Archive for September, 2011

Tuesdays With Dorie – Flip Over Plum Cake

Posted in food on September 27, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020

Another ugly dessert, although this time seemingly by design. Tasted great though, and that’s all that matters. Looking forward to having some at work tomorrow.

The COOKIEPEDIA by Stacy Adimando

Posted in food on September 22, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020

Hello friends. This is a post about The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando. Some nice publishing-type people sent me a copy of this new cookbook to look over, and it’s pretty neat. In typical Ugly Dude fashion, I spent a lot of time with this book. Some of that time was spent looking at it. A lot of the time was spent not looking at it. Somewhere along the line, the date of release came and went. Oops! But look, it’s a fun book.

As the title indicates, this is a cookbook full of cookies. It’s got a lot of cookies, pretty much anything you can think of with some variations. The most intriguing cookies to me were the variations on name-brand cookies. There are recipes for chocolate sandwich cookies, and recipes for some thin, minty cookies. I’ll be trying those as soon as I get the chance.

One nice thing is that there’s plenty of photo reference in the book. There are cookbook style photos for most recipes, and every section has a table of contents with a picture of the cookie. It’s very helpful. I found myself asking, “What the hell are alfajores,” and then I looked it up. Now I know what the hell alfajores are: they are a kind of cookie.

Part of the reason it took me so long to review this book was because I wanted to actually try the recipes out; since there are only two of us in this townhouse, I needed to wait for appropriate opportunities to make cookies. I eventually did make two cookies: the classic peanut butter cookies, as well as a variation of the author’s butter balls.

These are the peanut butter cookies – classic, delicious. I brought them to a dinner at my parents’ house and they disappeared.

These are the butter balls. Instead of rolling/dusting these with powdered sugar, I ended up rolling them in a mix of powdered sugar and cocoa. This made them look like little potatoes. They were delicious.

Anyway, if you like cookies and want a handy book that has all the cookies, this is one such book and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it because I am fat. Maybe you can like it too! You can go here to see a few pages and maybe even buy the book.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Salt and Pepper Shortbreads

Posted in food on September 20, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020


These were pretty good. I couldn’t taste the pepper in these specifically, but I could definitely taste that there was something going on here. Not my favorite recipe, but tasty nonetheless. I’m curious to see what my workmates have to say about all this.

These look kind of bad, just like everything I do.

Sports sports sports sports sports

Posted in food on September 18, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020


Mike gets to eat a cupcake because he’s a good guy at sports.

Okay, so I know nothing about sports. These cupcakes are my interpretation of sportsballs when I have neither photo reference nor appropriate icing tips. This is for a sports party in honor of sports. There are three sports: based ball, basket’s ball, and football.

When my wife saw these cupcakes, she finally said those three words that everybody longs to hear from their partner: “Welp, nice try.”

Tuesdays With Dorie – Classic Brownies

Posted in food on September 13, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020

Not much to say here. These turned out great. Classic. Brownies.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Chocolate Spice Quickies

Posted in food on September 6, 2011 by hoagiefest 2020

Dorie indicates that these cookies can be baked in very little time, save for the 4 hour chill time. I’m here to inform you that this is not accurate. Here is the actual timeline.

1. Process ingredients together in food processor
2. Roll dough into logs
3. Chill
4. Discover remaining dough in food processor
5. Look for spoon
6. Where is the spoon?
7. There is no spoon (The Matrix)!!!
8. Use your finger, try to get all the dough out
9. There is still dough lodged on the food processor blade
10. Oh no, how do we get the dough out!
11. Lick the dough off of the food processor blade
12. Cut tongue
13. Oh god oh god oh god
14. Should I go to the emergency room?
15. Go to the emergency room
16. Get stitches on tongue
17. Go home
18. Slice cookies
19. Bake (7 min)
20. Consume