'food' Archive

Seven Things: How to make yourself a birthday cake

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I don’t often make cake. Cupcakes by the dozens, but rarely cake.  And to be honest, the cakes I’ve made in the past have been ho-hum. There was a pretty awesome sweet and salty chocolate caramel cake, but the actual cake was nothing to write home about. All the additions were amazing, but the cake was […]

Pizza Night

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

My pizza manifesto 1. Pizza should have a red sauce. And by red sauce I mean tomato. An occasional white sauce or pesto may be deemed acceptable, depending on the toppings. For instance, white sauce should be reserved for seafood. Pesto is best(o) when paired with soft cheeses such as feta or chevre (although I […]


Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I’d like to take this moment to proclaim my love for my new mandoline.  I mean really, even though this is a horrible picture, you can see how beautiful those onion slices are.

Seven Things: I can because I can

Monday, November 7th, 2011

I started canning things a couple years ago.  Our neighbor house had a couple pear trees, and was sitting vacant, so one afternoon at the height of pear season my brothers and I took the ladder and pillaged the trees.  We brought home a couple grocery bags full of pears, and one of the things […]

Ranch dip or dressing

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

This recipe is courtesy my besti who can be found blogging here. Add: 2 tbsp dried minced onions 3 tsp dried parsley 2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder To about 3 cups of sour cream for dip, or 1.5 cup mayo + 1.5 cup buttermilk or sour cream for dressing. Mix and chill for a couple […]

Seven Things: to cook with all the wonderful late summer fruits and veggies

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Fiance and I have a half farm share this year, which means that every 2 weeks we get to pick up a box of veggies from a local (about an hour and a half away) farm.  Having such fresh produce has been wonderful.  Every other friday I excitedly wait for the list of veggies we’ll […]

Monday, August 1st, 2011

dear friends, It is tomato sandwich season once again. All is right with the world. love, macnamania


Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Yesterday, Fiance and I celebrated the Fourth of July with a Tanzanian favorite, Kachumbali (or Kachumbari). Kachumbali is a very simple salad that is all kinds of delicious.  It is made up of red onions, tomatoes and salt in its most basic form, and can also include cucumbers, green peppers (not my favorite addition, but […]

Seven Things: New foods I tried this year

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Some of these are actual fruits and veggies that I had never had before, and others are dishes that I ate for the first time this year. 7. Farro:  I’ll start with the most recent.  I randomly read about this grain months ago, probably on some blog, because that’s usually where I read about food. […]

winter vacation

Friday, December 17th, 2010

If ever I doubt that school is worth while, please remind me about winter break. Seriously, 3 weeks with nothing to do but enjoy family, friends and holiday goodies? Right up my alley. I’m starting the baking tonight, because I head back to Minnesota bright and early in the morning, and will be making it […]