No cookies?

This is how I feel when there are no cookies:

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So, in order to avoid such a terrifying situation, I present to you cookies two ways: extremely easy, and very involved but worth it!

The easy ones are almond chocolate cookies, from one of my favorite blogs, Matkonation. This Israeli blog is run by real photographers and food stylist, and it even has an English version. Please don’t compare my photos to theirs, they are not even close. Nevertheless, you should definitely try this gluten free, extremely easy recipe (you’ll notice that I used regular chocolate because I only had a little bit of white left, so these are black and white).

How cute are those napkins?!

So now, from the easier to the more difficult– the following are the so-called TKOs, named after Thomas Keller, who apparently makes them at Per Se. The irony, of course, is that Per Se is down the street from me, but I have yet to visit. In the mean time, I must admit that these cookies will buy you some serious time. They do require some love and patience, but man, they are SO worth it.

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How I became a good member of the community

It is a little known fact that I am a member of Calhoun college. I don’t live there, I don’t eat there, and I pretty much make all my Calhoun friends come to me. So much am I out of touch with Calhoun that I’ve never actually been to its buttery, that place in the basement where foods fry for the enjoyment of essay-writing, tired Yalies. Myself not a huge fan of fried foods, I decided to contribute to the community of Calhoun by making a weekly batch of fresh baked goods, filled with good ingredients, everything is from made scratch and sold at a price that is meant to cover the cost (a brownie for a dollar, yes). Yesterday was the first day of this endeavor, and it was endlessly gratifying. Spending Sunday morning in my kitchen baking (and Sunday afternoon in the downtown soup kitchen cooking) is probably the best form of therapy I could imagine. Plus, the joy on people’s face when they eat a peanut butter pie (which I’ve failed to photograph) is beyond words. A huge thank you to everyone who came down to the buttery last night, the food was mostly gone by 11pm, which made my day. Come back tonight for leftovers, and next Sunday for a new batch.

All three recipes came from Cooking Light, which has proved completely foolproof. No one would have guessed these were light, seriously.

Lemon scented blueberry muffins with a lemon frosting



Mocha Toffee Fudge Brownies


Baking with Sonali’s Camera

This past week I spent way too much time futzing with Sonali’s sweet Canon Rebel in preparation for…

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getting my own SLR!

My parents gave me a special dispensation to get my graduation present 6 months ahead of time, mostly so I can take pictures of delicious food, which, ostensibly, is a ridiculous thing to do, but hey, I’m a ridiculous person. My Canon Rebel XTi is on it’s way to me as we speak (/read/eat/drool).

So with Sonali’s camera at hand I couldn’t but make a lot of stuff that was worth photographing. And with all this food there was nothing I could do but throw a party and feed it to people. So here are the fruits of my labor.

Carrot cake, fresh out of the oven



Spice Oat Crisps


Preping for Mississippi Mud Cookies Ghirardelli Semisweet

Mississippi Mud Cookies, which were, by all accounts, incredible
Before


After


Crunchy oatmeal peanut butter bars

Gingerbread People (yes, they are PC)

Ginger Adam (the first man)

Ginger Abel (the first murder)


Into the ark

Out of the ark



Shivon’s gingerbread Ninja turtle (a natural evolution in an imaginary civilization of baked goods)

A gingerbread poet (man with a heart in his head)