My Top 10 List!

As some of you may know, Dave Letterman holds a special place in my heart. Don’t worry I’m not one of those girls who digs really older men, there’s a good reason for it. Back when I was in college, I was a guest on Letterman. Yep, you read that right, a guest. And not just a stupid human tricks guest or something similar, an actual guest (Hubby was in the audience, and for those of you who we know in real life, I know you’ve seen him in his Letterman t-shirt!). Even before that day, I was always a fan. I had a great roommate who was OBSESSED and we would watch together. My favorite part was always the Top 10 list.

When I saw Cait’s Top 10 blogging event (check out her blog Food*Nerd), I knew it was something I wanted to participate in. This month the topic is Blog Envy: Top Ten Recipes You’ve Been Meaning to Make.

Basically you make a list of the top 10 recipes you’ve been saving and then you make one and blog about it! This is very time appropriate since our kitchen renovation just about finished up and I’ve been trying to figure out what to bake when I could get back in the kitchen. I had a really hard time coming up with a Top Ten List since there are so many great recipes out there I want to try. But here it is (in no particular order):

10. Rainier Cherry and Goats Cheese Pie from Peabody – I love goat cheese and this combo sounds awesome

9. Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream from Scrumptious Photography – I’ve been dying to try the chocolate/bacon combo – update: I made these cupcakes for a friend’s pirate party!!!

8. Fresh Strawberry Cake from A Good Appetite – Strawberries are in season and this cake looks awesome – update: I made this cake into cupcakes!!

7. Dorie’s Chipster-Topped Brownies from Engineer Baker – I’ll probably leave out the nuts and add ganache to the top like Bakerella did – update: I made these!!

6. Chocolate Goat Cheese Truffles from Divine Domesticity – I’m intrigued by this recipe…

5. Bagels from Smitten Kitchen – I’ve been wanting to make bagels for a while, but they kind of definitely intimidate me… – update: I used a different recipe, but I did make these Mini Whole Wheat Bagels

4. Choc-alot Cake from Confections of a Foodie Bride – You knew I was going to have a super chocolatey cake on here – update – I made this cake and it’s AMAZING!

3. Billy’s Vanilla Cupcakes from How to Eat a Cupcake – I’m still searching for the perfect vanilla cupcake… – update: I’ve found a go-to vanilla cupcake recipe, so I’m not going to be trying this one!!

2. White Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream from Peabody – again, strawberries are in season and how awesome does this cake look?!?

1. Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake from Smitten Kitchen – Um, hello?!? Cheese cake, ganache, and brownies in one dessert – heaven! update – I made this cake with a winter twist – peppermint!! It was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. 

I had HIGH hopes of actually being able to make something off my top ten list by the end of the month. However, we had a mishap with the granite (um, they lost our order for over a week!?!) which set us back about a week. The good news is that on Thursday, I’ll be able to use the kitchen again!! It won’t be completely done, but very close. I’ve decided that the first thing I’m going to bake is going to be from this list… now which one should I make… I’ll post as soon as I make it!

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17 Responses to “The Power of Pink Challenge!”

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    Katie — October 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    OH MY GOSH JEN! This is SOOOOO perfect!!! I am making pink items for my fundraising giveaways! I’m so entering this. And if you want some free baked goods, feel free to check out my blog and email me about it! 🙂 🙂

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    CB — October 1, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think this is an awesome dedication to your mom and aunts. You know I’ll totally do something. I look forward to all the pinkness this month. 🙂
    /Clara

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    Kayla — October 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    This is a great idea and an awesome tribute to the great women in your life. I’m totally going to do this one!

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    Jen — October 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks everyone – I can’t wait to see all the pink yumminess that will be coming this way. It’s going to be fun. And Katie – I’m emailing you right this second.

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    Megan — October 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I had the girls photgraphed just last week! I hope to participate!!!

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    Jen — October 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Good for you Megan! Hope you can participate.

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    Yasmeen — October 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Jen for raising the awareness
    I can’t imagine the suffering your mom and aunts had to go thro fighting the disease. Hats off for there courage and optimism.
    I’ll sure try to send a recipe in pink.

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    Jen — October 10, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Thanks Yasmeen. Looking forward to the entry!

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    raaji — October 10, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Jen,
    My firt time here….Came through yasmeen’s blog….This challenge is something that every women should be aware of and be a part of it……Good luck dear……

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    superslush — October 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    still trying to decide what i want to bake, but im gunna bake something!

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    Sunshinemom — October 13, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Kudos to your mom for such optimism! Since I do not use artificial food colouring you are really really challenging my skills!! Let me see whether I can come up with something:)

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    Jen — October 14, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Welcome to my blog Raaji!

    Slush – I’m sure anything you make will be delish.

    sunshinemom – there are some natural ingredients that are pink in color – goos luck finding something that you can make. I’m entering a salmon dish once I get it written up…

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    Kitchen Flavours — October 14, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I just you my entry. Please check out.

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    Nazarina A — October 17, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Even through all her pain, your Mom still had the humor to make others laugh. That just says a lot about her!!! Unselfish and a beautiful soul. Bless her heart!!

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    Ivy — October 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Count me in. Just found a perfect recipe I made back in summer 😉
    Thanks for raising awareness and no woman must suffer mastectomy if they know what to do.

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    Bharti — October 27, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Hi Jen
    First time here. I would’ve been stumped otherwise but i just made something pink a few days ago. Will blog it soon and send it your way. I like how you are trying to raise awareness about this..every little bit helps, good for you.

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    Carrie — October 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful event! I made some yummy pink whoopie pies!!

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