NaBloPoMo: Post 2

Ever since I moved to San Francisco, and I have told people that I graduated from the CIA with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, I have been asked what my specialty is/what my favorite thing to bake is. I have almost a different answer every time because I like to bake just about anything and don’t really have a “specialty”. I do, however, have a few favorite recipes that I like to turn to, and since this post is a part of the NaBloPoMo, and the theme this month is fan, I bring you a list of my favorite things to bake, and their recipes:

  1. Better Than Brownie Cookies. They are a great chocolaty cookie recipe that I found on another blog a couple of years ago and I like baking them every so often. I have come up with different variations of the recipe such as using butterscotch or peanut butter chips instead of the second cup of chocolate chips. I think, like brownies, these cookies allow you to have a very creative license. Last night I dreamed about making them with a sprinkle of sea salt on them. (Yes, I dream about dessert!)
  2. Pie Pops. Also found on a blog a couple of years ago. Every time I make them or bring them up in conversation, people get pretty excited about them. I mean, what’s not to like? It’s a mini pie on a stick.
  3. Chocolate chip cookies. I have always liked using the recipe from the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag for as long as I have been making chocolate chip cookies (which is a long time). I also like adding different things to them. This recipe has oatmeal and bananas in it.
  4. Ice Cream. I have yet to buy an ice cream machine/attachment for my KitchenAid (though my birthday is coming up in November; hint, hint, nudge, nudge) but I love making ice cream. I love that this is also one of those things you can get really creative with. By the way, while it’s not on my favorite list, it is National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day!
  5. Brownies/Blondies. So easy and so chewy and good. Love to make brownies in a smaller pan than what is called for. Usually, brownies are baked in a 9×13 pan and I bake them in a 9×9 or an 8×8. This makes them more fudgy and gooey and that’s what you want in a brownie, right? I know it’s kinda weird, but I also only like the middle-no edges for me!

So there it is. The top five things I like to bake. My turn to ask: what’s your favorite thing to bake/what’s your specialty? (you can answer in the comments)

National Blog Post Month: June

I have decided to participate in National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo) for the month of June. It is basically a group of bloggers that commit to posting once a day for a month. There is a theme given by the  hosts over at BlogHer, and this month’s theme is FAN.

Mostly meaning “what am I a fan of?” and they have prompts to help get inspired for the day, though I do not have to write about what is on the prompt, nor do I have to stick with the theme for all of my posts. Since this is primarily a dessert blog, I intend on posting about desserts, but since this is a challenge to get me to post every day, I might use the prompts, which might stray away from the desserts. Since this is my first post, I have decided to make a list of all of the things I am a fan of. So here it is, post #1, a list of what I am a fan of (in no particular order):

  1. Family and friends. Of course I put this one first! These people mean the world to me and I would not be quite the person I am today with out them there for me.
  2. My education. I am definitely grateful for everything that I have learned both in school and in life. I am always learning and strive to learn as much as I can in every situation.
  3. Chocolate. As it says on a small plaque I have in my room, “When in doubt, smother in chocolate“. In the case of making desserts, it works; chocolate goes with everything.
  4. Baking. It is a stress reliever and something to concentrate on when you have so many other things on your mind. It has also become a way of life for me, a quote that I found on a calendar a long time ago: “A true chocolate lover finds a way to accommodate his passion and make it work with his lifestyle.” (by Julie Davis of the L.A. Times) I think this quote goes for anyone with a passion for anything. If you are passionate about something, make it part of your lifestyle. This is what I have done with baking.
  5. Making new friends. As with number one, above, I enjoy meeting new people that mean a lot to me in my life. They inspire me to learn/do new things and even if I have trouble keeping in touch with them over the years, if they taught me something new, then they are a valuable friend.
  6. This blog and the blogging world. I started writing this blog because I wanted to share recipes and baking techniques with the world around me. Whether that meant just family and friends, then fine. But through other blogs I’ve read, I’ve discovered that there are many others like me who like a sense of community, even a virtual one.

So those are just some of the things I am a fan of. I think this is a short but meaningful list and it definitely continues to grow. I hope that through this challenge I will learn more about myself and the things I really cherish in life.