Sunday, October 31, 2010

Horror Night


Happy Halloween!

After a huge scare on the flight back from Boston this afternoon and my wig not getting here in time, I'm contemplating whether I should still go out or just take a big nap!

Stay safe whatever you end up doing!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies



I'm not pumpkins biggest fan but these whoopie pies were fantastic and really easy to make. They are now gone so here's the recipe so you can make me some.

Whoopie Pies
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/4 C granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
8 oz canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling

4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
6 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C powdered sugar

FOR WHOOPIE PIES:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on wire racks.

FOR CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.

Spread a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat side of one cookie; top with flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich.

This makes A LOT of mini pies. If you want bigger, use tablespoons to pour batter instead of teaspoons.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Happenings (or lack thereof)

Mise en place for braised short ribs with celery root puree and pearl onions.
I'm about $30K deep in student loans so allow me to use obnoxious terms such as "mise en place". By the way, celery, carrots & onions = mirepoix. I just saved you about $400.

Dulce de leche, chocolate banana and vanilla pumpkin from Buttercream Cupcakes.

Amy was down here this weekend and requested a simple breakfast.

I thought it was about that time to re watch the entire series. I do this every once in a while for uhh, perspective or something like that.

My breakfast obsession. Whole wheat waffles with fresh fruit. So quick I can make it on my 530am days without hating life.



I haven't been able to sleep well lately. That's not news to anyone but on more than one occasion, I've gone to school without so much as a "wink" of sleep. As soon as I lay my head down I just KNOW sleep isn't going to happen so I just get up and wait. I blame it on my unorganized mind. In order to clear my head, I decided to put myself on house arrest this weekend.

& aside from a quick trip to Kinko's and Bebe, I actually stuck to my plan. Having a fully stocked refrigerator helped, I'm sure.

I managed to get a ton of stuff done around the house and took some time to relax. It was exactly what I needed and I'm feeling a bit more caught up so hopefully my brain will shut the hell up and let me get some sleep this week.

Friday, October 22, 2010

mercadito



blanca's punch
white wine, brandy, pineapple, elderflower


taquiza de huevo con carnitas
scrambled eggs, pork carnitas, tomatillo pico de gallo, ancho salsa

carne tacos
rosemary marinated, potato-rajas-cactus fundido, avocado

pan mexicano
mexican french toast, cajeta, apple

I finally made it to mercadito for brunch. Awesome deal, awesome drinks. I love that this place isn't "in your face" Mexican. No mariachis just lots of tequila!

It's in Midtown right next to Sugarcane Raw Bar. That's next on the hitlist.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Best place to say goodbye









Before I took a plane back to Miami, Amy & I had a leisurely brunch at Society Coffee.

Evidently, it is not only the best place to have a conversation but it's also the best (and only) place to go for red velvet waffles. Weren't they pretty?


It was also the perfect place to have a toast to the douchebags.

We may have made a list, gave a grand speech for each asshole, clinked our glasses and sipped our Cheap Steves in their "honor".

Then we vowed to never speak or think of them again.

So long suckaaas.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Street Sweets







Amy & I hit up Street Sweets in the UWS for a little appetizer before Carts in the Parc.

Who does that?!

They were out of their famous whoopie pies so I had a macarella (coconut macaroon/nutella) and Amy had some sort of chocolatey cookie thing. We found a lonely bench nearby and pretended it was fall.

& I love the UWS in the 70's area. Loooove.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fatty Crab





My weekend in NY went by way too quickly. I usually manage to get a lot done in the short amount of time I'm there but this trip I feel like all I did was...walk. In very uncomfortable shoes, of course.

Saturday night, I put on my leather shorts and studded heel boots and what else, walked to the Village for dinner with Noelia (Raul's sister - she moved to NY in August) and her friend, Chantal.

I suggested Fatty Crab after Noelia said "I want to try some weird shit".

Well, I got the shit part right.

Everything was spicy. Nothing was yum.

"What is this massive cucumber doing on my slider? I hate cucumbers."

"So do I."

"So do I."

"This chili crab is good but too much work."

& it was $50. Really? Does that include a cab ride home?!

No. So we walked to a nearby diner for apple pie and brownie sundaes to fill the void Fatty Crab left in our guts.

& then I walked to the 14th street station.

& then I walked uphill, uphill, uphill to 130th & St. Nich where I consoled my soul and soles with leftover Magnolia's banana pudding.

Crappy meals make me crabby. A second dessert was necessary.

Monday, October 11, 2010

NY Wine & Food Festival: Carts in the Parc


















Highlights
+ Meeting one of my favorite bloggers, Miss. Molly Yeh. I like to call her Yay. She plays the xylophone and other instruments I know nothing about. And she's cute. Go visit her {mostly} food blog.
+ Meeting Top Chef Contestant Spike. I think he's super delicious in a weird "I want to give you my spare change and check your beard for lice" kinda way. Let's analyze the picture above shall we? Head leaned in...totally digging me. Arm around my shoulder...sign of possessiveness. As you can all clearly see, he's crazy about me.
+ Stuffing my face 'til I could no longer breathe properly - Taking a break - Going for round 2
+ That awesome picture of Doug, the owner of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck about to inhale my cone sorta made my day.

My favez
+ Big Gay Ice Cream Truck: The Salty Pimp (vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche, sea salt dipped in chocolate on a cone!!!) was as good as I dreamed it was. I've been twitter stalking the BGICT for a year but he was always off being a bassoonist when I was in NY. I made sure to get two.
+ Schnitzel & Things: It was the most satisfying thing I had & my empty stomach is currently craving some schnitz.


Lowlights
+ Uh, hello. 23 carts in one spot, hosted by the Food Network, Andrew Zimmern & TimeOutNY. There were no lowlights!
+ Actually, when I was tearing up the tongue slider and told Amy it was tongue, she proceeded with "Eeeeeeewww, yick!" and made me want to vom. She has the power to gross me out of otherwise delicious things sometimes. I've told her it's rude but she refuses to listen. I love her anyway. For her recap on the event including way more awesome pictures, go here.