Monday, January 27, 2014

Frog Eye Salad


When one of my friends offered to bring frog eye salad to a potluck at my house, I went...."huh?" I had never heard of such strangeness...where did she get FROG EYES? 

She quickly explained that was the name of a sweet kind of "salad" and in fact, there were no frog eyes. It's name is derived from the small type of pasta used that looks like frog eyes (sort of!).  I had never had it before but one time and I was hooked! It's a lot like my "Spring Marshmallow Salad" that has nothing remotely salad like about it. Hence my love for both :) This "salad" has a great texture from the cooked pasta and marshmallows and sweetness from the sauce, mandarin oranges and cool whip.

The only problem I have encountered with this recipe is that at least in Austin I haven't been able to find the special pasta-that makes it truly a "frog eye" salad-the acini di pepe pasta. I know you can get it in Utah and off of Amazon. If you know of a grocery store in Austin that sells it, please let me know! So once you can find the pasta-definitely go make it!




Frog Eye Salad
The Apron Gal

Serves 10 as a side dish

Ingredients
Sauce
 ¾ C white sugar
1 tbsp. flour
½ tsp salt
2/3 C pineapple juice
1 egg
1 tsp lemon juice

Salad
1 cup pasta (Acini de Pepe), cooked 

2 cans Mandarin oranges, drained
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup mini marshmallows (I usually do a little more for good measure :)


Directions

Cook pasta according to package instructions-al dente, rinse and cool. 

In a small saucepan, mix sugar, flour, salt, and then stir in pineapple juice and egg. Cook over medium heat 5-10 minutes or until thickened. Add lemon juice and remove from heat and cool. 

Mixing cooled sauce with remaining salad ingredients and cooled, rinsed pasta.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Meet Austin: Austin Eats Food Tours

I heard about Austin Food Tours not long after I moved to Austin. It's such a simple idea- spend a few hours eating at different places all around Austin, I mean, it didn't take much to sell me! 

They have several different tours around Austin-each with a different theme. The original tour is on Sundays on South Congress but we wanted a Saturday tour. The Saturday tour is the Downtown Tour that starts at the big Farmer's Market and then you walk around town to different restaurants.


A few fun facts about Austin from our tour guide- Austin has over 2200 restaurants and 600 food trucks!  Austin constantly has new restaurants opening constantly and others closing-it's a big hub for eating out and is ranked #3 for eating out in the US! It's only beat out by Dallas and Houston per capita. 

Okay! Onto the food...


Our tour guide!


  1. 1st stop was a delicious breakfast taco from a local favorite- TacoDeli. If you want a local favorite try Migas- it's eggs with corn tortillas in it, it adds a yummy texture element-try it! You'll like it! 


2. This was an impromptu stop by we tried chocolate covered cocoa beans from Cocoa Puro. This is an interesting flavor and texture too- cocoa beans taste very little like chocolate until they are processed and usually you add sugar. I liked it though! 



3.  The Zubik House- They are famous for their traditional Czech kolaches but we got to try this little bite of heaven: Texas toast with pork butt, pickled sauerkrat  and jalapenos. 
This was probably my favorite bite of the whole tour!
4. The Famous Hut's Hamburgers- The oldest restaurant in Austin, it was the only building left after the famous flood in Austin in 1981. They make a good hamburger and an awesome onion ring! check out the huge one below that I only had 1/4 of! And that Barton Springs Root Beer was delicious.









5. Walton's Fancy and Staple- They have a lovely bakery as well as a deli and even flowers for sale. We tried the brownie and the famous "golden egg"-basically a simple but melt in your mouth cookie made with only butter, flour and sugar. I'd love to try even more on my next trip! 






6. Hickory Street- Brisket tacos that I apparently didn't snap a photo of! But they were good and the restaurant had a cute patio and inside. 







7. Cupcakes from delish- I had the Oreo chocolate cupcake and it was, I'll just say it, delish. 






8. Our final stop was the Ginger Man. Since we don't drink we had some root beer but I was so stuffed at this point that I could barely have a sip! (it was good though). 





We had a blast learning about all the different restaurants in town and about Austin in general. I recommend this tour for locals and tourists alike! It would be a fun way to spend a few hours with family in town, wandering around the city and eating good food!

To book your food tour- go to Austin Eats Food Tours.  (They didn't pay me to say that I just had a good time!) 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Beginnings

Hello lovelies,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season! I know I loved eating too many treats, spending time with family and just soaking up the spirit of the season. 

I'm excited for this new year with new adventures and challenges ahead!

If you haven't heard via Facebook or Instagram already, my husband and I are expecting our first this May. It's a girl and we couldn't be more thrilled! I know this will most likely turn my world upside down but I'm excited for all that comes nonetheless.



I'm excited for a new year of blogging too! I'm constantly looking for the best way to bring you fun recipes, restaurants, and whatever other fun things I can think of!

I hope to be able to bring you recipes and ideas you are looking for. As always, I'm committed to only posting recipes I truly love (which means I often post less than I would like). I'm also planning to keep posting party ideas and bring back my monthly posts of where I've been eating. 

I hope you will continue reading in 2014 and I wish you a Happy New Year!

Please feel free to email me at theaprongal@gmail.com if you ever have thoughts, ideas or partnerships you would like to work on. I'd love to work with more food bloggers so reach out to me and meet me! I'm a lot more outgoing in person than online so I don't know as many of you as I'd like to and I'd love to start working together with you awesome bloggers out there!


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