Doggy Mama

The past couple weeks have been crazy with my dance show, final exams and projects, and finally packing up and coming home for the break! I’ve been in sunny California for a few days now, never changing out of my pajamas. Perfect.

cookie-cutters

One of the things I miss most about home when I’m away, besides In N Out, is my dogs. Living in a house with no dogs feel so lonely! I made these the other day as an extra special treat for my puppies.

doggy-biscuits

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits
Makes about 3 dozen.

Ingredients
1 C peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg
3/4 C milk
1 Tbsp dried parsley (for doggies with fresh breath!)
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 3/4 C flour

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, banana, egg, and milk.
3. Stir in parsley and baking powder. Gradually add flour, mixing until a thick dough forms.
4. Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thick. Cut as desired.
5. Bake for 20 min, flip over, then bake another 15 min.
6. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

munchkin

I think they were a hit!

24,000

So I live in New York now? That’s kind of weird to think about. I have a really great job, which I love. I get free meals at work, which is super awesome, but it means I rarely get the chance to cook! It’s hard to keep a kitchen stocked when you only have the chance to eat at home 2 days a week, and even then, I’m in New York City! I want to explore!!

Apparently New York has about 24,000 restaurants. I’m starting to keep a list of places I want to go, but so far the only place I’ve eaten besides work and my own apartment is Chipotle…

On one of my first days here, I met up with a friend at a food festival on Ninth Ave. It was pretty cool! It was blocked off for fifteen blocks, and the whole street was packed with people and vendors.

A lot of people were cooking, and the smells attracted plenty of customers.

Lots of fried food, of course, but there was no shortage of desserts either.

There were also booths selling dried fruit, nuts, loose teas, and spices!

I ended up having pad thai for lunch and a candy apple for dessert. I guess things like this happen pretty often during the summer, so I’ll have to check out more of them.

Disasters in Food

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m moving out in a week. A few days after that, I’m leaving the country. So the last thing I want to do is collect things in my kitchen.

I really wanted to bake today, but I only had about 2/3 cups of flour left and I didn’t want to buy more. I found a recipe for strawberry lemonade cupcakes I wanted to try, and decided to cut it in half – only make six cupcakes. My mom always says sometimes things can go wrong when you scale down a recipe even if you keep the proportions the same, but I figured, hey? It’s just cupcakes. It should be fine.

So I got my fruit…

 

And I made my batter…

And I baked my cupcakes (look, that’s me in the teapot!)…

And then I took the cupcakes out of the pan. This is when things went wrong. See, I really like using silicone pans – you don’t have to use paper liners or grease it or anything. If I had baked these with regular paper liners, all would’ve been fine. Sure, they would’ve been pretty messy to eat, but they would still taste good. But with this, when I took them out of the pan, they fell apart. The top half completely separated from the bottom on every single one! I even tried transferring them to individual silicone liners, but it still didn’t work right. But the cake still tasted good, so I decided to go ahead and crumble up the cake for cake pops. I should’ve quit while I was ahead.

So I crumbled…

And I made the strawberry lemon buttercream frosting, so delicious…

And then, as cake pops usually go, I mixed the frosting into the cake. Unfortunately, still flustered over the previous mishap, right off the bat I put way too much frosting into my cake. It turned to mush. But I thought, it’s okay. It sucks, but it’s okay. Let’s put it into the freezer for awhile and see if it helps. And it did! It helped a lot. So I made my cake balls, dipped them in white chocolate and had cake pops. I even photographed them all pretty.

Then I ate one. It was like sugar-butter on a stick. No wonder they were so mushy.

The moral of the story: Don’t cut already small recipes in half. And when you do, use paper liners.