Know what I am the worst at? Pinterest. I’ve got boards. That’s what they’re called, right? The irony of it all is that I pin things like “How to keep your kitchen organized” while my entire Pinterest account in one massive mess of disorganization. I have three different food boards. Is that normal? Or do … More Make it Monday! Hash Brown Potatoes
Since I girl powered up and used my medal worthy mechanic skills to fix my kitchen aid mixer, I now can’t imagine life without two.* I’m particularly excited to see how it helps my Thanksgiving breakfast baking. *This is the same emotion I think I’ll feel upon the day I finally own a dish washer. … More Four for Friday!
I drove into the city* last Friday for the first time ever in the entirety of this thing which is my life. In the hours leading up to my drive, I was quite certain my life would not continue should I proceed with carrying out this task. *Which city, you ask? Come now, don’t you … More If Jess Drives to NYC, She’s Going to Need a Milkshake
You know I came home pumped to bake everything we made in the King Arthur class, right? I mean, how could I not? We made so many buttery, tempting treats, the natural urge* is to want to reproduce them. *Or is this not normal? You know how you can be aware of something, but it … More The Five Stages of Brioche
The funny thing about the future, at least for me, is I tend to treat it as an impossibility. When Jonathan was little, and his end-of-July birthday rolled around, as it inevitably would, I’d say to him, “How old are you going to be, 25?” To which sometimes I’d receive a pudgy cheeked smile accompanied … More How Old Are You, 25?
Remember how I got a new Kitchen Aid mixer? Sure, I’d been wanting to upgrade for a while. My Artisan mixer was exactly what I needed when I began baking, but didn’t really lend itself to doubling my croissant dough recipe.* *It also got a scary kind of hot after making three doughs in a … More Fixing a Kitchen Aid Mixer–On My Own!
When I was in Vermont, I spent $9 on a beautiful jar of lemon curd. The label basically said, “I taste like heaven. Buy me”. A name like lemon curd intimidates me. However, I wanted to experiment with lemon in my croissants. Being that I was too terrified to even consider making it on my … More Make it Monday! Lemon Curd
Sometimes there are things which beg to be shared, but don’t lend themselves to an entire post. Sometimes, they are things I’ve been doing recently. Other times, they are things I’d like to rant about, but know better than to devote an entire blog post to. Welcome, Four for Friday. 1. Last weekend, I went … More Four for Friday
Because every other weekend this summer we’ve found ourselves in Montclair, naturally, we’ve grown hungry* during our visits. *Because, let’s be real, when am I not hungry? One place which always has a crowd* outside, even while it’s raining, is The Corner. *In case you weren’t sure, a crowded restaurant is usually a good restaurant. … More The Corner, Montclair
When we first moved into our home in somewhere close to 1872, we needed a new oven. We bought the cheapest, simplest model available at our local home improvement store. Back then it didn’t matter, because a stove’s purpose was to keep us alive. It wasn’t this magical key into a blissful world filled with … More The Ten Year Change