Welcome to the Geeky Hostess Recipe Book Club! Each month I’ll be pick a recipe book, and try various recipes from it. I’ll post pictures of the outcomes on Instagram and share my thoughts on social media. Based on permissions from the author/publisher, some months may include giveaways, free recipes, and interviews. You can join along by getting a copy of the book and sharing your thoughts with #GHRecipeBookClub!
I’ve been wanting to start a recipe book club for a while. I have stacks and stacks of recipe books with fun recipes and beautiful pictures, yet I hardly ever actually use them. This gives me a chance to really explore the books and learn a bit more about cooking/baking in the process. Plus, it gives you a chance to see multiple recipes from a book made by someone other than the author, and allows us all to learn and share tips together if you choose to get the book as well!
To start us off, I’ve chosen Desserts from My Kitchen by Lesley Stowe (the creator of Raincoast Crisps, those delicious crackers I used in my Fairytale Party post!). I had the pleasure of meeting Lesley Stowe at the Seattle Food Bloggers Conference, and she’s amazing. She’s a Paris-trained chef, former caterer, and now creator of the Raincoast Crisp line. She has a variety of recipe books, but this one is her newest. Her passion is desserts, and you can really see it through the gorgeous creations in this book. Many of the desserts look like they’d be at home in an art museum!
The recipes range from fairly simple to complex, and all of them have measurements written out by cup/teaspoon and by weight. Although this recipe book isn’t particularly geeky, I feel it lays down a great foundation on a variety of treats. Once you have these down and in your repertoire, you can find ways to incorporate geeky touches!
The book includes the following categories:
- Bars & Biscotti
- Tarts & More Tarts
- Dinner Party Desserts
- Frozen Desserts
- Holiday Favorites
- Toppings & Special Touches
- Baking Basics
I’m looking forward to trying the following recipes:
- Oatmeal Milk-Chocolate Chunk Cookies (A nice basic!)
- Chocolate Macarons (I’ve been wanting to learn how to make macarons for a long time!)
- Lemon Shortbread Bars (These are going to make a fantastic treat for Easter brunch!)
- Semifreddo (A frozen mousse/ice cream type dessert. She has a few different flavor options!)
And if I have time, I may try one of her beautiful tarts or cakes.
Desserts From My Kitchen is currently available for $26.27 on Amazon.com. Will you join me for the first Geeky Hostess Recipe Book Club? If so, please share your thoughts and pics by using #GHRecipeBookClub!
My friends over at HalloweenCostumes.com put together something that had me laughing at the ridiculousness/adorableness of it: Eggvengers, Avengers costumes for your Easter Eggs. Holiday DIY, Marvel superheroes, and more puns than I can count? You’ve just found one of my new favorite things.
You can print out costumes for Black Widow, Captain America, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, Loki, Ultron, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Hulk on their blog.
Want to decorate yourself while you’re decorating your eggs? Or want to prep yourself for an upcoming Age of Ultron screening? Enter to win this amazing Captain America Shield! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below. A winner will be selected on Friday!
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon this weekend! You’ll be able to find the Geeky Hostess booth in all of its pink and cupcakey-glory on the 6th floor of the convention center (booth #2705!).
In addition to saying “Hi” to me and exchanging hugs and pleasantries, you’ll be able to purchase Geeky Sprinkles, recipe cards, and aprons at special discounted convention prices! You’ll also have access to some very limited edition sprinkle kits, including sanding sugar that was previously only available through the Kickstarter.
It gets even better: If you get hungry during the con, head to Wild Rye or Solera (both in the convention center) to purchase a cupcake with Geeky Sprinkles on them!
Will you be at Emerald City Comicon? What are you looking forward to there?
Have you heard the news about the new Plants vs. Zombies comic? Dark Horse is releasing “Bully For You,” an all-ages miniseries coming to a comic shop near you in June! The news made me want to make something special–and what’s better than a magic taco?
I’ve been on a bit of a healthy/homemade kick lately, and wanted to make something delicious and worthy of being “magic,” but is healthy enough to serve to your family and friends and feel good about it. The Magic Taco does not have any meat in it, so I made mine with a delicious black bean and veggie filling. I also used some of Mission Foods‘ Digestive Health Tortillas to add some healthy probiotics to the meal. (They also now have Gluten-Free tortillas and Carb Balance tortillas available in stores–a great way to make sure everyone’s happy and healthy on taco night!) What you get is a taco you can feel good about eating. Magic indeed!
I’ve been waiting for the day when 3D printers would become a bit more delicious, and that day is here. This PancakeBot uses 3D printing technology to pour pancake batter directly on a griddle, making pancakes in the shape of anything you wish.
The PancakeBot will retail for $299 but can be purchased from their Kickstarter campaign for $179. Not a bad price to pay for the best breakfast (and lunch, and dinner, and snacks, and desserts…) ever.
I’m guessing the printer can be used for more than just pancake batter. I’d be interested in using melted chocolate with the griddle turned off to make fun chocolate shapes.
Will you be purchasing a PancakeBot? And if so, can I come over for breakfast?
(Hat tip to Steven for sending the link my way!)
Job Hunters, the web series I produced, was selected to be a part of the inaugural Seattle Web Fest, and I’m thrilled! I can’t wait to see it on the big screen, and you can too, for free! This Saturday, join me at Seattle Web Fest for screenings, panels, hugs, and shmoozing from 10am-8pm. Whether you’re a web series creator, a web series fan, or are just bored in Seattle and want to see some free entertainment, there’s something for you.
I’m still working out my schedule, but you’ll definitely see me at the screening block from 4pm-5pm (that’s when Job Hunters will run) and at the “Marketing Your Web Series” panel at 6pm (I’ll be moderating!). You can see the full schedule at seattlewebfest.com.
Will I see you there?
The University of Washington, my alma mater, is hosting an incredibly fun “Geek Week” this week. Although most events are for students only, the end of the week concert is open to all. Jonathan Coulton will be headlining the show, with the always lovely Doubleclicks and Fighter X. Tickets are $25. I’ll be there–will I see you?
UW’s continuing the geeky activities this spring when Neil Gaiman comes on Friday, April 17th. Tickets are $35 and are going to sell out–get yours asap!
I’m loving that UW is embracing the geek community, and I can’t wait to attend these events. I hope to see you there!
It’s that time of year again. Time for
angels to descend down to earth and give us ambrosia from the heavens girls to sell Girl Scout Cookies. And, as is tradition, I’m participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest. We take Girl Scout cookies and attempt to not eat them all straight from the box, and instead use them as ingredients in recipes.
This year is the Samoa’s 40th birthday, so we’re all celebrating by making recipes for this cookie. I chose to make an icebox cake: it turns these cookies into a sweet, messy, delicious dessert. And it’s easy!
Make way for sprinkles! To get ready for sprinkles and the new Geeky Hostess store that comes with it, I’ve put many of the current Geeky Hostess items on sale! Find t-shirts, tote bags, underwear, and even an Espionage Makeup Collection for up to 30% off! Check it out and help me clear the way for some exciting new items!
Like Fireball whiskey? Atomic Fireball candy? Dungeons and Dragons? Mario? An excuse to make cupcakes? Then these are for you.
Warning: They’re potent. They’re boozy and they’ve got a spicy cinnamon kick. You’re gonna love them.
- 1 box spice cake mix
- Ingredients needs for box spice cake mix, minus the water (mine needed 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 3 eggs)
- 1 cup + 1 TBS Fireball (or another spicy cinnamon flavored whiskey)
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash salt
- red and yellow food coloring (optional)
- cinnamon candies (optional)
Prepare the spice cake mix as is directed on the back of the box, but instead of water, use Fireball. (My cake mix called for 1 cup of water, so I put in 1 cup of Fireball instead.) Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way with the batter, and bake as directed on the back of the box.
Remove cupcakes from the oven once a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks.
While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Mix the butter in a mixer until fully smooth, then slowly add the powdered sugar in, one cup at a time, until it is all mixed. Add a TBS of Fireball, and the vanilla and salt. Mix for about 5 minutes or until the frosting has a beautiful, whipped consistency.
Want to make the fire frosting you see above? Divide the frosting up in 3 bowls. Set aside one. In one bowl, place yellow food coloring, and in the other, red food coloring. (I use AmeriColor gel food coloring.) Mix the frostings with the food coloring until the color you’d like is reached. Place each color side by side in a pastry bag. (It’s ok if they end up getting a bit mixed up, it makes a more realistic fire color!) Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a cinnamon candy. Enjoy!