fried ice cream 5

fried ice cream
Fried ice cream definitely falls into the category of “sometimes food”, but that “sometimes” is definitely delicious in this case. Rachel had been wanting to try this for years (apparently), so when her birthday rolled around a few weeks ago we decided to give it a shot. It’s pretty simple, and it does actually work...

blueberry coffee cake 1

blueberry coffee cake
Although I’m a big fan of corn on the cob and barbecues and watermelon, this coffee cake is somehow one of the recipes that most reminds me of summer. It’s a simple dessert that my Mom likes to make when we have blueberries, but it’s not attached to any particular summer event/meal/birthday or anything. It’s...

strawberry shortcakes 3

strawberry shortcakes
We got to go pick strawberries in our area this weekend, which is an exciting event in anybody’s life. We found the farm last year right after we moved here, and loved it enough to make it one of our first annual traditions in Virginia. We ended up with about 16 pounds in total, so...

fruit custard tart with peach jam

fruit custard tart with peach jam
This peach tart was another of Rachel’s inventions. We really liked it because it was fairly simple to put together, made use of “simple living” tools like preserves and leftover graham crackers, and wasn’t super expensive or fatty to make (for a dessert at least). It’s also a really flexible concept, so right away I...

classic carrot cake 3

classic carrot cake
Carrot cake, if I’m honest with myself, is the cake that I measure all other cakes against. For me, it’s the perfect mix: the cake part is rich and chewy and hearty, often with some great add-ins like raisins or walnuts; the icing is creamy and sweet and clean without being fluffy and boring like so many...

foodies in the wild: fastnacht day 5

foodies in the wild: fastnacht day
This will hopefully be the first of an ongoing feature on people we meet who are using their love of good food to improve the world around them and take care of their friends. A few weeks ago, our friend Sondra (Sonnie) had a bunch of us over for fastnachts. If you have no idea...

hearty oatmeal cake 17

hearty oatmeal cake
I first tried this oatmeal cake at an awesome microbrew where I worked as a waiter a few years ago. The restaurant served some of the best food I’ve ever had, but I was usually pretty stingy with my employee meals since I had to use my own money to pay for them (we even...

simple fruit syrup 7

simple fruit syrup
A lot like the fruit crumble idea I gave you recently, this post on fruit syrup is more an effort to empower creative thinking and simpler living than anything else. One of the ways some people (like Rachel and I) are living more simply with their food is to avoid creepy ingredients and preservatives. For...