Category: Food

Arrabbiata Sauce

Let me tell you about my favorite spicy sauce: Arrabbiata.  I stumbled across arrabbiata one day as I was doing some grocery shopping at my local Wegmans back in New York.  It was featured in one of the monthly issues of their magazine and I decided I wanted to try it.  Boy am I glad I did.

Typically I am not a fan of pre-prepared sauces that sit in jars on shelves for months, but this was an exception.  The sauce was prepared locally by the store and kept in a refrigerated section in a little plastic container.  I bought it then immediately went home and made dinner.  It was delicious.

For some reason it never occurred to me to try to make a homemade version of the sauce.  It was always available at my grocery store and was relatively inexpensive so I always purchased it from them.  Well, since there are no Wegmans on the West Coast I can’t just buy it in the store anymore.  I must make my own!

Sorry for the low quality cell phone shot but I am usually far too lazy to take out my fancy camera, take a photo, and then upload it to the computer.  This is the recipe I used to make this great sauce.  I did not used canned tomatoes, but I’m sure they’d work fine in a punch.  I also wilted lots of spinach (it cooks down so much!) and added it on top at the end to add another layer of flavor.

Since I enjoy spicy food I added a bit more red pepper flakes then the recipe calls for.  If you like things a bit less spicy use less of the red pepper flakes.  That’s the beauty of cooking, you can tailor each recipe to your preference!  The sauce came out wonderfully and I’ve made it a few times in the past couple of weeks to try and improve on it but I still think the original I linked to is the best.

Side note: Thank you to those of you who have subscribed to my blog and liked my posts.  I honestly thought it’d be months before I’d get even one person to read my poorly written ramblings.  Your support is much appreciated!


Touchdown: Trio of Cookie Dough Dip!

Ah, the Super Bowl… Many people watch it for the game, many more people watch it for the commercials.  Why do I watch it?  For the food!  I have some foodie friends that throw a Super Bowl bash every year and the food is always to die for.  Everyone brings a dish to share and we all eat our faces off.

For the past few weeks I had been trying to figure out what I would bring to the party.  I had my mind set on bringing a big batch of guacamole (as I have a delicious recipe), but then I had a divine intervention which pulled me in a different direction.

You probably don’t know that I do tech support as my day job as I haven’t mentioned it yet.  Part of my daily routine involves popping into other people’s computers to help fix their problems.  Last Friday I was helping a very nice woman with an Outlook issue that she was having and when I opened up her email to check it out I saw “Cookie Dough Dip” as the subject of her most recent email.  “What the heck is cookie dough dip?” I asked her.  “It is amazing!” she said, “We’re all eating it right now and it’s so good!”

Well, this was clearly a sign from the gods that I was destined to make this for the Super Bowl party.  I went to my favorite recipe site (All Recipes) immediately and searched for it… no results!  For there I turned to good old Google which only resulted in a few pages.  After checking them all out I finally settled on this recipe to use.

Sooooo good!

The bottom left one is peanut butter chocolate chip.  I chopped up a bunch of peanut butter cups and put them on top to make it a bit more fancy.  This was probably the most popular of the three.

The one on top is the double chocolate dip.  I used dark cocoa powder instead of regular and then put a bunch of chopped chocolate chips on top.  It was seriously chocolatey and seriously delicious.

The one on the right is the snickerdoodle one.  It was probably the least popular of the three, but it was still very yummy.

I served them with chocolate graham crackers, ‘nilla wafers and pretzels.  There were about 12-15 people at the party and I’d say about 2/3 of each dip ended up getting eaten.  Now I just have to find a way to finish off the rest of it…

Unleash the PieCaken!

Oh dear, it’s been a few days since I’ve updated the blog!  It’s been a very busy week for me with going on a nice 3rd date with Anthony and helping out my sick bestest friend Colleen and catching up on a bunch of TV!  The DVR has been cleared out, Colleen is feeling better and the date went well so I’m back!

Let me tell you about the most magical thing that has ever come out of an oven: The PieCaken.

Last Sunday I went over to Colleen’s pad to help her make this magical beast.  In the end, I didn’t really help at all but it was fun keeping her company.  What is a PieCaken you may ask?  Well… it’s a pie inside of a cake!  We made a double decker PieCaken though… so a pie inside of a cake on top of a pie inside of another cake!

One layer was a spiced chocolate cake with an apple pie on the inside.  The other layer was a lemon cake with a blueberry pie inside.  Then, a coconut frosting was spread alllll over and the cake was decorated accordingly.  Let me tell you… this thing was DELICIOUS!

As the knife entered the PieCaken for the first time to divide up the slices a large gush of blueberry and apple juice oozed out of the crack.  It was both beautiful and a bit terrifying.  You may be curious as to what the inside of the PieCaken looked like:

Well it looked like a god damn mess!  The most delicious god damn mess you ever did lay your eyes on.  The flavors in both of the layers blended very well together.  After eating my slice of PieCaken I couldn’t stay at the party very long.  My blood sugar spiked super high and I knew I would crash shortly after.  I decided to go home, take a little nap and then cook a red sauce recipe I had been dying to make for a few weeks.  The sauce turned out delicious… but that’s another blog post for another time.