Luigis Dolceria


This Sunday, we had friends over and they brought us these really delicious cookie tray from Luigi’s Dolceria in Staten Island. My new favorite Chocolate Covered pretzel, is covered in mini reeses pieces. I just checked out their website, and it looks like Ive got a new Cannoli place to try out. (Thanks Stacy & Charles!!)

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Boat Street Pickled Figs

Anything that is recommended by Gourmet magazine, is usually good. So
per their instructions I found some Boat Street Pickled Figs and
topped my vanilla ice cream with it. A very grown up taste, balsamic
vinegar red wine and figs, beautiful black mission figs. Also good
with cheese!
Not sure where my Cali friends can find it but it was $13 at Murrays
Cheese.

Red velvet cupcake cookies

Not sure which foodie mag recommended this one, but when I saw this
cute lol box in the Amish market I had to scoop em up!

They have a cupcake like taste baked into the small southern style
cookie, which has a crunchy consistency on the inside and a light
buttercream type sugar dusting on the outside. A bit expensive at over
6.99 but worth it as a once in awhile splurge.

Chicken Banh Mi – Boi Sandwich Shop, ny

Yesterday I tried my first Vietnamese sandwich from Boi Sandwich shop
(708 third ave.) the sandwich was very clean tasting, different from
anything I've had before – but very delicious.. It was made up of
chicken, avocado, pate, baby arugula, basil, and pickled carrot and
daikon (a type of radish) all this on a toasted baguette. While I
normally reserve these entries for things I really like alot, being
that this is my first Vietnamese sandwich, and I thought it tasted
good- I am writing it here. When I find one thats better, I'll remove
this post. Definitely something to try

Mochi Ice Cream – OMS rice ball cafe, NY

Today was a good day to try something new and luckily today I found OMS Rice Ball Cafe. I ordered the Mochi Gren tea ice cream (2 Pieces) and was handed 2 little plastic packages with little green balls inside. I thought that's a funny way to serve ice cream, but ofcourse I also liked it because its different.. So I bit into this thing, and without sounding dramatic, it was the best combination of flavors I've had in a month (and mind you this month I traveled to europe!), and I was also happily surprised by the fact that the green tea ice cream is wrapped in a thin layer of that sticky gelatinous rice mixture! Whodathunkit. That's all I can say.

Im going back for more tomorrow.

Kinnie Soda


On our trip to Malta, I picked up a can of Kinnie, a locally made soda made from Bitter Oranges, and some herbal flavorings – my first mistake, was not drinking it until we left Malta, on our way to Italy, because it was so good. My second mistake was only buying one. I was craving it the rest of the trip. When I got back I was able to find a similar drink, which was good but not as good as the Kinnie. San Pellegrino Chinotto. Let me try to describe the taste.. Kind of a sour orange taste, and the aftertaste was very green and somewhat hard to describe.. Like anise, mint and basil all rolled into one. Impossible to find in the states, but im still looking ofcourse. If I dont find it in a few weeks, I’ll probably treat myself to a very large quantity online (gotta buy in volume, its so expensive to ship!)

Kashi Cocoa Beach


I love Kashi, so I picked up a box of Cocoa Beach.. A coconut, cocoa and almond granola cereal. Yummy. The cocoa isnt sweet, its actually more savory.. and rich.. and it goes really well with the granola. The coconut is completely tasteless.. its almost like its not even there – even though there is plenty of it. One of my new favorite granolas.. Especially tasty on a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Strawberry Preserve Bars

New favorite dessert.. Strawberry Preserve Bars – from one of my favorite recipe sites – recipezaar.com.

I made my own strawberry jam from my recent strawberry picking session, and making your own homemade jam makes such a difference – ill post the recipe for the jam later.. But I should note, my new favorite farm for pick your own is Lees Turkey Farm in NJ.

anyway, so many favorites – so little time, so back to the recipe

20 bars (change servings and units)

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Beat 3/4 cup margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add combined flour, soda and salt; mix well.
  4. Stir in oats and nuts.
  5. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  6. Spread the strawberry preserves over the first layer.
  7. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool.
  8. Melt Chips and 4 teaspoons margarine over low heat (or microwave), stirring until smooth.
  9. Drizzle over crumb mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour; cut into bars.

This recipe is perfect for after you go strawberry picking, and have made a ton of jam to give away and still have too much jam left over.. make bars and put that jam to use!
SOO good served warm on top of ice cream, and most people have the ingredients handy to make it on a whim.. thats another reason I like it so much!