I Think Thursday 12.18.14

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Happy Thursday, friends!  Here, your easy-to-digest Thursday thinklings (lots of videos this week!):

  1. Want the recipe for those Coconutty Ganache Thumbprints up there? Grab a copy of Sheet Pan Suppers! (p.266 yo)
  2. Have you seen the 31 Days of Pie over on Matt Bites? This Double Chocolate Malted Tart looks insane.
  3. Newest trailer for Pixar’s next movie, Inside Out!  Can’t wait to see this one.
  4. The cutest, most edible menorah you ever did see.
  5. More a capella, this time mixed with some Johnny Cash. SO GOOD.  I loved these guys on The Sing-Off.  Did anyone else watch that show? #NickLachey
  6. More MORE a capella, and possibly the best parody of T. Swift’s “Shake It Off” I’ve seen yet… bonus points for the helpful explanation of how to actually play dreidel.
  7. Remember these Chewy Gingerbread Chocolate Chunk Cookies? I want one.
  8. These British kids are adorable, even when they don’t get the presents they’re expecting.
  9. Did you catch yesterday’s holiday Mollygram?  It’s for YOU!

Thanks for popping by today.  Enjoy the (almost) weekend!!

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

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It’s Monday!  That’s the bad news.  But it’s not really bad news because Mondays are just days, aren’t they, and we’re all in this together and it’s almost Hanukkah and also Christmas so let’s just get into it and make some cookies!  Okay?

Let’s do it.

Blondies are considered cookies, yes?  I’m going with yes.  Because they feel like a cookie in your hand.  They taste like cookies.  They’re chewy and substantial and tender, stuffed with butter (two and a half sticks! Get after it.) and and gingerbread spice, and also some white chocolate, too.  Like cookies!  They’re just, you know… square.

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And what’s wrong with being square, anyway?  Huh?

I mean, so what if someone a cookie is into re-reading Harry Potter on a Friday night and just saying no to drugs and wearing regular tops that aren’t cropped?  …SO?

Layoff me, gosh.

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I mean, um, layoff the cookies.  They’re mine and I’m not good at sharing.

White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies!  To make your Monday a little bit sweeter.  Warmer, too, and richer with spice.  Happy almost-holidays!

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Apple Crumb Pie

 

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It’s Pie Day Friday again!  Thank goodness.

This week in Seattle has been pretty dark and rainy and a little bit tired, too, so a fat slice of Apple Crumb Pie seems like the right thing to do today.

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I brought this pie to a big family dinner last weekend.  All of the cousins can’t be together on Christmas, so we celebrated a few weeks early with big plates of homemade macaroni and cheese, fake Santa beards/reindeer antlers, and plenty of pie to go around.  Plus ice cream, because warm pie duh and also because Christmas.

I love the warmth and comfort of homemade apple pie.  On a chilly, windswept and drizzly day, is there anything better?  Flaky, all-butter crust meets spiced and yielding apples meets crisp and oat-y crumbles.  Say it with me: YES PLEASE.

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And I love how easily this pie turns from dessert into breakfast, without even batting an eyelash.  It just makes sense and feels right so let’s just hold hands and eat some pie, okay?

Ice cream optional (but not really).

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I Think Thursday 12.11.14

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Well how do you like that?  It’s THURSDAY!  Here’s this week’s list of thinks:

  1. If you like winning stuff, enter this cool giveaway to win some awesome OXO cooking gear!
  2. Is Better Vanilla Extract Worth the Price?
  3. Whoa, check out this mashup of 2014’s biggest hits.  T. Swizz gets some major love (which, of course, I love).
  4. Amber made the Fancy Tuna Melts from Sheet Pan Suppers and they look PERFECT!
  5. Obama fills in for Colbert and it’s excellent.
  6. So interesting and fun — Diverse Holiday Feasts from 5 New York Families. I’m in for the Jewish-Japanese Christmas meal.  Which table would you choose?
  7. Ladies and gents, IT’S HERE: the 2014 Hater’s Guide to the Williams Sonoma Catalog.
  8. I’m a real sucker for (adorable, British) A Capella groups + Mariah Carey Xmas.
  9. Ugh Sarah is the just the cutest.
  10. Speaking of little cakes, remember these Meyer Lemon Gingerbread Muffins?  They’re the perfect snack for holiday house guests!

Happy almost weekend!

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Pie Day Friday!

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Happy Pie Day Friday, everyone!

Today, I’m bringing back this creamy, dreamy gem.  Peanut Butter Pie!

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Peanut buttah.  Pie.

This is one of those entirely rich, entirely indulgent recipes, perfectly built for the holiday season.  Cookie crumbs.  Cream cheese.  Peanut butter.  Sweetened condensed milk AND heavy cream!

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This is a party.  Inside of a pie.

Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!!

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I Think Thursday 12.4.14

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HEY!  It’s Thursday again, and what a lovely Thursday it is!  Here are some thinklings for this week:

  1. How We Became “Totally Obsessed“… I’m sooo guilty of this. #obsessed
  2. Blackberry & Thyme Infused Vodka OKAY?
  3. Get in on this Cookie Advent Calendar action.
  4. Sandra Lee’s Drunk Christmas Tree.  Too.  Much.
  5. Do you know Kristin?  I love her blog!
  6. Want to learn how to make chocolate candy bark (above)?  Buy my cookbook!
  7. This lip pencil is gorgeous in person.  I love the bright “edie” color!
  8. How to make a hit pop song!  With a bassoon.  Hysterical.
  9. But wait.  How to make a hit CHRISTMAS pop song!?  This guy is good.
  10. Kitten-shaped marshmallows are real.  So there’s that.
  11. These gorgeous nutella cookies are going to be my next baking project, yep yep.

PLUS, check out these recipes from Sheet Pan Suppers on the interwebs:

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Quick Chicken & Baby Broccoli with Spicy Peanut Sauce

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It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s publication day!!!!

Can somebody hand me a large glass of wine, please?

I mean, my nerves are in knots and my palms are super sweaty, but IT. IS. HERE!  Sheet Pan Suppers.  Two years of work, in cookbook form!  Is anyone else freaking out a little bit?

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…Just me?  Cool.

In honor of publication day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite weeknight recipes from the book – this Quick Chicken & Baby Broccoli with Spicy Peanut Sauce!

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Peanut sauce (or peanut “snauce,” if you’re my sister) should be it’s own food group, as far as I’m concerned.  This one is sweet and tangy and spicy, and you could probably get me to eat an old boot if it were covered in enough of the stuff.

As it is, we’ll thickly slather it on thinly sliced chicken breasts and tender broccolini, and the whole thing will cook — you guessed it — on a SHEET PAN, under the broiler, in about twelve minutes!

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Happy publication day!  If you’re feeling it, go buy yourself a copy of Sheet Pan Suppers from your local bookstore, or from any of these online retailers:

Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  IndieBound |  Workman

Thanks for your support, friends!  You rule.  #sheetpansuppers!

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Salty Chocolate Cream Pie (+ Giveaway!)

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It’s a special edition of #PieDayFriday!  Today I’m bringing this salty chocolate cream pie to a Friendsgiving Potluck hosted by Renee at Will Frolic For Food, and featuring J. Q. Dickinson Salt Works!

You know, just in case you didn’t get your fill yesterday (#thanksgiving).

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…What?  More pie is always a good move.

This was actually my first-ever attempt at a chocolate cream pie, and I’m prettyyyyyy pleased with how it turned out.  There are three different components at work here, all of which are surprisingly easy to pull off.  One: dark chocolate cookie crust.  Crush and mix.  Easy.  Two: creamy chocolate pudding.  The most involved step of all (melt, whisk, boil, strain), but still, easy.  And three: fresh whipped cream.  Whip whip whip.  Eaaaasy street dot com!  Plus extra salt for flavor and a small avalanche of chocolate shavings because we’re not savages, jeez.

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As I mentioned above, this virtual Friendsgiving celebration is sponsored by J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, a rad company out of West Virginia that harvests super fresh, clean-tasting sea salt (from an ocean source that flows underneath the WV Appalachians, OBVI), and they were kind enough to provide me with an extra jar of their delicious sea salt to give away!

So if you’re interested in a nice lil jar of hand-harvested sea salt amazingness, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Thanksgiving dish, or tradition, or whatever, and I’ll choose a winner on Monday evening (December 1st)!

Contest is over!  Thanks friends!

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Happy #PieDayFriday, all! wait! there’s more…

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I Think Thanksgiving Thursday!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, LOVELIES!  Let me guess: you’ve eaten all the eats, drunk (all) the drinks, and now you’re looking for fun stuff to entertain you online while you hang around with your favorite cousins and attempt to come out of a stuffing-induced coma.

Am I close??

  1. Artist Removes One Letter From Famous Movie Titles & Illustrates the Results
  2. Did you call the Butterball Hotline today? (I love that this exists.)
  3. Remember the Serial Podcast I mentioned a few weeks back?  This parody is too good.
  4. Have you seen this hilarious SNL music video?  BACK HOME BALLERS.  #accurate.
  5. Speaking of music videos, BRUNO MARS.  So good.
  6. Munchkin the Shih Tzu is a dog dressed like a bear and she seems to be getting lots of traction.
  7. These vintage food advertisements are… special. What would I have to pay you to try some “Fiesta Peach Spam Bake?”
  8. Meet my friend Sarah!
  9. This sweatshirt!  Cutest.  You could wear it to brunch with jeans OR to a holiday party!
  10. Have you checked out all of the incredible recipes people brought to Renee’s virtual Friendsgiving this week?  Check back tomorrow for my (chocolatey) contribution (plus a giveaway)!
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