Is it really over?!

I’m guessing that summer is officially over. If today’s weather is any indication, I think it is officially time for me to start cooking again. Have I told you how much I LOVE Brooklyn summers? Oh I have? I also racked up some frequent flyer miles this summer. I tried to remember to take pictures of my most epic eats, but sometimes I was just too busy chewing to stop and break out my camera. Please forgive me. Down below are some (and probably very few) of this summer’s most epic eats.

Dallas, TX
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Orlando, FL
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The Dessert Lady! First seen here. Just as good as i remember.

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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice! Perfect for that insane southern heat.

Brooklyn, NY
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As you can tell, I will probably NEVER be a vegetarian. Random fact: My dad is a vegetarian.

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Alabama Chicken Taco, BBQ Short Rib Taco, and BBQ Pork Slider that I shared with Mama Suite. All from the Mexicue food truck in Grand Army Plaza. Truth: their BBQ Short Rib Taco might just change your life.

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I love dumplings. I love pork. Pork & Chinese Chive Dumplings with soy sesame dip. I now love Rickshaw.

* I always stayed away from food trucks in the past. I always thought that food trucks would inevitably lead to me taking shots of Pepto Bismol, breaking out into a cold sweat and quite possibly curled into fetal position on my bathroom floor. I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh ingredients used on both trucks and I am now happily stalking them on twitter.

San Juan, PR

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Breakfast sandwiches from a tiny spot in San Juan. Obviously I ate more than a sandwich, but my mouth got to it before my camera.

I also had pics of interesting fruit (sugar apple) and an avocado the size of my forearm from my week in Antigua. But my camera ate the pics ={.

Until next year summer! Our love affair is strong.

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Crack in a bowl?

Anytime I see beans or peas in a dessert recipe I automatically back away. I mean, its beans! Does that not seem strange to anyone else but me? But when Katie posted a recipe for “Blondie Batter” Dip , my heart fluttered. I LOVE BLONDIES! I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a little girl and it’s where my addiction to white chocolate began. So how could something with chick peas compare to my favorite treat?

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IT IS PERFECT!

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At first I was hesitant to post this, because let’s be honest, it doesn’t look half way as pretty as Katie’s. But after tweeting her, I realized that it would be a crime not to. It is in fact delicious and ALMOST guilt free.

I have drizzled it over banana slices, dipped into it with apple slices and my personal favorite: CINNAMON GRAHAM CRACKERS!

This morning I made the best breakfast ever! Plain greek yogurt + banana slices + blondie batter = pure awesomeness a.k.a. crack in a bowl

My Substitutions:

Natural Peanut Butter as my nut butter of choice

1cp of Brown Sugar (I have issues)

White Chocolate Chips (see the white specs in the bowl? Chopped chocolate. Oh yes, the addiction is real.)

A pinch of xanthan gum- my dip was a little runny so I thickened it up a bit.

Never again will I run from a dessert recipe that has beans or peas. In fact, I will welcome it with open arms. THANK YOU KATIE!

Florida Eats!

I recently just came back from a short vacay to see grandma (aren’t grandma’s the best?!)! She cooked up all of my favorites and I enjoyed every single bite! I also got a chance to go to The Dessert Lady! I’ve been eyeing this place ever since Meghann mentioned it on her blog. Good God! If you have a huge sweet tooth, than this is the place for you! I may or may not have gone back twice with the fam, and we may or may not have gotten the sampler both times. Everything here was amazing and the staff was super friendly. Our waitress even attempted to help me take pics of the food. All in all this place gets an A+. I can’t wait to go back the next time I’m in the south.

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Chocolate chip iced latte for me and a coconut chocolate latte for Mama Suite

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DSCN0631 Easter dinner! Roasted asparagus, red beans, turkey, ham and golden rice. I promise you that there is turkey and ham under that mountain of beans.

One day I’ll learn how to cook like grandma, until then I promise to stalk her on a regular basis.

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Cake

A while ago, I promised that I would make “The Best Cinnamon Cake in the WORLD“. That is a pretty bold statement to make. With that said, I am completely positive that this cake is one of the best I have ever tasted! I made this cake once before and I left out the orange zest, because even though Grace insisted on the orange zest I just never have any in the house (I can’t eat oranges, I’m allergic. If I told you how my body reacts to it, you would run away from my blog and never return). ADD THE ORANGE ZEST! It makes a world of difference and on the plus side it didn’t kill me. Even if it did, it would have been worth it. It was a hit with the family and friends. When your best friend sends you a text in the middle of the night, asking you if there is any cake left, you know you’ve done something right.

3-Step Fudge

Do you know Hungry Girl? A few years ago, my college roomies and I tried to figure out a way to have all of our after club treats without gaining a million pounds. You know how it is when you come home from a night of under age college drinking and you’re starving for absolutely no reason (don’t get all high and mighty on me now)? I purchased this cookbook after stumbling across the Hungry Girl website. It sat among my collection of cookbooks for practically forever until a few days ago when I was hit with a huge chocolate craving. How can you possibly go wrong with chocolate. Hungry Girl calls it Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. I call it simply delicious. I was skeptical at first about how the pumpkin would work in this recipe, but trust me, you won’t taste it at all!

Pumpkin Love: Pumpkin Banana Bread

If you didn’t believe me before, it should be painfully obvious now. My pumpkin addiction is real (btw if you shop at BJ’s they have Libby’s canned pumpkin in bulk!). The other day while walking through the kitchen, I noticed my bananas were on there last leg. Seriously. They were on death row. Of course making banana nut bread seemed like the most logical choice. While stalking, I mean browsing, Skinnytaste.com I found a recipe for Pumpkin Banana Bread! One recipe featuring 2 of my many faves?! Score!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final Thoughts: I love it! The recipe came together really quickly and I love the smell of banana bread in the house. And the bread? Amazing! Try it and let me know how it turns out.

Buttah’ Baby

I already confessed my love for all things pumpkin on a previous post. In an attempt to keep the pumpkin love rolling, I tried my hand at making Pumpkin Butter. Now, I am in no way shape or form a chef or perfect for that matter and I’m using this blog to help me hone my cooking skills. With that said, I’m pretty sure I destroyed this recipe. Well maybe that’s a bit dramatic. I’ll let you be the judge.

The peeps

I believe, that this is where I messed up. Actually, I know this is where I messed up. Apparently when using the pumpkin spice last time I forgot to close the container properly. Hence why practically half of the container is now inside of my pumpkin buttah’.

Also, when Miss Gina says stir frequently, it’s code for DO NOT walk away from your pot and do Yoga Booty Ballet for a half hour. Eh. You live and learn. =[ Though I still fully intend on using it to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte . I see a do over in my future.

Talk to me:

  1. Have you ever made your own butter or jam? How did it turn out? Any tips and tricks for a newbie like me?