As you can probably tell, it has been quite a stressful week here at Frisky HQ. Thanks to a hard drive fire (seriously, a fire!), our admin capabilities has been wavering between being totally broken and pretending to be fixed long enough to let us work for a few hours and then delete everything we did. I knew this week’s project needed to be of the alcoholic variety, but when I found a recipe for vodka cupcakes (let me just say that again: VODKA! CUPCAKES!), I thought, “Damn, even better!” Let’s all whip up a batch of boozy baked goods and forget our troubles. At least until Monday. [The Baking Robot]
New Year’s resolutions be damned — it’s cold outside, and we want comfort food. Care to join us? Grab your skillet and cook up one of these amazing grilled cheese sandwiches. Some are elegant, some are unexpected (strawberries and goat cheese, anyone?), none of them are particularly healthy, but they’re all totally delicious. And if you’re looking for a great soup to serve on the side, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered there too. Now, bring on the cheese!
I go hogwild for anything vanilla. It’s my favorite flavor, and I will eagerly eat anything that includes the word “vanilla” in the title, even if it’s, like, a vanilla tuna casserole (yum!). So I’ll definitely be clearing a space on my kitchen shelf for Pure Vanilla, a whole cookbook dedicated solely to delicious vanilla recipes. Vanilla bean donuts and vanilla coconut popsicles? Yes, please! [$23, Modcloth]
Champagne and sparkling wines are wonderful on their own, but sometimes you want a little something extra. If you’re looking to change up your New Year’s Eve sipping options, click on the gallery to check out 7 simple champagne-based cocktails perfect for toasting to 2013. Cheers!
This wine ice cream is the real deal, containing 5 percent alcohol by volume, which means enjoying a couple scoops of Chocolate Cabernet or Peach White Zinfandel could make you a bit tipsy. And I can’t really think of anything better than that. [$7.95/pint, plus shipping, Mercer’s]