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Trick or Treat, the cookie version

November 3, 2011

I have neither a good picture of my Halloween costume, nor a good picture of a cookie sandwich I put together as a grown-up version of trick or treating.

One of my favorite sweet-salty combinations is candy corn and pretzels. I was still pondering how to bake with that combo when my boss handed me a cookbook with a recipe for candy frosting, and that was that.

I worked the pretzel in by making a compost cookie. I did not put in any sweet elements, because I knew the filling in my compost cookie sandwiches was going to be really, really sweet. Instead, I added a cup and a half each of crushed potato chips and crushed pretzels. I used a 2-teaspoon scoop, and baked them up.

For the filling, I mixed probably 2-3 cups of whole candy corn into a batch of classic buttercream frosting. The combination was delicious, if I do say so myself: crunchy, slightly salty cookie with creamy sweet and festive filling. I will definitely be coming back to this one next year!



July 24, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that two Friedland women, faced with the prospect of a relaxing weekend, must be in want of a project.

And so it was that, last night, my mother and I set about planning parties.

The first will be the open house I’ve had for the last few years for the Chicago Air & Water Show. We’ve decided to show uncharacteristic restraint in the menu this year; last year’s featured two bries en croute, this year’s will have none. I’m ok with that.

What we are going all out on, however, is cookies. And really, is there a better medium for excess than desserts? We’re planning to make citrus cookies (airplane-shaped, naturally) and white chocolate pistachio cookies and at least one something with chocolate and maybe an oatmeal cookie as well. And life is good.

Then there’s the beach day we’re planning for my office. Thus far, we have no sweets at all on the menu, but I’m sure that will change shortly!


Eating like a Queen

March 17, 2010

Fewer things are more satisfying than sitting down to a fine meal that you’ve cooked yourself, from scratch. You might even sneak your cell phone out of your bag to take a surreptitious, lo-res photo of your lunch at work.

In my defense, that there is tuna salad (one of the first things I ever learned to make by myself) on homemade bread. I finally got around to trying to “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” recipe my mother clipped from the newspaper for me while I lived in France. It took me five years to try making this bread, and I don’t know why. It’s quite easy, and very good. It didn’t rise as much as I thought it would, but that ended up making it perfect sandwich bread. I just sliced the loaf in half like a roll.

Next to it is homemade corn chowder, from a recipe that popped up in my blog feed a while back. It is very easily, not too sinful, and really satisfying. Certainly the best (well, and only) use for frozen corn kernels I’ve ever encountered.

In addition to that flurry of cooking, I indulged in some baking. After all, who wouldn’t want to celebrate a holiday that combines nerdy wordplay with baked goods?

I spend a lot of time at work reading food blogs (it’s part of my job, really!), and Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie has been popping up with increasing frequency. None of the descriptions adequately explained the popularity of a sweet that contains neither chocolate nor cinnamon. I just had to taste it for myself. Enter Pi Day, the ultimate excuse to bake.

It was really quite easy to make, though the cookie crust is an extra step. The pie is magnificent—sweet, gooey, buttery, vanilla-y, and yes, almost impossible to accurately describe. A palpable hit, and a recipe that I will definitely make again—provided that I have several people on hand to help me eat it. I have thus far avoided having partially-eaten pies in my refrigerator overnight, and at 20-odd grams of fat per slice, it needs to stay that way. (Oh, LA Times, why did you have to include the nutritional information? In cases like this, I prefer blissful ignorance.)

And the requisite blurry cell phone cross-section, because I was too busy eating and trying to sneak leftovers into my friends’ pockets to photograph at home:

In short, last weekend was great. I could very happily spend every weekend making two different soups (the other one wasn’t as good), homemade bread, and insane desserts.


Too many calories!

February 7, 2010

I realized recently that I really like hosting events because it gives me an excuse to feed people. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that I spent more time planning what to feed people at this weekend’s yarn swap than I did figuring out what from my stash I would be willing to trade.

I also broke out my new camera to photograph the baked goods I had on hand: David Leite’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and my grandfather’s zucchini bread.

I’m trying a new recipe format. Without further ado: David Leite’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Zucchini Bread

After all of that, only two people showed up. (One of them brought delicious fudge!) So, if my brothers are reading this, heads up! You should have a care package coming your way soon.


A fun foodie toy

August 30, 2009

Sorry I haven’t posted on here in a while. I’ve been busy with school things. For instance, the final project for my Flash class, which is an online version of my purple restaurant notebook. I’ve been taping business cards from restaurants I enjoy into that book for five years now, so I figured it was time to actually do something with it!

If you’re interested you can check out the project here.


I haven’t abandoned you…

April 26, 2009

I’m taking a blogging class this quarter, and the instructor doesn’t think “What’s for dinner?” constitutes news. Therefore, I’ve been doing all my news blogging at Please visit me over there–I update 5 times a week!

Thank you!


Content! Yay!

March 27, 2009

I’m not sure when Medill will take my work from last quarter offline, so I’ve decided to post some of it here as a backup.

The posts that used to be links to Medill stories now contain the full text and any photographs I took or sidebars I created. Media (including videos and certain graphics) aren’t up here yet, and neither is our final project package about tea. For those, you will still need to go to the Medill website.


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