ice cream all winter long!).
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Rumor has it, black and white cookies are famous in the delis of New York. On my trip to New York last October, I was too busy gorging on Levain Bakery cookies to seek out any black and white cookies, so I have yet to experience the real version. Therefore, I can’t really vouch for the authenticity of these. Based on votes from Ryan and me, I can assure you that we would gladly pay money for these in a deli or bakery!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
this one!), and breadsticks (from a can, that I definitely shaped into hearts ha). I have no idea how I settled on this meal, probably because I think it was simple enough for even me, the girl with literally no kitchen skills.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Christina and Cindy invited me to participate in Project PB&J in celebration of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (coming up on April 2nd), my mind immediately went to ice cream.
Epicurious, which I discovered was perfectly amazing on its own. However, I then filled mini peanut butter graham cracker crusts (inspired by the crust on my no-bake Nutella pie!) with the ice cream. To finish it off, I topped the mini ice cream cheesecakes with a mini pb&j sandwich: strawberry jam and cream cheese sandwiched between peanut butter cookies.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Joy the Baker.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Chicago Marathon in 2010 (not counting my favorite RAGNAR relays). Much as I love to run, I don't race very often. My reluctance to race stems from a few different reasons. I don't like to pay to run when I can do it for free as much as I want (though I do like the "free" tshirt!). I don't like anyone to tell me how fast or how far to run on any given day. It's why I never ran cross country in high school despite being asked to year after year. Honestly though, another reason I don't race is my own dang fear. I'm a bit of an overachiever and races intimidate me because I put so much pressure on myself to perform well....which leads to running not being fun...and my number one reason for running is because I find it fun.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
homemade bread, the thought of sourdough scared me. I hadn't done much research, but I wasn't sure I could handle caring for a starter...Ryan will tell you that the only reason our herbs stay alive all summer is because he heads out to water them daily! Then we had a wonderful meal at my brother-in-law and his lovely wife's house where I had the chance to sample their fresh sourdough. With a little convincing, I was sent home with my very own sourdough starter.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
My crispy chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs look like turds. I had this grand idea to make these adorable Easter egg-shaped treats. They'd taste like a crunchy version of the Reese's eggs found in stores this time of year but they'd have the cute factor going for them too, thanks to my decorating.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Next time you’re asked to provide an appetizer, might I suggest this one? Super simple to put together, it was the hit of a bridal shower I recently hosted. The greatest sign of a successful dish is an empty dish and this one was practically licked clean, no spare cucumber chunk or olive left behind! A few different people commented that despite their general dislike of olives, they found them perfectly suited and even necessary for this dip…so don’t omit them olive haters!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
sleeping outside in the middle of winter. Nope, today it's about a little run-in I had with cashews. It was the end of my freshmen year and I had a ton of extra meals left on my meal plan. Not wanting them to go to waste, I headed to the student union building, where we could "buy" food with our leftover meals. Most people stocked up on those bottled frappacinos or freshly baked brownies that they could take home to their families.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
(live Irish music from last year's St. Patty's Day!)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you celebrating? The last two years we've been on vacation over St. Patrick's Day...two years ago in Arizona and then last year in Charleston. We don't intentionally travel for the holiday, it's just worked out that way :) This year we opted to skip a big March trip to save up for our September vacation (NAPA!). Since we still had the itch to get away, we're spending the weekend with friends Mike & Maggie in Branson, MO...just a quick weekend getaway filled with whatever adventures we can find in 48 hours!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Right now, I'm sitting in a coffee shop, after work on a Monday afternoon, trying to catch up on some blog work. The thing is, I'd rather be home, stuffing my face with this pudding. Lucky for me, I do have one serving of this awaiting my arrival. In fact, I picked up a giant rice krispie treat at the coffee shop with the intent to purchase it, but then decided I'd much rather wait and finish off the pudding tonight, with an extra serving of whipped cream!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
talked before about how our house has the tendency to retain cooking smells. That night I'm sure the smell of previously roasted brussels sprouts was permeating the area.
Aren't you just dying to come to my house now?!
One Year Ago: Banana Cream Cheese Muffins
Two Years Ago: Tabbouleh
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Maria posted a link to this fajita recipe that featured all of the traditional ingredients and then used roasted chickpeas in place of beef, shrimp, or chicken.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? I have to say, I resisted it for a long time...I didn't think it was my "type" of book. Finally, I gave in and decided to give them a shot. Two weeks later, I'd read all three! Although I wouldn't say they are the best books ever, they definitely engage the reader. They're brutal but addicting stories with fascinating characters. Without giving anything away, I will say I was satisfied with the ending of the series...something I'd been worrying about throughout all three books after hearing several people say they were disappointed with the ending.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Home Wine Kitchen has been on my radar ever since it's opened last year. In June, we tried to get a reservation when my grandparents were in town visiting, but found it impossible to do so. I then vowed to return, and soon! It took me a good eight months or so, and Ryan's actually the one who surprised me with the reservation, but return we did!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
buffalo wing hummus, which I loved, but because it's so intensely flavored I was ready to change it up. This time, I found myself with an extra-large red onion on hand. There are few things I love more than caramelized onions, and they frequently show up in dishes I make (Exhibits A, B, C, D, and E).
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
A few years later, as a freshman in high school, I signed up for a guitar class to be held in the three weeks over our Winterim session. This time around, my parents realized that the toy ukelele they'd brought back from Hawaii wasn't going to cut it. Christmas morning I opened a giant box holding my very own guitar. I diligently strummed my guitar every day for three weeks, plucking out the notes to a few random songs. Within a few weeks of the class ending, the guitar began collecting dust in the corner of my bedroom. It still sits at my parents house in some closet, just waiting for me to pick it up again someday. Third time's a charm?!
Playing a musical instrument was one hobby I couldn't keep up with. Cooking has proven to be quite different! I've come a long way in three years. My various baking sheets and muffin tins and kitchen tools are far from gathering dust (streaks of flour and sugar are another story though!). What's kept me interesting in cooking and baking is the fact that I feel like I'll never run out of recipes to try. I've already made nearly twenty different kinds of muffins and yet I'm nowhere near running out of new types to try.
These dried berry wheat germ muffins turned out fantastic. Ryan told me several times how much he liked them. The original Cooking Light recipe called for dried cherries, but I picked up a bag of mixed dried fruit that included cherries, blueberries, plums, and cranberries. These weren't a super sweet muffin, making them a good option for breakfast with a piece of fruit. The wheat germ in them gives them an extra dose of fiber!
Readers, tell me about one of hobbies you didn't follow through on? Surely I'm not the only one to ditch a musical instrument...!
Two Years Ago: Coconut Chicken Chili