January 31, 2011

Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread

So, here I sit, in the comfy chair by the big windows. The chair with the foot rest. The chair that makes me fall asleep if I sit in it for more than ten minutes. The chair…okay, it’s actually an old recliner, but that doesn’t sound nearly as pretty and idyllic as the idea of a floral, vintage-y, lounge chair from Anthropologie.

This is where I hang out a lot these days. It’s encapsulated within my dad’s office/clutter pile. Surrounded by the warm wood paneling and shelves bursting with computer books from the 1980s, this tiny room is the perfect hideaway from the rest of the house. I’m also pretty sure that this room would survive any sort of nuclear apocalypse, thanks to the aforementioned messiness, a.k.a. padding.

January 21, 2011

Back to School with Butterscotch Blondies

And so it begins. Another semester of college—full of long lectures, late-night essays, and desperate attempts not to fall asleep during history class. However, it’s also the perfect excuse for comfort food!

January 17, 2011

Guest Post!

Hey guys!

I hope you’re having a great MLK Day and enjoying some time off away from school and work. This is just a quick, little, teensy, tiny suggestion that you all hop on over to Always Order Dessert today. There’s this guest post written by some weirdo named Koci. She likes to cook things.

In all seriousness, I’m ridiculously excited to see my first guest post hit the web, especially on a blog that I admire and enjoy as much as Always Order Dessert. Penned (well, typed) by the fabulous Alejandra Ramos, it’s a blog that I’ve been reading for years—before La Kocinera was even a twinkle in my eye and a rumble in my tummy. The posts are informative and entertaining with oodles of delicious recipes and photos along with them. You’d do quite well to check it out, even if I wasn’t shamelessly self-promoting my first guest post.

That being said, go read it!!!

January 15, 2011

Daring Cooks’ Challenge: Cassoulet

I am a huge proponent of all things comforting. From cozying up with a good book on a rainy day to sipping a frothy cappuccino while surfing Facebook, I love the warm, fuzzy feeling of contentment that goes hand in hand with my favorite things.

I also like Snuggies.

In fact, I’m draped in a huge, purple, LSU-patterned Snuggie as we speak. It’s pretty fantastic. I wasn’t sure that it would be, but it is pretty fantastic.

You know what else is unexpectedly fantastic? Cassoulet.

January 11, 2011

Turkey Sandwich with Cucumber Slaw

Sandwiches are vastly underappreciated.

People don’t give turkey the credit it deserves.

And I’ve completely re-fallen in love with pickles and cucumbers.

January 7, 2011

Chocolate Truffles

You know that whole “Let’s all eat healthy!” thing that people (myself included) keep going on about around this time of year?

Let’s just suspend that level of reality for the next few minutes, because I’ve got a story to tell. It involves chocolate.

January 1, 2011

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Syrup Glaze

Isn’t New Year’s Day a wonderful thing? Full of possibility, full of positivity, full of exciting plans for the future. There’s resolutions a-go-go everywhere you look. Eat healthier, exercise more, watch less tv, and all that jazz.

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