It seems that all of my friends are coming out with cookbooks this year, which is awesome because it means I get to beef up my collection. It also means that I need another bookshelf, but we’ll worry about that later. My buddy Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen recently released her book, The Year of Cozy, and I have to say that I absolutely love it. It’s full of great recipes, of course, but it’s more than that – it’s got lifestyle tips that are actually relevant to my interests, like how to make your own salt cellar, how to package fun food gifts, and how to have a staycation. Yes, please, to all three. How she is an amazing cook and general how-to-live-your-best-life guru, I’ll never know, but she also has a really cute corgi, whose photos are sprinkled throughout the book as well, so you should definitely grab a copy if just for that. Anywho, I saw these Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles in the book and I have to give them a go. It’s almost the time of year where you’re ready to go baking crazy, making cookies and cakes and pies and all of that for friends and neighbors and bosses that need a little sweetening up – why not start with these? Everybody loves chai, be it that sickeningly-sweet concoction you get from Starbucks (i.e. my preferred elixir of life in college) or the really good, spicy stuff you can get from your neighborhood’s specialty market. I know some people that even make their own chai mix at home, passed down from their parents and now making their own kitchens smell like fragrant oases (that is apparently the plural for oasis – I looked it up). However you enjoy usually enjoy chai, this is a step beyond the rest. The outsides of the cookies are perfectly crispy, while the insides are wonderfully chewy, and the chai flavor really comes through, which is why I highly recommend dunking these suckers in a tall glass of cold milk, you know, for the full effect. Happy baking season! I can smell the cinnamon and cloves already.
Me (haiii), on a photo shoot with Marcus Samuelsson (!!!), having some drinks in the neighborhood, and the final product of another photo shoot with Jamie Bissonnette (!!!). Life is good.
I suppose I haven’t update you guys on other aspects of my life recently, but to be honest work has kept me incredibly busy and I struggle to find time to do normal, everyday things, like laundry or brushing my hair or putting said laundry away. Ugh, I hate laundry. Where’s my laundry robot? While it’s been really hectic, at least I’m doing some really cool stuff, photos of which I absolutely cannot wait to share. I’ve been on photo shoots with Jamie Bissonnette, Marcus Samuelsson, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske, Kenji Lopez-Alt, Angela Dimayuga and Sam Anderson from Mission Chinese, and so many more. It’s kind of awe-inspiring. These people are amazing at what they do, and I’ve been getting to head into their kitchens with my camera and take photos of them while they do their thing. I’m really proud of the pictures that I’ve taken, and I hope that they love them as much as I’ve loved taking them. I hope that this will continue to be a major part of my job – finally being able to take photos for at least part of my actual, full-time gig has been a dream of mine for a really long time and being able to do it blows my mind a little bit. If you don’t already read MUNCHIES on a regular basis, please do so, and you’ll see my photos pop up from time to time! Life update over.