The Weekend Dish: 5/19/2012

Welcome to another weekend! I hope yours is looking as sunny as ours here in Pittsburgh. It might be the best weekend forecast of the year so far! Sunny and in the 80’s – you can’t beat that in mid-May. What do you have planned for the next couple of days? I am going to be helping my mom plant a raised bed garden tomorrow, which I’m super excited about. I’m looking forward to homegrown produce! I’ve done herbs in containers the last few summers, but have yet to do any vegetables. Fingers are crossed that one of us inherited my grandfather’s incredibly green thumb. On our planting list: tomatoes, mixed greens, romaine lettuce, red peppers, jalapeno peppers, broccoli, zucchini, and pickling cucumbers. We’ll see how it goes!

Do you remember last Saturday when I mentioned that my mom and I were going to a Mario Batali cooking demo and autograph signing? We had such a blast. Actually, I think my mom may have had even more fun than I did; I’m so glad that she enjoyed it. We watched him cook two dishes from his new cookbook, and then got our copies autographed. Afterward, my mom and I hit up a local bakery for a casual lunch. It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon! Here are a few photos from the event:

Mario cooking:

Here I am, getting my cookbook signed. I was telling Mario that I watched him on The Haney Project. It’s true, I watch golf shows. I love Feherty!

Next up was my mom, she was having so much fun:

Finally, I got to spend the entire event hanging out with Jessica, who many of you know from How Sweet It Is. We both hail from Pittsburgh, but live in different areas, and this was our first opportunity to meet and spend some time together. We should have had a Terrible Towel in the picture, now that I think about it ;-)

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

GIVEAWAY: Pampered Chef ‘Help Whip Cancer’ Baking Sets – Did you win??

Colossal Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies – A dream for all peanut butter/chocolate fans!

Key Lime Pie – A classic! Graham cracker crust, a creamy, tart filling, and fresh whipped cream.

Chicken Fried Steak with Sawmill Gravy – Battered. Fried. Steak. Smothered in gravy. I think that says it all!

Mocha Brownies – Chocolate fudge brownies spiked with espresso and topped with an espresso frosting.

Most Viewed Post This Week: Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Cashew Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting (My Baking Addiction)
I’m definitely making these for my mom – she LOVES cashews!

Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans (How Sweet It Is)
I have always loved baked beans, but have never made them myself. Shame on me! These look crazy good.

Open-Face Chicken Caprese Sandwiches (Iowa Girl Eats)
Simple, gorgeous, and perfect for summer!

Pao de Lo (Portuguese Sponge Cake) with Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream (Portuguese Girl Cooks)
I love family recipes, and this one looks outstanding, especially that pastry cream!

Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Muffins (Cookin’ Canuck)
I’ve always loved the combination of peanut butter and banana, but have only recently discovered the combination of peanut butter and honey. I can’t wait to make these!

Have a delicious weekend!