Butter Mochi Cake

Butter Mochi cake.  From what I can gather it’s either a Japanese or Hawaiian dessert that can be adapted in any number of ways.  After doing a little research on the web, I’ve seen the addition of mango and other passion fruits as well as coconut and cocoa.  Me, being the plain Jane with new…

202 Donuts and Coffee

202 Donuts & Coffee was another donut shop I found on a top 10 list, giving me the opportunity to 1) finally see Bethesda and 2) try another donut shop.  I picked up my friend and we headed north.  I think we passed this shop about three times as it was on a small side…

Buttermilk Biscuits with Cane Syrup

It was the weekend and I was in the mood for biscuits.  But not just any biscuits.  Buttermilk biscuits with cane syrup.  I grew up with my southern relatives pouring Alaga syrup on their biscuits and eating them like pancakes.  I remember watching my dad as a child pour syrup on a plate, add a…

Sugar Shack

I seem to be on the never ending quest for donuts these days.  They’ve replaced cupcakes, something I was obsessed with a few years ago.  Every time I see and article touting the best 10 donut shops in the city, I have to try all of them because I’m curious to see what makes one…

Peppermint Joe-Joe’s Cake

Once a year around November, Trader Joe’s stocks their shelves with Peppermint Joe-Joe’s. They’re like Oreo cookies with a mint filling that has tiny bits of candy cane in them. I first discovered the cookies years ago while living in Chicago and quickly became addicted to them. They usually sold out within a week or…

Almond Orange Scones

Ah, President’s Day. A day to celebrate a day off from school and work, and wonder why we have President’s Day and what it means.   Coincidentally it’s been snowing all night and there’s enough snow on the ground that we would’ve had a snow day.   It’s also a good day to make a nice breakfast…

Friday Things

I will admit, I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. When I was younger, definitely! In class everyone would tape a brown lunch bag to their desk while each student dropped a little note inside. So not to hurt anyone’s feelings, everyone participated, but you could tell which guy liked you because he…

Momofuku CCDC

My bosses’ birthday was coming up and I wanted to take him out to lunch to celebrate. He loves eating out and trying new places, so I chose Momofuku CCDC which opened a few months ago. It was supposed to be a surprise, but I couldn’t resist telling him. He was ecstatic and asked how…

Dumspter Rice Krispies Treats

For someone who bakes a lot, I don’t find myself eating many sweets. Sure I sample everything I make, but I rarely let it sit around the house. Ironically, the few times I do create something sweet, it’s when there’s nothing sweet anywhere around! Such was the case last night. Dinner was over and usually…

Silo

I’ve always had a love/hate with Facebook. In the beginning with was nothing more than silly quizzes, drunken photos of your friends, and people from kindergarten sending you friend requests. Then it evolved into your parents joining and you thought about closing your account. Now, to me, it’s turned into something for the slightly older…

Banana Waffles with Pecan Maple Syrup

I stopped by a friend’s house the other day and saw a couple of overly ripe bananas on the counter. I immediately asked what he was planning to do with them. At first he said nothing, but then mentioned using them for a smoothie. It never occurred to me to keep ripe bananas for smoothies….

Friday Things

At my old job, one of my coworkers would always make a fun super bowl dip in the shape of a football field every year.  It was awesome, olives for the helmets, celery and carrots for the bodies, slim jims for the goal posts, guacamole for the field, and queso and sour cream for the…