A few weeks ago I made these really delicious blueberry coffee cake cookies. They were actually inspired by a blueberry coffee k-cup flavor I had just drank. I’ve always loved blueberries but I never thought blueberry would pair so well with coffee.
I also made a few blueberry coffee cake muffins just in case the cookies didn’t work out. The blueberry coffee cake muffins went so well with the coffee too. Because of the sweetness of the cake, I didn’t feel the need to add any sugar into my blueberry coffee, and the blueberry flavor in the coffee was enhanced by the blueberries in the muffins.
We’ve gotten a lot of new toys in the kitchen since our wedding. And one of my favorites has been the Keurig Brewer, a single cup brewing machine, which brews coffees, teas, juices. The Keurig machine actually was not a wedding gift but arrived around the same time so I like to lump it with the wedding toys. I was contacted by Green Mountain Coffee to try out the brewer and be part of their K Cup Ambassador Program.
For months, DH had been telling me how his work was using the Keurig machine. He’d point it out when we were at William Sonoma, or Costco, or anywhere else it was on display. When he explained it to me, I didn’t really understand the appeal at first. But now I’m hooked.
I like having guests over just so I can offer them coffee. And they’ve all enjoyed it as well, oohing and ahhing over my machine. So why do I love my Keurig machine?
In the last month or so, my google reader has been full of Fall recipes. I’ve resisted the Fall baking, trying to cling onto summer. It’s not too hard considering it’s still in the 80s here in San Diego. Also I know once I start, I’ll go pumpkin crazy like I do every year.
Pumpkin is not even my favorite vegetable so I’m not sure why I go so crazy when it comes to baking pumpkin. But once I start, I can’t stop. My pumpkin baking will begin this weekend, but before I begin, I went through my old posts and decided to round up a list of my favorite recipes for those looking for a yummy pumpkin recipe. I want to do a round-up once I’m done with pumpkin baking season this year and I think it’ll be fun to compare the lists. I’ve already compiled quite a long to-do list, filled with both old favorites and brand new ideas.
So without further adieu, here is a round-up of my favorite 15 pumpkin recipes. You can view the entire pumpkin recipe collection here. On my previous avocado round-up, readers were confused because I had no particular order. So this time, I’ve tried to rank my top 15 in order. So starting in reverse order:
13. Pumpkin Tea Cake
One of the things Taiwan is most known for is Beef Noodle Soup (NRM). Taipei is saturated with places that offer it, many serving it with knife shaved or hand pulled noodles. You can find it at night markets, street vendors, and random restaurants as you walk around. There’s even an annual Beef Noodle Soup festival.
Actually in our previous visits, we’ve never been too interested in eating beef noodle soup. My mom makes it at home often and my aunt in Taiwan also makes a really good version which we usually eat when we visit.
This last year or so, we’ve become really interested in beef noodle soup when dining out and have tried a lot of places that serve it. So when we went to Taiwan, we were also curious to try out some of the more famous places. I’ve always found the beef noodle soup in the US to be a little on the pricey side. But I was surprised to find it almost equally as pricey in Taipei. Usually Taiwan food prices are a lot cheaper than US prices, but the beef noodle soup was about the same. I guess it’s become so popular outside of Taiwan that the restaurants have raised the prices knowing the tourists will still buy it.
Shan Xi Dao Xiao Mien
This place makes their own knife shaved noodles and is known for their tomato broth beef noodle soup. I liked the chew of the noodles. The broth is lighter than my personal preference, but overall, we enjoyed it.
Lao Shan Dong
This place has been around since 1949 and was recommended to me by KungFoodPanda. Unfortunately, my family chose to go without me during the day of my engagement pictures. So sad. My brother took pictures though: