Breakfast Pizza & Cuisinart Pizza Swag Giveaway

Tailgating. The pregame for the big game. The moment when you dawn your teams colors before they square off at the battle front, and share a warm meal with your friends and enemies. The communal moment of a great meal before things get heated. Things are about to get really amped up, real quick. And i would hate to send you off to battle on an empty stomach. So, let me introduce you to your brand new tailgating secret weapon. Wait until you see the reaction when you whip this out. It’s like that scene with Tony Stark and Rhodey, […]

Noshing Local: Sweet Cowolines Elkton MD

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Down a stretch of 213 in Maryland sits an abandoned golf course. The once pristine greens sit overgrown with grasses and the water holes have become a stunning trap as they hide beneath the growth just peeking out every so often to remind you not to venture too far. On the corner there is a gas station, one that makes the best fried egg sandwich you could ask for with a trusty mechanic, and across from it there is a restaurant I have never been in. It looks like one of those mom and pop places where friends could gather on Saturday morning… […]

Tiramisu and a Ledges Hotel Ski Weekend Review

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As we bumped along in our truck down narrow icy roads, I looked across the seat to my driver and said, “Maybe this is it for us.” Maybe we don’t need the big house, the fancy cars. Maybe it’s just us, the bikes, good food, great friends, and some adventures here and there. Heck, that’s a lot better than my parents had it. And it’s perfect for us as we found ourselves knee deep in snow storms, skiing, and relaxing in a beautiful hotel in the small charming town of Hawley Pennsylvania, looking for a quick weekend getaway to invigorate […]

Challenge Yourself – a Tour of the Culinary Institute of America

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Last month I had the privilege of touring the Culinary Institute of America with several other food bloggers. I live and work in a college town. It’s a thing. I had mentally prepared myself for a tour similar to what I’m used to. My mind was blown. The CIA was a work of dreams, set in a stunning old building that had previously been a Jesuit seminary. There were stained glass windows, old wooden hallways, creaky basement stairs, and more stunning brick facades then I could take in on our rainy tour. The Hyde Park campus overlooks a wooded view […]

Sipping on… Seagram’s Escapes

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It has been a long hard week. One of those crazy work from early til late, get home and more work is still waiting to be done. Wash, rinse, repeat.   You know those days. And as much as I would love to think that this avid food blogger can whip up a meal and a cocktail every single night–even on those busy ones–it just doesn’t happen. Seagram’s Escapes came to the rescue a few nights this week. With fun refreshing drinks, it was a great option to have in the fridge without having to mix something up myself. I […]

Top 10 of 2012 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


It’s a recap of 2012 by the numbers and my hard working and underpaid legion of analytically super-minds were able to wrangle data from the interwebs and piece together the top 10 most visited posts of 2012. So, according to the data: Thin Mint Trifles Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake Banana Bread in a Mug Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Big Batch Chili Lasagna Soup Banana Bread with Nutella Swirl S’mores Bars Tollhouse Pie Chicken Marsala And now for my top ten. Looking back over the year, these are the recipes that I most loved – not because they were necessarily the tastiest, but some […]

Mr. Coffee Café Latte #bringcoffeehome


Confession: I know nothing about coffee. I don’t drink coffee. Handsome doesn’t drink it. We don’t even own a coffee maker. But when Mr. Coffee asked if I would like to test drive their latte machine I went for it. Why? Because having a coffee for entertaining is essential. And I’m also trying to convince myself it’s time to learn to like coffee. But to be honest, I really just wanted fancy hot chocolate on command. (That’s totally earning my brownie points with the boyfriend right now). My Mr. Coffee Café Latte arrived in a GIANT box with the coolest […]

Thanksgiving Recipes and a New West Knife Works Giveaway


Still struggling with your Thanksgiving menu? Are you a slacker like myself who hasn’t even begun to clean the house or grocery shop yet? Waiting til the last minute to have a major panic attack? Well, sit some wine (or a shot of tequila, I don’t judge) and take a look at these delicious options from around the web. Maybe they will inspire you and a some classics from the PtS kitchen as well. Thanksgiving Recipes! Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms – Brown Eyed Baker  Reuben Dip – Simply Gourmet Olive Garden Copycat Spinach Dip  Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Apple & Gruyere Bites – Table for Two  […]

Peugeot Pepper Mill Giveaway and BBQ Pork Frittata for Two


The other day I overheard Anne Burrell on Secrets of a Restaurant Chef say that she loves black pepper and pretty much adds it to everything.  Besides the many other reasons I’m convinced she and I would be BFF’s in the kitchen, that one adds a major bonus point. I’m a freak for black pepper. I don’t think any recipe (baking aside) gets plated without black pepper. But here’s the secret. I’m super cheap. I have always just kept the dollar store pepper grinder near by. I can see the shock on your face from here. Don’t judge. But today I get to finally spice up my breakfast […]

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate


We keep a stash of ‘fancy’ chocolate in the fridge, tucked away in the back of the crisper drawer behind everything else. Once a night after dinner, the dishes, chores, and collapsing from a long day of work I sneak into that drawer and pull out one single piece of dark chocolate. Yeah, that makes it all go away…. Ghirardelli recently asked DailyBuzz members to taste test some of their Intense Dark Chocolate Flavors and pair them with other food and beverages to create an escape. Here’s where the carnivore in me comes out and I am going to freak some of you out, […]

Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops


Yeah, you that right. Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops. Bring on the heat. Bring on the raging dog days of summer, the long mountain bike rides, and all the sweat. Because when you have a batch of these rich chocolate frozen treats waiting for you at home, it’s all worth it. Slushed is a perky recipe collection of 150 ‘Frozen, Boozy Treats’ and at first flip through the pages I was hooked. Technical Level: If you can crack an egg, you can make the recipes in Slushed. There is nothing complicated about the instructions or recipes. The most you will have […]

Pizza to make angels sing: D’Lorenzo’s in Port Deposit MD


I bet you were expecting some fancy five star places when I mentioned I wanted to start writing reviews in 2012. Sure, there is a time and place for that, but if I’m being real with you, it’s not where we eat. So for my first review of 2012, I wanted to take you to a place that I visit probably more than I should admit. About two summers ago, Handsome’s parents told us we had to try a little pizza place in Port Deposit Maryland. A one road town built low into a cliff on the Chesapeake. The buildings are […]

Home Made: Summer Minestrone and Book Review

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You know what we haven’t done in a while?  An in-depth book review! So when Abrams Publishing asked me if I would like to sample Home Made by Yvette Van Boven last week I hopped all over the chance. For the sake of my blog’s integrity and my own conscience I don’t always jump at the freebies. If I don’t think I can use something, I turn it down. Even if that means we don’t get the fancy coffee maker just to make an occasional single cup of hot chocolate with (no matter how much this may have upset Handsome). As someone who doesn’t drink […]

Irish Cream Fudge and The Happy Baker Review


It was about a year ago when I noticed I was no longer flipping through cookbooks just waiting for the next delicious thing to pop out at me. No, I was reading them. Front to back. Absorbing the words as though it were the hottest Nicholas Sparks novel to date. This is what makes Happy Baker: A Girls Guide to Emotional Baking grab your attention. Not the pages filled with gorgeous goodies, but the stories that get you from recipe to recipe. Erin writes bout her experiences from being young and in high school to dating and falling in and […]

Review: Baked Explorations & Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake


I have an addiction. Ok, I have a few addictions. Shoes. Books. Kitchen Stuff. Clearance plates at TJ Max. All justifiable as I am never going to sell my soul for any of the above and I know when to draw the line – but really, can you ever have enough cookie cutters or good boots? So as part of my 2011 resolutions for myself and blog, I am going to bust into that mountain of books I own more often and try to write some reviews for you. At least then I have a justifiable excuse to give the […]

Top Chef Season 8, Episode 3: Frasier Has Left The Building

I’ve heard more than one person remark lately that they are glad that they don’t bet on NFL games. This is wise, as parity has made each week an exercise in guesswork at best. And so it is, too, with Top Chef: All-Stars. We’ve already seen Jennifer Carroll pack her knives and go (ballistic), and Tom Colicchio himself admitted that he fully expected her to reach the finale. If the Head Judge/uber-chef host can’t accurately predict such things, what chance do we mere mortals have? Despite that existential reality-TV-viewing quandary, we must carry on. This season’s third episode (title: “New […]

Top Chef Season 8, Episode 2: The World Is Not Yours


There is a duality that characterizes the rooting interests of Americans.  Whether in sports or in reality television, Americans like to root for the underdog. While everyone seems to be sympathetic to underdogs and on some level roots for them, it always comes as a shock to the system when a truly significant upset occurs: Chaminade over Virginia. The New York Jets over the Baltimore Colts. James “Buster” Douglas over Mike Tyson. And now, Chef Jennifer Carroll’s elimination in Episode Two(!) of Top Chef: All-Stars. Now, some might say that a contestant being eliminated on a mere reality TV show […]

Joe’s Grog House


Pardon my for a moment while my inner fat kid wakes up from a nap. Today the BF and I took the motorcycle out for a drive and ended up at one of our new food favorites, Joe’s Grog House in Port Deposit MD. The town of Port Deposit sits right on the water and has only one real road running directly through it. It doesn’t look like much when passing through, but once you park and start to look around there are a few treasures to be found. The Grog House is everything I dig in a restaurant. First […]