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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Thursdays have turned into my weekday cooking marathon day. Since my husband is still in law school and has night class, I have my parents over for a nice meal then my good friend Matt comes over to watch some TV… which of course requires snacks. With all of the activity, I have the opportunity to try out lots of new recipes.  Sometimes I come across a keeper… other times I’m sad I wasted the time and money to try out a dud. Last night was a win some, lose some kind of night.

Let’s start with the loser. I tried the Parmesan-Herb Popcorn recipe from the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Winter magazine. You think the fact that it called for parmesan cheese and it said that they used Kraft’s to test it would have tipped me off – I’m only a 1/4 Italian but I know that is not real cheese. Then, it called for a 1/4 cup of Italian Seasoning to 20 cups of popcorn, holy! I am not a huge fan of Italian Seasoning on a good day, so I used about half that – but that was STILL too overwhelming. The final product had a weird rosemary flavor and despite the fact that I baked it for an hour with olive oil like the recipe said, all of the cheese still fell off and floated to the bottom of the bowl. My dad took a bite and spit it out. Matt, who never says anything mean about anyone or anything, sealed it with a remark of disapproval. My mom smelled the bowl and passed on a taste test of her own. Clearly this is a not a recipe I will EVER be making again.

Enter original modern lady, Martha Stewart, to save the evening snack scene. Her recipe for Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies was the big winner of the night! I made two modifications to her ingredient list. First, I used salted butter instead of unsalted. (I’m salty by nature, so I don’t mind it.) Second, I used dark chocolate chips. I prepared everything just as her directions outline. The only other issue I had was that it definitely did not take 15 to 18 minutes for these in my oven, the first batch was a lot toastier than I wanted. The rest I cooked for 12 minutes and they had a crunchy outside and warm, gooey center. This giant chocolate chip cookie recipe is a keeper for sure! Perhaps my version of these little gems will make their county fair debut this summer :)


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Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

I’ve been writing a lot about sewing lately, so I thought I’d take a break and share a sweet treat instead.

If it’s not chocolate, it’s not a dessert for my husband. So I’m always looking for ways to smother my baked goods in chocolaty goodness. Thus, this chocolate dipped Rice Krispies® treats recipe.

Like any loyal Paula Deen lover, I’ve enhanced the original Rice Krisipies® treat recipe with … more butter :) Other than that small change below, this is the same recipe as Kellogg’s. One other tip that makes this easier to work with is to use a non-stick silicone baking mat to press the mixture into the pan you’re using.


4 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz, about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies®

1 package (12 oz) Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips
Milk (if needed to smooth out chocolate)

Sprinkles or Candy for decoration (optional)


1.) In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2.) Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal. Stir until well coated.

3.) Use a buttered spatula and non-stick silicone baking mat to evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan coated with butter. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

4.) Place the chocolate in a simmering double boiler. Stir the chocolate frequently to keep it from burning or overheating. If needed, add in milk to smooth out chocolate.

5.) Dip half of each square into the chocolate. Set on cookie sheet to cool. Decorate with sprinkles or candy pieces immediately if you’re adding them on.

I generally serve these in a big glass cookie jar with a bow around it and a custom tag. They make a great hostess gift or simple birthday present. Rice Krispies Treats® are such a staple from childhood that you can help but smile when you a take a bite of these chocolate treasures.

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Lessons in the Domestic Arts

As a digital marketing consultant by day and a DIY craft enthusiast by night, it was just a matter of time before I got around to starting this blog. However, being the anal retentive person that I am, I needed a clean start date for my new endeavor. Bless you 2010! So, here we are … one day into the New Year and one entry down for The Modern Lady.

Why The Modern Lady? My whole life I’ve always loved the lost arts of the happy homemaker. I sew, I scrapbook, I decorate cakes, I can cook a mean pot roast and so on. But what’s amazing to me now as a 25 year old is these skills make me somewhat of an anomaly.

I got married in July ’09 along with a heap of others in our social circle and not one other wife is quite like me. A lot of them don’t do scratch cooking, almost none of them know how to bake and surprisingly enough picking out decorative elements for their home is a like a trip to the dentist’s office.  I don’t even mention that I sew or scrapbook around them for fear I’ll be treated like a leper. The worst part is that somehow knowing how to do these things makes me appear like I’m an anti-feminist with a fluff job that has nothing better to do with her time than make stupid Christmas pillows by hand.

Well, I’m putting my foot down. Cooking, baking, scrapbooking, sewing, decorating and painting, etc is not the stuff of weirdos people. Any one of the above can be learned in time and I stand by the fact that it’s therapeutic to have hobbies like these. Not to mention, you can save a TON of money by making things on your own or even sell the gems that you create! There is a reason why Etsy.com is the shit (In late December, Rob Kalin (CEO of Etsy) reported the site helped sell roughly $200 million worth of goods in 2009!).

If you aspire to be the next Martha Stewart (goddess of all things crafty) like me, keep stopping back. I can’t wait to hear from other modern ladies like me :)


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