The Simple Spatula

Month: May, 2010

Better than Nutella

Nutella is one of those foods that I just won’t buy. Not since my freshman year in college anyway. Back then I bought it twice or three times when I first moved into the dorms. I ate it on everything from toast to fruit and it was especially good right off a spoon directly from [...]

Always, always strain the ricotta.

Cooking and baking in my Dad’s house is taking a little bit of getting used to. He has a pretty large, absolutely gorgeous kitchen with a fantastic gas stove, but nothing is set up my way and I’ve been tripping and stumbling my way through even basic day to day cooking. I’ve gotten so used [...]

What’s Next?

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately. So much so that I just might scream. Obviously the thing to ask someone when they graduate college is what next? If I had a concrete answer, I may not dislike the question so much, but rambling on about lifeguarding, and wishful thinking about a move to [...]

That’s right, there’s cereal in my cookies.

When you’re moving cities it’s important to eat all the things you are going to miss when you’re gone.  Wings from the Dugout…  Ice Cream and Chicken from the Big Dipper… It’s important to go with friends…  It’s important to use up all the stray baking ingredients hiding in your kitchen… It’s important to do [...]

Black and Blue Berry Crisp

Well, it’s over. Graduation weekend came and went in a flurry of activity and far too much food. We had multiple BBQs some with family some without and I’m pretty sure I haven’t cooked a proper meal in almost two weeks. I also can’t remember the last time I ate anything leafy, healthy or salad-like. [...]

In the meantime

I know I’ve been a little absent lately, you’ll have to excuse me it’s graduation week and I’m overwhelmingly busy. I have been baking my butt off though, and I’ll have plenty of delicious things to share when I return. In the meantime I’ll leave you with this almond cake from 17 and baking. I [...]

In Under 5 Minutes

I love hot yoga. Nothing makes you feel better than an hour and a half of stretching, bending, twisting, and contorting yourself into seemingly unnatural-pretzel like shapes in a 111 degree room. It can make bad day seem insignificant, a good day seem better and easily detox the excess sugar from too much cookie dough [...]

Gluten-Free Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I need to take a computer course. Isn’t that ridiculous? Isn’t my generation supposed to be naturally computer savvy? Unfortunately I seem to have missed out on the “computer genius” gene and I’ve been struggling with uploading pictures off my camera (among other things). The program just shuts down every time I plug [...]