Chipotle Curry Black Bean Burgers

23 June, 2009


I blame my Auntie Donna. Lovingly, of course. She came to visit this past Friday for Patrick’s graduation.


When my mother threw some tasty looking steaks onto the grill, she quietly slipped out of the house and picked up some spicy black bean burgers from the grocery store.

Apparently, she hasn’t eaten beef or pork in years. Sticks mainly to chicken and seafood, and didn’t want to have a dinner of rice and vegetable medley.

She grilled up two of the four patties and enjoyed them at the table with us. Later that evening, her and my grandmother left to head back to Maryland. The remaining two patties were my lunch on Saturday and suddenly the container of black beans in my fridge became fodder for creating my own spicy black bean burgers. Read the rest of this entry »


An afternoon of Panda Cupcakes

6 January, 2009



Yesterday afternoon my friends Denise, Tisha and I embarked on a mission to make some panda cupcakes from Alan Richardson and Karen Tack’s book, which Denise received as a Christmas present. The book’s creations are adorable! Making these was a great group project since all the components that transform these cupcakes into pandas take a considerable amount of prep work. By the way, the lovely kitchen you see in these photos is at Denise’s parents house.


The cupcake decorating ideas in this book vary from the whimsical, like our pandas, to the elegant like a white Christmas wreathe.  It also comes with a cupcake decorating kit, which includes metal decorating tips and some disposable pastry bags. However, one of the book’s big draws is that you need little more than some candy, plastic storage bags and time.


There’s also a section in the back with recipes for making your own cupcakes from scratch. We saved some time by using white cake mix and vanilla icing from the grocery store, but I’d be happy to give the book’s cake recipes a go next time.


Making 24 of these little guys took us three hours, complete with messes, improvised ingredients and laughs. Ooodles of fun photos after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Let the holiday baking begin!

12 December, 2008



Christmas cookies have always meant a lot in our house. Over the years, holiday baking blitzes have featured gingerbread, cut-out sugar cookies, spritz cookies and some famous oatmeal raisin cookies. As you can see above, it’s usually been a family afair. Top: From left to right, that’s Derrick (now 20!), my momma (now younger than ever!) and me. I’d guess I was 4 or 5 in this picture. And bottom… well, I’m sure you can figure it out. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hungry Student Thanksgiving, on a Hungry Student budget

30 November, 2008


All the Thanksgiving fuss has finally died down and that means I’ve (finally!) uploaded some photos.

In the last week I have not only eaten yet another turkey day meal that was lovingly cooked by my mother, but also prepared one of my own! That makes it two years in a row that I’ve roasted a big ol’ turkey breast and prepared assorted sides in a Townhouse kitchen. Rowan University students: It can be done!

But how?

  • Momma Jones was kind enough buy me a 7 lb. turkey breast and share some of her spare sweet potatoes when I was home for the Jones Thanksgiving a few weeks ago.
  • A friend of mine surprised me by completing our “Help! I have to cook today and need things! Give me a ride!?” shopping trip by paying for the cheeses for the mac and cheese and dessert fixins’.
  • And my roommate Maggie and her friend Dandy were kind enough to pick up some sparkling pomegranate apple cider to whet our whistles and cranberry sauce.

The lesson here? Make time to cook for your family and friends, and you shall be rewarded time and again. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Red Velvet Cupcakes (from scratch!) with Cream Cheese Frosting

19 November, 2008


Two weekends ago The Whit’s office got a new coat of paint… or paints. We painted most of the room a beige called “Westward Ho” and used “Red Velvet Cake” as our accent color for one and one-third or so of another wall. Needless to say, the rich velvety red inspired me to bake after I got over the shock of seeing it all over my shoes.

I meant to bake these cupcakes last week, to up the already tangible WOW factor in the office and treat the newspaper’s staff. The November slump has hit them too, and I’m hoping the baked goods will be a pick me up. Unfortunately, my work load was not conducive to a leisurely Tuesday afternoon in the kitchen last week. Luckily, this afternoon was. Photos aplenty, along with the recipe, await you after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »


15 November, 2008
cornbread (bottom left), gravy (bottom right), cheesy mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, "company corn," a heaping plate of turkey, cheddar vegetable medley, stuffing and the hands of my very hungry brother, Patrick.

This weekend I traveled home for Jones Thanksgiving. I call it that because for the past few years, my mother has insisted that we have it a few weeks early to spare relatives the holiday traffic.

Read on for a photo gallery! Read the rest of this entry »

Babka photos! As promised.

26 October, 2008

I made another babka yesterday and took lots of photos to make up for my initial lack of them. I even borrowed my roommate’s camera to get better photos than usual.

Due to a temporary lack of a real camera, most of the photos on here – save the apple cake ones – have been taken with my cell phone.

I’m supposed to be getting one of these for my birthday on Nov. 3 (hint, hint), which is what I took the apple cake photo with. Expect lots of food porn in November.

By the way, the actual recipe I followed is in the previous post.

Now, without further adieu, a babka tale through photos! Read the rest of this entry »