Oh, well, hello again! It's been a while, I know, and for that, I apologize. I need a little break from blogging for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is that I was feeling sorely uninspired. Or maybe overinspired? The thing is, there are four bajillion food blogs out there on the Interwebs, and they all seem to have the same sorts of things floating around on them. It's hard to do something different -- be original. In fact, it's darn near impossible when it comes to recipes. You don't need another salad, soup or chicken recipe. I don't need to tell you how to make a smoothie (in case I do: put yogurt, milk and fruit you like to eat in a blender and...blend.). I feel like a lot of stuff out there are riffs on riffs on riffs, and I am not sure I want to add to the cacophony. You know?
Plus, I put a lot of pressure on myself to have something new twice a week, and well, to be honest, we don't always eat new things twice a week. And that's okay! You don't have to eat new things twice a week either. I've found cooking and eating a lot more enjoyable lately without all the structure and worry -- and it's cheaper too! So, from now on I'll probably only post things I make over and over again so I have a sort of on-line cookbook of my favorite stuff that I can share with you -- or things that I've discovered that are ah-maz-ing and worthy of being photographed and posted.
Like this cupcake:
It's a sweet and salty cupcake from Jones Brothers Cupcakes here in Omaha, aka, the best cupcake I've ever stuffed into my face. Seriously. It's a moist French chocolate cake with salted caramel in it, piled high with thick chocolate buttercream and a drizzle of an ever-so-slightly salty caramel. The balance of sweet with a hint of salt is just right. Just. Right.
I've tried numerous other cupcakes at Jones Brothers, too -- the Black and White is my second favorite (vanilla buttercream with white chocolate liqueur...oh yeah.). The Chocolate Peanut Butter. The Vanilla (not my favorite -- sort of flavorless -- like sugar cookie dough or something). The Chocolate Mint. The Triple Dark. The Wild Thing. The -- ahem -- okay, I'll stop now.
I've eaten an embarrassing amount of these cupcakes over the past year. I won't tell you how many, but I will say that I know the exact price of four cupcakes -- to the penny. Actually, no, no I won't tell you that. Pretend I never said it.
They're just so good.
I will say that one major downside is the price -- they are really expensive for cupcakes. We definitely splurge when we buy them (we splurge a lot, it's a bad, bad habit). I would hate to see how many we'd buy if they were half the price, though. Yikes!
Jones Brothers has been featured twice on Food Network's Cupcake Wars and won the competition last year. They served the cupcakes at the Country Music Awards in Nashville last spring. Just more evidence that this place has some spectacular cupcakes.
I've never eaten the cafe food here, although it sounds wonderful. If the cupcakes are any indication, I'm sure a meal here wouldn't disappoint.