#Commute No. 1

#Commute No. 1 | Cake Over Steak Recently I’ve found myself with a strong desire to experiment with art styles that are much looser and more relaxed than what I normally do. I can be such a Type-A perfectionist kind of person, and I wanted to create something that didn’t have to be perfect, or rather that it could be perfect in its imperfections. This new series for the blog is my way of giving in to that craving.  [Read more...]

Browned Butter Nutella Slice and Bake Cookies

Browned Butter Nutella Slice and Bake Cookies | Cake Over Steak

If we go way back in my origin story, we could probably say this blog happened because of Christmas cookies. That’s where my love of baking came from, which led to my love of cooking, and then cookbooks, and then food blogs, and now here we are. While I don’t know if my mom would call herself a “baker,” she always made sure we had plenty of homemade cookies for Christmas. My brothers and I would always help with the cut-out sugar cookies, fighting over who got to use the Santa cookie cutter, while my mom yelled at us for eating too much dough and Jesse and I debated the perfect sprinkle-to-cookie ratio.  [Read more...]

My Favorite Podcasts That Inspire, Inform and Entertain

My Favorite Podcasts that Inspire, Inform and Entertain | Cake Over Steak

As some of you may know, I etch gravestones for a living. The nature of this job allows for me to spend hours every day listening to podcasts. And oh boy do I take advantage of that – on average I probably spend about six hours of my work day listening to podcasts. I also listen to them while working on the illustrations for this blog (if I’m not indulging in one of my guilty-pleasure TV shows in the corner of my computer screen). I understand that not everyone has the ample podcast-listening time that I’m accustomed to, but there are plenty of little moments in our daily lives that would be perfect for a podcast: road trips (obviously), dish-washing, laundry-folding and other general cleaning tasks, as well as a long, tedious cooking project (with lots of chopping, stirring, etc.) or caramel-wrapping (for you edible gifters out there) and gift-wrapping are all perfect times to enjoy a podcast. Basically any brainless task that allows your precious mind to wander can be a great chance to get lost in a podcast. And since they don’t require the attention of your eyeballs, they are much better suited to multi-tasking than television.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: November 2014

Things I'm Loving: November 2014 | Cake Over Steak

Well, another month has passed us by. At the beginning of November, Robert and I had our first joint art show as a couple. I showed pieces from this blog (obviously), since the main reason I did the show was to celebrate its one year anniversary, and Robert showed his personal work. We really appreciate everyone who came out to support us at the opening and to those of you who bought some of our pieces. We had a wonderful time talking to all of you. Also, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments about Cake Over Steak’s first birthday. It means a lot to finally be a part of this food-blogging community I’ve been watching for several years now, and it’s even better than I had expected it to be. You’re all awesome. Last night we headed up to Watkins Glen, NY (to my in-laws’) for some Thanksgiving festivities through the weekend, but I wanted to leave you with some things I’ve been loving this month:  [Read more...]

Dessert Sushi, A Blog Birthday and A Cookbook Giveaway

Dessert Sushi, A Blog Birthday and A Cookbook Giveaway

My blog is one year old! As of yesterday, actually, which also happens to be my brother’s (30th) birthday. (Happy Birthday Colin!) It was merely a coincidence and a lack of patience that caused my blog to be birthed on the same day as my brother, but it certainly makes it easier to remember its birthday. But first let’s talk about this recipe:  [Read more...]

Overnight Pancakes with The Ultimate Pancake Syrup

Overnight Pancakes with The Ultimate Pancake Syrup | Cake Over Steak

Since I’m a crazy person who tries to schedule every minute of her days, I don’t usually end up with a spare moment to read cookbooks until the few minutes before I go to sleep. But – this actually gives me a solid way of judging how good a cookbook is: In those brief moments before I get too drowsy to continue reading, how hungry does it make me? With Joy Wilson’s new book, Homemade Decadence, I would not be hungry at all when I got into bed, but then suddenly be starving and have to put the book down so I wouldn’t be forced to escape to the kitchen to eat an entire jar of peanut butter. Those nights I went to bed dreaming of chocolate peanut butter pretzel cakes, sausage and blackberry breakfast pizza, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars. One night it went so far that, while I was half asleep, I asked Robert what kinds of pies he was making and if there was any left. Clearly this book went to my head.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: October 2014

Things I'm Loving: October 2014 | Cake Over Steak

Oh hey, October! You’ve been fun. I had my first pumpkin spice latte, ate a lot of other things made with pumpkin, and then started making my own pumpkin spice cappuccinos, thanks to the homemade pumpkin spice latte syrup from Two Red Bowls and my FREE cappuccino maker that I won through Renee’s giveaway! (How many times can I type “pumpkin spice?”)  I also met Joy the Baker, but more on that in a future post. If you’re interested in learning more about what I do for my day job, my hometown paper (and former workplace) ran a feature on me in their “Just Folks” column on Monday, which you can read here. Also, if you’re in the Lebanon area and would like to see my blog illustrations as real-life prints on paper, Robert and I are having our first ever joint art show at the Lebanon Valley Arts Council building (behind HACC in Lebanon). The reception will be part of the First Friday events on November 7th from about 5-9. In other news, here’s what else I’ve been up to this month:  [Read more...]

Wish List: S’mores

Wish List: S'mores | Cake Over SteakIt’s time for another wish list! It’s been a while since the last one. These days I’m craving s’mores. A lot of people consider s’mores to be a summer thing, but I associate them more with autumn weather. They are perfect for those first cooler evenings, where it’s cold enough to be cozy in a sweatshirt AND next to a campfire. The smell of the toasting marshmallow is so inviting, but you can also smell the fallen leaves in the damp grass and the smoke of the fire. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? While I do love s’mores (and they are one of the only places where I truly enjoy marshmallows, thoroughly toasted of course), I do hate the sticky fingers that are an inevitable result of eating one. That’s why some of these other s’more recipes that can be eaten with a fork intrigue me. Here’s what I’ve been eyeing from around the web:  [Read more...]

Orange Zest Scones with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Orange Zest Scones with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote | Cake Over Steak

I don’t fully remember how I stumbled upon Anna’s blog, but I do remember being instantly hooked. I read about her project to create a cookbook in 100 days, which she was documenting through a series she called “The Cookbook Diaries.” One of the first posts I read happened to be the one where she was requesting volunteers to test recipes for the book. I immediately emailed her. I knew right away in my gut that I wanted and needed to be a part of this project of hers. There were a few reasons why: First of all, and most importantly, I just wanted to be a part of this project. It was so inspiring to me, and I wanted to be involved in whatever way I could be. Secondly, as a new blogger I was looking for ways to connect with other bloggers. This seemed like the perfect opportunity, and Anna seemed like exactly the kind of person I wanted to be connected to. Thirdly, she mentioned that all recipe testers would receive a complimentary copy of the book. I will do a lot of things for a free cookbook. (Please don’t use that information against me.) Lastly, I assumed that by helping to recipe test someone else’s recipes, it would ultimately help me to become a better recipe writer myself, and I think it certainly has taught me a few lessons.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: September 2014

Things I'm Loving: September 2014 | Cake Over Steak

We welcomed the month of September with the “stay-cation” version of our honeymoon. September 1st was our last day before we had to go back to reality (and back to work). I think I spent the majority of the day organizing my desk area (so exciting), chilling out and then we had dinner with my parents on their deck and did some laundry. Sometimes we really know how to party, ya know? But after 10 days of indulgences in France, plus our wedding before that, it was probably the best way to spend our last day of vacation. It’s been nice to ease back into life as it used to be “pre-wedding-planning.” In other words, we can spend our weekends roasting a chicken and making pizza rather than double-checking guest lists and making centerpieces. Speaking of September, here is a fun article about that classic song of the same name. And here are some things I’m loving this month:  [Read more...]