Posted in August 2012

Dad Dates: Thai Flavors

Dad Dates: Thai Flavors

I have been on a Thai kick lately. I just can’t get enough of it. This time, my dad and I had a few joiners to our normal weekly lunch date: My brother and sister-in-law. My criteria for choosing our destination was something Asian. After doing a bit of research, I went with Thai Flavors … Continue reading

Friday Funs

My Friday Funs have been few and far between this summer. Too many fun things have taken place that I haven’t had time to post about them! For this past week, there were a lot of positives, but I’ll keep it at five, as promised 🙂 Nik & Rachel. My brother and sister-in-law have been … Continue reading

My Perfect Pizza

My Perfect Pizza

After paroozing my past blog posts, I realized I make pizza a lot. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. Pizza is a blank slate. You can literally throw anything onto a good crust and it turns out delicious (most of the time. Well, last night was one of those nights.  I wanted … Continue reading

Restaurant Week: Baru 66

Restaurant Week: Baru 66

I love Des Moines for a lot of reasons…and one of those reasons is the great local restaurants. While we don’t have as many as, say, Minneapolis, KC, or Omaha, the ones we do have are absolutely amazing. Alba, Cafe di Scala, any of George Formaro’s restaurants…they can hold their own with any top restaurant … Continue reading

Mexican Fiesta: Steak Tacos

Max and I had a very uncommon weekend — no plans! — and decided to take advantage of it and stay home allll day Saturday. We capitalized on the beautiful weather by taking Calvin on the three-mile loop at Raccoon River park, and then prepared for a delicious Mexican fiesta at our apartment with my … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Pots de Crème

Um, yum. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at pots de crème ever since I worked at Django and ordered their chocolate pots de creme nightly after my shifts…so close to three years later, I finally tried my luck. After burning my hand in steam and dropping one of the pots in the water … Continue reading

Veggie-Stuffed Portobellos

Veggie-Stuffed Portobellos

After Max and I’s less-than-healthy weekend — which involved a sampling of just about every deep-fried appetizer El Bait Shop had to offer (see below, so good) — we needed a bit of food detox throughout the week. We had quite a few fresh veggies lying around, so I sifted through my recipe book and … Continue reading

Healthy Chicken Strips

Healthy Chicken Strips

Yes, you read that correctly. HEALTHY chicken strips. I’m still a bit of a child when it comes to what I like to eat, and chicken strips is up there on my favorites list. So when I came across a recipe in Fitness magazine a few years ago for “healthy” chicken strips, I figured it … Continue reading

MIA — July Update

MIA — July Update

Wow, July was nuts…and because of that, my blog has been seriously neglected. So to kick off August, I decided to get my blog back up and running. For those of you who have been desperately checking my blog hoping for a new post, let me refresh you with a few key events that happened … Continue reading