Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stuffed Zucchini

It was more difficult than I expected to find a recipe for stuffed zucchini that did not involve some sort of meat. Finally I came across this one that I used as a guideline.

I stuffed my zucchini with corn, broccoli, leftover scallion rice, and the zucchini flesh.  I topped them off with some Mexican blend cheese we had on hand.

Now I need to focus on the ragerrrrrrrrrrrr I'm throwing this weekend! Get excited kiddies!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Veggie Dumplings

I might have to take a line out of my mother's notable quotables here and say these are "the best I've ever made."

I used broccoli slaw, tofu, scallions, and stir fry sauce as the filling.

Fried them up and served them with some scallion rice and soy sauce.

MMmmmM! I could have eaten 10 of them and I probably did.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lower East Side Food Tour

Saturday, 11:30am, Chris and I embarked on a fantastical journey around the lower east side of Manhattan eating our hearts out.

The first stop: Sunrise Mart for some onigiri, a Japanese sandwich of seaweed, rice, and in our case plum and shrimp tempura.  We also had some Pocky for dessert.

I could have spent the entire day at this store, but alas the tour must continue!

We strolled on over to McSorely's Old Ale House for a quick history lesson and to chug 2 mugs of beer, each.

And what could we ask to follow our beers? Pommes Frites!! They gave us a selection of their 26 sauces to try.

They were all pretty fantastic, but the Vietnamese pineapple mayo was our favorite.

Then just a few doors down we had some spectacular, and massive, falafel sandwich at Cheep's.

And now to the bizarre eats portion of the food tour.  We went to Otafuku, this itty bitty hole in the wall Japanese restaurant. We had takoyaki, a pancake ball filled with octopus and topped with shavings of dried fish.

I can't say I would ever eat this again, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy it.

Now it is time for the dessert portion of the tour.  First up, Chikalicious Dessert Club for a chocolate cookie eclair filled with chocolate mousse.

The final stop on our tour was Veniero's Pasticceria, the oldest Italian bakery.  We each had a cannoli and an alcoholic coffee drink, sadly I cannot remember what we ordered.

This place had a bakery counter that seemed to go on forever and I imagine every single creation of theirs is amazing.

I had an incredible time on my food tour.  There were some great little snippets of history about the restaurants and the buildings and the neighborhoods in addition to the massive amounts of food.

Thanks again for an awesome birthday present Chris : )

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weekend Cooking

I had a crazy weekend, but I snuck in a couple of home cooked meals.

First, spaghetti with broccoli and shrimp with bruschetta olive oil and parmesan cheese.  It didn't occur to me to take a picture until after my first bowl so sadly there are no prep photos.  I sauteed the shrimp and broccoli in bruschetta flavored olive oil, minced garlic, and red pepper.  I used a bit of the pasta water so the spaghetti wouldn't stick together.  It was quick and easy, just what I needed on a Friday night.

For breakfast on Sunday I made another baked oatmeal casserole.  This time I used a nectarine, blueberries and pecans.  I was quite pleased with it. This is definitely a recipe I will be using again and again.

That's all I have from my kitchen this weekend, but I went on an amazing food tour in the lower east side so keep your eye out for an exciting mid-week post about that.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ah, Leftover Morsels

You may recall that I had leftover bags of chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch morsels just sitting in my cabinet. After 6 days I just couldn't take it anymore, I had to bake with them!

Feast your eyes on this mixing bowl:

I give you chocolate peanut butter butterscotch chip cookies!


MMMmmmmMMmmm maybe I'll make a chipwich with these guys tonight....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Magical Squares

These can be called magic squares or 7 layer bars, or also delicious.

My seven layers are: chocolate graham crackers, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, pecans, sweetened condensed milk.

Here they are all packed up for a night in NYC.

Now what to do with all of the extra chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter chips......

Friday, June 10, 2011

Damn It's Hot Out

It was terribly hot out this week so it was time for more ice pops! 

The concept: peaches and cream

The ingredients: pudding, peaches.

Put it in an ice pop mold and what do ya get?

A damn good ice pop that's what.

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's Ice Pop Season!

This idea came to me in a dream: coffee, mocha powder, cinnamon dolce, ice pop mold.

It seemed like a magical idea and I have been meaning to break out the ice pop mold and so it was created!

 And I must say I really made my dream come true.

What else could be frozen into an ice pop....hmmmmmmm......