Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Presents


Early Easter present!! Or really late Halloween candy, depending on how you look at it. We just received 68 20-piece packs of Starburst, 36 14-piece packs of Orbit Mist, and 30 15-piece packs of Wrigley's Zing. For the mathematically challenged, that equates to 1,360 pieces of chewy, fruity deliciousness and 950 pieces of mouth-freshening gum. I can already feel my teeth rotting.


Saturday, March 27, 2010


mini cupcake lineup

Dozen Bakery, home of our favorite cupcakes in Pittsburgh, hosted a summer cupcake preview party, where we were able to sample several new mini cupcakes. The place was so packed that we had to eat outside, which is why our cupcakes are lined up on a windowsill. I can't remember all the flavors, but I think they were (from left to right) key lime pie, pina colada, peanut butter, lemon meringue, carrot cake, espresso, lemon basil, and strawberry shortcake. The lemon basil and the pina colada were amazing!

tower of mini cupcakes

Tower of cupcakes!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Panko-Crusted Cod with Baby Bok Choy

panko-crusted cod with bok choy

We still have way too many Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies lying around. So for dinner on a Wednesday night, we decided to keep it simple and light.

The cod was seasoned lightly, dressed with a thin coat of Dijon mustard, and dipped in a pile of Panko breadcrumbs, prior to baking (for the fish) and broiling (for the breadcrumbs). The bok choy was quickly pan-fried in a sesame-canola oil mixture, along with garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes. Delicious and nutritious.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip bacon cookies

Since we love bacon, we had tried making German bacon cookies, which unfortunately left us disappointed. However, we didn't want to give up on bacon cookies. So when I found this recipe for bacon chocolate chip cookies, I just had to make them.

The bacon is cooked with brown sugar sprinkled liberally on top, which makes it very sweet. It's delicious enough to eat on its own as a dessert, but I think it would also make a good topping for ice cream.

The bacon isn't that prominent in the cookies because it's candied, which takes away the saltiness and crispiness of the bacon. Davneet thought the cookies would have been better if the bacon had been left alone, so we'll probably try making bacon chocolate chip cookies again, without candied bacon, and with the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Street Tacos

Street tacos

We went to the Strip today to buy some groceries and had lunch from the food cart outside Reyna Foods in the Strip. We tried three tacos: chicken, steak, and tongue. As opposed to the tacos we had at Yo Rita, these were much more authentic: topped with sour cream, cilantro, onion, and queso fresco, all wrapped in a corn tortilla.

We also got some dessert from Peace, Love, & Little Donuts, which are easily our favorite donuts in Pittsburgh thanks to their compact size and crispiness. We tried their plain, powdered, ginger, and Saigon sugar donuts.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Beef Goulash & Baker's Potatoes

dutch oven

I love slow-cooked meat. Until now, we’ve only made dishes in the oven: pulled pork and brisket. To expand our slow-cooked meat repertoire, we bought this Dutch oven.

For its inaugural meal we made beef goulash with a side of baker's potatoes.

Beef Goulash & Bakers Potatoes

The goulash was excellent thanks to the roasted red peppers and Russian beer, Baltika #9 Extra Lager. Despite not having any cream or butter, the potatoes were surprisingly delicious.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cheesy Sunday, with Beer!

D's Six  Pax & Dogz

Cheese fries, macaroni and cheese hot dogs, hot wings with bleu cheese. Is there anything that cheese doesn't make better? Well, with the exception of my waistline. D's Six Pax & Dogz certainly doesn't think so, and neither do I.

Beautia and I visited this old-European-style pub for a nutritious Sunday brunch, mainly because of our craving for hot dogs and nostalgia towards the place -- we hadn't visited in over a year.

After devouring everything you see above (that last item is a Chicago-style all-beef hot dog complete with onions, tomatoes, celery salt, mustard, electric green relish, hot peppers, and a pickle), we left very satisfied, slightly nauseous, and carrying an assorted six-pack of Russian Lagers, Raspberry Ciders, and India's number one export other than I.T. professionals: Kingfisher.

All in all, a worthwhile Sunday.