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Matcha Shortbread

In Cookies on January 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm
From Drop Box

In mid-November, I traveled to Nepal with school. I’d never expected to ever visit the country, but when my school announced it as the annual travel destination for the 11th grade, I signed up immediately.

It’s been more than a month since we’ve come back, but some mornings, I still wake up smelling Nepal.

It’s the kind of heavy scent that buries itself deep inside my memory, but feels so fresh and real that I’m found confusing my imagination for the doubt that it’s still clinging to my hair, like a memory that refuses to be washed out. It’s musky and a little sour. On the first days in Nepal, I mistook it for the redolence of an exotic spice, but now I’m near certain it’s the mingled smell of cow dung, rotting fruit, and sandy dust. It’s rather charming in it’s own way. I even find myself missing it every once in a while, wishing to be transported back to the day of our flight, when the entire trip was still before us. Read the rest of this entry »

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Belated Blogoversary

In Chocolate, Cookies on March 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm
From Adriana Baking

Amidst the chaos of the past month, days melded into weeks as my blog posts petered out. It wasn’t until a few days before February 20th that I realized that that day marked the beginning of my blog and unleashed my passion for both writing and baking.

Like a sailor quenching his thirst with swallows of crystal pure water, soothing his dry, cracked throat, I have been quelling my desire for the written word by reading. With every free ounce of time granted to me, I buried myself in the earth of faraway times, convincing myself, like every captivated reader come upon great historical fiction, that I was born a couple of centuries too late. It was recently that I discovered my love for historical fiction. Around the time of my last post, I started reading a book about World War I, and ever since, I’ve been transported further and further back in time by way of books to the fourteenth century. Instead of writing, I’ve been reading for hours on end, a pleasure I haven’t indulged in since winter vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Pepper Cookies with Matcha Frosting

In Chocolate, Cookies, Frostings and Icings on January 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm
From Adriana Baking

It’s good to be back at school. Though every second upon waking up this morning seemed to pass by much too quickly, school was nothing to dread. Kicking off my warm covers and jumping out of bed at six forty-five was a dive back into the deep waters of familiarity. Walking to school in the early morning with a heavy bag and my clarinet case in hand is what I’ve known for the past five months, and it felt right to be reacquainted with routine.

As much as I love to spend time alone reading books or toting a camera around and capturing moments of life, I do enjoy the company of others. I walked into school today and greeted my friends with a shining smile – I’d missed them. Throughout winter vacation I’d spent most of my time at home with family, with the exception of a couple of days. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peppermint Frosting

In Chocolate, Cookies, Frostings and Icings on December 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm
From Adriana Baking

I’m sitting on the black woven chair by the computer, glowing and alert after a good night’s sleep. The past few days of vacation I have spent at home, learning how to relax again. I never expected high school to be easy, a few years that I could live through without putting in effort. The last week of school before vacation drained the energy from my body until I was waking tired and cranky, and struggling to keep my heavy lids from drooping down during biology class. I couldn’t even manage to fall asleep when I crawled into bed. Often, it would be hours before I floated into a land of unconsciousness – I couldn’t keep my mind off schoolwork. Teachers always seem to load us with homework, deadlines, and upcoming tests just before a break, leading us to crash into Christmas vacation exhausted. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

In Chocolate, Cookies on October 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm
From Adriana Baking

It first hit me three weeks ago.  My high school held a college fair that memorable afternoon in September, hosting colleges from all over the United States. It was intended for juniors and graduating seniors, though freshmen were invited to participate. As I watched the representatives set up their booths, draping tablecloths over their stands and slowly transforming the field into a rainbow of school colors, my classmates started to talk. The buzz of anticipation and the hubbub of their impressionable chatter enveloped me, surrounded me, left me out. I realized with slow certainty that  each one of my friends had their lives planned out, theirs careers set. I- wants to study architecture and S- dreams of becoming a nurse, while T-’s mind is set along the lines of psychology. Or was it medicine? And each one of them had an answer to the questions posed – what field are you interested in? What do you want to study? Not only can they answer without doubt masking their words, they know exactly which career they want to pursue. As for me, I don’t even know what I’m not interested in studying. I am completely undecided. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daring Bakers Make Decorated Sugar Cookies

In Cookies, Daring Bakers, Frostings and Icings on September 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm
From Adriana Baking

As I start high school I realize that the previous years could never have prepared me for what was to come. All throughout middle school, I listened to my teachers lecture about various subjects, searching for some genuine interest in their lessons. But I found none. While writing essays about Medieval Europe and proving theorems and postulates in math class were definitely not boring, I never found myself becoming excited about a class and looking forward to it – until now.

Maybe it’s the change in the atmosphere from middle school, or maybe it’s the fact that my teachers are all passionate about their fields, each one of them showing their excitement their own way. Some fill their voices with emotion as their faces become animated and their hand gestures elaborate. Others can’t help but go beyond the required teaching material, sharing their enthusiasm for the subject with the whole class. My classes are definitely harder, but I feel like I’m learning, grasping new ideas and eager to be taught. Read the rest of this entry »

Panforte Ice Cream and Gingersnaps

In Cookies, Ice cream on August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am
From Adriana Baking

About half a year ago, I had what I thought was a wonderful idea. I would start a food blog and post new recipes and anecdotes about my experience in the kitchen every week.  Naturally, I couldn’t keep my excitement to myself. And when I told my parents about my idea, they were every bit as encouraging as I was excited.

The first few days of blogging were pretty frustrating for me. I would sit in front of the computer, obsessing over every view and updating my blog when I realized not much was happening.  If someone happened to find my blog and leave a comment, I would spend the whole day reading over it in my head, eventually memorizing it.  Soon enough, I realized that I had more and more to write about. Instead of writing only about the recipe, I started incorporating little pieces of information about what was going on in my life. Anecdotes. My little group of readers seemed to like the new style of posts, and my blog was soon becoming more popular. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Big, Fat, Chewy Kind

In Chocolate, Cookies on July 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm
From 2010-07

I waited eagerly for the 4th batch of chocolate chip cookies to bake, not daring to look into the oven window to make sure they were developing the faint cracks that were a hallmark of that particular recipe. When the timer went off a few minutes later and I opened the oven door, all hopes of perfecting the recipe were lost. They were still the round balls of dough I had put in the oven 10 minutes earlier, now baked. Puffy, browned, and crackless, the cookies were the ugliest ones I had ever made. I couldn’t understand why they weren’t spreading and cracking like the ones I made a couple of weeks earlier.  I had used the same recipe after all.  Frustrated, I set them on the wire rack to cool, because their dark butterscotch-y flavor remained unchanged. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Favorite-Gingersnaps

In Cookies on May 8, 2010 at 8:11 am
From Adriana Baking

Whether you play an instrument, have a talent singing, love to run, or know how to make the best fudgy brownies, these activities require practice.  You can’t pick up your violin or sit at your piano weeks after forgetting to practice and expect to play just as well as  you did before. You can’t get up one day weeks after taking a break from your daily running routine and expect to be just as fit. And you definitely can’t abandon a recipe for some time and expect to pull it off just as well as you did before.

Up until a couple months ago, I had the recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies.  They were a dark golden color, were perfectly round, and they were chewy. Their edges were crisp, and best best of all, they had beautiful cracks in them. In February, when my friend E. caught a cold, and a couple of my other friends and I decided to make her some chocolate chip cookies, they all turned to me for the recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Soft Sugar Cookies

In Cookies on March 21, 2010 at 5:55 pm
From Adriana Baking

Sometimes I’ll see a recipe somewhere that I just have to make. I’ll read through the directions, picturing myself measuring out sugar, beating eggs, or folding flour into a batter.  As I would make the recipe in my head, the need to bake that very thing would grow more and more urgent.  

From Adriana Baking

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