Last week, I had the opportunity to check out Oli+Ve, a premium olive oil and vinegar tasting shop – a unique business offering for our city. There are three metro Atlanta locations, with the first one opening in March 2012. Here’s an introduction from their website: We are purveyors of the finest Extra Virgin Olive […]

Self-Rising Flour & Dumplings

I made it back to Atlanta Monday night via a long bus ride (13 hours!), and woke up the next morning to a chilly and damp Tuesday.  And what’s better for dinner on a cold rainy day than stew? …and what’s better than stew, than stew and dumplings? That’s right – I can’t think of anything […]

Gingerbread Roll Cake

Hello friends!  Happiest of pre-Thanksgivings to you (of the American variety, that is)! For the past few years I’ve done the “Thanksgiving Dessert Bonanza” here at n00bcakes, but this year, for the first time in a long time, my Thanksgiving is not being held in my home state of Georgia.  Instead, it’s being held in […]

Quad Cooker Demonstration

I was recently invited to a cooking demo of the Quad Cooker, a high-temperature, naturally fired cooker with the inventor, Ray Palermo. If you’re not familiar with the Quad Cooker from Kickstarter page, have a looky-loo at Kickstarter page or this video. “The Quad cooker grill cooks pizzas, steaks, and is the first naturally fired […]

Trick-Or-Treat Cupcake Recipe

You didn’t think I’d just do that lame round-up post for Halloween recipes did you? Actually, I did for awhile. >.>  But in the end I decided to damn the torpedoes (and my removed wisdom teeth – good times) to try an idea that popped into my head.  This one in particular, there being Halloween […]

Halloween Dessert Recipe Round-Up

Typically I find round-up posts silly (and maybe even a bit self-serving), but now that I actually have enough recipes to have one of my own, BRING ON THE DESSERTS! Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing Fancy some cookies?  Try out these chocolate sugar cookies with royal icing!  They’re a total pain, but with a […]

Funfetti Cookie Recipe

During my minimalism escapade (that is, of course, ongoing) I came across a lot of the various food decoration paraphernalia I’ve collected over the years, one of which was, of course, sprinkles (or “jimmies” if you’re from the northeast). A lot of sprinkles. >.> What’s more is that they were 90% seasonal sprinkles for Halloween […]

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Recipe

This is a recipe I’ve had rolling around in my brain for awhile now.  I recently realized I had all the right ingredients floating around my apartment, and since it’s still summery enough to whip up some ice cream, I got right on it! Back before I was drinking plain ‘ole joe on a daily […]

Easy Dahi Murghi Recipe

It’s time for another delicious recipe from Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking.  This is “Dahi Murghi”, or “Fragrant Yogurt-Braised Chicken”.  Unlike the Easy Murgh Masala I made previously, this is yogurt-based instead of tomato-based, so has a thicker, creamier sauce.  Again…you’ll have to excuse my inability to take a halfway-decent picture.  Any suggestions on doing this better? […]

WeddSplosion II Update!

I bet you almost forgot this was happening, didn’t you? I know that I sure did! It suddenly occurred to me last week that the time to practice baking wedding cakes was getting shorter.  In fact, I have approximately one month left for cake-baking, frosting-making, and decoration decisions until my brother’s wedding.  Suddenly I found […]

Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Somehow I’ve gone the entire  summer without making any ice cream.  This is a shame and a travesty, and I should be ashamed of myself (it’s bad and I should feel bad).  Here, let me make it up to you: I didn’t have much time to do any cooking blogging during July, so I’m a bit […]

Easy Murgh Masala Recipe

Heyo, lookit me, 2 posts in 2 weeks.  The pigs, they must be flying! Actually, I’m just slowly getting back into the swing of cooking regularly as opposed to eating out all the time.  Here’s one of my latest successes: I’m a bit sad that this picture doesn’t appropriately elucidate how delicious this recipe is or, […]

Lemon Tea Cookie Recipe

Hellooooo my darlings!  It’s been awhile, but you know what?  IT’S MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT! …but no really I’m sorry it’s been so long.  So many things going on!  But here.  Here’s an apology for my absence: These aren’t particularly pretty to look at, but these things are good – especially […]

Clone Brews: Affligem Abbey Tripel

For our latest foray into homebrewing, we looked to the Clone Brews book I got Adam for our paper anniversary. CloneBrews, 2nd Edition: Recipes for 200 Brand-Name Beers,* available on Amazon, is a pretty nifty book with a lot of copycat recipes for pretty reconizable beers. As it turns out, we hadn’t run across the […]

Surprising Food to Grill This Summer

Today’s post is a fun one from guest writer Bridget Sandorford – perfect for summer get-togethers! A flame-grilled steak and an ice-cold beer are a perfect treat on a hot, summer day. Grilling is synonymous with summer, but it’s most often limited to meats, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chicken, or steak. However, there […]