Category: cooking

December 20th, 2012 — 10:02pm

Over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a passion for cooking – but one culinary exercise that has continued to intimidate me is baking. Too large a margin for error, especially based on a few mildly disastrous previous experiences. So I was excited to learn about The Mason Jar Cookie Company, which makes baking – and gift giving – easy with their scrumptious .

Step 1: Mixing the Mason Jar ingredients with butter, vanilla extract and 1 egg

Mason Jar provides everything you need to create your own customizable gifts that put a twist on classic recipes for cookies. The company’s custom cookie mixes arrive beautifully packaged and make it easy to bake no-fuss homemade cookies. I test drove the chocolate candy cane cookies. Both the prep time and results were fabulous.

The finished product: delicious!

All you have to do is pour your jar of chocolate cookie mix into a bowl and add the dairy ingredients, per the nifty instructions card, right before baking. (In most cases this is butter and an egg, although some base mixes call for a little milk or water.) It took all of my willpower not to taste more than a spoonful of the batter before putting it in the oven.

Even though I baked the mix a little longer than I should have, my chocolate cookies were a delicious success. I brought them into work today and they disappeared pretty quickly! Considering my trepidation about baking, I was happily surprised.

Even better, Mason Jar gave me a second package to give to someone special. I happily gave it to my dear friend Crystal, who is truly a personification of sweetness and fun. Her face lit up when I presented her with the jar.

Still looking for last-minute Christmas gifts? The average price of one custom-made cookie jar is $19, and there are even Gluten-Free options as well. Mason Jar is a perfect gift – even if you’re simply treating yourself.


May 9th, 2012 — 2:25pm

As someone who’s been blogging for nearly four years – and has just started volume #99 of my handwritten journal – I often get asked this question: do I ever run out of things to write about? The obvious answer, of course, is no. And that’s most because of writing about what’s nearest and dearest to me.

When I first started Single Gal In The City, it was with the intention of sharing not just my dating adventures but the adventure of life here in the Big Apple. It is that adventure, together with some newfound passions, which you can expect to see more of from now on.

One of those passions is cooking. A New Year’s resolution in 2011 to use my kitchen for more than microwaving has evolved into something I enjoy doing on a fairly regular basis – so much so that I briefly created a blog about it. Maintaining two blogs along with my day job of PR (and writing for two other websites) became too much to juggle, so became an unfortunate casualty. But since my culinary journey is one I’m still very much enjoying, I’m going to incorporate it into SGITC.

Will I continue sharing my take and experiences about dating and relationships? Absolutely. But my little piece of the blogosphere is also going to reflect many other areas of interest. Hope you’ll join me for the fun!

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