Round about 5 years ago, give or take a few days, 84th & 3rd was born. It happened -- without buildup, without fanfare, without a repository of content, without thousands of Instagram followers, but with a single post that told a short story about my life at that very moment. To say the blogging landscape has changed exponentially in the past 5 years (much less the past 10 or 15) is an understatement. New blogs are launched these days with events to rival book releases, with build up … [Read more...]
Not surprisingly most of my holiday recipes are for truffles or cookies or pie. This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Huh, well it seems that between a Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake last week and a twist on Egg-Nog this week I've unintentionally set the scene for Christmas in July. How terribly festive of me (or more appropriately what a terribly appropriate response to my perpetual complaining about how cold I am...). Maybe I should have convinced RJ to let me leave the tree up for another month. So how did I come to make a concoction named Apple-Nog (or Not-Egg-Nog as I've been affectionately calling it) … [Read more...]
There is only one word to describe these spice-coated macadamia nuts -- addictive. Addictive as in keep tasting them just to make sure they're ok, and make twice what you need, and you better stop now lest you have none to give away addictive. They are crunchy and fragrant and stunningly easy to make -- as a matter of fact the hardest part of the whole recipe is waiting for them to cool before eating. These orange spiced macadamias are the second gift I included in my foodie … [Read more...]
WARNING: this spice blend is like Christmas fairy-dust in a jar. Seriously. Well, it is if warm spices make you think of gingerbread and mulled wine and tree decorating all other sorts of holiday festivities... On the other hand, if warm spices make you think of drinking a cocktail while sitting on a tropical island then please revise aforementioned warning to apply to your own happy spice memory. Either way, everybody wins. Working on the assumption that everyone has a happy … [Read more...]
Truffle bite? What's a truffle bite? Things are truffles or bites, right? And truffles are rarely more than a bite anyway so calling something a truffle bite is like calling a cat a kitty cat or saying something is an end result or even better (worse?) declaring that you're going to an ATM machine. I'll wait while you google what ATM stands for, swear to never again use the phrase "mix together", and re-evaluate the sheer scale of redundancies in everyday life... Ok, so maybe a truffle … [Read more...]
Look at me go, no posts for ages then bam, there I am in your inbox or reader or feed two days in a row. Pie will do that. Of course another Pumpkin Pie meant another pie crust (heaven forbid I double up and repeat one) and somehow pecans and oats just seemed the way to go. I should have probably called it a Pecan Oat Raw Pie Crust, but there are arguments about the raw-ness of rolled oats so no-bake was just as easy. And to be honest this crust is a bit like taking a pecan … [Read more...]
Good lord this a good pie. Like insanely must not eat all the filling with a spoon before putting it in the crust good. And crazy text my mother and sister-in-law as I'm licking said spoon to tell them how good it is and that they need to make it for Thanksgiving good. And why on earth didn't I do this ages ago good. I have no idea why this recipe took me so long to piece together. To use the principals of my Key Lime Pie and Lemon Custard and apply them to the cooked-custard Vegan Pumpkin … [Read more...]