Did you have a good Memorial Day weekend? I hope so! Are you swearing off anything fried or covered in grease for the rest of summer like I am (or so I say, we all know that will last about 15 minutes). I think these muffins might be kinda healthy, I mean, they have green stuff in them. Oh wait, they also have a whole stick of butter in them. Sorry, maybe they aren’t healthy. But still better than having a donut for breakfast right? Or a nasty perservative filled pop tart – blegh! In the grand scheme of things, I think these muffins are a sensible breakfast choice. They’d actually be good with dinner too since they’re savory muffins. They’d be fun and cute as mini muffins too. The possibilities are endless! Continue reading
Want to know something crazy about me? Summer is not my favorite season. Like many foodies and bakers, I love Fall. It’s really hard to beat a season that has both Halloween and Thanksgiving. But, I guess summer isn’t so bad. I do like having an excuse to buy lots of cute dresses, and not having to remember to bring a sweater or jacket with me everywhere I go. I especially love that it’s not dark when I leave the office and the sun is already up and shining when I wake up in the morning. Oh and of course, I love being able to cook and eat outside. Fire up the grill and mix up some Sangria – summer is here! Except, what do you do when you have your kabobs all skewered up and ready to go and you discover the gas tank for the outdoor grill is empty? First, you blame it on your significant other. Then, you bust out your handy dandy indoor stove-top grilling pan and get over it. Oh and don’t forget to turn the stove fan on high so you don’t set off the smoke detector (I learned that the hard way). Happy Grilling! Continue reading
So, the morning after the Bachelorette premiere I woke up with a sore throat and it’s gone downhill ever since. I hate being sick! I’m thinking the cause of my illness was all those terrible suitors they picked for poor Emily. I mean really, it was pretty bad. This doesn’t mean I will stop watching. Come on now, we all know the worst TV is the best TV. Anyway, enough about my shallow and unintelligent entertainment choices, let’s talk about the magical healing powers of soup. I think I’ve talked about this before but it really is miraculous how much better a good bowl of homemade soup can make you feel when you are sick. Especially a bon appetit soup recipe! I finally used my stack of bon appetit magazines for something other than a coffee table decoration. This soup is super delicious and very filling. It’s the perfect treatment if you are unfortunate enough to catch a springtime cold.
I promise to stop bragging about my Hawaiian vacation soon. It was just so wonderful, I can’t help it! Someone asked me this weekend what my favorite part of the trip was, and of course I proceeded to tell her about my favorite meal. Snorkeling, luaus, sunset catamaran rides, relaxation – none of them top the dinner we had at Tidepools, a beautiful restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt on Kauai. I had the baby romaine salad with Maui onion dressing, it was like a magical island Caesar salad. Then I had macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi with coconut rice and tropical rum sauce. TO DIE FOR. Seriously. I would have picked my plate up and licked up every crumb if it weren’t such a nice restaurant. This is my attempt at duplicating the amazing meal I had. Of course, it doesn’t quite measure up because the Mahi wasn’t caught right outside my window. I had to use the frozen stuff – wah! Also, my attempt at tropical rum sauce was a complete failure so I had to go sauceless for now. But, this was still pretty darn good. And, since I ate it in the privacy of my own home, I was able to lick my plate clean with no judgment. Continue reading
Okay so I guess these aren’t really Huevos Rancheros since there’s no ranchero sauce. I like to call them huevos rancheros for gringos, or maybe huevos rancheros for lazy, hungover people who don’t feel like making ranchero sauce early on a Sunday morning (and by “early” I mean 11:00am). But it doesn’t really matter what you call them because they are delicious, and that is really all that matters. I made these for my honey pie’s 31st birthday breakfast. We washed them down with some mimosas which made for the perfect birthday brunch. We didn’t finish off the bottle of champagne and I was very tempted to make a mimosa this morning, wouldn’t mondays be so much better if they started off with mimosas? But I used my better judgment and fought the temptation and reached for the coffee pot instead. I’ll save the champagne for the Bachelorette premiere tonight – yipee!!!
Two critical things happened on my great Hawaiin adventure. First, my friends and I saved an old man’s life (and the life of his hearing aid) by pulling him up to safety after he slipped and rolled down the side of a hill during our Napali Coast hike. Second, after a few margaritas during our polynesion cinco de mayo celebration, I somehow dropped my camera into a glass of water. Whoops. I was very worried that my camera was good and dead and I would have to withold from purchasing any new shoes for months in order to fund my new camera purchase. But, miraculously, after leaving it out to dry for a few days, it appears to be working just fine. I attribute it’s survival to the good karma I earned from saving the old man’s life. Karma is real people, so be nice and go make this rice. Continue reading
Sadly, I am back from my amazing Hawaiin vacation. I’ve decided to try and stay in lazy, happy go lucky vacation mode for as long as possible. This means when people ask me complicated questions at work I will respond by simply saying “Hang loose.” This also means I will spend my evenings with my feet up, drinking tropical concoctions and not cooking. So until I get back to my busy body, type A lifestyle, here are a few photos for you to drool over.
The beauty above is called “Hula Pie” It’s an ice cream pie in an oreo crust smoothered in chocolate fudge and macadamia nuts. Between 5 girls, the thing was gone in under 2 seconds. We had it at the Hula Grill in Waikiki – add it to your bucket list.
These babies are banana pancakes coated with macadamia nut syrup. It’s called syrup but it’s more like frosting. I absolutely do not want to know what it’s made with because it must be a perfect combination of everything horrible for you but it is so gosh darn delicious. You can find them at a little hole in the wall called Boots and Kimos in Kailua on Oahu. The place is so teeny it doesn’t have a website, but you wouldn’t know by the lines out the door. Get there early if you go!