The Rodeo Is Over, But You Can Still Get Deep-Fried Oreos

Photo by Brooke Viggiano
You don't need to go to the rodeo for these deep-fried treats.
I miss the rodeo. I miss cowboys in bolo ties, mutton bustin' and bull riding, live music and two stepping...the list goes on. But perhaps most of all, I miss the unspoken understanding that everything at the rodeo -- and I mean everything -- is to be deep-fried and or/covered in bacon.

I was traveling for most of the season this year, so I didn't even get a chance to indulge in my favorite rodeo "dessert", deep-fried Oreos. So you can imagine my delight when I found them on the menu at Saint Dane's Bar & Grille.

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Taste-Testing Cloud 10 Creamery's New Spring Sundae

Photos by Molly Dunn
It's almost too beautiful to eat.
The spring ice cream flavors have arrived at Cloud 10 Creamery. Pastry chef Chris Leung has created a lineup of frozen treats featuring the tastes of the season. Flavors like fresh banana ice cream swirled with a creamy caramel ribbon blended with coriander, and a refreshingly sweet peach tea sorbet are now available alongside the standard original options like the salty cafe sua da, and sweet-tart mango pinapple sorbet.

Any of these ice cream options will cool your palate and satisfy that sweet tooth, but why settle for one plain scoop when you can have the new spring sundae?

Similar to the popular banana split, this fruity spring creation is chock full of inventive and tasty toppings making it crunchy, smooth and soft all at the same time.

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Top 5 Foods to Buy at the British Isles Shop

Categories: Sweets, Top Five

Photo by Joanna O'Leary
Are there really ONLY 57 varieties in England?

If you're an Anglophile, you're probably already aware of the cuteness that is the British Isles shop in Rice Village. Filled with trinkets (both high end and touristy), foodstuffs, and housewares reminiscent of Ole Britainnia, this store is a godsend for British expats and a source of fun English foods for the rest of us Yanks. Here are five to try:

5. Funky Heinz Condiments. Too many relishes, spreads, sauces to narrow down to just one. A few of them can be found in the foreign foods aisles of local grocery stores, but most are just too esoteric (Piccalilli Pickle) to appeal non-Britons (or non-Briton wannabees).

4. Aunty's Sticky Toffee Pudding. I used to rely on Branchwater Tavern for my sticky toffee pudding fix; alas, the demise of the restaurant meant a dearth of excellent freshly prepared sticky toffee pudding in Houston. Aunty's puddings, which you can reheat in the oven or microwave, push the envelope in a good way in terms of sweet syrupy flavor and boast subtle pleasant butter undertones. This sticky toffee definitely needs no accompaniment, but if a scoop of vanilla ice cream happens to fall on top, so be it.

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The United States of Desserts: The Whoopie Pie

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Whoopie Pie

In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states.

First, I should acknowledge that the whoopie pie finds its roots in multiple states. Maine probably has the strongest claim, but there is also strong proof that the dessert originated in the Pennsylvania "German" (Amish) community. According to local lore, the whoopie pie was a treat made from leftover cake batter, and husbands, upon discovering it in their lunch boxes, shouted, "WHOOPIE!."

Furthermore, "whoopie pie" is one of many names for this dessert, others of which include the "gob," "black moon pie," and "BFO" (Big Fat Oreo). I grew up about 20 minutes from Amish Country and have spent significant time in Maine and New Hampshire and I have never heard anyone call it anything but a "whoopie pie." Readers, if you're familiar with "gobs" or "black moon pies" or whatever, chime in in the comments section.

The traditional whoopie pie is composed of two cookie-sized circles of chocolate cake that sandwich a cream, frosting, or marshmallow filling. Many variations, though, exist. Here's a few:
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Top 5 Baked Good Recipes to Try for Easter

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Peanut Butter Gooey Easter Bars

In terms of food, Easter is traditionally all about eggs, ham, and candy. This Sunday vary your spread of sweets with some cookies, bars, cakes, pies, etc. Food bloggers near and far have designed some incredible Easter-themed baked goods, and I've picked my five favorites.

5. Peanut Butter Gooey Easter Bars. Gooey is a funny word. It's a positive descriptor when applied to food, but in most other realms comes off pejoratively; for example, "that wound is so gooey" and "there's some sort of gooey film covering the bottom of my bookshelf." Anyway, I digress. These bars offers a divinely rich flavor thanks to the inclusion of peanut butter M&Ms in addition to peanut butter proper and mellifluous interior created by the inclusion of sweetened condensed milk.

Photo by Lizzie Mae Early
Coming-Up-Carrots Cupcakes

4. Coming Up Carrots Cupcakes. So named because they look like carrots emerging from soil, these cupcakes have a moist cocoa base of devil's food cake and a crown of mascarpone cheese frosting dusted with crushed Oreos. And on Easter, each cupcake counts as one serving of vegetables.

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Make a Classic Southern Dessert: Hummingbird Cake

Photos by Molly Dunn
It's a classic Southern dessert, and it's downright divine.
If you're from the American South, then there's a 99 percent chance you have heard of Hummingbird Cake. To me, Hummingbird Cake is like a cross between Pineapple Upside Down Cake and banana bread. When you add the sliced bananas and pineapple chunks to the batter, its texture is much thicker than an ordinary vanilla cake, more like that of banana bread, and when baked, it is caramelized and sticky like a Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

But, why is it called Hummingbird Cake? Do hummingbirds eat bananas? Pineapples? Pecans? Cream cheese frosting? The only thing I have seen hummingbirds eat is the red sugar water my mom puts in their feeder.

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Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Debuts New Samoa-Inspired Flavor

Categories: Sweets

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Bermudes
Frozen Samoa goodness

When I first watched The Addams Family ,at age 10, I immediately found a new hero in Wednesday Addams for the way she cleverly turned the tables on a persnickety Girl Scout.
I then proceeded to steal this joke and repeat it to people when I was trying to sell cookies as a Girl Scout. (Almost no one laughed.)

Girl Scout cookies may not be made from real Girl Scouts, and in fact contain a host of far scarier ingredients, but damn they taste good. I'm a fan of the old classics: Trefoils, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and, of course, Samoas. I swear as a small child a single Samoa cookie could satisfy me; now, I could eat the whole box in no time flat and still be game for more.

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Top 10 Easter Candies for Your Basket

Categories: Sweets, Top 10

Photo by Asti21
Those better not be hollow.
The grocery stores are PACKED with Easter candies, and there's a lot to choose from. You don't want to make a poor decision when buying some of the worst candies, like Easter candy corn. Seriously? That's disgusting.

Kaitlin Steinberg created her list of the worst Easter candies, and I have made my list of the best Easter candies. Make the most scrumptious and tasty Easter basket you possibly can this year by loading it with these items. Your kids (and you) will thank you.

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Top 10 Worst Easter Candies

Photo by Terren
Yes, Peeps are on the list, but they aren't number one...
It's that glorious time of year once again. Spring has sprung, we're turning on our air conditioners, and an entire aisle of the grocery store is devoted to sugar-coated, pastel-colored Easter things. If you're a parent, you'll likely be heading to said aisle sometime soon to stock up on candy to place in your children's baskets. If you're me, you'll be heading there the day after Easter to get everything at half price.

Either way, you need some guidance.

Too often as a child (and even now) I found my stock of Easter goodies marred by a few rotten eggs, so to speak. A few items that never should have made it past beta testing in the candy factory. A few too many marshmallow-esque creations.

So regardless of whom you're buying Easter candy for this year, please consider the multitude of options out there. And don't buy any of this crap.

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Ben & Jerry's New Core Sundae Flavors Have Finally Reached Houston

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Salted Caramel Core Flavor

Almost two months ago, I read that Ben & Jerry's had released a new line of ice cream designed to approximate a sundae in a pint. These four "core" flavors (That's My Jam, Peanut Butter Fudge, Hazed and Confused, Salted Caramel) would involve multiple types of ice cream, chunks, and, most importantly, a center vertical "core" of liquid topping. As a huge fan of sundaes, I was EXTREMELY excited.

I promptly began looking for the core flavors when I went grocery shopping (nearly every day), but neither Fiesta, H-E-B, Kroger, or Randall's had them in stock. At one point, I put out an APB on my professional Facebook page for the ice cream but failed to get a response. I guess people were too busy following coverage of the Ukrainian crisis or some sports tournament. #priorities?

Then, suddenly, the "new" core flavors appeared this month in the Buffalo Speedway H-E-B. Or, more accurately, "disappeared."

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