone struggling with weight loss and maintaining a weight loss might go through. She notes that everyone is different, everyone's struggles are different but she tells her story in a beautifully relatable way. Go get this book now!

I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books.