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Remember just the other day when I told you I have an obsession with doughnuts? Yep, still going strong, and I’m just so unbelievably excited to tell you about this crazy amazing invention from Jeff over at Make it Like a Man…which is how I make most things anyway. But, back to the exciting parts – IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let me be clear. IT’S A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my mind is blown like this, it’s really hard to blog. So why don’t I just regale you with the pictures and ingredients, and be sure to pop on over and say “omg, thank you so much” to Jeff for coming up with A CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cherry Cakeunaught

Cherry Cakeughnut, aka Day-Old-Doughnut Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 large, day-old doughnuts
  • 1 yellow cake mix (which may require additional ingredients, such as eggs and oil)
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, optionally
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 sixteen-oz cans pie filling, any flavor

Yep, yep, praise be to Jeff for the one, the only CAKE….MADE OUT OF DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Visit him at Make it Like a Man for the full recipe. 

Donake Original Cakeunaught

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Uh, I don’t know if you know this, but I’m obsessed with doughnuts. I was going to add “slightly” as a qualifier, but I’d never lie to my loyal 5-6 blog readers (hi, again, Mom!). It’s a full-on fixation…and I live around the corner from my all-time favorite – Glazed & Infused, and Stan’s is a very close runner-up. It’s trouble, is what it is.

Well, today, Lindsey from Butter & Type (mmmm, butter), is bringing us these super amazing, super awesome-looking Orange Cardamom holiday doughnuts. And…this is meant to be the best of compliments – don’t they kind of remind you a bit of Homer Simpson doughnuts?

Cardamom always make me think of my Mom, and not just because it’s the last three letters of the word, but because she loves the stuff. I couldn’t tell you specifically at the moment what cardamom tastes like, but she’s always going to this fantastic bakery in Bishop Hill (side note, I’d like to quit my day job and just make soap and sell it in Bishop Hill. No, I don’t know anything about making soap) and buying cardamom rusks, which have to be the world’s worst baked good – stale bread, YUM!

Sure to taste WAY better than stale bread, try these doughnuts!

 

Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze

Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze

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It’s not exactly a secret that I’m #obsessed with Glazed & Infused Doughnuts. Based off the concept of Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts and NYC’s Doughnut Plant, Glazed & Infused opened its original location in 2012 in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. In the past two years, the franchise has grown to 5 shops, with the Wicker Park location being the one I frequent…frequently. In a stroke of luck or quite possibly disastrous diet misfortune, the Wicker Park location is right. by. my. gym. And despite trying to lose ten pounds, is there a better reward after an hour on the treadmill? I think not. Yeah, I’m the one in line still sweating my ass off, ordering the Old Fashioned.

Glazed & Infused Doughnuts: Wicker Park

As a doughnut stalker, I “Like” Glazed & Infused on Facebook (fine, and Twitter and Instagram, and ha!, as I’m writing this post they just retweeted my tweet!)

and I gotta give a shout out to whoever’s running their social media. They do a great job of making me want doughnuts. I mean, it’s not exactly difficult, but still, kudos. They happened to mention their new fall flavors (Caramel Pumpkin Pecan, Pineapple Coconut, White Chocolate Cranberry, Seedling Apple Cider and Ham & Cheddar…say what?!), and I knew it wouldn’t be long before I had to try one of these new kids on the block.

Glazed & Infused Fall Flavors

So, there I was after the gym, sweating, waiting behind a group of giggly girls, giving me plenty of time to peruse the goods. After some hemming and hawing, and deciding that I guess I didn’t really need two doughnuts (Ham & Cheddar, you’re up next), I decided to give the Seedling Apple Cider a whirl. Good decision, Katie; you’re a genius.

Glazed & Infused Seedling Apple Cider Doughnut

 

I was pretty pumped when I noticed it looked like an Old Fashioned, because the website makes it look like the Old Fashioned’s less exciting cousin, the cake doughnut. Yes, definitely a twin of the Old Fashioned, the Seedling Apple Cider is my new favorite fall treat. An optimum blend of apple and cinnamon, with the quintessential perfectly crispy edges of an Old Fashioned make this doughnut taste like you’ve been posting pictures of autumn leaves, happy times at the pumpkin patch and your new tall boots/skinny jeans all over your social media accounts. Actually, eating it made me feel like this guy‘s twin sister (if you haven’t read Mr. Autumn Man on The Onion, please, please click over. You’ll laugh, I promise).

Well, there you have it, kids – my newest obsession. I think it’s time Glazed & Infused starts paying for my gym membership.

Eat More Doughnuts - Glazed & Infused

 

 

 

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Do yourself a favor – bookmark “Make it Like a Man” in your browser, if you’re into bookmarks, which I am decidedly not – just never got into them. But it doesn’t matter, because I do like to visit Jeff’s blog often to find out what I, a true lady, should be learning how to make…like a man (with a good dose of humor, which I admire). Last year he was the star of this Recipe-A-Day countdown with his Cherry Cakeughnut, and this year he’s back to inspire us all with this absolutely delicious-sounding Spinach Herb Lasagna.

Spinach Herb Lasagna

Spinach Herb Lasagna

Ingredients:

½ lb smoky, peppered bacon
1 large, white onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 eggs
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 lbs ricotta, strained overnight
6 oz. mascarpone
1 package of frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
4 cups of Herbed Béchamel (visit Jeff’s site to find out how to make this)
1½-2 lbs lasagna noodles, cooked to al dente
3 cups shredded parmesan
1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced thin or shredded

For the full recipe, and some truly delightful reading, visit Jeff at Make it Like a Man.

Spinach Lasagna

 

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7 Ways to Celebrate National Donut Day

I need dangerously little persuasion to eat a doughnut. If you know anything about me, my love for doughnuts is obviously one of the first things you think about. Therefore, it seems only natural that you should trust me to come up with 7 amazing ways to celebrate National Donut Day on June 3. I’m a subject matter expert. Additionally, because I’m grammar anal and need to preface this, I’m using both traditional spellings for donuts or doughnuts in this blog post. It’s fine.

1. Get Free Donuts (and eat them)

Duh. There are a bunch of national donut chains offering up the goods for free on June 3. Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Entenman’s – free, free and free. For a full list, check out this link: Here Are All the Places You Can Get Free Doughnuts on National Doughnut Day

2. Get Free Donuts in Chicago (and eat them)

Yes, I live in Chicago, therefore I rarely eat Dunkin Donuts. I save myself for the good stuff, in order of holiness, Glazed & Infused, Stan’s and Do-Rite. If you’re a Chicagoan, check out all the places you can get a free doughnut from Time-Out: 9 Donut Day Freebies and Specials in Chicago

3. Look at Donuts on Instagram

Perhaps you’re on a diet, er, lifestyle change and don’t want to physically eat a donut. Why not stare longingly at your Instagram feed tomorrow as everyone else eats a donut? Yeah, that should be good times. Food & Wine Magazine put together a list of the best doughnut shops on Instagram, so if you want to ogle some donuts, that should be a good place to start. Need another? How about this one (from Glazed & Infused):

4. Make Doughnuts

The only thing more rewarding than buying a donut in a coffee shop is making a donut from scratch. Ok, I’d never really make a donut from scratch, but it seems like it could be true. Why don’t you try your hand at making these Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze?

Orange Cardamom Doughnuts with Cranberry Glaze

5. Make a Recipe with Doughnuts

As wonderful as they are on their own, doughnuts don’t have to be a standalone experience.  They can be made into something else delicious entirely! For instance, what about this Cherry Cakeughnut, aka Day-Old-Doughnut Coffee Cake from Make it Like a Man:

Cherry Cakeunaught

Or how about this crazy amazing-looking Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding from Spicy Southern Kitchen:

Doughnut Bread Pudding

6. Draw on your Doughnuts

Inspired by Doodles Doughnuts in Chicago, why not grab some icing and go to town? I recently made a Doodle Doughnut for my 35th birthday (#halfwayto70), and it’s super fun and super tasty.

7. Wear Doughnut Clothing

My roommate, who clearly knows of my donut obsession, bought me this fantastic piece of wearable art for Christmas:

doughnut wearable

There are so many other doughnut fashion statements to be made, like this beautiful tank:

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And this stylish t-shirt:

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If all else fails, just dress up your dog like a donut:

Dog Donut

8. Bonus!

Just eat a damn doughnut. Treat yo’ self.

 

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The TL;DR version: if you like meats, if you like bbq, if you like good bbq’ed meats, make the trip to Green Street Smoked Meats.

Green Street Smoked Meats has been on my to-do list for a few months. I had a chance to go a few weeks ago when my best friend was in town. Despite living in Nashville, she visits often enough that the list of places she hasn’t been to in my neighborhood is growing quite small. We both are the type of awesome ladies who like to try new things, so Green Street popped into my head and we were off to try some smoked meats.

We met another friend around 5:30 on a Friday, and the place was already half full. Oh, and the place is cool-done-right. The lighting is dim, the bouncers (are they bouncers?) look 10 years younger and 10x cooler than you’ve ever been, and the whole vibe is very let’s throw back some good booze and bbq. The seating is communal picnic tables around a central bar with a separate line for food. I advise the threesome team approach – one person holds the table, one person at the bar, one person in line for the meats.

Green Street Smoked Meats Interior

Photo credit: Thrillist Chicago

My friend and I started with margarita (fresh and punch-packing), and our other friend (a GSSM veteran) took care of the meat ordering. We ended up with the pulled pork, chicken legs, chopped beef brisket, potato salad and pickles. The meats are served with white bread and two sauce options are available on the side – a mild and a spicy bbq. As a happy accident, my friend intended to order the sliced brisket and ended up with the chopped – he said it was even better than the sliced; I’ve never had the sliced, but the chopped brisket was my favorite thing on the plate tray. I can’t speak to the chicken legs, as these were all for the BFF. I can say that we weren’t sure what’d we’d get since the menu just read “Chicken Leg – $6,” and it included 3 pieces of chicken. It looked great, but can’t personally confirm.

Green Street Smoked Meats BBQ

The meats are so, so good. I love my neighborhood bbq, Lillie’s Q, but Green Street is serious competition. The meat is smoky, flavorful, and really couldn’t be shoveled into my mouth fast enough. The chopped brisket is without a doubt my highest recommendation. The pickles were tangy and a perfect complement to the pulled pork on white bread. The potato salad – I mean, just look at it. It’s the perfect mix of mayo-y to potato-y. There are rolls of paper towels on the tables to mop up your messy, bbq’ed, potato salad’ed self.

Other notable items – there is a secret ramen shop in the basement, and there’s going to be a line. Conveniently, there are some (obviously cool) risers for people to sit on, which somehow reminded me of people waiting to perform in a middle school talent show. I kept waiting for them to bust into song. When you’re done eating, roll yourself out of the picnic table and finish your night off right with an old fashioned from the Doughnut Vault truck, parked right outside. I’d never had Doughnut Vault before either, so this trip really fed two birds with one scone.

All in all, if anyone ever suggests going to Green Street, just say yes. If no one suggests it, take yourself.

Author’s note: Green Street Smoked Meats is another in the list of Midas Touch Brendan Sodikoff restaurants. 

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