Erin Cooks the Internet: November 14, 2008

November 14, 2008 · 8 comments · Print This Post

in Holidays / Entertaining, Links, Products, To Buy / To Try

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.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda November 14, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I’ll have to look for that brie the next time I’m at the store. I lurve me some brie.


2 PaintingChef November 14, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I saw that brie just yesterday at the store and put one in my basket without knowing what to do with it, it was just so brilliant. I was thinking turkey, bacon and brie paninis…


3 Colleen/FoodieTots November 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I have a hard time not buying my son every toy food set we come across… he does love his little kitchen though.

Nice job on the Cookthink interview! I also have a bread (yeast) phobia. After too many not-rising loaves, I’ve sworn it off for years. I really, really need to get past that.


4 Cze-Johnson Carrie November 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

haven’t seen that brie log yet… but that paired with the pilsbury croissant sheets with no seams seems like a sure-fire hit as an appetizer.

also? speaking of croissants… had a croissant rolled up with pumpkin butter and cream cheese at W-S the other day. YUMMO!!! I have some spiced apple butter from a local farm that I’m going to experiment with taking the pumpkin recipe as inspiration.

sigh.. I do love food….


5 Megan November 14, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Love the play sets! I wish I had them when I was little!


6 Pam November 16, 2008 at 10:21 am

I saw those play sets in a Learning Express the other day, and I’m still contemplating buying them for my niece for Christmas…


7 Jaime November 16, 2008 at 10:48 am

Erin! I cannot read your blog without my mouth watering and desperately wishing that I lived across the street from you like in the olden days. I still can’t believe what a fabulous foodie you’ve become.

I too loved playing with fake food when I was a kid. My favorite thing to do was go “grocery shopping,” where I would cut out pictures of food from flyers & magazines and tuck them into the chair rail around the dining room, then go around the room and select things to put into my little basket. Ha. I wish I liked grocery shopping that much now!


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