Monday, August 29, 2011

Four-hundred-and-ninety-one,  yup, 4-9-1, that's how many cupcakes were present and last week's Girl's Night Out CupcakeO'Rama! Over 30 women brought a variety of cupcakes, some baked, some bought, all contributing to a night full of sugary fun that involved raffle items, guessing games and take-home sample boxes for when you just couldn't eat another bite!

The idea of CupcakeO'Rama is simple enough. Invite your friends, tell them to invite their friends, and make sure everyone brings their favorite cupcake flavor for the rest of the crowd to experience. Set the cupcakes up around the room, each with a nameplate so there are no surprises, and begin to taste the rainbow of chocolately, fruity fun. You can vote on your favorites and award the winners with different cupcake certificates: Most Original Recipe, Best Dressed Cupcake, Worst Cupcake Recipe, etc.

Our Yumologists brought their famous Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes to the party, and we were happy to see there were very little left at the end of the night. Other winning recipes included: French Toast Cupcakes, Cookies N' Cream Cupcakes (complete with Oreo cookie on the bottom!) and Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Cupcakes = YUM!

Of course a Girl's Night Out is not complete without a bit of the bubbly to wash it all down. We recommend a dessert wine such as a Reisling, or bottles of champagne to keep the atmosphere fun and flirty.

Throw your own CupcakeO'Rama and watch the fun unfold!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This morning our Yumologists opted for a less traditional breakfast and grabbed two bowls of Mott's strawberry flavored applesauce to eat on the go. We were pleasantly surprised by the results; not only was the traditional applesauce texture and flavor detectable in these little bowls of joy, but the addition of the strawberry flavor actually gave us an unexpected jolt.

Applesauce has often been used as a nutrient-filled snack for people on liquid diets, babies and patients recovering from surgery. Its mild nature allows almost any system to digest the product easily without fear of choking or causing internal harm.

Mott's applesauce bowls are the equivalent to one serving of fruit per day, the strawberry flavor does not qualify as a two-in-one fruit serving although we appreciate your quick math skills!

While we enjoyed Mott's flavored applesauce we realize traditionalists out there might disagree and opt for the simple joys of applesauce a la carte. We'd be curious to hear which you, our fellow Yumologists, prefer?

Monday, August 22, 2011

While many of our posts often focus on different recipes, products and foods, our Yumologists want to take a quick time-out from our original routine to build awareness of a growing phenomenon in the medical and culinary communities.

Celiac Disease, also known as "Gluten Intolerance" now affects 1 in every 133 Americans who come from a wide range of ethnic and medical backgrounds. Celiac Disease is difficult to diagnose but fairly simple to treat - the main treatment being a complete dietary overhaul that excludes wheat, rye, barley, oats and any products that are a variation on these including flour and beer.

At first excluding these items from one's diet sounds reminiscent of a carb-free lifestyle, but it's slightly more complicated than that. You can never exclude 100% of the carbohydrates your body needs and therefore people with Celiac Disease have to find alternative gluten-free products and recipes that will give them the complete nourishment they need.

Luckily enough the growing trend in Celiac Disease has caused a boom in gluten-free products, recipes, publications, even foodies! Some people who are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease are electing to make the switch to a gluten-free lifestyle in the hopes of improving their health and weight goals.

The gluten-free community is growing and our Yumologists are happy to support gluten-free living!
To learn more about Celiac Disease and a gluten-free lifestyle visit

For great Gluten Free recipes visit a fellow foodie, Shauna James Ahearn @glutenfreegirl on Twitter and visit her website at

Friday, August 19, 2011

Our Yumologists came across this gem of movie while flipping through channels searching for culinary inspiration. Waitress stars Keri Russell as Jenna, an unhappily married pregnant waitress who falls in love with her new-in-town gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter, played by Nathan Fillion.

Jenna's pies are at the forefront of the story. She is waitress in Joe's Pie Diner and invents numerous pie recipes that represent an event from her life.

As the movie progresses Jenna learns to love her baby and after the birth of Lulu, her daughter, leaves her abusive husband and ends the affair with her obstatrician.  Joe, the owner of the diner in which Jenna works, dies and leaves Jenna an inheritance that allows her to take over the diner, rename it Lulu's Pies, and serve bright and happy pies that help Jenna start her life anew.

Here's a taste of Waitress: