Tuesday, September 23, 2014

cheddar waffle BLTs

I've always been a pancakes-over-waffles kind of girl.  I recall this even being an important subject for discussion amongst friends way back when I was in high school (I was evidently one for profound and important discussions back in the day).  

In recent years, however, I've gained an appreciation for waffles; I think their versatility and charming molding has entrapped me.  When my sister sent me this list of surprising foods you can make in a waffle iron (click the link; you know you love a good Buzzfeed list), just about everything on the list got mentally filed away under "foods to make."

That waffled bibimbap?  How soon can you get me to South Grand for those special ingredients?

Monday, September 1, 2014

copycat ben & jerry's vanilla heath bar crunch

Yesterday, we wrapped up the better part of the summer with the Giro della Montagna here on the Hill in St. Louis.  I love a good tradition, and the Giro has given me ample opportunity over the last four years to take part in one in my own neighborhood.

This year, I (yet again) made meatballs, but, this time, I paired them with some amaretti morbidi cookies (that disappeared in a flash) and homemade ice cream for dessert.  I typically try to subscribe to the Italian theme of the Giro, but I couldn't resist making loaded oatmeal cookie maple ice cream again (recipe coming soon).

Of course, I also normally have a twelve-year-old sister placing her dessert order; however, this year, she was out of town with a friend for the whole weekend.  In fact, she even got to skip a day of school on Friday...

Monday, August 18, 2014

blackberry italian cream sodas

I've been wanting to share this for a little while, but food52's recent post on sweet and savory uses for blackberries reminded me that some things are better late than never.  Blackberries are getting a little out of season, and this news is getting a little out of date, but... I like the pictures!

Way back when (okay, at the end of June), I sopped up the vacation time between the end of my third year of medical school and the chaos of starting my fourth year (and studying for my second set of boards).  Nick, who is now in my medical school class, also had the two weeks off, and we spent some time making denim aprons and recreating Ad Hoc food at home.

In some ways, I knew it was coming because we have been planning for the couples match, which begins this fall.  When Nick said, "Leave your Saturday open," I was pretty sure I knew the gist of his plans.

On the Friday, we made plans to try our hand at homemade Pad Thai with my mother and Mia; we (yes, all four of us) even made a special trip to my favorite grocer, Jay's International Food Co. for all the fixings.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

chocolate caramel cake

I was listening to the radio this week, and the show's host was talking about that Miranda Lambert song, Automatic, which waxes nostalgic about pay phones, snail mail, and using a Rand McNally to get where you're going.   While admittedly have a fascination with most things vintage, I definitely appreciate having a maps app on my phone to help me get around, and I certainly think those hand-crank windows and lack of air conditioning in my mom's old Jeep Wrangler make it less than ideal as a method of summertime transportation to work.  While vintage isn't bad, improvements certainly aren't either.

Thus, we come to this cake:  this recipe is certainly '90s vintage, and I'm pretty sure my family has been making it since before dial-up was popular.  We made this cake up for my little sister's Mia's birthday this year, and we put a twist on the original recipe.  Here, I shared both the '90s vintage recipe and the everything-homemade-since-all-the-things-are-on-the-line-nowadays recipe that we used this year.