Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls…and a Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

February 13, 2014
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls…and a Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY  CLOSED}

Guys, can I be honest with you for a second? These cake balls started out as cupcakes. Gorgeous, moist, fluffy chocolate cupcakes that I decided to top with a strawberry cream cheese frosting that had just a smidge too much strawberry puree in it and ended up dripping and oozing all over the plate (and my dining table). Oh, and for some reason I decided that chocolate ganache would help the ooze-factor, so I spooned that on top of everything. But guys? It didn’t help. At all. I have never seen less appealing cupcakes in my life. But, being the thrifty optimist that I am, I decided to make lemonade out of my cupcake lemons and turn the whole sticky, drippy mess into something more...

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

January 27, 2014
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

This post is inspired by the three-layer chocolate mousse cake I had at my friend Dave’s house last weekend. Our friend Doug was in town to celebrate his last pre-30s birthday, and his brother’s awesome girlfriend made him this gorgeous cake as a special birthday treat. And let me just say that, although I’ve only met this girl once, based on this case alone she’s my new favorite person in the world. It. Was. AMAZING. Picture (and taste) this: two gorgeous, thick layers of airy mousse on top of a rich chocolate cake base that’s so moist and fluffy that it’s almost mousse-like in consistency. You take a bite and it just melts in your mouth – but, not before the distinct yet complementary...

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DIY Nutella

January 24, 2014
DIY Nutella

Guys. Remember how I have a rule about not letting myself keep Nutella in the house? Because I have serious Nutella-addiction issues and am prone to gorging myself on that smooth, creamy, choco-nutty crack by the spoonful until I make myself sick? Well. I threw that rule right out the window last weekend and made my own Nutella. Made. My. Own. Nutella. It was delicious. It tasted like the store-bought stuff I love so much (maybe a tad less creamy/smooth?). And it was super easy to make. Like, really easy. So easy I could definitely make my own Nutella in less than an hour any time I have a craving. This could be…a serious problem. So far, though, I have exercised extraordinary will power and...

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Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

January 20, 2014
Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

When Dan and I first started dating, he told me that he didn’t really like Asian food. Rice was too bland, and anything more adventurous than Orange Chicken was too much. His idea of Chinese food was Panda Express and the over-sweet, candy-red BBQ ribs and fried egg rolls from some place called China Villa. Spicy food gave him indigestion, and sushi (of course) was a no go because he refused to eat raw fish. Sigh. Sob. This was, as you can imagine, devastating to me. Like, almost a deal breaker. I liked Dan (a lot), but I couldn’t bring someone who didn’t even like rice home to my parents, ya know? But more importantly, Asian food is awesome and Dan needed to know that. So I took...

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Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

January 18, 2014
Homemade Teriyaki Chicken

Is it weird that I sometimes miss college dining? Not dining hall food…definitely not. My dorm’s dining hall served mainly bland stir fries, greasy baked ziti, and soggy Monty Cristo sandwiches. Blech. What I do miss is the food from student center. I liked having all those options, you know? There was a brick oven pizza place that had amazing, gigantic sausage pizzas that my roommate and I devoured every weekend. Right next to it (same counter, really) was a bagel joint that made the best chicken salad bagel sandwiches I’ve ever had. Kitty corner from that was a creperie that, oddly enough, sold delicious frozen bubble teas. That was eventually taken over by Ana’s Taqueria, which made mind blowing al pastor quesadillas. And inside...

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Crockpot Parmesan Chicken….and a Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

January 10, 2014
Crockpot Parmesan Chicken….and a Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Happy 2014, everyone! Did you guys have fun over the holidays and/or New Years? Maybe you’re a little bit like me, and maybe you slightly over-indulged (a lot) over the holidays. Perhaps you are still getting residual bouts of heartburn from all that rich, indigestible food you shoveled happily into your body and all those boozy cocktails you tossed back. Yes? Well then, I have the perfect giveaway for you today! The nice folks at TUMS have provided me with a few samples of their products, and I’d like to share them with you: TUMS Freshers: The only TUMS product that relieves heartburn fast and freshens breath at the same time. TUMS Chewy Delights: Offers the same great heartburn relief as other TUMS products, but in...

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Reader’s Choice: Best of 2013

December 30, 2013
Reader’s Choice: Best of 2013

Well, 2014 is almost upon us. How did that even happen? 2013 was kind of a blur for me. Work was busy, wedding planning kept me really busy, and then there were all those trips for friends’ weddings, the honeymoon, and a whole bunch of other reasons I can’t even remember now sprinkled in the mix. Phew. What a great year though, huh? It was certainly a great year for Just Putzing Around the Kitchen. Lots of recipes came out of my kitchen this year, and you all seemed to like them, if Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr are any indication. Here are the best posts of 2013, according to you: APPETIZERS: Restaurant-Style Queso - I’m happy to see that you guys love chips and dip as much...

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Unicorn Tears

December 28, 2013
Unicorn Tears

Guys, my glassware/bar ware habit is getting out of hand. Even after donating like 4 boxes of stuff to Good Will, I am quickly running out of space (read: have already run out of space but am in denial) to store all of the new glasses and bottles I keep buying. My most recent purchase? Super long-stemmed fishbowl wine glasses, which Buzzfeed tells me are the same ones that Olivia Pope uses to feed her drinking habit on Scandal. I set out to just order the 23oz red wine glasses, but then I thought “you know, the 13oz white wine glasses are super cute too, and they match the red wine glasses, and I like white wine a lot, so….” So I went ahead and...

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DIY Flavored Butters

December 24, 2013
DIY Flavored Butters

Alright. It’s the morning of Christmas Eve. You’re getting ready for your annual holiday party later tonight. The tree is fully decked out, the stockings have been hung, and your gifts are all wrapped and tucked nicely under the tree. You’re running through your mental checklist of things that were supposed to be done by today, when you realize…shit. Forgot to buy/make a present for . What to do, what to do? No time to run to the mall, no time to order something online, no time to make a few bottles of DIY flavored extracts. You are screwed big time. But wait! You have all those cute little bottles/jars you bought at the flea market a while back that you didn’t...

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DIY Flavored Extracts

December 22, 2013
DIY Flavored Extracts

Guys. Are y’all as excited about DIY foodie holiday gifts as I am? I don’t know what’s going on with me this year, but I have literally flagged every single DIY food-related article I’ve run across online (damn you, Buzzfeed). Flavored butters, cupcakes in a jar, mulled wine kits, homemade nutella…so cute, so practical, so delicious. I want to make (and eat) all of it! You know what it probably is? All of these DIY gift ideas involve adorable little jars, and I am a huge sucker for cute glassware. Canning jars – want, have, used only when I have leftover frosting I can’t bear to throw out (but of course it just gets shoved to the back of my fridge and is immediately...

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