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Erin Cooks the Internet: November 14, 2008

Slice and Bake Cookie SetI don’t just get junk mail at home, I get junk mail in the office too. Last week they sent me a toy catalog of all things, but I couldn’t resist thumbing through it for a few minutes. Inside I came across these awesome play sets from Melissa and Doug. I used to have a huge collection of play food and my favorite pastime was to set everything up on the floor and write a menu for my imaginary restaurant using all possible combinations of plastic food. This mostly involved such complex dishes as Alphabet Soup and Grilled Cheese, but it’s the thought that counts. I wish I’d had an Ice Cream Parlor set or these adorable Slice and Bake Cookies. My desserts section would have been much more well rounded.Presidente Brie Log

Last night I tried out the new Président Brie Log. Have you seen this in the stores yet? I think it’s a little bit genius. Essentially, it’s a perfectly portioned round log of brie that has a thin edible rind that allows you to simply slice off a piece of creamy brie and top it on a cracker or sandwich. I didn’t have any crackers on hand so I made an omelet with onions, apples, and brie. Of course, my omelet didn’t come out and dinner ended up being scrambled eggs, but it was still really good. In the past I’ve always been a baked brie kind of girl, but I think the Président Brie Log would be a perfect addition to a cold cheese tray. I’m certain it will be gobbled down just as quickly as its warmed counterpart.

In case you missed it, I was given the opportunity (Thank you Chip and Kristin) to answer the Cookthink Questionnaire. It reminds me of the Q&A that James Lipton does on Inside the Actor’s Studio with all of his guests, not that I’m Meryl Streep or anything. Personally, I’d rather be Kate Winslet or Amy Adams anyway.