I Am Stepher

June 26, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo fudge Brownie

Filed under: Food, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 9:53 pm

I couldn’t decide if I should make chocolate chip cookies, brownies or an Oreo Sunday for dessert tonight, so I combined all of them!

You could totally make this with your own recipe but I like things quick and easy so here are my directions:
Buy one roll of slice and bake choco chip cookies, one box of oreos, your favorite brownie mix and ice cream…and maybe some chocolate sauce.

Roll out the cookie dough in an 8×11 pan lined with parchment paper. Add one layer or Oreos. Pour prepared brownie mix over the Oreos.

Cook at 350 for 45 minutes! Delish!

Thanks to Pinterest for the idea!

November 3, 2010

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Filed under: Food, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 5:08 pm

I love to cook but can never get around to posting recipes on this blog. I have made these a few times and I perfected the recipe last night so I thought I should share. They are super easy and so delicious.

Here is what you will need:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 1 and1/2 cups dried fruits and nuts *
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use a 1/4 cup creamy and 1/4 cup crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan in one direction with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the opposing sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter (still warm so it will blend together with the peanut butter) , honey, corn syrup, peanut butter and water. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan. (A piece of plastic wrap can help with this, as you press down on the back of it.)

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges and a little on top. They’ll still seem soft and almost underbaked when you press into the center of the pan but do not worry, they’ll set completely once completely cool.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack. (Alternately, after about 20 minutes you can use your parchment “sling” to lift and remove the bars, and place them in their paper on the rack to cool the rest of the way. This can speed the process up.)

I used dried blueberries and cranberries for this recipe. I didn’t need to add nuts because I used crunchy peanut butter. They turned out perfectly. Next time I am going to substitute the fruit for chocolate chips! I might also add a little protein powder to make them power bars.


June 27, 2010

Food carts coming to a city near you

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 5:10 pm

With each new trip to the West Coast I am noticing more and more food carts/trucks. I absolutely love street food and each one has better food than the last. Depending on the city and the area, there are a variety of foods, with Portland having the most. Check out the tacos I had in San Francisco last week.

With the new secret Pi truck in the Central West End, I am hoping St. Louis is the next city to join the revolution.

May 10, 2010

Tot eating contest- Bar Louie

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 3:41 am

How would you reward someone for eating 4 lbs of free tater tots in 6 minutes?  Naturally, your first thought would be money, fame, gifts…right?  Bar Louie had a better idea.  They decided to give the winner a year of free tater tots.  Awesome!

This year marked Bar Louie’s 3rd annual “rock the tot” competition and I had the pleasure of being a part of the cheering section for my friend, Joshua Katz.  Josh used the method of dipping the tots in a glass of water and then smashing them into his mouth. After a huge dinner of fettucine alfredo, Josh ended up eating 3 lbs 4 oz of tots and took 3rd place.

What do you get for eating 3 lbs 4 ozs of free tots? A stomach ache and hand shake. Way to go Josh!

May 6, 2010

West Coast flava

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 3:55 am

I just love traveling to the West Coast. I am in San Francisco right now and have already made a few trips to the good old In and Out Burger. Take a look at this little beauty.

February 18, 2010

Fathers Office- Santa Monica, CA

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 5:06 am

This burger speaks for itself. Go get one the next time you are in the Los Angeles area. There are two locations- Santa Monica and L.A.

Both serve great beers and have first come first serve seating.

Ruth’s Diner – Salt Lake City, UT

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 4:08 am

Ruth’s Diner is pretty famous in Salt Lake- thanks to Kristen for this great recommendation. Ruth’s is up a canyon about 3 miles with the most beautiful view of the mountains. It was too dark for me to snap any pictures but it was stunning. I started my dinner out with a spicy bloody Mary. Boy was it SPICY and I am Mexican so I can usually take it. It was really great but they forgot to put salt around the rim so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. The service was REALLY REALLY GREAT and so was the food.

If you google Ruth’s Diner you will be flooded with posts raving about the amazing biscuits at Ruth’s. My Friend Kristen lived in Salt Lake 6 years ago and she still raves about these. Kristen and everyone else was spot on! The best I have ever had.

Grandma Claire’s Mac and Cheese! Delish

Grandma Claire’s Mac and Cheese (Close up)

Good burger, great fries.

The best part (Ruth’s)

Filed under: Food — iamstepher @ 3:53 am

This could be dessert by itself. $22.00 for all of that great food. Who knew that there was even better to come after I signed the check.

Ruth’s Chocolate Malt pudding:

I honestly begged the waitress not to bring this for me but she said I had to try it. She was right. This is not the typical chocolate pudding. Its made with chocolate, barley malt syrup, heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. AH-MAZING!

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