A bit of the good and the bad

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Grapefruit, which I enjoy sliced, is definitely a fruit I have grown to love over the years. However, I only eat it by itself. I’m sure there are plenty of recipes that use it, but I had never baked it, included it with a salad, or anything like that. I kind of always wanted to make grapefruit squares, a la lemon squares, but worried so much sweetness would overpower the flavor of the grapefruit.

Then I came across the recipe for the grapefruit, honey, and yogurt scones on The Way the Cookie Crumbles, and it remained on my “to-bake” list for over a year. Continue reading

Pumpkin something or another

I got kind of behind in posts. I know it’s spring, but here’s a recipe I made in the fall.

I really rely on butter and eggs when I bake, but I was intrigued by the idea of this eggless and butterless pumpkin cake business. In it, the only ingredients are a cake mix and a canned pumpkin and voila, a health(-ier) pumpkin cake. I was chatting with a coworker about it, then shortly after that I saw on Cupcake Crusaders the recipe for healthy cupcakes that involves adding cider into that equation. The idea of just pumpkin and cake mix sounded okay, but adding cider sounded even better to me. So I thought I might be able to do something similar with a quick bread. I already had Williams-Sonoma Banana Caramel Quick Bread on hand. I used Wells Banana Bread Beer instead of cider, and added a bit of rum to the mix, too.

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Oh, hey.

A few things…

1) I’ve been neglected this poor blog since I began graduate school at the beginning of the year. And I’m not going to lie, I’ve been kind of baked-out/foodie’d-out from the holidays, but I shall try to get back on board with posting when I can because I have a) a bit of a backlog of posts at the moment, and b) plenty of other recipes I’d like to share.

2) While I’ve been “away,” someone pinned one of my recipes, the buttery nipple cupcake one, which gave my blog a lot of hits. I don’t use Pinterest because I’m overwhelmed by the idea of it (I can barely keep up with the RSS feeds of other food blogs on Google Reader and on WordPress as it is), but I know so many people who do use it, so I think it’s great that someone thought my take on a recipe was worth pinning. I appreciate you stopping by, new readers. The pressure is on for this to be a not-so-terrible blog.

3) Lastly, I don’t usually talk about politics in public, but Go Ravens!

Loyal to the crown

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I consider myself a fan of British pop culture. I visited London when I was 14 and became pretty smitten with the region. However, when it comes to British food, I am not that knowledgeable. While I was in London, I was still a pretty picky eater and stuck to familiar foods (such as Subway). In terms of desserts, aside from candies I only had some vague understanding of puddings until I heard about Banoffee, which was mentioned in passing on a post on Free Food Boston. The name made me curious, and recently I looked for some recipes for this dessert.

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Donde esta Santa Claus? It’s Christmas Eve.

I adore the Christmas season and the flavors that come with it. I’m not very timely, but I was hoping to post something somewhat seasonal in time for the holidays. And here I am, just under the wire. I’ll try to have some other holiday posts before the New Year.

A few months ago, because of my love of cookies and cream treats, Cupcake Crusader Stacy pointed me in the direction of cookies and cream macarons at Lamill Coffee in Harbor East. She sent me a review from Bmore Cupcake, in which the author pretty much sold me on trying the cookie. So I went to the cafe and tried it, loved it, and vowed to return. I came back for brunch with my mother one Saturday before seeing the Nutcracker. Since I had the cookies and cream macaron the first time I came to Lamill, I opted for a different flavor, the peppermint chocolate macaron.

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Happy birthday to me (cha cha cha)

To celebrate my birthday, which was a month ago, I wanted to bake about 3 cakes and 2 desserts. From there I narrowed it down to one type of cupcake, one inspired by an alcoholic drink, sort of like the car bomb cupcake. I’d been toying with the idea of making a cake with incorporating the flavors of a buttery nipple shooter, which is made with butterscotch schnapps and Baileys. I found a triple butterscotch cupcake recipe a while ago and figured I could just replace the butterscotch frosting with a Baileys buttercream, which is included in the car bomb cupcake. Though the cupcake itself didn’t include schnapps in the recipe, I figured a naturally butterscotch flavored cake would be sufficient.

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