Cuisine - American, Places - Milwaukee

Yeah, I Ate That Series: The Cyclops

It has been QUITE awhile since I have written a piece for the “Yeah, I Ate That Series.” I was thinking today about one of my favorite over-the-top dishes back in the Milwaukee area.

There is a little diner on North Ave. in Wauwatosa called Daymaker Cafe. Brett and my brother took me for my birthday in 2010 (that was also the same day I tried Pat’s Rib Place the first time – fabulous day overall.)

I’m a huge lover of pancakes – buttermilk, whole wheat, Dutch Babies, crepes – if it’s any type of pancakes, I love it. Plain. And. Simple. (That could also be why I packed on about 30 extra pounds in the past five years, but I digress.)

Daymakers makes The Cyclops. The best way to describe it is like the “Peekhole Sandwich” I wrote about recently on my Mom’s birthday but with a pancake. Make a large pancake, cut a hole in it, stuff it with sausage and egg. Voila! A Cyclops!

Cyclops from Daymakers CafeWhile not everything on the menu is a magical, mythical creature like the Cyclops, they do offer other fabulous offerings. I do remember grabbing plenty of bites of Brett’s “Pretzel-Bread French Toast” that is served with peanut butter syrup.

To learn more about Daymaker Cafe or to view their menu, visit

Cuisine - Desserts, Places - Boston, Places - Massachusetts, Recipes

Cupcake Camp Boston 2011

I attended Cupcake Camp Boston 2011 last night at the Armory in Somerville with my friend Stacey (of the new blog Boston Sweetie). It was a meeting of the cupcake extraordinaires from all around Boston. Amateur and professional bakers came together for this fabulous event. Here are some of the highlights:

Flower cupcake bouquetThis was one of my favorite presentations – a bouquet of cupcakes. I wish I thought of this for my wedding. I would’ve been nibbling in between vows.

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Cuisine - American, Recipes

Recipe: Apple Sauce Pork Chops

This is a really simple recipe that I created with ingredients we already had in the fridge and cupboard for a delicious meal using that other white meat. This is designed for two people but you could easily double it for a family dinner for four.


  • 2 thick, boneless pork chops
  • 1/3 cup light, brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (I used Trader Joe’s Maple Agave Syrup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened, natural apple sauce (I like Musselman’s, but this would be really good with homemade apple sauce, too.)
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Cuisine - American, Places - New England

[photo] Bickford’s Dutch Baby

You all know how much I love Dutch Babies – the oven-baked German pancake delight. So, when I was in Brattleboro, Vt., recently at the Bickford’s Restaurant, I was psyched to see they had a Dutch Baby on their menu. (See my last post on German pancakes.) They also do an apple pancake version.

This was the end result:

Bickford's Dutch BabyBickford’s version wasn’t as dense as some I’ve had but it was still filling. It also didn’t take as long as I had thought. I was anticipating at least a 30-40 minute wait, but it really only took about 20 minutes, and came out along with my other dining partners entrees. In parts, the custard-like interior was more like scrambled eggs. I opted to have it served with powdered sugar and lemon wedges. But you could also have it with fresh Vermont maple syrup (I wasn’t that adventurous.)

It was a nice treat to see it on Bickford’s menu. I think next time I’ll try the apple version dubbed “the house specialty” on the menu.

Cuisine - American, Cuisine - Desserts, Food - General

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Wishing you and your family a safe holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey cupcake from Milwaukee Cupcake Co.A turkey cupcake from Milwaukee Cupcake Company. A yellow cake bottom with colored frosting makes the holiday fun. They also have “The Thanksgiving,” a sweet potato cake with maple syrup buttercream frosting and topped with a toasted marshmallow. Or, the “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” a pumpkin cupcake with pumpkin spiced buttercream frosting and topped with a piece of pie crust and a hint of nutmeg.

P.S. Sorry the photo’s a bit blurry. In a bit of a hurry to eat this little guy!