Monday, January 30, 2012

The Sugar Daddy

Do you ever just have those days when you're completely off? When something just isn't right with you? When it's just impossible to act like a normal human being without seeming like a total freak to the outside world? Ok, it might not be that bad, but for some reason as of lately, my attention span resembles that of a horny first grader with severe ADHD.

Take the other day for instance. I was working at the cheese shop (The Dep), prancing around like a helpful, knowledgeable little employee that I am, when suddenly a rogue customer needed some help. I did a little skip over to the register, and with a smile on my face, I asked how I could help. It turns out they wanted a quiche. A quiche, which we only sell two varieties of and which I've sold about three billion of since I started working there. But something strange happened when they asked me what kind we sold. I blacked out. I seriously blacked out like I had been binge drinking all night. For some reason, my brain was like "sorry girlfriend, I'm busy concentrating on the hot dude from across the street so I can't help you now". So ya know what happened? With a completely confident face, I told him we had egg quiche. 

And as the record player screeched to a halt and the crickets started rubbing their legs together to make that awkward noise (or however they do it), the reaction on my co-worker's face and the poor costumer made me realize what had just happened. My helpful, overzealous smile turned into a slightly horrified grimace and I did the walk of shame to the backroom to take a breather.

Now I don't know if it's because Valentines day is approaching and I don't want to do another sad sarcastic post about my pathetic love life (gahhhh is my love-life really driven my blog posts?) or if it has something to do with the overwhelming levels of hot dudes that my neighborhood contains but I seriously think I'm turning into a teenage boy. Seriously. All the hunks in my vicinity take my complete attention and I act a fool.

So yeah, get ready for my Valentines Day post in a few weeks. It'll be a hoot, I'm sure. But in the meantime, check out this attention worthy grilled cheese with some whacky sugar daddy tasting gjetost cheese and apples. It's like an apple pie grilled cheese with crack sprinkled all over it.

Have your own sugar daddy buy you these Like the independent person you are, buy these tasty ingredients for yourself!


- 1/2 cup of Gjetost (Ski Queen cheese), shredded
- 2 pats of salted butter
- 2 slices of cinnamon raisin bread
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced granny smith apple
- 1 tbsp apple butter
- 1 tsp of cinnamon sugar

First, smear on some of that yummy apple butter - both sides of the bread and maybe even the inside of your mouth or on a loved one.

Now it's time to pile on half of the craziest tasting cheese of your existence. GJETOST!

This pasteurized goats milk cheese is out of control. When you first taste it, it's sort of tastes like firm, salty butter but then all of a sudden it changes into this crazy caramel fudge-like-thing that tastes exactly like a sugar daddy. Not the kind that will buy you things and take you on trips, but like the caramel-y candy that you probably ate too much of at one point. It might have even helped form those cavities that you had filled as a teenager.

Then slap on some of those super-thinly sliced apples and douse them in cinnamon and sugar. I chose granny smith apples here because I thought the tartness would be a nice contrast against all the sweet things in this sandwich, but if you're not into that, use whatever apples you like. I won't be seeing my therapist for this or anything offended at all; I swear.

Now pile on the rest of the gjetost. You know I have absolutely no idea how to say this in real life, right?

 Then put the topper on and smear it with butter, sweet, sweet salty butter.

Now that it's built, heat up a giant frying pan to medium low (ok, you don't have to use a giant one, but it's so much more fun when you do!) and place your little sandwich right in the middle. Let it cook for a few minutes until the cinnamon raisin bread starts to get all golden and crusty and the cheese starts to melt. It's not going to really melt like normal cheese, but you'll know what I mean as soon as it starts to happen.

Oh, and don't forget to flip it dumdum.

Once it's ready, take it off the stove and serve immediately! No waiting with this bad boy!

*Insert happy dance here*

Ok, so wish me luck on finding a boyfriend in like one week. At least one that will make me a nice dinner in a couple of Tuesdays. And for you single peeps out there, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, too, because I love you and appreciate you. Marry me?



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Braata Braata

It's 6:00 on a Friday night and I'm sitting in front of my computer with a full face of makeup on (which rarely happens) and a crystal light mojito in hand (don't judge me), getting ready to go out HARD.* I know I haven't done a blog post in about a month now but it's time to get real, which is even easier said typed than done when you have on some confidence-boosting-hot-pink-barbie-lipstick and a night full of uncertainty ahead.

Now I'm not one for New Years resolutions but this year I figured "why not?". 2011 was a weird year for me, which wasn't always a bad thing, but I feel like changing some things might make this year even better. So I guess one of my new "self-improvement" type things has to do with being more honest and to just say things when I should. No more holding back, MacKenzie! No more! That's why I'm going to start my first blog post of the New Year with a confession. Now it's slightly embarrassing but I can't help it, I have a new guilty pleasure... I just can't stop... I just can't...can't stop listening to RIHANNA. There I said it. I consider myself sort of a music snob and I never listen to the radio, ever, but when I was in FL for the break I did, like a lot. Rihanna and Calvin Harris's We Found Love has become my new obsession and I have it on repeat. You don't even want to know how many times I've played it. So, yes, this is me 2012. I'm starting you out (a few weeks late) the right way, with an over the top club banging hit.

Oh and one more thing, I just had two days off in a row (SAY WHAT?!) and all I've done is stayed indoors, worked on work-stuff, ate microwavable food, and watched 2 seasons of the UK version of SKINS. so yeah, cheers mates.

**Yeah, yeah I know it's not Friday anymore but I didn't have time to finish it that night. 

This grilled cheese was inspired by one of my buddy-followers Coverly and her discovery of Beechers No Woman Cheese, which is really freaking amazing. Follow her tumblr if you know what's good fer ya!


-2 slices of rye bread
-1 cup of Beechers No Woman Cheese
-1 tbsp of green tomato jam
-2 pats of salted butter
-1 tsp of grated fresh ginger

So like most of my recipes begin, you'll want to place half the cheese on each slice of bread. This might be easier to just do one-side-at-a-time, but I was out of my mind on vacation in FL when I shot this, so errrm, yeah. There's also no stove top photo which confuses me. how did I overlooked that part? Who knows. Let's just say that I have no idea what was going on with me that day.

Also, for a little more info about this awesome cheese, it's a pasteurized cows milk cheese that is flavored with jerk seasoning. This means that it's quite earthy with spicy undertones but it's also got sweet notes from brown sugar and cloves. IT'S SO GOOD! Oh and Beechers is based out of Seattle but has a shop in NYC and is sold all over the country. So I'm pretty sure, no matter where you live, that you can find this stuff.

Then add some of that tangy green tomato jam. I really enjoy this product a lot. It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and goes really well with the flavors from the jerk cheese. It also seems sort of island-ish which is fitting and made me feel real chill when I ate it with my mom while we stared at the hot surfers on the beach.

Do I miss Fl right now? Maybe. Maybe just a little bit. Ok, a lotta bit. Whatever, it's freezing here and there's no snow which just makes it all seem pointless. I haven't even pegged anyone with a snowball yet and that sucks.

So anyways, now that everything is on the sandwich, go ahead and close it up and smear on some butter. Then sprinkle it with some grated ginger. I love how refreshing this makes the finish on the sandwich.

Heat your skillet to medium and place your GC right on in there. Let it cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side until it looks all crispy and you just can't take it anymore! Then remove it from the pan and let it sit for a hot sec, then dig in!

Oh and I'm totally sorry it has taken me so long to do a new post. As soon as I got back to NYC, it took me a while to get back into the swing of things. No more chillin on the beach and drinking with my family. Instead, I came back to crowded subways and work. A lot of work. And Netflix. So yeah, happy New Years everyone. I hope you all had an amazing holiday and all that jazz.

Lata Alligatas!