Blueberry BIG Crumb Cake for the Beach!

September 30, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Brunch | 18 Comments

This crumb cake recipe will now become my standard for the rest of my life!!! Deb, newly momma Deb, can make a mean coffee cake! I found this recipe because I wanted to bring a nice breakfast treat for Kelly, Bethany and I for our Ocean City beach trip. We got to eat it on the balcony with some mimosas and a beautiful view of the ocean! Perfect bachelorette weekend bliss.

The crumbs for this concoction were incredible. Twice the size of the cake layer for this cake! Deb made it with rhubarb but I went with blueberries and they worked great!

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A Mobbie for Me???

September 28, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in Entertainment | 9 Comments

Happy Monday morning to all of my lovely and wonderful readers! Today is an exciting day because it is the kickoff day for the Maryland Outstanding Blog Awards voting! This is a shot I took of some sunflowers I picked up for abuelita yesterday at the JFX farmer’s market! She absolutely loveeeeed them and that made me very happy!  So if you would so do me the honor, please click on this link here (and register for the here) and lets start this challenge going!

The voting continues until October 9th at 5 pm, so please get a vote in each day until that day! I am so excited to see how these awards turn out. I am most of all very excited to meet all of my favorite local bloggers at the Metro Gallery event for the Mobbies!

Ina G Pizza, Tyler F Salad, & Tom K Gazpacho!

September 27, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Cookbooks, Dinner | 16 Comments

This was our Sunday night dinner from two weeks ago. It was comprised of my favorite quick pizza dough recipe from Ina Garten, a new delicious arugula salad from Tyler Florence and below you can see some gazpacho from Thomas Keller! All from cookbooks on our shelf and alllll very delicious!

I went astray from the pizza recipe and just put a TON of monterrey jack cheese (in the fridge) on the pizza dough, but I did include the garlic oil and that component is cruc! Delciously cruc. The ingredients for the salad are so interesting and I am completely addicted to it now. I have made it like 5 times since that night! Simple tasty ingredients combined together always make amazing dishes. And that statement leads us to the gazpacho… Gazpacho is summer health food for the soul. My friend Alice went to Spain in the spring and her amigos there swear by gazpacho as a weight loss solve! I can’t get enough of that stuff either, although the longer it sits in the fridge, the stronger the onion flavor becomes, so watch out!

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Savory Palmier’s for a 60th Birthday!

September 25, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Appetizer | 4 Comments

Darling Auntie Helen had a big ol party for her sweetie Bob’s 60th Birthday. Bob actually shares my birthday too so that is fun. 🙂 I offered to make something and she said yes, appetizers!! I went straight to my standard cookbook for simple and delicious recipes: Back to Basics by the amazing Ina Garten!

I love using puff pastry, and using it to make palmier’s is even better! I stuffed the pastry with goat cheese, pesto, pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes. I used some old sun dried tomatoes I had stuffed in a glass jar, and they made the dish taste a little bitter. Luckily, the other ingredients helped to offset it and make the whole thing taste great! So just make sure you like the sundried tomatoes you are using! Check out the recipe below…

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September Charm City Cookbooking: 1080 Recipes

September 23, 2009 at 7:08 am | Posted in Cookbooks, Dinner | 5 Comments

Well boo ya new camera! We had cookbook club on Labor Day and even though we were missing Julie and Coralie, our men in attendance made up for it! We cooked from the 1080 recipes book and boy was I blown away with what we did! Alot of exotic dishes that I have never consumed, and even though I couldn’t finish about half of them, I was so impressed!

This is my favorite shot from the day. Shrimp with heads?? Doesn’t get much better than that. So we have started an exclusive Cookbook Club blog and so I will finish my post over there! Go check it out!

Happily satiated from Six Penn Kitchen

September 21, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Brunch, Travels | 2 Comments

Ned and I were hunting around our hotel in Pittsburgh for a nice place to have breakfast on Saturday morning. The nice fellow at the desk suggested Six Penn Kitchen and so we headed down a couple of blocks and saw that it was closed! We decided to grab lunch at the Andy Warhol museum , and lemmejusttellyou- unspectacular food, but spectacular museum!!  I mean, a room full of helium inflated silver mylar balloons floating around?? And the whole point is to just walk through it and let them hit you.  What an amazing mind that Andy Warhol. So anyways, I digress… We decided to come back the next morning before we headed down to Falling Water, (which was also spectacular!). So this restaurant is quite a fine establishment and the portions are HUGE! But it does make sense though because it is Pittsburgh and from what I know these people like to eat!

Now that I’m writing this, I feel full just thinking about the meal! (maybe it was my lunch from today though…). We had a very nice server and the manager came around to check on us and they didn’t even say anything about my extensive photo shoot going on. 😀  Check out the eats below!

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PNC Park Eats

September 19, 2009 at 12:00 am | Posted in Dinner, Entertainment, Travels | 4 Comments

So part of this awesome trip to Pittsburgh was a visit to the PNC Park to watch the Pirates battle it out with the Cardinals and Pujols! Well I have had Primanti bros sandwiches for a couple of years now, ever since I was sent to Steel Town for business alot! But Ned had never had a fresh sandwich! ( I brought him back one once, but it sat for 5 hours in the car…) I was so excited to be able to have one for dinner at the baseball game!

So the cool thing about coming to a Pirates game is the fact that my gramps used to play for them! (Although in a different older ballpark, but it was still cool!) Just thinking about the fifties and my abuelitos living around these hills was nice to think about. So here is the only Primanti Bros stand in the ballpark, behind the first base line. Check out the food and a view below!

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Blown Away at Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto

September 17, 2009 at 9:19 am | Posted in Dessert | 6 Comments

Exactly one night after gouging myself on booze and food at Woodberry, Ned and I treated ourselves to another fantastic meal! We randomly decided to visit Pittsburgh in order to see some baseball, sights and Falling Water and went searching for the best place to have a good meal. Somehow he stumbled upon this one and the combination of the fantastic view and having very fresh and beautifully prepared seafood helped us to decide instantly!

I was so happy to have a nice quiet spot in the corner in which to whip out the new camera! And we had quite a marvelous view of the city to boot!

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My 27th Birthday Party at Woodberry Kitchen

September 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Dessert, Dinner, Entertainment, Travels | 9 Comments

So approximately two weeks ago I turned 27 years old! And to commemorate the occasion I invited my friends and loved ones to accompany me to one big Lovefeast! I don’t think I have ever had such a fantastic time feasting and laughing and smiling with the people I love! Woodberry opened up the side room and we had one long table to accomodate all 14 of us!

The food was really great and the ambience excellent. But we did have some hang ups- neglecting Ned’s appetizer order and there was slow service at some points, but overall it was a great time. Check out our delicious dishes below!

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Ned’s Poblano Chile Rellenos

September 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Dinner, Travels | 7 Comments

For the longest time, Ned’s family has been visiting Hutch’s restaurant in Buffalo, NY for fantastic eats. Their primo appetizer is the Stuffed Poblano Pepper with monterrey jack, salsa verde and pico di gallo. I had it about 4 years ago and it was great! When we saw 4 decent sized fresh poblano peppers at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago for $1, we jumped on them! Yeah literally…they splattered all over the concrete… 😛

So finally we got around to cooking with them and Ned came up with his own version of these cheesy fried peppers! Check out the extremely flavorful recipe below!

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