savory week so far

by jenna on January 12, 2011

I’m chomping at the bit.

My butter looks so lonely in the back of the fridge and I have half a bag of dark chocolate chips just begging to be used.

My broken KitchenAid has been audibly sighing with relief, and it’s all I can do to take small bites of peppermint patties straight from the freezer and then pace around my living room with sweaty palms.

You see, I have a bit of a problem because all I can think about are these:

and these:


and definitely these.

I’ll be in the middle of something calming, like answering an email or lying in savasana, and then all of a sudden it’s all I can do not to yell out CAKE!!!!! at the top of my lungs.

See? I told you I have a problem.

For the most part, savory week has been going well. I’m happy because I haven’t had to make 4932 trips to the grocery store and Adam is happy because he gets to take leftovers to work. Now I just have to work on him to actually bring his lunchbox home. I think he has about six of my small lululemon bags hidden in his desk.

The real reason I’m chomping at the bit though? I found this AMAZING no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe that needs to be made…like, stat.

Savory food, be damned!

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Ellie January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I think just because you mentioned the no-bake cookies it took over my mind. Savory is great, but I’m with you, totally a sweets kind of girl :)! I almost feel like I have to redefine myself when someone asks me to bring something other than sweets over for dinner. Is that bad? Meh, makes me happy


Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Ha! It must be a peculiar disease of boys to leave lunch pails at work! My own Mister is currently hiding 17of them in various places….i can’t fathom where they go!
cathy b. @ brightbakes
ps.even tho your lonesome for butter……..I’m lovin the savory recipes!(soorry 😉 )


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

And I was doing so well with not craving sweets today until this VERY moment!


Megan (Braise The Roof) January 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Haha, you know you have a problem when… 🙂 But if you have a problem, I don’t want you to be cured because I love your dessert recipes! I can’t wait for the no bake recipe- I love those! Rest assured, we all love your savory recipes, too, though.


aubrey @ italktofood January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I can not wait for you to make those cookies! All the savory dishes you’ve been making look delicious though. And if you’re making adam happy, well….then that’s perfect! Haha


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Wow if I could bake like you I’d be chomping at the bit for some of those treats too! And those mini Lululemon bags do make the perfect lunch tote!


Laura January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

After reading this post I promptly stood up from my desk and went on a search for something chocolate. Thanks for the reminder of the necessity of chocolate in our lives!


jenna January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I do what I can!


Catie January 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Just reading this post has my sweet tooth aching! I don’t have a cookie with me at work so I have to pretend my celery sticks are chocolate. . . Fail!


jenna January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

ugh…that never ends well..


Baking 'n' Books January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I don’t think anyone is going to hold it against you if you intermittently “throw in” some sweets to Savory week.

In fact, I was expecting – and HOPING for it 😉


Stephanie January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Every.time I see that blue frosting I want to eat my computer screen!


Natalia - a side of simple January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I knew you wouldn’t lead us astray for long. The dark side is covered in chocolate. It’s really just too good to be bad for long 😉


Ameena January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I never thought I could go a whole week free of sugar but then I did one…and two…and now I don’t crave the sugar at all. But if I was able to cook the amazing things you can….I might not be so strong.


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Ohh now you’ve got me craving sweets!!


Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf January 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Haha, you and Adam are so cute. I never see my leftovers because my husband takes them to work everyday while I eat peanut butter sandwiches. C’est la vie.


stacey-healthylife January 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I don’t blame you. I find it funner to bake then cook meals.


Liz January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

If it’s tormenting you that much, just make something non-savory.


m.e. January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

don’t you mean “chomping at the bit” not “biting at the chomp”?

I don’t know what a chomp is but I would bite at it if the craving for sugar hit


jenna January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

ahahahahah yeah I do. I need chocolate.


Blog is the New Black January 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Stop the torture! Eat some sugar!


jenna January 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

bahaha I AM eating sugar! I’m just not baking. I just finished another peppermint patty for goodness sakes! I could never quit sweets..


Baking 'n' Books January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Did you purposely just not want to bake this week or some reason? To stay away from it?…!


jenna January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

just to challenge myself and cook more “real” dinners!


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

oh my gosh…i would die! i am more of a savory person anyway, but if i say “no sweets” then that’s ALL i want to eat!


Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’d be chomping at the bit too! I can’t go a week without making something sweet! 🙂


Christine (The Raw Project) January 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Hehe, my hubby never brings his lunch containers or travel coffee mugs home either.


Estela @ Weekly Bite January 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Bring on the cookies!!! 😉


Nicole January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Just grabbed a handful of peanut m&m’s, but your baked goods look much more satisfying!


Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Just as all work and all play make for a dull, dull person, all savory and no sweets makes for a sad, lonely kitchen. It longs for sweetness. Just bake. You know you want to.


Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

typo in my comment corrected: Just as all work and no play….


nico January 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

HA, my boyfriend does the same thing with pyrex containers! he brings home a bag full of them every week!


Fi January 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

In the famous words of lady Victoria ‘let them eat cake!’ xx


Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Men are incapable of bring lunchboxes home on a regular basis. Fact.


Gabby (Quest for Delicious) January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Your feelings are totally understandable. Those donuts are calling my name.
I vote you make the cookies. For the sake of us all.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

“AMAZING no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe”–
I have seen plenty of those and have a few similar recipes in my arsenal of tricks. Cant wait to see what you come up with!!

And I am a sweets over savory girl….any day of the week. Any week of the year 🙂

Savory week…would turn into sweets week for me 🙂


jen @ taste life January 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Come on, chica! You make the rules, you break ’em! Give us the cookies, give us the cookies!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’d feel the same! Savory’s fun..but baking’s REALLY where it’s at!


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The cake in the first photo is one of the most drool-worthy items you’ve made so far!


Amber K January 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I will always be a sweets girl!


Katherine: Unemployed January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love your ability to incorporate color into foods


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I’m sorry savory week ahs got you down, but you’re doing so good!! Halfway through!


Kay January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Your mom and I were talking over lunch today how we are “savory” girls. Sorry to be rebels. 🙂


Mom January 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

Yes. We were …!


R @ Learning As I Chop January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Yum – what is that? Is it some kind of flatbread?


M January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Savoury (as we spell it in Canada!!) over sweets my friend!

Nothing like salty or spicy goodness…..too much sweets just makes me want to
gag to be honest!



Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

That first picture made me want to yell out, “CAKE!” too! I prefer savory flavors over sweet most of the time, and I can go quite a few days without having desert, but going without fruit would make me crazy.


Lacey @ Lake Life January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Bwahaha. While reading your post all I could picture was this:


salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I can’t wait for you to make those cookies!!!


Paige @ Running Around Normal January 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

LOL! Sounds like it’s going well… 🙂


Kristin @ the expat diaries January 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

All of my small lululemon bags have also fallen victim to the mysterious male work lunch phenomenon. Where do they go?

I’m loving savoury week, but those photos are AH-mazing.


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

every time you post a pic of those Oh Baby bars, I want to lick my screen.


Joelle (The Pancake Girl) January 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Um, whatever that first picture is of, I want some!

Savory is overrated… baking recipes are more fun to look at if you ask me. 🙂 Frosting is prettier than chicken breast, basically.


Baking 'n' Books January 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I thought the same thing about that first pic!

Jenna – now I know who it is you remind me of! Lauren Conrad (y’know The Hills, Laguna Beach)…she just died her hair though – but still…here’s what triggered it…


Dynamics January 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

You broke your baby Hobart, I mean Kitchen-Aid? Wow, poor thing. I think mommy should buy you a new one, a stronger one, a pretty one. What do you think?


Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

My husband leaves his lunchbox at work too. It drives me loco!


dana @ my little celebration January 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I’m with you all the way! I’m a total sweets girl. Savory goods never titillate my taste buds the way sugar does. I’m already looking forward to the new no-bake recipe you’re anxiously preparing to make.

Lovely post! I especially enjoyed the photos…and the commentary. OK, just the whole thing.

Always enjoy your blog,


Jen January 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Why why why can guys not remember to bring home dirty lunchware? Every morning I remind my boyfriend to BRING HOME THE CONTAINER! Yet every night he returns empty handed.


Laura January 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I just baked chocolate chip cookies for you. You can live vicariously through me! 🙂 I don’t know how you’re doing it…I’m absolutely always a sweets girl.


jenna January 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Yum! Thanks for the virtual cookie. 🙂 And don’t worry, I’m still eating sweets, I’m just not baking them for a week!


Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Where in heavens did you find a doughnut mold? But what I really want to know is, are baked doughnuts just as good as fried?


Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I say, go for the sweets. A girl can only take so much!


Ashley January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

you make me laugh… like, so hard! : )

“it’s all I can do to not yell out CAKE!!”

most honest thing written. Ever. I mean… who hasn’t felt like that at one point?! : )

I really needed a good laugh today. You have made my day a lot better and for that, I thank you. : )


Hanna January 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

That cake at the top looks SO delicious! What is it?


Jenny January 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

Hey Jenna! I love reading your blog, though now I’ll be reading it even more in anticipation for this no-bake cookie recipe. I’m currently living/teaching in Taiwan with no access to an oven–which is exacerbated by the fact that they simply do NOT know how to define, let alone make a cookie here. I’ve done cookie dough truffles (have you tried those? AMAZING) a few times but would love another recipe. For my (savory-over-sweet) students, of course…. 😉


Emma @ January 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

Now that I’m on the all natural kick, I love having these made from scratch, easy yummies! Thank you!


KatherineC January 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

What’s in that last photo and where can I find the recipe? It looks aMAZing!


Jaime Ramsay January 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

You are hilarious! Seriously….”Cake!!” made me laugh out loud.


Caitlin January 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Okay seriously – what is the top picture? I need it in my life, now.


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