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  1. Saturday, July 28, 2007

    Roadtrip! Gone to the beach…

    In a few short moments we’re all packing in the very full car and heading down to the Cape! I am SO EXCITED. I’m pretty sure I won’t have Internet access, which I have to admit I am really looking forward to…but that means I’ll miss you all for a week! Please come back next Saturday (8/4) for a report on the vacation…I’ve already snapped some GREAT food pictures and can’t wait to share all my culinary finds from the Cape with you. Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to post your menu here.

  2. Week 27 Menu

    Please post your menus! I’m on vacation! 🙂

  3. Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Roadtrip! New England Hot Dog Buns & Relish

    Moving away from New England meant moving away from the ability to make the best hot dogs. There are 2 ingredients that make this possible – New England hot dog buns (aka lobster roll buns) and Piccalilli.

    First, the buns: well, you can see what they look like in the picture. It’s KINDA like a piece of white bread folded, but better. To really make ’em good, you grill them with butter in the pan.

    Second, Piccalilli. This is the best relish ever. They have green tomato relish and red pepper relish, but I think the green tomato is perfect for my perfect hot dog. Do I sound a little crazy?

    I complete the masterpiece with mustard. I sure love coming out every summer.

    Okay, have to give credit to Nate or he’ll get mad at me. 🙂 He introduced me to all this hot dog goodness when we got married.

  4. Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    Boy or Girl?

    It’s official…Cate will have a little sister! Cate didn’t believe the ultrasound tech and told her “No, it’s a brother.” Later when she admitted it’s a sister, Cate told us her name is “little brother.”

    We made it safely to NH and I had a great steak & cheese for lunch yesterday…you just can’t get good subs in CA like you can out here…the food binge has begun. Stay tuned!

  5. Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    Head Country BBQ Giveaway Winner!

    We have a winner for the Head Country Barbecue giveaway!

    Leslie, who said: I’ve been wanting to try this since your ribs post. I hope I win!

    Now you can go rib crazy, Leslie! Thanks to all who entered and definitely get yourself a bottle of Head Country!

    Leslie, please email

  6. Sunday, July 22, 2007

    REMINDER! Enter the Head Country Giveaway!

    Don’t forget to enter the Head Country Barbecue giveaway! Seriously, if you haven’t put your name in the mix, get to it – this is dang good sauce. You have until Midnight, tomorrow (Monday, July 23) to enter. Good luck!

    (Also, there are 3 new posts on the blog…make sure you scroll down. I thought Friday & Saturday had published, but they hadn’t. Happy reading!)

  7. Week 26 Menu

    I have no menu this week, and for a VERY good reason…it’s SUMMER VACATION!!!

    Cate and I leave for our East Coast adventures tomorrow! This week we’ll be in New Hampshire with my in-laws and then a week on CAPE COD!!! I am so excited! Finish up the trip with a week in New Jersey with mi familia and you’ve got yourself a vacation. I can’t wait and I’m super excited to eat all the food that I can’t get out here in sunny California (real bagels, real subs, real cannolis, new england hot dog buns…good thing I’m eating for two). I will definitely do some posting while I’m on the road, so please keep visiting!

    As for menus…you guys need to share your menus for SURE for the next 3 weeks because I’m not planning on doing any meal planning! Time to inspire one another, which I am certain you will do beautifully.

  8. Saturday, July 21, 2007

    Happy Anniversary Dinner!

    Last night was our 8th anniversary! We had the chance to stay in the fancy Hyatt Regency La Jolla, and were even upgraded to the 2nd best room in the hotel! (We almost got the BEST room, where Bush and Michael Douglas/Catherine Zeta-Jones stayed, but then it was booked after all…although our room was pretty awesome.)

    Nate and I went to Cafe Japengo for dinner. Japengo gets voted “Best Sushi” in San Diego all the time and is supposed to be a great restaurant. We decided to give it a try. Our food was good, although not my favorite, and it took FOREVER…which means we got free dessert! Now, I have a VERY high tolerance for chocolatey things…I’ve never had a chocolate dessert I couldn’t conquer. I met my match at Japengo – I could only eat half of this lava cake. It was CRAZY rich. Nate got an awesome bread pudding. YUM! (Sorry the picture’s not that great…had to make do with my point and shoot and bad lighting…but the desserts were just so pretty I wanted to share!)

  9. Friday, July 20, 2007

    Fab Faves: 101 Simple Meals

    My good friend Emily (who is the reason I even know what a blog is!) sent me a link to this great New York Times article today. The article lists 101 Simple Meals perfect for summer that can be made in 10 minutes or less.

    There are LOTS seafood ideas, which I’m excited to try. You will find a plethora of fun, easy, fast ideas – from paninis to pasta, salads to sausage!

    If by the time you click on the link to the article and it’s been archived, just email – I’ve saved the article and I will send it to you.

    Thanks Emily – this article is a great resource!

  10. Wednesday, July 18, 2007

    Featured Recipe: Cookies Galore

    We had a book club picnic last Friday, which was great fun. I was in charge of dessert, so I made two of my all time favorite cookies. Thought I’d share the recipes with you! (click on the name of the cookie to link to the recipe).

    First, Chocolate Swirls. These are ADDICITVE and full of all kinds of fat (butter, cream cheese, chocolate, bring it on!). Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve NEVER met a person who doesn’t like these. I got the recipe at a cookie exchange – no idea what person or what cookbook it came from, but so happy I have the recipe!!!

    Second, Mexican Wedding Cookies. These are basically butter balls rolled in powdered sugar. Really, how can they NOT be good? These are pretty common, but I got the recipe from my sister-in-law Cora’s mother, Nicki.