The Reckless Chef Makes House Calls

In case you were curious, I don’t just set my own kitchen on fire.

Sometimes, I bring my talents to other people’s kitchens.

Funny story: when we opened the oven and saw the burning cobbler, my first reaction was “Where’s your camera? Does your Blackberry have a camera?” while Rebekah‘s was “WE NEED TO PUT THIS OUT NOW!” Priorities, duh.


How Do You Build A Gingerbread House?

With a gingerbread hammer, of course. Next question, please?

Case of the Mondays (Alternately: Winning is Fun)

I’m pretty sure you’ve gathered this by now, but in case you weren’t aware — I’m accident-prone. Very much so. I’m even more inclined to melt spatulas, catch my hair on fire, or make a batch of sugar cookies that doesn’t have any sugar in them if I’m low on energy (or if it’s a Monday). And I have a hunch that it’s not just me :)

This? May not have happened if I’d had a Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy+Coffee handy.

The lovely folks at Starbucks invited me to run a fancy little contest to introduce you to their Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy+Coffee, and all you have to do is tell me about an embarrassing or funny thing that you’ve done in the kitchen.

So, what’s in it for you?

Prizes, of course! I mean, obviously, it’s fun enough to share your hilarious stories, but what kind of contest would this be if there weren’t some fun things to win? You get the chance to win a $5 Starbucks Card, Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy+Coffee coupons, a white board (who couldn’t use that for jotting down recipes on the fly?), and a fancy little gizmo called the StealthSwitch™ that makes computer applications go invisible (in case you’re checking out recipes at the office). Who doesn’t love prizes? (I know I do! Totally looking forward to checking out the samples I’ll be getting.)

So, in short: you can win things just by having a funny kitchen story! And I’ll even cut you some slack in case you’re coordinated and polished and all of your recipes turn out perfectly — it doesn’t have to be your story. You can tell me about the time your roommate set your kitchen on fire, or your puppy knocked over your cake stand, or your neighbor down the street put aluminum foil in the microwave.

Fancy legal terms:

This promotion is solely sponsored by Jenny A. and has not been endorsed or approved by North American Coffee Partnership. By entering, you agree to look solely to Jenny A.  for any claims in connection therewith, and not the North American Coffee Partnership

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Contest guidelines. Open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends 11-1-09. Void where prohibited.

Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy+Coffee will be sending me some samples soon, and I’ll be letting you know what I think about them. All the opinions expressed here are mine.

So! Leave a comment, and tell me about your funniest or most accident-prone kitchen experiences! You’ve got two weeks to participate, and I’m looking forward to reading your stories (and hopefully sending some prizes to you!).

Thanks, Starbucks!

It’s Early, But I’m Already Planning

Fakesgiving is right around the corner!

Well, it’s around the corner that’s around a more immediate corner, maybe a slight left, go through a couple of lights, up a hill, then around another corner. Fakesgiving 2009 is set for November 21st, and I could not be more excited about it!

The bonus: this year’s Fakesgiving celebrations will be held on the same day as the OSU-Michigan game. Because one day in November dedicated to watching football and enjoying a feast just plain isn’t enough.

Please excuse the poor Photoshopping job. The turkey certainly didn’t want to be wearing a Michigan jersey.

So, I know it’s over a month away, but I’m getting psyched about it already. Anyone else celebrating Fakesgiving this year? What are your plans? And what is the deal with this website that seems to involve someone else’s mysterious plans for Fakesgiving ’09? (And why didn’t I buy that URL first?)

Why, Yes, You CAN Mess Up Grilled Cheese

So, my classes this fall are pretty stressful. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted very much.

This is why:

Just kidding. I mean, I did ruin that grilled cheese (yes, that’s smoke near the top of the picture), but I’ve been working on some delicious recipes, too. In between scraping burnt cheese off of my frying pan and throwing out another melted spatula (if you’re keeping score, that’s TWO spatulas rendered useless).

And! Stick around for the month of October (at least!) because there are fun fall treats on the way AND a contest. And who doesn’t like winning?