wanna be starbucks cherry oat bars

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Apparently our local Starbucks has a new pastry in stock these days. I don’t know if it’s legit new or just “new to us” new, but it is called the Michigan Cherry Oat Bar… and it happens to be Mr. Eats’ new favorite thing these days. So, of course, he requested that I make a from-scratch version. When I told him that would be difficult to do having never tasted the sweet treat, one appeared at our home within days.

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lucky charms ice cream and salty cereal gravel

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You know that wonderful lady over at A Periodic Table? Well, after falling in love with our Jeni’s books, we thought it would be fun to team up for a Jeni’s Ice Cream Spinalong! Because cooking is always more fun with friends, even when those friends are 1,500 miles away.

So here we are, with our first ice cream debut…

A little bit about the process… We pick a base recipe and a theme. It’s really that simple. Armed with that information, we retreat to our separate laboratories to work our magic, then come back together when we’re done to reveal what we’ve created. This month we chose an easy recipe: Jeni’s Basic Sweet Cream… and for the theme? Breakfast. Because who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for breakfast?!

This project really happened to showcase how versatile the Jeni’s recipes can be. Shannon turned our base into a delightful Sticky Bun Ice Cream while I went for Lucky Charms Ice Cream, which I thought would be super fitting for March. You know, with the leprechauns and all.

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thursday things – an alpacalypse in phoenix and other news

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Phoenix has had a busy week, with some raindrops falling, people freaking out about pink clouds, and a near ALPACA-LYPSE. A couple of llamas escaped from their owner’s yard and took the interwebs by storm while our local police spent several hours chasing them down. The llamas were eventually caught, but not before Buzzfeed had time to make a “Which Runaway Llama Are You?” quiz.

Movita shared a super awesome coloring page with me, so I’m basically going to get nothing else done today.

Shannon made us Baymax cookies because she’s amazing.

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greek nachos with lemony chicken and tzatziki

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Last week one of my coworkers brought a giant bag of lemons to work and offered some to me. I graciously took some because I happened to be craving our favorite chicken wraps for dinner. We had the wraps, which we usually consume wrapped in a thin tortilla, for dinner that night when a wonderful thought occurred to me.

I was a few bites into my wrap when I turned to Mr. Eats and said, “What if I made these into nachos?”

I’m pretty sure he thought it was a terrible idea, even after I explained that they would be topped with the very same toppings we were eating at that exact moment. But, I didn’t let his lack of enthusiasm dissuade me at all. In this line of work, it’s a common occurrence for the people around you think you’re completely off your rocker when you try to explain your food visions to them. So I soldiered on.

So when the weekend rolled around and I made my nacho dreams come true.

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thursday things

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Another Thursday is upon us so, LET’S DO THIS!

I did not get to celebrate Fat Tuesday because the Polish population here in Phoenix is abysmally low, meaning that my beloved paczki are nowhere to be found. Instead I read this double vanilla jam donut recipe and just pretended like I could taste them.

Serious Eats is helping us to demystify our poultry labels.

Nestle has announced their plan to remove all artificial ingredients by the end of 2015, which I think is a rather noble quest.

I was able to find two of the three new Cookie Core flavors at my local Target…

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