Category: Food

Fruit & Vegetable Fail

This is the aftermath of my afternoon snack. I have been really terrible about eating my fruits and vegetables this week, so I made myself, once and for all eat these strawberries I brought to the office and left in the fridge since Monday. Yes, since Monday, it’s gross I know. They were a bit on the almost overripe side, which is why a few of them aren’t eaten all the way to the top. Not eating my fruits and vegetables feels especially bad so me since I am a vegetarian. What in the hell else have I been eating? Carbs and cheese, as evidenced by last night’s creation. Tuesday night was a semi okay night, as we went to Cellar on Greene, which is attached to Claussen’s Inn (to the left) with our couple friends of whom the husband is about to go for a year to Afghan-iraq-an. I am not sure which place, but that covers most of the possibilities. Back to the food though. I had the $19 for three courses deal, my choices being the watercress salad, the pasta primavera, and peanut butter pie for dessert. The salad was amazing, with candied pecans, fresh tangy goat cheese, adorable little watercress leaves that felt like I was eating shamrocks, these fantastically mild onion slices on top, and more accouterments. The pasta primavera was chock full of...

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Trying To Find Happiness In A Pan

Tonight’s recipe is brought to you by the following sponsors: leftover cheese from the party Alton Brown as my muse A terrible day at work I have this cheese in the fridge left over from the party and I had already grated all of this off of it before snapping the picture of the drawer above So what else could I do but make an overly cheesy macaroni dish? This recipe is based on Alton Brown’s macaroni and cheese gift from the gods, with my additions below. I have made it in its original form before and it was magic in your mouth. Making things like this on a semi regular basis are what led me to gaining weight and needing to hit the gym hard core. Speaking of which, I am making fattening food and not at the gym right now because the sky is on and off opening up. That does not make for a potentially relaxing yoga experience. The bad day at work will just be chalked up to a terrible experience that we’ll forget about with each bite of cheesy goodness. Let’s get on with this macaroni show, shall we? (Isn’t my recipe holding method great? When I re-do the kitchen I am going to integrate some sort of recipe holding device). Lots Of Cheese & Some Elbow Noodles Ingredients 1/2 pound elbow macaroni 3...

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Trader Joe’s Swiss Beer Cheese Fondue Trip Report

This was a Valentine’s day dinner for my husband and myself. I grabbed it from Trader Joe’s in Charlotte the Saturday before V-Day, because my love is a fan of both beer and cheese. The preparation is insanely simple: Cut packet, dump in pot, stir in the suggested spices, garlic, nutmeg, or pepper. You can use a crock pot to heat your cheese, or a real fondue set, or a double boiler, but I didn’t want to get the baby crock pot out of the attic; we don’t have a fondue set, and I was being too lazy for a double boiler! I went with a light sprinkle of garlic powder as my flavoring agent and set the eye on the stove to medium so that it would have plenty of time to melt while I prepped the vegetables, fruit and bread we were going to use as dippers. The dippers were red bell pepper strips, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, green apple slices, and French bread cut into bite sized hunks. Pretzels were supposed to be included too, but I forgot them in the pantry, oops! By the time I was done with the slicing and dicing, the cheese way delicious and melty. I called my husband inside from his man cave and we dug into the cheesy goodness. The downside to eating the fondue right out of the...

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Tasty Tuesday!

I thought I would join in on Tasty Tuesday from Marjorie at Blogging Butter! She is sharing a delicious treat that has Rolos in it, which is really making me want to run to the drug store and get a roll! I am going to share a savory recipe that I got from my mom: Pineapple Mango Salsa Ingredients •1 fresh ripe pineapple •1 ripe mango •½ cup red cabbage •½ small red onion, peeled •¼ c cilantro, chopped •2 T fresh lime juice •½ to 1 habenero chili** Directions Cut all pieces into small segments, combine in bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving, keeps up to 2 days. **Be smart and use latex gloves when handling these, and don’t come crying to me when your eyes swell shut. Ta da! That’s all, just some chopping and chilling out before you’re scooping this up in your mouth with tortilla chips! I recommend the Tostito Scoops to get the maximum amount of salsa in your...

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Shopping Charlotte on A Saturday

This past Saturday my friend Emily and I loaded up into her Tahoe and trekked up to Charlotte, NC for a day of shopping in the magical wonderland stores that we do not have in Columbia. Our itinerary included Mary Jo’s  Cloth Store in Gastonia, which was overwhelming with fabric. We both stopped in our tracks at the door and gaped, but not for long, because I tore through the rows and rows and rows of fabric for the bathroom after the hour and a half drive up. Emily quilts and was looking to see what kind of fabrics they had for some custom order quilts she is going to make soon. My favorite aisle was the vegetable, fruits and snacks aisle. There were FOUR DIFFERENT typed of onion print fabric. Garlic, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and curly fry fabric which is pictured below. Who would need curly fry print fabric? What would you make with this? I want Emily to make me a vegetable soup quilt, but she politely told me to forget it. Then it was on to Ikea, which I have no pictures of, but I do have pictures of some of my finds farther down. Ikea wasn’t terribly crowded for a Saturday, which was pleasant. We made it through it about an hour, believe it or not. By then we were hungry, so we loaded up...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.



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