The Weekend Dish: 9/4/2010

The Weekend Dish

Welcome back to another Saturday edition of The Weekend Dish. Thank you for the great feedback last week; I’m so happy that this is something you all enjoy. So here we go! Amazingly, I made nothing with chocolate this week. I must have a fever. Oh well wait, the Cowboy Cookies had chocolate chips. But you know what I mean, that doesn’t truly count. But cookies, ice cream and dip, are good, yes? I think you’ll like the variety and there are some great finds in the bookmarked section too, so check them all out!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

Cowboy Cookies – Massive cookies packed full of oats, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. They will certainly satisfy any cowboy-sized cravings!

Pan-Fried Onion Dip – A homemade version of fabulous French onion dip. You’ll never want to buy that plastic tub of dip from the store again. You’ll also not want to share this with anyone else, guaranteed.

Gingered Carrot Cookies – Tender cookies that could just as easily be classified as a scone. They are full of ginger flavor and chock full of carrots, coconut, raisins and pecans. If you like carrot cake, you will love these!

Cinnamon Ice Cream – Ice cream perfect to keep in the freezer for the upcoming fall season and all of the apple recipes it brings. Scoop this onto a warm slice of apple pie, apple crisp, pumpkin pie… you get the idea :) (In fact, this is great with the carrot cake cookies!)

Most Viewed Recipe This Week: Monkey Bread

What I Bookmarked This Week

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

Bacon Polenta with Mushrooms & Thyme (Cookin’ Canuck)
I come from a traditional Italian family and grew up eating polenta. This version sounds to-die-for! My grandma used to make it sometimes with bacon and Italian sausage, and I think the mushrooms and herbs in this dish will knock her socks off.

Honeyed Apple Peanut Butter Tart (Picky Palate)
Apples and peanut butter are a classic snack. Throw in puff pastry and honey, and holy wow, amazing!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Tart (Joy the Baker)
I know, more peanut butter. But I loooooove peanut butter. And I love things that are quick, require no oven, and make me weak in the knees. Pretty sure this tart qualifies.

Noir Bars (Sugarcrafter)
I can’t resist chocolate and cheesecake together. I just can’t.

Roasted Banana and Rum Raisin Ice Cream (montcarte)
This is going on my must.make.immediately list. Roasted bananas, rum-soaked raisins, more rum, and ice cream? My kinda recipe!

Weekend Fun

How was your week? Crazy busy? Getting the kids back to school? I celebrated September 1st by churning the cinnamon ice cream I featured yesterday. Cinnamon, apples, and pumpkin just scream fall to me, and since it’s my favorite season I welcome it with open arms!

Remember last week I told you we were going to an open house at the new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh? Well, it was beyond fabulous. Most times when something new is hyped so much, it’s inevitable that it will be at least somewhat of a letdown. I was astonished that this was nowhere near the case, and in fact, I actually believe that it exceeded the hype. I couldn’t stop gushing about every single thing. They did an amazing job and I can’t wait to watch a game there. We tried sitting in all different areas of the arena, including the very top, and honestly – not one bad seat in the entire place. Awesome! Below are a few pics:

Consol Energy Center Open House

The jumbo tron is out of this world and the sound system is ridiculous, just ridiculous. One of the upper walls in the main concourse has a painting of Sid, naturally. One of the unique things they did was dedicate an entire hallway to a display of local high school and college hockey jerseys, with the school name next to them. Really cool idea and great way to tie the team to the community. And lastly, the new arena sits a church, which at first seemed weird (and some thought those building the arena would lobby for it to be torn down), but it really adds character. One entire side of the arena is floor to ceiling glass (again, awesome), and in one area you can look out and see the church, and then the Mellon Arena (the old arena) a little further back. Really a neat view.

In other news, even though I love fall, can you believe the summer is coming to a close already? It has absolutely flashed before my eyes. I feel like it was only last week that it was Memorial Day weekend and I was excited at feeling the fresh, warm air in the early evenings. Do you have any big Labor Day weekend plans? My fantasy football draft is on Monday night, so stay tuned for the results. Do any of you play fantasy sports? Last season was my first year playing and I got terribly addicted! It was so much and totally feeds my competitive tendencies. I was the only girl in our league, and I ended up coming in 2nd, getting to the championship game and getting beat by my boyfriend (watching those games during the final Sunday was intense and there was much trash talking going on, so much fun!). Well, look out, Baker’s Dozen is back! (Fitting name, don’t you think? We do draft 13 players, after all!) Wish me luck!

Baker's Dozen Fantasy Football

I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend that’s full of lots of great food! :)