Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

Pumpkin pie (pumpkin)! The candle looks like whipped cream.

Happy Halloween! Of course I managed to make mine all about food (and not just candy). First, my costume was Heinz ketchup. (It was a group costume– I rolled with mustard and relish.) Then Sam and I went to a carving party, and ended up making a pumpkin pie pumpkin.

We didn’t know what we would make, walking in. I wanted to do something food-related, and was thinking along the lines of (surprise, surprise) more ketchup. (And something relatively easy to carve, since I was going to do the bulk of it– Sam had done most of the work carving a ghost pumpkin earlier in the week.)

Sam ended up sketching a piece of pie, and he transferred that onto the pumpkin.

Work in progress.

Most of the carving went okay, until I sort of carved through a thin part. Then Sam-the-New-Englander took the helm and fixed it.

We had an amazing, creative line-up when everybody was done. Flamingos, Ron Burgundy, a Victorian-style profile… the most mind-blowing one was a detailed Sylvester Stallone.

Little pumpkins in a row.

Seriously– viewing all these pumpkins in the dark together was a wonderful moment. Like, summer-camp-bonfire style fun and bonding and good vibes. If you get invited to a carving party– DO IT!

Now I have pumpkin pie in the fridge, but not the edible variety. Sigh.


(The toothpick was inserted for support during car travel.)

I’ve yet to eat any pumpkin pie this season, but I’m hoping to locate some soon… Thanksgiving latest. Obviously I’ve got it on the brain. (Or maybe Sam does– this was his idea. But I WAS looking for pumpkin pie at Trader Joe’s when we bought the pumpkin… sadly, they were out.)


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Autumn Cookie Look-y (Alcove) & Rainy Day Soup (Art’s Deli)

November 21, 2010


Yesterday post-improv graduation show (on to level 3… if I pass), post-lunch at Art’s Deli, I went with my parents to the Alcove in Los Feliz. Last time we went there, we saw adorable sea creature cookies. I think that was in August.

As you can see, the cookies appear to be seasonal, because yesterday they had a SCARECROW cookie. You may recall that I have a sentimental attachment to scarecrows.

I was particularly impressed by the frosting work, especially on the turkey. The feather colors seem to be infused seamlessly into the brown frosting, like the milk in latte art.

But we didn’t eat cookies. We ate pumpkin pie.

Major crust action.

We also had apple pie, but I didn’t take a picture. They didn’t have any ice cream for a la mode. What’s the point?!

For those of you who are over desserts, here is a picture of my soup from Art’s.

Circle carrots!

It was my second time in as many days eating circle-carrot chicken soup. And both times NOT from a can. I’m a very lucky girl! (And it’s perfect on rainy days– which we’ve been having, again.)

Chicken soup with rice always makes me think of that children’s book that goes, “I told you once, I told you twice, I told you– chicken soup with rice.” Anybody else remember that?

I also had a sandwich with corned beef, brisket (Mom and I traded some of our meats), coleslaw, and yellow & deli mustard, on rye. AND a pickle. Did I die and go to Jew-food heaven, or what?

Okay, I need to finish this post so I can do the next one. I think it will excite the cupcake lovers in the crowd.


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October 14, 2010




Today I discovered that there is a whole website devoted to baking things inside cupcakes.

If this doesn’t blow your mind, you’re doing it wrong.

Pie or cake? Pie or cake? Some genius decided that you shouldn’t have to choose!

Pumpkin pie + cupcake? I mean, top it with a macaron and make it a la mode and you might as well have died and gone to heaven.

And since there may or may not BE a heaven, this could be as close as it gets.

Sorry, that got a little darker than I intended.


I almost want to learn how to bake for this.


Somewhere over the rainbow...

I think the Bake it in a Cake people are my new heroes.



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