October 30, 2009

Foodie Vocab #18: Vichyssoise

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: vichyssoise (noun). Pronounced: vi-shē-ˈswäz

Please choose the most appropriate definition for vichyssoise:

a.) A highly seasoned French fish stew made with at least two kinds of fish.
b.) A soup with French etymology typically made of pureed leeks or onions and potatoes, cream, and chicken stock and usually served cold.
c.) A spicy soup that is usually made from chopped raw vegetables (as tomato, onion, pepper, and cucumber) and that is served cold.
d.) An Italian stew of fish and shellfish cooked usually with tomatoes, wine, spices, and herbs

BONUS: Every week I choose definitions that resemble other foodie vocab words – choose the right answer and then identify the other descriptions in the comments and get extra credit!

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October 29, 2009

Happy National Oatmeal Day!

I hope you had a great breakfast full of oatmeal goodness. If not, there’s always tomorrow because National Oatmeal Day is really just a reminder to eat our oats! They’re good for us! To celebrate, I put together a collection of oatmeal recipes for straight up oatmeal, oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bread and even beauty products we can all make from oatmeal! Enjoy!

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October 28, 2009

Sweet Mandy B’s


As a Chicago resident, I’ve been hearing a lot about Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes for years.  The name Sweet Mandy B’s dominated just about every Chicago cupcake conversation I’ve ever had. People would tell me:  “You’ve got to try them! They’re the best!” Well I finally made it out there (thanks to a friend who lives RIGHT next door!) and everyone is completely right. As soon as I smelled the sweetness of the air from my friend’s balcony next door, I knew I needed a cupcake, more specifically a red velvet one (for you non Chicagoans – you can try making this recipe at home!)

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October 27, 2009

Butternut Squash Pie


I know we’re a little pie crazy here at Chew on That but the bounty of the fall season just lends itself to great pie! From apples to pumpkins, just about any ingredient that’s popular in the fall can make a great pie or tart. But one vegetable that sometimes gets overlooked in the way of pie is butternut squash pie.  Shoved aside by the popularity of other pies, I forgot just how great butternut squash pie can be. It’s a good thing my friend served this at a dinner she invited me to or else I’d still be living without this great pie.

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