Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

I'm pretty skeptical of people who "don't like pie."  Especially, when it's just a blanket statement like that.  There are so many types: fruit, cream, nut, savory, chess...  I just feel like they haven't really thought it through.  Or maybe they haven't had homemade pie.

I'm on the other end of the spectrum.  I'm not picky at all.  However, I will say that I recently had a bad pie!  I guess if this was the only pie experience I'd ever had, I'd be tempted to say, "I don't like pie," too.

Some flavor combinations are best not experimented with.  Pineapple cherry pie with a sweet crumble topping is one of them.  It was overwhelmingly sweet!  Like, inedible sweet.
I love sweets (obviously), but they have to be balanced.  The sweet, creamy peanut butter filling of this pie is perfectly matched with a salty pretzel crust.  So, if you've had a negative pie experience, please just give it another go.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

365: Week 16

April 14 | The golden egg.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Egg Salad BLT

Easter is this Sunday, and while I'm not dying eggs this year, I do always like to hard boil a few eggs so I can have some egg salad in the coming week.  Obviously, I could make egg salad any time of the year, but it just doesn't seem to happen.

I need some inspiration, I guess.
If you're like me and you need a little push, here's an idea for you: egg salad BLT's.  Bacon and eggs in sandwich form can't be bad.  Also, maybe you're kind over the basics.  You've exhausted deviled eggs and you need something new.  

If you have a favorite egg salad recipe, use that, I've added mine after the break.  Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Angel Food Cake

I've never touched a buffalo before but I think about it a lot.  I like to imagine what it would feel like to sink my fingers into buffalo fur.  Maybe I think about this because I really like Yellowstone and I really like buffalo, or maybe it's just because I'm a weirdo.

Whatever the reason, I always thought that their thick fur would have the same texture of angel food cake.  For that reason, I call it buffalo cake (re: weirdo).
I get it if you don't like to associate your food with animals' fur, so you can just skip to the recipe.  Lets talk about the texture of this cake a little bit more though.  It is light and a little spongy in the middle and then it's got that perfect sugary crust on top.  I like to top it with fresh berries, maybe some whipped cream too.

Angel food cake would be a perfect spring dessert to have after your Easter dinner this Sunday.  I ain't sayin', I'm just sayin'.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Rice Pudding

Whenever I have toast with cinnamon and sugar on it, it reminds me of the summer we first moved to Utah.  I was 11 and my sister was 15.  We were both angry to be uprooted to say the least.

My sister was particularly upset because "all we ate was toast!"  Obviously, that's a little bit of an exaggeration, but in truth it wasn't that much of a stretch.  I bet we went through a loaf of bread every other day.  My carb-loving started at a young age so I loved it.  Darcie didn't.
Whenever I have pudding, I think of staying home from school sick.  It also brings me back to the days I had to go to the orthodontist and my teeth hurt so badly, I couldn't eat solid foods for the rest of the day.  Surprisingly, these aren't really bad memories.  It meant I got to stay home with my mom, watching movies and napping.

When you combine cinnamon sugar toast and pudding, you get quite the case of nostalgia.  For me, anyway.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hamburger Sweet Potato Hand Pies

It has been so nice out the past few days which is giving me the itch to get out on my bike.  Of course, tomorrow (aka my day off) is going to be cloudy and rainy, so I probably won't get out anyway, but I like to plan my snacks just in case.
A while ago, Austin got this cookbook called, "Feed Zone Portables," on a recommendation from a friend and it's all about food that you should eat when you're out doing endurance sports.  Austin made a few of the recipes, and this one was by far the favorite.

Problem is, we usually just eat them sitting in front of the couch.  Really, I think we only packed them with us on a ride once or twice, so I'm sure that defeats the purpose.

My point is, you can eat these whenever you want, wherever you want.  I won't judge you.  And the best part is that you don't have to be starving and hot and sweating for these to taste good!

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