I apologize that there was no Weekender last weekend, but as I mentioned in the last edition, college has consumed my life, and I’m just not able to churn one out every week. Let’s not be sad about that; let’s be happy that there’s a Weekender today! First thing first, we’ve got to recap every delicious bite I dished out this week.
Let’s review, shall we?
- White Chocolate Walnut Toffee
You only need 5 ingredients for this sweet stuff.
- Masarpone-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
These ain’t your ordinary mashed potatoes; they’re richer, more decadent, & even more delicious.
- Spicy San Marzano Tomato Soup w/ Spinach & Beans
Seriously flavorful, seriously good for you.
- Devil’s Food Sheet Cake w/ White Chocolate Funfetti Buttercream
Moist, rich, & party-worthy.
- Triple Chocolate Delirium Cupcakes
So much chocolate, it’ll make your head spin.
Is it just me, or was this one of our tastiest weeks yet? I know it may be hard to believe, but I think this coming week will be even more delicious. I’ve got a brand new video coming for you, and we’re welcoming Fall in the best way I know how: with food! Can’t wait until then to see it? Subscribe to my Youtube channel, and you’ll get to watch the video days before everyone else!
Now that it’s September, I see it as safe to say “hello” to Autumn. All those Fall foods and flavors are sprouting up in stores, restaurants, and recipes. The Smart Cookie Kitchen is no exception. I got this adorable Martha Stewart acorn spatula for my birthday, which I have been waiting to break out. This weekend, the waiting was over. I’ve also got a matching apron, but more on that next week!
I also enjoyed my first glass of cider from The Clinton Cider Mill. This little gem is one of the few things I actually like about Utica, NY. The Clinton Cider Mill is a quality, local business that makes everything apple-related, amazing pies, incredible apple cider donuts, and of course, apple cider. It’s the best cider I’ve ever had. It tastes like pure, liquified, fresh apples; not concentrate or preservatives or artificial junk. It’s just delicious and refreshing.
Have you seen these Candy Corn Golden Oreos popping up in a Target near you? I went out and snagged some the second I heard about ‘em. After taste-testing, here’s my evaluation: they smell overwhelmingly like candy corn, but they don’t actually taste like candy corn. The flavor is super sweet, like frosting. However, this isn’t a bad thing. Although they don’t taste exactly like candy corn, they are completely delectable. I’m kind of addicted. And if you have a sweet tooth, you will be too. Stop by later this week to see a recipe utilizing these festive Oreos!
So now, it’s time for the good news/bad news. If you read the last Weekender, then you know I finally caught the stray cat who has been hanging out around my house, Thor, and took him to the vet. We got him all taken care of and brought him back home.
Let’s start with the bad news:
We decided to integrate Thor into the house slowly. We were going to keep him in one room for awhile until he got used to it, then let him into the rest of the house. We chose the sun room since three out of the four walls are entirely made of sliding glass doors. Thor would be able to feel like he was still outside.
When we got him home and let him out of the cage, Thor panicked and went straight for one of the doors, which was open, thinking that the screen was just wide open space and he could get away. Thor went at the screen with such force that I thought he’d hurt himself. Instead, he shot straight through it, leaving behind a hole in the screen, and my mouth gaping open in shock.
An entire week passed, and I thought I’d never see him again. I was so upset; it was like going through a break-up. However, last Saturday, Thor returned out of nowhere.
This is where the good news comes in.
Although Thor was quite apprehensive his first day back, I gave him some food, and he quickly warmed up to me again. He now goes in and out of the house as he pleases, and has explored every room. He spends all day, every day hanging around. When I wake up in the morning, he’s waiting on the porch to come in for breakfast. The only thing I’m still working on is his skittishness. If you get too close, he’ll bolt, and petting him is out of the question. Any ideas on how to alleviate this?
I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on Thor’s progress. In the meantime, there are a multitude of ways to make sure you don’t miss a single bite on Smart Cookie.