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Chocolate Covered Cake Pops

This year for Valentine’s Day, my hubby got me 2-dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries. So to show my thanks, in the only way I know how, I decided to reciprocate with some more chocolate covered goodness: Chocolate Covered Vanilla Cake Pops. The gift of food is truly the best gift there is, and these cake pops are no exception. I decided to leave out the stick which is usually inserted into the pops for serving….but since we’re both adults here, and can just pop these bad boys into our mouths, I found the popsicle stick a little superfluous. I also really wanted to decorate these confections with colored sprinkles, but hubby strong vetoed my creative efforts in favor of the simple chocolate only look…so forgive the lack of creativity in the photos to follow, but I wanted to make him happy. For these cake pops, I wanted to try and replicate ...

Roast Beef with a Horseradish Cream Sauce

My new favorite dinner that I have been making at least once a week is this super easy Eye Round Roast Beef recipe served with a Homemade Horseradish Cream Sauce. I like that the prep is easy, and while the roast beef is cooking and doing it’s thing, I can go along with my day and do my thing! The instructions for cooking the roast beef perfectly every time are quite simple. You place the roast in a 500-degree preheated oven and roast it for 25 minutes. You then shut the oven off, leaving the door closed for 2 hours, and, viola! Perfect Roast Beef. Do not open that oven door under any circumstances. Walk away from the oven, go to the gym, walk your dog, get your hair done, do whatever you need to do, but do NOT open that oven door. You have been warned. If you have ...

Shortbread Cookies

One of my favorite clients recently gave me a cookbook that we are planning to cook through for various meals and dinner parties in the future. Today, amongst various savory dishes, she requested I make the cookbook’s Shortbread Cookies. Dread immediately set in. I have made Shortbread Cookies before, and have always had a difficult time with them, resulting in ugly cookies, and many 4 letter words being uttered from my mouth…but thankfully, not only was this cooking experience explicative-free, but these cookies are to die for! The issue I would normally have with Shortbread cookies would be that the dough was too crumbly, and when you got to the step of slicing them or cutting them with cookie cutters, the dough would crumble into a mess and I would cry (if you haven’t cried while baking, you clearly haven’t experienced the gamut of baking emotions). This recipe was much ...

Cucumber Lemon Spa Water

Let me preface this post by saying that I personally have never been to a spa. I can actually count on two hands how many times I’ve had a mani/pedi in my life. I’ve never gotten a massage, facial or any other special lady treatment….so the fact that I decided to name this drink “Spa Water” is me projecting my ideas of what I assume occurs at a spa. Along with people fanning you with large banana leafs while you lay on a bed of orchid petals, I assume they feed you grapes and refreshing water such as this one… I came up with the concept of this water when my husband and I were up in Maine 2 summers ago, and our hotel greeted us with water flavored with watermelon (absolutely delicious, and perfect on a hot summer day). Since then I experimented with various fruit combinations in my ...

Puppy Chow

Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays: Super Bowl Sunday. “That’s not a holiday!” you say, but in my world, where football season is highly admired, Super Bowl Sunday is like the final celebration. Despite the fact that my Giants’ season was over even before playoffs began, I plan to root for Peyton Manning and the Broncos because if I can’t have my Manning, the other Manning will do. I love having my fair share of savory goodies to eat during Super Bowl…. Chili, Buffalo Wings, Guacamole, Chips….they will all be making an appearance tomorrow, but I also am a fan of having a few sweet items to nosh on as well! I have been dying to blog this super easy recipe for Puppy Chow for a while now, and figured Super Bowl was the perfect excuse to make a vat of it and go nuts on it with all ...

Chick Fil-A Copycat Sandwich

Oh my faithful Urban Cookery readers, it has indeed been an extremely long time since my last post but I have returned! I have actually been cooking A LOT lately, and this has been my newest and most favorite creation! In this edition of “Urban Cookery goes Fast Food”, I decided to pay homage to one of the great fast food institutions: Chick Fil-A. On a side note, my dad thinks it’s hilarious how we just had Thanksgiving in which my White Castle Stuffing was featured as a side dish, and now I am saluting Chick Fil-A… but let’s be honest, sometimes you need a cheat day and a little fast food in your life. I went to New York University (NYU) for my undergrad education, which was awesome…but this information actually has relevance to this blog post. One of NYU’s dining halls was the home to the ONLY Chick ...

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