Cinnamon Bread

CINNAMON BREAD
(makes 2 loaves)
Batter:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs.  Add milk, flour, and baking soda.  Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan).  Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan.  Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.  Swirl with a knife.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.  or until toothpick tester come clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
I have also made this bread in muffin tins which made it a little easier to freeze and take out as needed.
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Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

Superbowl is coming on Sunday, and it’s the best excuse to eat “bad for us food”, drink lots of beer and sit with good company.  Here’s a recipe we’re going to be making this Sunday.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

If the prospect of filling your belly with nothing more than carbs and cheese excites you as much as it excites me, then you need to run, not walk, into the kitchen and make this bread. I am the certified queen of the carbs and cheese combo. Give me a loaf of bread and a hunk of cheese and I’m all set. Imagine cheesy garlic bread on steroids… that you can pull apart with your fingers. Yes, it’s every bit as amazing as you’re imagining it to be.

 

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

The best part about this little gem? It’s seriously the easiest thing to prepare.

Take one loaf of bread… cut it up into a grid pattern… pour a mixture of melted butter, garlic and scallions into all of the crevices, cover with foil and bake.

Take it out of the oven… stuff and cover it in shredded cheeses and pop it back into the oven, uncovered.

Pull-Apart Cheesy Bread

Voila! Crusty, cheesy awesomeness, right on your kitchen counter.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

You don’t need me to tell you that you won’t be able to stop eating this. I dare you to try. Three of us demolished this entire loaf and, truth be told, it would have been very easy for only two of us to do it. In situations like this, it’s a good thing that I was taught to share at an early age.

I’m looking forward to consuming many, many more loaves of this cheesy bread. You owe it to yourself and those you feed to make at least one!

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

Yield: 4 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

This cheesy pull-apart bread has been made in countless forms; this cheesy garlic version is my favorite.

Ingredients:

1 large loaf or boule-style Italian bread (Sourdough or French could also work)
½ cup butter (unsalted or salted is fine), melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a sheet of heavy-duty foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Cut a cross-hatch pattern into the top of the bread by slicing ½-inch grid lines into the bread, stopping about ¼-inch from the bottom of the bread so that it stays together. Place the bread on the piece of foil that has been sprayed.

3. Stir together the melted butter, garlic and scallions.

4. Gently separate the bread with your fingers, then spoon the butter mixture in all of the seams, making sure it is evenly distributed among the whole loaf. Wrap the loaf up in the foil and place on a baking stone or directly on the oven rack and bake for 10 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

6. Open the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the bread. There will be a lot of cheese, so try to push down as much as you can in between all of the crevices in the bread. Leave the foil open and return it to the oven. Bake until the cheese is completely melted, bubbling and starting to brown on top, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving, then dig in!

Target’s newest collaboration with Prabal Gurung

Target announced it’s latest designer collaboration with Prabal Gurung back in October, and now the retailer has revealed what that limited collection looks like.

Prabal Gurung, the Nepalese designer whose red-carpet creations have been worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, and Kate Middleton (to name just a few) created a budget-priced line that’s all about love, from crushing to chasing to keeping it. Everything’s flirty, feminine, and priced under $200. The collection debuts at Target stores and on Target.com on February 10, but here are some of our own personal favorites. For a complete lookbook on this new collection, click here.

Dress: $44.99
Earrings: $16.99
Bangle: $24.99
Pumps: $39.99
Dress: $49.99
Heels: $39.99
Shirtdress: $39.99
Miniaudiere: $34.99
Sandals: $29.99
Leather jacket: $199.99
Sleeveless tee: $26.99
Skirt: $29.99
Sandals: $29.99
Dress: $39.99
Miniaudiere: $34.99
Necklace: $39.99
Pendant necklace: $19.99
Teardrop necklace: $39.99
Sandals: $29.99

 

Barney’s Warehouse Sale

We speculated, thought about and told you that the Barney’s Warehouse sale will be changing, and how Barney now prove is right.  In an article from WWD today, Barney’s will be launching a permanent off-price web site, called Barneyswarehouse.com.  The website will officially launch on Monday.  When we visited the site earlier today, we were prompted to put in our email to get the first dibs on getting access to their online sale.

2011_12_barneys2.jpegDaniella Vitale, Barney’s chief merchant and executive VP, explained: “The online business is explosive and the fastest-growing business we have. It will be no different for the off-price component. The warehouse sale is [a factory] outlet in the same way that Barneys.com is a flagship and should reflect the Madison Avenue location.”

What does this mean for the actual physical warehouse sale?  The original one will continue as planned on February 14 – 24 in the Chelsea Co-op, but then after that Vitale explains that the merchandise will turn heavily towards men.

While we’re always keen on finding our men a nice tailored suit, this will definitely change things moving forward.  Whatever the case will be, anyone who’s looking to elbow and shove to get to racks and racks of women designer merchandise and racks and racks of designer shoes should do so in February.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for your Mistress

You expect her to be there for you when you’re feeling blue and need a little somthin’ somethin’. She keeps her mouth shut because you treat her like a princess and buy her nice things. It’s love… errr sort of. Show her you care this Valentine’s Day with some gifts to make her feel special and protect your secret in the process.

 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Your Mistress

 

1.    Stone Double Storm Flap Trench Coat – a stylish disguise for secret trips to the Carlyle ($180 topshop.com)

2.    Kiki de Montparnasse Leather Whip – a little something to spice up your romance, soooo not something your wife is into ($150 kikidm.com)

3.    Room service – pamper your lover instead of Wham, Bam, Thank You Maaming her. Order some pancakes for breakfast

4.    Max and Chloe Lapis Teardrop Earrings – every girl needs some bling ($790 maxandchloe.com)

5.    Private Island – no more sneaking around if you buy an island where no one can find you (firstluxe.com)

6.    Agent Provocateur Harri Silk-Satin Plunge Corset – something sexy for under the trench coat ($850 net-a-porter.com) – but seriously – is this gift for you or for her?

7.   Diane von Furstenberg Purple Sunglasses – help to hide her identity and protect your neck in a super fab fashion ($185 matchesfashion.com)

*Disclaimer – we’re really just kidding.  I think any of the above gifts (give or take maybe not item #2 – unless she’s into that kind of thing) would be great for your wife or girlfriend.

Chinese New Year Parade

The 14th Annual Chinese New Year Parade will be on Sunday, February 17th at 1pm this year.

The parade travels from Little Italy through Chinatown, with marching bands, floats, and lion and dragon dancers twirling the entire way. Before the procession starts, get your fill of cultural performances and demonstrations at Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal St at Forsyth St). Parade begins at 1pm at Mott and Hester Sts. The parade is appropriate for all ages, but note that younger children may not be accustomed to the drums and music. 

$1.49 Valentines Day Card at Cardstore.com

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Use coupon code CCA3131 and get your Valentine’s Day card for just $1.49 (ends 2/7)

Here is how to get the deal:

  • Choose any Valentine’s Day Card.
  • Design your card
  • You can choose to have in shipped to yourself for free or you can have it mailed to the recipient for free
  • Place your card(s) in your basket
  • Then use coupon code: CCA3131 to get the card for $1.49

RECIPE – Roasted Eggplant Spread

And here’s another recipe for another yummy dip shared by ourbestbites.com

Roasted Eggplant Spread
Recipe lightly adapted from Ina Garten

1 medium eggplant
2 red bell peppers
1 medium red onion
3-4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste or pureed oven-roasted tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400 and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. Chop eggplant, peppers, and onion into 1″ cubes. Smash the garlic. Toss together the vegetables and then drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to evenly coat the vegetables and then spread them over the prepared baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven and roast the vegetables for 20 minutes. Flip/stir the vegetables with a spatula and then roast for another 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and browning. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Place the roasted vegetables along with the tomato paste or roasted tomatoes into a blender or food processor and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. Serve warm with slices of sourdough bread, pita chips, flatbread, or Rosemary Focaccia. You can also toss this sauce with hot pasta for a light vegetarian meal.

RECIPE – Hot Crab Dip

Super Bowl is this Sunday and many of you will be posting parties – check out this recipe for an awesome dip to make. Hope you enjoy it!

Hot Crab Dip

Recipe by Our Best Bites
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese (light is fine)
1 c. mayonnaise (light is fine, but no Miracle Whip)
1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c. (about 6-8 oz.) shredded crab (or Krab)
Juice of 1 small lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. chopped green onions (about 1 bunch)
1 tablespoon of Creole or mild coarse-grain mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine shredded crab and lemon juice in a large bowl and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and spread in a 9″ pie plate or a medium baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Serve with slices of sourdough bread.