Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Triple-Chocolate-Covered-Espresso Bean Biscotti
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. Sift together 3 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
3. In another bowl beat 4 tbsp butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in 2 tsp vanilla. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until combined. Mix espresso beans.
4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each piece into a 16-by-2-inch log, and transfer to prepared baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. With the palm of your hand, flatten logs slightly. Brush beaten egg over surface of the dough logs, and sprinkle generously with sugar.
5. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until logs are slightly firm to touch, about 25 minutes. Transfer logs on parchment paper to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
6. Place logs on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place a wire rack on a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange slices, cut sides down, on rack. Bake until firm to touch, about 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven; let biscotti cool completely on rack. Biscotti can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
It's voting day in Toronto! If you are a citizen, go out and do your citizenly (?) duty and vote for our next mayor!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Since next weekend is Halloween I really want to make some halloween inspired cupcakes. I was so ready to make thanksgiving ones but didn't end up having any time in which to do so. I still have to upload pictures of Robin's finished cake from 2 weeks ago!
Also worth noting: the Michael's near me has finally opened! I went last weekend with my mom and managed to limit my spending to under $30. Proud of myself? Yes. Did my heart start racing at the sight of an entire corner of the store dedicated to Christmas? You betcha. Next Monday (not this monday, the monday that coincides with November 1st) is the first day after Halloween and you know what that means.....
Friday, October 8, 2010
I think it's safe to say that there's nothing quite like a grilled cheese sandwich. Whether you make it in a pan, in a press, or with an iron, with mozarella, with cheddar, with gouda, with brie, with extras or with ketchup.... grilled cheese sandwiches are like blank canvases on which you can create a masterpeice.
3. Pop Goes The Pumpkin Game
4. Sweet Candy Bar Desserts
- Chocolate crunch cake with milk-chocolate crunch and caramel sauce (100 Grand bar)
- Coconut and Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches (Mounds/Almond Joy)
- Malted-milk Cremes Brulees (Whoppers) *Good luck finding malted milk powder though. I CAN'T FIND IT!!
- Chocolate Peppermint Profiteroles (York Peppermint Patties)
- Peanut, Caramel, and Chocolate Tart (Snickers)
5. Healthy Living: 10 Feel-Good Things to do this October
7. Shocktail Hour
Looks like the wine will be flowing this weekend.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
3. Then take said cupcakes and place them around the piece de resistance:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
To make this delicious tart:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out thawed puff pastry into a rectangle and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet.
2. Core 2 apples and cut them into rings, so that the hole where the core was is in the center. Arrange them on the puff pastry.
*OR if you want to be fancier, using a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter, cut out circles from the puff pastry. Place apple ring on the puff pastry circle and then tuck the edges up over top of the apple (like in the picture above). You may need to seal this with a bit of egg wash.
3. Grate marble or cheddar cheese and sprinkle over top of the apples and puff pastry. Put into the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the puff pastry has started to brown. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and cut into desired sized peices. Eat while still warm.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Jamie's Good Things for October
3. The Event
Having been a huuuuge Lostie and having said goodbye to it recently, I was lost (ba-doom-ch) thinking about what show would replace it in my heart.
Sure I have Glee and Modern Family to keep me laughing (did everyone else laugh out loud at the great lines that Brittany S. Pierce had? And did everyone swoon over hunkiness incarnate John Stamos? The man is beautiful and, confession, sometimes I listen to his version of the Beach Boy's Forever on repeat). But I need a mysterious drama to keep me trying to figure out what's going on.
This show is it, ladies and gentlemen. If you loved Lost then give The Event a try! If you aren't trying to peice together the peices and anxiously waiting for the next episode after watching the first, then I'll give you a full money back guarantee.
4. Pumpkin Seeds
5. Breast Cancer Awareness
As many of you know, this weekend is the Walk/Run for the Cure.
I'm proud to support my Aunt who is walking in honour of the hundreds of thousands of women who have been affected by this disease, some of which she knows and has known personally.
If you can't take part in the worthwhile event, then please donate.
Visit http://www.cbcf.org/en-US/home.aspx or http://www.areyourunning.ca/ for more details
To everyone who has already donated: You're doing wonderful things!
Well, I'm back to watching episode 2 of The Event!
Have a fun Friday everyone :)