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My Weekend via Instagram – Hoboken Edition

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! The sun was finally shining here in Hoboken and I was able to spend some time walking around my new neighborhood, becoming acquainted with the area. What I really love about this town so far is how walkable it is. Hoboken is only about a square mile, so it is really easy to get everywhere on foot. This weekend, it was so enjoyable to stroll along in the sun, taking in all of the sights, shops and restaurants this town has to offer. I even took a walk down to the water and photographed the sparkling view of the NYC skyline.

Brunch on Saturday at Elysian Cafe

Brunch on Saturday at Elysian Cafe

Brunch at Elysian Cafe - eggs benedict, pommes frites and a screwdriver

Brunch at Elysian Cafe – eggs benedict, pommes frites and a screwdriver

Outside Elysian

Outside Elysian

NYC skyline & Empire State building

NYC skyline & Empire State building

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him...

I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him…

Along with getting to know the area, I’m really enjoying the process of making my apartment home. I hope to add new things bit by bit (like my plant!) and I hope that it continually evolves.

How was your weekend? I hope you all got some sun too! Until the next post…

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Greetings from Hoboken!

Hello everyone! I am writing to you from my new apartment in Hoboken! I moved in this past weekend and with the help of my amazing family and friends, the place is really starting to come together! I have a fully functional kitchen already stocked with food and beverages, a cozy couch, which I can’t wait to lounge on, and my bedroom is starting to come together. Not only have I enjoyed setting up my new home the past two days, I’ve also loved exploring my new neighborhood. I’ve already found some delicious eats and have tasted the best “mozz” in town! Today, I want share my move-in weekend with you through pictures…

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My housewarming present from my sister – wine, bread and salt. I love her!

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My empty bedroom at home…very strange

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NYC skyline

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Driving in to town

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Fiore’s for lunch on Saturday to try out their “mozz”

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My sandwich – ham, roasted peppers, and mozz – amazing! peppers were covered in garlic and the mozzarella was definitely the best I’ve ever had (it’s made fresh every day!)

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Starting to put my bedroom together

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The back of my door…starting to feel like home

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My mom and I trying to assemble my Ikea kitchen table

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Success!

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And it expands!

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Champagne toast with my family before dinner in the apartment on Saturday

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Breakfast Sunday at The Little Grocery

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Ham, egg and cheese on a roll…yum!

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Lunch on Sunday at Luca Brasi’s

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The Big Petey sandwich – turkey, roasted peppers, mozz and arugula

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My living room starting to come together! (thanks to my dad, sister and her boyfriend for putting the couch together!)

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Living room

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Living room

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My kitchen!

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That’s all for now! I absolutely love my new home and I can’t wait to continue to decorate and make it mine. I will definitely be posting more pictures in the coming weeks!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Its the first week of March! And the time changes this weekend – I can’t wait for the days to be lighter for longer. Spring is right around the corner!

I can’t end this post without giving a huge birthday shout-out to my amazing dad! Happy Birthday, Dad! Thank you for all of your help this past month and all of your love & support the past 25 years. I love you! I hope you have a great day because you deserve it!

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Homemade Pizza

Being Italian (let’s face it…being American), my family loves pizza. We have pizza almost every weekend. It’s fast, simple, and delicious and feeds a lot of people. But we have a problem…there are no really good pizzerias by us (gasp!). The one that’s right down the street is hit or miss – sometimes you get a really good pie and other times, it tastes a little bit better than a piece of cardboard. And if we order from a different one, it’s at least a 10-15 minute drive, so by the time we get it home, its no longer piping hot. So we’ve come up with our own solution – homemade pizza. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s a lot of work to make the dough and then make and bake the pizzas, but it’s really not because we take a huge short cut – Boboli pizza crusts. All you have to do is add some toppings and pop them in the oven and they come out tasting better than the pizza crust at our local pizzeria.

Sunday night, we had family over for dinner. Being that the Holidays just ended and we all did a lot of cooking, none of us were in the mood for an intense meal and no one wanted to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. So, we made Boboli pizzas. We made four different kinds – margherita, prosciutto with mozzarella, peppers and onions, and pepperoni. Once you have your pizzas made, pop them in the oven at 450° for 8 – 10 minutes.

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I enjoyed a slice of margherita and prosciutto with a salad and Goose Island’s Christmas Ale!

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The best part about homemade pizza is that you can make any kind you want. Boboli crusts also come in personal sizes, which is really fun when you’re having a party because you can turn it into an interactive pizza-making dinner party!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Christmas Gingersnaps

Every Christmas I look forward to making – and eating – Gingersnaps. They are my family’s favorite cookie and make great gifts! I just baked a batch this morning (I made the dough last night) and wanted to share the recipe with you!

I don’t know where the recipe came from. I think my mom found it in a magazine a long time ago. It is a very simple recipe to follow and I’m sure most of you will already have all of the ingredients. (They’re very similar to the ingredients in my Spiced Pumpkin Bread recipe)

Ginger Cookies
Makes 7 dozen

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups softened butter (3 sticks)
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I like to give an extra dash)
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Sugar

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Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl beat sugar, butter, molasses and eggs until light and fluffy.

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Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup, level off. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Mix well.

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Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 1 hour. (The dough can be made ahead of time. Just keep refrigerated until you are ready to make the cookies)

Shape dough into 1- inch balls and roll in sugar.

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Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes or until set. (I baked mine for 8 min this morning and they came out perfectly) Cookies will puff up and then flatten. Cool 1 minute, remove from cookie sheets.

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And enjoy!

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Are any of you doing any last minute baking? Do you have any recipes you look forward to every year? I hope you will share them with me! 🙂

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Fudgy Nutella & Sea Salt Cookies and Dark Chocolate Gingersnaps

This weekend was filled with Holiday parties, Christmas shopping (I finally started!), and baking! Every Christmas, my best friend and I get together at least once (let’s face it, we love food and baking so we try to do it as often as possible) and bake all day long. So yesterday was our first bake-a-thon and we decided to try out some new recipes – Fudgy Nutella Sea Salt cookies and Dark Chocolate Gingersnaps. I found both of them while browsing Pinterest a few weeks ago (yes, I’m a Pinterest addict).

We started off with the Nutella cookie recipe because it had to chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. The recipe only makes 12 – 14 cookies, which is clearly not enough, so we decided to multiply it by 6. For anyone who decides to try this recipe and wants to make 6 dozen cookies, buy two of the big containers of Nutella (I think they are 26 oz. each). You need a total of 6 cups, which is 48 oz. so the two containers will give you 52 oz. This recipe was very easy to follow – there are only 5 ingredients (nutella, brown sugar, egg, flour and sea salt) and all you do is combine the first 4 and then add the sea salt after the cookies are baked. I suggest using a stand mixer to mix the ingredients together, especially if you are thinking about multiplying the recipe. The dough gets very thick and fudgy with the Nutella and flour and the hand mixer we had could not stand up to it. Once all of the ingredients were mixed together, we chilled the dough in the freezer for 10 or 15 minutes (we didn’t really time it) and then made 1-inch balls on our ungreased cookie sheets. When it was time to bake, we put them in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes, but we discovered that they needed more time because they looked a little too fudgy in the middle. On average, we left each tray in the oven for about 12 minutes. Once they were done, we took them out of the oven and sprinkled sea salt on them. We then waited impatiently for them to cool…

Results: Deliciously chocolatey & chewy (almost like a brownie) and I love the combination of sweet and salty! I would definitely make these cookies again, especially because its such a simple and quick recipe that you can enjoy right away!

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Next up were the Dark Chocolate Gingersnaps. This recipe had a more extensive list of ingredients, but overall, it was very easy to follow and pretty quick to whip up a batch… or two or three. Because this recipe only made 24 cookies, we multiplied it by 3 so, again, we would have 6 dozen cookies. I don’t really have any suggestions as far as this one goes. As I said, it was really easy to follow and we didn’t modify anything. We baked them for exactly 14 minutes, just as the recipe instructed, and they were perfect. The only thing we left out was the powdered sugar at the end. The cookies were going straight into containers and we didn’t want them to get messy, so we figured we would sprinkle powdered sugar over top when we serve them.

Results: Very gingery with just a hint of chocolate! I will have to try these alongside regular gingersnaps (I will be making my standard gingersnap recipe this weekend) and see how different they taste from one another. Again, although there were more ingredients, it was still a simple recipe that can be made in less than an hour.

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So, if you’re looking for some different types of cookies this holiday season, I highly recommend trying one or both of these recipes! They turned out great, were very easy to make, and did not involve a lot of time.

Go get your holiday baking on (or eating, whichever you prefer :))!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane