Thursday, October 31, 2013 Eye(cake)Balls!

Happy Halloween!
Today one of my lovely architecture friends, Lindsday-Loo, is guest posting on how to make Eye(cake)Balls.
Linds has appeared in a few posts already, the 'What's in the Fridge? Cabin Edition' & Orecchiette & Broccolini. When our group of architecture girls gets together (about once a year) it always involves delicious food, and lots of it! Other fun facts, her husband is an ophthalmologist making this haloween treat completely appropriate (and amuses me). I think you'll also catch a sneak peek of her furry sous chef, Maki, in one of these pictures, one of the sweetest, cutest puppy's ever.
Recipe adapted from the Epicurious, Basic Cake Balls

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cookie

I must have St. Louis on the brain this week. Gooey Butter Cake was a standard coffee shop dessert while I was in school. It came in a range of flavors, vanilla, chocolate, spiced chai (my favorite!), etc. A few years ago I found a recipe to make this treat into a cookie. It has since become one of my favorite cookies to make for Christmas. But a little pumpkin and spices make the typical Gooey Butter Cookie perfect for Fall!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Fettuccine al Carbonara Reprise

It has been a long time since I cooked Pasta Carbonara. Just over two years! CPB and I made it on a long distant date night when I lived in the Northwest for a year. This pasta dish is rich and creamy without actually containing any cream. Bacon, Tomatoes & Cheese are possibly my three favorite foods and they're all in this delicious Pasta. I've used diced Tomatoes in the past but I switched to Pearl Tomatoes, halved. I hope you enjoy this decadent savory treat!

Monday, October 28, 2013 'Our' Soup

It's Fall! It's Fall! 
I guess it's has been officially fall for over a month but at the end of September it was still 80+ degrees in San Diego. The weather has finally started to cool, it was a chilly 60 something when I went to work this morning. I know it's ridiculous but I find that cold. I've been craving this soup for a while but couldn't bring myself to make it while it still felt like Summer. 

In architecture school my roommate and I had two similar recipes, both Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato soups but slightly different. We combined the two recipes and came up with 'our soup'. I'm not sure we made it exactly the same way twice so the recipe below is a delicious approximation. 

Friday, October 25, 2013 Chocolate Dipped Caramel Rice Crispy Treats

Everyone loves rice crispy treats! (Right? I think so.) For me, they bring back memories of after soccer game snacks and class parties. This is the grown-up version of the delicious childhood dessert. Caramel is mixed with the cereal and the chocolate topping is a wonderful addition to this sweet treat. Baking buddy, MMcK, made these to bring to work and they disappeared, luckily I snagged a few before they were all gone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 What's in the Fridge, Cabin Edition

Last month I went to New England! It was an amazing week, one of my best friends from architecture school got married in New Hampshire and about a dozen of my friends from school were able to attend. We stayed in an AMAZING cabin (to James!) and had an wonderful time. There were plenty of lovely wedding festivities, hiking and one amazing family dinner. This is the pasta dish Lindsay-loo and I put together, it's great for a large group, easily multiplied and just as delicious in small batches. (There are some similarities to the Orecchiette & Broccolini Pasta we made when my architecture ladies visited San Diego last year.)

Monday, October 21, 2013 The Fat Chewy, M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

MMcK & I had a Beer and Baking night! However, no beer was used in the making of these cookies. :) We baked 13 dozen cookies that night. Half of the cookies were the ones in this post, the Fat Chewy. They are chewy and full of chocolate, two ways. This is MMcK's recipe, and I only have the one image, they were eaten before I could get any more pictures. I think these are one of CPB's favorite and will definitely be made again (and again)!


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