Blog to Taste: April 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rosemary Bean Spread Recipe

"Beans beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat. The more you toot." This was the joyful little diddy that I sang as a kid when eating beans. This mushy, fibrous food has always been welcome in my tummy. As you know, I love a good bean soup. In fact, I posted my own recipe on the food blog way back in January 2014- see it here. I also like bean dips, but I've never tried a bean spread before. It is essentially the same idea as a bean dip, but the flavor profile is a bit stronger in this recipe to make it more versatile outside of the realm of tortilla chips.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pico De Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo is one of those dishes you make once and know it by heart. Then you make and you make and you make it for people that don't know how because it is so simple and delicious that you simply must share. 

I love pico de gallo because it is fresh, bright, crisp and sweet. The texture of the diced tomatoes cannot be beat, it's like eating tiny squares, and that make me happy. 

It is equal parts tomato and onion, with a pepper or two (depending on taste), and some cilantro, all diced up as small as you can handle, and then mixed with fresh lime juice, garlic salt and pepper. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Cheesy Corn Queso Dip Recipe

Image MapHappy Friday foodie friends!! I am so ready for the weekend. It was a long week, and now I'm ready to unwind and enjoy some Netflix while snacking on my new favorite dip. Remember last week when I gave you all those awesome tips for visiting the Disneyland of Oregon? I said I had something particularly cheesy for you, and I wasn't lying. This is magnifico!

This post is everything I love: cheese, cheese, cheese and Juanitas chips! The real stars of this post are Tillamook Cheese and more specifically Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheese. It's the perfect amount of spicy and satisfying. I swear by the power of this cheese. #honest

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Best Blended Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are my favorite adult beverage- especially blended ones. I love the feeling of the smooth, cold perfection. One of the greatest purchases of my grown-up life was the Margartiaville Frozen Concoction Maker. It never fails in making an amazing margarita, and it is so easy to use. At the same time, it opens the door to limitless experimentation in the blended drink realm. You can make daquiris, smoothies, or just a pitcher full of shaved ice. Next to my Kitchenaid, it's my favorite kitchen counter appliance.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Brunch Basics: Easy as Pie Quiche Recipe

Two years ago Warren's fave new phrase was "That's so quiche". The first time he said it to me I immediately got it, quiche is a compliment. After we ate this delicious quiche- Holly and I kept throwing the phrase around. We three Blog To Tasters recently went on a blogcation at the Oregon Coast, and quiche was a no brainer for Saturday brunch. They are so easy to whip up, and just an all around classic dish that you should definitely have in your recipe box. Simply- it's so quiche

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

9 Things To Do At The Tillamook Cheese Factory

Hello foodie friends! If you live in the Portland area or have ever visited, you've definitely ventured to the coast. On those days, depending on where you head, you might find yourself at the greatest tourist location in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory is my favorite spot in Oregon, and it is a must visit for any trip to the coast. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is fun, educational, fascinating and delicious. I am a huge proponent of supporting the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Tillamook Cheese in general. Yes, it is just that good.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Yummiest Bowls: Cafe Yumm! Review

Here's another story for you: my first time trying a Yumm! Bowl. I heard about this Oregon-based restaurant franchise at work. At first, I wasn't interested because I didn't like the sound of a rice bowl with vegetables (so narrow minded, I know). For my boss's birthday, though, we had a Yumm! Bowl potluck, and that's when I turned a corner. I tried the Yumm! Sauce and I was not sure that I liked it at first. After eating a whole bowl, though, I was hooked. The sauce had a repugnant deliciousness. Now I eat there almost every week. So far I'm only into bowls, but my next foray will be into the world of wraps- more about their menu later.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

This recipe starts with a story. I've had a long and tumultuous relationship with Ranch dressing. You see, I once loved it so, so much. As a kid I would dip to my hearts content, from carrots to potato chips. Dang, I liked Ranch so much, I would put it on pizza and sandwiches. 

Then came the lactose intolerance. And I had to break up with Ranch. Good bye Ranch, farewell old friend. I tried to get used to having Thousand Island, or oil based salad dressings only. But secretly, every time I was out in the world and someone was eating delicious dip-able foods (tater tots, jojos, potato wedges- I'm looking at you), I became engulfed in lactose intolerance induced food jealously. If that's even a thing.

Until one day it hit me, I could buy a Ranch packet and make my OWN RANCH with all my lactose free friends (almond milk and mayonnaise)! So I did that, and it was glorious. Yay! All is right in the world! 

Until one day, the Ranch Dressing Episode of 2009 happened. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring Shrimp Pasta Salad

Hello foodie friends! Happy April Fools Day. I have to say, my body has been playing a cruel April Fool's Day trick on me. It's been so nice the last few days, and I, of course, got a cold. Blurg! However, I've still been really enjoying the nice weather. I was feeling the spring weather inspiration, and this week's recipe is a result.