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- I'll Take the $250 Cookie
I don't know about you but I definitely had one delicious family barbecue for Memorial Day weekend. The weather here on the east coast was nothing but perfect with great temperatures and the sun shining brightly.
It's hard to for me to even begin naming the many different dishes of food that we had. Our menu ranged from Tabouli salad to homemade tortillas to homemade ricotta cheesecake. Everything was so delicious. I hope everyone else had the chance to enjoy the lovely weekend with some great eats. Besides great eats, I had a great time catching up with family... and learning about the $250 Neiman Marcus oatmeal cookie recipe. Yes, that's right, you read it correctly!
When my aunt took out her box of perfectly baked cookies and announced to everyone that she had $250 cookies, I had to do a double take and check to see if they were sprinkled with gold or came with pearl earrings.
I had to look this one up. Apparently it was a hoax where a customer wrote a letter stating that he had been charged $250 for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe he had tasted with his daughter while dining at their cafe. Before I found out this whole story, I definitely took each bite of those cookies in relish. Are those cookies good? You bet they are. $250 good? I don't think so. The unique thing about this recipe is that the oatmeal has to be blended into a fine powder which you can do using a food processor. No need to cough up $250 for this cookie recipe, you can find it right here:
NEIMAN-MARCUS $250 COOKIE RECIPE
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 cups flour
3 cups blended oatmeal (measure and blend to a fine powder in a blender)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
24 ounces chocolate chips
1 (8-ounce) grated Hershey bar
3 cups chopped nuts
Cream butter and both sugars; add eggs and vanilla. Mix together the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add chips, grated Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 6 minutes at 375 F. Makes 112 cookies, but recipe can be halved.
Anyone else try these scrumptious cookies?
- Posted May 29, 2008 by SuDoughName | Add a comment | Share It
- Filed under: $250 Neiman Marcus cookie recipe
- Electric Cupcake Mobiles!
I'm pretty sure there is a good bunch of us here that love to eat cupcakes but I'm not quite sure if any you have driven one. Yes - I said driven a cupcake as in get inside one and have it transport you somewhere. I've stumbled upon a group of people who do. Ok, fine. These aren't exactly the yummy edible ones that we bake in our ovens but they're just as fun to look at. Boing Boing TV presents Cupcake Cutthroats, a cakesploitation epic exploring the dark side of electric art-cars shaped like baked goods.
The intro is really cute and shows you that there "is no mercy in cupcakes." My favorite tidbit about these homemade vehicles is that they included sprinkle LED lights into their snazzy designs. How very clever.
After seeing this and watching Ace of Cakes, I wonder what they'll think of next in the baking design world. I certainly would love to see a dozen of cupcakes parade and drive down my street. Who knows, they might be the new mopeds. Probably not but that would be pretty sweet to see.
- Posted May 23, 2008 by SuDoughName | 1 Comment | Share It
- Filed under: Cupcake Cutthroats mobile cupcakes
- Odd Drinks For The Next Round
I saw an article on Digg today talking about some weird and wacky drinks from around the world and it got me thinking about some wacky drinks that I've come across. Some are just wacky because of the actual ingredients while others are just odd because of the names. Here are a few from the article at DivineCaroline:
Those are just a few wacky drinks that they've stumbled upon (Bacon Martini?! sounds like a stomach-ache) but I know I've run into a few in my lifetime. A few wacky drinks that is. I have never run into any Bacon Martinis before. Apparently those can be found in Vegas.
The Cucumber Pepsi reminds me of the Crystal Pepsi they tried to have back in the 90's. It doesn't remind me of the taste per say (not that I've tried either) but Crystal Pepsi apparently looked like your average lemon-lime soda and tasted like cola so I just think Pepsi comes up with some wacky creations. Actually, so does Coca-Cola. I went to their museum down in Atlanta, GA and boy was that a sugary filled tour. You can taste all sorts of sodas from around the world. Some of the soda even shot out out of a fountain and landed in a cup in front of you from a few yards back... it was a very neat presentation.
My own personal encounters with drinks that I think are odd? Hmm...
I think these marble topped drinks will always have a place in my heart:
These are carbonated drinks that are sealed with marbles (yes, like a toy marble) that you pop down into the neck of the bottle. The marble remains in the neck of the bottle while you guzzle down the carbonated content. I haven't had one of these in years but from what I can remember, they tasted like bubble-gum soda. Anyone else ever have one of these?
I recently tasted chocolate milk soda. That was interesting. It was very thick for a soda needless to say so after a few sips of that I was pretty much done.
I also tend to like to order beers that have funny names. Or rather, I make a friend say the wacky name to the bartender and order it for me. It's more fun to see them pronounce it all wrong. I ordered a beer on tap called Ten FIDY at the Hop Devil Grill one time simply because I felt like saying that. Made me feel like a rapper for a brief moment. The bartender started to fill a wine glass with a very dark stout and I almost stopped her because I thought I had ordered a red wine. After my first sip, Chinese medicinal herbs came to mind. This was the type of taste that I had always tried to avoid in my childhood years so to drink it at a bar in my leisurely time was not something I was exactly going for but after another taste, it wasn't so bad. And that wasn't the alcohol making the decision either. It just tasted a little... different and wacky is all.
Anyone else have fun and wacky drink tasting experiences? I'd love to know more about funky drinks out there. I might be daring enough to at least try one sip.
- Posted May 16, 2008 by SuDoughName | 5 Comments | Share It
- Filed under: beer soda weird drinks
- Wedding Cake Bliss
There have been oh so many celebrity wedding stories in the news lately ranging from Mariah Carey's secret wedding to Nick Cannon to Jenna Bush and Henry Hager's ceremony at President Bush's ranch this past weekend. Not to mention, even Jay-Z and Beyonce finally tied the knot. It's definitely wedding season and we all know what that means - super special cakes!
There has been good buzz about the amazing show on the Food Network, Ace of Cakes, and it's no surprise. The people on that show come up with such amazing ideas that I never thought possible for cakes! Roller skate cake with real wheels? Nuts! They truly take the cake making business to a whole new level by showcasing the artistic skills of the bakers. To get your own charming cake or to learn more about Duff Goldman's shop, click HERE but check out some of my favorites:
The Excorcist Cake:
Foosball Table Cake:
Bouncing Souls Cake:
Stained Glass Cake:
Now, I know those might not be wedding cake worthy eats but it's so much fun to see what can be done with cakes. My aunt held her wedding on a beach and had an absolutely gorgeous cake decorated with seashells. I have no idea what my own wedding cake would look like but it's fun to look at other people's.
Do you have any memorable wedding cake stories? Let us know, we'd love to see them!
- Posted May 13, 2008 by SuDoughName | 2 Comments | Share It
- Filed under: Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman wedding cakes
- Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Feast
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are all around and I know my stomach growls for some good Mexican. More specifically, it growls for some good enchiladas. I have decided to try to make baked enchiladas for tonight. Vegan enchiladas in respect of my roomate so she can participate in the delicious consumption of my first attempt at making these.
I've found a recipe courtesy of VegCooking.com but will probably putting my own flare to it by adding some tofu and corn as well. I also really love olives so those will most likely be garnish for this meal. Here is the basics for the Enchilada Bake:
- 12 oz. vegetarian burger crumbles (try Morningstar Farms brand—www.kelloggs.com)
1 packet taco seasoning
2 15.5-oz. cans enchilada sauce
18 corn tortillas
2 15.5-oz. cans pinto beans, drained
2 green onions, chopped
2 cups vegan cheddar cheese, shredded (try Follow Your Heart brand—www.followyourheart.com)
1 4.5-oz. can diced green chilies
2 cups Fritos corn chips, finely crushed
• Preheat the oven to 375°F.
• In a small bowl, combine the burger crumbles and taco seasoning and set aside.
• Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with oil.
• In layers, spread a generous amount of enchilada sauce, 6 corn tortillas, 2 cans of pinto beans, a handful of green onion, a third of the shredded “cheese,” half the can of green chilies, lots more enchilada sauce, 6 more tortillas, all the seasoned burger crumbles, another third of the “cheese,” the remaining green chilies, more enchilada sauce, then the final 6 tortillas, more enchilada sauce, and the rest of the “cheese.” Cover in foil and bake for 30 minutes.
• Remove the foil, top the entire casserole with the Fritos, and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and browned.
Makes 6 servings
I'm really looking forward to dinner time tonight. I'll be getting my apron on and hopefully find some mariachi music for some Cinco de Mayo fun! Anyone else doing anything special?
- Posted May 5, 2008 by SuDoughName | 4 Comments | Share It
- Filed under: cinco de mayo enchiladas mexican food
- Cookbook A Day Giveaway!
It's May and the flowers will (hopefully) be in bloom! As a celebration of the warm weather, Yummr is giving away a cookbook a day for the month of May and we want YOU to win them! How can you win one of the amazing cookbooks shown below courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Books? Easy! All you have to do is participate and let your voice be heard! You can:
- Comment on a current topic in the forums
- Start a new topic that you're interested or curious about
- Tell a friend about Yummr and have them join us
- Submit a recipe that you'd like to share with other foodies
- Show us other photos from great foodie experiences you've had
- Participate in the community foodie diary
You can even leave me (SuDoughName) a suggestion about what you'd like to see or do!
To qualify for the giveaway, make sure to participate then let us know that you've done so and a cookbook may very well end up at your doorstep!
The cookbooks are filled with amazing recipes with mouth-watering photos that we're sure you'd love to test out! Click HERE to see more information on these books.
Cookbook A Day for the Month of May Giveaway Winners! Giveaway Day Winner Book May 1st kafuela Baking: From My Home to Yours May 2nd nanefish The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 3rd daneen Desserts by the Yard May 4th gezellig_girl A Great American Cook May 5th easterlily49 Hello, Cupcake! May 6th haggisman Baking: From My Home to Yours May 7th MappyB The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 8th Stampingonit Desserts by the Yard May 9th Monkeyfoot A Great American Cook May 10th shanshea Baking: From My Home to Yours May 11th mkkristen The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 12th Amicus-Cupcake A Great American Cook May 13th puppylovernorris Desserts by the Yard May 14th mshah Baking: From My Home to Yours May 15th Ldylvbgr Hello, Cupcake! May 16th nikki57 The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 17th Cupcakenerd Desserts by the Yard May 18th Bakergirl1022 The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 19th iheartcuppycakes Baking: From My Home to Yours May 20th allknames A Great American Cook May 21st BakingBeauties Desserts by the Yard May 22nd Pinky Hello, Cupcake! May 23rd ashley884 Baking: From My Home to Yours May 24th misschef The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 25th HowToEatACupcake Hello, Cupcake! May 26th TeaLady Baking: From My Home to Yours May 27th HKFanatic A Great American Cook May 28th Fullmetaljester The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great May 29th misschef A Great American Cook May 30th shanshea Desserts by the Yard May 31st Amicus-Cupcake Desserts by the Yard
- Posted May 2, 2008 by SuDoughName | 17 Comments | Share It
- Filed under: baking bobby flay cookbooks cupcakes desserts Houghton Mifflin weight loss wolfgang puck