Andolini’s Pizzeria {Tulsa, OK}

Last month my aunt who lives in Southern Oklahoma came up to see the girls so we decided to have a girls day. We debated where to go shopping… Fayetteville, Tulsa, Springfield… Decisions decisions. Eventually we decided upon Tulsa. I’ve spent a lot of time shopping in Tulsa, my aunt actually lived there while in Med school. The one down side to Tulsa is when it comes to food. No, there are a lot of restaurants in Tulsa, but we tend to stick to the same ol same ol restaurants. I was kind of in the mood for something new. Aunt Connie had recently been in Tulsa for a convention and learned about a few new places down around Utica Square. Since we were going to Utica Square first, it was perfect. Eventually we decided upon Andolini’s Pizzeria. Let’s just say, this was an AWESOME choice.

We arrived around 11:25 or so, basically when we got to Tulsa. It was a good thing we went immediately because not long after we were there, a huge waiting list developed. The waitress was amazing. Normally they bring kids crayons and paper, but oh no… this was pizza playdough. It was cold so I’m fairly certain it was dough from the refrigerator. I think my 14 year old had more fun playing with it than my 2 1/2 year old.

Aunt Connie swore by this salad. This was the Andolini’s Signature Salad. It was a mixture of Field Greens, Candied Walnuts, Almonds, Strawberries, Parmesan, topped with a Mango Vinaigrette. Mom and Aunt Connie were the only ones who got one, but I must say, it was pretty!

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Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Cookies

There are a lot of people who have jumped on the Gluten Free bandwagon for different reasons. I personally don’t know much about it other than what little research I did once upon a time when a friend’s daughter had issues. They thought she needed to be gluten free so I did a little research but not much and after they realized that wasn’t her problem and she could eat gluten, my research days on it went out the window.

One of Mark’s co-workers though, he and his family have gone gluten free for heath reasons. Mason shared this recipe with Mark and he sent it to me in an email. I wasn’t sure why and emailed him back asking if he’d tasted them. He told me no. Friday night we changed that answer to yes. I was interested in trying them and of course they’re cookies, so I must try them, right? My dad and I joke that he’s the cookie monster and I’m pretty sure I get that from him.

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Sweet Buttered Carrots

I think I’ve liked carrots since I was a little kid. My grandpa used to always say, “Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?” Sometimes I would respond no and other times I would respond yes. The yes would catch him off guard. Then I’d tell him Buggs Bunny wears glasses sometimes. He’d laugh at me. But he always said that to convince me to eat carrots. By the way, I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old and I’ve eaten carrots for as long as I can remember.

I must say, raw carrots happen to be my favorite. I’m just not a huge fan of cooked carrots. While I was in graduate school though, my grandma would make us dinner on Monday nights. One particular Monday she made cooked carrots and Mark and I just absolutely LOVED them. By far the best cooked carrots I’ve ever eaten! So I asked her how to make them one day. I’ll share the secret now. You’re welcome!

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PW’s Flat Apple Pie

Back in December I was in Texas. One of our favorite places to visit while down there is World Market. While we were walking around looking at this and that, really eying the silverware that I’ve wanted for years but still won’t buy, I stumbled across a book called Pie School | Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. I made mention that I wanted it and low and behold I got it for Christmas! I started reading through it right away and the author, Kate Lebo, discusses things called a Galette. I’m sorry, a what? Basically it is a pie that is free form, as in you don’t bake it in a pie plate, but roll it out, place your filling in the middle, and roll the sides up over the edge of the filling. The more rustic you make it, obviously the better.

Why do I mention all of that? Well back in 2010/2011/2012 I embarked on an adventure of 101 items to complete in 1001 days. I didn’t get them all complete, but it was a good attempt. One of my items was at the time Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond released her first cookbook and I planned on trying to cook/bake my way through the entire book. Again, not something I was able to complete. This Flat Apple Pie happened to be one of the items in the book that I didn’t accomplish.

Last night was dive club meeting. I made some sugar cookies to take but I also wanted to make something else. For some reason this flat apple pie jumped out to me so I gathered up the ingredients and went to baking. By the way, I kind of love to bake… I’m learning this. As I was piecing this together, I started wondering, is this a Galette? Based off the description Lebo gives, I believe it is. You’re welcome.

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Rainbow Cupcakes

I’m sure you were worried, but no need to. Just because I took a few weeks off to move over to WordPress with this blog, I am still keeping up with my Monthly Cupcake from Food Network Magazine, January/February 2017 issue.

When I woke up the morning I made these, I was worried about having 2 ingredients. Lemons, which I was fairly certain I had and Cake Flour, which I was pretty sure I didn’t have. I did go to the pantry to see if I had cake flour and surprisingly I did. WHAT?!?! I guess I bought it for something else one day and had some left over. So… if you don’t have cake flour, not to fear! Make your own! Wait, what? Make your own cake flour. Yup! You read that right!

Cake flour:

1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tbsp (that is subtract 2tbsp of the ap flour). Then add in 2 tbsp corn starch. Use your handy dandy sifter and sift 5-6 times to incorporate the corn starch. Bam, your own homemade cake flour.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Yesterday was the 1st Thursday of March. That means that it was Dive Club meeting. It was also National Banana Cream Pie Day. Here recently I was reading through the March 2017 Southern Living Magazine and ran across this Banana Pudding Poke Cake recipe. It looked phenomenal. I decided that Banana Pudding and Banana Cream Pie are similar enough, it counts so I decided to make the cake for Dive Club. Can I just say, I’m glad I did…. WOW!

They also had a little information about Poke Cakes which I found really interesting and want to condense down and share with you. I loved the opening 2 sentences: “Most cake names don’t include the punch line. But yes, true to its name, a poke cake is a cake that is punctured with holes–on purpose.” Hey that’s pretty cool right?

Usually once the cake is punctured, then the baker adds something sweet over the top that will seep into those holes and add to the richness of the cake. The intent is to infuse a lot of flavor into the cake to add that extra punch of flavor.

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie {National Peanut Butter Lovers Day – March 1}

Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. I have a bunch of peanut butter lovers in my life… me… well I like it on toast and I like it in a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (I prefer grape jelly), but otherwise, it’s just kind of a hit or miss thing with me…. Of course truth be told, I’m a savory over sweet kind of person anyway….

But this recipe… this was my grandpa’s favorite recipe and it’s so simple. 4 ingredients plus a pie crust and something for a topping if you want… That’s it….

Make the filling, pour into a pie shell, stick it in the freezer for like 4 hours (if you can wait that long), and bam, you have a frozen peanut butter pie.

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Strawberry Pie {National Strawberry Day, February 27}

I really wish I knew how I started in on finding out what national day it was… I spent a whole afternoon looking up dates here recently. It’s actually kind of fun to see all the weird, interesting, National day holidays. And today happens to be:
  • National Kahlua Day
  • National Polar Bear Day
  • and
  • National Strawberry Day

And then on a fun side note, this morning when I turned on tv, Mickey Mouse was helping the giant and he had a belly ache from eating “too many strawberries.” How fitting!

Yesterday we went to Sam’s and bought some beautiful strawberries. Fun fact about Strawberries and it’s not really a fun fact about strawberries but more so about strawberries involving me… When my mom was pregnant with me, there were 3 grocery stores in town. She craved strawberries and cool whip but felt guilty going every day to buy that, so she would bounce between the three grocery stores so they didn’t look at her every day and feel sorry for the poor pregnant lady. lol. They always joked they were surprised I didn’t come up red or with strawberry hair. Instead I came out purple but that’s another story for another day…..

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National Tortilla Chip Day {February 24}

Today is National Tortilla Chip day. How much fun is that? Tortilla chips are made from corn (or flour but predominately corn) tortillas, cut into triangles or circles or any other shape you want, then deep fried (or baked) and wallah… you have a snack. Typically they are either eaten plain or served with dips, but they are also great for making nachos or a taco salad.

Typically corn tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water, but obviously each recipe maker has their own unique recipe that makes them taste just like they want. Variations include yellow corn, white corn, blue corn, and even red corn. Each of those corns give the tortilla chips their own unique flavor.

Usually Tortilla chips are associated with Mexican food, but the mass production of them is credited back to the 1940s and Los Angeles California.

These snacks have become so popular that they are usually a complimentary appetizer at Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants.

So with that said, and the knowledge that it is National Tortilla Chip Day… Go out and grab a tortilla chip! Top it with topping of your choice and you’ll be set!

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Banana Bread {National Banana Bread Day}

I would like to start out this post by stating that today is National Banana Bread Day. It is also National Toast Day. So if you Toast your banana bread, does that have you celebrating both holidays? Just a thought… Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I was one of the lucky kids who grew up knowing not only my grandparents but also one set of my great grandparents. My great grandpa died in 1998, 10 days shy of his 108th birthday and my great grandma died in 2002. Both in November. Great Grandpa was the 13th and Great Grandma was the 1st. Some people make fun of me because I remember dates really well and I sometimes really wonder how I do it. But I can remember my great grandpas because of a story. In October of that year he asked my great grandma if November had a Friday the 13th. She told him no, she thought it was Saturday the 13th. Then the week before Friday November 13th, he asked her again if next Friday was the 13th. She said, yes I believe it is. His response was, That’s a good day. He passed away on Friday the 13th.

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