“Let them eat cake!”
No, but really, everyone should eat cake (at least before everyone’s New Year’s resolutions starts!). After hearing this phrase on the television (this phrase was supposedly spoken by a princess who learned that the peasants had no bread and was rumored to have been Marie Antoinette, but no actual proof exists), I became inspired to bake a cake for our annual Christmas dinner.
Now, although the original recipe called to make homemade frosting (Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake With Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting), I copped out and bought store-bought frosting because I was in a pinch and used a bundt pan instead of creating multiple layers. My deviations resulted in an easier version; however, although I saved myself time and energy, I am sure that the original version (complete with homemade frosting!) would have been more flavor-filled and fulfilling. But, that adventure will have to be saved for another day – at least everyone could eat cake!
Step 1: Mix Together Liquids
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients Into Liquids
Step 3: Bake and Add Frosting
Now, truly after this recipe, I swear that my healthy New Year’s resolution will actually start (I swear!).
I absolutely LOVE mashed potatoes. Yet, I usually stray away from making them as a result of the copious amounts of fattening substances that are used in its making. But, since Christmas only comes once a year, I figured I could use that as my excuse to make unhealthy foods.
This recipe for Bacon Mashed Potatoes With Dill adds to the unhealthiness factor with the addition of bacon; however, the bacon adds a nice twist, especially when paired with dill (a spice I would have previously never thought to use!).
Step 1: Peel Potatoes and Slice Into
Two Inch Chunks
Step 2: Cook Bacon; Reserve Liquid
Step 3: Add Salt, Sugar, Pepper
and Cider Vinegar to Liquid
Step 4: Cook Potatoes; Mash Them and
Add Fat Mixture, Cooked Bacon and Dill
This was definitely an indulgent mashed potato recipe. Although I felt exceptionally full after, I would consider making this recipe again and perhaps adding garlic and a few other spices for additional flavor (in another 365 days of course!).
Sometimes, it is just nice and convenient to be able to throw a quick appetizer together for a dinner party or get-together. This recipe was no different. Considering this recipe uses only five ingredients (not including salt & pepper) and creates one of my favorite ingredients (sun dried tomatoes minus the sun), I became absolutely smitten.
I made these as an appetizer this past Christmas for my family. My brother, who is quite a picky eater, does not usually appreciate my cooking and choices; however, this time, he actually really liked this appetizer. So, for your next get-together, make sure to make these (even the most picky eater will like them!): Crostini With Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes.
Step 1: Cut Tomatoes in Half Lengthwise
Step 2: Place Tomatoes on Pan With
Olive Oil, Thyme, Salt and Pepper; Roast
Step 3: Slice Bread and Bake in Oven
Step 4: Place Roasted Tomatoes
on Top of Bread and Eat!
If in a bind, this is perfect for a last-minute recipe since it uses normal household items. Plus, it results in a simple, yet delicious result!
I am not a picky eater. In fact, I love most food groups and there are not many things that I will not try. But, in general, seafood is not one of my favorites. I do enjoy some varieties of fish and I do love shrimp; however, when it comes to eating something from the ocean, I immensely prefer it cold (in sushi form) over cooked.
But, a few days ago, I was invited to my boyfriend’s parents house for their annual get-together with another family friend where they consume crab cooked from the crab pot. Prior to this night, I had never partaken in the act of cooking/cracking crab in order to eat it (usually whenever I have eaten crab, it has always been in sushi form). I truly believe new experiences are good (even when they do not turn out well) so I jumped at the idea to try crab.
Although the entire process was messy and a bit tiring, the end result was good. Crab still is not my favorite; however, I am definitely glad I tried it this way. Perhaps I will eat crab again this way in the future. But, for now, I challenge you to be more adventurous with your next food endeavor!
Filed under Adventures, Cook
I love crepes – especially because of the versatility to make them either savory or sweet. I have made crepes only one time in my life; however, my crepes did not turn out in as of a tasty concoction as I wanted them to. As a result, I figured I would leave any type of crepe making to the experts.
Through Yelp, I was able to find Saley, a crepe restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and happened to visit it this past Sunday with a few girlfriends. Although the space inside was tiny, the vibe, atmosphere and most importantly, the crepes, more than completed the experience. The server suggested to order the #6 – “The Queen”. As my mind contemplated between savory and sweet, I finally decided to follow the servers suggestion of “The Queen” crepe which was filled with chicken, tomatoes, spinach, cheese and Saley’s secret sauce.
In addition to this delicious crepe, I figured I would complete the meal with a cup of joe for a daily boost of caffeine. Well, the only thing that would have made it truly complete is if we could have been transported to Paris…
Salvador Molly’s is hands-down one of my favorite restaurants. I will never forget my first venture to this fine establishment in Portland. I was absolutely stunned by the bright and vibrant colors mixed with the colorful artwork on the wall. However, I was a bit confused by the many different types of cuisine offered on the menu. The server clarified to me that he would classify the menu options as mix of Jamaican, Ethiopian, Hawaiian, Cuban and Creole foods.
In addition to a mix of plenty of both spice-filled and spicy offerings, Salvador Molly’s offers a great food challenge known as the Great Balls of Fire which consists of a serving of habanero cheese fritters.I once tried a few of these cheesy poofs of spice infernos; however, I failed at consuming the whole dish and instead resulted in a complete burning of my stomach lining. However, those that eat a plateful of these get crowned with their presence on the “Great Wall of Flame”. Although I did not make it onto this infamous wall, I still love this restaurant greatly and enjoy coming back each time to try something different.
This past time, I visited with a friend simply for the $5 lunch specials. I chose the jambalaya and she chose a Cuban sandwich. Luckily for us, my friend was part of their rewards program so we received a free dessert as well. It’s always nice when that happens!
A few weeks ago, I went with a few friends to a promotional event that was hosted by Google Places and had the pleasure of trying (for the first time!) an infamous cupcake from Trophy Cupcakes. Although I did not finish the entire cupcake due to an enormous amount of frosting, the salted caramel cupcake I chose was unique and absolutely delicious. Based on taste and presentation alone, I will definitely look to Trophy Cupcakes again when in the mood for a cupcake!