November 25, 2012

Surprise Dessert Bread (Shhh...)

This recipe was sent via snail mail to me by my grandmother. She's been telling me about this "amazing dessert bread recipe" she came across and "was such a hit" with her dear friends down in Arizona that she encouraged me to test it out.

I was a little hesitant, for one reason and one reason only: the main ingredient.

BUT, after devouring and entire loaf basically to myself, I thought I'd share it with you.
Get ready to be surprised.
Here we go.

    4 eggs
    3 Cups all-purpose flour
    2 Cups white sugar
    1 Cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 Cup chopped walnuts
    and finally, the surprisingly secret ingredient: 1 (15 ounce) can of Pork & Beans

Yes, you read that correctly, I did say Pork & Beans.
Trust me, you'll be happily surprised.

Now, here's what to do:

1. Preheat your oven to 325 F. Grease & flour 2 bread loaf pans [preferably 9x5x3 inches].
2. Puree the can of undrained Pork & Beans in a food processor.

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, flour, sugar, salt, oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking soda & baking powder. After its mixed well, gently fold in nuts & pureed Pork & Beans. Divide batter evenly into 2 pans.

4. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until the bread tests done with a skewer.

Your house will probably start to smell cinnamon-y and delicious after 25 min of baking. My parents (the guinea pig's in the taste-test) thought I was making pumpkin bread. It smell THAT good!

Trust me, this dessert bread is delicious. You can have it with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream or have it for breakfast with a little butter. Either way, you won't believe how amazing it is!


November 14, 2012

Pine State Infatuation

If you've been keeping up with the posts, or know me personally, you understand how much I love breakfast.  The last couple of times I've been down to Portland B took me to one of his favorite spots. I wasn't sure I was going to like it since I'm not much of a biscuit fan, but oh... these are no ordinary biscuits.  And Pine State Biscuits is no ordinary breakfast joint either.

Situated perfectly in the middle of Alberta in Northeast, this place is down right awesome.
There is always (and I literally mean always) a line out the door. You order your biscuit sandwich concoction and watch with anticipation as names are called and plates are placed on the bar top.

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B& I found seats right on the bar which was absolutely perfect. I watched, drooling, as the speedy cooks put together their mouthwatering biscuits....

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We both ordered the Reggie Deluxe.
This has fried chicken, cheese, a fried egg, bacon and is topped with their creamy gravy.
And yes, it was delicious:

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Eastsider Diaries, pine state biscuits
Eastsider Diaries, pine state biscuits

For more info on where you can get your own Reggie Deluxe go here and here!

November 12, 2012

Winter Is Coming...

Bootie-wearers unite! 
It's nearly winter and to any Pacific Northwesterner, we all know that fall & winter are fabulous.

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Finally I get to take out those boots that have been hiding in their lonely shoebox and sport them with a lovely jacket or coat. Last weekend I was in Portland and fell head over heels (no pun intended) for these gorgeous Cole Haan booties:

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With the week cold and dry, I had an excuse to wear my new favorite booties...

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Eastsider Diaries, Booties, Cole Haan

You can find some similar here or here.

Booties: Cole Haan
Jeans: Burberry
Jacket: H&M
Scarf & gloves: Cashmere

And from the title of this post I'm sure you can tell I'm a Game of Thrones fan. If you're like me and desperately waiting for Season 3, watching this might make you feel a little better (or worse).