Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recipe Testing - Part 2...

...in which I bake cookies.  Well slap an apron on me and change my name to Betty, hot dang I baked cookies.  Don't all pass out from shock at once, I have a domestic bone in my body, but just the one mind you because I tend to get a failing grade at cleaning, laundry, budgeting and other household duties.  I got another recipe to test out from Ivrin Lin at Eat The Love, for his soon to be released cookbook "Marbled, Swirled, and Layered".

I actually made the dough and baked half of it the Saturday before Easter but I forgot to grab photos, so I pulled the other half of the dough out of the freezer and baked them yesterday to grab a few shots.  If you're wondering why some of the cookies look different, it's because I made the original recipe as well as one of the suggested variation.  The only problem was that when I made the aforementioned variation I accidentally left out a whole stick of butter from the dough recipe and didn't realize it until it was too late to add it.  Funny enough everyone seemed to prefer the messed up variation, but I think that may have been due more to the delicious flavor combination.

What do you think?  Should I quit the day job, move to Mayberry, and find myself someone to settle down with in marital bliss?  I'm thinking...No.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Wheel O' Lunch

So I found this website, it's kind of awesome.  If you can't decide what you want for lunch, just spin the wheel and let fate decide.  End arguments about where to eat instantly with a simple click of the mouse.  Simply pull up this page, enter your ZIP code, meal desired (breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc), and distance you're willing to travel, then spin.  Behold Wheel of...

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Newton Market - Pizza

Ask anyone in Cache Valley where Newton is and they will probably give a vague wave of the hand towards the Northwest end of the valley and say something like "Out West of Smithfield, sort of by Clarkston".  If you ask them what there is to do you'll probably get a blank stare...and you'll probably get that same stare if you ask there if there's any place to eat there.  However, there is a pretty darn good pizza restaurant tucked away inside the quaint town market.

In high school I had friends from that town and spent quite a bit of time out there.  Recently my cousin's daughter, "C" and her young family moved to Newton and I made plans to meet at the market for pizza with her two kids.  C had told me that they really liked the pizza and I was excited to try it.

We ordered the BBQ chicken pizza, the alfredo chicken pizza, and an order of cheese bread.  Pizzas come in one size only and that size is HUGE.  A single pizza is enough to feed 8 adults, I was eating leftovers for a week!  The crust is thick and fluffy, the toppings are generous.  I enjoyed everything we tried and will definitely be back again.

The market is a cross between a good old fashioned corner store, antique shop, and restaurant.  Casual and low-key, but that was great for us with two small children in tow.  Most of the pizza orders are made to go, but they do have a couple tables and chairs if you want to dine in, as well as a big screen tv for catching the latest game.  You order and pay at the counter and they bring it out to you.

You can follow Newton Market on facebook.  The facebook page has their contact information, hours, and they post notifications about any special items available that day.

Cheese bread and dipping sauce.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Chicken Alfredo Pizza

We had popsicles for dessert...in February.

The Candy section.

Logan's Heroes

One of my favorite sandwich shops in Logan is the tiny Logan's Heroes.  Located on the corner of Main and 100 South, it is a Cache Valley institution.  The restaurant is owned and operated by Persian immigrant Hamid Salehi, who originally came to the valley to study accounting at USU in the 70's and has stayed ever since.  Chances are, if you've been here before Hamid will remember your name.  I know people who go in once a year and he will remember their name and their order, I have no idea how he does it.

They are open from 9AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday, and they are CASH ONLY, so be prepared.  If you do during the lunch rush between 11:30AM and 1PM, be prepared to wait because the line is usually out the door.  They specialize in subs but also service franks and gyros.  My favorite items are the Roger's Special or the Spicy Italian.  I like to go in the later afternoon when it's quiet and I can enjoy my meal without being crammed in the dining room with about 30 other people.  All sandwiches come with a bag of Lays chips but you can upgrade to other types of chips.  It's good value for money considering I can never eat more than half a sandwich in one setting so it's always 2 meals for the price of one for me.

I stopped in a while ago to enjoy a sandwich, and I ended up taking a few photos of the restaurant and my lunch.  Then, because I've been trying to work on photographing people I don't know well (it's a struggle for me), I asked the girl behind the counter if I could take her picture so there's a couple random portraits of her as well.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3, Testing

I volunteered to be a recipe tester for Irvin Lin's soon to be published cookbook, "Marbled, Swirled, and Layered".  I've followed his blog, eatthelove.com, for a while now and was excited to try out some of his new recipes.

Saturday evening the first recipe to be tested arrived in my inbox and I immediately went shopping for a couple of ingredients that I didn't have in my house.  By midnight the cake was frosted and ready to serve.  Sunday evening I invited some friends over to try it out and give their opinions.

I'd tell you what the cake was, but then I'd have to kill you, so you'll just have to wait until the cookbook comes out.  Here are a few photos of the cake.

This photo was taken at midnight, then edited at 2am when I couldn't sleep.  Note to self, don't edit stuff at 2am.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Morty's Cafe: Trivia Night

Morty's Cafe is a fairly recent addition to the Logan food scene.  The cafe is located on Darwin Ave on the USU campus.  The dining room is small but in warmer weather there is an excellent 2nd floor patio that diners can enjoy.  The menu features gourmet burgers, quinoa bowls, baked goods, and shakes in addition to the regular burger restaurant trappings (fries, onion rings, sodas, etc). 

I've tried several of their burgers and have enjoyed them all, but am particularly fond of the Sunnyside, Kimchi, and Hawaiian burgers (pineapple AND jalepenos, yes please!).  In addition to the regular menu they introduce a special item of the month each month.  Last month they featured the Morty's Gras, which was a pulled pork sandwich with house made coleslaw on top.

Tuesday nights at Morty's are Trivia Nights.  Hosted in the beloved pub quiz format, these nights have steadily grown in popularity.  I consider myself decent at trivia games, but I've discovered that my friend Shari is Mensa level when it comes to dominating at quiz night.  Including our win tonight Shari has won a total of 3 times, once in individual competition and twice with teams.  Our team names have varied from MLT to Rocky vs The Russian.  After tonight I believe we're changing our name to The Ken Jennings.  We'd like to say "Good game" and "sorry, we get a little over-enthusiatic sometimes" to all the other teams, and thanks to Team Flying V for giving us a run for our money, we'll always have Cork.

Here is a photographic account of Trivia Night tonight.  If you feel like taking on team The Ken Jennings (and if you enjoy losing) feel free to challenge us next week, Tuesday night, at 7:30pm, and bring your A game.

The decor...

The ambiance...

The menu...

What's for dinner...

The trivia competition...

The host/moderator...

Wrong answers to the question: "A kitchen tool with the same name as an instrument in the lute family..."
Hint: It's not a spoon.
Hint: It's not a ladle.  Although these answers combined brought to mind a funny therapy scene from the movie 28 Days.
 The winning round...

The end.