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Let us all unite together for the sake of making this glorious pizza invention a reality

You don’t even have to make it, just vote for it here (courtesy of Boston Pizza) and it will debut this summer.

Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake Innovation


This feeling you’re experiencing, it is a perfectly natural feeling.  For when a man looks at a heaping, glorious mound of pizza, you see, he can feel the overwhelming compulsion to devour this unholy mixture of tomatoes, cheese and meats like Godzilla gulping down Tokyo.  It is written in our genes, so it was only a matter of time before someone would, in the neverending pursuit of pizza perfection, conjure up an idea like this.  Regardless of your politics, religion or ethnicity, let us cast aside our swords and come together so that we can bring this truly wonderful dish into the world for all to enjoy.

Using baked cheese to make breadless grilled cheese sandwiches

This being National Grilled Cheese Month, I felt it incumbent on me to participate by contributing my own flair of cheesy madness to the celebration.  Being a low carber though, (Down with wheat!) I needed to concoct a method to grill something either gluten-free or without the bread.  Thank God for the internet, where the dudes at Dude Foods paved the way for me to experience the full, eternal wonders of grilled cheese.

Though I am but a mere apprentice, and not the master of heart stopping eats, I couldn’t think of a better time than Easter weekend to experiment and consume 1,500+ calories of glorious, glorious CHEESE.  Here are the necessary ingredients (which oddly enough, includes cheese):

Juusto and Brun-uusto Baked Cheeses

Juusto and Brun-uusto Baked Cheeeeeeeses.

The solution to the breadless cheese sammich is to acquire baked cheeses called juustoleipä, or roughly translated, “Finnish Squeak Toys made from Cheese.”  I got these for reasonable prices at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, including an Italian flavored block so I could make the $20 minimum purchase amount.  Amazon had similar prices but the shipping was insane, easily $25-$30 for a $5 block of cheese.  Yeah, no.  Definitely better off getting it straight from the source.  There’s also another brand called Carr Valley Cheese, but the prices were higher, so I’ll save that for another time.  Occasionally Whole Foods might offer these baked cheeses as well, so if you’re an avid fan of organic goodies, that’s another place worth checking out for some cheesy fun.

Brun-uusto Cheese and American Cheese Slices

I’m thinking 10 slices of American cheese should do it.

While setting a stick free pan on medium heat, I carefully sliced the Brun-uusto here in half, placed a few slices of American cheese in between, and slapped it all on the pan,  where it sautéed in butter for just a couple of minutes on each side.  (I would have taken some pictures here, but I was too busy using the fire extinguisher.)

I also reserved a small block of the Bru-uusto and cut that up in chunks for a side snack.  You can use a toothpick and dip them in coffee (yes, really, coffee!)  Excellente.

Baked Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Couldn’t help taking a bite first.

The entire cooking experiment didn’t take more than five minutes.  It works as a leftover too, as you can re-heat it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and the baked cheese will still hold its form.  WINNING!

I’ll save the Juustos for another day, maybe try a combination of provolone, swiss and asiago and see how that comes out.

It’s time I shared a dark, disturbing secret of mine

I’ve been torn about whether to write this post or not.  But it might help my dear readers understand where I’m coming from, even if it does dramatically change your opinions of me.  It’s horrible, graphic and ugly, but I feel like I just can’t move forward with my life until I finally come clean with this.

So here it is.  I, Frank Swift… hate Starbucks coffee.

Bill and Ted saying WHOA


Yep, it’s true, and it’s time I finally came to grips with it.  Pike Roast, Blonde Roast,  Medium Roast, it doesn’t matter.  They all suck.

When it comes to coffee, I like to take the Winston Wolf approach: lotsa cream, lotsa sugar.  But no matter how much I tried, I could never get that balance quite right with Starbucks.  Even pouring on the cinammon only marginally helped.  Lattes were somewhat better, but the only lattes I could drink more than once or twice are the seasonal lattes (Such as the pumpkin spice latte and the gingerbread latte) and even then, once a week was enough for me.  They would taste great the first time I’d get ’em when the season starts, and then the next day I buy it again and I’d be like… meh.  Even the hot chocolate isn’t all that.

I have better luck with fraps, namely java chip fraps with it’s slushy texture and just about as near a perfect balance as I like to have between bitter coffee and sugar mania.  Still, not quite the ideal morning drink one can have when it’s five degrees out during the winter.

So there it is.  Starbucks just doesn’t DO it for me.  You know what does?  Good old fashioned coffee brewed from my trusty and ancient looking percolator, namely Chock full o’ Nuts.  Yes, seriously.  The original blend coupled with some light cream and a dose of sugar/splenda continues to be the best coffee I can get.  Now THAT’s the kind of coffee I can drink all day and not get sick of it.  Mix in a little chocolate cream too and MmMMMmmmmMm!

If there’s a coffee place out there that can work the same kind of magic my percolator does, I’d love to check it out, but alas alas, it shall not be Starbucks.

Who’s up for a Non-Super-Bowl Super Bowl Party?

I wanna have a Super Bowl party.  Except, I really don’t wanna watch the Super Bowl.  Like, at all.

I mean, come on, the 49ers and the Ravens?  -_-

I couldn’t care less about these two teams, so much that if I cared even less than I care now, I’d lapse into a dangerous coma that not even the hand of God could wake me up from.  That’s how little I care.

But…  I still like food.  And I want to eats and pigs out just as if I WERE watching a Super Bowl.  In other words, enjoy all the perks of a Super Bowl party without enduring the agony of watching two teams I could care less about and a bunch of absolutely lame commercials that cost millions to book, in which we watch things like what’s her name jiggling her bashingiewaggums to sell a car (and yet for all that, you never actually see THE CAR.)

Right.  Let’s skip all that.

I talked to my Mom about it and she agreed as well, so I queried her for suggestions on what to eat, because other than Cape Cod chips and plain old dip, I wasn’t sure what other tasty foodies and appetizers would be great to lay out on the dining table this Sunday and feast on.

I think I asked the wrong person though.

Mom:  “Let’s have some salad and whole grain tortillas.  Oh I know, I can make a veggie dip too, trust me it will taste delicious!”

Me:  “……………………”


So, uh, yeah, if there’s anyone out there who can recommend some quick and fast recipes and ideas for you know, REAL FOOD, please let me know.  Let’s make an internet party out of it too!  We’ll connect here or on FB or Twitter and do just about everything we’d normally like to do on a Sunday that doesn’t involve football!  WHO’S WITH ME????

A crate’s worth of International Delight iced coffees #IcedCoffee #cBias

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias… even though err, I didn’t actually shop for anything, and this was really more of a giveaway, but I’m disclosing it here so I don’t get arrested for practicing capitalism or something.

The giveaway entailed getting a free crate of International Delight Iced Coffees and sending it to a vict– err I mean a lucky winner, so I picked Casey Petersen, who has been a friend of mine for years, where we enjoy a sort of real life House-Wilson friendship, me being the ornery Dr. House, him being the weenie-who-loves-everybody Wilson.

Casey Petersen Blog

My blog is better.

He recently started a brand new job at Collective Bias, so it seemed appropriate to send him boatloads of sugar and caffeine to keep him awake and lively so he can continue to steal my ideas and advance his career on the shoulders of my superior intellect. Just kidding. (He only steals half my ideas.)

But seriously, the iced coffees should help. I’ve previewed the flavors in another post and been since gulping them down to help me get over the winter blues.

International Delight Iced Coffee Cartons

Putting your coffee on ice.

I think International Delight may actually have something here, especially because I’m not aware of any other brand offering iced coffee in cartons you could easily pick up in the dairy section (ID’s own coffees will be available starting January 15th, 2012 in the dairy section of Walmart.)

If you see and decide to grab a carton then, let me know what you think. My friend liked the Mocha flavor, but I’m all about the Original.

Previewing Upcoming Iced Coffee Treats – #IcedCoffee #CBias

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, which I am participating in due to being a greedy capitalist and because I like iced coffee, but mostly because I’m a greedy capitalist.

I seem to have a love/hate relationship going with coffee in general. The blend has to be just right for me to keep from spitting it out like I just drank gas fluid. Same deal with iced coffee too. But when they get the taste JUST right, it can be a psychedelic experience, yo.

That’s why I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out International Delight’s new upcoming Iced Coffee blends: Original, Vanilla and Mocha. (The coffees will soon be available in the dairy section at your local Walmart, January 15th, 2012.)

International Delight Iced Coffees with Teddy Bear

Koko awaits his coffee treat…

I was surprised to see them arrive in milk cartons, since I was expecting the more flashy and shapely containers like I’ve seen with their usual cream selections, but eh, as long as it keeps it preserved…

International Delight Iced Coffee Carton Label

Well, it wouldn’t be iced coffee if it didn’t have ice.

Love the insulated glass they sent me too, does a nice job of keeping things cold. I decided to sample the Original first, and must say, that seemed to strike the perfect balance between coffee and milk creamy taste, especially since I like my coffee the same way Winston Wolf likes it: lots of cream, lots of sugar.

International Delight Iced Coffee with Whip Cream

Added some whip cream, which in hindsight was a completely unnecessary ingredient.

I then tried the Vanilla and err… hmmmm. I guess I was expecting more of a vanilla ice cream kind of taste, but here vanilla was more like vanilla extract. Don’t really have a taste for that, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as the Original.

The Mocha might be been the most disappointing though. I didn’t really taste the mocha at all and the blend here was more like sugar and water than anything resembling the familiar taste of chocolatey goodness.

The amount of sugar is a bit staggering too, almost 30 grams per serving, so careful not to drink TOO much.

Koko goes for a sip...

Koko takes a sip…


International Delight Iced Coffee with Teddy Bear Passed Out

… and passes out from the sugar overdose.

With so many coffee drinkers eschewing sugar for dieting or low carbing purposes, I personally think International Delight needs to invest in creating sugar free versions of these drink as well, but that’s just my opinion.

As far as the Original goes, I’m definitely hitting that up once it comes out on the 15th. Unless it’s 2 degrees out, then I’ll probably hold off till the summer so I don’t look rather silly freezing my inwards from sipping icey cold coffee.

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