Sometimes I find myself talking about food with Ben, only to hear the response, “I have never had that.” It makes my heart ache; how could somebody not have had ____! This time, it was a muffin. NEVER. HAD. A. MUFFIN?! I have a soft spot for a good blueberry muffin, so I had to make a Ben Friendly (soon to be trademarked) blueberry muffin.
Do you bake? I don’t. Well not usually. I have never really had a sweet tooth and have always preferred more savory dishes. If I do crave something sweet it is usually a beverage. Ben, on the other hand, has a problem. He has a crazy sweet tooth. He told me the other day that it is probably a good thing he is allergic to most sweets, because he would be buying cupcakes and other treats daily.
The holidays are just around the corner; what will you be making? For those of you who are not sure, I’ve compiled a list of my top 30 favorite holiday recipes. There are some sweet, some savory, some for the early morning and some for late night. Enjoy!
I officially bought my first Christmas tree. It is a living 1 1/2 ft European Cypress. I am so excited that I found a living tree! Ben also got us a pine candle. Needless to say we are feeling quite festive here in the mountains. The Christmas spirit has also made me want to cook festive food, even dessert- something that I don’t normally crave.
For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to surprise my boyfriend with a special treat. The only problem is that he is allergic to almost everything- eggs, red meat, tree nuts & shellfish! I remembered him telling me if he could try anything he was allergic to it would be gooey fudge brownies. Not being much of a baker, I decided to suck it up and give my man what he wanted. The problem is, I am not much of a baker. And I live in Colorado. I found a great eggless gooey brownie recipe on the Family Ever After blog, but didn’t even think about the fact that I was baking at high altitude. The brownies rose too fast and collapsed, leaving me with crystalized sugar hockey pucks. Being the kind soul he is, my boyfriend still ate three of the hockey pucks and told me they were still delicious, but I knew the truth.
Have no fear, this Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Why? Because we have an AWESOME guest blogger here today with an amazing recipe for Featured Foodie Friday, Chef Dennis. If you missed it, I guest posted for him a while back with my Potato Gnocchi w/ Jerk Chicken on Green Pea Puree recipe. If you are not already following his blog, you need to. He is full of great advice and wonderful recipes.
As for this cake? For all of you who are stuck in rainy/snowy/cold/cloudy weather or didn’t get the chance to take a vacation this spring break, this cake is your way to indulge and transport yourself here with me in Hawaii. I do have to admit, I had indulged in my first Pina Colada since being here last week and it has me wanting to bake this cake ASAP.
Pina Colada Cake
Today I have some food for thought for you. As a foodie, what matters most to you? Is it health and nutrition; exotic, widespread cuisines; taste; or simply something else? It amazes me how big food has gotten over the last 100 years. We have always eaten, but suddenly food has become this celebrity that has won the hearts of us all. What is it about food that does this? Yes, we all love food that tastes good, but there is something else. For me, my life revolves around food. My job, hobbies, actions, thoughts, aspirations, dreams, you name it. I want to learn about all the cuisines of the world; all the plating techniques used in fine dining; etc.
As for the cause of this epidemic? I think it is because good food has the ability to create a widespread happiness and feeling of togetherness amongst us. You know they say a way to a mans heart is through his belly. I think this is true for everyone. Why do you cook? I cook because of the way food makes me feel; I want to be able to share this with others. On that note, I think our guest blogger today is a great addition to my rant because she has created a unique cupcake that shows how far food has come. Please welcome Claudie from Bohemian Kitchen.
Sour Cream, Almond, & Saffron Cupcakes w/ Cardamom & Sumo Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Happy Friday! For once, I feel like this Friday is a weekend day; it feels great. I have two days off work and finally have a minute to take a breath and relax. I went to lunch with my roommate yesterday at a new restaurant called Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant. It used to be a food truck, and was so popular that they turned it into a restaurant. Pretty cool story; definitely has added a little to my dream of owning a food truck! On another note, this friday we have a great guest blogger from the mainland; please welcome Kimby from A Little Lunch!
Sponge Cake with Lemon Sauce
Everybody watch out, I have had a creative moment so beware. I’m sure we all suffer from the same feeling; you know the one where you feel like you never have your own good recipe ideas and everybody else has the coolest ideas, so you just want to copy them? I am always trying to think up my own recipes, but very rarely do I actually think up a blog-worthy idea. So as you can guess I am VERY excited to share this recipe with you; it is my very own recipe brainchild. The one thing you will notice about my own recipes is that they always have some outrageous title, way longer than any should probably ever be. But just think of it as a way to attempt to show how deliciously packed the recipe is!
Back to work after my two days off and guess who I get to meet when I go in?! Yep, Chef Morimoto! I am pretty nervous, I have heard he is really intense. Hopefully I won’t mess anything up too bad! It is crazy meeting someone you have seen on TV so many times, exciting. In the spirit of Food Network stars, our guest blogger, Kita, has a spicy Valentine’s Day treat for you all from Aaron Sanchez. Kita is the mind behind Pass the Sushi, which has been one of my favorite blogs since I first got into the food blogger community. She has great photography and recipes, plus has been a helpful foodie friend and I am so excited for her to be guest posting today!
Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies