My daughter had an idea to make a filled cookie. We brainstormed together how best to achieve the filling. There are several methods that could work, depending on what kind of filling you have. We landed on an idea to make a cookie-in-a-cookie, basically a ball shaped brownie surrounded by a chocolate chip cookie. This… Continue reading 2021 Summer Baking #3 – Double Layer Cookie Balls
First, let me say that I got this recipe from Irvin Lin. Here is the link. He does an excellent job of breaking this recipe down and has great photos. It made it really easy for me to reproduce. I decided to add walnuts to the filling, just because I thought it would be interesting.… Continue reading 2021 Summer Baking #2: Apricot Walnut Brioche
Whoa, it has been just over a year since I last wrote something here! I definitely fell into the Covid Void over the last year, but I've got a new summer goal and hopefully it will inspire me to post more ! My good friend had a birthday party last weekend and requested Gluten Free… Continue reading 2021 Summer Baking #1: Strawberry Rhubarb Layered Biscuits
It's that time of year, Girl Scouts on every corner peddling cookies. We bought a box of Samoas, whch is hands down, the best Girl Scout cookie out there. One of my daughters decided she'd like to try and recreate a Samoa at home, so we embarked on a cookie adventure! It is quite a… Continue reading Homemade Girl Scout Cookies
Our orange tree went nuts this year. Not that this has been a problem! We've been having fun dropping bags of oranges at the neighbor's houses and leaving a free box out front. We've also been using them in some fun ways. Dehydrated orange slices are actually AMAZING. They turn crisp and flavorful, less sweet,… Continue reading Oranges!
Recently, a friend asked if I would be interested in designing some sci-fi themed cocktails for an event. Now, that sounds like fun! I started by brainstorming some ideas about what "effects" these cocktails might have or do (see the brainstorm list below). What ingredients would cause these effects? What would be interesting to see… Continue reading Designing Cocktails!
This year, I inherited a family tradition: Building a giant gingerbread structure and hosting a decorating party. I've never attempted a baking project this large at home. Luckily, my sister-in -law, the originator of this concept, came over to help me bake and cut. The house was to be 3 ft long by 2.5 ft… Continue reading Epic Gingerbread
What would happen if you dehydrated vegan cheese and yogurt? Well, I found out. I took the homemade sliceable vegan "brie" and some store bought Forager Cashewgurt and dehydrated them overnight. The result: The cheese was really interesting. It got a much tougher, chewier texture, similar to harder cheeses like cheddar. The flavor was more… Continue reading Dehydrated Vegan Cheese?
Last week, I went to Portland, Oregon to attend a class on ice cream technology! The class was put on by the Food Innovation Center, part of Oregon State University. There is a lot of complexity involved with making ice cream. Ice Cream is the only food that is intended to be eaten frozen. Keeping… Continue reading Ice Cream Technology Class
I first heard about tonka beans while watching the Great British Baking Show. One of the contestents used them to flavor a steamed pudding. I immediately had to google it and see what the heck tonka beans were and of course, order some to find out what they taste like! Tonka beans are seeds found… Continue reading Tonka Beans!