Scalloped Potato Stacks

I think I’m my boyfriend’s new favorite person.

Scalloped Potato Stacks

I know that should go without saying. But when you split the chores and he gets the dishes, and I happily dirty every dish we own baking a three layer cake, I sometimes wonder if my cooking habit isn’t slowly driving him crazy.

But then, I made these. Continue reading

Quinoa-stuffed Acorn Squash

It’s unseasonably cold in Minnesota right now. We’re talking snow, and single digit low temps overnight.

Quinoa stuffed Acorn Squash - Thanksgiving side dish?

It’s exactly the sort of weather that makes me want to throw in a Christmas movie, roll up my sleeves, and bake a million cookies.

Except I can’t. I just can’t. I have a very strong belief that we can’t ignore Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Ghostly S’mores Bars

So my apartment was haunted.

Haunted like your yoga loving sister with spiritually-in-tuned friends is sending you crystals and sage as a Plan A before calling a priest. I’ve seen Paranormal Activity, thank you, I know how this ends.

Ghostly S'mores Bars - so cute!

We had moved all my things in one day before his, and I slept in the apartment solo that first night. Everything was hunky dory until the second night.

The boyfriend was at his old place, cleaning, so he turn in his keys the next morning, and I was wiping down shelves and laying contact paper in preparation for the storm of unpacking I had planned the next day.

I climbed into bed, texted Kyle to tell him I’d be asleep when he got home, and was just dozing off when I heard a crash at the end of the hallway. Continue reading

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Ok, so it’s been a while since I blogged. A very long while.

Ridiculously long. But there’s a reason, I promise!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from The Culinary Capers!

I moved. In with a boy. From St. Paul to Minneapolis. Shocking.

Everyone told me, before I embarked on my cohabitation adventure, that things are really fun until the honeymoon phase wears off.

But I’m betting we didn’t really get a honeymoon phase. The first weekend we moved in, someone stole a set of keys to the building, and they had to change all the locks. Fair enough, right? Continue reading

Minnesota State Fair 2014 – What I Ate

Oh, Labor Day. If you’re anything like me, you too are sitting on your couch, drinking some sort of green juice, wondering how the heck you survived the collective food coma that is the Minnesota State Fair.

They say the average American gains 2-3 pounds each year because of Thanksgiving. I would up that to 4-5 pounds per year for Minnesotans. Mostly because of the cheese curds. And my new favorite thing: deep-fried buckeyes.

Deep-fried buckeyes - MN state fair 2014

These deep-fried balls of peanut butter and chocolate are a new staple for me at the fair. They are a gooey mass of chocolate/peanut butter surrounded by the soft, chewy texture of fried dough. A. Maze. Ing. But be warned, this is not a solo event, split it with at least 3 people or you won’t be eating anything else for a week – these babies are rich! You can find them at the same place you get deep-fried Twinkies, right between the two Spaghetti Eddie’s. Continue reading

What to eat at the Minnesota State Fair in 2014!

I’m finally back! After transplanting to Minneapolis, and struggling massively for 3 weeks to get our internet up and running, it’s time to very belatedly get excited about all the foods we’re going to eat. Starting next week. Can you even believe it? I can’t.

No more talk, let’s get straight to the list!

My must haves:

Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll from Cafe Caribe 


Lobster is having a HUGE moment at this year’s state fair. I love seeing it offered in so many styles this year. I hope it’s ushering in a new era of sinfully trashed up high-end foods at the fair.

Chocolate Dessert Salami from Sausage Sisters

Chocolate + Nuts = Yes please.

Deep-Fried Breakfast On-a-Stick from The Sandwich Stop

This is just weird enough for me to want to take a bite. Continue reading

Dish of the week – Chicken Tikka Masala

I think, in the food blogging world, there’s this assumption that we eat elaborately stylized meals every night. That our fridges are filled with perfectly frosted cupcakes, juicy braised chicken thighs, and endless sprigs of rosemary.

Chicken Tikka Masala from Himalayan Restaurant

Not so. At least not for me. I’ll make maybe, one or two “blog” pieces a week, but it just isn’t realistic to produce gloriously photogenic food on a daily basis when you have a full time job. Continue reading

Twin Cities Burger Battle Review

I learned a really interesting thing about burgers this weekend.

Everyone disagrees on what perfection is.

I thought it was pretty simple – juicy meat, gooey cheese, some variety of toppings that taste good, and BAM – awesome burger.

But, no. Some people hate toppings. Some people love blue cheese. Some people want meat, bun, cheese, done. I tasted all that, and then some at this weekend’s first ever Twin Cities Burger Battle. Continue reading

Lemon Curd Stuffed French Toast

If anyone had told me how easy making stuffed french toast actually was, I would have started making it a long time ago.

Thank you, Google, for enlightening me.

Lemon curd stuffed french toast

Breakfast food is the best food. It’s probably the one food category that rivals dessert in my opinion.

Although, I am pretty sure half of what we generally consider breakfast food, could borderline on dessert anyway. Continue reading