There will be a lazy river, poolside cabanas, and sexy acrobats. Buffets, bikinis, and nights dancing to Beyoncé and Britney. This neon-bright respite from real life will be followed by all the tacos I could want, food trucks, and brisket.
I’m counting down the days (there aren’t many left!) until my spring break. That’s right, school’s been out for a while for me but I’m reclaiming spring break. I’m splitting a week between Vegas (my first visit!) and Austin.
I got to know Veronica Mars when I lived in a dorm, sometimes watching an episode in the hallway, laptop propped up between my best friend and me, and then later on a couch in our first apartment.
This show made me cry. Made me laugh. And now, years after the sudden ending that left us hungry for more, there’s a movie! I’m flying out to Austin for my long-awaited date to see the Veronica Mars movie with my bff. I can’t wait.
For those who don’t know, Veronica’s best friend on the show, Wallace Fennel, is the one who calls her a marshmallow and since then it’s what Kristen Bell (and now the rest of the cast) calls their fans.
So I made my first batch of marshmallows to celebrate the movie. Even better, I made you two flavors.
In the movie, it looks like our girl Veronica is caught between two love interests, Piz and Logan. Let’s say Piz’s marshmallow flavor is vanilla, sweet and familiar.
Everyone loves the vanilla marshmallows but the one people won’t stop talking about (maybe evenwrite songs about) is the one infused with whiskey and streaked with salted caramel. It’s a bit of a pain to make, but the salted caramel bourbon marshmallows are beautiful, delicious, and worth the effort, not unlike Mr. Logan Echolls.
Sorry, Piz. You’re great. Really! But it’s not you. It’s Logan. This LoVe is epic.
I’d considered tequila before bourbon since (1) they live in southern California and Logan often vacations in Mexico with his best buddy, Dick Casablancas (2) it is a spirit that can be as divisive as Mr. Echolls himself. You love it or hate it.
Me? I love. And yet. Bourbon and caramel sounded better to me and I thought it might be more agreeable with my fellow ‘mallows.
SO Which flavor do you choose?
Piz | Vanilla
Logan | Bourbon Salted Caramel
”That might play with the masses, but underneath that angry young woman shell, there’s a slightly less angry young woman who’s just dying to bake me something. You’re a marshmallow, Veronica Mars. A twinkie!”
A weekend with my sisters is a jaunt to the basics. Chocolate. Carbs. Sugar.
They are somewhat picky eaters, though with time their tastes and habits seem to be bending. I asked Lila to guess what cool ingredient we were putting on our Valentine’s Day pizza. She exclaimed,”zucchini!” I was surprised by her enthusiasm for something green mixing with her cheesy pizza, but the correct answer was grapes. I didn’t add slivers of garlic to the first pizza but sprinkled them all over the second one with the hope that Melly, who dislikes onions, would try it. They both ended up liking that one even better .
But there’s no doubt where their allegiances lie.
So when it came to breakfast, I knew I had to sweeten the deal. Lila, the youngest, is certainly the trickier one to appease, and she is firmly in the pancake camp. She wants a fluffy, tender pancake rather than a crisp-edged waffle. Danny and I love the texture of waffles, so I tried to sway her with chocolate. I didn’t mention that it was dark chocolate rather than the milky, more sugary kind she’s used to eating.
From her and Danny’s latest couch fort (they’re getting more sophisticated; this one had the air mattress propped up to create bunk beds) I heard her pleas to take some of the batter and make a couple pancakes. Just try a piece of the waffle, I said. I broke off a piece of one, buttered it up, and placed it in her hand before she could object. All I heard after that were the cries of Lilo and Stitch on the TV. Continue reading
Single or taken, I’d be attached to this cookie. And if the delight of my coworkers and my boyfriend is any indication, then I bet you’ll love it too.
Yes, I have another Valentine-inspired recipe for you. The rosewater meringue is pretty and all but it doesn’t have a lick of chocolate and I thought you’d need some this week. So, here’s a cookie recipe with a pound of chocolate versus less than a cup of flour.