thursday things and a real ice cream sandwich

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I know I’ve been really busy lately and have neglected the “food” section of this food blog. Shame on me. Don’t worry, I will get cooking again soon. I promise. Just once we finish unpacking from that trip we took last week… :)

I mean, I HAVE BEEN MAKING STUFF. Honest! I even made A Periodic Table’s tsoureki last weekend – see? Learn from my mistake – Don’t mash the ends of the braid together until you’re ABSOLUTELY 100% SURE THAT YOU’RE NOT MAKING A ROUND LOAF.

It is also helpful to make sure that you roll out your ropes to a length that you know will fit on your sheet pan, so that you don’t have to turn your regular loaf into a round loaf because it’s too big for your sheet pan… Not that I learned that from experience or anything…

Though it’s not as beautiful as hers, I’m sure it tasted every bit as good. And it definitely made some killer french toast. I mean, it tasted really good, not that it went on a murder spree or anything.

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In other super extremely important food news – TRADER JOE’S HAS PUMPKIN KRINGLE!!! So RUN DON’T WALK (or – even better – drive (safely)!) to your nearest Trader Joe’s and GET IT BEFORE IT’S ALL GONE BECAUSE IT’S FLIPPIN’ DELICIOUS! So much so that I even had to use ALL CAPS to express my excitement. Just do it.

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Apparently maple water is a thing and now I’m super intrigued and need to find it.

And so is Kale Soda, which I fully intend to locate at our local hippie grocer.

Oreo released their Pumpkin Spice flavor yesterday and for the first time ever my usual grocer actually had the new Oreos on release day! Clearly it was a sign that I had to buy them, even though I was fairly confident that they would probably taste like perfume. You know, for science.

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And, the verdict? Surprisingly not terrible. Although the cookies definitely smell like a pumpkin-scented candle they do not taste like potpourri. They actually taste kinda… good. They have a decent amount of pumpkin-spice flavor that really pairs well with the vanilla cookies. I think the cookies actually mute the flavor of the filling ever so slightly to prevent it from being overwhelming. I was pleasantly surprised.

In case you, like me, end up in various random debates about things like the difference between apple juice and cider, turns out there really isn’t one (depending on where you come from). So just agree to disagree and move on with your lives, OK? It’s better for everyone. :)

This New Mexico dairy farm became my hero when it fired all of its workers when it found out they were abusing its animals.

Krispy Kreme has Ghostbusters donuts for the month of October because, well, Ghostbusters is awesome.

If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll probably love a few of these Lucille Bluth quotes

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And now, since you’ve been so patient with me… a (kind of) recipe.

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There is one huge issue I have with these alleged “ice cream sandwiches” – mainly that they aren’t actually sandwiches. They are cookies with ice cream in between them.

If you made a roast beef sandwich with cookies on the outside I am certain that people would tell you that it was NOT a sandwich, yet somehow if you put ice cream in between the cookies it’s totally OK.

This, on the other hand, is a real ice cream sandwich. Using a sweet “bread” (well, cake baked into a bread shape, which is way more sandwich-y than a cookie). Although, I suspect that a sweet brioche or challah would do just fine in this application.

thursday things and a real ice cream sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf loaf cake or quick bread, even challah or brioche would work!
  • 1 to 2 pints ice cream (depending on how much you want to spread as filling), softened

Instructions

  1. Slice pound cake into desired number of slices (thinner slices = more sandwiches!)
  2. Spread softened ice cream onto one slice of your loaf and top with other slice. Quickly wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer.

Notes

I used my condensed milk pound cake and cherries and cream biscuits recipes but any loaf cake/bread and ice cream should work (even store bought)

http://wee-eats.com/2014/09/25/thursday-things-and-a-real-ice-cream-sandwich/

Oh, and here is a video of a helper puppy because my bestie sent it to me and it’s amazing. Enjoy!

thursday things – WE GOT MARRIED!

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HAPPY THURSDAY! It’s my first Thursday as a WIFE.

Crazy, right?

Last Thursday Future Husband and I hit the road to drop the “Future” from his name and turn it into just plain “Husband” – 358 miles later we arrived in sunny San Diego for our relaxing beach wedding in sunny and cool San Diego.

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What we did not anticipate was that apparently they were going to have the heat wave of the century. So, although San Diego “never needs a/c” we definitely could have benefited from it on this trip. We were all a little melty and cranky, but all in all things went off without a hitch! (Except for those of us getting hitched, of course).

Considering the whole event was planned via e-mail and yelp reviews I couldn’t have wished for more. We chose Dream Beach Weddings for our ceremony and they were so kind and helpful throughout the whole process. They even recommended our dinner location (which ended up being delicious).

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The ceremony was super small – just 15 of our closest family members (plus 1 BFF) – all who took the time out of their busy lives to fly across the country to be with us on our big day. That’s the whole gang right up there. We got married on Coronado Beach near the Hotel Del Coronado and had an amazing dinner afterwards at Vigilucci’s Ristorante just a half mile up the road from the ceremony location.

And two very special guests of honor courtesy of two ladies who never cease to amaze me ~ Shannon & Rachel. Pardon the photo below as it was taken in very poor lighting conditions with my iPhone :) But those are the guests of honor in action. :)

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Of course there is plenty happening in the rest of the world but I’ve been a little busy  on my end. I promise to have more for you in the weeks to come and for now – thanks for stopping by and have a happy weekend!

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GAH AUGUST IS ALMOST OVER I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! The weather is drying up and in just two short weeks FH and I will be en route to Cali to become MR. & MRS. EATS! So, I guess he will just be “H” then, huh? Or maybe Mr. Eats. I don’t know, we will have to discuss whether or not he is taking my blog-name after the wedding…

All that being said, we’ve been super busy planning and organizing and even though it’s a CRAZY SMALL wedding it is still amazingly time-consuming and stressful, so, not much going on around here outside of that whole ordeal.

We did find the biggest tomato ever. I’m pretty sure its mom cheated on its dad with a pumpkin and thus, he was born. Isn’t he beautiful?

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Unfortunately I murdered him by cutting him into a bunch of tiny pieces and tossing him with some cucumber, shallot, salt, garlic, and a splash of vinegar. At least he was delicious.

I also finally tried two of the four Lay’s “limited edition” flavors (I put “limited edition” in quotes because the last 3 “limited edition” flavors are still out…. sooooo…)

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I will preface this by saying that I had EXTREMELY low expectations for these… and on that note, I didn’t hate them! I will say the bacon mac and cheese was underwhelming, but not disgusting. It didn’t really taste like mac or cheese but had a hint-o-bacon flavor. They probably could have just called it “bacon” flavor and been done with it.

The wasabi ginger though, brace yourself for this one, tasted like… WASABI AND GINGER. It kinda blew my mind. It wasn’t super spicy, I think I felt the spice starting to build up about halfway through the bag (this is why I only get the small bags for these things) and I definitely almost finished the bag in one sitting. OK, I did that thing where I left like three chips in the bottom to pretend like I didn’t eat the whole bag in one sitting… I wouldn’t say I loved the flavor or feel the need to buy it again but I was just so shocked that they were really able to nail the wasabi-ginger flavor.

Now I need someone in Canada to send me the Canadian flavors (cough-cough-nudge-nudge – I will totally pay you!) :)

Speaking of Canada – have you read Movita’s latest post? Because you really must. Not only did she make an amazing cake but you get to watch someone fall off of a stage.

I really hope you haven’t stopped reading after she cut back on her baking posts because if you have, my friends, you have been missing out on some real gems.

In other news…

Science proves that mozzarella is indeed the best cheese for your pizza.

Our local New Times gives us tips for keeping our bundts in one piece.

McDonald’s is testing ‘flavor your own’ McNuggets – if I was like 7 years old I would be totally pumped.

This is the coolest notebook ever (and I totally told FH about this idea in the form of having a notepad on the refrigerator that would sync with my Evernote app on my phone – HELLO GROCERY LISTS!) Looks like I missed out on hitting it big again! Dammit!

Here are the best things I ate in August…

Unfortunately we really didn’t go out much so this list is pretty short…

The Original Chopped Salad from The Gladly in Phoenix – this salad is so popular it has its own Facebook page.

It’s basically arugula, israeli couscous, smoked salmon, freeze dried corn, and their own trail mix. You can actually get the recipe here!

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Next up was the seasonal corn dish (basically fancy creamed corn) from Cafe Bink in Carefree, AZ.

Consists of corn, peppers, butter, cheese, and croutons (for some reason?) – Who cares, it was delicious.

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And now a tiny pig running through grass because, why not?

EEEE look at his little legs go! It almost makes me feel bad about eating bacon….

Almost.

thursday things – new oreos, the perfect butter knife, and my life lately

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Happy almost Friday (which will really be my Thursday, because I work on Saturday so Saturday will be my Friday and then Monday will be my Sunday and I’ll be off kilter the whole week and have no idea what day it is ever!)

Both of my home cities have made national news lately, most recently here in AZ we have had some massive flooding. It’s monsoon season so storms are relatively normal but I haven’t seen flooding on this scale since I’ve lived here…

It’s been pretty exciting.

One thing about living in the desert is that nothing happens, generally speaking, so when something DOES happen suddenly everyone in your contacts list is a weatherman (or woman). You get texts all the time like “THERE’S LIGHTNING BY OUR HOUSE IS THERE LIGHTING OVER BY YOU?” or “THE WIND SURE IS PICKING UP!” or “OMG RAIN! HEADING NE FROM THE SW!”

Thanks, weathermen! I would be lost without all of you ;)

My other (original) hometown of Toledo, Ohio was made national headlines a couple of weeks ago too. Not for storms, though. For having toxic water. Like no drinking, no bathing, no touching, no boiling TOXIC WATER. My amazing niece even made a vlog about it.

Although I’m generally against vanity plate, I saw one that I love on my way home from the gym the other day…

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Meanwhile in the rest of the world…

Serious Eats explains why we can’t substitute dutched cocoa for regular cocoa (all the time).

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China is eating pears that look like buddha.

This guy is making spiropancakes.

I’ve been ruining my steaks for all these years by thawing them before cooking them when I should be cooking them straight from frozen.

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For the record, I did try this method over the weekend. Although my steaks were cooked perfectly through, the process was rather messy. It requires starting off with a pretty good amount of oil in your pan on the stovetop and then transferring it to the oven. For me, that meant that I spent the time while the steak was in the oven cleaning oil splatters off of my stovetop, counter, microwave, nearby floor and just general surrounding area…

So, although your steak will be perfectly cooked, your kitchen will be covered in oil splatters so… maybe I’ll just stick to the usual way of cooking steak.

Meanwhile Nabisco has released caramel apple oreos for fall and pumpkin spice may be on the way… This whole oreo thing is getting a little out of control, don’t you think?

Humans have finally perfected the butter knife - Thanks, Kickstarter!

And yes, I pledged because I NEED THIS EFFING KNIFE! There are few things in life that are more enraging than tearing your bread when trying to spread cold butter on it.

Foodbeast taught us how to turn soft tortillas into hard taco shells (hint: it involves the microwave).

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I discovered a fun new iPhone game. I didn’t download it (99 cents!? Do they think I’m made of money or something?!)  but the video advertisement is rather amazing… if it’s ever free I’m totally going to download it.

 

 

 

thursday things – how to up your watermelon game and the best things i ate in july

Another Thursday has arrived, my friends, and we must embrace it before it goes again!

Hopefully you were able to indulge in National Cheesecake Day. If you don’t have time to make your own, get to the Cheesecake Factory stat! They have half price off their cheesecake slices today (the catch – it’s “dine-in only”) and their lemon meringue cheesecake looks crazy fun.

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Just look at it!

Meanwhile, here’s how I’ve spent the last week…

Part of the week was spent covered in dust. Because we live in the desert.

Why would someone want to live in the desert? You got me there, I haven’t the foggiest idea who the first person was who got to Phoenix and said, “Hey! Let’s build a big city here so everyone can be hot and miserable and covered in dust! Sounds great!”

I spent way too much time laughing way too hard at this video of goats. Goats are like the new cats of the internet. You heard it here first, people.

Chef Thomas Keller was on NPR’s ‘Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘ last weekend.

Apparently, Americans have stopped buying cereal, among other things.I can only assume that’s because they haven’t heard of this stuff yet (Which, though delicious, just tastes a lot like peanut butter crunch. So if you can’t find it, don’t fret, just pick up some PB Crunch and be on your way!):

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Don’t worry, cereal industry, I’m here for you. I will fall for all your fad cereal tricks. Don’t worry <3.

The age-old question of – “Can you cook a steak with lava?” was answered…

Oh, you never wondered about that? Well, now you know.

I learned that cutting watermelons is way easier than I’ve been making it look all these years… I can’t wait to completely destroy a watermelon when I attempt to do this one myself.

I’ve found yet another useless item that I need to aid me in dipping all my Oreos… My favorite part is that it will only work for Oreos (and their knock-off wanna be counterparts) making it a truly and completely inexcusable purchase.

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South Korean activists are sharing the love with their northern neighbors by sending them airborne chocopies.

I’ve decided to start calling donuts “sugar bagels” and gloves are henceforth known as “finger pants.” Thank you.

Oh, and this evil genius made a sugar bagel pie! I can feel my adult onset diabetes kicking in just looking at it…

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And China is trying to reignite its people’s passion for peaches. With sexy undergarments.

Best Things I Ate in July 

With the end of the Whole 30 and my ability to enjoy real food again and a trip to San Deigo – What were the best things I ate this month?

For starters, this creamy burrata from Grassroots Kitchen in Phoenix, AZ.  Served with dressed arugula, spicy tomato jam, and toasted (but not too toasted) ciabatta this stuff is like the nectar of the gods, people!  Other items on the menu that tantalized my taste buds included their brisket sliders and their baby back ribs, which were beyond tender and oh-so-delicious.

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This panzanella salad with toasted country bread, heirloom tomato, aged salami, feta, banana peppers, caper berries, red onion, balsamic vinaigrette from Craft & Commerce in San Diego, CA… which had me practically licking the plate clean.

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This enormous apple fritter (which is also available with bacon!) from Donut Bar in San Diego, CA.

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These Dang chips (haha- THEY’RE REALLY CALLED “DANG”) But seriously, they’re crunchy, sweet, and salty all rolled into one delightful snack.

DANG CHIPS

 

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