To say that I have an obsession with making ice cream sandwiches is the understatement of 2007. In other words, I LOVE ice cream sandwiches. It all started out last summer when my mom bought me an ice cream maker. After I realized that I could put homemade ice cream and chewy cookies (two gigantic projects) together to make one nostalgic dessert, there was no turning back. I made chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream, chocolate chip cookie and espresso ice cream, gingerbread cookie and pumpkin ice cream, and sugar cookies with peach ice cream. With Valentine's Day next week I was itching to make a heart themed sandwich and found this recipe for chocolate strawberry sandwiches! (I am so excited right now, you'd think I was my cocker spaniel). I know you may not have as much free time as I do, or an ice cream machine, so I simplified the recipe by substituting store bought strawberry ice cream for the homemade stuff. To make these scrumptious sandwiches for your sweetie (I'll be making them for you dad!), read more
Posts for February 7th 2007
The table setting on my kitchen table changes with the seasons (and sometimes my mood!). It's easy to update your table's look by getting a new set of placemats. I have hosted quite a few impromptu dinner parties lately and my winter set is starting to show wear (oil/wine stains, etc) and tear, so I asked you to help me find a new tablescape. I want four wintery placemats in sober tones. You saved your placemats and centerpiece accessories in the Yum Market and tagged them with the keyword, Everyday Table Setting. Here's how I'll overhaul my table's look:
Rubialala's beautiful white mirrored placemat will serve as the new focal point of the table. At first I wanted to use these as the main placemats but realized it's too snowy white and will be best when placed in the center of my table.
To see how I complete the transformation, read more
I love Lambics, do you?
What, you've never heard of a Lambic?! Okay, well let me give you some background. Lambics are technically Belgian wheat beers, that are spontaneously fermented (meaning there's no added yeast). They're strong in acid and tend to be a bit sour. Once the fermentation happens, whole fruits are added (my personal favorite is black currant, although raspberry is pretty good too), this brings up the carbonization factor and the flavor.
I'm not totally sure how I got introduced to Lambics, but I've been drinking them for years now. I definitely have a thing for the fruit flavors (it's like soda!) and the best part is that there's practically no noticeable alcoholic taste at all. Even though it's a beer, you feel as though you're drinking a wine. A carbonated, slightly thick champagne-y wine.
If you can, definitely pick yourself up a bottle of Lindemans Lambic ($4.99 at BevMo!), they may be too sweet for some, but perfectly tasty for most, and always, always delicious. Many well stocked pubs and bars tend to carry it on tap too. Definitely look for black currant (cassis), peach (pêche) or raspberry (framboise). The apple (pomme) is too murky and the cherry (kriek) tastes like cough syrup.
If the rumor mill is true, looks like you'll soon, as in this summer, be able to have Stephen Colbert for dessert too! The folks at No Fact Zone have gotten an inside "scoop" and it appears that Ben & Jerry's is planning a Stephen Colbert "Americone Dream" flavor (currently, vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl, but it may change). All I can say is that it better have the delicious sweet taste of the Truth!
Source: Boing Boing
- Step by step picture instructions to help you make the perfect crepe. - Los Angeles Times
- Looks like Chicago's jumping on the dark chocolate bandwagon too. Sales of "gourmet" chocolates are up 30%. - Chicago Tribune
- What do you mean cauliflower is boring? Cauliflower is crazy versatile I mean, it can be boiled, steamed, roasted, pickled, or even eaten raw. - Seattle Times
- Food scientist Harold McGee tells us why wines sometimes smell like mice. - New York Times
- Rib-eye steaks are definitely delicious and juicy, but are rib-eyes created equal? - Boston Globe
- Pure, sweet maple syrup tastes great on its own or as an ingredient in some very tasty dishes. - San Francisco Chronicle
- This brown rice pilaf is a side dish that won't be ignored. - Houston Chronicle
It's Fashion Week in New York City and you know what that means... there are tons of fabulous parties! Unfortunately I live in San Francisco and will not be able to attend any of these fab fashion fetes. However, just because I can't sit front row at a show, or bump elbows with Gemma and Daria, doesn't mean that I can't celebrate Fashion Week. I did some undercover investigating (ok, that was just a fancy way to say web research) and found out what the barmen were mixing up at the Adam + Eve after party (attended by Oscar de la Renta, Margherita Missoni, Francisco Costa, and Nina Garcia). Turns out they were drinking two tequila based cocktails with fancy fun names. For the recipe and some pictures of the party, read more
When I was in college, one of my pals introduced me to the weirdest concoction: Pepsi Milk. And yes, it's exactly what it sounds like, Pepsi and milk mixed together at last. The end result is actually way tastier than it seems (think about a Pepsi float once the ice cream has started to melt) and I surprisingly enjoyed it on more than one occasion.
Now, many years later, I was searching for references to Pepsi Milk and discovered that my crazy friend did not invent this drink on her own. In fact it was enjoyed on national television by one Penny Marshall (aka Laverne De Fazio from Laverne & Shirley). Rumor has it that Penny Marshall enjoyed them in real life and had it written into Laverne's character.
If you want to try creating your own Pepsi milk, read more
Normally on Wednesday my easy, well-balanced dinner recipe is for a sandwich, but today I found a tasty alternative for all those who are watching their weight and bread intake. A wrap is an awesome replacement for a sandwich because it has the same amount of portability and endless filling options. This recipe is filled with a light cream cheese and herb spread that is quick and easy to make, and topped off with a healthy dosing of vegetables. This is a great meal for those who live alone or have a tiny kitchen. For the recipe, read more
Attending a special Valentine's dinner or girls only Valentine event? Instead of showing up at the party with a boring bottle of wine or the usual box of chocolates, give your hostess a really romantic treat with one of these seductive surprises!
The day before her event send her a set of I love you roses. Pale-pink rose bushes arrive in a pink ceramic pot with a pretty red ribbon tie. On sale for $65, these flowers are a gift that keeps giving because she can plant them in her garden after the party!
What hostess doesn't love cute additions to her bar? For only $3 you can present your hostess (or host!) with red glass heart stirrers. Now her drinks will be mixed with love.
Two more gift ideas so read more
Valentine's Day is a short week away and if you have not made it over to your local wine shop do so now. Why you wonder? Well you don't want them to sell out of the best champagne! You can't enjoy the most romantic day of the year without enjoying a little bit of bubbly. I'm planning a romantic dinner for you and your significant other (I'm single so I'll be sipping my sparkly with the gals). I started on Monday by creating a love note invitation and yesterday I planned out a savory seductive meal perfect for snuggling over. Today I'm discussing the drinks for this private little party of 2 and it's all about the bubbly, baby! To see my wine recommendations (and cocktail ideas) read more