WIAW: Cooking up a storm

WIAW is probably my favorite day of the week… and my hungriest because it makes me remember all of the good things I ate. And this week is especially bad because the food I made was oh so good. And very different from my usual grilled chicken and pasta (that’s on tonight’s menu)

I can’t wait to see what everyone else did for their WIAW! Seeing who else linked up to Jenn’s fabulous page always makes me crave good, wholesome and delicious foods🙂


So here’s some of my favorite eats! Sunday was a crazy night. My roommate and I live together but we only see each other on Sunday nights for dinner, pretty much, so we decided to dedicate the whole evening (from 4-8, at least) to eating together and making food. So we conjured up some delicious recipes that filled our bellies up until we literally couldn’t fit any more food into us.

Like this:


Anyone else have a love for roasted pumpkin seeds? It’s super easy! All you do is carve out the inside of your pumpkin, wash the seeds to get rid of all the junk, throw them in a bowl with a couple drops of olive oil, some salt and pepper, throw them in the oven for 30 minutes (until they’re nice and crispy), and eat them! Try not to eat the whole pumpkin in one sitting. I dare you.

Or this:

Cauliflower Cheesy Bread

I don’t know if you remember me asking a couple of days ago about what cauliflower bread would taste like, but I was terrified. hate trying new things, especially foods, so the fact that I was even considering it was a huge deal. My roommate was shocked. I’m so glad I did, though, because it was literally AMAZING! It reminded me exactly of cheesy bread and I could have sat down and eaten the entire pizza had I not been so full from the pumpkin seeds🙂

(I adapted this one a lot… it was kind of a variation of a lot of recipes I had seen and I just made it with whatever ingredients we could find in the house)


2 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp oregano
1tsp basil
olive oil
For Topping:
3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
(or use italian seasoning)
*Optional Marinara sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Chop the cauliflower florets into chunks and steam them in a steamer or on the stove until slightly soft for 5 minutes. Place in a ricer or grate.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To Make the Bread:
Prepare your baking stone or sheet by spreading a small amount of olive oil on it and top with parchment paper. 
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg, Parmesan and Mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
Transfer to the baking stone or sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a large rectangle.
Bake at 450 degrees for 40 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Mix 2 TBSP butter and garlic in a small bowl and.spread the butter and garlic mixture over baked cauliflower bread and top with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.
Place back in the 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until all cheese is melted (and brown!).

Bon Appetit!
And of course I had to finish off the meal with something sweet!
Snickerdoodle Blondie Brownies adapted from BrownEyedBaker
This one was courtesy of the roomie. We had some quality foodie bonding time Sunday night and it was fantastic. We’ve made these a couple of times now and they have never failed us. As in, most of them are already gone. Don’t judge, you’re looking at two college athletes and after practice we get HANGRYY! I promise that if you try these, you won’t be able to stop at just one either.
Side note: these are NOT a healthy treat so eat at your own risk, you might eat the whole pan at once😉


2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla. Beat, scraping the bowl, until thoroughly combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until just combined. Give the dough a final stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to make sure the flour is incorporated.

4. Spread the dough evenly into the pan (I found an offset spatula was the best tool for the job, as it’s a thick batter). Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool completely before cutting.

I don’t think I’ve ever baked so much in one day in my entire life! This was a huge accomplishment. My stomach was still full a whole day later! It was worth it for good food!
What’s your favorite thing to bake?

About pickyrunner

I'm Sarah, a (mostly) health-crazed 20-year old New Englander living in Baltimore. Taste buds of a 4-year old, joints of a 90 year old, brain of a chemist, appetite of a teenage boy, legs of a runner. Mindset of a Champion. Follow @pickyrunner
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33 Responses to WIAW: Cooking up a storm

  1. Doubling the amount of cheese is ALWAYS the key to success.
    This is the first WIAW of your that I’ve read, and it’s totally my favourite of all time. Why? Cheese (and lots of it!!) without fat-free in front of it, real butter, sugar, whole eggs, and the fact that you didn’t put it all in the fridge for half an eternity. And the fact that you don’t make it look like food porn.
    I’m super glad that you branched out of your comfort zone. I hate doing it too, but I might just try this recipe now that it’s Picky Runner approved!!😉

    • pickyrunner says:

      As thanks girl! I’m honestly not a big cook so whatever my roommate has is what I use the cheese may have been fat free now that I think about it but I be it would have been tastier if it weren’t🙂 I try to keep it real (or I’m just lazy?) haha but I’m glad you enjoyed it🙂

  2. I don’t bake because I set things on fire LOL. BUT, I do kind of want to get into that cheesy cauli bread. It looks so good! I might have to try that after I’m done traveling!

  3. Oh my gosh you made the crust!! Now I HAVE to make it. Those blondies look awesome. Hope you have a great day!

  4. I want those blondies like NOW!!! If you can’t seem to finish them all, don’t feel bad if you want to send some across the ocean🙂

  5. You’re cheffing it up big time! I love making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies–crowd pleaser and stress-relief

  6. Caitlin says:

    wow haha you cooked way more than I’ve cooked in the past…year?😛 everything looks great especially that cauliflower cheesy bread! i love putting roasted seeds on top of salads.

  7. Oh yum, I love snickerdoodles this time of year! Sounds so delicious. And I have some fresh pumpkin seeds that I’ve been meaning to roast for awhile now, I really need to get to that. I might bring them to my family’s Thanksgiving this year

  8. sloanepitman says:

    I have a cheesy cauliflower recipe up today too! Its so yummy! I really want to try yours, it looks like you could use it as a crust for cauliflower pizza! Also roasted pumpkin seeds are BOMBTASTIC. I haven’t made any this season but I need to!

  9. All I have to say is that this post has made me hungry.

  10. Megan says:

    Look at you! Really attacking the kitchen full force, job well done!

  11. allieksmith says:

    Yay for cooking with your roommate! I bet it was super nice to bond together!

  12. Yes! I love roasted pumpkin seeds. That was always the part I looked forward to most about carving pumpkins when I was younger actually.

    Those blondies look fab. I love anything cinnamon.

    I actually found you via the girls gone sporty FB page, but I’m a WIAW’er too! How fun!

  13. Caroline says:

    Oh wow- those brownie bars look AMAZING!!

  14. Oh my goodness, I literally just pinned that Cauliflower Cheesy Bread this morning. It sounds and looks absolutely divine! I am so glad you had good results with this recipe, I was skeptical, but now I’m convinced I actually need to make it!

  15. You guys made some seriously good-looking food! Glad you cauliflower cheesy bread was a success. When I tried to make the pizza version a few years ago it was an epic fail.

    And those snickerdoodle blondies look genius! So thick!!

    My favorite thing to bake is muffins or bread. Like blueberry muffins and banana bread specifically🙂

    • pickyrunner says:

      Ooooh muffins are good! My favorite are snickerdoodle or chocolate chip🙂 But we were so sure it was going to be a failed project and it came our really well! You just have to bake it for a super long time to make sure it’s crusty enough🙂

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