Fondue can go kill itself.

baked fontina

Screw Fondue! This is better.

Whooaaa. This is really what I am going to make on Sunday and EAT IT ALL MYSELF. Forget everyone else! I will hide in the bathroom with a loaf of bread and sleep there.  I discovered a new site, too – Smells Like Home.

The ingredients list is pretty simply, too:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Italian fontina, rind removed and cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Check out the link for everything else you need to do…

In a rush? Toast faster.


I was just about to watch the new episode of Epic Chef on YouTube by the guys at Epic Meal Time . I figured I would need to celebrate watching the great event by cooking something quick and good for me! Well possibly only 50% of the story is true at this point. Rather than wait for my toaster oven to heat up for 10 minutes, I cranked my electric coil stove up on high and toasted my bread while I microwaved my eggs with cheese, “everything bagel” seasoning and a little olive oil. The rest culinary rocket science history.

Nutella -versus- Jif Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Nutella versus Jif
Nutella -vs- Chocolate Hazelnut Jif


As a rule, I no longer let myself buy Nutella. One spoonful turns into three, and before a week has passed, I’m rinsing out the plastic jar for the recycling bin. But as we all know rules can be broken, especially when it is for an important cause like research for a food blog. You can imagine my excitement when JIF came out with a product similar to Nutella. Somehow it seems like less of an indulgence to eat an “American” product straight out of the jar. The fancy “European” product must be richer, fattier, and overall worse for the consumer. On the contrary, Nutella is a better choice nutritionally. The first indication is on the front label. JIF’s product is described as “Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread” while Nutella is a “Hazelnut Spread with Skim Milk and Cocoa”. I couldn’t believe my eyes- skim milk! Nutella also has 3 grams less fat, 30 fewer calories, half the sodium, and extra protein. So how do they compare flavor-wise?

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Boston’s best burger?


I guess people noticed Boston is a burger reckoning collective.

I guess I am a bit surprised I don’t see five-guys in here as the “chain type” or RF O’Sullivan’s since they have been featured on Phantom so much.

I guess the only way to decide is to try each and every one! Post photo does NO justice to the article at the link below. You have to check it out!

Cupcake City – Reading Mass

Cupcake City - Reading Massachusetts
Cupcake City - Reading Massachusetts

Need cupcakes? Get your stupid hungry face over to Cupcake City in Reading MA.

I needed to get cupcakes for my Birthday dinner (because if you want something done right, you do it yourself), and a friend recommended Cupcake City. It was raining, the roads sucked, but I did not care. Do you know why? Friggin’ cupcakes, that’s why. I walk in there and I was immediately greeted by 14 angels who sang stuff to me in cupcake language. No kidding – well, at least it seemed that way.

The daily specials were all I was after and it was prefect. I congratulated the really nice (and cute!) blue eyed gal behind the counter for making my DAY. For the most part, there are no Cupcake places that I knew of at the time just North of Boston, so this was perfect.

I bought 20. My favorite flavor and, the one I judge ALL cupcake places by is the “Hostess Clone”. You know that one – its crazy chocolate with the white frosting loops across the top.  It is important the place makes a good one of these – it is the equivalent of a Margarita pizza at a good pizza parlor. If that is good, the rest has to be awesome.

There were lemon curd, oreo, s’more, PB cup, and many others in the display case in the front. You can also order for any occasion, too. Like, wanting to gain 35 pounds on any holiday. It’s a good thing. The 20 cupcakes cost me just under $50. And you know what? I don’t care – they were awesome people selling an awesome products. Enough said. Check them out.


Cupcake City is located at 137 Main Street (Route 28) in Reading, Massachusetts, across from Harrows Pies.

House of Snarzzle


So, there is this YouTuber who makes stuff with stuff. Mainly (Mainely?) food stuff. You have to check her channel out. Why? Because if you don’t, things will happen. Themes like Take-5 Tuesday, where Liz takes 5 things in her fridge and makes something up, and even takes Take-5 requests. What else do you need? Egg in the hole pizza? Yeah, she’s doing it. Brie/blueberry stuffed burger? Yep. Check it out – or go back to bed.