I Think Thursday 2.26.15

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Again with a slow week around these parts!  Don’t worry, things will pick up soon.  Once I finish wading through the paperwork for our NEW HOUSE!  #adult.  More on that soon.

In the meantime, here’s what I’m thinking about, this Thursday:

  1. Craving those noodles up there.
  2. What Marilyn Monroe Ate for Breakfast.
  3. Such a cool idea – Be My Eyes: an app that connects blind people with volunteers via video chat, so they have help whenever they need it.  Amazing!
  4. I just like the mental image of feeding babies “heaping teaspoons” of peanut butter.
  5. The second episode of our (audio-challenged) And Eat It Too Podcast is up!  I swear one of these days we will figure out using microphones. (It’s also available on iTunes, hooray!)
  6. Someone get this man a “hello my name is GENIUS” sticker.  And then punch him in the face.
  7. I LOVE A CLEAN KITCHEN!
  8. Christina imitating Britney is so, so good.
  9. How gorgeous would these beauties look on your dining room table?
  10. Loving (& a little jelly of) Molly’s honeymoon pics.  Ileana’s too!
  11. I’m torn between Lupita and Emma and Reese.  Who was your pick for best dressed at the Oscars?
  12. Well this is just fantastic. #uptownfunk
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I Think Thursday 2.19.15

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Oh hi!

I made these cinnamon rolls from Sheet Pan Suppers last weekend for Valentine’s Day – I’d forgotten how unbelievable they are!  Just wanted to remind you.  And here, your Thursday thinks!

  1. This heartfelt SPS testimonial/review has me grinning from ear to ear.  Yay, Asha!
  2. Straight up loving this cover of Shake It Off.  On repeat.
  3. Why moms love emoji.  This is SO GOOD.
  4. Hot dudes reading on Instagram.  Hah.
  5. What happens when American kids try breakfasts from around the world? (Spoiler alert: cuteness ensues)
  6. Boston, I know you’ve got cabin fever, but is this a thing??
  7. Old Finnish people with things on their heads is amazing.
  8. Cara crushed this sheet pan biscuits & bacon thing.  And I’m slow-clapping her honey butter addition.
  9. Sarah and I are working on creating a podcast for you! We are working out some audio issues but so far it’s FUN.
  10. The Oscars are this weekend! I’ve seen approximately none of the movies nominated.  This guy has not only seen, but ranked all 60 films.
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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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One more sweet treat before the weekend!  Or for your weekend, as it were.

Because it’s almost Valentine’s day!

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And just as peanut butter loves jelly, and spaghetti loves meatballs, and Mr. Darcy loves Elizabeth — like macaroni is to cheese and chicken is to waffles and Johnny Depp is to Chocolat, it is inescapably true that red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting just GO.  Together.  Hand in hand.  Cake in mouth.

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And who are we to argue, anyway?

I like my red velvet cake with a heavy-handed spill of cocoa powder, for more of a chocolatey bite.  This means that the red coloring gets a little bit muddied, but I don’t mind.  The cakes come out out looking rich and dark, little Bordeaux-tinted lovelies, and soon that cream cheese frosting gets piled on and who’s even counting anymore?

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Heart shaped sprinkles seal the deal.

Happy Valentine’s day, friends!  Sending you love this weekend.

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I Think Thursday 2.12.15

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Happy Thursday, friends!  Today is my mama’s and sister’s birthday, so it’s an extra special one.  Here, some thinks:

  1. Remember those banana bread hearts?  They make for a fun Valentine’s Day project.
  2. Stefanie made Caesar Salad Garlic Bread from SPS and it looks DANG good.
  3. Cities (and people) are dirty & amazing.
  4. Great tip for reviving a bottle of flat champagne! (I feel like The Kitchn has been killing it lately.)
  5. Coming Soon!  ACCA-AWESOME.
  6. These lil chocolate pots de creme look sooo good!  Bonus points for being hecka easy to pull off.
  7. Say it ain’t so, Jon Stewart.
  8. What a fun cookbook roundup!
  9. How to fall asleep in under 1 minute.
  10. I used to work here!  Get yourself one of those Valentine’s Day box of goodies stat.
  11. Are fashion sweatpants a thing?  If so, I’m ON BOARD.
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Egg in a Heart in a Bread

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Whether you’re single or attached, Valentine’s Day is kind of the worst.

For the single, it’s a quiet kind of pity party, a big fat reminder of singledom (and what’s so bad about that, anyway?), and for the coupled, it’s a day of weirdly forced romanticism – diamond commercials (gag), expectations (flowers, at least), cheesy fixed price menus (molten lava cakes!) and exorbitant prices all around.  Ugh.

And yet.  I do love an excuse to bust out the heart-shaped cutter.  Like a heart-shaped, egg-filled piece of toast!

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Or four.  On a sheetpan!  Obviously.

The nice thing about these is that they all cook at once in your oven, so if you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day brunch or have a bunch of kiddos to feed, you don’t have to stand over the stove and make these one by one.

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Plus they’re cute!

But if they’re not your thing, you could always just go with chocolate.  Or cookies.  Or pizza!  But you know what they say… every kiss begins with Eggs in Hearts in Breads.  Or something.

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I Think Thursday 2.5.15

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It’s February already!  Double ewe tee eff.  Thanks for your patience this week – I promise to have a new recipe for you soon!  In the meantime, here are some Devil’s Food Raspberry Drip Cakes and your weekly thinks:

  1. Ina Garten is my hero for SO MANY REASONS. #sauternes
  2. How one 13-year-old boy helped raise 1M for his Brooklyn School.  Amazing.
  3. Tracy made my Baked Chicken Parm (from SPS) this week and she totally crushed it.
  4. Speaking of Sheet Pan Suppers, you can totally get a FREE ebook mini version just by signing up for this cool newsletter!  (Check out that recipe for Fajita Flank Steak w Peppers & Onions!)
  5. The key to a long life is light jogging?  I’m totally doing this right.  Emphasis on light.
  6. Butternut Squash Enchiladas sound sooo good right now.
  7. The New Yorker takes on anti-vaxers.
  8. The new epicurious is looking NICE.
  9. What’s the deal with Hellman’s these days?
  10. I’ve become obsessed with reading Dear Prudence columns.  I think it’s because I’m a Nosy Parker.
  11. Saved By the Bell is BACK.
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I Think Thursday 1.29.15

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Oh, that old thing?  That’s just some homemade stromboli that you might want to make on Superbowl Sunday.  The recipe is in my book!

ALSO, it’s Thursday!  Here are your linky thinks!

  1. In honor of the Superbowl this weekend: Bad Lip-Reading, NFL Style.  On the floor laughing.
  2. Brush less, floss more?  The Truth About Your Smile.
  3. Eat more cheese!  I’ll take some of that triple creme.
  4. Germaphobes beware, these 8 household items are hella germy.
  5. How To Negotiate.  GET IT.
  6. Are My Non-Stick Pans a Health Hazard?
  7. What happens to the bees in the winter?  The honeybee solution is amazing.
  8. My friend Lauren is a teacher AND an NFL cheerleader - watch her on the sidelines this weekend.  Go, Lauren!!
  9. A funny & insightful article on bone broth. (Spoiler alert – it’s just SOUP.)
  10. It’s too bad that SkyMall is folding, huh?
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Superbowl Rundown + BBQ Chicken Nachos

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So let’s just get this straight.  The east coast is trapped under an enormous blanket (okay, maybe more like a light sheet) of snow, and the SUPER BOWL is this weekend?!?

Yeah.  We’re going to need some snacks.

Commence Snackpocolypse!

In a snowstorm slash on game day, homemade snack mix is always appreciated.

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Sweet & Salty Snack Mix!

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Also meatballs.

And chili!  We’ve got a few options, chili-wise.

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Chicken Chili Stew is a good choice.

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Or we could go with Smoky Bacon Turkey Chili.  Extra chips please.

And if all else fails?  NACHOS.  Specifically, BBQ Chicken Nachos.  On a sheet pan, because OF COURSE.

I hope you’re all staying warm and cozy today, and full of snacks, to boot.

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I Think Thursday 1.22.15

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It’s Thursday!  And I just wanted to say thanks for all of your sweet comments and notes about Gramma.  Means so much to me.  She passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by her family.  She lived one hell of a life (one I’ll write more about, soon), and I’m sure going to miss her.

And in the good news department, the weekend is aaaaalmost here!

Here, some thinks to get you through:

  1. Steph from Girl Versus Dough made THE MOST gorgeous version of my Roasted Beet & Orange Salad with Pistachios & Feta from Sheet Pan Suppers!  Yay Steph!
  2. Did you hear the news? Wet Hot American Summer is coming to Netflix?!? Excuse me while I go fondue some cheddar.
  3. This doesn’t sound like GREAT news.
  4. What exactly IS umami?
  5. A few recipes from Sheet Pan Suppers were featured on Living Well Mag online!  I recommend those crispy potato rafts.
  6. Also, how cute is Gwendolyn at the Calgary Herald at making Baked Turkey Meatballs & Slow Roasted Tomatoes from SPS?
  7. The scoop on best choices when buying canned tuna. I guess it’s all about the poll/troll caught!
  8. Did you watch the State of the Union this week?  This part!  So good.
  9. Which booze rules in your state?  Seattle peeps are beer folk.  Extra hops.
  10. Check out these dope looking breakfast tacos!  Yes please.
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Giant Sprinkle Chip Cookies

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I don’t really know how to start this one.  My grandma had a stroke over the weekend, and she’s not doing well.  I’m on the west coast, and she’s back east.  I miss her.  I miss my family.

I had this cookie recipe ready and waiting to post this week…  I don’t know if I can really write about them properly today, but the recipe feels appropriate, somehow.  Gramma would like them, and I could use a cookie.

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I made these big guys (they were photographed next to a batch of World Peace Cookies, for scale) a few weeks ago, and stashed them, pre-scooped and ready to bake, in a ziplock bag in my freezer.  It was a good move.  I plan to pull one (or two) out today, bake them until crisp and brown at the edges, and dunk them, still warm, in a huge glass of milk.

Or vodka.  (It’s the Gramma way.)

Take a second and hug the people you love today.  Call your mom.  Celebrate the life around you.  And maybe have a cookie – a giant one, with extra sprinkles.

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Giant Sprinkle Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary.  Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated, then add the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the batter and beat on low speed just until incorporated.  Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix gently  to combine.

Use a 2-inch scoop (capacity is just about 1/4 cup) to portion the dough into balls and place them on the cookie sheet (no need to leave room between – we’re not baking yet, just chilling).  Allow the portioned dough to rest on the sheet pan in the refrigerator until firm, then transfer the dough balls to a ziplock bag and let them age in the fridge for 12-48 hours (alternatively, you could just bake them off without aging).

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, with a rack in the center, and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Place no more than 6 cookie dough balls on the sheet pan, spacing them evenly apart, and bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cookies have spread out and developed golden brown edges.

Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with remaining dough (I’ve found it’s best to just bake 1 sheet at a time).

Cookies will keep, well wrapped at room temperature, for about a week.

Makes roughly 25 cookies.

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