The Weekend Dish: 9/18/2010

Happy Saturday! I want to start off our little Saturday chat by apologizing for any errors you may have received if you tried to access the site on Thursday. My hosting company (Bluehost) is located in Provo, Utah and the city experienced electrical problems for the better part of the day on Thursday, affecting Bluehost and its servers, including the one that my site (and many other food blogs) resides on. All is better now, so you should have no problems moving forward, and I’m so sorry for any inconveniences. I hate to keep you from all of the buttery, sugary, and chocolatey goodness, so be sure to catch up with the links below if you missed anything this week! As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Then, some random life and fun stuff, including my rant on music nowadays (how old do I sound?). Enjoy! :)

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Dutch Apple Pie – A flaky, buttery crust, a pile of apples and a crumb topping. HELLO Fall!

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple-Bacon Buttercream Frosting – Is it breakfast or dessert? You decide!

Banana Nut Bread – My Grandma’s old recipe, which will always be my favorite.

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Dutch Apple Pie

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too (lots of potatoes, pumpkin and galettes this week – it must be fall!):

Fig Galette (Simply Recipes)
I absolutely adore figs, and baking them up in a pie crust seems like the most perfect thing in the world.

Potato, Onion and Gruyere Galette (A Chica Bakes)
More pie crust. With potatoes and Gruyere? Sold!

Pumpkin Cheesecake (Sugarcrafter)
Absolutely gorgeous cheesecake. This is definitely on my fall to-do list!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (My Baking Addiction)
Pumpkin, oatmeal, cherries, white chocolate and spices – I couldn’t conceive a better cookie for fall if I tried!

Smashed Potato Skins (How To: Simplify)
I love potato skins, but they can definitely be hit or miss when ordering them out. These are super easy to make at home, and perfect for football season!

Weekend Fun

Pittsburgh Penguins training camp starts today. The first preseason game is Wednesday. Countdown to October 7th: 19 days. It feels like Christmas.

Last week was the first week of the NFL season, which meant the first week of fantasy football (finally!). Here’s how I did (drum roll, please)…

That’s right, number one in the league baby! I, of course, can’t take all the credit, as Peyton Manning threw for over 400 yards with 3 touchdowns, and Arian Foster (one of my running backs) ran for almost 250 and had 3 touchdowns as well. But hey, I drafted them, and started them. So that counts for something! All in all, a pretty nice start to the season.

Moving on to music. This week I caught a clip from the MTV Video Music Awards (side note: I officially feel old – I hadn’t even heard of 90% of the singers), and it was Justin Bieber performing. My poor, blistered ears. Gah. Now, I know… when I was in elementary school, I was all goo-goo ga-ga over New Kids on the Block. They were so dreamy. So perhaps I shouldn’t judge too much. But music just doesn’t seem as good nowadays as it was when I was younger. Gosh, do I sound like my parents yet? But, but, it’s true! PLUS – guys wear “skinny jeans” now. Whaaa? Who convinced them this was a good look? It just all makes me feel old and gives me the urge to dive into a cave of my 90′s rock music.

I was a teenager in the mid-90′s (hello grunge!) and wrapped my arms ever-so-tightly around alternative rock, and it’s still the music I prefer to listen to now, along with newer Indie Rock bands as well. But, same style of music. Back in the day I loved Better Than Ezra, Alice in Chains, Bush, Collective Soul, Live, and the list goes on and on. So today I am off to reclaim my teenage years. I’m headed to HSFestival to see the likes of Third Eye Blind, Fuel, Everclear, others, and… Billy Idol.

Woo! Super excited.

So tell me, what’s your favorite type of music and what did you listen to growing up?

Have a fabulous weekend! Go Steelers!