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Ridiculously wonderful – Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun and my new favorite Rice Krispies treats

Imagine the worst day you’ll ever have in your entire life. Your hair will look awful. Your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/lover will say goodbye, leaving you for a younger/prettier/skinnier/fatter/taller version of yourself. If you have children, their principals will call you at work to tell you they’ve been horribly awful. You look bad. You feel bad. Shitty day.

This is where Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun comes in. The boyfriend and I like to get ourselves a couple of pints of Ben & Jerry’s whenever we go grocery shopping, and last time we went, I saw it and had to have it (the boy got the Stephen Colbert flavor, which I already knew was awesome). Now, I was in a pretty awesome mood when I tried the first spoonful. This ice cream is ridiculously decadent. The ice cream itself is cinnamon-flavored, which is neat, and there are cookie-dough-like bits of cinnamon bun scattered throughout. If you think it doesn’t get more ridiculously decadent than that, you’re wrong – it also boasts a cinnamon-carmel streusel swirl. Jesus H. Christ.

That’s why I recommend Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun for those days when absolutely nothing is going right, the days you just want to go home, apply ass to couch and watch reruns. It will almost make your day a little better. I promise. It’s too awesome for everyday use. Use sparingly, or hips will inflate.

Also, I made Rice Krispies treats to take to the sister’s house for Easter, but these were no ordinary Rice Krispies treats. I like to make them on the stovetop (microwave? marshmallows? Never!), so I melted somewhere between a fourth and a half cup of butter, dumped a bag of marshmallows in, and then I also added a bag of butterscotch chips. Continue with recipe as normal, and when done, awesomeness. They’re crunchy and chewy and gorgeous.

Still working on the at-home Internet situation. I will proudly display animal and food and new apartment photos when the situation is resolved.

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Unlikely combinations

Sometimes, you just get the munchies. You get creative. You scour your pantry for edibles but you can’t find anything that seems particularly appealing.

When this happens, I like to mix and match and create. My pal Leonard was over the other day when we were confronted with the munchie problem, so we made this creation:

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Some happy news: I may be about to inherit a digital camera when my mother upgrades, and I’ll be getting Internet access at the new apartment (you know, the one with the kitchen that’s ready for action) soon enough, and hopefully I’ll be able to create treats more interesting than m&ms and Chex Mix.

Until then, cook a little extra for me.

Falafel!

Well, I found an apartment (with a cute little kitchen that will be the center of my food experimentation for at least the next six months), but I still have not been cooking. However, I took a nice little weekend road trip to Little Rock and got to FINALLY experience some real Greek food! Excuse the blurry photos, please. I commandeered my dad’s digital cam, and it isn’t known for its beautiful closeups of beautiful food.

Leo's Greek Castle
Leo’s Greek Castle is in West Little Rock and is a teeny tiny little building that’s, well, almost triangle-shaped. The dining room is also tiny – I think they had about five or six tables.

Leo's Greek Castle
I’ve got no basis for comparison, so I’ll just tell you how yummy the food was. I’ve never eaten real Greek food before. The only hummus I’ve had is from Wal-Mart. Sad, huh?

Hummus at Leo's Greek Castle
This hummus, though… Oh man. Could taste the freshness of it. The fresh olive oil… It was creamy and delicious and perfect.

Falafel at Leo's Greek Castle
I’ve never had falafel before, though I love saying that word out loud, and I drive everybody crazy when I get on an “I want to try falafel, dammit!” kick. I finally had some. And it was good. It was good. That’s all I can say. Well, I can also say that the soft pita, cucumber salsa and creamy hummus also tasted good with the falafel. And I can also say that I’m drooling right now. Damn.

Flan at Leo's Greek Castle
I’m not one to pass up dessert. Here, flan. Flan! It was not remarkable, but it was enjoyable.

Hiatus

Until I get established, moved in, set up, all that, in a new apartment, I won’t have too much time to experiment with my cooking – at least not until mid-April.

After all that happens, though, I’ll be doing some fervent experimentation.

Life calls.

A vaguely food-related photo and a manifesto

First, the vaguely food-related photo. Then I’ll follow that up with a few photos that aren’t food-related whatsoever. My guy and I decided to wander around downtown Texarkana on Saturday, because the sun was shining and the air was mild and the day was beautiful. I borrowed my dad’s digital camera and documented our explorations.


(This is my guy)


(this is me)

And…

I got a pet bunny. His name is Max. No, we will NOT be eating hasenpfeffer anytime soon.

And finally…

From now on, my recipes will either be recycled from the old days or they will be low carb. I’ve been cooking way too much yummy sugary carby junk lately, and my pants are getting way too tight. So low carb it is! To start off, though I don’t have pictures, my friend Leonard helped me make an extremely delectable dish yesterday: MOCKAFONI AND CHEESE. Good stuff. It’s basically your everyday mac and cheese, but instead of noodles, you use cauliflower. I also added bacon and broccoli florets to mine. Mac and cheese is a humongous major weakness of mine, so it’s good to know I have low-carb alternatives.

Now, more than ever, my blog’s title has a true purpose – how many things can I create using strange combinations of cheese, the ultimate low carb snack? I HAVE A NEW MISSION.

Rachael Ray’s Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers

So, I like vegetarian recipes. I do. I mean, I eat meat – I like hamburgers. I like pepperoni pizza. Ham can be divine. Chicken too, when cooked right. I just don’t enjoy COOKING meat, which is something I hope to grow out of soon. I hate touching raw meat, worrying about whether it’s done enough, etc. But we’ve already been over this.

Yesterday I felt like cooking. Instead of going to the gym, I found this recipe for Rachael Ray’s Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers and decided to try them.

What I love about recipes like this are their flexibility – you can make them as fancy schmancy or as simple as you want. I opted for the cheap hamburger buns, but at the very least I spray-buttered and garlic-powdered them and then stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes. However, these burgers would be AWESOME with some homemade buns, or expensive whole grain buns. You could experiment with various cheeses, and SPICES. I like to arbitrarily add spices to things, and the thing I love about these is I can actually taste them and season to taste before cooking.

I substituted olive oil for the vegetable oil in this recipe. Oh, how I love olive oil.

As a result of my chickpea burger experiment…

I am pretty excited about trying more vegetarian recipes. The thing is, when I tell people that, they assume I’m going to stop eating meat. Not true. I’ll eat meat, as long as I don’t have to cook it. Then they tell me they know a vegetarian who is either too fat or too thin; overly fed on cheese and bread or the victim of severe malnutrition. Here’s the thing: I DO NOT CARE. Isn’t it possible for people to eat vegetarian food simply because they like the flavor combinations, or the lure of trying something new and different?

An aside:

I haven’t been writing much, but I’ve been baking a lot. I’m on a retro bend – I’m digging recipes out of my ’56 Betty Crocker cookbook and making chocolate layer cake, white layer cake, a delicious brown-sugar based (and ridiculously but wonderfully intense) frosting. The results haven’t been too pretty, but I’m trucking. After I master the art of a simple 2-layer frosted cake, maybe I’ll move on to decorating.

Or maybe I’ll just eat way too much cake.

Until next time, my friends, in which I would love to guarantee some compelling photography (but do not know whether I can follow through)!

It’s a mad world.

Holidays get crazy. So does life, right? I’ve been cooking numerous random things, but I haven’t been writing about it because I’ve been distracted. No apologies. It happens.

I did make some SWEDISH TEACAKES as per the old Betty Crocker recipe, and I used my roomie’s new silicone bake-ware, and they were ridiculously cute.

I made more SNICKERDOODLES, and I took a plate to the neighbors, because they were kind enough to bury Sophie for me.

And I blew up a gingerbread house for our New Year’s Eve tradition.