Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fat Fridays: Beignet Café

Why does everything taste better on vacation? My husband and I met up with our respective sisters and brother-in-law for a few days of fun and skiing in Vail, Colorado. While my ambitious husband took advantage of the Fly In Ski Free program (I get antsy about unpacking and settling in as soon as I get somewhere), my sister and I took advantage of one of Vail Village's newest establishments; Beignet Café. A fancy version of a mini donut, the café's beignets come in a multitude of flavors including snickers and peanut butter.

We were steered toward original by eager employees- assuring us it was the ultimate- but we chose for ourselves. Hot out of the fryer and bursting with goodness, our beignets of choice, chocolate chip and oreo, get an A+ in my book. My only complaint, I didn't make it back to try the other flavors.

Chocolate chip and oreo beignets- not a bad way to start vacation

Monday, March 5, 2012

Market Mondays: Roasted Beet And Poached Pear Salad

For this week's edition of Market Mondays, I picked up a few veggies from the Union Square Greenmarket and set to work on a dinner-worthy salad. I roasted beets, poached pears, cut up apples and cheddar cheese and tossed them with peppery arugula and crushed cashews. I added Meyer lemon olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper for a wholesome wintery meal (even though the weather has been so gorgeous it feels more like spring).

Honeycrisp are my fave, but Fuji are a close second
No, that's no mistake- the most expensive arugula in town at $9 per 1/4 lb.
These pears are so sweet and juicy
Beets in all different sizes
A block of cheddar from Hawthorne Valley Farm
A close-up of the finished salad

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fat Fridays: 'Wichcraft

The last Fat Fridays bust that comes to mind was an overly buttery, greasy chocolate chip cookie-vanilla cream sandwich at Billy's Bakery. This latest edition of Fat Fridays, a peanut butter cookie and peanut butter cream sandwich courtesy of 'wichcraft, was also a complete disappointment. Maybe I should stop buying cookie sandwiches- but there is something so tempting about tasting two cookies with a creamy middle in one bite. Sadly, 'wichcraft's cookie sandwich crumbled to the touch and left me with a bad taste in my mouth (and I love peanut butter). Strike one against Tom Colicchio- although I should probably erase it since I had a great lunch at Craftbar a few days prior.

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