Quick Onion Crescent Rolls

One of the things I love the most about having ventured into the world of blogging is getting the opportunity to interact with so many people from all over. More than a few times I’ll be telling B about a fab cookie recipe that “so-and-so” made, and he’ll think I’m talking about someone we know in real life. Ehhrmmm, actually they’re a blogger, we don’t really know them, but that’s totally okay because they’re the reason we have cookies baking in the oven at this moment. A win-win for us all.

I’m also truly amazed at how many countries pop up on my stats page. The fact that someone halfway around the world is reading about the hot chocolate I drank in December completely blows my mind.

What else blows my mind? That rainbow cookies seem to fly seriously under the radar outside of the NYC-metro area! Or that’s my working theory, anyway. Growing up in NJ, rainbow cookies were a fixture in every bakery I visited. Even the supermarkets carried them! Looking back I assumed everyone tucked into one or five of them on holidays or occasions, but I realize now that’s not the case in the slightest. I even tested my theory here in California with some coworkers, and the evidence supports my hypothesis. One mention of rainbow cookies and they looked at me like I had three heads.

Geez! Anyway, I’m glad to have introduced some of you to my absolute favorite cookie. In the spirit of “favorites”, I have a few many more from the bakery department. Next up – onion rolls. Or at least a super quick, impossibly simple version of them.

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Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Rainbow Cookies

Hi, my name is Alyssa, and I’m a rainbow cookie addict. Hands down these have been my favorite cookie since as far back as I can remember. For a few consecutive birthdays when I was younger, I would have a giant rainbow cookie as my cake. This always seemed like a humongous feat for a bakery to accomplish. “Wow, a WHOLE cake!”, but looking back now, it probably saved them a step or two as they made their standard rainbow cookie recipe but didn’t have to slice ‘em up. Either way, I relished the opportunity to savor as much of my favorite cookie as I could.

Which even meant eating a slice for breakfast the next morning, because you’re allowed to do that on the day after your birthday, right? Yes. And I think the same goes for Easter, but don’t quote me on that.

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Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Rainbow Cookies | My Sequined Life

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Baked Maryland-Style Fries

I’m from New Jersey, B’s from Maryland, we went to college in Pennsylvania, and we live in California (for now, anyway). You all already know about the foods I miss from home (bagels, sigh…<3), but B dreams at night about steamed crabs, crab cakes, cream of crab soup, and Old Bay. All the Old Bay. On everything, all the time.

The first time I visited B at home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, dinner consisted of a bucket of steamed crabs, mallets, and knives, all set over a newspaper-clad table. Now the combination of never having picked a crab before, being seated among pros, and wanting to make a good impression meant that the pressure was on. I may have used one thousand napkins, but I picked with all my might and took in valuable lessons along the way (don’t eat the mustard!). I must have passed the test, because we’re coming up on a full five years (!!) since that dinner. Does time fly or what? Eeesh.

As far as recreating Maryland classics out here in California, occasionally we’ll splurge and track down fresh lump crab meat, but Old Bay is hands down the quickest way for B’s taste buds to reminisce. These fries (some are more “potato wedge” than “fry”) are baked yet crisp, due in part to a few special steps that really make a big difference to the finished product. They also have a slight zing from being tossed in Old Bay that may or may not be addictive, and that’s coming from a Jersey girl (that phrase…cringe).

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Almond Toasted Marshmallow Filling

Birthday cake. Is there any better kind?

Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Almond Toasted Marshmallow Filling

My birthday’s not until the summer, but I jumped at the chance to make birthday cake for a recent family gathering. My sweet aunt knows I live for the opportunities to bake something with a million servings when there will actually be about a million people to eat it, so it. was. on. Small issue, though – my indecisive brain.

My inner dialogue was going something like I’ll make a classic chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Yeah, chocolate. Ooh what about a cheesecake. Or will that be too rich? It really doesn’t matter because I’ll be dumping butter and sugar into whatever I make anyway…but wait I really want to eat chocolate frosting. Okay no cheesecake. Can I frost angel food? But birthday’s are a splurge occasion. I’ll save angel food for any old Tuesday. Let me check Pinterest…

Typically, that’s a very, very bad thing.

The very, very bad thing being that I’d usually go off into the land of refurbishing old furniture I don’t even own yet or pinning hair style how-to’s that I’d never in a million years be able to pull off, completely forgetting about the task at hand. But this time? I was focused. Maybe it was the prospect of chocolate frosting in my future?

I went straight to my Cakes & Pies board, and immediately was torn between two cakes I’ve made before. Only problem (really a non-problem) being they were both so amazing, delicious, can’t stop eating, I couldn’t decide which to make this time.

So I made both. Sort of.

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