Bribing My Friends Blueberry Rolls

Hiya eaters!

Boy, have I got a recipe for you. And it’s from Pinterest.

Ya see eaters, I miss one of my best friends, Marisa. I haven’t seen her in months. And since I’m now working every single Saturday and she lives all the way down in Georgia, I can’t go visit her anytime soon. That means I’m constantly trying to entice her to come visit me in good ole Greensboro.

This is my newest way of convincing her to visit me — by bribing her with Pinterest desserts.

A few days ago Marisa pinned a recipe for raspberry cinnamon rolls. I normally don’t bother with any of the dessert recipes from Pinterest because they’re always so complicated and time consuming and that’s not my bag (baby), but this dessert was pretty straight forward and I have a ton of blueberries and blueberry jam on my hands (for reasons I’ll explain later) so I figured why not! And I figured that if she saw these delicious rolls that I made with my very own hands she would immediately hop in her car and speed straight to my house to eat them.

Is it working, Marisa?

Here’s what I did: I followed From Here to Paris’ recipe to a T except for a few things.

I halved the recipe for the dough.

For the filling I used ¼ c blueberry jam, ½ c fresh berries smashed with a spoon, and 1 T vanilla extract. I didn’t cook it down or anything. It was a little liquid-y when I was rolling the dough, but I managed just fine.

I cut the powered sugar in the frosting to ½ c because that’s all I had, but I added 2 T granulated sugar to sweeten things up. Oh, and I didn’t wait until the rolls were cooled to frost them. Warm is best for frosting cinnamon rolls.

And then I ate them.

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Imagine me saying “o’m’gosh, so good!” with a mouth full of roll while giving you a thumbs up. Because that’s kind how it would have gone if Marisa were here.

Since she wasn’t here, though, I just stuffed the whole thing in my mouth really fast. It’s kind of the same thing, except not as amusing in hindsight.

So there you have it, eaters — bribing my friends with Pinterest things. I’ll let you know if it works. If it doesn’t work, at least I have a bunch of really sweet sweet rolls to keep me company and laugh at my jokes.

Your turn, eaters:

What was the last recipe you made from Pinterest?

How do you keep in touch with long distance friends?

Later eaters!

Taco Truck Tortas

Howdy-doody eaters!

That was kind of a weird greeting. Let’s move on.

There’s a taco truck that parks down the street from my house every night — the La Azteca truck, for any locals who are interested. It’s actually right across the street from my Crossfit box and there have been many nights during running WODs that I’ve very seriously considered just running right over and getting some tacos.

Leon and I have been there a few times. We walk down with Charlie and sit in the folding chairs. The food is pretty great. It’s not like our regular dollar tacos, but since the truck is owned by the same restaurant the food is just as good.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

Charlie has pretty bad manners.

And it only took us a couple of visits to establish our favorite dish — the torta with chorizo.

It’s this ah-maze-ing sandwich made with ground meat, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, and refried beans.

The torta.

The torta.

The refried beans really make the sandwich. They take it from being a lame ground meat sandwich to being a serious thing.

One of us has gotten it every time we’ve gone to the taco truck. It’s that good.

(The fish tacos, which I think is what they were originally known for, were good, but not phenomenal.)

Fish tacos.

Fish tacos.

And while I’m not normally one to try to re-create my favorite restaurant dishes at home (because they’re really never as good and it takes away my excuse for getting take out), I figured that this sandwich was an easy one to make myself.

Ingredients:

Ground chorizo, red cabbage slaw with lime, jalapenos, plain yogurt, and refried beans on a small loaf of wheat bread.

Red cabbage slaw.

Red cabbage slaw.

Verdict:

Ehh, not as phenomenal. I could have gone with a firmer, less doughy bread. The slaw was good, but I think I should have gone simpler and stuck with lettuce and tomato. But even with those little misses, m’gosh this was a delicious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

This is one serious sandwich.

A really, really delicious sandwich.

So delicious that I literally inhaled in. It was messy and beastly and amazing. Not quite ah-maze-ing, but close enough. And it still gives me an excuse to walk down to the taco truck.

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Your turn, eaters:

Do you like to re-create restaurant meals at home?

What’s your favorite kind of food truck?

Later eaters!

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