The Weekend Dish: 1/21/2012

I hope that everyone has had a good week, and that your weekend is off to a great weekend! The last two days have been snowy here, which, as you know, is right up my alley. I took advantage of a break in the snow yesterday to meet a friend for lunch and then get a tour of the new Giant Eagle Market District up in Pine Twp (for those of you from Pittsburgh). Basically, this store is a foodie’s paradise. I felt like a little kid in a candy store! It’s the 3rd one in the Pittsburgh area and I’m so glad there’s finally one in my neck of the woods. Their cheese area is massive, you can buy fresh pasta, mozzarella that is made right there in the store, bottle your own olive oil and vinegar, or mix them for a vinaigrette, there is every type of bread imaginable, a deli kiosk so you can put in your order and then pick it up when you’re done shopping – no more waiting in deli lines! And this is all only in one area of the store. There is a bulk foods section, which is similar to what you find at Whole Foods, where you can buy grains in bulk, as much as you need, as well as nuts, seeds, oats, salts, peppercorns, etc. In that same area is also different types of flours, including spelt, pastry, rye – perfect for trying out a new recipe and not needing a whole 5-pound bag. I could seriously go on and on, I had so much fun shopping and exploring the store, and the folks that showed me around could not have been nicer. If you’re a Pittsburgher, definitely plan to hit it up when you’re in the area – an awesome grocery shopping experience!

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

Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits {Happy 5th Birthday, Einstein!} – I made homemade dog treats to celebrate my golden retriever’s birthday last weekend.

Peanut Butter Blondies – A peanut butter lover’s dream!

Focaccia Bread – Quite possibly the best homemade bread that has ever come out of my kitchen.

Minestrone Soup – One of my favorite quick meals in college, I love this homemade version.

Chubby Hubby Rice Krispies Treats – Peanut butter and pretzel Rice Krispies treats that are topped with chocolate. Yummm!

Most Viewed Post This Week: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Cacio e Pepe (Ezra Pound Cake)
A simple, classic recipe for pasta with Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. It’s one of my favorite things to eat; definitely Italian comfort food.

Chinese Dumplings (Closet Cooking)
These are one of my favorite appetizers when I eat at an Asian restaurant, and I can’t wait to try making them at home.

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumb Topping (How To: Simplify)
These muffins remind me of the apple-cinnamon bread that I made last year; love this combination of flavors – a great way to start the morning!

Raspberry Crumble Tart (Technicolor Kitchen)
An absolutely gorgeous raspberry tart with crumb topping that has me yearning for summer fruit!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Popcorn (Two Peas and Their Pod)
Naturally, I love this spin on caramel corn or homemade Cracker Jack – instead of a caramel coating, the popcorn gets a peanut butter and honey coating, and instead of peanuts, chopped miniature peanut butter cups! I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Have a delicious weekend!