Category Archives: Food

Wine in a Can

Yeah, you read that right. I wanted to check in today just to tell you guys about some wine that I am loving lately that comes in a can. I know this blog centers on beer, but sometimes there is nothing better than coming home from work, throwing on some Sylvan Esso and a pair of sweatpants, cracking open a can of red, and cooking up dinner. So relaxing.

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Underwood from Union Wine Company is delicious wine in a chic can. Not only great for travel, these bad boys are awesome because I can open one without guzzling an entire bottle by myself on a weeknight. When I do this, 2 things happen: I’m hung over at work and I eat a gross cheeseburger to get over said hangover.

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As soon as I eat it I regret everything. The wine, the hangover, the food…why do I do this to myself?

Thank you, Underwood. Thank you for making my wine drinking dream come true on a weeknight without all the nasty side effects.

Note: I bought my Underwood at Jungle Jims last weekend, but you can buy it online here.

Have a great week!

Ice Box Cake for Father’s Day

Because of the fact that I lived in Norway, I tend to migrate towards the Norwegian side of my heritage, but my Dad’s side of the family is Italian. Growing up we called our spaghetti sauce “gravy” and waved our hands around a lot when we talked. Oh wait… I still do that.

My Dad tells me stories about my paternal grandfather sometimes, and one of the stories are about when he was a milkman. Apparently they had a lot of milk during that time, because my grandmother used to make a no-bake cake called Ice Box Cake. I have recently brought this cake back into my life, and despite the ingredients being something I would not normally eat, when you put this all together, its weirdly amazing.

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What you’ll need:

1 box of Graham Crackers

1 box chocolate pudding (Cooktop – not instant)

1 box vanilla pudding

1 box butterscotch pudding

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That’s it! Here’s what you do: Use a 3 quart glass or metal dish with high sides, add a layer of graham crackers on the bottom. Cook the butterscotch pudding according to the package directions. Pour it over the graham crackers. It’s OK that it still hot, that will soften the graham crackers and make it better! Clean out the pot, and cook the vanilla pudding next. Add a layer of graham crackers and pour the vanilla on top. Repeat this step with the chocolate. Crumble a couple of graham crackers and sprinkle them on top of the chocolate layer to make it look nice (this cake is not very pretty..) and pop it in the fridge. Don’t knock it till you try it, this cake is the bomb! Plus, you don’t have to heat up your kitchen in the middle of summer by fooling with the oven. It’s a winner.

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This cake is so easy, Maren made the entire thing. Then she ate it.

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Happy Father’s Day! Since the kids are out of town, I am treating Mark to a day in Cincinnati full of beer and brunch. He deserves it for being such a loving Dad to our kiddos. I am also thinking of my Dad, Mike (this cake reminds me of him), my grandpa Lou and Mark’s Dad, Dick. We love you guys!

Quick Quinoa Salad

A while ago I did a search online for food that is good for your skin. My skin wasn’t feeling very bright, and instead of polishing, cleansing, masking, etc. I decided to eat my way to a brighter complexion. I stumbled across an article that talked about foods that might help, so I put them together into this bright, colorful salad. The best part? The quinoa can be made in advance so you can throw this dish together quick and be on your way!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/4 cup cherry tomatoes or 1 small tomato (chopped)

1/4 cup chopped bell peppers

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup black beans

1/4 cup olives

Chopped parsley

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Chop the tomatoes, peppers, parsley and add to the  cooked quinoa. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe notes: The great thing about this is that you can eat it right away while the quinoa is still warm, or you can whip it up, stick it in the fridge and eat it later. I also add a half squeezed lime juice to it, as I like the sourness of the lemon and lime together. I also omit the olives- I’m not a fan. Add what you like and take out what you don’t. ENJOY!

Heard this at Rhinegeist this past weekend and had to share with you guys: Today’s Jam


The World’s Best Cake

When I lived in Norway we used to visit my step-dad Harry’s Mom all the time. Her name was Hanna and I guess you can call her my step grandma. I loved her. She used to sing to her plants as she watered them and when I asked her why, she told me in broken English that it helped them grow. I feel like this describes her perfectly.

She also was a great cook and we looked forward to going to her house for dinner on Sundays. More exciting than the dinner was of course, dessert. There’s this cake she used to make that we considered her specialty called “Verdens Beste Kake”, or in English, “The World’s Best Cake”.

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Side Dish Fit for a Cookout

Spur of the moment gatherings are the norm around here, so I (or my pantry) has to be ready for anything. I’ve had this side dish in my back pocket for a while now, and I pull it out when I need to get a large side dish together in a flash. The best part? Everyone loves it, and it goes perfectly with both burgers or chicken on the grill.

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My Most Used Recipe

It’s been a wild week with Mark returning home from Jackson Hole and the beginning of spring break. We aren’t travelling anywhere this year since we have rather large travel plans later this spring/summer, so it will be a regular week filled with work and the usual stuff. The only difference is that I’ll be teaching mad amounts of BodyPump due to the fact that I’m covering classes.

Last week when I was alone with the kids I managed to sneak in a little meal planning on Sunday and cooked up some quinoa and vegetables that I could use during the week for my lunches. In addition to that, I was able to make a batch of my favorite cereal. As I was making it, I started thinking how I needed to share it with you guys since it is, hands-down, the recipe I have made more than any other, like…EVER.

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Stupid Easy Cookies

So despite the fact that my blog is not quite where I would like it to be, I decided to just stand on the edge of the diving board, shut my eyes real tight, hold my nose, and jump right in. It will be a while until I have it all figured out, and that’s OK- I am the type of person who loves to learn as I go.

That being said, please excuse the fact that there are several pages not populated with content, and there’s not much to look at except…well…this post. So I figured I better make it a good one. Continue reading