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It’s a new year, and Poor Couple’s Food Guide recently published its 200th post on the site. Traditionally, everyone looks to start resolutions and ways to better themselves, but we here at PCFG are bettering the blog, not as a resolution, but just because we’ve been complete lazies for the past month.
That’s right. In case you haven’t heard, both Erik S. and myself recently moved into our first apartment together. As you can imagine, that, combined with Christmastime, made for an explosion of busy activity. Unfortunately PCFG had to take a brief but temporary break to compensate. But fear not! We’re back and we’ve got some cool new ideas in store, plus some returning favorites!
- For starters, as part of our recent move-in together, PCFG is starting a brand new column aimed at explaining the ups and downs as well as all our discoveries about getting a first apartment, designed to help out any young couples in a similar situation whom need some advice and insight on moving out for the first time. For the next few months, you can look forward to reading about it in “Our First Apartment”.
- A new site layout is coming up as well, to accommodate our new column, new content, and to better organize our preexisting works. Don’t worry, nothing’s changing too drastically, it’ll still be the good old Poor Couple’s Food Guide site you’ve come to love, just a little bit streamlined and flashier.
- PCFG’s experiment with a Youtube channel last year was not for nothing! We’ll be updating the channel in the near future with new videos for you to enjoy!
- Remember Midnight Snack? The column about romance involving food between lovers? Of course you don’t, it only lasted for two articles! But we’ll be bringing it back since after all, this is a food guide for COUPLES.
- All our regular columns like Cheat Codes, We Can Do It Better, Pizza Lab, and our standard recipe posts will all be returning as well! Plus newbies like Food 102 and Musings will stay in the rotation as well.
For now, that’s all we can divulge about the future about PCFG. We appreciate everyone’s support and are happy to say that despite our interrupted posting schedule over the past two months, 2016 still managed to be the site’s busiest, most viewed year ever! We promise to keep working on building the site up as long as you all promise to keep being awesome fans. And who knows, if all goes well, 2017 might see the start of things like a PCFG book, more IRL events, or even a podcast! Keep your eyes peeled, and once again, Happy New Year!
Though it’s being posted late, this was October’s Pizza Lab. Since October’s main event is Halloween and we were due for a dessert pizza, we decided to take our inspiration from Halloween candy. We’re both huge fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combination so we tend to return to it frequently. Butterfingers and Reese’s are both at the top of my list of favorite candies. Since we’ve already done a Reese’s peanut butter cup inspired pizza, we turned instead to Butterfingers. We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to use Butterfingers, but figuring out what else to put on the pizza took a bit more time. Obviously chocolate and peanut butter would be involved somehow. But just putting chocolate, peanut butter and chopped up Butterfingers on would be a bit too similar to the Reese’s pizza. We had to get more creative.
Pretzels of all kinds are a great snack. Hard pretzels are yummy, and easy to take on the go, but I think we can all agree that soft pretzels are the superior variety. If you don’t, then you might want to stop reading this post now, since, spoilers – this post is about soft pretzels. The main downfall to soft pretzels is that you generally have to put on pants and leave the house to get one, unlike hard pretzels which are usually already there. You can always make your own those times that you’re craving a soft pretzel but also don’t want to go to the mall or other pretzel selling location, but as we discovered when we made the Pretzel Pizza, making pretzels from scratch is kind of a pain in the ass. It’s kind of actually less work to just go buy one.
However! We have come up with a method for making pretzels at home that is not a total pain or a ton of work. It does require putting pants on temporarily to go get the initial base ingredient, but once that part’s done you can totally have a no-pants pretzel party.
September is kind of a weird month. Half of it is still summer, then the other half is fall. One day you’re still enjoying hot dogs and corn on the cob, and then the next pumpkin has taken over the world. Since we made this pizza in the latter half of the month we decided to go with a slightly more fall-themed pizza. An obvious choice was pumpkin, but we’ve already done two pumpkin themed pizzas, both sweet and savory, so we weren’t quite ready to revisit that yet. Apple was the next main fall flavor to come to mind. We’ve used apple on pizzas before as well, but not on a savory pizza, so that seemed like a good place to start.
It’s now officially fall which means it’s seasonally appropriate to start eating pumpkin again! It also means that Smoothie Sunday is coming to a close for the year. But they’ll be back again next year! But for now we’re winding down with a yummy fall themed smoothie. I’ve made a couple of smoothies that use overnight oatmeal before, and that makes up the base of this smoothie as well. It does require a bit of advanced planning (I myself actually almost forgot to get the oatmeal ready last night) but it’s worth it. This smoothie is super creamy and really filling. It’s a nice hearty smoothie to get you through those early fall mornings.