Monday, October 20, 2014

Salvatore's Restaurants Offer Half Off Entrees for Unplugging

You know - when Salvatore's pizza soaked fruit in alcohol and tossed it atop a pizza I thought they were pretty great.  It was a smooth move, one might even say it was a way to improve the impossible to improve.  Now however, now Im in love with Salvatore's.  

The restaurant group has decided to help us unplug.  Far too often when I'm out I look around and it seems every person is nose down in their phones.  Between the texting, and the face-biz, and the twittering and the instagraming...well- there is a lot going on on those hand held devices.  So starting today, Salvatore's Restaurants is offering a buy one, get one for their entrees every Monday during lunch (12 pm to 3 pm) if their patrons check their phones at the host stand for their meal.  The restaurant will take care of bagging and tagging the phones and then will return them at the end of the meal.  And dont worry if you're dining alone- you'll get 50% off of your entree.  

I gotta say- I applaud Salvatore's for this one.  Meal time is one of the best times to catch up with loved ones, to share stories of the day, and to enjoy the company of those sitting right next to you, or across the table.  Let's join Salvatore's in this movement to unplug, taste our food, and enjoy our companions.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting

Oh it is, with the utmost certainty, that time of year again!  Sure there's the Pumpkin Spice Latte movement, but really this is the time for all things apple, and pumpkin and most importantly - cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves and all spice.  It is the time of year when our baked goods are warm and spicy and bring you right back to those blessed childhood memories of sitting in your mothers kitchen, the first few weeks of the new school year behind you, and the warmth of the oven radiating through the room.   This is the time of year where I crave baking.  All of a sudden every thought is of sweet treats and how much time I carve out to bustle in my kitchen with my music blaring.

This year I have been all about pumpkin cupcakes.  Any and every occasion seems to call for them to be made, and after a few different attempts at finding the right frosting combination I believe I have finally nailed it.  Both recipes I've made exactly true to the recipe-rare for me.  I didn't tweak or change them at all.  The cake is a perfect mix of spices and full pumpkin flavor, mixing the flavors of pumpkin pie with moist cake.  The frosting, sweetened with brown sugar, brings its own twinge of caramelization and down home rustic feel.  Every bite is full of long shadows, filtered sunlight, crunching leaves and the smell of autumn.

Pumpkin Cupcakes from Always with Butter (recipe image from them as well)

Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting via CD Kitchen
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup golden brown sugar, (packed)
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add brown sugar; beat until well blended. 
Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup (scant) at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice concentrate and vanilla. Chill until firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Please Allow Me to Introduce You To....

Feel that chill in the air?  Those leaves are starting to turn...yeah its Fall.  I have already started my fall baking spree, and so much more to come on that, but I wanted to take a moment to talk non food life. 

To state the obvious- I have been remiss in keeping you all abreast of my dining adventures as of late.  I promise I have a good excuse.  In July, I welcomed the most adorable puppy into my life.  Ms. Lucy St. James is a little girl I found on who couldn't be more fun, exciting, or wonderful.  She is a rescue hailing from Memphis, TN.  She and her littermates were pulled from their mommy at a very young age and given out at a local park.  Ms. Lucy had a rough start to her life, but she has been settling into her Boston life quite nicely.  She is the official greeter of our neighborhood, being sure to say hello to every passer by, she has kept the neighborhood from all collecting leaves, and has established a gang of puppy friends.  She keeps me laughing daily.

Now, I will admit, it has not all been fun and games.  Puppy raising is hard, and yet adorable, work.  As my friends may attest, I had some breakdowns in the beginning, as I spent 90% of my day running up and down the stairs to my apartment with her, and then cleaning up her accidents moments after returning home.  There were mishaps with chew toys being ignored and shoes finding a sad demise.  Learning curves as I fed her doggie ice cream, and found that it didn't agree with her stomach...for a week.  Rocks were eaten and fields of grass seemingly consumed.  But then, then there were puppy kisses and contented sighs and ridiculous play times. 

Lucy (Luce Goose) is basically the best thing ever, and now as she and I clean up our act and get on a more sustainable routine, I am back to cooking and baking and eating out.  I can finally see straight as I type on the computer, and I can feel my creative juices flowing. 

Happy fall all, I am stoked to spend it all with you again!

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