Weekly Roundup: Snow and Cookies Edition

Cookie Plates

Can't really begin to tell you what I've gone through to make these cookies.

There’s been a whole snow-related drama that I haven’t really been talking about this week – the drama of the cookies. Now, as many of you know, I’m selling these cookie plates for Valentine’s Day – and this week was supposed to be the big week that I sent them out. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out when, exactly, I was going to make all these cookies – I couldn’t make them all at once, obviously, otherwise orders later in the week would be stale. And I was really proud of the schedule I drew up.

Enter the snow. Not only did the difficult traveling conditions and snow days completely change up my schedule, but the grocery stores were out of everything. Like eggs. And flour – yes, flour! I went to the Safeway on Columbia road Monday, and the only flour left was whole wheat – not cookie appropriate! The only white all-purpose flour I could fine was organic flour at Harris Teeter – I snagged one of the last few bags.

Of course, I’m very glad that everyone was baking up a storm during the snow days – ya’ll made some seriously tasty-looking baked goods. I just wish I had had the foresight to buy all my flour before the storm, that’s all.

Really lovely snow day recipes I want to try:

  • Tomato soup, simple and satisfying, from Sassy Radish.
  • Plum cake, another snow day baking experiment, from One Bite at a Time.
  • Bagels from The Indoor Garden_er (who, sadly, still had to go to work this week).

And in other news (both snow and non-snow related):

  • Lisa from Dining in DC is going to be a judge on the Travel Channels’ Food Wars this Sunday. Apparently the show has different chefs recreate an iconic local food item – and for DC, it’s the Jumbo Slice. You know, I really can’t argue with that. I’ll be at choir and making some epic cookies, but you can go cheer her on this weekend.
  • Over at Metrocurean Greg Engert, beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, shares good beers for cold nights.
  • I love Orangette, Molly Wizenburg’s lovely food blog. Wizenburg and her husband just opened up Delancey, a pizza joint in Seattle, which The Arugula Files visited this week.
  • Tim Carman at Young and Hungry takes a look at how supply chains affected restaurants’ ability to stay open during the Snowpocalypse.

Happy Friday!



  1. Olga said

    You are seriously amazing for taking all this time not only to bake, but also to do a round up of all the local blogs! WOW

    I’m sure all the recipients of your cookies will be thrilled!

    • moderndomestic said

      Let’s just say that, had this not been a week of four snow days, I seriously doubt this post would have gotten written.

  2. Lauren said

    Love the MD logo; so cute.

    • moderndomestic said

      Thanks! It’s even cuter in person (the lighting for that picture did NOT work out the way I wanted it to).

  3. mary said

    Love the modern domestic calling card, and can’t wait for our cupcakes!

    • moderndomestic said

      Yes! Let’s talk details closer to the event. I am excited to test out some recipes for lemon cupcakes.

  4. I am truly impressed with your organization and skills to get this cookie project off the ground with the weather we have had. I’m likewise amazed at your delivery via public transit. Such a hip city girl in addition to being a domestic diva. The name Modern Domestic truly matches your endeavors.

  5. Leila said

    Hi Jenna,

    Thank you for the fabulous cookies. Dave picked them up from Mint today. What a treat. They’re so yummy and beautiful! I’m so happy to be enjoying and sharing them. When I offered the cookies to some friends, you should have seen their eyes light up. Great presentation too. A success!


  6. Corinne said

    I can tell you we all appreciated your cookies Wed. night! Yummy!

    • moderndomestic said

      Yay! Sorry I missed it, but I’m glad ya’ll enjoyed the snacks. Seriously need to start reading the book for next month – the Poisonwood Bible is sooooo long.

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