A Very Vegetarian Birthday

This is my roommate Gracie.


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Super Bowl Sweets

On Sunday I watched the Super Bowl for the first time in my life. How I managed to make it 20 years without ever seeing the Super Bowl, I don’t know. And, not only did I (sort of) watch the game, I watched it at a Super Bowl party! The only sports I really like playing are tennis and basketball, and when it comes to watching sports…I don’t. Despite years of watching (and hearing) my dad watch football, I don’t know the rules at all. Oops. But this year I was invited to a Super Bowl party and I thought I’d give it a chance. After all, isn’t the Super Bowl also associated with great, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food?

My friend Katie asked guests to bring snacks, so I racked my brain for ideas. Cupcakes are my fallback baked good because I can easily make them in large quantities. Plus, they’re always a hit. I wanted whatever I brought to be festive and different. I became fixated on the idea of having the team colors represented in some way.

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Pâte à Choux and Success, too!

Most of my best friends have birthdays between January and April, and that means one thing for me: more time in the kitchen. Last year, instead of gifts, I offered to make each of my friends a dessert of their choosing on their birthday. Last year’s requested desserts included birthday-cake-flavored cinnamon rolls, chocolate cupcakes with creamy peanut butter frosting, and chocolate and butterscotch chip cookies.

My friend Nicole’s birthday is today. The dessert she requested? Chocolate eclairs. For the record, I don’t have a big sweet tooth. Or any sweet tooth at all, really. I’ll bake all day but I’m not wild about eating sugar-y things. At restaurants I always choose an extra appetizer over dessert. It’s weird, I know. But even I can’t resist a good eclair. I can even remember a time during my childhood when there was always a box of frozen eclairs in the freezer. (Side note: eclairs are delicious at any temperature, but they are especially delightful when they’re frozen.)

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