Thursday, December 4, 2014
This week I made Peppermint Sandies. I am so excited because Christmas is rapidly approaching and we have gotten our first snow here in Reno! I absolutely love the fact that I was making Christmas cookies while it was snowing! Just the thought of enjoying a warm cookie and drinking hot cocoa while watching it snow outside makes me extremely happy. The last few days have been packed with wonder. Our ski resort, Mt. Rose, got about 16 inches of fresh powder! But of course I still had to go to school. Sitting in a desk and listening to teachers drone on about exponential functions and cell theory when you know that you could be up at the mountain skiing at that exact moment is one of the WORST feelings in the world. One of the most special things about Christmas is the cookies. I have no clue why these cookies are called sandies, which kind of sounds like a beach-themed cookie, but I do know that they are amazing. Peppermint is an extremely popular flavor in the winter, so why not utilize its minty freshness in a cookie!
I found this recipe in The Ultimate Cookie Book by Better Homes and Gardens. It really appealed to me as a good, small-portioned Christmas cookie. Kind of like a sweet shortbread, but with the crunch of peppermint candies here and there.
These cookies have a special glaze made up of heavy whipping cream and white chocolate. A really tasty fingerful in my opinion! The white chocolate accompanied the sandies perfectly and compensated for the minty taste of the peppermint. Read more…
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Last week I had my book signing at the local Barnes & Noble in Reno for the FutureChef’s Cookbook! I was able to make Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Muffins (my recipe contribution to the book) to hand out to the public. Everyone loved them, and I think the signing went very well. Many of my friends came out to see me, as well as my Grandma. It was so fun!
These Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Mini Muffins were a great twist off of my original bread. They were super easy to serve too! I don’t know what is wrong with society these days, but many people walking around the store refused the offer of sampling the tiny muffins! Who the heck in the entire world would refuse a tiny muffin of deliciousness?!
Barnes & Noble was kind enough to make me a sign! I paired up with the PBS channel in Reno, who was having a book fair that day, and together we brought in loads of Barnes & Noble customers.
My setup was pretty cool. I set my Mom’s laptop on the front of the table and opened it up to my Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread post. I can’t believe that it has been like 2 1/2 years since I wrote that post. Time flies when you’re having fun!
These Raspberry- Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Mini Muffins are the perfect snack size. Every day I eat three of them for a school snack! Read more…
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This week I decided to make a family classic, but with a twist! My Grandma has been making Chalupas ever since my Mom was a kid, so I was totally psyched to make these. Chalupas are usually served with beans, cheese, and the optional lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and avocado. I chose to add one of the best things in the whole world… bacon!
I made five chalupas, a good number for a hungry Dad, a starving son, and a Mom on a diet.
In order to have crispy tortillas, you need to fry them before you broil them. Crispy tortillas really add to the enjoyment of the recipe. You can actually pick the chalupas up when you eat them, like I do, if you fry the tortillas. Just make sure not to get any burning oil on yourself, that stuff hurts!
The beans have to be spread evenly over the tortilla. It is just chalupa law. Spreading things evenly is really hard for me because my perfectionism kicks in, and then I simply can’t stop correcting minor mistakes. Finally, I had to stop perfecting the chalupas… because I ran out of beans.
I’m still working on my GQ pose, but I hope to perfect it soon. Don’t forget to visit me at the Barnes & Noble in Reno on November 16th for my book signing! I will be signing books from 1 to 3 PM. Come visit and get a signed FutureChefs book (the one I have a recipe featured in)! Read more…