Thursday, July 30, 2009

BBQ Chicken Pizza

We made this for dinner tonight and it was tasty! You can find the recipe in Liz Edmunds' cookbook, “The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner.” The crust was half wheat flour and turned out really light! We had some yellow squash from my grandma's garden, so we tried it sliced thin on top and it was actually really good!

Chocolate Haupia Pie with Macadamia Nut Crust

I first had this pie at Ted's Bakery in Oahu, Hawaii over five years ago, and my mom still makes an imitation of it that is so yummy! Haupia is a coconut milk gelatin, that is not very flavorful by itself. The layer of chocolate in the pie is the key! I found a new recipe for the crust when I made this pie last weekend, and it is AMAZING! I also toasted some coconut and tossed it on top, since I didn't have whipping cream. When you're in the mood for chocolate, give this recipe a try!

Chocolate Haupia Pie with Macadamia Nut Crust
3/4 cup flour
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 stick cold butter
1/2 cup uncooked Quaker Oats
1/4 cup chopped Macadamia Nuts

6 ounces good quality dark chocolate
14 oz can coconut milk (or a little over 1.5 cups)
1 cup 2% milk (I use skim and it works out fine)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup water

Whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch pie pan. Mix flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts. Press the mixture into bottom and sides of prepared pie pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

While crust is baking, make haupia by whisking coconut milk, milk and sugar together in a saucepan. While bringing coconut mixture to a boil, whisk cornstarch and water together in a separate bowl. Reduce coconut mixture to a simmer and pour in cornstarch mixture. Continue whisking until mixture is thick.

Remove crust from oven when done and put in fridge to cool slightly.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, microwave for 1- 1 1/2 minutes and stir with a fork to melt. Pour half of haupia into the chocolate and mix well. Pour chocolate haupia into pie crust. Pour remaining white haupia in a layer on top of chocolate haupia. Place pie in refrigerator to cool at least 1 hour.

Whip heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spread onto pie and top with shaved chocolate. Cool another hour in fridge.

Hope you like it!!

Rating: Cafe Galleria

Cafe Galleria is a small, authentic pizza place and art gallery on 101 W Main St, in Midway, UT. They serve authentic thin crust wood fired pizza that is worth the trip!

This restaurant has seating on the grass during the summer, and we didn't even go inside to see the art gallery. There was a musician playing the piano, which gave the place a great atmosphere. We ate with Lindsey's parents, so we tried four pizzas. Lindsey ordered the Margherita pizza, and Stew got the Sicilian. We also tried the Pepperoni and Chicken Margherita. They were 12" in diameter, and we definitely had leftovers! The Sicilian was our favorite! The salads we got were fine, but the salad Lindsey got tasted a little bitter, since it was made with just arugula. Overall, it was a fun dining experience! If you're ever in Midway, try Cafe Galleria!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Next Food Network Star—Season 5

So this next posting is from me, Stew. I’m not the kind of person to watch TV all that much. I usually watch the evening news (pretty faithfully) and an occasional Man vs. Wild episode (when they are on). Anyway, a while back Lindsey got me hooked on this show called “The Next Food Network Star,” Season 5.

I am totally hooked now.
The final episode is this weekend and I am excited to see who wins (however, we are rooting for Melissa). Anyway—I highly recommend this show.

Do we like food???

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rating: Rooster Dumpling and Noodle Bar

The decorations in the restaurant were nice, but we had to sit on the same table with people we didn’t know, and we didn’t like that. The service was incredibly slow, but they were packed. The price was too high for the amount of food we received, but it is still relatively cheap, compared to other restaurants of that quality. Our only complaint with the food was the Ginger Chicken Stir Fry: it was a VERY small serving size, and the chicken was too oily and fatty. But the dumplings (all four kinds: pork, shrimp, veggie, and beef) were outstanding, and the desserts (French Toast, and Chocolate Lava Cake with Hazelnut Whipped Cream) were to-die-for, especially the Lava Cake. Next time we go (and it WAS good enough to go again), were just getting dumplings and dessert!

Monday, July 27, 2009

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How we became foodies

To understand the purpose of this blog, you must know a little about Lindsey and Stew.

In the Summer of 2008, Lindsey called Stew and asked if she could make Sunday dinner for the two of them. Stew was really excited and thought it was a great idea. What started out as a friendly Sunday dinner turned out to be the first of many dinners made together. As the couple began dating in the fall of 2008, they realized they were a good match: Lindsey liked cooking good food and Stew liked eating good food (and helping clean up!). Lindsey is somewhat particular of what she puts in her mouth. Stew, on the other hand, was NOT as concerned about what he put in his mouth, as long as it tasted good.

For Christmas of 2008, Lindsey's mom gave her a cookbook called “The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week.” The recipes are from Liz Edmunds, who was Lindsey's LDS Young Women's leader. The whole philosophy behind her cookbook is that cooking good food brings families together. She also wrote the book to help young mothers and families create meaningful meals. The cookbook also has what Liz terms “conversation starters,” which help start meaningful conversations around the dinner table. She believes dinnertime bonds families and keeps “the communication between family members wide open.” So as Lindsey began using the cookbook, it sparked entire evenings of good food, great conversation, and lots of laughter and fun!

After the two were married in June of 2009, they honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii. While they were there, they decided they wanted to eat at unique restaurants. They found a nice little beach town called “Kihei.” On the main ocean-side road of Kihei, they found a bunch of little restaurants shoved in a two-block radius. Every day, the couple found themselves returning to Kihei to dine, because the restaurants were tasty AND affordable! If you ever get the chance to visit Maui, you MUST eat in Kihei (several times)!

Upon returning back to normal life in Provo, Utah, the couple discovered that their food preferences had evolved. No longer were they content with “mediocre” meals, but desired to ALWAYS eat/cook only good food (good tasting and good for the body). If you have ever seen the movie Ratatouille, you will remember the food critic, Anton Ego. Lindsey and Stew identify with one line from the movie that explains their love of food. Speaking to Linguini (the head cook), Anton said, “I don't like food, I love it. If I don't love it, I don't swallow. I will return tomorrow night with high expectations...pray you don't disappoint me.”

Those who love food have high expectations. Lindsey and Stew believe that good food feeds the soul—not just the body. So in an effort to help their family and friends get as much joy out of eating as they do, this blog was created. The blog contains reviews of restaurants they visit, as well as yummy recipes from the Campbell kitchen.

Bon App├ętit!

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