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Celebrating Suzie!

November 3, 2012

Happiest of Birthdays to the BEST Mama in the world. I know not everyone has a mom to love and that loves them back. And I know that even people who have moms don’t always love them or get loved in return. But I am one of the fortunate few who has an awesome mom who loves me very much and I love her too! I try to not to ever take her for granted.

My Mama has some favorite food items that we all know about and try to keep stocked for her. Things like rocky road ice cream, mint milano cookies, and chocolate covered cherries to name just a few. But this particular dessert table was inspired by Read more…

Annual Homemade Egg Rolls & Fried Rice

October 18, 2012

Does your family have any annual food traditions? Ours has lots, including Stephie’s Birthday Egg Rolls which are so labor intensive that they only come around once a year. But they are Oh-So-Worth-It.

Traditions are so wonderful because they give us something to look forward to, and something to mark the passage of time. Food traditions are especially important I think because they involve so many of the 5 senses, including the most important one – taste. :)

The menu below is usually accompanied by an ice cream cake and colorful balloons, but you can personalize your celebration any way you’d like. And believe me, this meal definitely qualifies as a celebration even if it’s just a Tuesday night… Read more…

Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel

October 17, 2012

I love October for many reasons, but one of them is that everyone seems to turn “pink” in trying to raise awareness and proceeds for very important cancer research. I was recently in Chicago and it seemed like the whole city was pink! Storefronts had pink displays, special pink confections were sold at eateries, and even a couple buildings lit up pink in the night sky!!

But Panera has one of my favorite limited edition treats – a Pink Ribbon Bagel made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. I recommend ordering it toasted with hazelnut cream cheese. Not only is it sweet and savory and delicious, but a portion of proceeds go to benefit breast cancer charities. Now that’s a sweet deal.

The Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel is only available during the month of October, so hurry in if you’d like to try it.

Blueberry Donuts from The Donuttery

October 4, 2012

Oh my goodness. I tried the most amazing blueberry donut this morning. Mrs. Saturday Night Foodies did it again! She and hubby drove to Huntington Beach this morning at 6am to pick up a couple dozen of these blueberry beauties and I’m oh so glad that they did. I ate my first half this morning “John (co-worker), would you like to split a donut with me?” My sec0nd half 5 minutes later “Oh my goodness that was so amazing! John, do you want to split another one with me?” And then I just consumed the last half donut in the box for an afternoon snack. Moist and flavorful with a beautiful blueberry taste. And it must be healthy right? I mean blueberries are full of antioxidants after all… :) The Donuttery 17420 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach

Concha

October 2, 2012

“Concha” means “shell” in spanish. And doesn’t this look like a beautiful shell? Not only is it beautiful, but its soft and buttery and slightly sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Conchas from Elizabeth’s Bakery are definitely the BEST mexican sweet bread I’ve ever had. Hands down. (They also bake AMAZING rolls which I already wrote about here.)  I didn’t even like conchas before I had one from Elizabeth’s. The ones from the grocery store are always dry and stick to the roof of your mouth. But not so at Elizabeth’s… If you live even remotely close to Elizabeth’s I recommend that you make the drive. I promise it will be worth it.

Elizabeth’s Bakery

2828 Firestone Blvd.

South Gate, CA 90280

323-566-3834

p.s. They also make Conchitas (which are ‘little’ shells) which are just as tasty and actually more manageable to hold and eat. Either one, you can’t go wrong. :)

Sprinkles Ice Cream

October 1, 2012

As an ardent fan of Sprinkles Cupcakes I anxiously awaited the opening of the Sprinkles Ice Cream shop just next door to the Cupcake shop on South Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills. My rational brain got the better of me though as it dissuaded me from driving the hour up there on opening day. I wanted to try it so much, but just couldn’t bring myself to wait in line for who knows how many hours!! I did end up going during the first week of opening though and got really lucky with “rock star parking” and only a 20 minute wait. By the time I got to the front of the line there were probably 40 people in line behind me! The ice cream angels were looking out for me that day.

So let me just start with telling you that I drove back up there 3 days later because I was craving it so much – that’s how good it is! Read more…

All-American Cupcake Flag

May 25, 2012

Happy Memorial Day weekend friends! Need a fun way to display your patriotism and serve dessert to a crowd? Buddy up with a couple friends and make a cupcake flag! I only made the blue ones with stars and Ruth and Trena made the white and red. Put them together and voila you’ve got a beautiful, edible symbol of freedom.

This particular flag is made up of 108 cupcakes (we were feeding a large crowd!). But if you want to do something smaller I recommend 36 cupcakes to keep the shape. 6 blue, 15 red, and 15 white – 6 cupcakes across, and 6 cupcakes down.

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.

– Edith Cavell