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7th Annual Cookie Party

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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Last weekend, I hosted my annual cookie party. I was so excited and happy to have the party because last year Makai was just a little baby and I was not doing well and I could not even think about getting a Christmas decoration out, let alone hosting a party!

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So excited to have friends and family over and continue the tradition, that I took the day before off to clean and prep and cook! To counterbalance all of the sweets, I made some dill dip with vegetables, beer dip with pretzels, olives, cheese, meats and nuts. As always, we also had hot apple cider (spiked or not). Stephanie usually makes this, but this year she passed the torch to Jessica, who did a great job keeping up the tradition. Steph made her own cookies, two kinds, which I was surprised by, since she’s off at college now. One other big change, of course, was Makai. He was the “Official Cookie Tester.” Kidding! He only had one cookie! He had a lot of fun playing with everyone, especially Rory Batman and Halle.

These were all the tasty treats we sampled:

Oreo Truffles (Katie)
Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies (Amanda)
Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies (Loden)
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies (Jess G)
Homemade Oreos with Nutella Filling (Caroline)
Cookies and Creme Fudge (Stephanie)
Saltine Bark (Kristin)
Cranberry Pistachio Cookies (Mary/Mom)
Mocha-Toffee Truffle Bars (Rachelle)
Gingerbread Men (Liz)
Chocolate Peppermint Brownies (Jill + Halle)
Hello Dolly (7-Layer) Bars (Kristin)
Chocolate and Orange Pecan Shortbread (Rachelle)
Peanut Butter Cookies (Stephanie)

Like previous years, we did a quick vote to see which was the most favorite cookie of the day. It’s funny because every single cookie got at least a vote, which is cool that everyone likes all different things. Maybe everyone just voted for their own! haha. In third place was Loden’s Double Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies. In second was Amanda’s interesting spicy sweet Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies. These cookies have black pepper AND cayenne! And the winner……… Katie, a newcomer to the party, with her Oreo Truffles. These were similar to Amanda’s Dirty Balls, which won a few years ago. I guess we know what my crowd likes! Take note for next year! Katie won Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies and a Mrs. Claus apron. Congrats, Katie!

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I’m declaring the party a success again this year! I’ll post the recipes for the cookies soon!

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Belly Q

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a fan of Chef Bill Kim‘s, having frequented his casual restaurants, Urban Belly and Belly Shack. I’d never been to his high end restaurant, Belly Q, so I was happy to check it out with Jess, Jen, Jill, and Kristin. We ordered a ton of stuff (below) and shared everything. Fantastic! Probably my favorite thing was the wagyu kalbi. But not as good as our family recipe, of course! :)

Here’s what we had:

Avocado Basil Hummus: Yogurt, Curry, Spiced Rice Puff
Brisket Buns: Braised Beef, Peppers, Onion
Double Smoked Bacon Pancake: Frisee, Kimchi

Roasted Tuna: Coconut Grits, Marinated Vegetables, Shrimp Dressing
Wagyu Korean Short Ribs: Carrots, Crispy Shallots
Tea Smoked Duck Breast: Chinese Broccoli, Steamed Buns

Sticky Rice: Dried Shrimp, Togarashi, Chinese Sausage, Mushrooms

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve: Peanut Butter Crunch, Huckleberry Jam 6
Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts: Vanilla Soft Serve, Huckleberry Jam

If you look close, you can see Chef Kim in this photo:

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Happy Birthday, Quinn

April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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On the same day, Steph turned 18 and Quinn turned 7. I don’t know how either of these things happened!!

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