Posted by chris on Dec 15th, 2011
Raspberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake from Crema in southeast Portland, Oregon
December 15 — Happy National Cupcake Day!
I began my morning determined to spread the excitement, wonder and joy that is National Cupcake Day. Anyone who knows me well can attest, I am always and forever an engine of sharing delight… (Shut up, Anyone-who-knows-me-well.)
So I forwarded a link to Tatyana, informing her of our beloved and cherished national holiday. I sat back, satisfied, anticipating a sweet response to my sweet gesture of a sweet link…
Now, Tatyana is a known vegetarian. And I was quickly reprimanded for daring to send her a link that contained (among other cupcake photos) a photo of a honey-baked ham cupcake. “What a shameless disrespect!” she contemptuously castigated — yes, castigated — from her high gift horse on a throne.
Well, this meat-free, mea culpa cupcake photo & post is dedicated to her royal high(maintenance)ness. HAPPY
fucking national cupcake day NOW?!
Previously on Cut & Taste
Posted by chris on Oct 4th, 2009
Lemon poppy cupcake with raspberry buttercream. Double-shot Americano. From Crema Bakery & Cafe in southeast Portland, Oregon.
I love the layout of this cafe. Big, open, lots of windows and lots of hardwood.
Their regular house coffee is from a french press. So it’s very strong. In fact, they provide hot water, right next to the coffee dispenser. Puny, weak mortals use this water to wuss-ify their drink. Can’t handle a french press? Get in the hot water line — with the other small-boned children.
A very intense guy started talking to me about how his ex-girlfriend was trying to kill him. That was the first thing he said to me.
After 2 minutes of him ironically ranting about crazy women, I tried to feign sudden hearing loss. I became engrossed in whatever was on my laptop screen and prayed for the girl sitting on the other side of me to bail me out. No luck. The guy topped off his one-sided conversation by inviting me to “team up” with him and fight strangers.
I had to decline, for I was in Portland on vacation and had to fly back home immediately. But after all this, for reasons beyond understanding, I moved to Portland... And no, it wasn’t to team up and fight strangers.
Posted by chris on May 21st, 2009
Chocolate mousse topped with strawberries; Raspberry mousse with whipped cream, Lemon mousse topped with blueberries; Triple chocolate brownie a la mode, Apple cinnamon crisp a la mode, Bread pudding with raisins & vanilla, with buttery whiskey sauce:
(Actually, there’s still some left in the photo above, but it really was completely finished before we left. I wouldn’t lie to you.)
Posted by chris on Dec 6th, 2008
- 2 hamburgers “animal style” from In-N-Out with avocado
- Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries
- Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and tomato slices on La Brea Bakery’s whole grain bread
- 337 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Organic red seedless grapes
If you haven’t tried a hamburger with avocado or prosciutto with fresh mozzarella, you’re missing out.
Posted by chris on Jun 4th, 2008
Another peek into my latest food conquests…
My not-so-secret problem
- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 11 brownies from the Apple Cafeteria (details in an upcoming post)
- Belgian chocolate assortment
Grains & carbs
- Kashi Whole Grain Flakes cereal
- Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal
- Organic stuffing mix
- Eggplant pesto
- Tomato & basil hummus
- Garlic mint cheese
- Sweet jalapeno spread
- Spinach bolani
- Lentil bolani
Bolani is a super thin flat-bread that’s filled with spinach, lentil, pumpkin or potato and baked in a clay oven. I buy it at my local farmer’s market and it contains no meat or meat products. All you do is break off some bread and put on whatever sauces/spreads you think will taste good together. Then try to eat it quickly before anyone asks you for samples.
The garlic mint cheese sounds weird, but I see it getting the most use. It tastes pretty darn good as a base— just throw some sweet jalapeno or eggplant pesto on top and it’s good to go.
- Organic strawberries
- Navel oranges
- Salmon filets
- Brown sugar
One weekend, I got it into my head that I was going to create a salmon recipe that utilized a citrus sauce/glaze. I’ll write the details on this later (complete with pictures).
Posted by chris on Apr 16th, 2008
Since Annie and I like to inform each other of our latest grocery conquests, here’s a list of food I’ve bought this past week or so:
- Red, seedless grapes
- Strawberries (organic)
- Dried fruit bars
- Cappuccino almonds
- Lemon honey almonds
- Espresso gelato
- Dark chocolate almond Laceys (review)
- Espresso chocolate chip cookies
all that non-candy stuff:
- White mushrooms
- Portobello mushrooms
- Sliced pepperoni
- Sliced prosciutto
- Uncooked shrimp
- Wild citrus salmon
- Pizza sauce
- Fresh mozzarella (ovalini)
- Fresh mozzarella (bocconcini)
- Whole wheat pita bread (organic)
- Herb bread (organic)
I don’t always have hours to slave over a homemade pizza (but I wish I did). So lately I’ve been using pita bread as the crust for some quick mini-pizzas. I have some leftover chicken, pesto and smoked mozzarella and a really great BBQ sauce (which I’ll review later) so I’m able to mix up the toppings quite a bit. One of my favorites: marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni and shrimp that’s been sautéed garlic, herbs and red wine.
As I post more of these lists, I suspect I’m gonna feel more and more guilty about the obscene amounts of chocolate I consume to power through my days. But that’s okay. It will simply spiral me into a deep depression that will lead to more of that sweet, sweet chocolate.