Category Food & Living

Hoppy Birthday Carrot Cake

At my graduation party, my senior year English teacher asked me what I was going to do when I had to leave my cat behind in Ohio. I just told her I didn’t want to think about it. Mittens has made winter break warm and fuzzy in spite of her ice cold heart, black as obsidian. […]

Galette Des Rois (Kings’ Cake)

Happy Epiphany! The twelve days of Christmas are officially over, but there are still more excuses for celebration. The Feast of the Epiphany, or the arrival of the three magi in Bethlehem to pay homage to the Christ Child, is not as widely celebrated in the US as it is in other countries, particularly France. […]

Chocolate Peppermint Trifle

Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday was full of joy and the blessings of family and fellowship. My family and I had a lovely day and lots of glorious food: eggs benedict for breakfast; turkey with all of its best flavorful friends, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc…; and, to finish off the day with a tremendous […]

Home for the Holidays & Gingerbread!

“Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread.” -William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost These cookies−the time I spent icing them will one day be the cause of my debilitating carpal tunnel, but it will have been worth it. I love how they turned out! Their decoration was quite an operation, […]

Ham and Cheese Pastry Pockets

With Thanksgiving behind us, now is the time to prepare for Christmas (and finals, but I prefer to look ahead to Christmas at the moment). Thanksgiving break was marvelous. I spent several days lounging around my grandmother’s house watching movies with my family, enjoying scrumptious food, and knitting, a lot. Per tradition, my family watches […]

Dorm Cooking: Pumpkin Chai Muffins

Trying to cook in a dorm is kitchen is quixotic at the best of times and absolutely absurd the rest of the time; but, somehow, it is worth trying anyway. If you have read the Series of Unfortunate Events, just think of the Baudelaires straining their pasta puttenesca with a window screen, and you will […]

Pumpkin Puree (For the Under-equipped Cook)

Rather than letting the pumpkin my parents bought me over fall break rot into a malodorous mush on my desk, I decided to put it to use in some tasty baked goods. Believe it or not, you can make your own pumpkin puree, even with nothing but and oven, a bowl, and a fork. When […]