Category Archives: Food and Drink

Artisan Bread

…in Five Minutes a Day.*

Both loaves...

Both loaves...

I checked out the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book because everyone was raving about it.  I won’t go into detail, but I will say that I have baked THREE loaves of bread today.  Well baked one, and two are waiting to go in.  I’m working with the master recipe, but I have a few questions and concerns.

  1. Was I supposed to only get three loaves of bread out of the master batch?
  2. Why was all the salt and yeast sitting in a corner of my bucket? I’m so confused.  The loaf that had most of that gunk is pictured with the cross carving…or scoring or whatever they’re called!
  3. Did anyone else almost singe off their eyebrows trying to put the water in the broiler pan?
  4. My oven heats to 450°C in less than 20 minutes.  Maybe that’s why the water is trying to jump back out of the broiler pan…
Soggy Middle... Is this ok?

Soggy Middle... Is this ok?

In about 30 minutes my bread will be done, and I’ll finally have a batch that I can taste for myself.  I did get to hear the previous loaf crackle as it cooled on the wire-rack.  That was pretty satisfying if I must say so myself.  I’m going to take the second loaf in to my lab and get some unbiased opinions.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

* and yes I know that one loaf looks like its guts are leaking.  I’m an amateur – give me a break.  I’m hoping that they will get better with time.

Arby’s Roastburger

Now, normally I wouldn’t champion eating at Arby’s, but I just got a link that let’s you try a free roast burger with the purchase of a softdrink.  Seeing how I’m all about Diet Coke and Dr. Pepper, I thought I’d pass it along to you guys.


The Flying Biscuit

Today I had brunch at The Flying Biscuit in Cameron Village. When my friend suggested this place, I replied “never heard of it.” Then I thought back… and sure enough – I had heard of it. This was the same place The Amateur Gourmet often referenced. We have one here in Raleigh?! Who knew?

I already had the stinky face because there was a ~45 minute wait for a table.  This food better be good I thought to myself. I had the High Flyer with creamy grits and one pancake.  I couldn’t even get through my entire meal.  The biscuit was very very tasty along with apple butter that was to die for.  No seriously, it makes me want to drive to the Farmer’s Market for the good stuff right now!  The grits were excellent.  Being a Southern girl, I know that everyone cannot make good grits.  These grits were di-vine!  They were so creamy!  I would go back just for a biscuit and grits with nothing else.

I give this place 4 1/2 stars.  They could use some more seating.  And there was one person practically yelling at her table throughout the entire meal (that’s not the Flying Biscuit’s fault though).  I will definitley be going back.

Now if only I could get my biscuits to rise that high…

Cherry Jam Cookies

One of my favorite foodies – Joy The Baker – has posted a recipe that I’m sure will get me through the night.  I have to study for my Evolutionary Genetics test tomorrow – I’m a procrastinator… but I love to have something to occasionally distract me and munch on.  This is the perfect answer!  Just click on the link for the cookies.  I’ll post photos tomorrow! ENjoy!

Whiskey Carrots

I’m so behind on various recipes and things I’ve been doing.

I tried out Ree’s Whiskeyed Carrots for Thanksgiving. Yes, I know it’s January, but I’ve been pretending to be busy.

I turned on Al Green’s Stay With Me (by the Sea) feat John Legend, and the rest was history.


…makes my life so much better.

I went to Williams-Sonoma.  There was a sale.  New Calphalon grill pan.

Grilled Turkey Brats & Onions. Yum.

Grill Marks...

Grill Marks...

Good Eats

Just some photos of things my friends and I enjoyed over the break.

Wildberry Cafe

Today I found myself outside shoveling a foot of snow.  I get excited about 1 inch of snow, so you could imagine how overjoyed I was about 12.

I’ll try to add some pictures later, but everything looks washed out.  That’s why I need a new camera.  Feel free to buy me one if you have some extra cash.

So after a long 1 hour of shoveling and snow blowing, we cleared our driveway and our neighbor’s too.  We worked up quite the appetite.  My uncle suggested one of his favorite little places for breakfast.  We arrive at Wildberry Cafe, and I just know I’ll love it.  There’s snow all around and employees are clearing the parking lot as we enter.

There’s a bakery and coffee bar on the right as you enter.  We wait for the hostess to seat us and I ordered a hazelnut latte with soymilk.  Excellent choice – it was tasty.  My uncle orders the Pecan Belgian Waffles, and Tee (our neighbor) get a custom creation omlette.  There were so many things I wanted to try, but I settled on the Mexicana Sizzlin’ Skillet.  I have hashbrowns with cheddar and monterey jack cheese topped with chorizo, cilantro, jalapenos, onions, advacado, and two scrambled eggs.  I had the option of pancakes or toast.  Who can eat pancakes with that much as the main entree?  Plus, I was swayed to order the toast so  I could taste the homemade wildberry preserves.  I must say, there was a generous amount of food.  I’ve been known to tuck food into the unknown, but I could not finish my meal!  The Wildberry preserves were so tasty – definitely worthy of the restaurants name.

I forgot to take photos, but if we go back to Libertyville, I’ll try to get a shot of the outside.


I’ve never had macaroons.  Does that make me a bad person?  They kind of look like easter eggs to me.  All pastel-colored and yummy looking.  I have no desire to try them.  I can’t even begin to tell you what flavors a macroon may even taste like.

A quick google search tells me that my recollection of macaroons is the Parisian macaroon.  Some of my favorite food bloggers have offered recipes, but I just skip over them.  Maybe I’ll challenge myself to the macaroon over the holiday break.

The snow is falling down like crazy now.  The forecast is for up to 10 inches tonight.  Excitement!

Falling into Fall

My oh my… fall already.  It’s cool all day and the seasons transitioned so quickly.  I didn’t really have a chance to think about it. …not that they wait for my approval or anything.

I’m super excited about all the pumpkin and squash recipes.  I tried butternut squash last night.  I wasn’t too impressed.  I’m convinced that something went wrong.  Probably the part when I got lazy and put them in the microwave – yeah I’m pretty sure.

I can’t wait to make this recipe that I saw at Smitten Kitchen via Nicole at Baking Bites (she’s my hero).  Check the picture below.  You can check out the recipe by clicking on the photo.

Smitten Kitchen

Smitten Kitchen

I mean really… how can I not make this? Absolutely have to.

Then I stumbled across another interesting recipe… Wacky Cake. What the crap? Wacky cake!  It sounds like something that should be at the State Fair (which I haven’t had the chance to attend and is causing my soul to weep on the inside). I found the Wacky Cake recipe over at Homesick Texan.  Dear HT, I don’t know who you are but I officially swear by your recipe for authentic queso.  Thank you and goodnight.

Wacky Cake from Homesick Texan

Wacky Cake from Homesick Texan