The Weekend Dish: 6/21/2014

Ahh, it’s the weekend!! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. I wouldn’t mind a good rain storm, either, so I wouldn’t feel as guilty about doing the whole sitting around inside thing! I really need to pick my reading habit back up; it has been withering for a couple of years now and I miss it. I’d love any book recommendations you have!

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. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Cream Cheese Pound Cake – My absolute favorite classic pound cake recipe. It can’t be beat!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cheesy Bacon, Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Strata – I’m not sure about you, but I don’t need any prodding to eat some cheesy carbs for breakfast! Plus, there’s vegetables!

Cheesy Bacon, Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Strata

Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Crumb Bars – These totally remind me of the Entenmann’s danishes that my grandma used to keep stocked in her kitchen.

Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce – I’ve been in love with hushpuppies since I was a little kid, and I was thrilled to find out how easy they were to make at home.

Hushpuppies with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Friday Things – Some dog pics (of course!), a great tutorial for freezing baked goods, some TV talk, and more…

Friday Things

Most Viewed Post This Week: Top 10 List: Favorite Cupcake Recipes

Most Pinned Post This Week: Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

Most Facebook Shared Post This Week: Dirt Dessert

Most Emailed Post This Week: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Burgers with Guacamole and BBQ Mayo (FoodieCrush)
I typically go all beef when I’m eating a burger, but this chicken variation looks absolutely to-die-for. Plus, it’s on a pretzel bun!

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Corn Dogs (The Candid Appetite)
I’m feeling the bacon cheddar feelings this week 🙂  Corn dogs have always been an amusement park favorite of mine, and I love this gussied-up version.

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing (Pinch of Yum)
This salad is so colorful! With all of those chopped ingredients, and the dressing, I could easily eat it every day for lunch.

S’mores No-Bake Icebox Cake (Completely Delicious)
I just made a version of a s’mores icebox cake, and I can’t get enough of either!

Tart Cherry & Coconut Milk Popsicles (Cookin’ Canuck)
Love, love, love this combination! Perfect for lazy summer days.

Have a delicious weekend!


22 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 6/21/2014”

  1. Debra on June 21, 2014 at 12:15 am

    ah, a good rain would be nice. So far as reading material, I only look as far as the genre I’m interested in. I used to order (at a big discount) books from Daedalus. If the short description sounded good, I’d order it, regardless of the author. While there were some duds in there, there were many gems. The trick is to keep it as inexpensive as possible. Any used book stores in your area? Wander outside of your comfort zone some, you’ll be surprised (or maybe not 🙂 ).


    • Debra on June 21st, 2014 at 12:23 am

      their link is
      I didn’t check shipping, but it used to be $5 no matter how many books. Many hardbacks, all new – just warehoused as not on ‘the list’. Many categories, make great gifts. I think I need to revisit them myself…i’ts been a while.


      • Debra on June 21st, 2014 at 12:29 am

        Shipping $6.95 per shipment, regardless of size for domestic. Not bad at all. Been a while, but I never had a problem with them about anything.


  2. Clean Eater on June 21, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Yum! Haven’t had hush puppies in forever. Looks great.


  3. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious on June 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Great round up and I can relate to the reading need, I have to get back into it asap!


  4. Emily @ Life on Food on June 21, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Hushpuppies are the best. Whenever I am in the south I make sure to get some. I will be trying this out soon. If they are easy, I am in trouble.


  5. Sue parks on June 21, 2014 at 6:57 am

    A great book to read in Sue Monk Kidd’s latest ” The Invention of Wings ” a beautifully written story.
    Thanks for all your posts, love them.


  6. Cassie on June 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I just finished Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. It is very funny and nice easy read!


  7. Maria on June 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I really enjoyed The Night Circus, a mysterious and romantic tale. Two people have recommended The Rosie Project to me, but I haven’t read it yet.


    • Kim on June 22nd, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Hi. I am busy reading The Night Circus at the moment and just can’t get into it. I’m 3/4 of the way through and the story doesnt appear to be going anywhere. I have read The Rosie Project and loved it!


  8. Deena on June 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I love reading and along with you Michelle, the busier I get, the less time I have for reading. I miss it. Of course I subscribe to every cooking and decorating magazine available, and I have enough trouble keeping up with those, let alone allowing myself the time to sit and enjoy a novel. Recently I committed to reading a well-chosen book for at least one hour a day. A dear friend and avid reader recommended the author Maeve Binchy. She told me to start with Tara Road, which I just took out of the library. Today’s the day! Keep us posted. I’m starting a list! Good luck! Deena


  9. Mary on June 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is amazing…


  10. Janice on June 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Rented Jack Ryan movie for my husband yesterday. He really enjoyed it. Thanks for your “thumbs up” review!!
    Hush puppies–OMG! I love ’em!
    Reading material –ANGELINA’S BACHELORS by BRIAN O’REILLY–great book for those who love to cook! 🙂


  11. Lynne on June 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, reading material – such a personal subject, like wine, it really depends on your taste. One of my favorite recent reads was “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty, it was a really good book, but I also think I really liked it so much because the main character is a mother of three as am I. Another really good and fascinating read is “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Angelina Jolie is making it into a movie, but I can’t imagine it being better than the book. Have you read any of Khaled Hosseini’s books? (The Kite Runner, 1000 splendid suns, etc.?) If so, his latest book, “And the Mountains Echoed” is also very good – heartbreaking as always, but a more contemporary story. That’s about it for what I can recommend. I’m in a book club and I wouldn’t say I’m a prolific reader, but I manage 16-20 books a year, and it’s been a real dearth lately 🙂 I can definitely say to skip “The Fault in our Stars”.

    I just recently re-read “Gone with the Wind”, and I loved it even more than when I read it the first time. One of my top 5 books of all time.


  12. Jana on June 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    It has been raining a LOT where I am living! I just finished “A Fault in Our Stars” (which I found out is now in theaters) and I would HIGHLY recommend. It is one of those roller coaster books that makes you laugh, cry, and think about life. It’s very well-written but not dry, very witty, and a page-turner. I hope you enjoy!


  13. Emily on June 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    “A Fault in Our Starts” was a great read. I also read a Liane Moriarty book “The Husband’s Secret” that was good. I just finished “Two Sisters” by Mary Hogan. And if you just like action books — the “Jack Reacher” novels are like candy — easy to get through and addictive! Enjoy!


  14. wendyworldly on June 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve always wondered what hush puppies were! I had no idea they were deep-fried cornmeal. I’m sure I’d like them (I used to love my mom’s cornmeal muffins).
    As far as books go, I guess it depends on your preferred genre…I love mystery/crime fiction. My favourite authors are Alex Kava, Tess Gerritsen, Linda Fairstein, Lisa Gardner, James Patterson, Linwood Barclay and J.D. Robb (a pseudonym used by Nora Roberts). Her Eve Dallas books take place in the 2060s but are not too futuristic. If you like crime fiction with a bit of sci-fi thrown in, these will keep you occupied for quite awhile.


  15. Margaret on June 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I second “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand and Khaled Hosseini’s books. They are among my favorites. The Book Thief is also great, as is Water for Elephants.


  16. Jenny Collins on June 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I recommend “This Life is in Your Hands” by Melissa Coleman. It’s a memoir. I happened upon this book several years ago while in the cookbook aisle at my local library. I still often think back to this book, which evokes bitter sweet memories…it was that good. I’ve been following you for many years. This is my first time to comment. We are a lot alike. Thank you for such a wonderful blog!!


  17. Charlene on June 23, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I also love reading and was finding that I just did not have time so I found a few things that allow me to sneak “reading” into my day. First I go to the Library and get several books on tape and I listen to them whenever I am in the car alone. I also “read” while I am getting ready in the morning or while I am in the kitchen cooking. So at any given time I have 3 books going. Adrianna Trigianna is one authors books that totally come alive by listening to them. Since you are from an italian background like myself you can appreciate all the her stories in an entirely different way. Love your blog and the updates on Duke and Enstein.


  18. Marcia on June 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I agree, What Alice Forgot was very good as well as The Husband’s Secret. Loved Orphan Train and Jodi Picoult’s Storyteller. Page turners were Gone Girl and Into the Darkest Corner (which may be too disturbing for you because you seem so sweet). 🙂 Our book club has read so many wonderful books over the years that it is hard to remember them all. Hope you find the time to enjoy some guilt free reading. I love that part of my weekend.


  19. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on June 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I’m almost finished with The Burning Shore by Wilbur A. Smith. It’s quite an adventure.


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