If you are lucky and have a long weekend for Easter, I am jealous. My friends and I were reminiscing the other night about the epic Easter egg hunts we used to go on as kids, and it really made me miss those days. Remember when you were a little kid and holidays were so exciting? And getting lots of candy was the greatest thing ever?
It's hard to believe that our parents grew up in a generation where cupcakes were just something that parents brought into elementary school classes on their child's birthday. Not like today when cupcakes are not only America's favorite dessert, but also one of the very few desserts with bakery brand name recognition.
If you planned on starting a diet today, don't. We're bringing you the anti-healthy lunch. Instead of feasting on that crunchy salad, feast your eyes on this...
Though we've certainly celebrated our fair share of cupcake recipes here on Intro to Cooking, I hope the foodies out there can forgive me for serving up another cupcake creation. Hell, you should, because these babies combine the two most important culinary elements of college in one mind-blowing, gut-busting dessert: BEER. CUPCAKES.
Summer is winding down, school is starting up, alumni are still doing the same-sh*t-different-day dance. In summary, the end of August kind of blows. Which is why this week’s Intro to Cooking is throwing nutrition to the wind (sort of), because it’s time for something indulgent!
.... Until now.
This week I've been inspired by ThisIsWhyYou'reFat.com... or my own personal struggle with winter weight. Between the Christmas cookies, Starbucks peppermint mochas and, oh yeah, lifting my drinking ban, these have all caused me to pack on the weight over the past three months. I could not be more annoyed with the term "winter weight," or having to rationalize that I'm not getting fat, just fluffy.
The good news: Someone might surprise you by presenting you with a tray of cupcakes today! The unsettling news: That person might be a part of the “Cupcakes for Life” movement, a group of pro-lifers dedicated to making people feel uncomfortable via free baked goods.
This week, in light of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, I've been doing a lot of reflecting. I'm not Jewish, but the fact that my 21st birthday falls on the day of repenting has caused me to think about the fact that I'm doing the exact opposite: indulging and sinning.
I have a confession to make: I'm a little bit of a cupcake ho. How can you resist those cute, mini cakes? A portable slice of heaven? The perfect frosting to cake ratio? Recipes that make a dozen so you don't have to stop after one? How could you not fall truly, madly, deeply in love?
Confession time: I quit my (stable-ish well-paying, super fun) job a couple of weeks ago to go to culinary school for baking next year. Was this an awesome decision or a terrible one? The jury’s still out, but the way I think about it, the more time I have to devote to desserts, the better.
I love baking, but I'm not the hugest fan of following directions. As a result, I often end up mis-measuring things or adding my own little touches to otherwise boring recipes. Hey, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Anywho, there is nothing that works better with my "add this, throw in that" cooking style than pancakes.
I have an obsession with cupcakes that is so intense, sometimes, I think that it borders on addiction. If someone offers me an adorable little sugary cake of pure bliss, there's just no way I can refuse. And, whenever I have a craving for one, I won't be able to stop thinking about it until I satisfy my inner voice screaming, "feed me cupcake!"
After last week's Tough Love ended with a "To Be Continued...." I was counting down the days until I'd get to see it again. So I was mega-excited when I turned on VH1 at the gym yesterday and caught a secret premier of the ep long before its 10 P.M. showtime. I watched the drama unfold a full 11 hours early and stayed on the elliptical an extra 30 minutes to catch the end.
Let me just start out by saying that I’m not someone to be admired. I didn’t give up something agonizing for Lent, like chocolate or looove. But I did give up something that’s every bit as valuable to me: baking.