The Weekend Dish: 11/13/2010

T-minus 12 days until Turkey Day. Are you ready? Have you made your menu, or decided on what to bring to the dinner you’re attending? I can’t believe how the holidays have crept up this year. Although some snow flurries were in the forecast for this past week, I have yet to see a flake, and now Mother Nature is all kinds of confused, throwing us a string of sunny 65-degree days. I’ll enjoy these last few gorgeous autumn days, for sure. But I’ll also welcome the snow with open arms. Love it! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? I know folks out west are already seeing snow!

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 musings about some random stuff. Enjoy! :)

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – A recipe that finally changed my experience with red velvet – moist, fluffy and a great cream cheese frosting!

How to Make Perfect Pie Crust – A step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make perfectly flaky pie crust, both with a food processor and by hand.

Pumpkin Pie – An amazing pie with some twists on the traditional recipe that make it absolutely sublime.

Pecan Pie – A personal favorite, and a must for your Thanksgiving dessert table!

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Chewy Butterfinger Bars (Natalie’s Killer Cuisine)
I love baking with candy, and being a peanut butter fan, I think these look incredible!

Gingersnaps (Baker’s Banter)
A great Christmas staple, and I can’t wait to try this homemade version from the King Arthur Flour blog.

Prosciutto-Wrapped, Cream Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños (Crumbly Cookie)
I adore prosciutto, and these look like a perfect appetizer for game days.

Overnight French Toast Casserole (Ezra Pound Cake)
I have always wanted to bake one of these for Christmas morning, and this version looks fabulous. Definitely saving it for next month!

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake (Joy the Baker)
This just sounds so insanely fun and awesome. I need a milkshake immediately.

Weekend Fun

Some random musings about stuff that has gone on in the last week…

1. Are the Pens righting the ship?

The game against Boston on Wednesday night was a downright embarrassment. The organization should have refunded everyone’s money who showed up to watch the game. Up 4-2 heading into the 3rd and then you end up losing 7-4? When I play NHL on PS3 I typically have very epic 3rd period meltdowns. This one put mine to shame. Brent Johnson was in net and he didn’t have a great game, but the defense was insanely awful. And as a side note, apparently Mike Comrie didn’t practice because he “had the flu”… coincidence that Hilary Duff was in town??

Fleury got the start last night. The fans at Consol broke into a “Fleury Fleury Fleury” chant before the game started and after a couple of key saves. His post-game interview with Dan Potash on the ice with the fans there cheering was no less than absolutely awesome. Moments like that make me proud to be a fan. Anyway, the Pens enjoyed a 5-1 victory and Deryk Engelland got his first NHL goal. Another weekend of back-to-back games; hoping they can pull out another win tonight in Atlanta! Let’s Go Pens!

2. Steelers almost blew it on MNF.

But the Bengals kinda sorta suck, and so we managed to win. My heart cannot continue to handle 4th quarter meltdowns. There were way too many of them last season, and almost blowing a 20-point lead in the 4th quarter against the Bengals? Not good. Why can’t the Steelers and Penguins manage to play complete games? Is it something in the water of the Allegheny? Perplexing, for sure.

Thank you to the Atlanta Falcons for beating the Ravens in the final moments of Thursday night’s game. If we can manage a victory against the Patriots on Sunday night (a feat that I don’t anticipate being very easy) we’ll have sole possession of 1st place in the AFC North. Go Steelers!

3. Fantasy Football: 8-1!

Thanks to Roddy White for helping me get out to a nice 49 point lead heading into Sunday. Between him, Ray Rice and Matt Bryant, I have a nice head start. Woo Baker’s Dozen!

4. Stilllll reading Eat, Pray, Love.

I finally got to the end of Italy, but haven’t yet started India. I have to say, I did enjoy Italy. Maybe because I have a lot of family history there, but I’ve never been, I really liked reading about the different types of food, the people on the streets, the different areas of the country. I’ll let you know what I think of India!

5. Shoes. I need shoes.

Not really of the high-heeled variety pictured above (but isn’t that image cute??), but something that falls between sneakers and those. Something upbeat casual that I can walk comfortably in but that’s cute. Maybe flats, maybe a small heel. Maybe some flat boots? Not sure yet. Would love to hear some ideas about what’s “in” and what you may have tried that you like. You guys definitely came through with the book recommendations, so thanks in advance for the shoe input! 🙂

And on that note, have a fabulous weekend everyone!


26 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 11/13/2010”

  1. Katrina on November 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Your pies this week were amazing. Great posts 🙂


    • Michelle on November 13th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Katrina!


  2. Lauren on November 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    My favorite shoe right now is the Steve Madden Intyce boot. Here’s the link:
    Nordstrom’s has them with free shipping. They’re totally worth the $130. I wear mine with skinny jeans, skirts, and dresses. I could even wear them under regular jeans. They’re extremely comfortable and versatile. I am not a teeny-tiny toothpick, but they have adjustable buckles to fit your calves comfortably.

    PS- I cannot wait to try your pecan pie. I need a new recipe.


    • Michelle on November 13th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      OMG, Lauren, those boots are AH-mazing!!! I think I definitely need them. Thank you for the recommendation!!

      Oh, and the pecan pie is awesome, do try it!


  3. Gerri on November 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

    As a life-long bengals fan I can say that they more than kinda sorta suck :). I am so glad to be living in Boston now where I don’t have to endure the suffering that occurs from watching the bengals play. Now-a-days, I just like to watch a good football game. I am looking forward to the Pats and Steelers Sunday night. As a fellow AFC north-er and a fellow alum of Big Ben’s alma mater I will be rooting for the Steelers! Should be an excellent match up! Love the Weekend Dish BTW!!


    • Michelle on November 13th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Glad you’ll be rooting for the Steelers! I’m always nervous when we play New England – always seems like such a crap shoot. Happy to hear you like the Weekend Dish! 🙂


  4. Maria on November 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Great recipes this week, like always:) I am looking for new shoes too! I need black somewhat dressy shoes that are still comfortable. I am going to DSW to see what they have. Let me know if you find any!


    • Michelle on November 13th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      Good luck shopping! I will let you know if I find anything; you do the same!


  5. Alicia on November 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Elizabeth Gilbert is going to be the featured speaker at a women’s conference I’m helping to organize. If you aren’t doing anything March 31st come see her in Galveston, TX. the conference is going to be great! In fact, we are still looking for other amazing women to participate if you are interested … it would be a 2 for 1 for you! A new bakery is opening in Galveston called Pattycakes. My friends are going to offer insanely good baked goods and real french bread! I’m telling you, you would have a blast down here on the Island!


  6. Tina from PA on November 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    My husband said after the game Mon. night ” I think I have to stop watching the Steelers play , I’m gonna have a heart attack !!” Oh, now about shoes I love Born shoes , comfy and cute, check it out . You are so lucky being near the Burgh , up here in northeast Pa the shopping isn’t so great! I think my sister took me to South Hills Village,( it had a Cheesecake Factory there),man I loved that mall! I can only keep dreaming we will get something good up here!


    • Michelle on November 13th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      I checked out the Born website – definitely super cute! My kinda style. Thank you! I don’t know that I’ve ever been to South Hills Village (I live in the northern suburbs) but Ross Park Mall also has a Cheesecake Factory, can never go wrong with cheesecake after shopping 🙂


  7. Adelaide on November 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm
  8. Sarah on November 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I bought these a few weeks ago and I were them all. the. time. I love them!

    Of course, I paid full price. : (
    Hope you’re having a great weekend!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Those are super cute!! Thanks for sharing Sarah!


  9. Jen on November 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve got Roddy White too. He was questionable right up until about an hour before game time. Thank goodness I didn’t bench him! My Fantasy weekend is off to a great start!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:10 am

      Jen, I hope your week turned out better than mine! I already lost, no thanks to Peyton Manning!!


  10. Annie on November 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I made a pie last night and used your tip of grating the frozen butter. It was like magic! Made the whole process soooo much easier! Thanks!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:11 am

      You’re welcome! Yay pie! What kind did you make?


  11. Amanda on November 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Just finished EPL this morning, I’m sure you’ll love it! Go Steelers 🙂

    p.s. I am in constant search of casual shoes… I feel your pain. I got some good flats from banana republic recently, and I really like them!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:12 am

      I love Banana Republic, I will have to check out their shoe selection. Thanks for the tip!

      Wasn’t that game awful last night? Stupid Patriots and Tom Brady and his stupid hair.


  12. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox on November 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Love the weekend dish!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Amanda, glad you’re enjoying it!


  13. Kristin on November 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I love Pumas for walking…they are super comfortable!


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2010 at 10:14 am

      I love the look of Pumas, thanks for the tip Kristin!


  14. Michelle on November 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Big Ben and Mike Wallace came up HUGE for me in fantasy football last night. I was losing by 40 points and now I am up by 23! I’m from Boston though, so I pumped the Pats pulled it off, but total conflict of interest with my fantasy team!

    Can’t wait to try the red velvet cupcakes! The recipe I have always used has oil, I’m interested to see the difference with butter.

    You should try for shoes. They have a great selection and are always offering 25% off and free shipping!


    • Michelle on November 16th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      I hope you ended up winning! I was left wishing I had Michael Vick instead of Peyton Manning this week, go figure 😉 Isn’t it crazy how playing fantasy football and can seriously cause conflicts of interest? It’s so funny!

      Thanks for the tip on, going to check it out! And enjoy those cupcakes!


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