Every time that I visit the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, New Jersey, I have goals. I want to have a nice Japanese lunch (and it’s difficult to pick between the tendon bowl and the ramen). I want to do some grocery shopping. Finally, I want to select a few different types of Japanese candy to […]
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Usually sending my husband to the grocery store is a potential danger. We often joke he will be likely to return home with five different kinds of mustard. But the other month, when I was feeling under the weather and cuddled up on the sofa with our dog, my husband did well with the shopping.
When we visited Munich over this past summer I had a list of places I wanted to see and foods I wanted to eat. Near the top of that list was a trip to Salzburg, Austria. Although I didn’t get to spend as much time in the city as I would have liked, I had
I can’t even begin to express the delight I felt when I was browsing MeinCupcake.de’s online store and I saw that they offered a kit for making butter cookies with molded chocolate. Ever since I discovered Bahlsen’s Choco Leibniz from Germany and LU’s Petit écolier from France, I’ve been wanting to make these at home.
Biscotti: it’s another one you can chalk up to the I’ve Never Had It So I Will Make It category. And so I did. After eying the recipe as a possibility for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap I ended up putting the biscotti off. Instead, I made a double batch. I gave some to
Every time I eat a cookie I bought at the store I feel slightly guilty. I could just as easily make cookies at home that would, probably, be healthier. Although a more appropriate way to phrase it might be “not as bad for me”. Plus homemade cookies are definitely tastier. But just like everything else,
Late last year when I took a pastry class, I was introduced to The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard. I was impressed at the book’s layout. Each section teaches a basic skill or aspect of pastry and then offers recipes that are based off of that skill. For example, the ganache section offers recipes
After my first experience making French macarons — in which I got about 50% success — I decided I wanted another go. They really weren’t that difficult to make and the possibility of flavor combinations seems endless. French macaron attempt #2: Matcha green tea French macarons with milk chocolate ganache. Didn’t take long to get
There are pluses and minuses of living in, seemingly, nowhere. There’s the quiet. There’s the privacy. There’s the fact that we are lucky enough to have enough of a yard to have space for a vegetable garden and the dog to run around and the ability to attract and see birds and other animals. But
I’ve never had gelato before. And since I don’t think I’ll be making a trip to Italy or Europe anytime before the summer ends, in my mind, the logical thing was to try making it myself. I’m not sure how good of an idea it really is but I figured I’m game since we have
At some point after I started this blog and started baking on a semi-regular basis, my parents mentioned something I never knew. They had my grandfather’s handwritten recipe notebook. I knew he had been a baker when my dad was growing up but I had no idea that a notebook existed. In all honesty it’s
One of the things I enjoy about cooking and trying different recipes at home is being able to recreate a meal or an item that I had or imagine from somewhere else. It’s an easy way to change the atmosphere and forget the day job or whatever else is bothering me. That said, I’ve also