Thursday Things

Here are this week’s Thursday Things:

1. These Villeroy & Boch dishes. My mom was obsessed with Villeroy & Boch when I was growing up. I thought everyone ate on circus-themed plates and I didn’t see the big fuss.

Fast forward a quarter century, I see the big fuss. I’ve turned into my mother.

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3. Last week I mentioned trying to find a use for all my old coffee cans and glass jars that I’ve accumulated from from various condiments or anything that comes in glass.

Use them as picture holders. Easy to rotate and swap in and out, and they give pictures a snowglobe effect.

4. My iHerb order arrived. Until March 31, iHerb is increasing their normal $5 discount to $8 on your order. Enter code AVE630 at checkout.

Items I always purchase from them are probiotics, nutritional yeast, and stevia. Shipping is free on all orders over $40 but right now it’s free on orders over $20. And normally when you spend over $40, they start deducting additional savings from your order, i.e. spend $50 you get an additional 5% off, spend $60 you get an additional 6% off, and so forth. Don’t quote me on the exact specifics because they tend to rotate their “specials” and their deals of the month, but iHerb is hands down the cheapest source and fastest shipping (even the free shipping is usually only a 1 to 3 day wait from time you place the order) for anything from vitamins to bulk cinnamon and spices that I’ve found.

5. I love this book. I discussed it in depth here. If you like sweet desserts and are up for some kitchen adventures with mind-expanding (and waistline-expanding) recipes, you’ll love it too.

6. I did a Cookbook Reviews post ages ago and I have tried to keep it (somewhat) updated based on newer cookbooks I’ve received.

I read cookbooks like most people read novels. I curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee or lay in my bed with a bowl of popcorn and read the book, page by page, so that I don’t miss any crucial factoids that I just couldn’t live without. For instance, Christina Tosi of Milkbar uses Pam cooking spray, King Arthur Bread Flour as her all-purpose flour, and thinks sifting flour is a waste of time. If I didn’t read her book novel-style, I may have missed those earth-shattering revelations.

7. This bedding would make me feel like I’m sleeping on a puffy cloud. I think I want it.

This bedding would make my husband feel like he was sleeping in a Disney princess movie. He may not want it. (But I win on household decor choices and he nods and says, Yes Dear)

8. I went to the store and picked up a stuffed plush Easter bunny and a few Reese’s Pieces chocolate eggs for Easter Bunny loot to be sprinkled around the house Sunday morning.

I always wonder if I’m doing “enough” to make the holidays fun. There’s the religion aspect, the fun get into the spirit aspect, and there’s also the going overboard aspect. I try to strike a balance.

9. Have you seen Christi’s roundup of Peeps posts from various blogs? Too cute.

10. Need a last minute 10 minute, no-baking “baking project” before Easter?

Try  “Egg”-in-a-Nest Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites (No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten Free). Use M&M’s, raisins, an almond, whatever you have on hand to use for the “egg” and it’s the dough itself that really counts so if you have nothing around for stuffage, you can always just eat cookie dough. Wouldn’t be a problem for me.

Do you have Easter plans if you celebrate it?

Do you love reading cookbooks or have any current (or longstanding) favorites?

I’d imagine that food blog readers also read food magazines (Bon Appetite, Saveur, etc.) and their fair share of cookbooks.

Even if I don’t cook recipes from them, or follow them closely or at all, I am inspired from cookbooks, food blogs, food magazines, and Pinterest, too.

Anywhere there’s a recipe, I am always thinking, hmmm, would I like that? Would I follow it as written (no!) and what would I change and how.

I love reading the author’s factoids and reflections like creaming butter and sugar together for a long time (7-8 minutes) is key in cookie-making or shortcuts around tempering chocolate and fun little factoids.

It’s almost Friday!


55 Responses to “Thursday Things”

  1. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 29, 2012 at 2:24 am (#

    i adore Christi’s blog! i plan to make chocolate dipped peeps next week. she has the cutest recipes!

    i’m just like you when it comes to reading cookbooks. i’m very inspired from magazines, blogs, and pinterest too.

    that picture-in-jar idea is so creative! aaaaaand that bed looks like heaven :)

  2. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — March 29, 2012 at 3:35 am (#

    Yes, cream that butter in cookies forever – I’ve learned that as well!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 7:52 am (#

      I always worry that overbeating can cause poor results, or that it could cause something to go wrong (you can literally cream something to about 3-4x it’s original “size”) but I guess with creaming, there is almost no downside to “longer is better”…but once you add the flour, then it’s just a mix til it’s incorporated. I knew that but I was shocked how long she creams things…8 minutes!

  3. dragonmamma/naomi — March 29, 2012 at 3:52 am (#

    I’ve never seen those circus plates before. I like!

  4. Paula — March 29, 2012 at 4:06 am (#

    My raw vegan “cookbooks” are some of my favorites and I like The Joy of Cooking as a good reference in the kitchen. I definitely like cookbooks with stunning photos! Can’t believe Easter is in a couple of weeks–I’m spending it with my in laws and happily volunteered to provide salad.

  5. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — March 29, 2012 at 4:19 am (#

    I totally want to get the Milk Bar Cookbook and do some experimenting. And I love the glass jar picture holder idea. So cute!

  6. Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 29, 2012 at 5:29 am (#

    My niece would love that Peep Treat. She’s always had this thing for Peeps LOL. And that bedding – yes, a cloud. How comfy!!

  7. Brooke — March 29, 2012 at 5:57 am (#

    This is my first Easter with a little girl to celebrate it with – she might only be 8 weeks old but she’s getting an easter basket!


  8. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's — March 29, 2012 at 6:05 am (#

    I want that cook book so bad. The most recent one I got was flour. I love it. I also thing sifting is a waste of time ha, and those egg in a nests, delicious.

  9. Steffany — March 29, 2012 at 6:10 am (#

    I am so excited about Easter, making treats, and baskets, haha. I mean, I don’t have kids, but I do have a 30 year old boyfriend, so he needs a basket right !? I totally and impulsively picked up a bunch of Easter candy while out shopping last night, lol.

  10. katie @ KatieDid — March 29, 2012 at 6:38 am (#

    wow had no idea easter was already coming up! I haven’t celebrated easter in 4 years since I’ve been away at school which makes me sad as it used to be a really fun holiday growing up. Easter egg hunts, big family dinners, going to mass etc.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 7:43 am (#

      Wow, well, hey…that’s what blogs are for: to remind you about things like this :)

  11. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 29, 2012 at 7:09 am (#

    I’ve been pretty horrible at getting “into” the holidays since getting married and having our own place. My husband’s family doesn’t really “do” holidays and being Greek, their Christmas and Easter is always different anyway. I also find it pointless to set out decorations for just us. With no kids to get excited about it, it seems like wasted energy to decorate and then have to clean up the decorations. Although my mother continually buys me decorations for every holiday hoping I get some spirit, they just inevitably sit in the attic accumulating dust.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 7:42 am (#

      We don’t do household decorations. I am the only house I think that doesn’t have scarecrows and ghosts for Halloween or Easter bunnies for Easter. I have no place to store it all..that’s my excuse :)

  12. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — March 29, 2012 at 7:15 am (#

    Those picture holders would be SO cute for a wedding. Pinning them ASAP. And I love, love those plates!

  13. Bev Weidner — March 29, 2012 at 7:43 am (#

    I love the mason jars with photos in them, holy crap!

  14. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — March 29, 2012 at 8:06 am (#

    I’ve had my eye on that Anthro bedding for a few years now– I think it’s so fun and pretty!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:23 am (#

      I have some West Elm bedding that if I didn’t have, would be ALL over the Anthro!

  15. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 29, 2012 at 8:09 am (#

    Those plates are just beautiful! I only have Easter brunch plans with some friends this year, but I think I will make some Easter baked goods for everyone :)

  16. Cindy — March 29, 2012 at 9:29 am (#

    LOVE your photos in a jar idea! WOW WOW WOW I love that!

    I have mason jars galore so I might try this with a few~

    Your plates are so bright and cheerful. No wonder you love them.

    I’ve always been jealous of your cookbook collection. I have 3.
    sad. haha

    okay, I might have a few more but they are hand me downs from my childhood. Although sometimes fads come back.
    I LOVE that you win in the household decor dept. I win now too! hahahaa but my home looks like an extension of pre-school because everything has JJ written all over it. Like the washer machine box we turned into a fort/space ship/cave and the slider window that has space flash cards plastered all over it and the mirrors and windows are all doodled on with crayola window markers.

    YUP…very CHIC.

    We don’t do easter but I am thinking we need to paint some eggs and decorate. should go find some fun thing to go do!

    Happy Thursday

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:23 am (#

      I didn’t actually buy those plates, they are just a “thing” that I’d like to have :)

    • Cindy — March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm (#

      oh :)


      thought they were yours

  17. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — March 29, 2012 at 9:36 am (#

    Easter will be spent at church and then shuttling from my in-laws to my aunt’s house. It’s always a fun day. I hope that the weather is beautiful!

  18. Deirdre @ Ladies Holiday — March 29, 2012 at 9:53 am (#

    I am with you on reading cook books…the more clear, detailed and abundant the photos the better. I can’t cook unless I know what it will look like.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:22 am (#

      Most people I think have a hard time visualizing what something is going to look like, or even what the dough should feel like, with just text alone. Heck, judging from some comments I get AFTER I post step by step pictures of things, people STILL write in with questions. Everyone loves pictures (and hand-holding) :)

  19. Tracy — March 29, 2012 at 9:53 am (#

    I love that bedding, now if only I could get my fiance to learn that “yes dear” attitude……

    I will be making chocolate saltine toffee (with matzo) next week. Its such a great recipe- I have been making it for the past 3 years and couldn’t imagine a passover without it!

    Have a great holiday(s)!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:21 am (#

      Enjoy your passover/matzo toffee. I’ve heard it’s really good with matzo.

  20. Julie — March 29, 2012 at 10:01 am (#

    I love Milk’s recipes.

    And those plates are so cool. I love the novelty of them.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:21 am (#

      Ooooooh, would love to know which one’s you’ve tried & recreated at home!

  21. Amber K — March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am (#

    I do plan on seeing some family on Easter, but we don’t do anything to really “celebrate” other than getting together and chatting.

    I always read recipes wondering how I will change them. I don’t think I have ever made a recipe as written in my entire life, lol. I especially can’t now with my testy stomach. But it’s more fun to pick what I would like versus what the recipe author does.

  22. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats — March 29, 2012 at 11:01 am (#

    I love the glass jar idea! I have SO MANY cluttering up my tiny studio apartment kitchen and this is a great idea of how to use them!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm (#

      I have BEYOND a collection. It’s crazy how much I’ve accumulated, too!

  23. Marina — March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm (#

    Hehehe! You are so sweet! I am reading cookbooks like novels too, and always have a few next to my bed along with my Kindle. Notice: any other books I read on Kindle, but cookbooks I need to have in print! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm (#

      I feel the same way…I need to be able to get flour on the pages and a little butter droplet here or there. Lol

  24. TABITHA — March 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm (#

    I love that bedding too. I’d so love sleeping in it.

  25. Tracey — March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm (#

    LOL at turning into your mother – I see little hints sometimes that I am too!

    I adore cookbooks, I read them the same way you do. The little extra tidbits in the intro to the book itself and the recipes are always worth it :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#

      Yes those little tidbits are often worth the price of the book, right there. Like one paragraph can be life-changing, or baking-changing :)

  26. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm (#

    super fun post! I love all of these too

  27. Ellen — March 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm (#

    I love cookbooks, especially old ones. It’s funny to see what the popular foods of, say, the fifties were…

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm (#

      Things like Crisco and how they even wrote the recipes…they were much more general and less specific and their word choices crack me up!

  28. Jolene ( — March 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#

    Easter will be spent in NY :-) Can`t wait!

  29. Michele Sparrow — March 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm (#

    We celebrate Easter, but in the Orthodox Church, we call it Pascha and it also falls on a different calendar, so we will celebrate Pascha one week later on April 15. It is a glorious feast that begins at 11 PM the night before and ends in the middle of the night with a breaking of the lenten fast with a basket of soft boiled eggs, Pascha cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, chocolate milk for the boys and chocolate treats, among other goodies.

    Don’t you just love Anthropologie bedding? I have a beautiful set from them that I got on major clearance. It was the last one and happened to be Queen sized with all the shams and everything for $99!! I LOVE it! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm (#

      99 bucks for Anthro bedding is about the best thing I’ve heard all week!

  30. Amy — March 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm (#

    Hi Averie,
    One of my all-time favourite cookbooks is called ‘Vegan’s Delight’…
    Every single recipe title in the book gets me drooling as soon as I open the cover! I just love it! :)

  31. Christi @ Love From The Oven — March 30, 2012 at 11:59 am (#

    Thanks for sharing sweetie! Have a GREAT weekend!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm (#

      You’re welcome and you have the best compilation posts. I always say that!

  32. Christine (The Raw Project) — March 31, 2012 at 9:19 am (#

    Great list of things, fun recipes and goodies here. We’ll be doing some sort of family gathering for Easter and I have no idea what I’ll be making for it yet. :-) I have a huge stash of recipe books in my pantry that I need to weed through again, lately I’ve only been using them on the weekends for inspiration.

  33. Tiffany Mirisoleiman — March 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm (#

    We indeed celebrate Easter and a festive egg hunt/s are tradition, rain or shine:) I pore over Cooks Illustrated, learning so much each time & I just placed my 1st iHerb order- thanks so much!

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