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Time to Celebrate!

20 Aug

There are two very important reasons to celebrate this week! First and foremost, it is Cdog and Paul’s 6th Anniversary! And without that anniversary, we wouldn’t be celebrating Monkey’s 2nd birthday!

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Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to the Gentile Family! We love you!

Here is a cake for Camille:

Camille loves hot dogs!

Camille loves hot dogs!

Happy New Year from The Eats!

2 Jan

What a year 2013 was! Cdog had a little bambino, I’ve been planning a wedding, and so many other great things happened along the way! I know I don’t speak for myself when I say we are so blessed with such wonderful friends and family and we are so grateful for your continued support!

I know 2014 will be a fantastic year and can’t wait to see what else it brings!

We love you all! Oh and my resolution is to eat more, drink more, blog more and be merrier!

Happy New Year from Cdog and Me!

 

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P.S. I was in SC for the holiday and I ate so much good (bad for me) food! Chick-fil-A, Zaxby’s, Southern Mexican (Mi Rancho), southern wings, my mom’s cookies, my mom and dad’s cooking! I may have gained a few lbs but it was totally worth it!

National Cake Day!

26 Nov

Guys, it is National Cake Day! I love days like today becuase it allows me to channel my inner fat-kid and talk about the greatness of cake. I am pretty picky about the type of cake I will eat, which is making for some interesting cake tastings for our wedding cake.

Here are a few of my all-time favorite cakes:

Party Favors, Brookline, MA – the buttercream frosting on their cakes is the most sinful thing ever, but it is sooooo good. My sister got me hooked on these cakes and we have one for every Kline/Boucher occasion. In fact, we just had one for our engagement party on Saturday. Check this out…

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I even brought a Party Favors cake with me to South Carolina for my mom’s birthday, several years ago. I took it on the airplane with me and stowed it under the seat.

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Then there are Publix cakes: For those of you that don’t know Publix, it is a grocery store chain in the Southeast region. Not only do they have great cakes, they have an amazing sub-sandwich station. So Publix cake also has butter cream frosting and the cake is extremely moist. I hate that word, but it is the only way to describe the cake. It is just delicious. This cake is from my best friend’s wedding:

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And the last cake I will present is my favorite cake of all time! My mom makes it and yes, it comes from a box and yes, it may be funfetti, but the chocolate frosting she makes is the absolute best. She makes this cake for me each year on my birthday! I can’t remember a birthday that I haven’t had this cake. My mom loves me!

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In honor of National Cake Day, I say, “Let them eat cake!”

November isn’t just about the turkey. Two words: Peanut Butter

7 Nov

November is known for turkey, gravy, mashed taters, tryptophan – or what I like to to call trypto-couch. But did you know that November is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? I bet you did not. According to PeanutButterLovers.com, during November, Americas will eat more than 65 million pounds of peanut butter. That is a TON of sticky roofs of mouths!.

Photo from Southern Peanut's Pinterest Page

Photo from Southern Peanut’s Pinterest Page

Personally, I am a creamy PB fan. I don’t have time for that crunchy stuff. I love PB cups, as you may remember. I love really anything that involves peanut butter. I plan to make something involving Peanut Butter to celebrate my love for the greatness that it is this month. What will you do to celebrate? Here are some ideas from Southern Peanut Growers:

  1. Play – Go ahead, play with your food: Make peanut butter play dough. As loved ones of all ages come together for the holidays, think about making peanut butter play dough for the younger members of the family.
  2. Bake – With its rich and creamy texture, peanut butter is an excellent addition to any indulgent holiday recipe, such as Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding with Maple-Peanut Sauce and Peanut Butter Lover’s Pie. Plus, peanut butter is naturally cholesterol free. This indulgent, healthy combo makes the naughty and the nice list.
  3. Donate – One 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter provides 8 grams of protein, is less than 20 cents per serving and is shelf-stable for up to two years. Making a peanut butter donation is a gift anyone can appreciate. Find a food bank near you.
  4. Gift – Bake it and box it, then put a bow on it. From classic peanut butter cookies to homemade granola bars, peanut butter is an affordable, nutritious and tasty gift for friends and family.
  5. Decorate – Peanut butter cookies are the perfect way to dress up the holidays. The only limit is your own creativity. Try cookies in the shape of fall leaves, reindeer or even Santa. Move the holiday decorating outdoors by adding peanut butter and bird seed to pine cones. 

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More recipes are available at www.peanutbutterlovers.com. Follow Southern Peanut Growers’ FacebookTwitter and Pinterest accounts for #PBLove inspiration all month long.

I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!

The Best Christmas Treat – Peppermint Bark

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So it’s been a while since we’ve written. Sorry for that. Both Kteb and I are off in our own little adventures. Anyway onto more important matters…the next best Christmas treat.

This year for Christmas we stayed in New England and visited the Love Muffin’s family. I wanted to make some extra cookies and treats to share with the 25+ family members. I decided that I would try my hand at peppermint bark. I’ve read recipes over and over and seen it on trays and in little goodie gift bags, but never made it on my own. So thanks to Pinterest I reviewed a few different recipes and decided to move forward with one of my own.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Unwrap all of the candy canes and place them into a large plastic bag. 
  2. After all of the candy canes are unwrapped, take your rolling pin or meat mallet and hammer away. It’s worth noting that the candy canes did pierce the bag in places so make sure you do this on a surface that can get dirty. I did it over a wooden cutting board.
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  3. After the candy canes are broken begin working with the chocolate. Fill your double boiler with a little bit of water (about 2-3 inches) and turn your stove burner on medium. Allow the double boiler to warm for a few minutes before adding the first bag of chocolate chips.
  4. While the double boiler is heating cover the baking sheet with one seamless piece of foil, set aside.
  5. Once the double boiler is ready (2-3 minutes) add two bags of chocolate chips and allow them to melt slowly. Stir with a heat resistant rubber spatula. After the chocolate is melted take 1/2 cup of the broken candy cane and pour it into the chocolate. Stir until all of the candy cane is incorporated into the chocolate.
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  6. Pour the mixture onto the foiled pan. Spread as evenly as possible. The bark will probably be any where from an eighth of an inch to a fourth of an inch thick.
  7. Cover the melted chocolate with the remaining crushed peppermint and refrigerate to set.
  8. After the bark has set (30-45 minutes) remove from fridge and break apart into pieces of your liking.

The bark should be stored in a cool, dry place and will keep for up to two weeks (if you can make it stay that long!).

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Finished Product! Enjoy!

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~cdog

Oh Easter Candy, How I Love Thee

6 Apr

Easter is here! Finally! That means a lot of things to a lot of people (springtime, sunshine, long church services), but let’s be real, for many Easter means CANDY! Delicious, delicious candy. And in my estimation we have this little guy to thank:

Yes, the great, all powerful, all knowing, Cadbury Bunny. Below I have listed, in no particular order my most favoritest Easter candy and why they are awesome. Leave a comment with your favorite candy or why you think I might be wrong (just kidding, I’m never wrong).

Cadbury Cream Eggs

I read recently that there are actually people who don’t like Cadbury Cream Eggs. Who are you and what are you thinking? These are by far one of the best Easter treats ever created. I love everything from the pre-decorated egg chocolate coating, to the pretend yolk cream center. It’s good that they sell these individually, otherwise I’d have to eat the whole package (and fight the Love Muffin off in the process).

To. Die. For.

Peanut Butter Cup Eggs

I think most of you know the love that Kteb and I share for PB Cups. During the Easter season, it is no different and perhaps even better as Peanut Butter Cup
Eggs are bigger than a normal PB Cup. Mmmmm, I could go for one right now! I think we can all send Reese’s a big THANK YOU!

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Peeps

Oh Peeps! I think that the Peeps company is sort of ruining these formerly Easter-only marshmallow treats. I prefer the chicks to the bunnies and like to eat them tail first. What? Don’t pretend you don’t have an order in eating these things!

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Butterfinger Eggs

I love these little beauties because unlike regular Butterfingers these do not get stuck in your teeth! They are also the perfect combo of chocolate to crispety-crunchy center! Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger eggs!

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Cadbury Mini Eggs

Can we start a slow clap here people? Cadbury Mini Eggs deserve a round of applause. I do not know what Cadbury does to these little candy-coated, chocolate eggs, but it is like they are laced with crack. Once you open the bag you just can’t stop eating them!

Mini-Eggs! Oh Cadbury, you had me at hello!

Crunch Eggs

Nestle Crunch bars were one of my most favorite candy bars as a kid. Although, I think my brother takes the cake with his love for Crunch. Again, these eggs just bring the right amount of crunch, chocolate and rice cereal. Love em!

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And there you have it my friends! Now you may be wondering why there are no jelly beans on this list. Here is why, I can’t stand them. I hate candy that sticks in your teeth (with the exceptions of Starbursts and licorice). I also got jelly beans one year in my basket and it just so happened to be the year that I got a cavity. I’m blaming the jelly beans. Thanks but no thanks, I’ll stick with chocolate.

With all of this said, both Kteb and I wish you a very Happy Easter! May the bunny bring you all the candy your heart desires!

~Cdog

Wings: It’s What’s for the Super Bowl (and other things)

2 Feb

According to the National Chicken Council‘s 2012 Wing Report, Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend – totaling more than 100 million pounds of wings. That’s like music to my ears. Another fun fact – “If the wings were laid end-to-end they would circle the circumference of the Earth- more than twice – a distance that would reach approximately a quarter of the way to the moon.” How about them apples… er wings.

In case you didn’t know, I love chicken wings and so does Cdog. My favorite wings is one that has a lot of meat on it and is like on fire hot. The hotter the better. I also like to dip my wings in ranch dressing (no chunky, nasty bleu cheese for me).

If I had an overactive metabolism, I would eat wings every single day, but I don’t, so I can’t. However, this weekend being the Super Bowl and all (GO PATS!), I have the opportunity to eat wings! Thanks to Cdog and Love Muffin I will get to indulge in some wings that will surely compete with some of the best around Beantown.

4 days until I get to have wings and 4 days until I get to watch the Pats crush the Giants.

What’s your favorite flavor/type of wing? Where can you get the best wings ever? I’m always in search of the best wings!

And in case you are looking for some drink recipes… check out the cleverly named recipes (after the jump) from the mixologist crew at William Grant & Sons.

– Kteb & Cdog

New England Tea Party

2 parts Bols Sweet Tea

1 part fresh lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled teacup. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Picture Courtesy of William Grant & Sons


The Super Bowl

1 part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

1 part Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

1 part Earl Grey Tea

1 part simple syrup

¾ part fresh lemon juice

1 part dry, sparkling white wine

Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl over block ice.  Stir to chill and incorporate.  Garnish with lemon footballs*.

*To create lemon footballs, cut the lemon along its body to create ovoid slices.
4th & 1

-Peel 4 Lemons

-1 part sugar in the raw

-2 part black currant tea

-1 part fresh lemon juice

-2.5 part Sailor Jerry Rum

-1.5 par canadian blended whiskey

Add lemon peels, sugar in the raw, juice, tea and spirits slowly into punch bowl. Add ice and slowly stir ingredients. Keep punch chilled and serve over ice.

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