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!