Coconut Lemon Bars

July 29, 2011

coconut lemon bars | une gamine dans la cuisine

Where did the month of July run off to? I'm certain that spring was just here a week ago and June left only yesterday, so I have no idea why August is banging rudely on the door as though it's just played a round of Fuzzy Duck.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet

July 26, 2011

creamy dark chocolate sorbet

Of all the desserts that are in constant orbit around my untethered thoughts, ice cream out there with mercurial Pluto. Maybe not quite that far...My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza's...Neptune, ice cream would be Neptune. It's not that I dislike ice cream, it has some tough competition in the form of pie and cake and pie. Plus, ice cream is a little minx. As soon as you've built up a true craving for more spoonfuls or licks, it's gone; leaving a vicious circle of guilt + misplaced frustration over wishing you could have more (knowing that you shouldn't).

Mini Orange-Almond Cakes

July 22, 2011

There is this little unspoken pact that I have with...myself? I'm not allowed to complain about the weather for most of the year (but come winter, the gloves are off.) I'm almost always cold, ergo summer's counterpart and I are not always on speaking terms. But seriously July, a little break from the hell-fire inferno you've blasted us with wouldn't kill you. At least take things down to the double digits, please?

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

July 18, 2011

In the fruit family, blueberries are like the wild, free-spirited cousins who breeze into your life about once a year in between trips around the globe and beg you to take advantage of their brief opposed to bananas, who spend their days in a dusty bowl or waiting patiently at the bottom of a desk drawer.

Cook's Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe rewind)

July 17, 2011

Brown butter has to be is one of the best things in the entire world. It makes me happy just thinking about it, it makes other people happy when they smell it from another room, and it's the best thing to happen to a cookie since the invention of chocolate.

Coconut Cupcakes

July 14, 2011

Does anyone else get stage-fright when it's their turn in line at a coffee shop? As soon as I'm up, I can't remember the name or size of the drink I wanted, even though I had it all rehearsed as I was waiting. There is always a pregnant pause when I'm asked for my order, and I always end up saying something stupid by using ambiguous adjectives like 'medium', and 'cappuccino'. What makes it even worse is knowing that I used to work in a coffee shop. I'm guessing it's empathy pains, or karma.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Raisin Cream Scones

July 12, 2011

Despite the fact that my inner masochist put raisins in these scones, I can honestly say that I loved them. Normally raisins make me think of the small, snack-sized boxes that my parents used to stick into my school lunches (while everyone else got to wonderful things such as Ho Ho's or candy.) Raisins also conjure up hideous default-plaid catholic school uniforms, and numerous encounters with my nemesis, math.

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