Friday, June 28, 2013

Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream

Hope your first "official" week of summer was terrific! It certainly was a hot one around here. Hopefully you all had some frosty treats to help keep ya cool!


Almost every time I'm at my babe's house, he usually gets confronted with the question, "Can we go to Lizzy's?" Once in a great while, I get my wish but usually its just me harassing him to go. Fun times, right babe?! ;)


Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream is a local ice cream company with a couple of shops in the area. I heart their ice cream because there's a bunch of different and seasonal flavors. Its the one place I'm usually willing to try a new flavor (though we know what I almost always get). And the scoops are huge. When I finally get my ice cream dreams to come true, I gotta make it count.

I'm a bad food blogger and didn't note what flavors these were. Other than my usual Oreo lust, obviously.

Sadly, my last phone broke a couple months ago. And with it, many of my pictures disappeared into the digital abyss, including my snapshot of the lovely white chocolate pistachio. So I only have a few pics from the lovely Lizzy's...but that just means you'll have to visit and  find out for yourself!

Other noteworthy things about Lizzy's: select shops in the area carry pints of the good stuff, so you don't ever had to be without ice cream. In addition to ice cream, they sell cakes and other pastries. They also sell their own The Happy Chocolatier candy in the Waltham store. And they host sundae parties. If you have one, don't forget to invite me! :D

Lizzy's is located at 367 Moody Street, Waltham MA. Other locations are in Needham and Cambridge.

Check out past ice cream Friday posts:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WIAW

This blogging train has slowly been chugging back to life. Got a couple of new recipes up recently, started a fun summer "ice cream party" on Fridays, and have been having more fun with my eats lately. And what better way to show some of 'em off than the epic blogging party, better known as What I Ate Wednesday!


I liked putting together last week's post with a hodge podge of meals from the week prior. My breakfasts and lunches often tend to be repeats and that gets so boring to write about/photograph. So, instead let's see what randomness I enjoyed over the last seven days...


Chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes from In A Pickle. AMAZING!


Not quite as amazing but a pretty damn delicious classic combo: bacon and eggs. 


Ribs and pulled pork nachos from Jonny B's at the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party. I went last year too - definite carnivore right here.


A sampler plate from the Aussom Aussie with a rib, pulled pork, and pulled chicken. Holy moly, was their pulled pork gooooooood!


Sweet potato salad! This new summer staple is my favorite thing to come outta my kitchen this week. Grab the recipe here.


My second favorite thing I made all week: a Caprese-style grass fed burger with marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, garden fresh basil, and a lettuce leaf bun. Served with some of that fab sweet potato salad and grilled zucchini...


...and a few Grillo's pickle chips on the side. Love, love, love these pickles


Three cheers for summer produce. A quick and colorful fruit salad makes me happy!


So does a little scoop of ice cream. Om nom nom! I'm not usually a plain vanilla fan but this stuff was pretty good. Tasted ever sweeter when it was on sale and I had a $2 off coupon. Yeah, bargains!


Banryu Ichi, a sake/beer combo from Cambridge Brewing Company. CBC brews their own beer, so it was cool trying some of their stuff and this was was a very interesting but quite tasty combo! Loved the presentation, too. According to their website, "the glass is set inside a Masu, a traditional cedar sake cup." Learn something new everyday!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sweet Potato Salad

My mom makes the absolute best potato salad. Seriously! Hands down. And while I would be happy eating it every single day, I came across a sweet potato salad that just looked delicious and was technically paleo. Especially if you whip up some homemade mayo for the dressing!

Unfortunately, my mayo experiment didn't work too well, so I used an already prepared kind that I found at Whole Foods; it was made with no nasty oils or sugar. I'm still on a mission to make my own mayo - if you have any methods or tips for me, let me know in the comments. I'd greatly appreciate it! :)


Anyway, aside from some veggie chopping, this salad is a quick throw-together side dish and couldn't be simpler. Like any potato salad, it is endlessly versatile so customize the ingredients for your own tastes. 

Sweet Potato Salad
adapted from Natural Noshing

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 small red onion, diced
1 large red pepper, seeded and diced
4 green onions, green & white parts thinly sliced
1/3 cup mayo (homemade or a fresh, paleo-okay kind)
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika would be great here)
3/4 teaspoon cumin
Big dash of cayenne
Salt and black pepper

1. Put sweet potato cubes into a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in a colander and let cool.
2. Once cooled, place potatoes in a large bowl with the red onion, red pepper, and green onions.
3. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients with a whisk. Pour on top of the veggies and thoroughly mix.
4. Serve immediately, though it tastes even better once it has a chance to hang out in the fridge a bit.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Crescent Ridge

Happy official first day of summer!

I'm hoping to talk ice cream every Friday this summer, so swing back each week for the scoop! 
(Haha get it - scoop? Hilarious.)


Now that the gorgeous weather is back, a few trips to Crescent Ridge are certainly in order. Gotta love stepping up to those outdoor ordering windows and ordering a cone. It just screams summer to me.


Man, trying to narrow your selections down is tough - there's over 40 different kinds of ice cream, yogurt, and sherbet just begging to be eaten. I'm a tad obsessed with anything cookie so a big scoop of Oreo or cookie dough typically tops my cone. Luckily my babe is usually game to try something new, so I can sneak a taste of it. ;)


If you are ordering toppings, don't forget that the "chocolate sprinkles" are called jimmies around here. Nothing vexes me more than when people call those sprinkles!! Sprinkles are the rainbow colored things. Thankfully, Crescent Ridge must have this pet peeve too...


After nabbing yourself a cone and some napkins, you can either pull up a seat on a bench or walk around and check out the cows on the property. Moo! Or, head inside and peruse the fresh, hormone-free milk (still in glass bottles!) and meats. The family owned and operated Crescent Ridge even still offers milk delivery service, if you can believe it. And, from the looks of their Facebook page, they've been hosting a farmers market on Saturdays. Clearly, CR has got it going on. So swing on by this summer and indulge a little!


Crescent Ridge is located at 355 Bay Road, Sharon MA.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WIAW

Monday provided much of Massachusetts with an enormous, beautiful rainbow...


I absolutely love rainbows - they are so cool! Honestly, who can be mad when looking at a rainbow? While the pictures don't do it justice, let me assure you that this double rainbow was crazy vibrant and lasted a really long time. It made my day! :)

Alrighty, onto the noms aka the best part. Here's some of my eats from the past week:


Nothing fancy here - egg whites and tomato slices, all topped with salt and black pepper. I was sadly out of avocado. :'( I wish I had an avocado tree.


I realize the skin on this chicken looks rather gross in this pic, but it tasted dece. I marinated the drumsticks in balsamic, evoo, coconut aminos, sriracha, and salt & pepper then baked it all up. Some sweet potato slices on the side and dinner was ready.


Leftover sweet potato and hard boiled eggs for an on-the-go breakfast. I hate being in such a rush in the mornings that I have to eat in my car some mornings but I make do. Gotta eat the most important meal of the day. ;)


First time Nikki's order. Just add a spoon. Ah-maze-ing!!! <3


The skin on this darn Gala apple was SO thick that I had to peel it or I'd still probably be chewing it. And its a well-known fact that apple slices because they taste way better than a whole apple.


(Although is anyone else with me in that Red Delicious apples are awful?!)


Another well known fact: crushed grapes taste better than whole grapes. And wine slush tastes better than regular wine! :)

Happy WIAW! 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Instagrammed


The first batch of the Great Congo Bar Experiment! 

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Monday, June 17, 2013

The easiest recipe you'll ever make

I am a sucker for a good caprese salad. For such a simple dish it sure has a lot of flavor. But for best results, you have to use quality ingredients. And that's why your best bet is to make it during the summer: garden-fresh tomaters!


Thanks to Pinterest, my usual caprese salad has taken a spin. Instead of plating up sloppy slices, I chunked everything up and skewered it all on a toothpick. Easier than slicing, neater to eat, and it makes as much or as little as you need. (Hence why the recipe below has no amounts.)

I promise, there's no way to mess these up. Use whatever tomatoes you want, change up the marinade, throw the cheese into some marinade, add prosciutto, whatever. Just promise me you'll use quality ingredients...and enjoy!


Caprese Salad Bites
inspired from Pinterest 

Tomatoes (cut into rough chunks or use halved grape tomatoes)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
Fresh basil (small leaves or cut larger leaves in half)
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper

1. Marinate your tomatoes in the balsamic, evoo, salt and pepper. 
2. Skewer a piece of tomato, cheese, and basil on a toothpick. 
3. Eat and repeat.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

PaleOMG's Chocolate Maple Crunch Muffins

While I clearly enjoy cooking, baking will always be my first love. It was one of the first kitchen adventures I had as a kid and one of the things my parents would usually sacrifice the kitchen for. Especially my dad because he loved reaping the spoils of my baking sprees. And still does, of course! :)

[ Happy birthday & father's day, Dad!! ]

Nowadays, I try not to bake too often because "its not healthy." (Ugh, I wish I was a kid with a crazy good metabolism again.) On top of that, I try and keep paleo and paleo baking is a bit more finicky. There's just something slightly off the texture of most paleo treats. And I don't mean this in a bad way - all my paleo baking adventures have been tasty thus far! They just usually aren't the same as "normal" baked goods.


But  stop the presses! I found a muffin recipe that blows even non-paleo muffins out of the water. They taste crazy sinful, have the best texture almost like a cupcake, and the topping is (quite possibly) one of the best things I have ever eaten. And of course it comes to us from the paleo queen herself, Juli from PaleOMG.


Chocolate Maple Crunch Muffins

Muffins:
4 very ripe bananas
6 dried dates, pitted
4 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup (Definitely go with Grade B here and in any baking!)
5 heaping tablespoon coconut flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Big sprinkle of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
2. In a large food processor, puree bananas and dates until the dates are completely broken up and mixed in.
3. Add eggs, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup; mix well. 
4. Add coconut flour through salt; mix well. 
5. Fill the 12 cups evenly with batter. Add a heaping tablespoon of topping (recipe below) onto each muffin, spreading around the top.
6. Bake on a middle oven rack for about 30 to 40 minutes. They take awhile since they're pretty wet but start checking every few minutes at around 30 minutes. Overcooked, dry muffins are the worst.
7. Once done, let cool in pan on wire rack for at least 20 minutes. 

Note: I stored mine in the fridge, just because sometimes paleo baked goods get a little funky if left out too long. Don't know if these would. But I DO know that they were great straight from the fridge - a bit fudgy!

Topping:
1 cup mixed nuts, chopped (She used almonds, walnuts, & pecans; so did I and loved the combo)
2 heaping tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup
Big sprinkle of cinnamon
Pinch of salt

1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use in step 5 of the muffin recipe.

Note: Next time I make these muffins, I will definitely double this topping recipe. It is the best part of the muffins and the more, the merrier!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Instagrammed


Think I have enough fats in my kitchen arsenal?? Coconut oil, bacon grease, grass fed butter, and coconut spread...let's get cooking!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let's try this again...

Yes, again!

(Boy, I sure do fall off the blogging wagon in a rather spectacular fashion, huh?)

Anyways, happy WIAW! I haven't done one of these in forever. It is such a fun post to do but I made it into such a chore for myself, between trying to plan out some "fancier" meals to commenting like crazy on others posts. Don't get me wrong, I love leaving you guys some love on your WIAWs, but I was completely stressing myself out about the whole shebang.


In an attempt to take a more casual approach, let's dive into Monday's eats.

After a wonderful Crossfit wod in which I ripped the bejeezus outta my hands, breakfast was indeed required. A couple of egg whites, some steak tips, and mango cubes made me forget about my hands. Temporarily anyway...washing the dishes rather sucked!


Shopping all morning with my mom and Memere worked up quite an appetite, so I scrounged together the most random plate upon arriving home. More steak tips (woo!), a couple of pickles, a slice of cheese, and a tomato salad - smorgasbord lunches rock! 


That evening, my best friend came over for some girl talk and hanging out. It was rainy and we were lazy, so we kept it simple and ordered pizza. Omnomnom, I love me some pizza! No actual pictures of this but here's a funny one just because...


Okay, cool. I banged that post out lickety split and am feeling gooood about the blogging thang. Hopefully I'll see you guys sooner rather than later, aka not in a month!

:)