kitchen gadget: the barbeclette

When I see an interesting gadget designed for cheese, it is nearly impossible for me to pass up. I had read about the Barbeclette (a contraption that makes it possible to grill cheese) and was thrilled when I found it at Surdyk’s, a local cheese shop & liquor store.
Imagine….warm, gooey cheese with crusty bread? Basically what I dream of at night….

This was a grilled aged gouda. I loved it. The taster and Michael? Not as impressed as I was.

I need to try it with a non-aged gouda so that it would be even more melty. So I did what anyone else would do and went to go get some new Gouda.

This was perfect. Yes, it is essentially fondue on the grill, but I don’t care. It is delicious and fun and much easier than fondue. This gouda melted much better than the aged, but I think I’ll try a different variety next time!
Is anyone else obsessed with kitchen gadgets like I am?!?!?

roasted garlic crostini

This appetizer came from my Operation Clean-Out but I thought that it was so good that it deserved its own post!
I had one clove of garlic left, some light cream cheese, bread and a red pepper so I decided to make a crostini of sorts. That was a great part about cleaning out my fridge, instead of planning meals around what I wanted to make, I was forced to get creative with what I already had!


4 Tbsp light cream cheese, softened
1 clove roasted garlic
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 red pepper
olive oil, salt and pepper
whole grain baguette or artisan bread

Cut pepper off core into 4 pieces. Drizzle red pepper and clove of garlic with olive oil on sheet pan. Broil on high until peppers are charred and garlic is soft. Set peppers aside and mash garlic with side of knife into a paste. Stir garlic paste and parsley into cream cheese and add about 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and salt & pepper. Mix well. Slice red pepper into thin strips.
Slice bread and sprinkle with olive oil. Grill both sides of bread until toasty. Spread the cheese on bread and top with pepper slices. Makes 4 pieces.

Later this week I’ll share some of my meals from New Orleans! (And trust me, there is a lot to share!!!)

update: operation clean-out

Hey Guys!

How did I do on my eating challenge?

Well….. I did PRETTY well I think! I do have a few confessions that I will start with, but I also realized that this challenge forced me to get creative in the kitchen towards the end as well as realize the over-abundance of food that I had/have. With so many hungry people out there, I really took a step back and realized I was kind of living a life of excess. Now I still love food and cooking but I’m going to work on being a little more mindful in my grocery shopping. An on-going challenge!


- Some trail mix from Tar-jay that was calling my name

- Happy Hour sushi…trying to come up with a good excuse…nothing is coming to mind :/

-And some of this….because I love it and had to go to the Co-op for a “work-related” trip…

But here are some of my successful clean-out meals:

Pesto Pasta (with some chicken for the taster)

Grilled Shrimp with salad and bread

Crostini (recipe coming soon, SO good!)

Roasted Veggies (Brussels, sweet potato, red onion and zucchini) and Bacon-wrapped scallops
Check out this fridge!!! I’m so happy that I *somewhat* succeeded because today we head out of town for the next week and a half and there will be no spoilage in that fridge!

Have a fabulous Friday friends!!!!

in the news: milwaukee public market

My good friend Mary Beth had told me about this market and so with my frequent Milwaukee trips recently I knew I had to get there. During my last visit when I was with my Mom, we were a little too late and the market was already closed :(
The Market consists of various little shops and then various food stations (kind of like a food court but MUCH nicer, with WAY better food!) They have sushi, an oyster bar, Mediterranean, Mexican, Wisconsin, bakery, etc. I was in heaven.

I started my day off at the Green Kitchen for a green juice. The juice consisted of apple, cucumber, lime and wheat grass. It was pretty good but I had really been hoping for my favorite combo.

We ended up going back for lunch with the parents before my cousins wedding so that we could each get what we were feeling (plus I was kind of obsessed with it by this point). I went with the Mediterranean flavors (per usual) and got a side salad along with falafel, hummus and tabbouleh. (Also where I got the inspiration for this meal) The hummus and tabbouleh were great but cold falafel? Not totally my thing. I love it hot, but apparently not cold.

I’ll be heading back to the market in a few weeks for another trip to Milwaukee…next to try? Either a salad at the Green Kitchen or a trip to the Wine Bar. Or both if I’m feeling especially crazy :)