Category Archives: Cooking & Baking

Berry Shortcake in a Mason Jar

I know that the idea of stacked strawberry shortcake in a mason jar isn’t new, but it was so cute I just had to share. I made this for dessert for our Fourth of July picnic, and it was soooo good.

Strawberry Shortcake 1


Strawberry Shortcake 3

Strawberry Shortcake 2

I made the biscuits out of a recipe from Americas Test Kitchen Cookbook, but if I made this again, I’d just use white cake or store bought shortcake. I started by layering a biscuit, then I added a layer of cool whip, macerated strawberries, and blueberries. I did this twice and then added a star-shaped biscuit on top.

Thanks so much to Kelsi for taking these amazing pictures.



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Heart Shaped Brownies

As I finish up my school work,  I decided to reward myself/procrastinate writing my last paper by baking some brownies. Now, these brownies aren’t from scratch (don’t look at me like that), but they are Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate which is pretty much the next best thing. I was just planning on baking them and eating some, but when I was finished inspiration struck and I decided I needed to use cookie cutters and make them adorable. And adorable they became. I used a 2 inch circle and a small heart cookie cutters, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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Passover Cooking: Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Passover has been completely insane, and I’ve taken a little break from technology, which has been surprisingly refreshing. I always think that I would die without my computer, but it’s nice to get out in the fresh air and spend time with my family. I’m super excited because I actually cooked, something I said that I was going to do, but I’m happy that I followed through with it. I made kosher for Passover sweet potato gnocchi from Cooking with Amy.




I gotta say, it was delicious. I was really nervous, and after they were boiled, my fear had not abated. They were cooked, but they seemed mushy and weird. Then, I did what the instructions told me to (I should trust directions more) and pan fried them with a little butter. They got a bit crispy and they tasted soooooo gooood. I was thrilled. I also made some super simple chicken by coating boneless skinless chicken thighs in egg wash and matzoh meal, and then I baked them for 20 minutes. My mom had mahjong and it was her week to cook dinner, so I doubled my recipes, and she took the extra with her. All in all, it was a really tasty meal. (Also, I’m super excited becauase the new kitchen (have I mentioned that we moved over winter break and this is the first time I’ve been in the new place?) has a great window, which makes it awesome for pictures.)

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Baking Fix

This is a little late. On Friday we celebrated the birthday of one of my friends roommates, and we made a cake for her. Little did I know that my friend Livia is quite the baker (I was so impressed!). We made a four layer cake filled with frosting and strawberries. It was pretty yummy.

Passover Cooking

In preparation for next semester, when I’ll finally have a kitchen in my dorm (YEEEEEESSSS!!), I’ve been collecting yummy looking recipes and desserts on this pinboard and this one too on pinterest (I cannot even tell you how obsessed I am). I find myself pinning constantly and usually not making what I pin. Inspiration is great, but so is follow-through (something that I thoroughly lack). Over spring break I’m planning to actually make a few recipes that I have pinned. One minor setback (you can disregard if you’re not Jewish), spring break is during Passover, and it’s the only week of the year that my family keeps regular kosher and kosher for Passover. That seriously limits my cooking ability. I’ll just think of it as a creative challenge, but I can tell you that after a week of matzah with butter and jam, it gets pretty freakin’ old. I feel pretty silly, because it wasn’t until I was literally writing this post that I realized what my cooking limitations will be: 1. No flour, bread, or anything that rises 2. No dairy mixed with meat. Once I realized this, I looked at my pinterest boards and saw that none of my recipes would work. So I had the grueling task of searching the internet for recipes (it’s hard being a martyr, but someone’s gotta do it). Here are some potential recipes:

Passover Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi via Cooking With Amy

Matzo Pizza via Disgustingly Good

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes via iVillage

via Food Plus Words

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Chocolate Toffee Matzo Brittle via Very Culinary

Eggs on Hash via Good Cooks

Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad via Beloved Green
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and Artichoke Dip via Closet Cooking
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