The Boastful Baker

because every cook praises her own broth

mmm…chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter brownies. And yarn?


These are just the most basic chocolate chip cookies you can make…directly from the back of the Nestle bag. The boyfriend wanted chocolate fairly late at night and decided he’d make cookies. I called my dad to see what his very frequently used recipe was. Turns out Mom and Dad had made them that same night…but Dad’s recipe is the Nestle one with shortening instead of butter. So that’s what the boyfriend made. Of course, my dad usually throws in some nuts. The boyfriend doesn’t like that. More details on that when I post pictures of my next baking adventure.

These pictures were taken with the boyfriend’s Canon camera again. I’m thoroughly enjoying playing with it and I used it with the tripod when I took these pictures. If I do say so myself, I did a nice job.

While I was playing with the camera, I decided to see what it could do with a knitting project. It did pretty damned well. I’ll have to keep playing with the Canon. The boyfriend said I could do so whenever I want. I’ll have to apologize to my little Sony Cybershot. It’s a nice camera but the Canon is better.

Anyway…this is the Chevron Scarf in Socks That Rock yarn that I’ve been working on for a very long time. I might finish it before winter is officially over. And I might not. I should knit more. Then I could take more yarn pictures with the boyfriend’s camera. But he might take my camera rights away if that happened.

These brownies were photographed with my Sony camera. Still a decent picture. But not a great one. These are Peanut Butter Cup Brownies…made with a Baking Illustrated basic triple chocolate brownie recipe and beefed up with 8 chopped Reese’s Cups. My dear God, these were delicious. I’ll get around to posting recipes for these things one of these days.

A new program for my Mac arrived today. I haven’t taken it out of the box yet but it’s called Bento (yes, it’s named after Bento Boxes) and it’s a database software. The plan is to use it for baking/bakery type things. Such as recipes. My paper binder of recipes and what was good and bad about them will be a thing of the past once we get the database going. Pretty sweet, huh?

Pictures of a made from scratch carrot cake with caramel buttercream frosting will come soon. As soon as I’m home during daylight hours to take pictures of it. For the record, it’s good. And I think it’s the first cake I’ve ever made from scratch.

It’s occurred to me that I’m not even sure who reads this. To the best of my knowledge, about 5 people might read this blog with any sort of regularity (and that number includes myself). Am I wrong? Post a comment if you’re reading this. I’m just curious. And I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t want to read this blog…it’s pretty boring.

I should go…I’m meeting a friend for drinks and appetizers at Bonefish Grill shortly. Then I’m coming home to read more of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”…if food (especially locally grown or produced, homegrown, or homemade food) appeals to you at all, you should read it. The few chapters I’ve read are really making me want a garden…but that won’t happen this year. Other than maybe an herb garden…at least that’s something.

That’s it for today.


  1. I’ll comment, even though you know I read.

    I can’t believe you’d never made cake from scratch before, either!

  2. I stand corrected…I apparently made cakes from scratch as a kid…or so my mother says.

  3. I read your blog! It’s a great way to know how you’re doing. Once I unpack some boxes I’ll eventually blog more I hope!

  4. I read your blog. I love looking at the photos of food you’ve made even though I can’t have any. And you write well.

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