Foodie Pen Pal: Tunnel of Fudge Redux

FOODIE PEN PAL TIME!!!  I love getting my foodie pen pal package.  I really enjoy making the package.  It is all so much fun and so yummy!!

These are all the goodies I received from the amazing Amanda!  I loved all the treats and pasta!  She also sent me a recipe for Chocolate Cake and my oh my it was intense!! A very dark chocolate cake, I needed ice cream with it and then it was amazing!!

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Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto

This was fantastic!!  My friend Leslie, who I cook with all the time, has been wanting to make risotto.  It takes a bit of time so we wanted to make sure we had a lot of time to make it.  I plan to make this again soon!  Or another type of risotto, I mean it was amazing!!

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The Weekly Dish 05/27/2012

This is one of my favorite songs of all time!  And the album this is on, is one of the best albums I have ever listened to!  Not to mention this video is awesome!

Without any more to do!  The Weekly Dish!  Recipes from this blog for the last week.

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Orange Push-Up Smoothies

And here are recipes from other blogs I follow.


Roasted Salted Almond Butter from Eating for England

Mango Chutney from Frugal Feeding


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Scones from Buns in the Oven

Main Dish

Moroccan Meatballs from Crepes of Wrath

Paella from spoon fork bacon


Roasted Pineapple Ice Cream with Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Make It Naked

Lime and Coconut Ice Cream from Two Peas and Their Pod

Watermelon and Blueberry Popsicles from Badger Girl Learns to Cook

Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

This was really yummy.  I really like roasted cauliflower and my mom wants me to like broccoli.  Ya know, its good for me.  This way I will eat broccoli.  Not as good as cauliflower, but put enough parmesan cheese on anything and I will eat it.

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May Book Update


  • Firebirds edited by November, Sharyn- This was ok.  It was not the best book of short stories I have ever read.  I was unimpressed.
  • Spindle’s End by McKinley, Robin- This is my second time reading this book.  I really enjoy McKinley’s writing style and this story is a revision of Sleeping Beauty.  I love fairy tales and fantasy stories.  And this story has strong female characters instead of the weak characters that the dude has to save.
  • Bitter Sweets by Farooki, Roopa- I really enjoyed the beginning and middle of this book.  It’s a story about a family who lies all the times.  They create these webs that become harder and harder to manage.  The character development was really nuanced.  The big disappointment for me was ending.  It wrapped up in a pretty little bow and thats just not the way lying and deception work in the real world.

To Be Read:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa
  • The Dragon Book edited by Dann, Jack and Dozois, Gardner
  • Earth Logic by Marks, Laurie J.
  • The Language of Baklava by Abu-Jaber, Diana
  • Pizza: A Global History by Helstosky, Carol
  • At Work by Leibovitz, Annie
  • Bossypants by Fey, Tina

What are you reading right now?  What do you think of my list?  Have you read anything off my list?  What did you think of it?

The Weekly Dish 05/20/2012

I heart Dessa so much!!  Crazy smart and talented!!  Watch and then look at other videos she has.

This past weeks recipes from this blog.

Rice Pudding (Kheerni)

Roasted Vegetables with a Cocoa Spice Rub

Sweet Potato Fries

Smith and Curran

Recipes from blogs I follow.


Dark Chocolate Chip and Pecan Pancakes from Baking Serendipity


Watermelon Green Tea Fresca from ChinDeep


Chocolate PB Banana Upside Down Cake from Pinch of Yum