Tuesdays with Dorie: Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

I wish I had taken a picture of the cranberry jam – it was really fun to make although the popping cranberry made a small stain on the Beau’s white kitchen wall… oops.
Grating the frozen pastry dough was a really novel approach and I loved it! The dough was super yummy!

Jessica of A Singleton in the Kitchen picked this cranberry goodie for the TWD Bakers. Please visit Jessica’s blog, you’ll be able to get the recipe there and try it yourself – maybe for a Thanksgiving treat to share!


Tuesdays with Dorie: Peanuttiest Blondies

These were really tasty – I loved the addition of cinnamon in the mix!

Good thing the Beau took this to work, otherwise I would have eaten it all by myself!
Nicole of Bakeologie selected this TWD goodie. You can get the recipe here. Please visit Chef Nicole’s blog – it’s really beautiful.

French Fridays with Dorie: Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake

This ‘cake’ was mostly apples. I used Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Fuji, and Granny Smith apples.

We didn’t actually like this cake much, it was too many apples and I rather have my apples fresh vs. baked…

French Fridays with Dorie: Hachis Parmentier

Just out of the oven…

It looks like more potato than meat.

I don’t have a ricer, so the mashed potatoes were really soupy right out of the oven.

It totally reminds me of comfort food.

The Beau loved this dish and enjoyed it with a glass of wine.

The next day the potato was much less soupy.

French Fridays with Dorie: Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

White Coconut Milk, White Rice Noodles, White Chicken Breast...

...had to be eaten in a black bowl!

TWD Goodies

I have been overloaded at work for a while and haven’t had the energy to blog posts on the TWD goodies that I was able to fit in (which weren’t many). I made the coffee espresso shortbread cookies but can’t seem to find my pictures. So please forgive me TWD Bakers for not visiting and commenting. I believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel at work, which could be the end of this month…
My typical day at work begins with waking up at 3:30am (or 3am if I have to wash my hair), getting out of the house by 4:30 (or 4am), commuting 87 miles to work in Rancho Bernardo, working 9 regular hours (we’re on the 9/80 work schedule), working an additional 1-4 hours depending on what needs to be done that day, coming home, taking care of the puppy (poor Marshall, stuck at home while I’m away for at least 12 hours a day), taking care of me, going to bed by 9, 9:30 and repeat. I am very grateful to be gainfully employed – especially after having been laid off last year, it’s just that it gets to be very tiring – but like I said, I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Well, enough complaining, here are some pictures for your enjoyment. HAH!
I found the shortbread pictures!

Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies - They didn't exactly turn out nice and square...

But that's okay, I ate them anyways and loved them!

Coffee Break Muffins with Bittersweet Chocolate

I didn't get 12 'evenly' portioned muffins...

Peanut Butter Criss-Cross Cookies

These were a favorite of everyone!

Breakfast Oatmeal Bread

Fresh sliced bread.

Streusel topping needs a little more nuts...