When I say that this thing tastes like a brownie, heavens-to-Betsy, I mean it. It’s a fantastic alternative to the traditional brownie, except there’s no butter, no flour, tons of antioxidant dark chocolate and brain-friendly walnuts making it super okay to eat for breakfast, second breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a confirmed and admitted choco-holic, […]


Hand pies have punt-kicked, Alabama slammed traditional pies in the great Hand Pie vs Have to Use Fork and Plate Pie Debate of ’13 (it is the internet, we could make this a real thing…). For me the kicker is the filling to crust ratio, the crunch and flakey pastry that surrounds the gelatinously tart […]


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Breakfast: 38¢ 1/5 of ginger root in hot water: 8¢ 1/5 bag of bulk flour: 10¢ 1 banana: 12¢ 1 egg: 8¢ Lunch: 40¢ Ramen: 20¢ 1/5 bag of frozen veg: 20¢ Dinner: 58¢ 2 eggs: 16¢ 1/5 bag lentils: 20¢ 1/4 cup brown rice: 10$ 1 banana, seared: 12¢ total for the day: $1.36


I never really realized how much I snack during the day, until today. I think lack sugar will be the kicker. Energy level depleted by 0900, Captain. Breakfast: 38¢ 1/4 inch slice of ginger in hot water 8¢ broke down and had some free community office kitchen coffee 0¢ Pancake: 1 egg 8¢ 1/5 bag of […]


Night Before Day 1: Yep. I’m going to give it a whirl. No spending $7.50 on one lunch for one day, this $7.50 is for the whole week, baby. Stepping out of the fuzzy, nice comfort zone always leads to great new ideas, feeling and knowledge you didn’t have before. And I’m excited. Especially as […]


Sriracha sauce remains to scare me. It’s still a new territory. Hot, spicy territory. And until I can flag that territory as conquered, tame land, it feels like Russian Roulette every time I use it. Will my mouth die by way of chili garlic sauce? Will my stomach give me the formidable finger later on? […]

Fake Cheese Blog | Mussels

Below is the meal that has put me in a tailspin to recreate it. We’z got close, people. We’z got really, really close. About two years ago I met up with a best friend in Ireland who was studying in England (don’t throw up just yet, I promise to not go into a brag-atory recount of […]


The added stringy, gooey, hot cheese in these pancakes is delightful. I come from a cheese family. We are suckers for the salty gooey rich stuff and we will take anything from Velveeta to class-act Brie. We were lucky to come from a made-from-stratch mentality (I did just mention the V-word…author credibility is hanging by […]


There are light and sugar-free options available, and I’m sure they are delicious and bring on less guilt. HOWEVER, in Mad Libs style, not getting full-on REAL ice cream at Central Dairy is like going to a “       (noun)      “  for  “      (something ridiculous)      “. What’s the point? […]


This is a funky pizza. For those passionate about cabbage and blue cheese you know what kind of funk I’m talking about. And we know that this funk is delicious. It’s salty, potent and rich. I am a former blue cheese protester (for certain allergenic reasons…) but gorgonzola is one that’s mild enough to where […]


So, it’s the end of March. Let me repeat. It’s the end of March. And this is what I woke up to Sunday. I more than welcome the snow. And with our notoriously thorough local news, we were well prepared for Snowmageddon Part Deux. Knowing this would probably be winter’s last hur-rah, I turned that oven on! Baking […]


I’m going to be missing winter. Being a bear at heart I thrive during the hibernation months in Missouri. So, I must wave with a reluctant ‘au revoir’ to sweet, bundled up Lord of the Rings marathons and welcome with an awkward, ‘heeeeeeeeeeey…’ swamp-level humidity. Is there NO ‘comfortable’ anymore?! There is plus side, however, and that […]


The Go Gyro Go truck was close. So close. Too close to pass up. I suited up with mittens and coat, hauled my bottom out of the office and braved the 20 degree weather to get one. Background: it’s part of my personal decree that gyros are one of the most perfect foods around. It is […]


“Don’t be scared of truffles,” I told someone today. “Be scared of the fact that they are so easy to make.” Same time elsewhere in my mind: “Be scared of too much booty in the pants. Be scared that no one will be able to have decent conversations with you anymore because you have entered […]


Above is what you want the cream to look like for the first straining. You’ll start whipping, it will turn all nice and fluffy like a proper whipped cream, but ignore your instincts to stop. Let it keep working. The curds will begin to form and the buttermilk will separate. When it gets to this […]


This flavor combo originally came from a pie recipe. It was good, but not a jump up and down favorite. I have a hard time enjoying pies with traditional crust. I end up leaving most of it behind in favor for just the filling–you know…like a five year old. But the flavor of the pie […]


  This soup is the king of custom. Don’t like broccoli? Add cauliflower. Despise sweet potatoes (I’d like to meet this person), substitute with Yukons. The only requirements are veggies and stock and the rest is completely up to you. I do suggest keeping the garlic and onions for deepening your flavors, and I do […]


Fresh Ginger Ice Cream 9 egg yolks 4 cups 2% milk 2 cups heavy cream 1.5 cups of sugar 1 cup of chopped ginger In a pot, mix milk, cream, sugar and ginger. Over medium heat, stirring often, until it just begins to bubble. In a separate bowl, whip egg yolks until combined.  Take about […]


Completely Sauced is the ragin’ cajun of STL food trucks. Below is the jumbo shrimp Po Boy, and I must declare that the shrimp (buried underneath that confetti of creamy slaw) was perfectly cooked. Truck man did good. And spicy?! Lawd, please. It buttered my biscuit.   Don’t judge the jambalaya by this half eaten presentation, […]


What you’ll need: Lager: Pabst BR, Kräftig, Carlsberg, etc. This is your base so keep it clean and simple in flavor. Hard Cider: I recommend Magners or Strongbow. Because you’re adding a syrup you don’t want the final product overly sugary. So stay away from ciders in the Woodchuck family. Black Currant Syrup: This is […]


We hardly ever had junk food in the house. It’s where, I think, my cravings for all things sweet reduce down to. Forbidden candies that came in oversized boxes that I got to indulge in on at the movies or sleepovers with friends. Mom made almost all meals from scratch, and the sweet things we did […]


Roasted Garlic & Cilantro Yogurt Sauce . 1 head of garlic 1 Tablespoon olive oil handful of fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups Greek Yogurt . Preheat oven to 375 F * Take head of garlic and remove as much of the loose papery skin that naturally seems to want to come off. Cut […]


A snowballing conversation at work led to this combination. These are good. *Cough* Oh my god. Are you okay? Throat’s on fire. I’m fine…WOOO! You know, these would be good on top of a salad. (somewhere in the distance) Ooooooo! Encrusted on a steak! Yeah! In a cookie! … … Forget it.  ………………….. Not giving up […]


………………….. There are a lot of great things going on here. First, great chewy bread toasted just enough (don’t you hate it when bread is so hard it hurts to eat, making it a total wet blanket?). Second, substantial thick juicy fish seasoned very well. Grouped third, salty tangy sauce, crunchy slaw and a nice […]


Eton Mess is something I keep seeing everywhere and when I finally looked at the ingredients I realized that I have had Eton Mess before at family birthdays just not as mess, but in the form of delicate meringue cups filled with a layer of whipped cream topped with macerated strawberries. When I realized that […]


.. .. .. Ricotta Pancakes with Strawberries 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar pinch of salt 3/4 cup milk 3 eggs, separated 1/2 teaspoon vanilla . . Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl mix egg yolks, ricotta, milk, vanilla. Beat […]


. . This salad is more sweet than savory, with fresh cold grapes bursting with sweet juice and tiny tart cranberries bringing a different sort of sweetness. The nice helping of feta and meaty crunch of walnuts brings a heartiness that leaves you feeling full and good about yourself. . Scotty’s is a great stop […]

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