October 16th, 2014

one of the most delicious treats i’ve made in quite some time… Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake from Smitten Kitchen.

the guy’s parents are coming over for dinner tonight, and this will be a highlight of the event… no doubt.

October 13th, 2014

Saturday night, i ate a Strawberry Blue Cheese salad at Prime 47.

Sunday, i candied my own pecans to replicate said salad.

No regrets.


September 17th, 2014

a trip to Fresno would not be complete without my favorite cookies. 

we were driving around, checking out our old neighborhood, before making a quick pit-stop for a delicious dozen. they were just as scrumptious as i remembered them to be.

plus, the crew didn’t mind my request— i did share a couple crumbs.

September 10th, 2014

speaking of Monday night…

Indiana-grown entree (boursin-stuffed chicken) and fresh harvest vegetables along with three dessert options—

creme brulee cheesecake, grilled shortcake topped with Indiana peaches & fresh whipped cream, or vanilla bean ice-cream with so many toppings galore.

oh baby, oh baby.

August 5th, 2014

when the Food Network comes a’knockin’ you do whatever needs to be done to accommodate their schedule.

an email while we were down in texas led to a few phone calls shortly followed by a film date.

after their crew visited the Dairy Bar last night, they started filming bright & early this morning (6 am call time).

it’s amazing what you’ll discover on fair grounds that early in the morning, let alone what you’ll experience inside a tv filming shortly thereafter.

the crew for the Food Network’s new series, “Carnival Eats” was as kind as they could be.

they had heard about our new Colossal Grilled Cheese (sourdough, 2 slices american cheese, 4 mozzarella sticks, 2 slices american cheese, sourdough) & requested we do one better…

so we did!

this morning, they filmed our Colossal Grilled Cheese 2.0 (sourdough, 3 slices pepperjack, 4 mozzarella sticks, 3 slices colby, sourdough, 3 slices american, 4 mozzarella sticks, 3 slices swiss, sourdough)!

it was a great way to wake up— the smell of grilled cheese dipped in marinara!

oh baby, oh baby.

(photos via INDairy & me )

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July 30th, 2014

lately in baking adventures…

two cookouts & two excuses to fill my kitchen with the scent of sugar.

Tollhouse Break & Bake Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies // bake for 10 minutes & they stay oh, so soft!


Magnolia Bakery “Hello Dolly Bars" // mix everything together (graham crackers, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, butter, pecans) & throw it into a pan to bake. they’re so simple yet so amazingly delicious.


(images via)

July 9th, 2014

i spent my morning on set at the local Fox station helping to promote this Friday’s 25th annual Ice Cream Social.

all proceeds from the gigantic sundae sales benefit the local Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

for a $3 donation you’ll receive a delicious sundae from a celebrity scooper & can feel good knowing your supply of Girl Scout cookies will never diminish.

(& yes, those are Girl Scout cookie crumbles pictured above)

but seriously, if you live in the area, stop by Monument Circle between 11 am & 2 pm to pick up some ice cream & say hello to your favorite dairy promoters!

July 3rd, 2014

i kicked off the long holiday weekend (& boss-appointed early dismissal) with a classic bacon cheeseburger & beer-battered onion rings from BRU Burger Bar. 

it was sunny, 68 degrees and felt like early fall.

i’m not sure what this weather is all about, but i’m not complaining one bit.

plus, sitting outside on a Thursday afternoon felt a lot like vacation.

man, i love this city (& red meat).


July 2nd, 2014

for under five bucks, this ceramic colander makes me way more excited than it probably should.

June 25th, 2014

Every year, the Dairy Bar at the Indiana State Fair introduces a new milk shake flavor and grilled cheese variety.

This year, in honor of the fair declaring it the “Year of the Coliseum,” we’ve created a Colossal Grilled Cheese (mozzarella cheese stick “columns” sandwiched between american cheese, grilled on sour dough bread) & a Salted Chocolate-Caramel Milkshake.

And even though the fair doesn’t officially start until August 1st, we have entered both of our menu items into the Signature Food contest (voting started on Monday).

So, if either of these selections sound appealing to you, please take a minute to vote & vote & vote & vote!

Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B
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