Batter Licker

January 12, 2012

we do

Filed under: bars,cake,candy,cookies,dessert,non-food — Tags: , , , — Kristen @ 1:43 pm

On October 14, 2011 …

… Jay and I prepared to exchange rings and formalize what we had already felt in our hearts since moving to San Francisco together in 2005.

… we arrived at the Julia Morgan Ballroom quite early, and spent a few hours snooping around while everything got set up; ordering two insanely large platters of Mediterranean salads, hummus, falafel, gyros, and shawarma wraps for friends and family who intended to stop by; running around downtown San Francisco in search of pita bread once we realized it had been omitted from our order by mistake; and spending a wonderfully private lunchtime together.

… I kicked Jay out once my mom arrived with my dress in tow, and sent him back to his parents and grandmother at the Omni Hotel across the street.

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… the scene was set with flickering candlelight, plush couches, roaring fireplaces, and a colorful assortment of fall elements, ranging from purple and green artichokes to fiery calla lilies to Brussels sprouts, gourds, squashes, chili peppers, pumpkins, and berries.

Yes, those are artichokes in my bouquet; it was utterly fabulous. (more…)

November 15, 2011

project wedding dessert bar: part 12 (s’mores brownies)

The night before the night before my wedding, my not-so-reliable pal Sleep totally ditched me. After several hours of anxious waiting, ceiling-staring and clock-cursing, I finally gave up.

So at 3 a.m., I rolled out of bed to start crushing graham crackers for the 12 dozen s’mores brownies I intended to bake in the three different sizes of cupcake liners I had accumulated but not used over the past couple years.

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I broke up the graham crackers by hand, and didn’t stop until the entire box of ‘em was crushed.

After all the smashing, I felt more relaxed, and my renewed attempt at sleep proved successful. Thank goodness. Two days before your own wedding and the thousands of photos that will be snapped of you is not the ideal time to not be sleeping.

The next morning, Jay and I jaunted over to Hayes Valley for our Blue Bottle coffee fix, and wandered into Moishe’s Pippic in search of breakfast. I sought something hearty, anticipating that I would be standing on my feet all day while baking, and went with the corned beef sandwich.

Yes, sandwich. Full of meat. With a pickle! For breakfast.

I’m a corned beef nut to begin with, but Moishe’s corned beef was so incredibly tender, moist and flavorful. And not too salty. I remember thinking at the time that this corned beef sandwich was so entirely worth having to pull out the Spanx to fit into my wedding dress. (By some miracle, Spanx weren’t necessary. But I was willing to go there for this particular sandwich.) (more…)

February 7, 2011

fudge with chopped macadamia nuts

Filed under: bars,candy,dessert — Tags: , , , — Kristen @ 10:38 am

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and all chocolate lovers – whether single and ready to mingle or happily committed – can appreciate this homemade fudge. Studded with chopped macademia nuts, this fudge is rich, chocolatey, and smooth with just a bit of crunch from the nuts. And it’s been a family hit for decades, although I recently opted to swap out traditional walnuts for macademia nuts. Then again, any of your favorite nuts will do.

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Like my pistachio and chocolate-topped toffee, fudge makes an always-devoured finger food dessert for dinner parties and a wonderful “just because law school left me with crippling debt while I also need to save up for my wedding” Christmas gifts “just because I love you enough to make you homemade candy” gifts to friends, family, and significant others. (more…)

June 10, 2010

cherry and chocolate chip brown butter bars

Filed under: bars,dessert — Tags: , , — Kristen @ 10:58 pm

It’s time for a little somethin’ somethin’ from the good ol’ days. Three weeks ago, I wore a very warm and very black with very purple velvet graduation gown that looked much more Harry Potteresque than esquire. Then, I pranced across a stage, shook the hand of our interim dean (the contracts professor with whom I had very little “one-ness” of understanding first year of law school), and proceeded outside to take a very large number of pictures with family and friends.

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Post-ceremony and post-photo-taking, my mom treated family guests and myself to a very delicious dinner at Waterbar, where we enjoyed a very beautiful view of the bay at sunset. And then, I did something very dumb: I invited everyone over to our teeny-tiny apartment for homemade brown buttery, cherry and chocolate heaven. And they ate it. All.

Anyway, as it turned out, this invitation impliedly (eek! lawyer talk! down, boy! heel!) extended not just to dessert, but also drinks. I had temporarily forgotten: when it comes to celebrating anything, my family is full of lushes. (Isn’t yours?) (more…)

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