April 27, 2018

So we've established my matcha obsession in an earlier post. I love matcha in just about every form I've encountered it. 

And guys, I'll admit it. I have a great weakness for puppy chow. I'm not sure what it is about that stuff, but I had it for the first time in high school and have been mildly obsessed ever since. I hardly ever let myself make it, but it's full-on gorging when I do. 

So what better, methought, than to combine...

April 17, 2018

Just a quick post today. It's been quite a week full of travel and busyness, so I've slacked off here rather terribly. My apologies! 

In penance, here is one of my favorite cocktail recipes I've put together this past year. This is one of the cocktail trifecta I created for Aaron's birthday party back in January (all the details on that over at this post!

I had wanted to try infusing bourbon for awhile and this seemed to be th...

For the degree I'm obsessed with taro currently, it's a bit surprising that I've only known it existed for about a year now. My college roommate came to visit us on her way to Turkey last year and we took her to one of our favorite places for dinner - Santouka ramen. It's a small, counter-serve restaurant nestled in the food court of Mitsuwa, the Japanese grocery store in our area that I've referenced before. It's probably one...

I remember being jealous beyond reason of my childhood friends for one particular delicacy they were allowed to consume. No, not the candy bars and Happy Meals (though let's be honest, those were definitely the runners up for Little Whitney). This was no mere junk food. This was dessert magic. Toy food. Entertainment on a plate. Pure Joy.

Clearly I was exactly the target demographic of their marketing campaigns, because nothing...

March 20, 2018

It's been a bit of a hectic week, so today will just be a quick post. But I wanted to keep up the Sober Tuesday tradition since there are only two more left in Lent! Granted I can keep them up after that too, but Lent was the premise, so Lenten mocktails you shall get.

I've always loved mint. When I was little, I saw my mom doing a lot of gardening so I of course wanted my own garden too. Like you do. So she told me I could hav...

March 16, 2018

I heard some statistic a few months back that referenced how a ridiculously high percentage of people who listed “guacamole” in their online dating profiles ended up either being contacted more frequently or some other measure of a “good success rate” in such things. Which made me at the same time crack up that this was something a study measured, but also double think whether I’d listed that on my own when Aaron and I met. (I...

March 13, 2018

So today's post is a "guest recipe" if you will. This manhattan cocktail inspired cup o' coffee is an Aaron original.

While we were dating, there was a coffee shop in Indianapolis we frequented that served cocktail-esque coffee creations, one of which was a cold brew manhattan. We were dating long distance for our entire relationship, so with all the driving back and forth on weekends, we definitely consumed more than our fair...

Guys. I did it. I finally made a cake for no reason at all, which means I could cut out a slice and photograph it without being crippled by the thought of serving a party cake with a missing slice. I realize this is pretty much a non-accomplishment, but I was very proud of myself and walked around with a shiny glow of success all afternoon.

When I was growing up, my mom worked part time coordinating a two-week summer exchange p...

There are few things I love more than a nice, tart lemon curd. The trouble often is, while you can get some quite good store-bought brands, they're inevitably just too sweet for me. I realize this is mostly because I have a fairly low sweetness tolerance, but there it is. But in my defense, everyone I've served this to has said it's far and away better than what they've had from stores. Plus, it reminds me of our lemon meringu...

February 27, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants is a fancy taco joint about a mile from our apartment. We've been going there for years - in fact we went to A Toda Madre for dinner the night Aaron proposed. This may have been strategic because I defy you to be anything but amenable after feasting on a platter of these pork belly tacos...

In addition to serving the Tacos of Heaven, they also serve my favorite fruit-based cocktail in existence:...

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