Things I’m Loving: June 2014

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

June was such an epic month that I couldn’t squeeze this post in before it ended. Lots of fantastic things happened, like bridal showers, my birthday, beach trips, a few awesome evenings in Philly with friends, Nutella Latte Popsicles for #popsicleweek, blogger meet-ups, and more – some of which I will go into more detail about below. July better bring it if it wants to keep up, that’s for sure.  [Read more...]

Nutella Latte Popsicles for #POPSICLEWEEK

Nutella Latte Popsicle for #POPSICLEWEEK

I probably should have titled this post “My Ode to The Fauxmartha.” I’m not sure if all of you are aware, but Melissa recently blew up the Internet with her salted Nutella-themed recipes, and I, for one, was smitten. I’ve made most of them: the salted Nutella buttercream for my friend’s bachelorette cake, the Nutella lattes, and then the salted Nutella syrup that I’ve used to make some homemade iced Nutella lattes, which brought me to this recipe. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Me (And a Print Giveaway!)

Chocolate Coffee Birthday Cake

As of today I am a quarter-century old. Honestly, that freaks me out a little bit. I’m starting to feel the weight of my impending mortality these days. Quarter-life crisis, anyone? Life just seems short. So many places to visit, so many things to eat, so many recipes to try … people to meet, loved ones to spend time with, TV shows to get engrossed in, books to read, magazines piling up on my nightstand, cookbooks not getting enough love on my bookshelf, blog posts to write, jokes to laugh about, runs and bike rides to go on … you get the picture. I will continue to do my best to fill my days with as much as possible, in what will hopefully end up being a life that I am proud of at age 87.  [Read more...]

Wedding Tips at Nuance and Bubbles

Wedding Tips at Nuance and Bubbles

Today I’m talking about something other than food (kinda)! Valerie from Nuance and Bubbles asked me to contribute some wedding planning tips to her lovely blog. I’m over there today talking about two of my favorite parts of the planning process (other than the dress): color palettes and …. you would never guess – cake. Yep. Be sure to check it out! (I also created this illustration for the post of my wedding and engagement rings.)

Prints of my illustrations are available in my Etsy shop.

A Weekend in Brooklyn

A Weekend in Brooklyn

Robert and I recently hung out in Brooklyn for the weekend, something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It was our first time in NYC together since late December 2012, so the visit was long overdue. As a Christmas/Anniversary gift to each other this past year, we actually promised ourselves a weekend trip to NYC at some point. Sadly it took us until May to get around to it – we kept turning to each other throughout the weekend saying, “Merry Christmas!” We were struggling with picking a weekend because of wedding planning and my best friend’s wedding and festivities, etc. Luckily we were kind of forced into going during a beautiful weekend in May because Robert’s friend asked him to photograph the premiere of a documentary she had produced and directed. (It was a really interesting film about how women are treated within the gaming industry. You can read more about it here.)  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: May 2014

Things I'm Loving: May 2014

These end-of-the-month posts have really been sneaking up on me lately. They’ve also turned into a really nice way to look back on the past month of my life and think about all that has happened, especially in this crazy time that I am going through right now. So here’s a little look into what’s been going on lately and what I’ve been loving:  [Read more...]

Wish List: Fresh Mint

Wish List: Fresh Mint

Mint will always be a flavor that I associate with pleasant memories of both of my grandmothers. My strongest association comes from drinking “Plantation Mint” tea with my mom’s mom. Grandmom drank that tea the way other people guzzle coffee. She would make us a pot in her fancy tiered teapot (a gift from her wedding), and we would eat way too many carbs, usually in the form of Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread or jelly krimpets. She also kept peppermint hard candies in her pockets and on her coffee table at all times. (I wonder where I got my sweet tooth or my love for all things doughy?) As for my dad’s mom, “Mom Mom,” I remember her always having spearmint gumdrops in a glass candy dish in the living room, and her house had the best spearmint-flavored toothpaste. From time to time I will taste some toothpaste that reminds me of it, and I am right back in her bathroom, a 6-year old girl getting ready for bed before sleeping over at her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Both of them have been gone for years now, and I miss them terribly – so I am thankful for mint and its powers to send me on a trip down memory lane.

These days mint is one of my favorite things to grow in our rooftop garden throughout the summer (partially because it is a wild beast of a plant and hard to kill). My favorite routine on a weekend morning is to slip out the back door to the garden, snip off a bunch of mint leaves, and bring them back inside to brew in a cup with some plain green tea. Sometimes I add a little bit of honey to it. I prefer sweeter mints like mojito mint or spearmint as opposed to peppermint. This year for the garden I chose chocolate mint (how could I not?) and pineapple mint (both pictured above in my illustration, chocolate on the left and pineapple on the right). The recipes below will surely give my mint plants a workout this summer:  [Read more...]

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Parsley and Chives

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Parsley and Chives | http://cakeoversteak.com/

Since hearing of pasta recipes like this one, I’ve been very intrigued. I love the idea of a pasta dish that merely requires you to mix some things in a bowl, toss in the cooked pasta (and some reserved pasta cooking liquid), garnish with some cheese, and serve. If you have access to fresh and flavorful ingredients, it’s the best solution for a quick and satisfying meal.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: April 2014

Things I'm Loving: April 2014

Whoa, life has been crazy! This past month has been a whirlwind of wedding preparations, planning my honeymoon, fabric shopping for my wedding dress, planning my bestie’s bachelorette party, holiday time with family, and trying to stay sane in the midst of it all. For Easter with my family I made this monster of a cake (again), because … duh, it’s the best cake. It was just as phenomenal as the first time. The other day I went to NYC with my two Maids of Honor to pick out some fabric for my wedding dress. My one maid of honor is designing it for me, which is so amazing. (If you’re in need of a wedding dress and want one that is one-of-a-kind, you should definitely check her out.) So we had a great time looking at expensive fabrics, walking up and down Fashion Avenue, having a Fancy Lady Lunch and getting delightfully tipsy just before boarding the bus back to Philly. All in all, a perfect day with friends. Robert and I have also mostly finalized our honeymoon plans! We will be heading to Paris and then to St. Malo (in the Brittany region of France), so if you have any suggestions for me about what we should eat/see/do, please let me know. Here are a few things that have kept me sane this month:  [Read more...]

Wish List: Miso

Wish List: Miso

I may be a little late to this miso train, but I’m jumping on that bandwagon hard-core. As an ingredient I wasn’t really aware of until college, I had been a little skeptical of it, and had only ever heard of it being used in miso soup. Then I started to pay a little more attention, and I got curious. The miso glaze from Love and Lemons was like our gateway drug into The World of Miso. After that encounter, we became a little obsessed: Robert attempted to put that miso glaze on anything he could get his hands on, and I started pinning any recipe that mentioned that magical umami ingredient. Then there was the miso-creamed kale that rocked my world, and the miso-maple roasted roots that took our salad from “great” to “totally boss.” In case you can’t tell, I want to cook with miso some more. A lot more. As usual, Food52 came to the rescue by telling me all about how to cook with miso, and better yet – how to make a week’s worth of dinners with a batch of miso butter. I need to try that. Here are some other miso-centric dishes I want to try:  [Read more...]