Papaya Coconut Popsicles & A Print Giveaway

Papaya Coconut Popsicles & A Print Giveaway | Cake Over Steak

Today is really exciting because I’ve partnered up with Liz from Floating Kitchen to bring you these popsicles and a giveaway. She was kind enough to come up with the recipe for these bad boys, and then I illustrated them and we’re hosting a giveaway for one of my prints of the popsicle illustration. Liz has become a very good “blog friend” to me recently. We have bonded over our love for things like chocolate and bourbon, and we’re hoping to meet up in person someday soon so we can indulge in those loves together. She also gets swag points from me because she lives on an island. I must admit – I get a little jealous whenever I see her beach pics (with her cute pup) on Instagram. One day I would love to live by the beach! If Liz could be my neighbor that would just be even better. [Read more...]

Wish List: Ice Cream

Wish List: Ice Cream | Cake Over Steak

Happy Mother’s Day! This might seem odd, but today’s ice cream wish list is in honor of my mom. That lady loves ice cream. When I was growing up, a lot of my friends would get really excited about ice cream, and I was always so “whatever” about it. That’s because in our house, ice cream was not for special occasions – it was part of our nightly routine. We would all gather in the evening before bed for a television show or two (Boy Meets World or Frasier, etc. when I was younger, and The Daily Show when I was in high school), and we would eat a bowl of ice cream. That was just the way it was. We always had multiple cartons of it in the freezer. When it was on sale, my parents would buy TEN gallons, and that would maybe last us about two weeks? Even now with my parents’ smaller household, there’s still always at least 3 or 4 gallons in the freezer. We were known as the house that always had ice cream. (Maybe this is why our house was always the central meeting place for me and my friends …)  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: April 2015

Things I'm Loving: April 2015 | Cake Over Steak

I know April is officially over, but this week was so crazy that there was just no way this post was getting out before the end of the month. Better late than never, so whatever. I know you’re all just DYING to hear what I’ve been obsessing over this month (hah, sure you are ….), so let’s just hop right to it: [Read more...]

My Family Tree and Grandmom’s Coleslaw

My Family Tree and Grandmom's Coleslaw | Cake Over Steak

It’s not every day that you get an email from someone offering to research your family tree. When Melisa reached out to me about being a part of her new series, I was a little baffled and then really excited. The premise was this: she would research my family tree for me, and then I would illustrate it and she would post an interview with me on her blog, going into some detail about my blog, my day job, and my interests in food and art and how they relate to my family history. I would also share a family recipe. How fascinating! I emailed her back right away and said I was all in.  [Read more...]

A Spring Dinner Party with Cucumber Basil Cocktails and a Sausage Asparagus Tart

A Spring Dinner Party with Cucumber Basil Cocktails and a Sausage Asparagus Tart | Cake Over Steak

Brita and I met back in the fall over the internet (as you do), and we instantly bonded and decided to collaborate with our blogs. She lives in Nashville (a city I am dying to visit someday soon), she loves food (obviously), we are both sort of closet “Tone It Up girls,” and she’s also super badass because she does roller derby. Brita is one of those people where I just know that if we were friends “in real life,” we would have so much fun and probably work out together and then bake cookies, because that’s how we live life. [Read more...]

#Commute No. 5 (And the Evolution of a #Commute Pic)

#Commute No. 5 | Cake Over Steak

Today I’m taking you behind the scenes a little bit to show you how my #commute pictures evolve, starting from the original photo on my phone to the Instagram pic (which then becomes a painting on here). I’m constantly amazed by the quality of photos you can get from an iPhone in almost any situation, and then also how some quick editing with certain apps can take a decent photo and turn it into something special. This becomes especially important for me with my #commute photos because I’m literally just pointing my camera out my car window in the direction of the scene I want, and then hitting the shutter button and hoping for the best (because I’m too busy driving and trying not to veer into the next lane or hit a stray turkey on the side of the road). I need to have faith that my camera will magically focus on the right area, and that I even aimed it well enough in the first place. Thirty percent of them are usually blurry and totally unusable – these apps can only take them SO far - but nine times out of ten I have at least one good photo to work with.  It’s a real gamble, but then again it’s not like I have anything to lose. [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Pizza: Lebanon Edition

The Feast of St. Pizza: Lebanon Edition | Cake Over Steak

I recently spent an entire Saturday eating pizza with a bunch of friends (including the lovely Laura of Roam and Golightly, and she’s talking about this today too!). We visited ten of the best pizza shops in my hometown, eating a slice at each one. So over the course of 12 hours we each ate 10 slices of pizza. Some of you may have been following along on Instagram that day, wondering “WTF?! What is she doing?” Well I’m about to explain myself. Back in September I listened to the second episode of the Pizza Party  podcast, which was an interview with the man who invented this thing called “The Feast of St. Pizza.” Rich Greco did it first in NYC, visiting ten of the greatest pizza shops of New York in one day with a few friends. He even created a whole web site for it. I was really inspired by the idea (we all know I love pizza …), and I realized that not only could I do this in my hometown (which actually has a large amount of pizza places), but I knew a lot of my friends would be up to the challenge.  [Read more...]

Things I’m Loving: March 2015

Things I'm Loving: March 2015 | Cake Over Steak

I’m pretty sure March 2015 takes the prize for the most blog posts I’ve ever published in one month. We talked about my wedding (and the cake, obvs), pie, pizza (also technically pie), blogging thoughts (in my newest #commute post), waffles, and brownie tiramisu trifles for virtual baby showers. Geez! Crazy. I’m not really sure how I got all of that done in one month. In other news, Erica from Nommable made my wedding cupcakes on her spring break and wrote the sweetest blog post about it and about reaching out to other bloggers. (Btw – PLEASE leave a comment if you’re another blogger reading this. I’ve found some of my favorite new blogs because people commented on one of my posts and I went back to their site. I wanna say hi!)  On Saturday I ate NOTHING. BUT. PIZZA. Expect a post about that in the next few weeks. This week I’m attempting to detox from that, and then we’re heading to Ohio for the Easter weekend where I’m hoping to catch up on some cookbook reading and do some chilling out. I’m so excited for April! March decided it was still winter so I’m hoping April won’t be so stubborn. Here’s what I’ve been loving in March: [Read more...]

Brownie Tiramisu Trifle

Brownie Tiramisu Trifle | Cake Over Steak

The food blogging community is one of the most amazing communities I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone is ridiculously encouraging and sweet. Even though I’ve never met most of these people, it’s obvious that we would be instant real-life friends if we were to meet in person. Technically we all hang out together on the internet all day everyday, so it already feels like we know each other really well. We bond over our shared love for waffles and cake and adding bacon to salads, but we also share stories of loss, emotional struggles and new beginnings. We’re there for each other, sometimes more so than we are for people we know in real life. It’s fantastic and baffling and one of the marvels of this Internet age that we live in. [Read more...]