Monthly Archives: December 2013

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

I stuff my feet down into my boots, with two pairs of thick socks and grab my heaviest winter coat.  My sock monkey hat on my head, gloves shoved in my pockets and scarf slung over my shoulder ready to protect my face from the biting, bitter cold that awaits outside my door.

A splash of peppermint schnapps in my cup, topped with hot chocolate from the pot on the stove and I’m ready.  Camera in one hand, boozy cocoa in the other.  This is Christmas Eve. 


Every year, I would trek out in the very late night hours around my neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights.  Our neighborhood was infamous.  People came from all over to tour the houses, photographing nearly every single one…  And I lived there.   I would wait until the throngs of people no longer blocked every inch of sidewalk, the crowds had all gone home, the tour buses no longer clogging up the streets.   I waited.   Finally, when the night was quiet and the only sound was the snow and ice crunching under my boots, I made my annual rounds.

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Holiday Spirit…

Last night as I was driving to do a little Christmas shopping, I witnessed some Very Rude Behavior.  The Girl (with whom I was speaking at the time) was subjected to a five minute tirade by yours truly and stories of similar behavior that I had been witness to during previous Holiday seasons in New York.

Instead of rehashing stories highlighting the “not-so-proud” moments, let’s instead focus on something positive.  People I happen to think are fantastic!  Some of them I know in real life and some only through the world of food blogging, but these are folks that I really, truly enjoy and I know you will too.  

They are all very genuine and lovely people.  They are riotously funny and can bring you to tears in the same post.  Their recipes make you want to chip a tooth on the screen trying (in vain) to get just a little nibble…    

They are a talented, kind and wonderful lot, please do check them out and say “hi” for me while you’re there. red velvet

Jenni, otherwise known as “Sissy” of Pastry Chef Online.   Jenni is the Best.  Plain & Simple.  She is extremely knowledgeable and helpful,  her recipes are swoon-worthy and she is one of my favorite people on the planet.  This bread recipe absolutely fascinated me.

Jamie writes some of the most beautiful words you will ever read.  Her blog Life’s a Feast is one of my favorites.  The recipes and the stories that go with them are wonderful.  I can’t even tell you how many I have bookmarked to make someday…  But, this one is next.

Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic is high-larious.  She is my Canadian connection!  Her recipes are straight-forward and delicious, she cooks and bakes with passion, loves to share the wealth with our food blogger community and is an all around great gal.  Her slow cooker pulled pork recipe is something you need.  Trust me…

Rebecca of Foodie with Family is just that.  She is a Mom of some of the cutest, funniest boys and her food consistently elicits the “Pavlov’s dog” drool reaction.  I met Rebecca at a food blog conference this year and we decided to trade goods… I was the recipient of this.  It was magic in a mason jar.  Seriously.  I’ve never had anything like it and I cook for a living.  I can’t say enough about how good it was.  I ate it with a spoon while no one was watching…

Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake  is a delight.  Her food and photos are beautiful and her archive of recipes is massive.  If you are looking for something in particular, chances are you’ll find it over there!  Here is an example: I was looking for a fun something for a breakfast/brunch and this called my name.  Loudly.

David Leite.  Where do I even begin…  He is amazing, his writing is so honest and genuine that he makes you feel as if you are having a conversation.   I’ve met David a few times and believe me when I tell you, he is just as genuine in person.  His site is wildly popular, his book is beautiful and his “Blahg” is like a little peek into his life.   His post about the Thanksgiving debacle had me howling with laughter…  He really paints a picture.

Becca of It’s Yummi! is without a doubt one of the sweetest people that I’ve never met 😉   She is a chef living in Wisconsin, she loves football (so you know we get along!) and she makes a mean bowl of soup.  She is also a newlywed, so go on over and give her some love.

Well, friends… That about does it.    In the spirit of giving, these are the people that are a gift to me through their words, their food and their friendship.  Go check them out and cook something wonderful tonight.  <3