It was a Thursday night, shortly after I had moved in with Robert. I was stressing out because we needed to throw dinner together but we also needed to clean the apartment since we had weekend guests arriving right after work the next day. That morning I had mentioned dinner to him and we decided that with a box of pasta in the pantry and some brussels sprouts and bacon in the fridge, we could put together a decent pasta dish. I was just starting to get the hang of how Robert and I could put a meal together with various ingredients we had lying around, as opposed to following a full-blown recipe. (My father-in-law is a chef, so Robert grew up with thrown-together dinners all the time, whereas my mom always follows a recipe.) While I was already on my path to becoming a more adventurous cook, I was still learning. [Read more…]
What do you do when you have friends who are just as into whiskey as you are? You throw a whiskey-tasting party and try to convince your less whiskey-loving friends to hop on board. Oh, and for that party you should make a ton of whiskey-themed food. Right? When an idea like this pops into your head, you can’t do much to stifle it. It starts to control you. [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned on here before that I’m getting into a whiskey/bourbon craze. I’ve noticed a lot of people around me getting into that scene lately as well, so maybe we’re all just conforming to a bigger trend? I actually heard an interesting story on NPR recently about how women are the future of whiskey. Historically considered a “man’s drink,” whiskey is becoming more and more popular with the female crowd, and whiskey producers are paying attention. Personally, I think I can attribute much of my coming around to whiskey to the artisanal cocktail scene. (I prefer to get used to a new spirit as it mingles with other tasty items in a fancy beverage.) To celebrate my newfound love, I’ve rounded up the whiskey and bourbon-focused recipes I’ve been eyeing on the internet. This wish list of mine is so true to life – I clearly love the sweets and cocktails more than real food. Also, you can totally tell which other bloggers are deep into the bourbon by their repeat appearances on here. (I’m looking at you, Minimalist Baker, Chasing Delicious and How Sweet It Is.) So let’s talk whiskey and bourbon recipes and get all boozed up together: [Read more…]
Since I’m a crazy person who tries to schedule every minute of her days, I don’t usually end up with a spare moment to read cookbooks until the few minutes before I go to sleep. But – this actually gives me a solid way of judging how good a cookbook is: In those brief moments before I get too drowsy to continue reading, how hungry does it make me? With Joy Wilson’s new book, Homemade Decadence, I would not be hungry at all when I got into bed, but then suddenly be starving and have to put the book down so I wouldn’t be forced to escape to the kitchen to eat an entire jar of peanut butter. Those nights I went to bed dreaming of chocolate peanut butter pretzel cakes, sausage and blackberry breakfast pizza, and bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars. One night it went so far that, while I was half asleep, I asked Robert what kinds of pies he was making and if there was any left. Clearly this book went to my head. [Read more…]
I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.
Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.
I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.