Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Win a Macaroni and Cheese Cookoff like a BOSS

One of my best friends in the whole world is a much better PR person than I. That's a fact. But for YEARS her boyfriend and I have had a conflict. We're unclear on which of us is a better cook. You see, the guy cooks Thanksgiving, for like tens of people. That gives me palpitations. But, friends, I knew I could beat him at something.

So over too many beers while watching a baseball game we decided, the name of the game was macaroni and cheese. The Rules of macaroni and cheese cookoff 2014:
1. make brilliant, magnificent, killer macaroni and cheese
2. get together as a group and eat it
3. put two plates of it on the floor and see which one the french bulldog goes to first (spoiler: it was mine)
4. winner gets a gigantic bottle of whiskey and a lifelong sense of pride

I don't want to say Rhubarb is partial to mommy's cooking...but it might be possible. Regardless, you all need to know how to make my award-winning mac n cheese.

Put bacon, onions & jalapenos in the slow cooker all day (thanks boyfriend, couldn't have won withoutcha, handsome)
Par boil macaroni (not too soft! You want the noodles to be underdone) set aside in a casserole dish
Make a bechamel. Jeeze this isn't as complicated as french words make everything sound. Here's how to do it.
Grate about triple what you think you need in tilamok white and yellow cheddar.
Slowly mix the cheese into the bechamel
Toss your slow cooker bacon/jalapeno/onion situation in with the noodles Pour cheese sauce over the whole thing.
Sprinkle a bit more cheese and breadcrumbs on top, bake at 375 for about 30 minutes.

Let this cool for about 15-30 minutes after it comes out of the oven, which allows you to serve everyone a nice chunky serving instead of cheesy soupy mess. And finally, bask in the glory of a victory and have a nice shot from your gigantic bottle of whiskey. Hat's off to my worthy opponent.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rhubarb Doggy Day Spa

I can't keep this a secret anymore. I like to take my dog to the day spa. She gets blueberry facials. ALRIGHT I SAID IT!!!!!! My favorite part is watching her prance out of that place smelling like a fruity cocktail & white as a coconut. Look at this girl, c'mon. What's cuter than a french bulldog in a bathtub? You're right. Nothing.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What is Rhubarb?

ohmigod so cute! What's your french bulldog's name? Rhubarb Rupert? Rhubarb Robart? Rhubarb Wootard? What are you saying? What is Rhubarb? ...are you guys serious?! I can't have this conversation again so here it is!

 a) My french bulldog's name
 b) Found in the produce aisle
 c) Deliciously tart and excellent in the form of a pie...and also myriad other ways.

 But what I DIDN'T know is it has all these other fascinating meanings. Check this out!

Greek? Her name is greek?! MY name is greek!!! So, Rhubarb and I are soulmates, like I didn't know that already ;) Just so we're super clear, here's a picture of Rhubarb with some rhubarb.

Monday, May 19, 2014

French Bulldogs at Work

I admit it. I work because I love this shit. I'm part of the PR team at a company called Glassdoor, and despite what you may have heard about PR being one of the most stressful jobs out there (okay that's true) I still love it. But what makes me love it even more is the fact that I get to bring my little frenchie with me every day. 

She might look bored right now, but you should see her light up around lunchtime, especially when it's grilled salmon day. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rhubarb Applesauce

Rhubarb Victoria loves applesauce and what better way to make it hers than by adding a little of our favorite ingredient? The best part of this story is it's literally a one step process. Use a slow cooker or heavy saucepan to combine:

1 lb Rhubarb
2 lbs tart apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cook on medium for 40 minutes to an hour and literally you're done. And you know what they say about an apple a day... ;)

Rhubarb the french bulldog prefers the homemade stuff, but she'll take the packaged version too. Take a look...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fireball Glazed Brownies

I recently asked myself the question, Lisa, how could you make life just a little boozier? The answer? Liquor up some dessert!! So I bring you, how to sass up a standard boxed brownie recipe with some very fancy whiskey ganache.

Ganache is simple to make. Slowly warm up some cream and when it's hot but before it bubbles, add it to a bowl of chocolate chips and whisk. Add a shot or two of your preferred whiskey, in this case, FIREBALL, and simply pour that mixture over a pan of brownies you've cooked and cooled. You're now set for some tasty boozy treats that will impress all your friends. Also, here's a picture of Rhubarb, just to round things out.

Happy 8th Birthday Rhubarb!

Happy Birthday to my little porkchop, who makes life much more snuggly! Off to the doggy day spa for a blueberry facial! #treatyoself