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.ย  Although “Nibbles by Nora” was a few years away it was clear I had the baking bug already! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good Luck!

Celebrity Nibbles by Nora, Episode 5

July 12th, 2011

Toast Harry Potter and his pals in their last film with a Potter Pie Shake in this episode ofย  “Celebrity Nibbles by Nora”!

Celebrity Nibbles by Nora, Episode 5, Farewell Harry … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El7h-PAm78c

Inspired by the flavors of Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice and by the Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie Recipe from McCormick.com, Cream Soda Sauce Recipe from grouprecipes.com and shake assembly suggestions from foodpluswords.com.

Potter Pie Shake

Potter Pie Shakes

Makes 8 Servings

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

1 frozen pie crust (from 12 oz deep dish package)

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

6 oz fat free evaporated milk

1 cup canned pumpkin


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. ย 

Microwave chips in medium bowl in 15 second intervals, stirring each time until chips are completely melted. Set aside.

Mix egg, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt in large bowl until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, milk and melted chips until well blended. Pour into crust.

Place pie on a baking sheet (in case it bubbles over) and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack.

Cream Soda Topping Ingredients

1 cup cream soda

1 package (2 packets) whipped topping mix

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp rum extract


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until thickened.


***Additional ingredient – 1 gallon vanilla ice cream***

Cut pie into 8 slices. ย 

Place 1 slice of pie, 1/4 cup cream soda topping and 4 scoops of ice cream in the blender and blend well.ย  You can increase or decrease cream soda topping/ice cream based on your preference for thickness of shake.

Drink immediately or store in freezer until ready to enjoy!


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

Kristin Cantwell

Cantwell’s improv group that she’s in, Equipo Jesus.

Upcoming Equipo Jesus performances:

July 15th, 10pm @ The Magnet Theater – Part of “The Circuit” performances (“Equipo Jesus” rotates Fridays).

Cost: FREE!


July 25th, 8pm @ The PIT – Part of the Secret Crush Show.

Cost: FREE!


Jif Holiday Spread Recipe Contest

March 30th, 2011

After creating and entering recipes into the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest, I decided to see if there were any other contests I could enter while I was waiting on results from Scharffen Berger.

I decided to involve my Mom and Grandma in the fun this time for the Jif Holiday Spread Contest.

Again, the winners were recently announced and the recipes we submitted weren’t on there but again, I share these with you anyway as I swear they are quite tasty even if they aren’t award winning! ๐Ÿ™‚

My Grandma has this recipe for Peanut Butter Balls that she has made and tweaked for years.ย  In fact, it was so well liked by my Brother that he has made his own batch multiple times and frozen some (the recipe make A LOT) for enjoyment beyond the holidays.

I decided this recipe would be a perfect entry for the sweet recipe category. So I made a call to Granny, she made some more tweaks and then we submitted the following recipe.

(Coming soon…I managed to misplace this one post contest entry. Oops.)

Now it was time to figure out a savory recipe.ย  My Mom and I put our heads together (via cyberspace) and created PB & J(oe) Sandwiches. Yummy (apologies to those with nut allergies, you will have to take my word for it)!

PB & J(oe) Sandwiches

Recipe Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef,1 (10-oz.) can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles – drained, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/3 cupย  Creamy Peanut Butter & Honey, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Worcestshire Sauce, 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, 1/4 teaspoon Salt and 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Cook beef by stirring in large frying pan about 5 to 10 minutes until browned. Then drain off fat.
Mix remaining ingredients together in bowl, then add to beef and simmer, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens. Serve on sandwich buns.



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