Flashback: Domesticated

January 26th, 2012

A past post of mine from a blog I started when I first moved to NYC called Bloggy, Blog, Blog.  Although “Nibbles by Nora” was a few years away it was clear I had the baking bug already! 😉

April 17, 2007

So somehow I’ve gotten in the habit of making treats for people when in a theatre production. It first really started when I was involved with directing some shows around Christmas and a friend of mine had a cookie exchange. I found so many recipes of interest that although I only made one kind for the cookie exchange (Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Cookies – they don’t look pretty but they taste good!) I decided to use the others to share with my cast and find out if they tasted as good as they sounded. They did!

Two recipes that disappeared the quickest Spicy Pumpkin Cookies – Sans Raisins
and a variation of this Cake Mix Cookie recipe – I used Chocolate Cake Mix! 🙂 They tasted like brownie bites.

Then when my directing duties started to taper off I began working backstage for a month as a dresser for the traveling production of “The Lion King”. Every Sunday we’d have a potluck since we didn’t have a lot of time in between shows. Once again, it was a chance to try something new!

Smoky Corn Muffins (didn’t use liquid smoke)

This time around my baking flurry was influenced by the fact that my character (Essie) in “You Can’t Take It With You” makes candy, but still – I’m finding that as long as the recipe is fairly simple – I enjoy baking…as long as I can share it with a group. That’s the key…not all that enthused about making something that will go to waste cause I only eat a piece of it…I had that happen to a picante peach cobbler. I ate 2 pieces and the rest went in the trash – sadness.

Rarely do I make a dish twice as I am always curious about new ones – so I’m constantly in finger cross mode and hope, hope, hope that whoever is eating it – likes it.

Needless to say here is a list of some of the recipes (the links are all from allrecipes.com) that I tried and those that ate it seemed to like it! (No deaths or stomach trauma were reported either! ;))

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Cherry Mash Candy

Pistachio Fruit Salad (Some of the cast was diabetic, so this worked well for the potluck!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Hot Jezebel – Took this to the cast party and previously to a Bridal Shower, knew it was good when a former co-worker brought it to work several times and it always disappeared quickly!

I also discovered a Truffle recipe in a cookbook that used the same instructions as an easy fudge recipe I found online. Go figure. I went the truffle route though, using chocolate sprinkles on some and cocoa on others. One of my co-stars thought they were donut holes though and had a bit of surprise when he bit in.

And when not in the baking mood, thanks to my mom (who’s a rep), I’ve discovered Watkins has great dip mixes. So good and so easy to make! I highly recommend ordering some to try! 😉

So now it is your turn – share your fav recipes or maybe this will give you inspiration to try baking if you haven’t already! 😉 Good Luck!

Celebrity Nibbles by Nora, Episode 6

September 5th, 2011

Now you can celebrate #Jerzday everyday with this Snooki inspired recipe on this episode of “Celebrity Nibbles by Nora”!

Celebrity Nibbles by Nora, Episode 6, Tastes Like Jersey Shore … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1TsWcaieGY

Inspired by Savory Cornmeal Cookies Recipe from Countryliving.com and “Snooki Cookies” suggestion from youtube viewer, Lola801.

Snooki Cookies

Snooki Cookies  

About 3 Dozen Cookies


1 cup white cornmeal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup baking cocoa*

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp chili or cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon*

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded)

1/2 cup dill pickles pulp (chopped well in blender)

2 Tbsp margarine (melted)

1 egg

1/3 cup dill pickle juice

1/4 cup water



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease baking sheet(s).

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon, chile/cayenne and black peppers. Stir in cheese and dill pickle pulp. Then add melted margarine, egg, pickle juice and water. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes or more to let batter firm up a little.

Drop rounded Tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheet(s).

Bake on top or center rack in oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.


Note: Leftover Snooki Cookies can be stored in an airtight containers for up to 2 days.


And here’s info on the “Before They Were SuperStar’s Taste Tester”, Zach

Zach McCoy

McCoy‘s Show that he’s in, “The Birthday Boys”.

ArtEffects Theatre Company Presents:

The Birthday Boys By Aaron Kozak

Directed by: Montserrat Mendez

Winner of the 2010 Hollywood Fringe First Award (world premiere) and the LA Fringe Award (LA Theatre Review Critic’s Choice).

“A high-tension, clock-ticking-away dramatic thriller.” — LAist.com

Three Marines captured by insurgents during an unheard-of infiltration of the Al Asad green zone struggle with the horror of captivity and their unknowable fate. But what first appears to be a kidnapping unravels an emotionally complex trio of characters dealing with major values such as honor, good, evil, commitment, ethics, God and country. Tense, hilarious and frequently heart-wrenching, The Birthday Boys keeps us guessing on the edge of our seats, as we barrel towards a shocking climax.


Kristi McCarson

Phil Newsom

Stage Manager: *Mary Spadoni


Lowell Byers

Walker Hare

Zach McCoy

Abraham Makany

Jevon McFerrin

Patrick Cann

Roland Lane

(*courtesy of actors equity, an equity approved showcase)

PR/Marketing: Lanie Zipoy lanie.zipoy@gmail.com

Graphic Design: Theresa Evangelista

Lighting Design: Porsche McGovern

Set Design: Jason Bolen

Sound Design: Patrick Metzger

Costume/props: Rebecca Snyder/ Kristi McCarson

Performance Dates:

Thurs. Sept 15th, 8pm

Fri. Sept 16th, 8pm

Sat. Sept 17th, 8pm

Sun. Sept 18, 3pm and 8pm.

Wed. Sept 21, 8pm

Thurs Sept 22, 8pm

Fri, Sept. 23, 8pm

Sat, Sept 24, 8pm

Sun, Sept 25, 3pm


Access Theatre

380 Broadway (at White Street)

New York, NY 10013 (2 blocks South of Canal)

4th Floor

Tickets price: $18

Purchase online at


or Reserve tickets at: ArtEffectstheatre@gmail.com

Discounted tickets available for military personnel and Veterans for $10 (Please email for details).

Website: www.ArtEffectsTheatre.org


Cookies & Booze

July 3rd, 2011

For a looong time now I’ve used Yelp reviews to find the best restaurants, doctors, places to visit when traveling, etc but it wasn’t until recently I decided to become an active participant in Yelp and start contributing my own reviews.

When I officially became a “Yelp” member I made a new discovery. Yelp is also a forum (like Meetup) to post activities.  And the first activity I spotted? Cookies & Booze 9!  Once I knew that this event was in fact open to anybody I then had to decide what cookies to make!

Since I had leftover dried cranberries from my B. Frank Cranapple Beer Cupcakes, I began to sift thru my numerous cookbooks to see what I could find for inspiration.

Inspiration struck in the form of  “Cappuccino Spice Cookies” from 100 Best Holiday Cookies and I began tweaking.

My initial thought was to halve the recipe but then I mis-calculated how much coffee to add. Oops.

After several minutes of panic, this mis-calculation ended up being a happy accident.  (Phew!)  However, I was a bit concerned about how much the cookies would spread if baked individually so I decided to corral them (and save time scooping) in a circular cake tin to make “Giant Coffee Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies”.

You can see some photos from the event on my Facebook Page and you can get the recipe below!

Giant Coffee Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Coffee Cranberry Chcolate Chip Cookies



1 Tbsp instant coffee granules
1 cup boiling water
1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla*
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour*
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
â…› tsp ground nutmug
â…› tsp ground cloves
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries

*If you use flavored instant coffee, you can omit vanilla extract. You can replace 1 cup of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour if you prefer.


Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.

Dissolve coffee granules in boiling water. Beat margarine and sugars in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, coffee and vanilla*; beat until well blended.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves in medium bowl; gradually add to margarine mixture until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

If mixture seems a little too gooey, place mixture in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm it up.

Prepare circular cake pan (about 8” x 2”) by placing aluminum foil around the inside with enough leftover at the top so you can pull the cookie out when it is done baking. (You will need to do this for each cookie.)

Spread a thin layer of cookie batter in the bottom of the cake pan, making sure it’s spread evenly.

Place in oven for 10-12 minutes or until set. Let cookie stay in pan for a few minutes then carefully pull it out of the pan and let it cool on a wire rack in the aluminum foil.
Prepare the pan with aluminum foil again, spread cookie batter inside and so on until you have used all of your batter.

Once cookies have cooled completely, carefully peel away the aluminum foil and serve!


Note: They do have a bar/cake like quality to them. I’m not sure if they’d bake well if a thicker layer was used to make them an actual bar or not but if you try it, let me know how they turn out! 🙂


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