• Recipes,  Uncategorized

    A mendhi (henna) espresso cake

    This is the cake I made for my cousin’s engagement. It’s an espresso cake with butter cream frosting which is meant to look like a mendhi (henna) pattern! Will post the recipe soon! P.S. Check out my cousin Swetha’s blog http://swayskitchen.tumblr.com/ for awesome Indian recipes!! (The cake right before we cut into it!) (The cake right after it was made!) My cousin Swetha and cousin-to-be Paul cutting the cake!

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    Banana chocolate walnut bread

    I am NOT a fan of bananas. I generally find the texture unappealing and if they have a spot of brown on them, I refuse to eat them (much to my father’s dismay.) Banana bread is the best way to take advantage of the yucky, browning bananas and make them into something delicious and fun! Ingredients: 3/4 C sugar 1/2 C butter room temp 1.5 C flour 2 eggs 1 T vanilla 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. salt 1/2 C chopped walnuts 1/2 C choc chips (semi-sweet) 4-5 blackened bananas Recipe: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. Cream together sugar and butter on low (or by hand) 3. Add in vanilla, bananas, and lightly beaten…

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    Magic bars

    When I was in college, I loved going to this coffee shop in La Jolla called Pannikin (http://pannikincoffeeandtea.com/) They had a great little patio area, free wi-fi and these delicious little pastries that were made of graham cracker, nuts, coconut, and many types of chocolate. This is my version of that great dessert! This is a really easy recipe that doesn’t involve much measuring or accuracy. It’s a good one for a beginner. Ingredients: 4 Cups graham cracker crumbs 2 T butter 1 T cinnamon 12 oz. can sweetener condensed milk unsweeted coconut flakes chocolate chips chopped walnuts white chocolate chips butterscotch chips Recipe: 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees 2. Combine…

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    My best friend just shared this interesting article with me about a group starting The Reproducibility Project which aims to reproduce major findings in psychology. Currently they are looking at three prominent psych journals from 2008. I think there is a lot to be said regarding replication in science. At its principle, it is supposed to be the core of the scientific process. You should reproduce established work and build on it to further the field. However, it is unfortunate that replication studies are neither well funded nor well received in the field. It’s not often that you see replication studies published in Nature or Science. I wonder how the field would…

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