Sues's Favorite Things #16

Sues’s Favorite Things #16

February 23, 2011

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I haven’t done a favorite things post in a while and it’s definitely time for one. I’ve been super duper busy with work the past couple weeks, so I’ve been totally grateful for the little things that make me happy. Something to look forward to on a weekend or at the end of a long day…. Basically, I need a vacation badly 🙂 But for now, I’ll take some favorite things. Favorite Things are like mini vacations! Though I definitely wouldn’t complain about a nice beach and some tropical drinks either…

Stonewall Kitchen:

You guys probably already know by now that Stonewall Kitchen is one of my very favorite things. I recently went back to take a class with my mom and sister and had another fabulous experience. We took a class called “Hunker Down, the Snow’s a Blowin'”

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With Chef Jeff Saunders.

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He cooked up a huge brunch for us that was just perfect for the freezing cold weather outside.

These muffins were absolutely delightful. Though I probably would have named them something other than “dirty muffins.” But a muffin by any other name would be as delicious, right? They involved lots of butter, sugar, milk, and cinnamon.

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I recently made my own white hot chocolate, but it was nothing like this one, which was finished with orange zest. It was rich and creamy and basically the best thing ever for a Sunday morning.

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I absolutely love the idea of these ham and egg cups. They’re super easy for a brunch gathering or a party where you want to serve some small appetizers. The bacon scallion scones mostly just re-affirmed my strong love for scones.

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Like all of the chefs Stonewall has teaching their classes, Jeff Saunders was entertaining, knowledgeable, and friendly. He was happy to answer all questions about his brunch (and more!) and is clearly super passionate about what he does.

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Oh, and he’s also a fruit sculptor. Pretty amazing. This bird apple was more intricate on the other side, but seriously, he made this in about 1 minute flat.

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I love a good breakfast strata, especially when there’s spinach involved. I was getting pretty full at this point, though!

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But the food was still coming! Our final course was an apple-filled crepe with cinnamon sauce.

My sister got a birthday candle in her crepe. So cute!

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I loved the apple filling! And the serious reminder that I need to make crepes again ASAP. Maybe this weekend will be the time… especially considering Stonewall kindly sent me some Dark Chocolate Crepe Mix. I can’t wait to try it!

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After the class, we obviously took the time to browse the Stonewall store, which is pretty much heaven on Earth.

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Did you know Stonewall Kitchen has cheese ball mixes?! Like a lot of them. I was totally tempted to buy one or two, but managed to hold myself back. I mean, a key lime cheese ball? Please.

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I’m pretty sure family is always on my list of favorite things. It was so fun to spend a mother-daughter afternoon in Maine.

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If you live in the New England area and haven’t been to Stonewall KItchen yet, I strongly, strongly encourage it! The classes are inexpensive and you’ll get to feast on delicious food and have a lot of fun. Then there’s all the shopping. If Stonewall would let me move in, I most definitely would.

The Kittery Outlets are close by, too 🙂

Pavlova:

My mom made these mini pavlovas for dessert for my sister’s birthday and now I want to recreate it and eat it every single night. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful?

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Chobani Yogurt:

Duh. I was e-mailing with Emily from Chobani a couple weeks ago and she asked if I wanted some Chobani Greek Yogurt sent my way. Um, obviously?

I think my apartment’s concierge was slightly confused as to why a giant box labeled “Greek Yogurt” arrived for me. Trust me, I think he’s already pretty confused by me and all the strange food packages I constantly receive.

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I was super excited to try the 3 new flavors Emily sent my way.

I’m not a huge fan of the 2% yogurt (and would die for the pineapple flavor in 0%!), but this mango was really, really delicious. I’ve been known to eat an entire mango in one sitting, so this was kind of perfect for me. Though I might still top it with more fresh mango 🙂

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Black Cherry is hands-down my new favorite flavor. This was pretty awesome and didn’t need any toppings or additions at all. I absolutely can’t wait for it to come to my local grocery store because I will be all over it.

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Lemon Chobani is also pretty delicious. I really enjoyed this yogurt topped with some granola and blueberries. It’s perfectly tangy and smooth.

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The flatbread I made last week:

I’m convinced that every Friday night deserves a flatbread. And the one I made the other night was glorious. Homemade pesto, bacon, eggs, and cheddar.

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Topped with arugula. Does it get any better than that?

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Well actually, now that you mention it, Chels and I were invited to a grand opening party of Boston’s new Naked Pizza last night. We attended and will have a full review for you coming up, but I have to let you know right now it’s AWESOME and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. Naked Pizza is already open in Brighton and will be opening up in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner in a few weeks. Oh, and they deliver. YES!

BCAE Classes:

Oh and one more thing. Chels and I will be teaching a couple classes at the Boston School for Adult Education next month and we wanted to let you know! We’ll be teaching “Starting a Blog” on March 14 and “Promoting Your Blog” on March 28. So, if you’ve always wanted to start a blog or just need some help promoting your blog, feel free to sign up for our classes!

This week features lots more work and hopefully a bunch of wedding planning (we’re deep in our search for the perfect Boston wedding venue!). It’s also my dad’s birthday tomorrow (happy birthday, Dad!) and we’ll be celebrating at Jean-George’s Market this weekend. Obviously can’t wait for that!

Do you need a vacation as badly as I do? And if so, what “favorite things” are working as a vacation substitute for you?

[Sues]

20 Responses to "Sues’s Favorite Things #16"

  1. Amy says:

    i could DEFINITELY use a vacation. my favorite things in the meantime are: breakfasts of homemade bread with peanut butter and coffee, cooking for my husband and getting a “this is really good” response, sleeping in on Saturdays, my lovely warm and cozy bed, my beautiful super cute niece and the prospect of spring hopefully being not so far away…

    wish i could go to that store and your class!

  2. Erica says:

    I never knew stonewall kitchen had an actual store! How awesome. The muffin looks ridiculous good. I love Chobani! I really am enjoying the new flavors…but I think the lemon will do best in a baked good (its a little strong for me). That is so cool that y’all are teaching classes- enjoy!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    How have I never been to the company store?? I have been to no fewer than 5 of the regular stores (Portsmouth, Portland, Camden, etc.). I MUST check out the company store. I had no idea it was so close to Kittery! That brunch looks divine.

  4. Monique says:

    Goodness! what an amazing post!
    i love the stonewall line of goodies! And the eats look amazing!
    Congrats on the teacher spot- i wish i could come- id love to see you ladies in action.

  5. Emily says:

    This may just be the yummiest post I’ve seen in a very long time. LOVE Stonewall Kitchen, and how adorable is your family?! I will also be recreating that pizza this weekend. Convinced that breakfast pizzas are the only way to go, lately. Thanks for the shout out!

    -E

  6. Erin says:

    That all looks delicious! I am intrigued by the ham and egg cups! The dirty muffins look VERY much like french breakfast puffs just a bit “dirtier”. They sound very similar in description too. I just made the french breakfast puffs this weekend and they were so delish….curious what the difference is! 🙂 These look good too!

  7. Sharlene says:

    I DO need a vacation but recently all the game nights we’ve been having seem to be a vacay in themselves. Last night, Boy and I played a game all by ourselves for 2 hours and it was the perfect weeknight in!

  8. notyet100 says:

    vacation for me is when hubby is at work and my son in his school,i truly enjoy my time out thn

  9. This post just made me hungry! So much amazing looking food:-)

  10. Danielle says:

    I could certainly use a vacation! To sound like a geek… I take any free moment to just relax and read a book and escape to some place new.

  11. MichellePC says:

    I also <3 Stonewall Kitchen! Wish I could have made it to the Naked Pizza event last night – got stuck at work late – but I look forward to your recap!

  12. i would die for even a STAYCATION right now. anything!

    that flatbread has my tummy rumbling… and that cooking class. and everything. and oh boy.

  13. I think all of your favorite things might be my favorite things! I’m SO jealous of your Chobani flavors…I need to try some of these other flavors!

  14. sweeter salt says:

    I heart Stonewall! Their Portland store is down the street from my office – so tempting!

    That flatbread looks amazing, thinking I may need to steal that idea.

    Laura

  15. Kelly says:

    I didn’t know there was Chobani Mango but now I REALLY want it- though I’m more of a 0% girl too. If I’m going to have fat I’d rather it be somewhere else (like in my after dinner ice cream, oops).

    I’ll definitely look into taking the promoting the blog class with you guys- that would be fun!

  16. Sarah says:

    Very J of your new Chobani flavors. Let’s get those to the local grocery stat! Hope you enjoy Market this weekend – I went a few months ago and was underwhelmed. Enjoyed the popcorn at the bar, but dinner was very meh. Would love to know what you think!

  17. Emily says:

    Oh, and p.s. Naked Pizza looks awesome! I can’t wait to hear more. Think they will deliver all the way to Beacon Hill? 😉

  18. Kerstin says:

    What a fun class and mini vacation! Stonewall Kitchen was right next to where I ran my half marathon last fall and we visited and had so much fun. And yum, Chobani is my favorite!

  19. Kelly says:

    I think we are channeling the same inspiration! I made a similar flatbread this week, though mine had a goat cheese base, bacon, tomato, and egg. I am simply smitten with egg on pizza though. I don’t know why I don’t do that more often.

  20. Jessica says:

    A little late to the party, but just tried black cherry chobani, and it is the best thing ever. It is MY new favorite thing.

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