Archive for October 2011

Nutella Soufflé

Posted by on Monday Oct 31st, 2011

OTHER GROWN-UP TREATS: M&M Blondies; Raspberry Crumb Squares; Madeleines; Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

When you’re a kid, you have to search outside your home for candy. If you were anything like Phoebe or me, your pantry wasn’t exactly bursting at the seams with fruit roll-ups and Pepperidge Farm goldfish and other elementary-school goodies, and Halloween–today!–was the moment to go out and stuff yourself silly on the Tootsie Rolls, Twix Bars, and Peppermint Patties that generous neighbors doled out.

I think there’s a moment of awakening for most of us, around the time we first leave home for …

Leftover Jack-o-Lantern Dinner

Posted by on Sunday Oct 30th, 2011

Autumn Brisket and Pumpkin Chili • Spinach with Bacon Bits • Pumpkin-Chocolate Bread Pudding

Devilish Eggs (for Halloween!)

Posted by on Thursday Oct 27th, 2011

Not gonna lie: I’m a little bit obsessed with Halloween. When I was growing up, I did the witch and tiger thing. But by age 7, I had graduated to playing real people. People who your parents hope you’ll never become, not even on Halloween.

When I moved to New York City in 3rd grade, I traded my Laura Ashley sweater sets for ripped jeans from the GAP, and got introduced to rock. Green Day Dookie quickly made its way into my five CD “collection,” and for Halloween, instead of the usual variation of Disney princess, I bought a …

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf

Posted by on Wednesday Oct 26th, 2011

We’ve always loved a good loaf cake. Not only are quickbreads and their variations easy to make, but the ingredients are also easy to remember.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin, so today we’re bringing you a video version of one of our favorite quickbreads: pumpkin chocolate chip. Great for a pumpkin-carving party or any everyday eating this fall.

Cara’s Engaged!

Posted by on Monday Oct 24th, 2011

Big news to share!

I’m marrying Alex!

He surprised me with a ring a few weeks ago over chili and cornbread (the cornbread said “marry me?”). Homebodies that we are, we took a few weeks to bask in our excitement ourselves before sharing the news. He’s since started calling me wifey (a bit premature, I know). And I’ve tried to keep cooking him delicious food like this and this and this, so he wouldn’t feel, you know, misled.

We’re hoping to get married next fall. Wedding plans naturally revolve around food, so if you have delicious wedding ideas that’ll …

Horrifying Halloween Cocktail Party

Posted by on Monday Oct 24th, 2011

Warm Witch’s Brew • Ghoulish Gourd Crostini • Black Cauldron Cakes • Ghastly Ghost Dip • Trick, not Treat, M&M Blondies

Lemon Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

Posted by on Thursday Oct 20th, 2011

EVENT: Jill’s Birthday
VENUE: Cara’s Mom’s House, Long Island
TYPE: End of Summer Deliciousness
MENU: Hummus, Cheese, and Crackers; Surf and Turf (Lobster and Flank Steak); Grandpa Salad; Roasted Potatoes; Corn; Bread; Raspberry-Lemon Birthday Cake

To each her own.

This, I imagine, had to be my mom’s philosophy when my sisters and I were growing up. When you have three girls, I imagine, it can’t be easy to keep them out of each other’s hair.

Whatever Jill had, I wanted–even if it was a pair of patent leather sneakers, chunky platform clogs, or atrocious, square-toed …