Foodie Penpals April Exchange

 The Lean Green Bean

Yay for a penpal exchange with FOOD! If you don’t know what this is, basically Lindsay matches you with two people–one you will be sending stuff to, and one you will be receiving stuff from. It lets you meet two new people each month. There are some guidelines that she lists on the page, but otherwise you have $15 to come up with what you would like to send from your hometown–homemade or store bought.

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Molly Moon’s Cookbook Release Party!

I know, this isn’t a recipe post. But, it’s a post that leads to recipe posts because we got to go to a release party for an awesome new cookbook. We have been fans of Molly Moon’s ice cream for a little while now and were super excited to find out that there was not only going to be a book with the recipes but also a party with ice cream!

The company is known for doing organic and local ingredients. It’s really nice that you can buy a chocolate ice cream that isn’t just your basic chocolate ice cream–it’s actually named for the local company they use to get the chocolate: Theo!

I went with a small group, including my friend Lisa and while we waited in line, we were happy to find out that Molly’s dad was behind us in line. He had flown in from Boise and was going to surprise her at the book signing. He managed to sneak in and hid behind one of our group all the way up to the front of the line. She was so happy to see him and it was really sweet.

We had a great time at the party–music, fun pictures with a giant ice cream pint, a sundae bar stocked with loads of toppings, drinks, getting a copy of the book (signed!), a fun survey about ice cream, and more!

The book is really pretty with great pictures and helpful information about the ingredients and ways of serving the ice cream with complementary toppings. I think I might make the salted caramel first, if only because I’ve never seen another recipe for something like that. I can’t wait to start using it!

Getting my copy signed!

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Lemon Curd Donuts

I have a big thanks to Nicole at Baking Bites for coming up with such yummy recipes! I had picked up some Meyer lemons when my husband noticed they were on sale. I had heard of them before, but never used them. I am so glad I finally did! The weather is beautiful in Seattle right now, and I wanted something lemony to echo the sunshine.

UW Cherry Blossoms

For these “donuts”, you bake the batter so they are kind of like muffins, but super fluffy. Almost like a lemon poundcake. I liked that she has plain and lemon varieties to choose from. I went full on lemon today, with lemon donuts that are filled with her lemon curd.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

My dad is special for many ways, and one of those ways is that he is super challenging to buy presents for. A couple years ago, I joked about creating a “Dessert of the Month” club for his birthday present, and he actually liked the idea! So now, every year he gets to give me a list of what he would like, and I surprise him each month with one. This month was a little different.

Since he was visiting me this month, he picked something that he could have while here, and then take more home: scones. He was interested in a few varieties, so I will be posting my results on here. The first kind I made were chocolate chip.

Soft inside, crunchier on the outside

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Skillet Lasagna (with Garlic Bread)

We were visiting our families in Maryland when I discovered this recipe. I needed to go grocery shopping anyway when we came back, but I liked that this wasn’t the kind of recipe you needed a long list for. Many of the ingredients might be on hand anyway…and it’s also a fairly fast dish, especially for lasagna!

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Simple Pastina Soup

This post isn’t going to be full of pictures like usual. It is simple, just like the recipe. I created it inspired by my mom and different ideas I got from the web.


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Strawberry Ice Cream (Sandwiches)

As promised, I finally made strawberry ice cream.  Partly because my husband had a sore throat that needed soothing food, and partly because I wanted to make some ice cream again so that I could make ice cream sandwiches out of these:

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