I came across a recipe for baked pumpkin doughnuts that looked so irresistibly tender and soft, I knew I had to try them right away. The recipe is from King Arthur’s Flour, and I’ve had a lot of success with their recipes.
The blog post was as convincing as the photos, stating “If you’re going to bake just ONE THING this month (or this week, or today – choose your preferred frequency)…Let it be these pumpkin-cinnamon doughnuts.”
I don’t know about you, but about half of my grocery list consists of items I find through other food blogs, instagram photos from people I follow, and recommendations from friends. When I started this blog, I used to share some of my recent new snacks and grocery escapades, but it’s been quite a long time since I’ve done so and I thought it might be fun to do again from time to time.
So here’s the first installment and it’s on yogurts we’re currently consuming:
Siggi’s Icelandic Strained Yogurt
If you’re a fan of thick yogurts like Greek strained yogurt and want some fruit flavor that isn’t full of sugar, then I suggest Siggi’s.
I fell in love with this one awhile ago, but it was previously only available at Whole Foods. Now it’s reached Vons, so I’ve been buying it a lot more. The yogurt is a little thicker than Greek strained yogurt and comes in various fruit flavors. It’s not super sweet like other fruit flavor yogurts, so it’s still quite healthy.
Greek Gods Yogurt -Honey flavor
I’ve never thought of yogurt as a dessert until trying this flavor. I love this yogurt almost as much as ice cream. It’s a full fat rich yogurt but it tastes so good. There are other flavors but they don’t taste as dessert-like to me. I only get the honey one.
If you’re a fan of pan fried dumplings and soup pork dumplings (xiao long bao), I highly recommend you check out Beijing Pie House next time you’re in the San Gabriel Valley area to try out their meat pies (xian bing).
Beijing Pie House got on my radar after a review from Jonathan Gold in LA Weekly. The Gastronomer gave it good reviews as well. And then when my good friend/ guinea pig for trying new places Kung Food Panda also gave it the thumbs up, I requested we go. Immediately. Okay, almost immediately. We had discussions about it on a Thursday and on Saturday, DH, KFP and I were there.
We arrived in the late afternoon to find the tired staff napping and on a break. But they were nice enough to let us in anyway.
Beijing Pie House is most known for their meat pies. Each one is about the size of an English muffin. The outside is pan fried and the inside is stuffed with the filling you choose.
Lamb Pie (4 for $7.99)
When these arrived, we were warned that they are very hot. I cautiously poked my chopstick into one, in an attempt to split it open, but right away it began squirting out a tremendous amount of soup, much like a xiao long bao/pork soup dumpling. Unlike a XLB though, you can’t just stuff the whole thing in your mouth. So you kind of just have to carefully sip the juice while biting into the meat pie. I definitely recommend breaking it open to let the soup cool a little. If you bite in directly you might end up burning your mouth. I was definitely impressed by how much juice was stored in each one.
The lamb one had a good flavor to it. I could taste that it was lamb meat and it wasn’t too “gamey” for DH.
My one wish was for the outside to be crispier. I think they could have pan fried it a little more as the skin was barely crispy.