Friday, January 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies, But With A Twist!

A few months ago I spent the afternoon at my friend Dotty's house. Aside from us drooling over vintage Gucci bags on her laptop, she was a baking machine. Making, what I thought at the time, was home-made chocolate chip cookies. Of course, that's delicious and I am more than willing to eat the entire batch, she had browned the butter prior to putting it in the dough. UM. It makes a huge difference. Allow me to quickly plug her blog here, she's hilarious, and I want to be just like her when I finally pop out a little kiddie of my own.

Here's how you make 'em:

3/4 cups butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Over medium heat, melt your butter. After completely melted, continue to swirl (I don't really know what that means) the pot until your butter is browned. NOW, be very careful, it's quite easy to burn butter. The time frame is kind of small. I ALMOST burnt mine, luckily I was paying attention for once in my life.

It should be amber in color and smell a little nutty. (that's what she said. no? ok.)

See? Gorg. While your butter is browning, combine your sugars in a large mixing bowl.

Drizzle your butter over your sugars and stir until completely combined.

Add your eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. It says you're supposed to sift the flour before putting it in the batter but I never do that shiz and it turns out just fine! I actually don't even own a sifter. I think they're silly.

OH! Don't forget the vanilla! You can put that in whenevs too.

After you dump your chips in, chill the dough for at least an hour.

Pre-heat the oven to 350. While your oven is pre-heating take the dough out of the fridge and get it close to room temp. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Should make about 3 dozen. Now, I like to make giant cookies so mine made closer to 2 dozen. And guess what? I forgot to take a picture of them when they were finished. Oopsy. I would do it now but I took them to work yetsterday and they're all gone. I may or may not have had like 5. Stop judging.

Before I stop talking everyone's ear off, I have a question. Does anyone have any feature suggestions? I figure I should do something other than talk about my shoes and my recipes. Maybe restaurant reviews because I go to dinner all the time? Maybe guest posts? All suggestions are welcome!

Have a great weekend my lurves! xo.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Being at Sundance for 6 days food. Out to dinner every night and hotel breakfasts. Lots of random salads and sandwiches. When I finally got home yesterday all I wanted was greens. (and I don't mean that kinda greens! bad joke? ok.)

I marched my happy ass straight to the grocery store and was hungry when I shopped. Well done, Sarah. I basically bought the entire produce section at Ralphs.

I came home from work tonight and threw a bunch together and roasted. Not much of a recipe but my my, so good.

red potatoes
brussel sprouts (obvi)
1 giant shallot
baby brocolli (they're so cute!)

Add a little olive oil, garlic and an herb of your choice. I made this a few months ago. Lavendar, oregano and other various ones..its delicious!

Easy breezy! I know it's not much of a recipe, but bite me. It's a good fix for some veggies!

It was a pajama pant and Gypsyz kinda night.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chicken Soup For The ______ Soul.

Remember those books? Chicken Soup For The Children's/Mother's/Father's etc etc Soul... What was in them anyway? Short stories? Poetry? I feel like my mom had one or two (is it true, Mom? Did you?). And the title of this post does actually tie into my recipe because....wait for it..... I made soup! From scratch, obviously. It's super easy and makes plenty.

Here's what you need:

You will need:

1/2 cup uncooked wild rice

1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

5 1/4 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth

2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves, crushed

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

Oh! And a slow cooker!

So, turn your slow cooker up to high and pour in your vegetable oil. Dump your rice and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

After it's simmered for a hot minute, throw in your chicken stock. After that, combine all the vegetables and chicken.

OH! Do any of you have Pampered Chef knives? THEY'RE AMAZING! And green:

Anyway.....  let it simmer for about 7 hours on low or 4 on high. If any of you follow me on twitter, you know I started this super late and set my alarm for 2 am to turn it off. I wouldn't suggest doing that.

Serve with giant dinner rolls and you've got yourself an excellent lunch or dinner! If you're feeling REALLY ambitious, use the roll recipe I did a few weeks ago. 

I'm off to Sundance this week, so I might not be cooking that much, but I still lurve all of your. xo!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I took this earlier today while I was sitting on the floor of my office helping with a last-minute make-shift photo shoot of our new boots.

I love these, and never wear them. I think I should start wearing them more. They make me feel fancy, even when I'm wearing ripped jeans.

That's all! I'll be back later with my chicken soup post. xo!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh Snap!

I did a little guest post on Sometimes Sweet today. Go see! Go look! It's so exciting! I've never done one before, so go easy on me, k? :)

PS- I made chicken soup last night that was to. die. for. YOU better believe we're gonna talk about it later! xo!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Can Suck It.

Happy New Year, loves! In the No Thank You Bite spirit, some of my nearest and dearest decided we would cook our way into the new year. What was on the menu, you ask? We went with small bites, of course, and decided that everyone can make their favorite thing. I, of course, went with garlic roasted brussels with bacon. YUM. Gnochi. squash, roasted carrots, caprese and other treats made their way to the table as well. While I didn't take any pictures (I was far too busy with my wine) of the food, I did manage to sneak in one or two of some of my favorite people in the universe.

While 2010 handed me more than it's fair share of lemons, let's try to focus on some highlights.

  • I managed to land myself a job I never thought I was qualified enough for.
  • I spent more time with friends than I have in a long time. I tend to hermit myself, and I will hermit no more!
  • I learned how to make SUSHI
  • I got a mother f-in Kitchenaid
  • I live alone and love it.
  • I started this blog
So all positives aside, suck it 2010, here's to an even better year. Cheers!

He already had himself a New Year's kiss. And it sure wasn't me!


I really lurve my shoes. But Joe doesn't seem to lurve me. :/