So thus far, I have kept this blog pretty anonymous. I kind of like the mystery of not revealing too much information about myself. Besides, since this blog is mostly about food, it’s not crucial that you know a whole lot about me. So far, you might have gathered that I am a 20-something female who mainly cooks for my significant other (who is male), who is known around here as the Taste Tester.
Well here’s another factoid about me: I have a baby sister. And by baby I mean she is 20 months younger than me, which makes her on the slightly lower end of her mid-20s. Or as my mother would say, she is still closer to 20 than 30, but barely. But, she will always be my baby sister. Read more
Soup? Soup, in April, I hear you asking? April is decidedly not “soup season.” No, soup season comes in fall when the temperatures start to drop and you are ready to be inside, hovering over a hot stove and cozying up with a nice warm bowl of chili. April is springtime and as the temperature rises, slowly, you find yourself craving salads and berries and all the vegetables that will soon be in season and definitely, definitely not soup. BUT, I have my reasons. Read more
The last time we ordered Chinese food, the taste tester was “not in the mood” for Chinese and opted to eat leftover pizza instead. While I could not understand this logic, I wasn’t going to force him to order Chinese, but I warned him that this was not going to be one of those things where he doesn’t order then “takes bites” of all my food. That’s fine he says, fine. Well when the Chinese food came, guess who was jealous? I mean, obviously. I am sitting here with warm delicious Almond Chicken with the thick and kind of jelly-ish brown gravy and a perfect deep fried egg roll and he has two slices of microwaved pizza. But, nice person that I am, I found a few extra pieces of Almond Chicken to share, BUT, HANDS OFF my egg roll. Not a bite, not a lick, don’t even look at my egg roll mister. I mean I love the taste tester, but egg rolls, I love you more.
So I had to tell you that amazingly entertaining story so I could really drive home the point: I love egg rolls. They are hands-down the best part of any Chinese food order. And I am not talking about those dinky spring rolls either, I mean real egg rolls. Read more
With that title, does it even matter what I type here? I mean seriously. Cinnamon Toast Crunch + Ice Cream=Heaven. I have to be honest with you though, until very recently, I didn’t understand what was so special about Cinnamon Toast Crunch. You see, when I was a kid, I didn’t really like cereal. I really have no explanation for this whatsoever. I have always loved milk, but, being the super weird kid that I was, I preferred dry cereal. Read more
When the taste tester and I started dating, I was pretty dedicated to avoiding processed foods and healthy eating and I was pleased to find that he was generally on board (or at least he pretended to be). Together, we came up with a recipe for kale and black bean enchiladas, which quickly became one of our favorite recipes. We made it together pretty frequently, improving each time. They improved dramatically after we settled on the perfect amount of kale: NONE! (I wrote about my feelings on kale here.) Then, something strange started to happen. The more and more I tweaked them the less and less we liked them. Last week, I decided to make my own sauce and the taste tester deemed my enchiladas, once a favorite recipe, completely inedible (to be fair, a big complaint was the quality of the meat, which was not my fault!).
Recently, I was scrolling Pinterest, mecca of ideas. I mean seriously, is there an original idea anymore? It seems that every idea I have had or heard in the last three years came from Pinterest. Who threw the first gender reveal party? To my knowledge, these did not exist before Pinterest and now everyone has one. Anyway, I digress. Read more
This recipe is brought to you by the Easter Bunny. Many factors came into play in the development of this recipe, but the two tipping points were two little gifts from the Easter Bunny (actually two different Easter Bunnies, but let’s not get technical). Let me explain . . . Read more
I have a love/hate relationship with fish. I love all the good things about it: the nutritional benefits, the low calories, etc. I HATE the taste. I really don’t like fish at all. Not even salmon. I find that every time I eat it I like it less and less. Read more
This recipe was a complete accident. A delicious accident, but an accident nonetheless. I have seen tons of pictures on Pinterest and other food blogs of people who make hash browns in their waffle maker. For some reason, instead of reading any of these recipes, I decided to wing it. Not only have I never made anything in a waffle maker besides a waffle, but I have also never made a hash brown of any sort. Needless to say, the taste tester did not have high hopes. Read more
In an effort to redeem myself from the cake debacle of last weekend, this weekend I attempted a tiramisu to share at our Easter celebration. I am happy to report that, despite having never made (and possibly never eaten) tiramisu prior to this weekend, I was able to turn out something that was not only edible, but actually delicious.
In searching for a recipe, I found that most tiramisu recipes call for raw eggs. I am not sure where I stand on the raw egg debate-are they ok to eat or not? I mean if it’s in raw cookie dough or cake batter that I am eating alone, bring it on. But, in a dessert I have never made before that I am going to be serving to a large group of people, ehhh, I was more than a little hesitant. Therefore, I meshed a few recipes together to come up with this one for tiramisu without raw eggs.* Read more