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San Francisco 49ers Cupcakes: Superbowl Cupcakes


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Waiting for game day ­čÖé


expressivesole cooks: french toast cupcake with maple buttercream


Adapted from: Bakingdom
A streusel topped French toast cupcake with maple buttercream.
You will love these cupcakes if you: love cinnamon rolls, love french toast,
love breakfast, love sweet stuff, or just plainly love CUPCAKES!

p.s. Mr. Best Boyfriend brought 30 of these cupcakes to work and they loved it. There was a request for bacon on the next batch but I’m already craving a different type of cupcake. Thank goodness I can make a dozen + cupcakes and keep 4 for myself and then the rest goes to work guinea pigs!

expressivesole cooks: steak topped with onions and peas in gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, and brocolli

a happy anniversary celebration lunch

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On Sunday November 25, 2012, Mr. Best Boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary – it was a very┬árelaxing day. It started off with a homemade lunch, courtesy of Mr. Best Boyfriend; he plated┬áhomemade brisket, brussel sprouts, and Stouffers macaroni and cheese. It was a delicious┬ámeal.┬áThank you Mr. Best Boyfriend. He said: “I will never make food that requires a total cook┬átime of 4 hours anymore!” We then proceeded to frolic at Golden Gate Park and the Marina Greens with a kite and bubbles. We ended the night eating at a restaurant I have been dying to try: Woodhouse Fish Company (it was delicious; light and clean).

Happy Anniversary Mr. Best Boyfriend.

his cooking style: Spanish “paella” inspired meal

Mr. Best Boyfriend attempted to make Spanish paella, and this is the result of his hard labor in the kitchen – it looks nothing like Spanish paella, nor did it taste anything like Spanish paella. *interruption: If you are in the San Francisco area and want to try something new, try Zarzuela┬á(it’s a Spanish Tapas Bar). *back to his cooking style: Truthfully, his version of paella reminded me of chicken fried rice, which is why I say it is a “paella” inspired meal.

–expressive sole

expressivesole cooks: strawberry salad and lemon garlic parsley drumstick

Strawberry Salad:
Same recipe as the Peach Salad but substitue the peaches with strawberries! I personally think that I like the Peach Salad more than the Strawberry Salad (I think the tanginess of the strawberries didn’t go well with the salad that I made).

After thinking and thinking about what to pair my salad with, I was stumped. I didn’t want to go out and buy ingredients, I just wanted to use what I had in my pantry. After looking through my freezer, I found these chicken drumsticks laying in the back. Now, I was stumped as what to do with them.

I seriously just took fresh lemon, fresh minced garlic, and dried parsley and dumped it on the chicken drumsticks. I squeezed more lemon and garlic on half way through the cooking process in the oven.


expressivesole cooks: peach salad and baked seafood soup with puff pastry

Peach Salad:
1/2 peach (but the peach was humongous, so may need to use 1 whole peach)
1/2 avocado
1 tomato
4 slices of turkey bacon (baked)
garden salad
2 eggs (boiled)
shredded cheese
Mix all together and serve (I would leave the mozzarella and vinaigrette on the side)


Baked Seafood Soup with Puff Pastry
I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out like heaven, it’s easy and delicious. The only thing I did change was I put the butter in after I had already semi-sauteed the onions, it was because I had forgot about the butter. For the white wine I used chardonnay from Trader Joe’s (it was only 1.99) – it’s such a small about of white wine that there is no need to pay for an expensive bottle. The seafood mix I used contained baby scallops, mussels, and shrimp.

Mr. Best Boyfriend and I agreed that the puff pastry still needed to be baked a little bit more because it still tasted a bit doughy, but overall the meal was delicious. I still have a lot of puff pastry left, peach puff pastry dessert next?