chocolate cupcakes with cheater’s salted caramel buttercream

This past week felt like it lasted roughly 18 days. I woke up on Tuesday thinking that it had to be Thursday. When Friday rolled around, did I decide to go home and take a nap, or enjoy some quality time with Netflix? No. I decided I needed to make cupcakes. That probably says a lot about me. Here's the thing about cupcakes. I do love them. What's not to love about miniature cakes? Unfortunately, many times, a lot. This might be blasphemy, but I like frosting in small doses. Those big swirls of frosting typical to bakery cupcakes have a tendency to make my teeth hurt. But far worse and far too common an offense is dry cake. Every time I get a three dollar cupcake with dry, unappealing cake is one time closer to the day I lose it and smash some display case windows. It's probably just safer I make my own. Continue reading

browned butter gnocchi with spinach

Honestly, the beginning of 2013 kind of kicked my ass. There was a New Year's self injury incident, I lost my friend's necklace, and followed that by starting classes on the 2nd, then getting miserably sick, proceeding to desperately scramble to catch up with physio, and apparently I thought it was a good idea to sign up for extracurriculars rather than using that time to bake cookies.
What I haven't been doing is spending much time in the kitchen. This is the first thing I've properly cooked in about a week. Fittingly, it's a really simple dish, perfect for getting back in the groove. Gnocchi and spinach, topped with brown butter and pine nuts and a little parmesan. I think it took about 15 minutes to make this, and that's including boiling water. It tastes pretty much exactly like you'd expect: chewy pillows of potato with the nuttiness of browned butter.

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