Posts tagged food

Genius Holiday Idea: DIY: S’mores Kits

Packaging is everything, don’tcha know? But let’s get real – you could package up s’mores in a paper bag and it would still be happily received. Jordan Ferney linked over to Twig & Thistle’s post on these DIY S’mores kits. Could they be any more perfect? And what an easy gift this would be as we are entering into the holiday season! Hostess gift? Check. Adorable with a great big mug for hot cocoa? Check.

I’ll bet Martha Stewart Crafts at WalMart or Michael’s will have some fun Christmas packaging going on this year – I can’t wait to see…

Anyway, if you receive something similaire to this from me for Christmas, try and look surprised, ok?  😉

DIY: S’mores Kits | Twig & Thistle.

Edited to add as an afterthought:

Have you seen all the awesome stickers at PaperSource? These Peppermint stickers would be perfection on the S’mores packaging.

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For the OKC-ers in the group

Are you female? Are you in OKC? Do you love to shop? Do you love cheese and chocolate and all things yummy? Then you should probably check out this Ladies’ Night Out that I got an email about this week — Here’s the 411.

Ladies’ Night Out Featuring Kokopelli
The Melting Pot, 4 E. Sheridan Ave., Bricktown

Monday, Nov 16, 2009

Reservations available all evening beginning at 5.

Ladies can shop the fun and contemporary fashions of Kokopelli, featuring chunky jewelry, eclectic and classical apparel, purses and accessories. Door prizes will be available.

Enjoy four-course fondue for $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (405) 235-1000 or visitwww.meltingpot.com for reservations.

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I adore the Melting Pot. I haven’t been in ages, but the food is so delicious. The hardest part is choosing whether or not you’re going to have the cheese fondue, or hold out for the chocolate at the end. Or, just throw all caution to the wind and have both!

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Cooking at Jamie’s

Oh you guys. YOU GUYS! I am dying of sheer deliciousness right this very second. I am sitting here, in the dark, in my living room, in my pajamas, and I am as happy as a clam, with a totally full tummy. Simon and I just got back from our anniversary treat, a cooking class over at Jamie’s in Casady Square. Now, I know that the majority of you will probably never grace our fair city of Oklahoma City, but for the few of you who are here, you must go.

Jamie’s has been over in Casady Square for seven years and sells some of the most gorgeous tableware items you will see anywhere. In fact, in the picture below, notice the blue coral under the glass bell jar on the right? Those are actually napkin rings from Jamie’s. Amy gave them to me for Christmas, and I just love the look of them, all clustered together. I eyed some of the other coral colors there tonight. There were these seahorse napkin rings that were amazing and would look so nice on my table…Anyway. Moving on – Amy had mentioned to me once that Jamie’s offers cooking classes, so when I was looking into what to do for our anni, I thought, hmm, perfect. After all, Simon is a total foodie and a missed-his-true-calling-Chef, so what else would be more fun? They offer two different kinds of classes – a demonstration type with a major chef from the area (Kurt Fleischfresser from The Coach House, for those in the know) and then the regular classes taught by transplanted San Franciscan Jill Nevard that are totally hands-on. I knew that would be a better fit for us.

We showed up at 6pm and there was a gorgeous table set. I apologize for having no photos; I was ill prepared. Your imagination will have to suffice.  It’s complete eye candy to walk in the store. Jamie has all the really gorgeous tableware lines like Juliska, Wedgwood, that sort of thing. She also has a varied display of food products, as well as freshly prepared casseroles, takeaway items, cupcakes, specialty cheese, etc. I wish I had thought to write down the names of the cheeses we sampled tonight; they were delish.

The class was pretty small; only about 10 of us, I think? Jamie was there, and she is the nicest lady ever. Both she and Jill (a culinary school grad) are knowledgable and completely approachable. It was just a fun feeling of hanging out and trying new things. No stupid questions, you know? We divvied up into teams and began preparing a variety of dishes –

  • Mini beef empanadas (A-MAZING. Cherries!)
  • Baked rigatoni with peperonata, fennel, and sausage (colorful and yum)
  • Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin (Simon’s job – he did great! Very moist, juicy)
  • Basil chicken curry (my new fave – I’m going to try this one!)
  • Cheddar cheese quick bread (I made this – super easy)
  • Roasted kale (a first – never tried this before but crispy and delicious)
  • Homemade vanilla ice cream w/ caramel sauce (fun to make the caramel)
  • Lemon buttermilk pudding cakes with chantilly and berries  (my other responsibility – involved, but worth it!)

Overall, such a success. If you’re looking for something fun to do in town, this was it. It was $50/person and lasted just over 3 hours. We got to eat eat eat, and still we were able to bring home the leftovers. But more than anything, we were trying things that were a little unusual, but still totally doable and approachable. It was entertaining, educational, and delicious. A good mix of technique and savvy little tips. I know I am totally gushing, but I so want to do this again! There’s a holiday entertaining party on October 13th — I may have to sign up for that one.

Ok. So there’s my rave. I’ve got to go digest now – I am seriously stuffed to the gills! Thanks to the girls at Jamie’s for a fantastic night!

9313 North Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK – 73120
Casady Square at Britton Road and Penn

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::: Sprinkles Cupcakes Party :::

Ok, it really doesn’t get any better than this. The Sprinklesmobile! For a minimum of $2000, it will come to your event loaded up with cupcakes. Isn’t this totally bananas? I LOVE IT!

::: Sprinkles Cupcakes Party :::.

Oh, btw, Happy 300th post to me! I think that deserves a cupcake, non?

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Cupcake Cuteness

This may be the most adorable cupcake accessory I’ve ever seen — tiny individual cupcake stands! Sold in a set of six, in white ceramic.  ::sigh:: I adore it!

Cupcake Stands – Cupcake Stands.

via SimpleSong

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Eating Around Los Angeles

Let the vacation fun continue! We’ve been home almost a week, and I guess we’re back in the swing of normal lives. I think I’m experiencing post-trip depression. There’s nothing to look forward to for awhile. 😦  I need a project.  I’m thinking I’ll take Jude on a field trip this week to the Bass Pro Shop or something. I wish we had an aquarium here. I may have to haul it up to Tulsa to visit a friend and go to their aquarium.

Ok, some more Los Angeles fun. One of our hobbies is food. I really think that my husband missed his calling as either a chef or a food critic, because he loves food that much. Apparently, he has just come into this realization, because at some point during the trip, he says out loud, “You know, I think food just really makes me happy.”

No! No way! SHOCKING! 🙂  I’ve only known this for years. I look at him and say, “Um, and you’ve just now realized this?!”

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Much of my love for LA stems from my year at Pepperdine. I had a lot of fun experiences, just exploring the city, so anytime we go back, it’s fun to revisit those favorite places, but also to find new ones too. We like to go to eat at Marmalade Cafe (in Malibu, or at the Grove in LA) as well as (OF COURSE!) In-N-Out. I confess, we drove straight to In-N-Out the second our flight landed. We’re that addicted. Jude decimated his cheeseburger — as if  all cheese on earth was to be eradicated for eternity tomorrow.

Simon had heard about Crumbs Bake Shop. Apparently there are several outposts of it around the country. Similar to a Sprinkles cupcakery, but with a more old-world/circus design (and less I-could-care-less-about-your-baked-goods attitude from the hipper-than-thou employees), Crumbs had a wide variety of delicious cupcake flavors to try. My personal fave was the Boston Cream Pie cupcake. The chocolate frosting was thick and rich, much like the Guittard chocolate frosting you can buy from Williams-Sonoma, a special treat.

Other good eats in Malibu: Howdy’s Taqueria, Malibu Seafood (inexpensive, delicious seafood – a mile north of Pepperdine on PCH), Paradise Cove Beach Cafe….

Since we had the convenience of a kitchen at our apartment in Venice, we were able to do a lot of grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. We remarked numerous times that if we had either of them here in OKC, we would spend soooo much money, but we would be eating oh-soooo good.  The farmer’s market in Venice was also particularly fun. Those grape tomatoes were so sweet — and so poppable!

I wish I would’ve bought some of those snap or snow peas. I loooove them. And every time I look at this picture, I want some.

Let’s see, where else did we eat….  Oh! Pink Taco! I didn’t get any photos of it, but we enjoyed sitting out on the terrace and enjoyed eating some delish tacos after Jude FINALLY passed out after a no-I’m-not-gonna-nap showdown. Yeah, that was a delightful day.

On our last night in town, Simon had a special request for dinner. He wanted to go wait in line at Pink’s hot dogs, the legendary hot dog stand on La Brea & Melrose. To be frank (ha!), I don’t get the appeal of Pink’s.  I’m a Ball Park hot dog kind of girl. So this didn’t really do it for me. But my boys love hot dogs, so to Pink’s we went, and Simon is still raving about it. After waiting in line for about 20 minutes, we finally got our order in and sat down on the terrace back behind. Jude also got in a great poopy diaper change in the trunk of our car, much to everyone else’s delight, I’m sure. Hey, it was cleaner than the Pink’s bathroom floor! I hate it when public bathrooms don’t have baby changing facilities.
Because I was a good sport to go along with the hot dogs (FYI, the seasoned fries were totally worth it), I got to pick where we would go have dessert. That last day in LA, we had spent the day cruising town, exploring Griffith Park and far eastern Los Angeles. I happened to spot this cute little place called MILK, and after a quick perusal of Yelp.com on my iPhone, I decided this was it. To be fair, I was first captured by their fab logo, but it turned out it was more than just form — it was function, too!

Two words, my friends: Blue Velvet.

Yeah. You heard right. Blue. Velvet. It’s a blueberry cake with LOTS of blue dye, and DELICIOUS cream cheese frosting.  

They also have a wide selection of ice cream sandwiches (homemade ice cream!) made with enormous macarons (not macaroons — macarons, little French cookies). Oh, and the homemade chocolate milk? Uh huh. Yup. Divine.The little red velvet poppers were pretty delish, too, although more red than chocolatey. (FYI, red velvet really should be a chocolate cake w/ red food coloring. If it’s too red, it’s minimal on the chocolate and is not true red velvet).

Here’s me and Jude, showing off our blue tongues. There was other, um, blueness, too. But that came later. Just be forewarned if you eat heavily-dyed food. You will see it again.

Ok, moving on from dyed, um, stuff. Lemonade! Once again, we were attracted initially by the cute design, and then we stuck around for the great food. Four fruit-blended lemonades every day round out the beverage choices, but there’s also a variety of lemon-themed desserts as well. But if you’re needing more than just lemony sweetness, we were surprised by a variety of other choices too. Pot roasts, mac & cheese, and other items were there for the taking, cafeteria-style.

All in all, a delightful culinary experience! Now, who’s hungry?

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Gingerbread Houses!

Well, I had visions of gingerbread grandeur, and while I can’t say I was terribly successful, I will say that I had a lot of fun! Last week, I met with my girlfriend Christina and we were discussing holiday crafts. I mentioned that I had never made a gingerbread house, and perhaps she and her two darling kiddos would like to join me? So this morning, they came over, and we got crackin’. I found this tutorial over at Martha Stewart on no-bake cookie cottages. Instead of gingerbread, you use graham crackers. Well, genius, I thought!

Err, not so fast. I prepped everything, and even made royal icing, apparently a decorating must. It was an easy recipe, and to be fair, it really did gel everything together fairly solidly. But the cutting of the graham crackers was a royal mess. I was an art major, for heaven’s sake! This did me absolutely no good. Like cake decorating, gingerbread-house-making is hard!

Here we are, getting started. Jude was asleep when they arrived, so he was overcome when we came downstairs and he saw Bryce & Jenna. It was like Christmas morning for him – two cool kids, plus all this candy?!?! Heaven! The chitlins snacked on graham crackers while we started shaping our houses. 

Here’s some of mine in the works. We joked that the one on the left was like my KOA Campground logo house. You know, ’cause they need one of those in the gingerbread graham cracker house village.

In a moment of desperation, I wrote Jude’s name in icing so he could have something to play with. He also consumed many a marshmallow and inadvertently, a pillow mint that Bryce decided to feed him.

Here we are with our houses taking shape. Mine were way messier than Christina’s. She made a GORGEOUS chapel.

Copious candy consumption was of course a part of this little adventure. It was like Halloween . . . but with icing.

Here’s my cutie, Bryce. Isn’t he a doll? Such a little sweetheart.

Here’s our sweet little candy village!  Chrisina’s chapel on the left, my ramshackle houses there on the right.

A closeup. Jelly beans, sprinkles, licorice pieces, peppermints, and coconut flakes for the snow. Oh, and that house on the right? Well, they didn’t get snow; they have that kind of all-winter grass that stays perpetually in green. Love those neighbors, don’t you?

Graham Cracker Griswolds’. A path of gingerbread men sprinkles, and Jujube Christmas lights. Oh, and that green blob on the left is supposed to be a tree/bush. See, this decorating business is hard!

Graham Cracker Chapel with Jujube stained glass window. And even a couple of wedding bell candies  left over from a friend’s bridal shower!

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