Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Photo by Katie Kay

I've been craving Lemon Blueberry for a month.  There's something about it that screams BRING IT ON, SPRING!  We've had an unseasonably long winter and I'm more than ready for toasty heat, short shorts, and flip flops.  What better way to prepare my body for those short shorts than to whip up 30 cupcakes 2 weeks in a row?  Exactly.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shrimp & Crab Tomato Basil Soup

Photo by Katie Kay

Every time I go to HEB I stop by the free sample booths.  My favorite one is the Cooking Connection island where the guy with the microphone makes it fresh and serves you a little plastic Jello shot cup full of wine while you stand there with your mini plate and mini fork.  

And I'm not just a free-loader.  They love me there!  I see the same guy every time, and I always chat him up.  If I don't love the sample enough to purchase the ingredients, I'll make sure I mention a great recipe he made last week and tell him how awesome it was.  Then he feels happy and filled with purpose, I get free food, and we all walk away satisfied.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ropa Vieja (or spicy, saucy beef!)

Photo by Katie Kay

The first time I ever had Ropa Veija was at Mission Burrito.  I had no idea what it was, but the lady behind the counter told me it was "spicy beef with more flavor" and I never looked back.  In fact, when Mission Burrito by my office started running out every time I tried to get some, I stopped going! Then they closed down that location.  Hmm.

Then Matt came home one day with a recipe some guy made at a party he went to and said, "you have to try this, it's called Ropa Vieja!"  Um, you mean this wasn't just a made-up name Mission Burrito gave their saucy beef?  It's actually a thing people know about?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dark Chocolate "Black Tar Heroine" Espresso Cookies

Photo by Katie Kay

Remember when I said I wasn't going to bake any more chocolate and peanut butter, and I was going to start baking for Spring?  Well--call me Miley Cyrus, but I can't stop.  I won't stop.  Around here, we love chocolate like David Hasslehoff loves a good cheeseburger.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Photo by Katie Kay
Am I slightly disappointed that I've baked my way through a 3lb bag of miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and now I don't have a valid reason to bake, eat and share more peanut buttery chocolateness?