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Are you ready for Pi Day?

We’ve got a house with both nerds and people of Irish ancestry, so I figure we need to celebrate Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day this week. I have to admit, I’m most excited about eating pie. I may be working 60+ hours this week, but darnit, I’m going to make some pie. What kind of pie will you be eating?

Here’s a round-up of pie recipes I’m looking at:


Photo via CHOW


Photo via Epicurious


Photo via Serious Eats

Go forth and make pie!

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Foodie Gifts!

Our families spoil us, and we spoil each other. I wanted to share some of the food-related gifts I am really excited about. You may just want to spoil yourself or some other food geek with them, too.


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer

I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, but I really wanted a new ice cream cookbook. On a whim I added this to my wish list, after hearing a lot of buzz and reading great reviews. I almost always test out cookbooks from the library these days, so I don’t know what I was thinking. Now that I have the book it is blowing my mind, and I’m already trying to figure out how often we can make ice cream without it affecting our health. Once a month? Twice? It is hard to narrow down just a few recipes to mention: Roasted Strawberry & Buttermilk. Baked Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt. Scarlet & Earl Grey. Bangkok Peanut. Ylang-Ylang with Clove & Honeycomb. Berry Crisp Ice Cream! I could keep going and going. This book is a revelation.


India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

Last year I started to dabble in cooking Indian at home, mostly from library books. I don’t even know where to begin with this gigantic book, but it is spectacular. The sections are different colors of lightweight newsprint, separated by gorgeous, glossy photo pages. Levi was just telling me how much he is craving Indian food. I do believe 2012 will be the year we eat a ton of it.


mason jar stamp

Can’t you just picture the adorable tags and labels I am going to make with this stamp?


Homemade Soda by Andrew Schloss

Now this book I did test out from the library, and deemed it worthy of taking up valuable shelf space in our little house. I love that recipes include different instructions for just making a syrup to mix with seltzer OR actually brewing. Some recipe highlights: Coffee chocolate stout. Fermented honey soda. Original orange crush. Chamomile lavender kombucha. An entire section on shrubs and switchels! And herbal/healing waters! I’m think we’ll be trying the lavender grape migraine mitigator.


Silhouette Salt Mill from Crate & Barrel

Our pepper mill broke awhile back and we have searched to the ends of the internet for an affordable, aesthetically pleasing replacement. In the very long interim, we have been refilling Trader Joe’s mills (not intended to be re-usable) until they break (which is often). Finally, we found something cheap that will hopefully hold up. The salt and pepper mills look identical, but actually have a tiny “S” & “P” on the metal piece at the very top.


Schmidt Brothers 15-piece Downtown Block

I have hemmed and hawed about getting a couple really fancy knives that individually cost more than this entire set, and finally decided to try out a decent set of knives and a sharpener. These won’t actually be in our kitchen until February, so I’ll have to report back!


OXO Food Mill

I can’t wait to see what Jess makes with a food mill, something we found would come in really handy in 2011.

Did you get any great food-related gifts this year? Do tell!

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salted brown butter crispy treats with bittersweet chocolate

We are suckers for some good old-fashioned rice crispy treats. Yes, we are lazy vegetarians when it comes to marshmallows. It’s the s’mores in the summer and rice crispy treats that do it. My favorite variety is peanut butter crispy treats with chocolate chips. When I realized I had somehow never seen Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for salted brown butter crispy treats, I realized I needed to broaden my horizons in the world of rice crispy treats. Brown butter!

I may have detracted a little from the subtle flavor of the brown butter by smothering these in chocolate. I melted a cup of bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate chips and dipped the already cooled and sliced treats into it before sprinkling the tops with espresso salt. They were heavenly.

So what next? Nutella? Salted caramel? Cocoa puffs? What is your favorite variation on the rice crispy treat?

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this week’s food porn round-up

Finally, the weekend is here! Let’s make something. Here’s a list of the recipes catching our attention this week.

Holy crap, it’s a Smoretini


(photo via Creative Culinary)

This Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas is getting added to the top of the ol’ meal planning list.


(photo via BBC Good Food)

I wouldn’t mind a piece of this Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread.


(photo via Sunny Side Up in San Diego)

Ginger liqueur + vanilla liqueur + club soda + Guinness = a Guinness Cream Soda


(photo via CHOW)

A Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Yes, please!


(Photo via BS’ in the Kitchen)

Tips for brewing better mulled cider. I’ll give you a hint – one tip is to toast your own spices!


(photo via Serious Eats)

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new vegetable sides for dinner. I’m loving the idea of this grilled cabbage with spicy lime vinaigrette.


(photo via The Kitchn)

How about an Earl Grey MarTEAni?


(photo via The Kitchn)

Last, but certainly not least: Pumpkin & Brown Butter Blondies

(Photo via Raspberri Cupcakes)

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the mocha puff

During our hour-plus drive to Seattle the other day we stopped on a whim at Metronome Coffee in Tacoma for some much needed caffeine and hopefully a decent cappuccino.

The decor is sleek with white tile, Edison light bulbs, and a pretty grey espresso machine. As we ordered our drinks we noticed something listed with a few other beverages called a mocha puff. When the barista explained it was cocoa puffs with two shots of espresso, I decided we had to try one. After all, we wouldn’t make it to brunch until well after noon. A bowl of cocoa puffs split two ways would be perfect, as would an extra shot of espresso for each of us.


Cocoa Puffs + milk + two shots of espresso

Oh, and not to forget the best part: you get a glass of ice for the leftover milk and espresso that has absorbed the chocolaty sweetness of the cereal.

Turns out it tastes exactly as you would expect – like that milk you loved to slurp from the bottom of your bowl with the added awesomeness of espresso. Cereal milk for grown-ups. Thumbs up from us both.

And while we were in Tacoma, we swung by the famous coffee pot shaped building.

Some would argue Bob’s Java Jive is actually shaped like a tea pot, but either way it’s incredible it has remained standing for more than eighty years at this point. You would think you could drive-through for a latte, but this place has been a dive bar/music venue for ages.


This post is best accompanied by the Ink Spots song the Java Jive was named after back in the fifties. Enjoy!

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food blog favorites

Sometimes I get so caught up in my own little bubble I forget there are a lot of folks out there who aren’t quite so obsessed with food. People often ask me where I get all my wacky food ideas, and while I do come up with some good ones on my own, a lot of credit goes to the wealth of knowledge on the internet for us foodies.

Here’s some of our favorite food related links:

the kitchn
This list is in no particular order, but the kitchn might just be my #1. Clever ideas, recipes, gadgets and gorgeous kitchen tours. And it’s all in that easy to navigate format all the apartment therapy sites share.

Food in Jars
Perhaps you’ve noticed we’ve been fixated on canning lately? This is the go-to site for us. Marisa drops all kinds of knowledge about putting up food, including amazing recipes. Her future book is the most hotly anticipated addition to our cookbook collection, and I don’t think she’s even done writing it yet.

Punk Domestics
I only recently discovered how great this is – a collection of user submitted ideas in categories like pickling, foraging, and home brewing. Oh, and infusions and liqueurs? Yes please.

Serious Eats
This is where I go to find out what is happening in the world of food. There is so much to learn, and they are on top of it. And it is not just eats, I really appreciate the Serious Drinks. Also, not to be missed is Photograzing. Users submit their food porn and you can just browse through the delicious links by picture.

CHOW
Loads more recipes and ideas, but what makes CHOW extra special is their spectacular videos. While writing this, I just watched a short video in which a guy visited a farm and then went home and made squash blossom pickles and grilled cheese sandwiches out of zucchini bread and goat cheese. I’m inspired.

CakeSpy
I love dessert. CakeSpy kinda eats dessert for a living, and I’m pretty sure that is actually the coolest job ever.

101 Cookbooks
There was a period of time where I’d search for certain kind of recipe and the one that sounded best always ended up being from 101 Cookbooks. I’ve made a lot of the recipes and have even gifted her cook books. Bonus points for including a lot of the whole food, whole grain, healthful stuff we try to eat when we’re not making ice cream floats out of Klondike bars and such.

Epicurious
When I want to make a cheesecake, I go to Epicurious and search the word “cheesecake”. I knew I wanted to make a cheesecake, I just didn’t know I wanted to make a malted milk chocolate cheesecake. Try this method. It’s brilliant.

Food Network
What can I say, we don’t have cable TV but we’ve got online access to lots of recipes from celebrity chefs and I love making their food. A little more mainstream than some of the stuff we read, but there are great ideas in there. Search “soda,” for example, and find that Alton Brown has a celery soda recipe. I have got to try this.

Martha Stewart
When in search of a recipe, I often go directly to Martha. Does she even need a last name?

So, fellow food nerds, what am I missing out on? Do you have a favorite that didn’t make my list? Do tell.

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tomato jam is the jam

We finally got around to making homemade tomato jam, and I think we are in love. I can’t recommend this recipe from Food in Jars enough. Sticky, sweet tomato goodness with a hint of cinnamon and clove. It takes an hour + a half to cook down, but simple to throw together. No blanching, peeling or deseeding required!

My new favorite thing is cheese and crackers with a dab of tomato jam. A tomato jam grilled cheese sandwich ain’t bad, either. And I see some tomato jam glazed tofu experiments in our future. I think we need to make another batch ASAP.

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