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.
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
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
These are my new substitute for fries.
Are they any better for you than fries? No idea. But they include a green thing, and they are wrapped in meat, so I’m going to sort these into the “health food” category over fries. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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.
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
I have a feeling, based on absolutely no research, that Cinco de Mayo is one of those things that Americans celebrate more than Mexicans. Sort of like St. Patrick’s Day. Only this time with tequila instead of green beer.
Which, let’s be honest, I totally prefer. I will take a nice green margarita over a green beer any day. At least limes actually come in that color.
I don’t ever need an excuse to sip on a margarita and enjoy some delicious Mexican food, but it’s great that at least once I year, I’m given a free pass. Just in case I was feeling self-conscious or something. Continue reading
Have I ever told you how much my grandpa loves ice cream?
When I was little, we took a trip to a family reunion – my mom, grandpa, sister, and I. With no clue who these really old people were, and not very many children to play with, I remember very little of the reunion besides intense boredom and hot dogs.
What I do remember was the journey out to where ever it was we were going. Why? Two things: Continue reading
Sweet potato pad thai – so obsessed with Thai food this week.
Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies – oh yeeeees.
Peonies – so beautiful.
Blackberry brie pizza – fruit on pizza is the best.
Smores cupcakes – so adorable!
Have I mentioned how excited I am for spring?
Forget all the no-snow-warmer-weather reasoning. I’m just looking forward to farmer’s market season.
Especially now that I’ve discovered this pasta recipe. I can’t imagine how insanely good this will be with fresh roasted red peppers and onions from my farmer’s market. Continue reading