Chocolate Chip Cookies On The Mountain




This time of year is my favorite. Early October is that magical time of year when the beanies come out, Halloween plans are made and you can bake every day without rhyme or reason. It also reminds me of being a kid, when October marked the countdown to quite a few of my favorite things. One of those things was my mom’s infamous Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip and Walnut cookies. My mom usually got into baking mode every year around October 1st. These cookies were her favorite to make and my favorite to eat.

This week we are visiting my brother and his kids in the awesome town of Crested Butte Colorado. This is the perfect place to get into the groove of Fall. The air is the right degree of chilly, the Aspen trees are the right color of yellow and my mom is here with a bag of chocolate chips. It’s Toll House cookie time and I couldn’t be more excited to share these pictures with you.


Please note:

I can’t share her secret but I can tell you that sometimes you have to tweak things here or there to find out if you can make a good cookie a GREAT one. Also Toll House Semi Sweet chips are the best to use!












The Food Truck Diaries

The Food Truck phenomenon has really taken off over the past couple of years within the District as well as the Arlington area. I think the idea of providing people with quick and diverse food options throughout the week is awesome. In my opinion, food trucks are really fun. They make me feel like a kid again, waiting patiently for the ice cream man to arrive in my neighborhood. Instead of getting excited about Choco Tacos and Good Humor bars, I now get excited over amazing Spiedies, Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies, and Bulgogi steak tacos topped with Sriracha. Track these awesome trucks here.

One of my faves… Seoul Food

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pie

Chocolate Comas & Whiskey Lovers

So I pretty much made this off the top of my head and altered a sauce recipe slightly and it turned out all right. Warning, do not make this if you are not into extra chocolatey sweet things.

Quadruple Chocolate Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels sauce

You will need:

1. 3 chocolate cake donuts

2. 1 loaf of french bread

3. 2 cups of chocolate almond milk

4. 2 cups of granulated sugar

5. 5 eggs separated

6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

7. 1/3 cup of cocoa powder

8. 2 large mixing bowls

9. 8″ baking dish

For the sauce:

1. 1 cup of granulated sugar

2. 1/2 cup melted butter

3. 1 egg beaten

4. 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

5. 1/4 cup of Jack Daniels


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Cube bread and donuts then mix in a bowl and set aside.

3. In another bowl add egg yolks, sugar, almond milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and mix with a handmixer until fully blended.

4. Beat egg whites until stiff and add to the main mixture

5. Pour onto the bread and allow to saturate for 15 minutes

6. Pour evenly into baking pan and bake for 45 minutes


1. In a small saucepan mix together sugar, egg, butter and vanilla over medium heat and stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the whiskey and pour over bread pudding.

Serve bread pudding with one scoop of chocolate gelato


Wii Party

Hey everyone!

A few days ago Suburbanette hosted the most badass, delicious, and super fun Ice Cream Wii Play Motion demo party to date. There was an overflow of pizza, chips, homemade dip, candy, ice cream, cupcakes courtesy of Little Miss Cupcake, bottomless mimosas, beer and of course Franks Red Hot. The party was so fun that it took the edge off the Redskins loss. Everyone got a chance to try the new games, leave their feedback, and succumb to gluttony. Thank you Suburbanette for being the hostess with the mostess!

Pumpkin Pancakes from The Curvy Carrot

I scored this recipe from The Curvy Carrot… I love this woman’s blog. Shes fantastic and loves Boxers. Winning! Please check her out.


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup skim milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 large eggs, separated

2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla extract together, mixing well until smooth.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula until just combined.

4. In another small bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or whatever you have on hand), beat the egg whites until thick and stiff.

5. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter, mixing until smooth.

6. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium heat.

7. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, and, in 1/4-cup increments, cook each pancake until lightly browned on each side, about 1 minute per side.

8. Repeat with the remaining batter.

9. Top with your favorite syrup, and enjoy.


I came up with this on my own. It goes really well with these pancakes!

  • 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla coconut milk

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Use a hand mixer on low speed to blend everything until smooth.

This recipe is seriously my new favorite. I never thought of beating egg whites before adding them to mixes. It makes the pancakes so much fluffier. The one thing I changed about this was not adding whole wheat flour. That is just something she did to make them a little healthier.

Local Bread Pudding Gem

Getting things back on track…

This past weekend I stopped by one of my favorite local spots, Freddie’s Beach Bar after visiting Tortoise & Hare. They always have Bourbon Bread Pudding on the menu and I usually skip it, but I decided it was time to give it a go. I was pretty happy with what was placed in front of me. Their bread pudding was actually quite good and not at all light. It was very basic, dense, and perfectly spiced. It possessed a lot of breakfast potential and could have been better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but still a winner in my book. If you’re ever there I suggest you give it a try!