bittersweet citrus tart.
blueberry pie.

chocolate pot de creme.
strawberry rhubarb crisps.
pumpkin teacake
molten chocolate cakes with raspberries
strawberry rhubarb jam bars.

I'm too tired for coherent sentences, but this is some of what I've been up to.



I've been thinking about my little corner of the internet lately. Blogs are really weird; posting lots of personal information about your life to the world and wanting people to read it baffles me. For all I know google blogs probably owns all my writing and pictures now, maybe even my soul. For quite some time, I slowly got addicted to reading food blogs (the good ones are like free, unedited, and frequently updated cookbooks), but I had no interest in starting my own. Then it sort of just happened one snowy weekend and was sort of exciting for reasons I can't quite explain.

Most days I do think it's great that there is a "community" of people now sharing information, experiences, and passions. These days connecting with people via the internet is common place, which I still find a little strange. But, when I stop and think about it, I have found most of the jobs I've had through the internet and my car and bikes (thank you craigslist). Technology is quite the conundrum, I don't want to like it, but I'm indebted, reliant, and addicted to it.

Anyhow, despite pondering blogging for a while now, I have yet to come to any profound conclusions. Most of the time it's rewarding, it's also a little embarrassing. Sometimes I read old posts, turn red and wonder what I was thinking. Also, ever since I started this blog I have noticed that my mom doesn't call me as much (no hard feelings mom!).

After all that babble, I guess I will keep sending personal information into cyberspace despite my sporadic misgivings.


Today's baking adventures

Vanilla bean cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

Unfrosted waiting patiently.
Chocolate chip cookies.


Oh my, pie

Key Lime pie.
Blueberry pie.

Pies seem to solve all problems. They're lovely any time of day, they are homey yet elegant, and even better with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream. I'm a fan.

Things are going better in the kitchen these days. My menu is coming together; I'm figuring out what works and what doesn't. I also got out at a reasonable hour today, which is quite nice indeed. It's a rainy day and I think I'll take a nap this afternoon, I need it.

Friday night I only got 3 hours of sleep because I was at the Jazz festival in downtown Burlington with friends from Wilson, but it was wonderful to see them and I realized I know more people in Vermont than I thought.


Just, you know, baking...

No-Bake White Chocolate Pie. Recipe courtesy of Dorie Greenspan. I tried this pie for a new dinner dessert today and I was happy with how it turned out. I'm not a big fan of white chocolate and usually don't bake with it, but in this recipe I think it works well.
Chocolate chip cookies for days. You would not believe how many cookies I go through. I'm on the look out for new cookies recipes.

That's all for now. If you want any recipes I have them. I have changed all the quantities on my recipes, so I haven't been posting them, but if any of you want a recipe just hollar.



Dayz Off

Yesterday and today were my first two days off, though I actually did quite a bit computer work. As I go through the menu I'm figuring out quantities and tweaking recipes; so, I've been typing revised recipes, writing an updated menu, and organizing my huge baking binder. It was still nice to be out of the kitchen for a few days.

I don't have too much more to report. I'm just looking forward to mastering all my recipes and getting done each day at a reasonable hour. I'm learning that many of my dinner desserts have to be made the day before so that they are set so that I can cut them. So the next few days I may be working late in order to get to prepping for the next day. Pretty boring update, but this is what's been on my mind these days.