Peach Cupcakes with Pistachios and Dark Chocolate

yumFor those who reside in the midwest, such as myself, you are probably aware of a grocery store chain called Giant Eagle. They have begun launching their Market District stores, which is basically Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Giant Eagle rolled into one and on steroids/crack. On Thursday the Cleveland area Market District opened – with a special appearance by Michael Symon! – and you would have thought the entire city of Solon shut down. The store, parking lot, and surrounding areas were packed. I was crazy enough to attempt to stop by on opening day (I missed Chef Symon, of course) but barely managed to navigate the labyrinthine store for more than 10 minutes. Seriously though; the crowd was crazier than the pit at Ozzfest, and a lot hungrier.

So today, my mother and I decided that after 3 days enough time had elapsed since the grand opening to tackle Market District again. It was still busy, but at least we were able to enjoy ourselves. They had enough food samples, wine samples, and cooking demonstrations to keep us occupied for over an hour. It was basically a side-show at a culinary circus.

Finally as we were about to leave, we headed over to the dairy section and stocked up on our favorite Chobani greek yogurt. There are these things called Chobani Flips that we are both totally obsessed with; flavors like Key Lime Crumble, Almond Coco Loco, and Peachy Pistachio, which served as an inspiration (knock off?) for the cupcakes I made today.

bri2Today we celebrated my little sister’s 22nd birthday, so I thought it was a perfect occasion to try out a new cupcake flavor. They were a big success! The sweet/tartness of the peach went very nicely with the saltiness of the pistachios and the rich dark chocolate. I paired these with a crisp sauvignon blanc to offset the sweetness of the dessert.

usMy sister blows out her candles, while I try not to drop the glass layer tray full of flaming, peachy goodness. Notice how the last-minute baker is still totally scrubbing it in her bum clothes? That’s what I get for procrastinating.

cupcake1Peach Cupcakes with Peach Cream Cheese Frosting, Pistachios and Dark Chocolate

For the cupcakes (yields 18 standard cupcakes)

Ingredients:
-2 cups AP flour
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 stick unsalted butter
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 large eggs
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1/2 – 3/4 cup peach purée (recipe follows)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare your cupcake trays with paper liners. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until just combined, followed by the buttermilk. Add another 1/3 of the flour, followed by 1/2 cup of the peach purée. Add the final 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat to combine. Taste (yum!) and add more of the purée if you like a stronger peach flavor (like me).

3. Spoon batter into the prepared liners about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, but with soft crumbs. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the peach purée

-1 1/2 – 2 peaches, peeled and chopped, with pits removed
-1 tbsp of lemon juice
-1 tsp granulated sugar

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

For the frosting and toppings

-1 8-oz package cream cheese
-1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
-3-4 cups powdered sugar
-3-4 tbsp peach purée
-1/4 cup chopping pistachios (salted or unsalted, but I used salted)
-1 oz dark or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

1. Beat the cream cheese and butter on medium high until fluffy. Added powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until fluffy and you reach a good piping texture. Add peach purée and additional powdered sugar, if needed.

2. Fill a piping bag with your desired tip, and pipe a delicious peachy swirl onto each cupcake. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and dark chocolate. Take a bite of your cupcake, take a sip of your wine, sit back and savor.

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Benny Gold X JanSport X Pendleton

For the love of all things Pendleton…

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It’s no secret, my undying love of all things Pendleton. There is just something about the rustic-luxurious quality and the Native American/Southwestern-inspired patterns that have always appealed to my festival-loving, tree-hugging, hippie girl self. My Pendleton X Anthro scarf/blanket/amazingness is still one of my favorite accessories – my go-to in the Cleveland polarbear weather.

AND NOW WE HAVE BENNY GOLD X JANSPORT X PENDLETON TO FURTHER FEED MY OBSESSION.
Dear god, the 90s child in me just freaked.

The small capsule collection features a few backpacks, a blanket, a laptop cover and iPad cover, which can be purchased here.

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pend2Oswego backpack & blanket set – $240.00

pendblanket2Saddle Blanket – $150.00

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iPad Mag sleeve – $75.00

I may have to purchase an iPad just so I can have the cover. (No really, it’s that bad).

pendblanketAlso, can we please just look at the dog for a second? Love.

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Sports Authority

main.original.466x530I love getting my daily emails from WhoWhatWear, Net-A-Porter, Style.com and the like, even though sometimes their “trend reports” leave me scratching my head. For instance, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into the whole overalls thing. Sure it looks adorable on some people, but I can guarantee I’d look more farmer than fashionista if I were to ever try.

cara-delevingne-dance-londonThe sports fan in me, however, can totally get on board with the sports jersey trend, as seen here on Cara Delevingne (love her). I like her shrunken, cropped version of Scottie Pippen’s number, slightly different than the over sized jerseys we are used to seeing…

be5dceeca5cbfacec63affb8dccc9ff3…but you have to admit the over sized jersey worn as evening wear is still pretty fantastic.

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carlotta-oddi-tommytonEspecially when you combine two trends in one, like the fucking awesome exaggerated high-low hemline on this jersey dress!

Thoughts on sports jerseys making appearances off the court (or field)? I’m inspired to think of more elevated ways to wear my Baltimore Ravens apparel… ;)

Images:
whowhatwear.com,
reveal.co.uk
stylemoca.wordpress.com
theblondesalad.com

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The Long-Overdue Busan Post

Okay, first of all, let me start off by stating how many attempts it took me to spell out “overdue”… overdew, overdo, overdough, orverdue… I’m not even kidding.

busan1Moving on. Wayyyy back in April I went to visit my friend Alex, who is currently teaching English (ESL?) in Busan, South Korea. OH YEAH, and that was when all of this shit was going down too. Do I even need to tell you how paranoid my friends and family were about my going? But I wasn’t about to let some psycho dictator ruin my vacation, no fucking way.

And honestly when I got there, you wouldn’t have even known anything was going on. I’m so glad I decided to forego panicking and carry on with my trip.

It’s been so long since I have gone and returned that I can’t even remember what half of these pictures are from. My very short week-long trip was packed with hikes, temples, a spa day (OMG the spas in Korea are ah-MAZE-balls), and more food than you can imagine. In fact, the food part was the best part – sorry Alex.

So here are some pictures of temples and food and shit.

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city4^^This one is the rooftop view from Shinsegae, a ginormous “department store” complete with the aforementioned spa, indoor driving range, movie theater, art gallery… I compared prices at the Louis Vuitton store to see if my Speedy 30 was cheaper there, and it wasn’t. (Good thing, or else I would have been hella annoyed).

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coffeeWhat cracked me up about Busan was not only the abundance of coffee shops (like, literally, you could pass 3 in a row on a single block. I don’t think Seattle could even be comparable), but also that most of the coffee cups and sleeves had little sayings/stories on them. Like this one. The best one.

coffee2Or this place – Coffee Tomato? “Feel the Aroma of Fresh Coffee”? Sure, why not.

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foodThere were also a lot of French-style bakeries and cafés in the city, and it was cool experiencing the different ways in which French food was interpreted.

freshhhhStreet-side produce!

food2THIS little gem, I have no recollection of what it is called. We got it at the spa, and it basically a frosty bowl filled with shaved/crushed ice, vanilla ice cream, this sort of sweet red bean paste, blueberries and nuts. Dear lord, it was amazing. I love how the desserts weren’t overbearingly sweet.

bbqFinally – the Korean barbecue joints. Holy fucking fuck. The best part of my trip, by far. Oh and don’t listen to anyone because kimchi is delicious, and I even attempted to make it when I returned to the States. I shall try again, perhaps more successfully this time…

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alexAlex was a gentleman and carried my bag while we hiked. Aww…

alex2I still cannot remember the significance of these intricately-stacked piles of rocks that we saw a few times along the hike…

usIt was an amazing trip. Except now I’m itching to travel more. I feel like after traveling solo for my first trip outside of the States, I can pretty much tackle anything now. Let’s see what all I can accomplish and experience.

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Sry guyz…

I have not blogged in months – I have been insanely busy, taking on new projects (starting Saucy Cakes, moving back in with the ‘rents, trying to get into culinary school… more on all that later). I have plenty of yummdelicious recipe posts coming up, in the meantime…

sry

Here is an awesome tee I got from my awesome friend.
http://shoplordsofliverpool.com

artworks-000026794765-a3am3f-cropCurrently Spinning: Black Moth Super Rainbow

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All I see are killer babes

bootTeen Spirit Combat Boots; $70.00

litaLita Platform Boot; $162.00

creep1Mondo Creeper (black); $75.00

platformHombre Platform Sandal; $155.00

creep2Mondo Creeper (mint); $75.00

flatIbiza Flat; $68.00

oxfordDaltrey Oxford; $138.00

All shoes available at Nasty Gal.

ickybCurrently Spinning: Icky Blossoms

 

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Newest Ink Addition

tatI am beyond thrilled with my new tattoo~ I got this Friday night by Brandon at Couture Tattoo in Canton, Ohio. My sugar skull girl… her name is Rebecca (after my mother) and I think she looks like a pretty badass Disney Princess. Love her.

If you ever find yourself in the NE Ohio area and in dire need of a tattoo, I urge you to see Brandon. (And if you click on that link and scroll down to his work, my other tattoo of my cherry blossoms is featured on the website as well).

51CXW0x3H5L._SL500_AA280_Currently Spinning: “4×4=12” by Deadmau5

 

 

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