It’s been awhile. Too long, really. I have so much to tell you…
After participating in the fabulous Pie Party, hosted by Jackie Gordon (@divathatateny), Ken Leung (@hungryrabbitnyc) and the GE Monogram Design Center (totally wanted to move in to that kitchen!!) and pleasing the crowd with a Cafe Mocha Tart, I whipped up some Pumpkin Donuts with help from Harry & David in the face of Superstorm Sandy, and then put smiles on the faces of the awesome volunteers at the Miller Field Disaster Recovery Center with some good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies in the aftermath. Later, I turned my focus to baking for Thanksgiving. Apple crumb pie, pecan pie, corn bread, and some brownies to be precise. It was a busy, but fulfilling few weeks.
It gets better.
I also had the great pleasure to attend the unveiling of Williams-Sonoma‘s new cookware line at its flagship store in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. My favorite part of the day? Meeting Eli Sussman, half of the brotherly chef duo behind “This is A Cookbook,” a compendium of comfort food recipes for easy entertaining and everyday eating. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to sample the Sussmans’ version of Avgolemono soup. Think Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice rolled into a soup bowl. Simply delish.
I was equally excited by Williams-Sonoma’s new iPad stand and accompanying Bluetooth adapter, which allows any technology savvy chef to turn a tablet into a virtual cookbook. I don’t know about you, but I *always* use my iPhone to refer to recipes while I cook and bake, and I love to rock out when I’m in the kitchen, so let’s just hope Santa is reading this post. ;)
My latest focus? You guessed it: Christmas Cookies. I’ll admit, I’ve been kind of a lightweight the past few years, laying low when it came to making thousands of cookies with my cousin as an annual tradition. Well, I’m not any less exhausted now, but I plan to give it a whirl this weekend.
There was one recipe missing from my collection, which led me to furiously scour food blogs and recipe websites because a Christmas Cookie tray is not complete without Cinnamon Sugar Balls. My tenacity paid off, dear readers, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. (Special thanks to Cook Eat Share for archiving this one!) TRB Tip: My cousin substitutes almond extract for vanilla extract, and they are goooodddd.
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a healthy new year!