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Summer Fruit Bruschetta & Homemade Ricotta

Most of the time, I enjoy baking and cooking alone. This can typically be attributed to two things. The first being that, well, I’m Haein and I am the clumsiest girl I know. In other words, I like sparing myself the shame, so please continue to keep me on that culinary pedestal as I continue to make a mess masterpiece in my kitchen. The second being that having the kitchen all to my lonesome gives me a deep sense of serenity and control – and who doesn’t want complete and total control?! Oh, right, and peace.
But, every once in a while, I have the unexpected pleasure of friends willing to help or learn or just eat in my kitchen (as opposed to my dining room, I guess). My most recent catering event was one such instance of true camaraderie.

One of my best friends was here this past week from California and she’s just left, leaving me feeling bereft. She spent one of her first weekends home helping me prepare for the biggest baking extravaganza of my still-developing life. Not just her, but also several more of the most kindhearted and compassionate friends I have. They volunteered their time and energy to help create a success beyond my imagination. Success for me, of course, being all-inclusive of my ability to occasionally stuff their mouths with so-called mistakes or “extras” (though there really weren’t any) in addition to shoving extra jars of homemade strawberry jam or fresh ricotta cheese into their arms.

But enough about that.
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Not Just Rabbit Food.

Even though this may be more appropriate for Easter which just passed, I wanted to use up all the carrots I had in the fridge. This compelled me to make carrot cupcakes, my post-Easter treat. I had bought a bundle of carrots at Sam’s Club last week, which was basically a pack of God knows how many for only 3-4 bucks. Thinking I’d probably use a lot of carrots for cooking here and there, I thought this was a practical purchase. I have really got to learn how to steer away from good deals and instead think about food waste and cost. I also should remind myself how I do not particularly like carrots, especially cooked ones. Yuck.

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Not Just Rabbit Food.

Even though this may be more appropriate for Easter which just passed, I wanted to use up all the carrots I had in the fridge. This compelled me to make carrot cupcakes, my post-Easter treat. I had bought a bundle of carrots at Sam’s Club last week, which was basically a pack of God knows how many for only 3-4 bucks. Thinking I’d probably use a lot of carrots for cooking here and there, I thought this was a practical purchase. I have really got to learn how to steer away from good deals and instead think about food waste and cost. I also should remind myself how I do not particularly like carrots, especially cooked ones. Yuck.

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