Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
And when I come home from an international trip (or even a domestic trip), it's the best food to come home to.
No one, other than Mexico obviously, does Mexican food as good as America does.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Although I love to cook at home, I live for getting to eat out at one of my local favorites on the weekend.
I like to think of it as a way of getting culinary inspiration and supporting the locals.
Here is a list of my top 10 restaurants in the Northwest Arkansas area (in random order). By no means is every restaurant that I like on this list (because that would be crazy long), but these are the ones that I keep going back to.
And I know that there are probably other great places in the area, so you'll have to comment with your favorites so I can try those, too!
Enjoy eating local!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I know, I know.
Yesterday, I gave you The Perfect Cake, an amazing oatmeal chocolate treat, and today I've got banana split on the brain.
Maybe I'll throw in some greens next week to keep things balanced.
This banana split is 10x (or more) better than the one from your local ice cream shop. Trust me!
Friday, May 10, 2013
This cake is perfect.
It's perfect for any kind of celebration: Mother's Day (hint, hint), a birthday or a congratulations, it's Friday celebration. Any occasion is worthy of this moist, oatmeal-filled and chocolate-studded cake.
Picture your favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. You can taste the warmth of a hint of cinnamon, the oatmeal is a little chewy but the sugar makes it soft on the inside.
Now picture that in a cake.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I've got a tip.
Soups are a fantastic lunch option. And they're even better when they're homemade a.k.a. super budget friendly.
Lately, I've really been enjoying enticing myself to eat in for cheap at lunch at work, especially when I get the chance to use my homemade vegetable stock. (Even though you don't even need stock for this recipe.)
Friday, May 3, 2013
How many times a day do we hear this? A lot.
And I don't doubt that when we and others say it, we mean it. Our lives are too full to the brim for anything else to fit in. We're cramming together minutes and feel out of control sometimes.
This summer I'm fighting busyness.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Today I would like to share with you a very special meal.
This meal was made and shared by my husband and I on our (recent) 1 year anniversary trip in a cabin in Ponca, Arkansas.
This meal was also one of three entrees served and enjoyed very much (so I heard) at our wedding on April 14, 2012.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Confession: I don't like steak.
I would gladly choose most dishes over steak, including mashed potatoes.
I grew up in a more potatoes home than a steak and potatoes home. I only remember having steak on salads or minute steak paired with mashed potatoes and I liked the greens or potatoes more than the meat I think.
My husband, on the other hand, loves the treat of a well-cooked, large piece of steak.
I'll never understand it, but I was excited that Jason just unlocked the mystery of how to cook a perfect steak without a grill.
And here's how you do it: How to Cook Perfect Steak in the Oven.
Just click on the link above and get the steb-by-step instructions from the wonderful Kitchn website. I use the Kitchn a lot for recipe and cooking help.
Jason was thrilled about how perfectly his steak was cooked and declared that this was the best steak he had ever cooked!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Before I went to Burma, I really underestimated the power of veggies and rice.
They're flavorful, fresh and absolutely amazing for any meal. (And even more amazing when you get to eat them with one of the little Burmese metal spoons pictured above.)
Seriously, they're so stinking good.
Fab has a great Foodie section with all kinds of amazing treats, such as this Curry Love set of organic Thai curries.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Let's talk healthy baking.
That may sound like an oxymoron to you, but it isn't!
I used to think for something to be delicious and heartwarming it had to contain lots of butter and sugar. And of course there are many things that I still love and bake that do contain those things.
But I'm learning there are ways to bake with no guilt!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Making this vegetable stock is stupid easy.
And I can't believe I didn't think of it before my awesome, foodie coworkers told me about it.
This is one of those "one man's trash is another man's treasure" situations.
You take your veggie trash (if you will), stalks, leftovers, roots, stems, all the parts that you usually cut off and throw away. You take those pieces, store them in a baggie or container and let them build up over days or a week until you're ready to make some stock.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
So, recently I found out about Food Bloggers Against Hunger.
It's a movement that started a few weeks ago to gain and spread awareness of the hunger prevalent in our country and it was inspired by the new documentary, A Place at the Table.
Although I haven't seen the film yet, I really hope to soon.
And I agree that it's so important for each of us to be aware of the hunger around us and give to that need.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Every Easter my mom would make the classic Easter bunny coconut covered white cake and I didn't love it because of the coconut.
Was I crazy? Yes.
And thankfully as I got older, I realized the delicious flavor of coconut and embraced the shredded texture.
And while working at a bakery in high school, I was introduced to the beauty of the chocolate dipped macaroon. They're crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, sweet and chocolaty.
Tasty, familiar and exotic all in one bite.
Tasty, familiar and exotic all in one bite.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Seafood is delicious. We all know this.
But seafood is not something that I feel comfortable going into a store and picking out and preparing perfectly. I'm still experimenting, but it's not a meat that we (as Americans) usually eat on a regular basis.
But it's so good for you, so tasty and usually really easy to prepare.