Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Recipe Testing Day

Every good cook or baker knows you don't try a new recipe for the first time on a special occasion, so Risey and I got together for what I hope is a new annual tradition: the Holiday Recipe Test.

The concept is simple: we each picked a new recipe we wanted to try or technique we wanted to practice (in our case, both - she wanted to learn piping while I tried my hand at glazing sugar cookies). With ingredients and equipment in hand, B and I trekked over to Risey's house, where she'd made a fantastic vegan brunch (with bacon just for Bailey). After brunch, Bailey camped out on the couch with her computer, Risey turned on some Christmas music to get us in the mood, and her kitchen exploded in flour and sprinkles.

Here are some pictures from the afternoon:

Lovely Risey, measuring out ingredients for her vegan Mocha Cupcakes.

That's my disembodied hand, cutting butter into flour a piece at a time.

The glory that was Risey's Mocha Cupcakes. Note the different piping styles.

Risey and I, very focused on glazing sugar cookies.

Still life of half-decorated sugar cookies.

Ignore my parti-colored finger. Had some trouble with the food coloring.

Risey looked at this and said, "That's KIND of a good idea."

Well, it was a better idea than her tree decorated with red lips.

This is from Risey's "Blob Period".

Bailey and Sweet Boy, happily ignoring the commotion in the kitchen.


  1. so sad i missed it! looks like you guys had a ton of fun :)

  2. So this morning, I served Jason the tree cookie with red lips. He said, "Aww, that's cute."

    And then I asked him to guess what the red things were. He didn't know, so I told them they were Valentine's Day sprinkles in the shape of lips. He looked at them mosre closely and said, "I think they look like bats."

    I then proceeded to tell him how punchy you and I were by that point in the day yesterday, and I think he would have fit right in. Because he said, "You know, you have all the major American holidays covered here. It's a Christmas Valentines Halloween cookie."

  3. We missed you, D, but I'm glad you're feeling more yourself again. We'll have to do it again next year, so you can get in on the fun!

  4. I think it's cute that J thought bats were red. ;) Hey, those cookies were even better today - as were your cupcakes. I think we found a couple of winner recipes!