Yum… bread. And cheese. My two favorite things smooshed together. This french bread pizza is the absolute easiest thing. I made it over the summer when I realized I had a pack of pizza sauce, but wasn’t really feeling like normal pizza. Kyle and I loved it (I judge how much Kyle likes something by how much he eats – he ate almost a whole half). I have a Halloween potluck coming up and I’m debating between bringing something like this or cupcakes…
This weekend I hopped in the car and took the too-long trip to visit my boyfriend, Kyle. We spent most of the weekend just relaxing, doing homework, and catching up with friends (I somehow got convinced to watch the “Breaking Bad” finale, even though I’ve only seen the first 2 episodes of season 1…) However, we took a quick break during the day on Saturday and decided to hit up a local bakery and cafe downtown.
Hello my lovely friends! I know this recipe might sound odd, but I’m begging you – give it a shot. It’s cheap, easy, and much healthier than regular brownies. With no flour, they are extremely fudgey and it’s difficult to eat just one.
It’s the start of a new school year for me. In between preparing lesson plans, attending meetings, and getting ready for my own classes; I attended a potluck on Friday to welcome the new Anthropology graduate students. I brought these black bean brownies and received around 10 compliments (no lies) and they were gone within 15 minutes (again, no lies). Perhaps these flew off the plate so quickly because anthropologists are known to be adventurous and willing to try new dishes. However, I encourage you to put these together and take them to a potluck – I bet you can get a few people to eat them without noticing anything odd before you tell everyone that black beans are in the batter.
Isn’t this the most gorgeous cake? Kyle keeps remarking that it looks as if I painted flowers on it. Believe it or not, this cake is extremely easy to make (although it does make quite a few dishes). It’s fun and people will be very impressed with your baking ability; even though the cake mix comes from a box!
I decided to bake this cake last week for a friend, Mike, leaving town. He’s going all the way to Arizona to start his graduate school career (I’m always incredibly impressed by how many intelligent people I’m friends with). Mike and his girlfriend Méch are people that Kyle and I hang out with all the time and I’m sad that 1/4 of our group is leaving us for one of my favorite states! I baked the cake and Kyle added some frosting decorations as best he could… (see below!)
I’m alive! I’m alive! Yes, if you can believe it – I’m still cooking! I’ve been living with my boyfriend Kyle this summer and we don’t have internet at his place (we’re cheap and we decided it would force us to read more). So, blogging and other internet things have gone downhill!
Summer has been going lovely, but I don’t understand how it’s already August. It’s gone too quickly! Although when Iook back, I do realize I’ve done a ton (see https://dirtanddesserts.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/summer-update/ for a reminder). This week was fairly relaxed, going out with friends, working, studying Spanish, and reading in free time. I went home recently and my mom gave me some fresh produce from her garden, which included tomatoes and basil. Inspired by the simplicity of fresh produce, Kyle and I made an easy pizza. (Plus – I had been missing Italy, so this was almost as good!)
I shouldn’t do blog posts when I’m hungry. I want to eat all the cookies. I’ve been gone for quite awhile from blogging because things have been crazy on my end! First of all – I finished up with finals and my first year of graduate school. It seemed nearly impossible at times and I questioned whether it was a mistake often, but I survived and overall, I’m happy. I have an overwhelming amount of work in front of me, but I’ve started, which is something.
Besides finishing up my first two semesters, I found out that I’ll be teaching all next year. HOORAH! FUNDING! No one (minus perhaps my parents) realize what a relief this is for me. I’ve been worrying about it a ton and filling out so many applications and I finally got a position that I think I’m going to be incredibly happy with! It’ll be tons of work, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. After finals and celebrating my new position, I headed out for a week with Kyle. It went crazy quick (like it always does), but I got to spend a lot of time with close friends which was a great destresser from school. I’m at home now for a friends wedding this weekend (first time as a bridesmaid!) before heading to Europe for a couple weekends! I’m starting to get excited, but it honestly hasn’t hit me that I’m going on vacation and not back to school! After that, it’s fieldwork then back to work! It seems like I have so much to do in such a short summer. However, I’m looking forward to cooking and baking in my free time and what says summer more than s’mores?!
The semester is ending and I’ve got tons to do! I have a 20 page paper due on Thursday, but I’ve got 16 pages written, so I’m not too concerned. But it’s my big project this weekend – to finish writing and editing. That and working! I worked from 8-10 last night (not the most convenient time…) and I work from 4-9ish today! But besides all this work – I had a pretty wonderful morning. A couple friends and I went to the farmer’s market (the first one outside this year)! We arrived a bit late, so there wasn’t too much to purchase. However, this didn’t stop me from getting a succulent (sadly, one of my plants I’ve had for 4 years finally bit the dust and needs to be replaced) and a thing of homemade honey.
I also bought the most delicious kolache! This past week I got a $50 parking ticket (yuck), but in a somewhat-lucky fashion, my friend Jeff got one too. Following his advice, we went to the parking center and thankfully the tickets were cleared. Because I have more important things to spend my money on. Like alcohol. And socks. Anyway… back to food. To celebrate, Jeff suggested we go to this wonderful little bakery. I ordered the kolache and oh my goddddddd dead. dead. dead. dead. So freakin’ delicious! The bakery (Sweet Claires, for all you Bloomington folks) was at the farmer’s market and I got the same exact thing! It’s ridiculous how much food can make me happy. In case you were wondering, kolache is this savory bun with soy chorizo, goat cheese, and spinach inside. (Of course, there are other flavors too – I’m just addicted to this one.)
I was so excited when I saw this cauliflower in my vegetable bin. I had bought it for Kyle and I to eat over the weekend, but had completely forgot about it! On Monday when I opened up the fridge, wondering what I was going to eat this week I found my beautiful, lovely cauliflower! Who knew vegetables would one day make me so excited?
I had tried a recipe like this before and didn’t love it. There was too much breading and sauce. However, after playing around with it, I think I’ve found the perfect combination. As someone who loves wings, but tries to eat healthy, this stuff is delicious! Continue reading
Do you know what I’m not doing tonight? Work. I’m done. I had a long day – work at my lab from 9-2, class from 2:30-4, meeting from 4-5, osteology lab from 5-6, and grocery shopping from 6-7. I’m tired of working. I’m laying in bed, blogging. And no one will stop me. (I may even eat some chocolate kisses – getting wild over here!)
I’m awake early. Earlier than I’m usually awake on the weekends. I adore sleep. I wish I could be one of those people who thinks “you can sleep when you’re dead!” and fight to stay awake each moment. But… I’m not. I love snuggling up in my blanket and reading a good book until I pass out. I actually just finished my “for fun” book (which I only allow myself to read before bed) and I wasn’t too impressed. May write a post about it once I collect my thoughts, or you may have to live in suspense forever.
Anyway. Bread. Yes, we were talking about bread, weren’t we? Whenever people ask me, “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?” I usually answer bread. or cheese. or créme brûlée. Bread is perfect in its simplest form (no.. not white sliced bread from the grocery store) or more complex. My ma made this while I was home over break and I probably ate half of the loaf. The recipe is incredibly easy (for some reason, having to let bread rise intimidates me) and doesn’t require any special supplies. If you’re a new bread maker and are slightly intimidated (like me) you should give it a try. Continue reading