Time for an installment of Weekend Things:

1. I saw my cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort, on the shelf at Barnes & Noble for the first time a couple days ago and it was an amazing feeling, albeit quite surreal.

 

2.  According to Bon Appetit, a great way to get to know a destination is to rent (or swap) a house that has a killer kitchen and let the markets be your guide to adventure.

Invite your friends on the vacation to share costs to keep it more affordable than staying in hotels. Cooking with friends, staying in a great house, and exploring the local sights and sounds of your destination doesn’t sound too shabby.

 

 

3. The Secret Lives of Yogurt Containers – Ways to use them after their intended use has been eaten

The secret lives of yogurt containers

4. I always have so many empty yogurt containers because I bake with Greek yogurt or sour cream in almost every quickbread or muffins that I make.

One of my favorite recipes using Greek yogurt is Six-Banana Banana Bread. Between 6 bananas, yes six, baked into one loaf, and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), it’s ridiculously moist, soft, fluffy, and tender bread.

Six-Banana Banana Bread - Recipe at averiecooks.com

5. Mayonnaise is one of those foods that seems to carry strong opinions from people; either loving it or loathing it. I like mayo, but I love Miracle Whip. I grew up with it, and I love the Tangy Zip of Miracle Whip.

Cook’s Illustrated recently did a taste comparison of storebought mayos.

Interesting that Hellmann’s Light came in ahead of higher priced, organic, Spectrum brand.

Storebought mayonaise brands

More results here

6. You could use mayo in place of the sour cream in Corn and Double Cheese Dip. It comes together in under 5 minutes, and can be kept vegan or light, by using whatever variety of cheese, sour cream, or mayo fits your needs.

Corn & Double Cheese Dip

7. This is what I want my pantry to look like. I keep my sugars in canisters, but my flours I keep in bags. I want to change everything over and use canisters but the reason I haven’t is they take up more space than jimmying a bag into my already tight pantry.

But this just looks so much more appealing than my hodgepodge.

canisters

8. Confused about what differences between a latte, cappuccino, mocha, and macchiato? Read this to channel your inner barista.

My favorite coffee drink lately is this Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

9. However, I’ve been trying to drink less coffee overall. Days can go by without drinking any. Some days are harder than others because I love hot beverages and the act of sipping and nursing a mug of something warm is so comforting, but in the summer it’s easier to go without.

The Liberator tea from Java Tea Company, a local San-Diego area business, helps me get over my coffee hump. There’s some caffeine in it, but not as much as coffee, so I can enjoy the taste in the late afternoons when I crave coffee the most.

It’s a dark chocolate mocha loose leaf tea and there’s little chunks of raw cacao that are mixed in with the tea leaves.

The Liberator tea from Java Tea Company The Liberator tea from Java Tea Company

I brew the tea in this Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker and when hot water is poured over the little chocolate chunks, they dissolve and flavor the tea. Who could say no to chocolate tea.

Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker

10. Mother-of-Pearl Boxes, Small Box $34 at West Elm. I think that’s a great price for something so pretty and appears to be solidly made, with a wood interior. I love Mother of Pearl and could stare into that shiny, pearly abyss forever.

Mother-of-Pearl Boxes

Thanks for the entries in the 25 Fast and Easy Recipes In a Snap and Cookbook Giveaway

What are your Weekend Things?

Mayo fan? Would you or have you taken a vacation with friends? Tea or coffee – any favorite kinds? Favorite was to use yogurt? Storing dry goods – any tips?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous recently, feel free to link it up in the comments.

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