Thursday’s Link Rodeo

Welcome to our Link Rodeo! It’s roundup of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Hope you enjoy!

Can you tell that I am *really* craving sweets right now? HIT ME WITH SOME SUGAR.


1. 10 Coolest Summer Pudding Recipes via Yahoo Food.
2.  18 Reasons to Buy a Watermelon at This Exact Moment via Food Republic.
3. Lemon Curd Layer Cake via Serious Eats.
4. Go to Carb Heaven with these 12 Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes via The Kitchn.
5. The Best Banana Pudding from InspiredCraftIdeas.

Corn Dogs

Corn Dogs

One of my favorite guilty pleasure foods is frozen corn dogs. Pretty glam, I know.


On a whim, I decided to research homemade corn dog recipes – it turns out that they are a lot easier than I thought. (And it doesn’t hurt that Brie has that deep fryer we all love so much).


I’d say that these turned out even more delicious than the frozen kind and they were certainly gobbled up pretty quickly. Hope you enjoy!

Corn Dogs
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4-6
  • Plenty of oil for frying (we like corn oil)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅔ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon drippings (go ahead and snack on the bacon itself, if you want!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 packages hotdogs
  • wooden skewers
  1. Heat oil to 365 degrees.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients.
  3. Stir in egg, bacon drippings, and buttermilk.
  4. Pat the hotdogs dry and skewer with sticks.
  5. Dip into batter one at a time and fry until golden brown.
  6. Serve & enjoy!



Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

Though similar to the Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breast recipe I reviewed not too long ago, these chicken tenders are a little simpler, a lot tastier and just a nice basic appetizer staple.


I fried these up in my recently uncovered and unboxed deep fryer, but they could just as easily be done on the stove top.

The trick is to season well, and double dip in the flour and spice mixture.


Serve these with some fresh fries, and you’ve got the perfect party food or comfort snack.

Chicken Tenders
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Serves: 6
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Salt and Pepper for seasoning.
  • 1 heaping cup of flour
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Enough oil (peanut, corn, vegetable) for submerged frying
  1. Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips (about five from each breast) and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix the flour and spices together and mix with a fork.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk and water together in a separate bowl.
  4. Heat your oil to 340 degrees.
  5. While its heating, coat your chicken strips with the flour mixture, dunk in the egg mixture, and then back into the flour, marking sure that the chicken is thoroughly covered and set aside for frying.
  6. Once the oil is heated and tenders are prepared, gently place the tenders into the oil until submerged. Put as many tenders into your pan or frying as will fit, without over crowding.
  7. Cook until golden brown and until chicken is done. Should be about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Place onto paper towels to cool and drain for a couple minutes, otherwise serve fresh and hot!


Thursday Link Rodeo

Welcome to our Link Rodeo! It’s roundup of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Hope you enjoy!


1. A Three Cheese Tomato Tart recipe to use up those amazing heirloom tomatoes you grew all by yourself this summer (*cough* bought at the farmers marke*cough*). From The Kitchn.
2. Have you ever had these before? I sure hadn’t, but they are SO GOOD. Blistered Shisheto Pepper Recipe. From Bon Appetit.
3. A Sausage Cassoulet Recipe. One of our own, but gosh golly is it good – and a one dish meal, too.
4. Print these out and hang them up, STAT. Top 10 Food Infographics for your Kitchen or Phone from Lifehacker.
5. You can’t argue with this kind of logic. Slab Pie Recipes That Prove the Circle Isn’t the Best Shape. From Huff-Po.

In Memory

In Memory

The world (my world) was genuinely rocked on Monday with the news of Robin Williams passing. With a long history of addiction and depression, his suicide was maybe not a surprise for some, but still an absolute shock and tragedy.

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My social media feeds, and I’m sure yours as well, have been flooded with stories and memories of the late and great man. Since I live in the bay area, many of the stories I’ve seen have been of  personal experiences; you were apt to run into him and his family walking down the street or while eating lunch.

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We all know him as a great comedian, or a powerful dramatic actor, but something you might not know is that Robin was a bit of a geek; with a daughter named Zelda, how could he be anything but? He loved video games, tabletop games,  science fiction,and technology.

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This post doesn’t have any particular purpose, other than to express our sadness, reflect, and to remind those reading that depression can effect anyone.

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If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please remember that The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is toll-free and operates 24 hours a day. Their phone number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For more information, you can visit their website at

If you’re wanting to have a memorial marathon, or just watch some great flicks, these are some class Robin Williams movies currently available on Netflix streaming:

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Baked BBQ Beef Ribs

Baked BBQ Beef Ribs

I made these a little while ago, but as summer starts to run to an end, I’m reminded of how important it is to barbecue all the meat.


We very unfortunately still don’t have a barbecue so I’m forced to make it work in our oven, which is fine because it still comes out delicious and tender and amazing!


You too can have deliciously wonderful barbecue without having to go outside!

Baked BBQ Beef Ribs
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Recipe type: Barbecue
Serves: 6
  • 2 racks of beef back ribs
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 315 degrees, and line a large baking tray with aluminum foil placing a cooling rack on top. (this circulates the heat around the ribs)
  2. Pat the ribs dry, mix all the spices together, and pat evening into the ribs all over.
  3. Place the ribs onto the tray and bake in the oven for about an hour.
  4. Cover the ribs with aluminum foil and return to the oven for another hour.
  5. Brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce, and then return to the oven for a half hour.
  6. Remove the ribs from the oven and brush with barbecue sauce again.
  7. Let rest for 5-10 minutes, cut the ribs apart, and serve!

I suggest serving with fresh corn on the cob and baked sweet potato fries!


Thursday Link Rodeo


1. Yup. The cronut has come to your neighborhood Jack in the Box as of today. Jack in the Box Officially Releases Croissant Donuts. Via FoodBeast.
2. Some people use bacon fat. Others prefer butter. But you should try this. Why You Should Fry Your Grilled Cheese in Mayonnaise. Via The Kitchn.
3. It’s more adaptable than you’d think. How to Pair Sake With Grilled Summer Foods. Via Yahoo Food.
4. So hearty and tasty! Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers from The Food Lab at Serious Eats.
5. OMG WE ARE LIVING IN THE FUTURE YOU GUYS! Soldiers Can Look Forward to 3-D Printing All of Their Meals in War Zones. From GrubStreet.

29 Peanut Butter Recipes


Today is my birthday! I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than admiring one of my most favorite foods in the world and giving you 29 recipes about it for my 29th birthday.  This is a collection of recipes found from all over the internet, some from Qwerty Cafe, some from my favorite food blogs, and Pinterest. The recipes consist  of some of my most favorite peanut butter recipes ever and some I cannot wait to try.

1. Peanut Butter Gelato


2. PBBLTS (Peanut Butter, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream Sandwich)


3. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


4. Peanut Butter and Jam Waffles from A Beautiful Mess


5. Peanut Butter Oreo Blondies from A Pinch of Yum


6. Peanut Butter Lovers Milk Shake from Domestically Speaking


7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake from Annie’s Eats. This is one of my most favorite cakes ever! I ask for it every year for my birthday.


8. Crispy Peanut Butter Balls from The Chew/Clinton Kelly. I think this is my most favorite recipe out of all the 29. A coworker of mine would make them around the holiday time. Last year was the first time she didn’t, and the first time I did. They are so simple to make, just a bit of work with rolling/scooping and coating in chocolate. I could live off these.


9. Peanut Butter Coffee Cake from Crazy for Crust


10. Chocolate Truffle Peanut Butter Pie from Pillsbury. I made individual ones of these recently, keep an eye out on Qwerty for a post about them. In the title picture they are in the bottom right corner.


11. Soft Homemade Peanut Butter Oreos from Crazy for Crust


12. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Empanadas from The Daily Meal


13. Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies from Averie Cooks


14. Easy Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream (no ice cream machine needed) from Crazy for Crust


15. No Bake Peanut Butter Puff Bars from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


16. Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge from Barefeet In The Kitchen


17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Erica’s Sweet Tooth


18. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ribbon Dessert  from Kitchen Daily/ Philadelphia Cream Cheese


19. Peanut Buttery Snap Crackle ‘n Pop Brownies from Kevin & Amanda


20. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies from Gimme Some Oven


21. Reese’s Overload Peanut Butter Cookies from Crazy for Crust


22. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars from Averie Cooks


23. Chocolate Peanut Butter Earthquake Cake from I Was You Dry


24. Nutter Butter Truffle Brownies from Crazy for Crust


25. Flourless Peanut Butter Cup Swirl Brownies  from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


26. Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


27. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites from Sally’s Baking Addiction


28. Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cheesecake from Sally’s Baking Addiction


29. Peanut Butter Kitchen Sink Popcorn from Crazy for Crust


Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

My parents came down from Montana for a visit over the Fourth of July weekend. It was wonderful hanging out with them, and I made a point of stuffing them silly with all kinds of food.


My mom and dad are the politest people on the planet, so it took forever to convince them to let me know what they wanted to eat while they were here. (My dad is the one who cracked – but don’t tell my mom).

Their requests included fresh blueberry pie. Not a problem!


This recipe is quite simple, and it’s modified slightly from this one at

Flakey Pie Crust (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks of frozen butter
  • Refrigerated water
  1. If you're making the pie crust from scratch, start early. Place two sticks of butter into the freezer at least two hours ahead of time.
  2. Whisk together 2½ cups flour, Tablespoon sugar, and teaspoon of salt in a large bowl.
  3. Grate two sticks of butter from the freezer.
  4. Using a pastry cutter, work butter into the flour mixture until the grated butter pieces are well-coated with flour. Do not overwork.
  5. Drizzle ½ cup of the refrigerated water into the flour mixture and gather the dough together.
  6. Work water another Tablespoon at a time into the mixture (you'll probably end up adding about ¼ cup total) until the dough just barely sticks together in one solid lump.
  7. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for at least two hours.
  8. Remove dough from fridge, roll out both halves into large circles.
  9. Place one half of the dough into a pie pan and gently press into place.

Fresh Blueberry Pie
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Fresh blueberry pie is the perfect summer dessert.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Pie
Serves: 4-6
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 prepared crust (recipe above)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Remove any stems from the blueberries, rinse and dry.
  3. Mix together sugar, corn starch, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  4. Sprinkle over blueberries.
  5. Pour mixture into crust.
  6. Dot butter over the top of the blueberries.
  7. Use remaining pastry to cover the pie (make sure there are air holes to serve as vents).
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  9. Let cool and serve (maybe with some vanilla ice cream!).
  10. Enjoy!


Link Rodeo Thursday

Welcome to our Link Rodeo! It’s roundup of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Hope you enjoy!


1. It’s so pretty! (But not too pretty to eat…) Lauren Purnell Creates 30 Clever Art out of Food, at The Web Blend
2. Pictures of other people’s food never looked so good. 10 Incredible Food Instagram Accounts, from Design Sponge
3. This is the sort of thing my boyfriend would go crazy for in pie form. The Arnold Palmer Layer Cake, at Pink Parsley
4. One of these is like seven human food trucks..  Coming Soon to Your Town – Food Trucks for Dogs, via
5. This remind’s me of Brie’s day-after-Thanksgiving sandwichFast Food Burgers Topped With Mashed Potatoes Are A Thing At Carl’s Jr. Now, from The Consumerist