Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies

I love simple recipes. There is nothing better than being able to whip up something amazing in under 20 minutes and pop them in the oven. These cookies (my adaptation of a recipe from Southern Living) contained just five ingredients, and were a "one-bowl" recipe, blessedly, since doing a bunch of dishes while nervously looking over my shoulder every 4 seconds for roaches is remarkably time-consuming. They were nice and crumbly, and perfectly salty-sweet (THE BEST FOOD SENSATION OF ALL TIME). And I only had to have the oven on for 18 minutes in the excruciating Memphis summer, always a plus.
Perhaps because of the oven in the heat, I prefer to cook at night. Actually this is probably because I hate mornings and I'm at work all day, so the only time available to bake is the time I should be sleeping. From what I've gathered reading "real" food blogs, the optimal time to take luscious food pictures is the early morning or the mid-afternoon (what beautiful light!). I'll try that next time. Hopefully I'll think up a better food styling situation than a chipped thrift-store plate, sitting on my washing machine, with my shadow peeking in, at 11 p.m. OH WELL.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Trying Again

In the immortal words of Aerosmith(don't act like you don't know!), I'm back in the saddle again. The last post I made was before I moved, nay, before I'd even found a place to move. I am now living in a charming 3-bedroom house in Colonial Acres. 2 of those bedrooms are virtually empty because I have neither stuff nor money to buy stuff. But eventually that will change! Hopefully. By charm I am implying that it is a fixer-upper..the bathroom is bright blue, the blinds all need to be replaced, and whoever lived here before me was a complete idiot(and filthy). There are perks a brand-new stove, granite countertops, and newly redone hardwood floors. Greatly detracting from the charm of this lil house, which I am slowly coming to love, are roaches. Yes. My worst fear. My mortal enemy. The bane of my existence. But after two profesional sprays, much war whooping on my part when I kill them, and being painfully clean, they are starting to go away a bit. Enough for me to cook, anyway.
I inaugurated the oven the other day with these cupcakes...devil's food with a cream-cheese chocolate chip filling and vanilla frosting and chocolate chips. They were a big hit at work, but that may have just been because it's been so long since I've brought anything. I'm going to try to keep up with this thing more, and cook more, and maybe share some info/photos on the happenings around my house and the things I buy and make. So we'll see! But I am tryin'. Hopefully I still have a reader!