Tagged: Holidays

My Funny Valentine

I have a little confession to make. My name is Haein and I am a hopeless romantic.
I know, I know. Once upon a time (over Chocolate SoufflĂ© Cupcakes with White Chocolate Mint Cream, maybe) I wrote off Valentine’s Day as a “commercial holiday disguised as a single-day celebration of ‘love,’ as defined by Hallmark,” or, you know, something like that. Being the so-called “serial monogamist” that I am, I viewed February 14th simply as yet another excuse to get dolled up and correspondingly wined and dined by the presumably ever-so-charming BF (whoever that may be). But, more importantly, as a girl who loves to bake and cook, I simply viewed the day as one to breathe, think, make, then give everything that is chocolate. To, well, everyone.
Surprisingly, this year, there was no “everyone.” There was most certainly chocolate. But, only a silky and decadent old-fashioned chocolate pudding for two.
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Food Coma & Beyond.

I’m genuinely at a loss for words. Has it really been over a month? Is it really Christmas? Already?! Was my last post seriously about mac & cheese? (Not that there’s anything wrong with Butternut Mac & Cheese, of course, but seriously?!) What about all the pumpkins, pecans, potatoes, turkeys, hams, cranberries, apples, and other wonderful ingredients my Americanized holidays typically entail? What about the magical slew of cookies that epitomize December and Christmas? Where are my cookies?!


I blame it on the food coma. You know what I’m talking about; the embarrassingly long and lethargic slumber that infallibly follows a delightful-turned-uncomfortable session of gorging or face-stuffing. Yes, I am unashamed to admit that I was such a victim post-Thanksgiving (and still am occasionally). Hence, the unintended hiatus and end of the year scurry. With only a handful of days or so left in 2010 and only a handful of hours before Christmas Day, I leave you (or at least those of you acquainted with my lifelong partner, procrastination) with a last-minute Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger recipe for an exceptionally warm and cozy Christmas holiday.
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Sticky Apples.

Perhaps you are still overwhelmed and completely passed the cloying post-Halloween saccharine sweets. I, for one, am not. Almost, but not quite yet. I suppose not partaking (nor having little munchkins to participate) in the trick-or-treat ritual contributes to this yet-to-be satisfied sweet tooth of mine. And, c’mon, it’s not that bad. Surely, the notion of a caramel apple is not only nostalgic of those childhood worry-free carnivals and festive Autumn holidays, but also convincing (to lure you into complying with the requests of your ever-present sweet tooth). After all, it is still a fruit for goodness sake.


And what’s that pervasive saying, again? Oh yes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Continue reading

Sticky Apples.

Perhaps you are still overwhelmed and completely passed the cloying post-Halloween saccharine sweets. I, for one, am not. Almost, but not quite yet. I suppose not partaking (nor having little munchkins to participate) in the trick-or-treat ritual contributes to this yet-to-be satisfied sweet tooth of mine. And, c’mon, it’s not that bad. Surely, the notion of a caramel apple is not only nostalgic of those childhood worry-free carnivals and festive Autumn holidays, but also convincing (to lure you into complying with the requests of your ever-present sweet tooth). After all, it is still a fruit for goodness sake.


And what’s that pervasive saying, again? Oh yes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Continue reading