Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe Adaption)


I bake whenever I'm stressed out. I can't help it. If I have butter, flour, sugar, and eggs with approaching assignments, I'll find something to bake. Usually, the end product is banana bread because I forgot to eat them throughout the week. Sorry, mom.

I was craving chocolate chip cookies, even though I consumed way too much raw Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough over the weekend. Cause maintenance calorie date night. I don't think I want to see any chocolate chip cookie dough for awhile.

Plus, I wanted to make cookies for my family and work.

I wanted the cookies to turn out kind of crispy and chewy. Came across Alton Brown's The Chewy recipe to use as the base cookie recipe. I decided to apply some techniques from SeriousEats' J. Kenji López-Alt's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to Brown's recipe. I wanted to have the dough rest overnight. Chilling the dough overnight allows the flour proteins and starches to break down. This results in…

Leftover Easter Ham? Make Ham and Cheese Scones! (Recipe Review)


<3 I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.

I wasn't expecting to have ham on Easter since I didn't even know we were doing anything. You know how families are, random holiday lunch. :) It was nice and cozy. Because it was unexpected, I decided to take a day off on the calorie deficit and eat at maintenance calories. I may have pigged out on King Hawaiian rolls and this amazing mango/avocado salsa. Honey ham on Hawaiian rolls, drool.

I have been eyeing this recipe from SeriousEats' BraveTart, Stella Parks. I decided to not stuff myself with ham and make these scones! They're amazing and so easy to make. My notes and changes in regular print, italics is the original.

Ham and Cheese Scones - SeriousEats' Stella Parks' Recipe Ingredients9 ounces all-purpose flour (255g), plus more for dusting 
1 tablespoon (12g) baking powder
2 teaspoons (8g) sugar
1 teaspoon (4g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt
2 ounces cold unsalted butter (4 tablespoons; 55g), cut…

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

It has been forever awhile! I am still a college student that spends way too much time not studying. I always find something to distract myself with. Cooking, baking, reading lore on some random game or series, trying to meal prep for the week - the list goes on and on.

A new thing that I want to incorporate into my blog posts - calories. I hesitated to count calories for when I bake because all the ingredients add up in one way or another. That extra little bit of butter, those chocolate chunks I add in at the last minute, whether I use fancy ultra-filtered nonfat milk or regular nonfat milk. I realized that calorie counting when I bake is the same when I cook. It helps me keep accountable. I can totally have a piece of cake, just need to figure out how much of that piece. (Pst, a food scale helps tremendously in the kitchen, whether you're counting calories or not.)

Now on to the actual topic of this post! Homemade hot dog buns, which are pretty amazing.

A few months ago, I …

Photo Essay 1 - GenCon 2015

[Warning: This post is long overdue, oh well. I wasn't really in the mood to organize tons of photos. <3 Better late than never.]

GenCon 2015 - July 30 - August 2, 2015

So, I'm not at all a big board game player or a big gamer at all. I play a ton of League of Legends and some small mobile games and that's about it. Oh I guess there is Hearthstone too. Yeah, I went to a table-top game convention with the intention of trying out a bunch of board games and spending time with my friends.

I had no idea how big this convention was going to be. Sure, I saw statistics and heard comments about last year's. But I never actually been to the location. Oh yeah, first time being in Indianapolis much less Indiana. It was a huge occasion, but it had its dense and not so dense areas. There were a few conjunctions where it was hard to maneuver. It wasn't so bad though. ;) My friends were a bit annoyed at me for always taking the stairs instead of using the escalator.

All the diff…

Recipe Review #1 - Biroche Dough from Bigger Bolder Baking

Hey guys!

Sorry I've been so MIA lately. I'm taking one small summer class and have been using all my lazy points during my free time. So hopefully, I'll be more productive in the future, right? I've been watching a lot of old shows like Inuyasha and Yu-Gi-Oh(don't judge me.) I've also been reading a lot of W.I.T.C.H. comics as of recently. Then, there is YouTube and League of Legends, which take up too much of my time. Don't worry, I swear I don't have a problem yet.

While I was on YouTube, I came across Gemma Stafford's channel - Bigger Bolder Baking. If you ever go on Youtube, Facebook, Pinterest, etc, you have probably seen her videos or things inspired by her videos. I discovered her about a year ago. I fell in love with her recipes and her videos. Her videos are spectacularly clean and crisp. It inspires me to make my own cooking YouTube channel, but then I'd get all frustrated about how my videos aren't clean. ;) But the only way to lea…

Las Vegas - Butterscotch Cinnamon Scones

Hi everyone!
I went to Las Vegas from last last Monday night through Wednesday night. Not being of drinking age and not interested in random partying, I just hung out with my sister, eating and walking our way around. Before my trip, I went shopping. Maybe for a cute blouse or swimsuit.

We stayed at the hotel, Paris Las Vegas. It was very nice. I really enjoyed seeing what I should've learned after taking French for three years in high school. Whoops.  I saw many different French pastries and goods at the cafes just in the hotel's area. I did like some of the different desserts that I tried. However, my favorite was this orange colored macaron with a chocolate filling. On a lollipop stick. I thought it was cute, but not the best way to serve a macaron at a buffet. The buffet was the Le Village Buffet.
When we got home, I was craving to experiment in the kitchen. I don't know, I really like trying to replicate something or just make some thing tasty. Before I went to Las Vegas…