Lemon Icebox Pie With “Savannah Smiles” Crust

A few weeks ago, my lovely roommate alerted me to a contest that the Girl Scouts of Western Washington were putting on: a Food Blogger Contest. Any Food Blogger who signs up for the contest receives five free boxes of Girl Scout cookies in exchange for creating a recipe utilizing Girl Scout cookies and submitting the recipe to the contest.

Not only was I ecstatic to participate in this local contest, but I absolutely love Girl Scout cookies. I usually indulge in Girl Scout cookies that are more of a chocolate-y nature; however, I decided to use the lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles cookies for this baking extravaganza instead. Why? I have recently been itching for warm weather and have lately welcomed any and all chances to partake in foods and activities that remind me of Spring, sundresses (hence the blog title) and barbecues (still cannot wait for my upcoming visit to the South!). And, since the Northwest has experienced a few rare recent bouts of sunshine for the Winter, I figured I’d complement the sunshine by baking something lemon-inspired to get us all in the mood for Spring!

So, with a few household ingredients and a generous gift from the Girl Scouts, I happily made a Lemon Icebox Pie (with a twist – the crust substituted Savannah Smiles cookies instead of graham cracker crumbs).

Step 1: Grease Springform Pan

Step 2: Crush Lemon Cookies


Step 3: Pour Melted Butter, Sugar, Crumbled
Cookies and Salt Into Food Processor;
Pulse Until Combined


Step 4: Press Crust Into Springform Pan

Step 5: Whisk Condensed Milk With Lemon
Juice; Whisk Egg Yolks With Lemon
Zest;
Combine Both Mixtures


Step 6: Pour Liquid Mixture Into
Springform Pan; Bake at 325
Degrees for 25 Minutes; Freeze Overnight

Step 7: Cut Paper Stars (Or Other Shapes);
Place Onto Cooled Cake; Sprinkle
With Powdered Sugar


Step 8: Add Blueberries and Eat!

I love lemon-themed recipes. Out of all the ones that I’ve tried, I believe this one best captured a lemon flavor through an intense sour lemon filling that was complimented by a sweet Girl Scout cookie lemon crust.

Don’t be fooled – this recipe rings true to the name of “Icebox”. This pie is technically “frozen”; however, it does not come out of the freezer frozen like a brick. But, beware, it does start to melt and get soft rather quickly so I recommend consuming quickly. I decided to serve this on Superbowl Sunday, and luckily for us all, it was tasty enough so that it wasn’t a problem!

Cheers!

Again, I’d like to give a special shout-out and thank you to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington – this was a fun contest and I’m glad that I had the chance to participate. Don’t forget to check out their cookie sale March 2 – 18. If you need more information, check out their awesome cookie locator platform or their app or check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what they’re doing!

Mighty-O Donuts


I absolutely love finding restaurants and shops in local neighborhoods. Mighty-O Donuts is no different. Although I do not normally indulge in donuts, what especially peaked my interest about this place was the fact that they stray away from the “norm” and offer plenty of unique donuts such as lemon poppyseed and french toast to name a few. After staring at all of the choices for a few minutes, I finally settled upon the orange blossom (as pictured above).

I definitely was not disappointed with this choice. Not only did my stomach feel more than satisfied, but I am happy that I helped support a local company that is dedicated towards offering food with organic ingredients and sustainability in mind. Seattleites – visit this place and then take a stroll around Greenlake!

Cheers!

Crab Dinner

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!

Cheers!

Saley

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…

Someday!

Cheers!

Trophy Cupcakes

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!

Macrina Bakery


A few days ago, I was looking through old pictures and happened to find ones taken from when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Naturally, I started to miss Italy and became quite nostalgic as memories started to surface about the good times I had there, the beautiful culture and especially, the food.

One of my favorite parts of Italy was the many bakeries that dotted the sides of the streets. As I started to become reminded of the bakeries, I decided that I needed to visit one and had the chance to do so this past weekend.

A friend and I chose to go to Macrina Bakery in Queen Anne where I splurged and ordered a Nutella Brioche (totally fitting because Italians are smitten with nutella!). I absolutely loved the buttery taste of the bread combined with the rich nutella. I will say, I became full very fast, but I am definitely looking forward to my next visit soon!

Props to Macrina Bakery for giving me a totally delectable goody this past Saturday, it was the perfect start to the day!

Cheers!

Top Pot

I am by no means a doughnut consumer. In fact, I never really think to ever buy a doughnut in the morning.

But, after talking to a few of my friends that lived in the East Coast, I learned that donuts are actually a “cool thing” and people really do consume a lot more doughnuts that I had previously thought. After performing a random Google search, I learned that the East Coast consumes 37% more doughnuts per year than the rest of the country with the national average equating to six doughnuts per person per year (NASC Online). Now, considering this is my first doughnut of 2011 (currently averaging at one-tenth of a doughnut per month), I’m pretty sure I’m not going to hit the national average mark.

Nonetheless, today, one of our employees brought Top Pot Doughnuts for the office and, consequently, one of my co-workers prompted me to try one. I caved and decided to try the one with pink frosting and sprinkles. It was completely fitting and brought out the “little kid” in me. I must say, I really liked it. I’m pretty sure the last time I had a doughnut was sometime a few years back from a grocery store chain’s bakery that was pretty tasteless, too greasy and left me feeling sick. On the contrary, this doughnut was fluffy, flavorful and just over-all delightful. Top Pot Doughnuts convinced me that, every now and then, I might just consider indulging in a doughnut.

Cheers!