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Food News! Episode 15

I spoke about a lot today…. From new Pop Tarts flavors to a cool new delivery car from Domino’s.

Check out the fun on Periscope: @kathleenhessman !

https://www.periscope.tv/w/aPpcnTcyODA5ODB8MU95S0F3ZE9ZanFKYj-jsXecDcjavqu1KWchsXgnmxFHO1ZuykNrEmSyRy5g

NEW YORK CITY: Updates!

Hi foodie friends!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog post for updates on local restaurants, food news, supermarket finds, and so much more.

Continue reading “NEW YORK CITY: Updates!”

SWEET TREATS: Oreo Brownies

My brother and one of my best friends are coming to town this evening via road trip. Love you both 🙂

In the past day or so, I’ve been envisioning in my head what I could bake them as a “Welcome to Ohio” surprise.

My mind immediately went to Oreo’s.

I’m very, very close with my family. I love my family very much. I love my brother very much, and one of the things we always do together when we see each other is late at night, we watch TV shows, hang out, and have cookies and milk. Usually, it’s between Oreo’s, some sort of chocolate chip cookies (be it Wegman’s brand, Pathmark brand, etc.), some sort of dessert with chocolate in it. We’ve inducted Aisha into this tradition as well. 🙂

So as I LOVE brownies, I thought, why not make some Oreo Brownies?

When I was younger, there was a boxed mix of Oreo Brownies that were probably some of the best brownies I’ve EVER had. I ALWAYS looked forward to those brownies. Soft, moist, fudgy, warm (!) chocolatey brownies, with a glaze on top. Heaven!

But ever since then, I’ve never seen that boxed mix in stores. I’ve seen pre-packaged wannabes (already baked), but nothing compares.

So tonight, I attempt to make some yummy Oreo brownies, via one of my new favorite hobbies, Pinterest. 🙂

Thank you so much, Suburban Coupon Mom, for your post, and for the inspiration!

Here is her recipe for Oreo brownies:

2 boxes of brownie mix ( I used Ghiradelli) and bought a family sized box of Oreos because they were on sale!!

1/2 Cup of Water

2/3 Veggie Oil

2 Eggs

1 sleeve of Oreos crushed

CREAM TOPPING

1/2 Stick of Butter

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tble spoons of Milk

1 to 1 1/2 cup powder sugar.. add gradually and check for consistancy

I’ve made a few modifications. Instead of using two boxes of brownie mix, I went for one. My favorite go-to brownie mix I’ve been using as my base at the store is Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge (with Hershey‘s Fudge, yum!)

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Mix the brownie mix as per usual using the ingredients listed on the box (water, vegetable oil, egg, fudge packet, mix).

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Tonight I decided to use my brownie pan for the occasion. As it has three rows (for easier slicing), I greased the pan with butter, then put some of the mix in my pan.

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You could get creative with exactly what kind of Oreo to buy (there are so many flavors now). My brother loves Double Stuf’s, but tonight at Kroger I discovered there are Oreo’s a step up from Double Stuf, called Mega Stuf! (Can you believe it?!) 🙂

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I layered a row of Oreos into my pan and then put the remaining brownie mix on top. You’re going to have to make a judgment of how much to put in each row. This time around for me, there wasn’t enough batter left to cover the Oreo’s, but that’s okay. We’ll see how the batter forms around the cookie.

I’m also not following a specific “done” time. My first aim was at 25 minutes at 350. From then on, I kept checking with a fork into the middle (if it comes out clean, it’s done!).

As of 12:53 a.m.: 25 minutes baked at 350 degrees, stuck the fork in, came out a little covered in batter.

Put timer on for 7 more minutes.

Second check: 1:01 a.m. – still not 100 % there yet. Putting on another three minutes.

Third times the charm: 1:05 a.m. – dunzo!

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While I’m letting those cool down a bit, I’m starting up the glaze. Instead of making the glaze directly in the pan, I’m going to do another double boiler, only because I don’t want the glaze burning or sticking in a pan.

I mix all ingredients as per the recipe above and put it in the double boiler:

IMG_4048I put the half stick of butter in the bowl and melted it on close to high temperature on the stove…

IMG_4049Then I got the vanilla out. 🙂

IMG_4050As soon as the butter melts, mix the vanilla, and milk together, stirring constantly.

Then, add the confectioners sugar slowly. It’ll turn into the glaze-like consistency, like this:

IMG_4055IMG_4056I tested the glaze, it is DELICIOUS!

IMG_4057Here is the final product. I poured the glaze on the brownies and spread evenly.

Let cool, slice up and serve.

Enjoy!

 

National Pizza Month — Your Stories (Part 1)

Courtesy of grubgrade.com

Happy National Pizza Month!

To celebrate… I will be sharing your stories on my blog about your memories of great pizza.

And here’s the first! From one of my friends, Maegan:

Best pizza story has to be the first time my bf and I cooked a meal together… it was pizza. Fresh dough, fresh ingredients. We made a BBQ chicken pizza with great sauce and goat cheese. It was perfection!!

 

Doesn’t that pizza sound incredible? It’s truly amazing how pizza making is more than just two people together making a pizza, it’s an amazing memory.

I look forward to hearing (and sharing!) more of your pizza stories on here! And if you have any pictures/videos of you eating/making pizza, I would love to share them too!

Happy Pizza Month!

 

(PS, I definitely ate pizza today…It was “John’s Favorite” from Papa John’s with extra sauce….Incredible! I loved the mix of the crispy pepperoni, the meaty, tender sausage and the herbs and spices on top of the cheese!)

Kat

SYRACUSE — Back to DARWIN for lots of GREENs!

Lunchtime comes around quick.

Where’s one place can you go in Syracuse to find a great sandwich at a great price?

DARWIN!

I’ve been to DARWIN several times now, and the experiences I have had have been simply wonderful. In a cute, cozy building located across the street from The Post-Standard‘s building on N. Clinton St., you can come in for breakfast or lunch during the week and pick out food and drinks. Their menus are hand-written on chalkboards. Inside, one of the very friendly staff members will greet you and take your order.
What I love about DARWIN as well, as I have mentioned in a previous post, is that their menu evolves each week. This past week I went was week 23 since their opening this past summer. Each week there is a new message up on their website, http://www.darwinonclinton.com from co-owner Daryl McGrew as to what’s on their menu and what their latest updates are.  I also love that each sandwich comes with an Atomic Fireball candy! 🙂

"This Little Piggy Went to Utica" Sandwich, DARWIN. $8

This particular visit, which was a few days ago, I had the “This Little Piggy Went to Utica” sandwich for lunch. The sandwich is $8, and here’s what the sandwich contains, according to their website:

“This one comes from your suggestions.  Stephen Gullo, who is in fact working on his own sandwich shop in Boston, made this suggestion after trying our Utica Greens.  We added a little zip to our seasoned, shredded pork, top it with a healthy helping our of delicious homemade Utica Greens, and cover with a sharp provolone cheese.  It all comes piled high on a fresh DiLauro’s sub roll glazed with our roasted garlic aioli.  For those of you ready to take a break from your diet…this one’s for you.”

Utica Greens are a popular dish around here. According to a blog on Smithsonian Magazine, they consist of escarole , and then some prosciutto, garlic, chicken broth and hot peppers.

This sandwich was delicious! I loved the seeded sub roll that it was on from DiLauro’s: there was a bit of a crunch to the bread and then the soft fluffy dough part in the middle gave the sandwich a nice texture. I very much enjoyed the Utica Greens – they were spicy yet sweet at the same time. There was also what appeared to be ham on the sandwich. I’m usually not a huge fan of ham, but I thought the ham made the sandwich as well, giving it that sweetness mixed with the spicy greens. I definitely recommend this to you!
Going along with the “Green” theme, I also decided to try one of their rotating side dishes, their “Fried Green Tomatoes.” These were absolutely incredible too. Like this blog on Smithsonian Magazine, I concur that I too did not hear of these green marvels until the 1991 film came out. Tomatoes? Green?

The blog on Smithsonian Magazine says the following as to their origin. Food historian and writer in S.C. Robert F. Moss said to their blog that they actually started in the Northeast and Midwest and “perhaps with a link to Jewish immigrants.”

I finally got my hands on some, first at Dinosaur BBQ. Then trying them at DARWIN, I have become hooked.

The batter was crispy: not too greasy and not cooked too light. They were just right. The tomatoes were not too thin or thick either and they came with delicious Ranch dressing on the side which gave them that extra kick.

Fried Green Tomatoes from DARWIN.

I washed my lunch that day down with a Diet Dr. Pepper, which

the staff at DARWIN have told me is a very popular drink among the customers.

Please watch my video for my full review on my lunch! They now take credit cards too!

DARWIN. 211 N. Clinton St. Syracuse

HOURS: 9:30am till 2:30pm, Monday thru Friday.

http://www.darwinonclinton.com

(315) 373-0484


SYRACUSE — Funk ‘N Waffles

FUNK ‘N WAFFLES.

727 S. Crouse Ave. Suite 8. Syracuse, NY 13210

(315) 477-9700

Hi everyone!

Today myself, my friend Alicia, her boyfriend David and our friend Mia went to Funk ‘N Waffles to have some YUMMY waffles for lunch!

Please watch the video above as I tell you the story of our adventure of sweet & savory waffles!

Waffles to definitely try while there:

Bacon, Brie, Basil : Crispy bacon, melted brie, fresh basil served with a side of jam, $7.99

Brownie Waffle Sundae: Home made brownie batter, 2 scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sause. Serves 1-4 people, $7.49

Falafel Waffle: Baked falafel toppel with Israeli salad and homemade tahini, $7.49 // half size: $4.99

Earth, Wind, Fire: Whole-wheat walnut w/Bananas & Honey, $5.99

Tuesday Heartbreak: Whole-wheat w/Strawberries & Bananas, $6.99

YUM!

SYRACUSE — DARWIN

"Mojo" Turkey Sandwich, DARWIN

DARWIN. 211 N. Clinton St. Syracuse

“Mojo Turkey Sandwich”: fresh roasted turkey with fresh sauteed spinach and melted swiss, finished with a homemade cranberry aioli on a wheat roll.
DELICIOUS! The fresh flavors complement one another–the fluffy turkey combined with the beautifully cooked spinach…The homemade cranberry aioli is absolutely incredible and truly makes the sandwich! The Swiss and wheat roll give it that nice complement from the sweet tasting cranberries on the sandwich. Every flavor on this sandwich melts in your mouth as you eat it.

DARWIN’s menu evolves every week! If you go this week the menu may be completely different next week. Each week there is a new story up on their website, http://www.darwinonclinton.com from co-owner Daryl McGrew. The staff is amazing!!

The sandwiches are a reasonable price, too. And they’re BIG!

If you’re looking for a great place to have a quick & tasty sandwich for lunch I definitely recommend DARWIN to you. It’s open from 9:30am till 2:30pm, Monday thru Friday.

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