Simple Breakfast for Super Cheap: Waffle Stop in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
It’s easy to get stuffed for less than $7 here. I recommend a FULL ORDER of Biscuits and Gravy and when you order their warm cinnamon rolls the icing will make you weep.
Breakfast with All the Options: Café this Way in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Hash browns. That is ALL you need to eat here. A delicious mound of hash browns with an insane amount of fixings you can have loaded on top. Yum! I recommend goat cheese, roasted red peppers, bacon and pickled jalapenos!
Dessert from the Heart: A chocolate malt made by my Dad.
I’m really not biased to my family’s cooking but he gets it perfect every time, it is always the ideal ratio. Recently he made a Mocha Coffee Malt that rocked my world! Second Place, colored or carmel popcorn made by Grandma Taplin
Cakey Dessert: Blarney Stones made by Grandma Schwartz.
These are a labor of love and my fave. I had them at my graduation, I want them at my wedding! If you don’t know what these are you are truely missing out.
Restaurant Breads: Popovers at Jordan Pond Restaurant, Acadia National Park, Maine.
These are legendary and for good reason. Simple but perfect.
Homemade Breads: Dilly Cheesy Onion Casserole Bread by the Iron Hill Church Ladies?
Mom correct me if I’m wrong here… I don’t remember what the exact name of this bread was but we used to buy it at Farmer’s Market in Maquoketa, Iowa and it is DELICIOUS! I will recreate this.
Pasta at Home: Roasted Red Pepper Rotini Caesar
Recipe compliments of my sister Jenni. My only addition is asparagus. I can eat this dish for an entire week and I just did.
Pasta Whoa!: Ravioli at One Eleven Main in Galena, Illinois.
Handmade asparagus and asiago filled lemon spinach ravioli with a creamy parmesan broth. What’s not to like.
Sushi/Maki Stuff: Asparagus Maki Rolls at Soho in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
I don’t like sushi so I stick to maki, they make an AMAZING asparagus roll with a soy wrap, grilled asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, goat cheese and balsamic reduction sauce. You all KNOW I love Balsamic Vinegar! They used to make a mean chicken satay but they took if off the menu so I stole the recipe. You can now find it at my house, mmm.
Potato in Chip Form – Old Dutch Dill Pickle Chips, unsurpassed by ANY other brand.
Potato in Fry Form – French fries and burger sauce, Camberwell Kebab, London, U.K.
Runners-up, Staples and Other Notables – My spinach dip recipe, brown sugar bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, Green Bean Casserole, Cheesy potato hash brown casserole, Strawberry Meringue Kiss Cookies, Popcorn