It's finally here: The Sex And The City Movie (Check Out This Great Review) !!! My friends and I are HUGE fans and have been known to easily stay up til 3am watching whole seasons of SATC on DVD! I knew i wanted to make something to commemorate the auspicious occasion, but what?? Manalo Blahniks??? Louis Vuitton Handbags??? Nope, the quintessential SATC icon has to be: the Cosmopolitan Cocktail... remember when the girls used to drink them every time they went out??? That's what i would make: Cosmo Sugar Cookies. Each of these sugar cookies is about 4 1/2" inches. I didnt have a cookie cutter so i made a template on stiff cardboard and cut each glass out with a pairing knife. After they baked and cooled i iced them with hot pink, white and black glace icing. I was able to put two cookies (back to back with a piece of waxed paper in between) into a cello bag and tied with a pink ribbon! Enjoy!
I've been reading about some fantastic cookies made in Massachusetts called Salted Oat Cookies. The recipe is very hush, hush and fans are always trying to figure out the magic recipe! I don't know if these cookies are even close to the real deal but they are really good! I added rum soaked raisins to the recipe and they taste fantastic! I've been keeping a container "marinating" for any cookies calling for raisins as they add the perfect and plump flavor accent. In addition, the tops of the cookies are lightly sprinkled with Vanilla Salt. My friend Gigi was kind enough to send me a jar, the combination of ground vanilla beans mixed with the sea salt is a delicate aromatic treat perfect for these cookies! The cookies are moist and delicious type of oatmeal cookie with the added benefit of the savory vanilla scented salt on top, very distinct and different! Enjoy!
I have a recipe for a Ricotta Cheesecake that sounded good and while researching the recipe a little more i realized that i could make my own ricotta cheese! Hopefully it would taste better that the store bought version?! This is the recipe that i used to make my own Homemade Ricotta Cheese. The instructions are pretty straightforward and simple, just a little time consuming. After my milk mixture came to a rolling boil i poured in my lemon juice, lemon juice from Meyer lemons. Well, i got NO CURDS, ugh, apparently Meyer lemons are not acidic enough to curdle the milk! I suddenly remembered in reviews that one lady had successfully substituted vinegar for lemon juice, so my dad grabbed a bottle of apple-cider vinegar and dumped some in.... Voila! Instant curds, yah! the cheese was saved! This ricotta is very smooth and creamy with a slightly sweet flavor (the vinegar didnt change the flavor at all!)... I ended up using ricotta for the cheesecake (which came out slightly burned by the way!!! gotta get an aluminum cakepan instead of the old dark non-stick....) and the leftovers to make ricotta and berry parfaits with a drizzle of honey and Grand Mariner.
It was a lot of fun making the cheese and the flavor and texture is much better than store-bought! Try it out for yourself! :-)
I saw this recipe for Meyer Lemon Cupcakes so i decided to use up some more lemons and give them a try. The cupcake is a delicious vanilla cake filled with Meyer Lemon Curd and topped with buttercream chrysanthimum flowers and leaves.
I was lucky enough to get this really cute set of "bug" cookie cutters from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. They were having a big sale and i found a Macy's gift-card with $4 left over and my BFF Annette gave me one of her gift-cards with about $6 so they were basically free! I used the "bee" cutter from the set to make these 4 1/2 inch cookies you see here. The base is a dark chocolate sugar cookie decorated with glace icing in "bee colors" of yellow, dark chocolate and white. I chose to go atypical with my design for a little more unusual sophisticated look. Enjoy!