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Pumpkin butterscotch cookies

October 30, 2017

Pumpkin butterscotch cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes, which I posted to my old blog many moons ago. (I *believe* I got it from the Libby’s Pumpkin website way back when, but I’m not 100% sure) The cookies are a big hit every time I make them, and while I typically bake them in October as a Halloween treat, they’re also great for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving/whatever.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 cup canola or corn oil
  9. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer.
  4. Add the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla and mix until blended. It will turn the color of Halloween and smell like cake batter.
  5. Add the flour mixture slowly, until it is thoroughly blended, and the batter is thick.
  6. Stir in the butterscotch morsels.
  7. Line two baking sheets with wax paper and spray with cooking spray (or just use a silicone baking mat).
  8. Using a small spoon, scoop globs (there’s no other word for it — you’ll understand if you make them) of the dough onto the lined sheets. ***Do not make the rounds too big! I did that at first, and ended up with massive pumpkin pillows. Try to keep them neat and cute.***
  9. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 16 minutes.
  10. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for five minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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How to cook bacon perfectly

July 9, 2015

Like most people with functioning mouths, I enjoy eating bacon. And I’ve finally found the best way to cook it so I don’t end up with grease everywhere and curly, unevenly-cooked bacon.

The Secret to Perfect Bacon

1. Take the package of bacon from the fridge and let it sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes, slowly going from chilled to something nearer to room temperature. (Even letting it sit for 10 minutes helps.)

2. Put the bacon into a room-temperature pan — not a pre-heated one — and cook it over medium/medium-low heat until it’s done.

3. Enjoy your crispy and flat bacon.

I can’t remember where I read about this method, but it works so well. Apparently when cold bacon hits a hot pan, it immediately curls up. But when the pan isn’t hot and the bacon isn’t cold, it cooks evenly and stays nice and flat. I’ve been doing this for a few months and it’s worked perfectly every time!

My new favorite breakfast sandwich

July 1, 2015

Last month, Eric and I had breakfast at the Civil Service Cafe in Bed-Stuy. Their menu isn’t huge, so we both ordered the same breakfast sandwich, which comes with two scrambled eggs, tomato, cheddar, lettuce, cucumber, and roasted pepper pesto. And it was SO GOOD.

I would never think to put lettuce and cucumber on a breakfast sandwich, but it added freshness and a bit of crunch that I really liked. I was so inspired that the next morning, I went and bought everything I’d need to make my own version.

I started with a single egg cooked using this method. (I’d tried to make an egg that way a couple years ago and it didn’t go very well, but this time it went perfectly, and I’ve been using it for egg sandwiches ever since.) While the egg and cheese were on the stove, I spread some Sabra roasted red pepper hummus on the top half of a potato roll. When the egg was done, I added it to the roll along with avocado slices and thinly-sliced cucumbers and green peppers. (I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes and our lettuce had suddenly gone bad.)

Definitely recommend!

My favorite summer breakfast

May 28, 2015

Cottage cheese (4 percent fat) + fresh fruit (berries and pineapple are my favorite) + coffee + almonds or peanut butter on the side.

Cottage cheese

I learned to love cottage cheese the summer I interned in NYC in college; once I finally stopped expecting it to taste like yogurt and started expecting it to taste like cheese, something clicked. Now I love it with fruit for a light summer breakfast (that has the added benefit of not dirtying up any pans).

P.S. After eating too many messy meals at my desk (I’m looking at you, Chipotle salad in your shallow cardboard dish) and feeling kind of self-conscious about it, I decided to get myself a placemat. Life-changing.

The best maraschino cherries

May 22, 2015

The past few times Eric has ordered an old fashioned at a bar, the maraschino cherries added for garnish have been amazing. On the last occasion, we were so moved by the delicious cherries that we started discussing making our own at home. The bartender—who was particularly nice/chatty/awesome (and also happened to be from Houston!)—overheard us and told us not to bother because she had the secret: Luxardo cherries. “You’ll buy them in a huge can that’ll cost about $100,” she told us. “But it will last you like a year.”

Luxardo cherries

We found them pretty much just as described on Amazon; the 6.6-pound can cost $77. (You can also get a 14-ounce jar for $20 on Amazon or from Williams-Sonoma.) The retro, bright yellow can is pretty huge (and, admittedly, a splurge), but the cherries apparently have a shelf life of about three years.

Luxardo cherries

Luxardo cherries don’t look like the neon red maraschino cherries I grew up eating on ice cream sundaes; they are dark red—almost black—and float in a viscous red-brown syrup that resembles a number of disgusting things. But the Luxardo cherries taste SO MUCH BETTER than the maraschino cherries I’m used to. (And I say that as someone who really loved eating the bright red maraschino cherries over the years.) I don’t like old fashioneds but I do like eating the cherries straight out of the can as a little treat, and I’m excited to try them on some different ice cream flavors this summer.

One added bonus of buying the big can is that we can now scoop cherries out into smaller jars for a perfect little housewarming/thank you/hey friend what’s up gift whenever we need it. You could also buy a big can in the winter along with a bunch of little jars, and then dole out a bunch of great $10 gifts.

Buy them here!

Further reading:

Who Made That Maraschino Cherry?

An Unscientific Taste of Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo PSA: Don’t Store Your Cherries in the Fridge

Cherries’ Garish Glory Revived

Eric also recently tried these cherries recently and found them completely vile.

The best roasted bell peppers

May 14, 2015

bell peppers

Photo: Give Me Flour

Last night, I spent some time watching Mad Men and chopping up vegetables to make these amazing roasted bell peppers. My favorite way to eat them is on bread with whipped feta but last night we had them with perfect chicken, couscous, and roasted Brussels sprouts. I’m also planning to throw them in an omelet this weekend. They are just so light and summery! Definitely worth making. 

The week in review

April 19, 2015

This week was pretty good—there was a very fun day spent in a nail art shoot, an afternoon trip to the ice cream truck, lots of literal LOLs at my desk thanks to my funny coworkers, and some good after-work shopping.

ice cream

But this weekend was a blast! Yesterday, New York FINALLY got the weather we’ve all been waiting for. It was 70 degrees and sunny and everyone went out to play. For me, it was one of those lovely New York City days where you just basically spend your time eating and then walking to your next food destination.

nyc day

Eric and I started our day with breakfast at Brunswick (I had the avocado toast, which was fancy, yummy, and quite filling), and then took the train to High Street because we’d been wanting to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. (If you haven’t ever done it, it’s a fun little thing to do!) After we crossed into Manhattan, we walked up Broadway all the way to 19th Street (stopping here and there to browse interesting-looking shops) until we got to our next destination: Dough. After Dough, we went to Fishs Eddy, a store I had never been to before (um, WHY NOT?) and it filled my heart with so much joy.

RBG mugs

After the longest wait for the F train maybe ever, I headed to Macondo for a late brunch with a group of my black female coworkers. Everyone showed up in bright spring colors and great moods. I had the chicken chilaquiles (good, though a little spicy!) awith my bottomless mimosas, and it was just a wonderful few hours.

macondo

Later that night, Eric and I walked to the grocery store to get some soup later in the evening (because, unsurprisingly, I was kiiiind of out of appetite at this point) and then we spent the rest of the might watching Scandal. (Which: UGH. I know it’s been over-the-top since the first season, but this season is basically unwatchable. We hadn’t watched the last six episodes until this weekend because I just needed a break from it.)

I’d planned to have a lazy day today but…that’s not how it worked out at all! Eric said he wanted to go to a diner for breakfast, so we decided to try Park Plaza after seeing it in this article. It was a good choice choice; Park Plaza is pretty much the definition of unfussy, and the food was pretty good. (Eric’s challah French toast was SO delicious.) From there, we wandered around Brooklyn a bit, and then headed into the city. (On the way, I spotted Joanna Goddard‘s husband and son Toby on the train, which was kind of funny/weird.) Once in the city, we did a lot more wandering, mostly in the pursuit of new, comfortable work/commute shoes for both of us. (Apparently, yesterday we took about 20,000 steps and today we took 24,000! So yeah, we’re both thinking a lot about shoes.) It was just another really lovely day!

Here are some other highlights from the week…

Reading

Things That Scare Me, Design*Sponge. “Do you know what it feels like to have an entire forum of people devoted to hating you and your work publicly, year after year? I do. And a lot of other people do, too.” I just love when Grace Bonney writes from the heart like this.

The Perfect American Road Trip, Shareably. Fun! 

Behind the Scenes of Barbie’s Insanely Popular, Painstakingly-Produced Instagram, Racked. God, I love that Instagram.

The world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, CBS News. Nice.

Planning For A Future We Can Actually Imagine, BuzzFeed. I LOVE this essay—which was written by one of my coworkers (who I just adore)—on attending a gay wedding expo. *Cry warning*

Growing a Minimalist Wardrobe: Affordability, Reading My Tea Leaves. Good tips for anyone who is trying to build a grown-up wardrobe.

How Living in a Tiny Apartment Made Me Happier and Saner, Apartment Therapy. I’ve always preferred smaller living spaces so I appreciated this.

Here’s Why You Should Make Your Bed Every Single Day, BuzzFeed. I judge people who don’t make their bed daily tbh.

Amy Schumer Made the Perfect Send-Up of Booty Anthems, Slate. This video made me LOL and the song got stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Worth it.

How Outlander Finally Won Us Over, Tom & Lorenzo. If you’re not watching Outlander yet…maybe this will convince you! (And if you are watching, I really enjoyed this kinda relevant history lesson.)

31 Black Girls Who Slayed Prom 2015, Coloures. Will give you life.

The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed, The Atlantic. Relevant to my life, and also worth reading if you’re interested in journalism.

Dat cover.

Writing

A genius trick for fancy chalkboard writing

What’s The Most Underrated Place To Buy Bras And Underwear Online? 

17 Times Every Bride Is Thinking “CAN U NOT?”

21 Women Who Slayed In Their White Jeans 

25 Lazy Couple Wedding DIY Ideas

The week ahead…

Dinner/drinks with friends/coworkers, drinks with an old friend, and avoiding the rain!

Starch Madness

March 31, 2015

After my friend Tashween threw a fantastic waffle party in January, I knew I wanted to throw a specific-food-themed party of my own. Since potatoes in any form are my favorite food—and I will happily defend them as the PERFECT food—I went with a potato party!

Here was the menu:

– Baked potato bar with chili, green onions, butter, sour cream, two kinds of shredded cheese, salsa, and chopped bacon.
– Baked sweet potato bar with butter, chocolate chips, cinnamon, pecans, and dried cranberries.
– Tator tots
– Waffle fries
– Classic potato chips with French onion dip
– Deep River Snacks rosemary and olive oil kettle cooked potato chips (I had never had these before but I wanted some fancy potato chips so I ordered these from Fresh Direct and OMG. I don’t even really like potato chips and I could have easily eaten a whole bag of these myself.)
– A batch of Southern Comfort punch (I haven’t made this in a few years and had forgotten how great it is!) along with beer.
– Grocery store birthday cake and ice cream

The menu was remarkably easy and inexpensive to put together—definitely the easiest party prep I’ve ever done. (Really, getting the apartment ready took up the most time.) We found that the tator tots and waffle fries (along with the punch) were the biggest hits. If we were to host another potato party (and I hope we do, next year!) I’d find a better way to keep the potatoes warm since people were arriving/eating throughout the afternoon, and I’d make it clearer that the sweet toppings were meant for the sweet potatoes. I’d also serve mashed potatoes and gravy and/or cheesy potatoes. But really, it was all fine! We had a really good turnout and it seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves. I mean, it’s hard to go wrong when you ply people with potatoes and whiskey, and have a 7-hour playlist that includes “Back That Ass Up” on shuffle.

I’m a big fan of midday parties for adults; I find that people are likely to come because they don’t have other party plans and aren’t as likely to be worn out from their day and wanting to stay in. And it’s nice as a guest because you still have the option to go out later…or to just call it a night and still feel like you did something social. (Note: if you do this, people may just turn it into an evening party, which is what happened in our case. The last guests didn’t leave until 11:00!)

Another idea I stole from Tashween was to create a party-themed guest Wifi name and password. (It’s pretty easy to do this through your Internet provider’s website.) So our network name was “Starch Madness” (all credit is due to Eric for that one) and our password was “tatersgonnatate.” I included that in the invite, along with this fantastic gif:

The week in review

January 11, 2015

This week, I attended my first waffle party!

waffle party

You may be wondering, what, exactly, a waffle party is. Well, my coworker invited a bunch of people over to her apartment where she had three waffle irons, pitchers of waffle batter, tons of delicious toppings, and additional foods like waffle fries and ingredients for additional foods to make in the waffle irons (quesadillas, grilled cheese). So…a waffle party!

waffle party

waffle party

It was great! She also included her wifi info in the invitation and the network was “waffles,” which I thought was a really nice touch. I also appreciated the midday time (2:30-6:30). More super-specific food parties on Saturday afternoons, please!

This week was also memorable because of the cold and snow in New York.

I was unfazed by the weather (and kind of enjoyed the pretty snow), but our poor dogs have not experienced snow and cold temperatures before. Chuck was basically traumatized. He’d start hobbling on just three paws, and then would attempt to hop around on two, before finally coming to sit down on my foot/leg to let me know he’d had enough. On the third day, the coldest day, he did that again…and then started to cry when I tried to make him walk back to the apartment. Not a full-on shriek, but not a whimper either. I ended up carrying him back to that apartment (where he was very sulky) and starting the process of finding decent dog booties. The ones from Petco wouldn’t stay on and the XX-small Muttluks we ordered were a bit too big; here’s hoping the “tiny” Muttluks work out this week!

Other things of note from this first week of the new year…

Reading

First, books: I finished Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War and ended up really loving it. Now I’m reading I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet for my work book club. 

Also:

12 Historical Women Who Gave No F*cks, BuzzFeed.

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad, The Atlantic.

In Marriage, Beware of Big Boxes, The New York Times.

A Chat with Alexandra Billings, Trans Activist & Transparent Actress, Jezebel.

I’d Love To Help My Wife Do The Dishes, But I’m Trapped Under Something Heavy, The Toast.

Michael Brown, Sr. and the Agony of the Black Father in America, Esquire.

Life Without Police, The Marshall Project, and Why Black New Yorkers Like Me Are Celebrating the NYPD Work Slowdown, The New Republic.

The Other Half Of the Story, Sports Illustrated.

U.S. Bishops Take Aim at Sterilization, ProPublica.

Listless, leggy dolls: How the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show desexualizes sex, Salon.

The Intercept’s ‘Serial’ Trolling Is Just Mind-Boggling, Medium.

Entertained by

13 Feminist New Year’s Resolutions.

The first episode of “Invisibilia,” NPR’s new podcast.

This lovely video featuring Uzo Aduba.

A Nerdette interview with Karen Abbott, the author of Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy. This was my first time listening to this podcast and I liked it! I intend to listen to more in the future.

And Selma. Which I will write more about in a post that isn’t dominated by discussions of waffle parties and dog shoes.

Writing

23 Pinup Girls Who’ve Put A Modern Twist On Old-School Beauty

This Photographer Proves Anyone Can Look Like An Elite Athlete With Just A Few Tricks

21 Tips For Slaying At Work From Top Bosses

This Instagram Account Literally Can’t Even And It’s Amazing

The week ahead…

Pretty much business as usual BUT I’m really excited because Dallas is coming to visit next weekend and we have a ton of great stuff planned! 

Candy corn trail mix

October 18, 2014

It’s that time of year again: time to make the Halloween trail mix I love so much!

Candy corn trail mix | The Rewm | To make, combine equal parts candy corn, peanuts, dried chopped dates, and dark chocolate chips

To make, just combine equal parts candy corn, peanuts, dried chopped dates, and dark chocolate chips.

Candy corn trail mix | The Rewm | To make, combine equal parts candy corn, peanuts, dried chopped dates, and dark chocolate chips

It’s delicious, and it’s the only way to make candy corn even remotely edible.

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