Thursday Link Rodeo

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

Hosted by avocado.

Image from The Kitchn

Image from The Kitchn

1. Eggs Baked in Avocado Cups from Serious Eats.
2. Classic Guacamole from Brie here at Qwerty. (This stuff is dangerous – I can’t stop eating it until it is gone!)
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding from Minimalist Baker. (Sounds a little weird, but wow! So creamy!)
4. Avocado Breakfast Toast from Refinery29
5. 30 Reasons to Buy an Avocado Tonight: Recipes, Tips, & Tricks from The Kitchn.

Which tasty recipes have you happened upon this week?

Quick & Easy Meals for When You’ve Thrown Your Back Out

For the first time in my life, I completely threw my back out. I thought I had done it previously – you know, “Ouchie! My back sure smarts! I guess I’ll pop some Advil and lay low for a few hours.”

This was nothing like that.

I have been barely able to walk, let alone sit up, for the past two weeks. Ice, heat, muscle relaxants, lots of Alleve, careful stretching, massage – not a dent in it for the first week. I’m just now finally able to get around without stiffly step-falling between the furniture that I was using to support myself, but it’s more of a careful swaying than actually putting one foot in front of the other.

Being barely able to move has made eating, not to mention cooking, a major challenge.

Thankfully, I am great at improvising.

Here are some recommendations for quick and easy meals if you ever find yourself almost completely unable to leave your bed!

The last piece of fruit on the counter.


This overripe banana was just a delight, minus the really mushy bits. Prep time: 1 minute or less, depending on how long it takes you to peel it.

Leftover Halloween candy.


And candy canes, of course. Bonus: excellent calorie density, though the sugar rush may leave you feeling a bit woozy when this is the only thing you’ve eaten for the day.

The stale end of the bread one of your roommates left out.


It’s either that, or the moldy danish you found by the toaster.

So much delivery food. 


Please god, I hope I don’t drop my wallet on the floor. The floor is dead to me.


When it comes to what you can make and eat, the world really is your delicious oyster (the parts of it that are between waist-height and however high you can reach without passing out from the pain)!

And, when everything you can reach has been consumed and money for delivery food has run out, you can rely on the people you love to bring you things.

Unless they’re not home at the moment. Or they’re sleeping.



In all seriousness, it has been really rough these past two weeks. But I am so lucky to have the support of my wonderful Mark and some really excellent friends & family. I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I didn’t have people like them to help me out or if I still had to commute to an office for work. (Which is why we need to support this and other measures like it: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave.)

Hoping to get back to bringing you actual recipe posts soon. XOXO!

Thursday Link Rodeo

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

Hosted by Brussels sprouts.

Brussels Gratin Image from Simply Recipes

Brussels Gratin Image from Simply Recipes

1. Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts from me here at Qwerty!
2. Brussels Sprouts Chips from The Kitchn.
3. Brussels Sprouts Gratin from Simply Recipes.
4. Cranberry Orange Brussels Sprouts Slaw from Recipe Runner.
5. 11 Ways to Eat Brussels Sprouts from Serious Eats.

Which tasty recipes have you happened upon this week?

Fresh Mint Tea



I managed to throw my back out last week (way to start feeling old!). As a result, I have been kind of mopey and in need of some comfort food. We’re pretty fond of comfort food around here (have you seen this?), but it doesn’t always have to be full of fat, carbs, cheese, and really, calories.



That’s where fresh mint tea comes into play for me. It takes the edge off of the cold weather we’ve been having, throws some color into my life, and is simultaneously comforting and refreshing.

It’s also ridiculously easy, and I happened to have some mint leftover from the weird-looking strawberry pie I made the other day.

So – let’s make some tea.

First, go get a bunch of fresh mint (usually available in the veggie aisle at your local supermarket).

Next, tear it to pieces and put it into two medium-large mugs.

Then, pour in some boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes.

There ya go! There’s your tea!

Okay, fine, you CAN add some honey if you’d like. But it’s already pretty sweet. I swear. :)

You can also serve it hot or let it sit awhile in the fridge and serve it cold. Either way, it is delicious.



Soup Weather

As luck would have it, I somehow managed to get a cold right before needing to start my new semester of classes.

All I’ve wanted to do is lay in bed, watch Friends on Netflix, and eat soup (without having to get up and make it for myself). These things being the exact opposite of everything productive that needed to happen this weekend, I figured I would do a quick roundup of Qwerty’s delicious soups.

These recipes are perfect for the cold, or if like me, you’ve got one.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup


Bacon Potato Cheddar Soup


French Onion Soup


Corn Chowder in Bread Bowls


Thursday Link Rodeo

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

Hosted by grapefruit.

Image from Blogging Over Thyme

Grapefruit Mojitos Image from Blogging Over Thyme

1. Grapefruit Honey Ginger Soda from The Kitchn
2. Six Grapefruit Cocktails to Get You Through Winter from Serious Eats.
3. Grapefruit Brulee from Food Network.
4. Grapefruit Mojitos from Blogging Over Thyme.
5. 13 Grapefruit Recipes from Brit + Co.

Which tasty recipes have you happened upon this week?

Strawberry Pie: Take 1


Have I been on a pie kick lately? I feel like I’ve been on a pie kick lately.

Being on a pie kick, you’d think that baking one would go smoothly for me.




Anyway. I managed to make a tasty strawberry pie, but it took some improvising. And it didn’t look the way I wanted.

I had imagined a pile of shiny red juicy beautiful strawberries covered in a clear glaze. Just bursting with color and vitality and deliciousness.

I got the deliciousness down, but ended up with more of a strawberry gel.


The good news is that it is still tasty, and it’s a good way to hide a batch of berries that aren’t particularly pretty looking. My boyfriend gobbled down multiple pieces in one sitting.

When in doubt, just drown it in whipped cream*.


*Does not work with parenting or house fires.

Here’s what went wrong:

1) The recipe I was working off of said that corn starch plus sugar plus water = clear glaze. This was not the case for me – I ended up with a definitely gelled, but definitely white liquid.

2) Said recipe also said to mash the strawberries. My masher kept slipping off of the berries and even attempting to squish them between my fingers didn’t work (they weren’t very ripe). So I threw them in a food processor instead. (Hence the gel-like consistency of the pie).

3) The instructions said to line the bottom of the pie with strawberries, then pour the filling over them. I did this, expecting the berries to rise. They didn’t.

4) Because the berries didn’t rise, I felt the need to put more strawberries on top – to look pretty. Then I ran out of strawberries and had to dig into a box of raspberries.

None of these issues have anything to do with flavor, thankfully. But we all know that it feels disappointing to be aiming for a pretty dish and end up with something… less than.

In any case, if you’re interested in a tasty, yet iffy looking pie of your own, I still thought I’d include the recipe below. Enjoy!

Strawberry Pie Take 1
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 6 slices
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1½ pounds strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pre-baked pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Mint for garnish (optional, but kinda pretty)
  1. If your strawberries are pretty ripe and mashable, mash about half of them and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, whisk together the water, sugar, and corn starch and keep stirring until very warm. (2 minutesish).
  3. Now stir in mashed strawberries and keep stirring until the mixture is very thick (5 minutes or so).
  4. Pour into pre-baked pie shell.
  5. Arrange remaining strawberry slices over the top for decoration.
  6. Chill in the fridge until firm.
  7. Top with whipped cream and mint (optional).
  8. Serve and enjoy!



Stuffing Waffles – A Meal Idea

This last gathering of the Qwerty minds might have given me my new favorite dinner ever.


The menu was crafted around the delicious idea (that’s been hanging over our head since Thanksgiving) of “stuffing-waffles”.

And whaddya know? Stuffing isn’t just for Thanksgiving; they sell it all year round, and it’s still just as tasty!

I took the easy way out and used a couple of boxes of Stove Top Pork Stuffing, and put about 1/3 cup sized scoop in each square of my waffle iron. So incredibly scrumptious.


To complete the meal I topped the stuffing-waffle with a scoop of garlicy and buttery mashed potatoes and a rich brown gravy.


And plated it with heaping portions of my classic meatloaf and some steamed broccoli.


Brandie was then the most amazing Brandie ever and made us warm and fresh Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding for dessert.


The combination of the hearty meatloaf, creamy potatoes, crisp yet soft stuffing (with perfect little holes to hold the gravy), and the chocolaty heaven of the bread pudding was enough to put me in a food coma for another month.


Happy New Years (Eve) from Us All

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun New Years Eve and a bountiful and fulfilling 2015.

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Much love to you from all of us here at the Qwerty Cafe family.