Thursday, February 27, 2014

Peoples Pig

My roommate and I were in Portland yesterday, and decided to lunch at the Food Carts since she had never experienced them. I of coarse took her to the Dump Truck, but forgot to take pictures of the delicious dumplings before devouring them all on the spot. I'm pretty sure we both would have been just fine had the lady running the truck just tossed them to us like hungry seals catching fish. Being that we were no longer ravenously hungry after the dumplings I was able to enjoy the next stop a little more. I decided on a sandwich from the Peoples Pig truck. It was a delicious sandwich...however it tasted NOTHING like what the name of it promised. This suppose to be a Pork Mole Sandwich...there was not a trace of Mole flavor as far am I was concerned. It tasted like a delicious short rib sandwich with a little bit of vinegary spice, and some zesty arugula to top it all off. I would eat it again in a heart beat, but if Mole is what you are craving I do not suggest you order this sandwich.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday Mornings

I absolutely love going out for breakfast, but there's also something so nice about enjoying a leisurely breakfast with a nice hot cup of coffee in your pajamas. I'm not a big "sweet things for breakfast" kind of person, but every once in a while a really good waffle or piece of French Toast sounds so delicious. And this past Sunday Belgian Waffles with Orange Vanilla Butter and fresh Strawberries was just what I needed.

Large Mixing Bowl
Medium Mixing Bowl
Glass Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cups
Waffle Iron
Small Cookie Sheet (to keep the waffles warm in the oven)


Small Bowl with Lid
Sharp Knife
Zester or Vegetable Peeler

1 3/4 C Flour
2 T Sugar
2 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
1 t Cinnamon
1 3/4 C Buttermilk* (well shaken)
1 Stick Unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 Eggs
2 t Vanilla

Heat waffle iron, and preheat oven to 200 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Making sure there are no lumps of baking soda or powder.

In your medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Whisk wet mix into dry ingredients until combined.

Add your batter according to the waffle iron instructions, cook for 2-3 minutes. If need by spray a little oil on your iron to avoid sticking. Once waffles are cooked stack in the oven to keep them warm until they are all ready to eat.

*If you don't keep buttermilk around (and really don't want to go out and buy some) you can make a buttermilk substitute that will work just as well.

Just under a cup of Milk
1T Lemon Juice or White Vinegar
Put the lemon juice (or vinegar) in a glass measuring cup, and pour milk over top until it reaches the one cup line. Let stand for 1 minute, then use as much as you need. This may of coarse be made in a larger batch, just keep the same ratio.


1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Softened
1 Vanilla Been, split
Orange Zest (desired amount)

Mash up the butter with a fork until nice and soft. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise with a sharp knife and scrap out all the seeds. Add the seeds to your butter mixture. Zest as much orange as you would like (depending on how strong of an orange flavor your want) into your butter. I couldn't find my small zester, so I just used a vegetable peeler to cut off 3 strips of peel (careful not to cut too deep and get the pith) and then minced it with my knife and added it to the butter. Mash everything together until it is all well incorporated and use as desired.

Enjoy this delicious waffle with fresh fruit on top, syrup, whip cream or yogurt...really however you like it. Pour yourself a nice cup of hot coffee or tea and sit down for this delicious breakfast with your someone special, a really good friend, or just enjoy a nice quiet morning by yourself.


Thursday, February 20, 2014


It is important to treat yourself like you are the most important thing in your life. What better way to do it then with a box of salted caramels.

I realize I don't normally post things that aren't MY food, or that I pretty much only post my recipes that are new. However, through the course of my day to day life I have come to realize how much it revolves around all kinds of food. So, once again I am changing up my blog a little bit. It will now be everything that surrounds cooking, my eating, the friends that it brings together and every little thing in between. Sometimes that just means a box a chocolates from me to me, saying "hey, you deserve a treat today"

So treat yourself, you're worth it and you deserve it.