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Honey Kissed Oatmeal Cookies

In Breads and Deserts on July 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

IMG_2184 I am in the process of moving, which means that my apartment is a hot, HOT mess.  I hardly know where anything is located, have to ninja over boxes to move between rooms, and am living off the sparse remains of my pantry.  Best moments.

Dinner recently has consisted of mixing two canned items together, warming them over the stove, and being grateful that the result tastes like food.  I don’t anticipate that I will be posting much for the next two weeks because no one really wants to look at canned black beans mixed with canned tomatoes over and over again.  I certainly don’t.

Speaking of two weeks, I just fully realized that I am moving in less than two weeks!  I feel like I just arrived in Albany (I moved here in early 2009). I started packing a few days ago but the reality of the immediacy of the situation didn’t really sink in until I took the pictures off the walls yesterday.  My comfortable, homey apartment looks very bare right now…IMG_2217

well… except for the piles of boxes…. did I mention using ninja moves to maneuver around my apartment?

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At least my cat is pleased with his new jungle gym.

I thought that I could handle a few weeks without grocery shopping or baking but the latter has proven to be incorrect.  After the sudden realization that I am moving super soon, I decided it would be an excellent idea to bake something… which involved unpacking some of the kitchen items and scraping together a recipe with those sparse remains that I mentioned above.

The resulting warm, chewy, sweet cookies were definitely worth the additional disarray.

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Strawberry Nut Bread

In Breads and Deserts on June 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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This weekend is the first weekend of strawberry season!  I have been patiently waiting for this weekend since last fall when the price of tasteless imported strawberries skyrocketed to $5.00 for one of those little plastic containers.  They are so dry inside that they hardly resemble fresh strawberries.

I went to my local U-Pick this afternoon and bought pounds upon pounds of strawberries- all for less than $10!  I forgot my camera and had to use my phone camera, so the picture of the field is a little shabby.

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I haven’t gone grocery shopping in quite a few days so I really had to scrounge around my kitchen to figure out what I could make with these freshly picked strawberries.

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I finally settled on making a strawberry bread, which I have never made or eaten before.  I based the recipe off this recipe from Workout then Cook.  I made a few minor alternations along the way but I basically used the same recipe.

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Whole-Wheat Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

In Breakfast on May 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

classic pancake stack

Growing up, my father rarely cooked for us; the culinary duties fell upon my mother (kudos to my mother!).  On the occasional weekend, however, my father would sneak down to the kitchen and whip up a homemade breakfast for my brother and me.  I absolutely loved these weekends because they put my father in a new role and gave us a reprise from the humdrum of cereal.  This little gesture made the entire weekend feel different and special.  Consequently, I use ‘special’ breakfasts as a way to connote that this weekend or morning is different from other days.

On that note: TODAY IS A MONDAY AND I AM NOT AT WORK!!!  OH SNAP, SNAP, SNAP!  I slept in until 9:30 today and one of my first thoughts when I woke up, right after “wow, it is really bright outside,” was “I am well rested and don’t have to go to work.  This deserves a special breakfast.”

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Basil Whole Wheat Pizza

In Main dish on May 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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Confession of a foodie: A mere two years ago, I was such a food n00b that I was shocked to learn that people could make pizza at home!  When someone suggested making their own pizza, I thought it was impossible because pizzas were clearly produced by a gigantic and magical pizza machine that we obviously lacked.  How were we supposed to create the same greasy monstrosity that Papa Johns pumped out of their pizza machines?

SHOCKINGANSWER:  People make their own pizzas all the time and they do not have to be loaded with grease and fat.

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