Your First Time: Ordering Sushi

Your First Time: Ordering Sushi

One of the most intimidating things I have ever done was order sushi for the first time. I remember sitting at the table at my favorite Chinese restaurant and internally debating if I really wanted to attempt it or not. What if I didn’t order it correctly? What if I didn’t like it? What if I accidentally ordered some with raw fish (I know a lot of sushi is raw, but not all of it and I prefer my fish cooked)??! Continue reading

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts Recipe by Cookie + Kate

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts (Image Credit: Cookie + Kate)

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts (Image Credit: Cookie + Kate)

I dare you to look at that salad and tell me it doesn’t look delicious. On a hot summer day, a light refreshing salad is my go-to lunch (for some reason the thought of eating anything heavy with the heat bearing down on me makes my tummy very unhappy) and this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet and Spicy Walnuts from Cookie + Kate tastes even better than it looks. Continue reading

Celebrate National Cheese Day with a Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese by FoodieCrush!

Jalapeno-Popper-Grilled-Cheese-foodiecrushIt seems like there’s a day for just about anything nowadays, but this is one I can get behind. National Cheese Day is June 4, and I’m pretty excited to finally find one that speaks to me on a spiritual level. With so many delicious recipes that include cheese, you might be wondering where to start on your tasty journey, but look no further. FoodieCrush has you covered with their Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the only dish you’ll need this National Cheese Day. Check out the full recipe below! Continue reading

Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

Italian Drunken Noodles Recipe by The Cozy Apron

Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

Italian Drunken Noodles (Image Credit: The Cozy Apron)

If you have never tried Thai Pad Kee Mao, better known in the United States as “Drunken Noodles,” you have no idea what you have been missing. I’ve taken trains and subways, walked in the rain, and as a poor college student, scoured for loose change in my room to be able to pay just to get my hands on this dish. To say I like this spicy Thai chili and basil noodle dish, is a very large understatement and sitting here writing this article is making my contemplate scrapping what I’m doing to drive two towns over to get some Drunken Noodles right now. So when I saw Cozy Apron had an Italian Drunken Noodle Recipe, I had to check it out.

 

I admit, the idea of an Italian version of this very Thai dish had me a little skeptical at first, but even more curious. I love Italian food, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the Drunken Noodle experience. But after checking out the recipe, it really makes sense. The biggest switch up to the dish is the use of tomato based sauce in place of soy and fish sauce, but otherwise it’s a very similar Drunken Noodle experience. The Spicy Italian Sausage replaces the kick of Thai Chilis, and although it’s a different type of basil used here, it along with the use of the very same Thai noodles adds familiarity to the dish.
If you would like to mambo italiano your way into some Drunken Noodle, check out the Full Recipe over at Cozy Apron!

An Open Letter to HelloFresh

(Image Credit: HelloFresh)

(Image Credit: HelloFresh)

Dear HelloFresh,

I’ve always been a little skeptical of food subscription services. Perhaps it’s my fear that food that’s been shipped, no matter how well the box of ice is insulated, is going to be bad by the time I get it. Or worse, that it will be bad and I won’t be able to tell until I’m doubled over, regretting my decision to order and ship food from the internet.

But let me tell you that you’ve surprised me in the best way possible. I first caught wind of your service when my mom sent me a free box and I failed to use it in time. Ever since that moment though, you had been on my mind and I finally decided to try your service.

I signed up for 3 meals for 2 people per week – the carnivore one. I missed the deadline to pick my recipes, but figured no better way to immerse myself into the world of HelloFresh than with a random set of recipes. I waited around all day for the delivery, and when you came I was hesitant but excited.

When I opened my package I was surprised to see all the meals pre-portioned and separated into their own box. I was still hesitant though; concerned that those ice packs weren’t enough to keep my food (read: meat) at the appropriate temperature and free of bacteria. But my husband reassured me you wouldn’t be a business if you couldn’t ship your food.

Touché, smart husband.

So, irrational thoughts behind me, I was ready to make my first meal. We got California style cheeseburgers, a recipe for salmon, and garlic pan grilled chicken; we opted for the burgers on night one.

Holy delicious, Batman.

It was amazing. All these meals were amazing. I was so impressed, and my husband was literally licking his plate to savor all the deliciousness that you packed into this meal. And that sauce you put with your potatoes with the jalapeno and lime? I literally could have eaten just that for dinner.

So. Freaking. Good.

After three meals that blew our socks off, we are now talking about continuing our subscription at 5 meals per week for 2 people, every other week.

I’m all about healthy, delicious meals, and in a world where both my husband and I work, making dinner can be a chore and super expensive. Between gathering the ingredients, portioning them out correctly and having to buy way more than we need just to make a recipe for two, making our own meals is a serious sore spot.

But I’ve discovered that with you, HelloFresh, cooking is easy because 90% of the prep work is done, everything is already gathered together and there is no waste in ingredients because you give us exactly what we need. You’ve taken the hassle out of cooking, and for that I’m thankful.

So the moral of this story is I think I can trust you – that is, until you give me a reason not to. And thank you for reminding me why food is my favorite hobby.

 

Sincerely,

A new HelloFresh fan

Chewie Wookiee Cookies from Diamonds for Desserts

(Image Credit: Diamonds for Dessert)

(Image Credit: Diamonds for Dessert)

I was a Star Wars kid. I loved the original trilogy and saw every single one of the prequel movies in theaters. If I had to pretend to be a princess – not my favorite game – I was Princess Leia. Now, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens primed to hit theaters soon, it’s once again time to celebrate all things Star Wars, which is where Diamonds for Desserts’s recipe for Chewie Wookiee Cookies comes into play.

These cookies get their name from our favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca, because they’re designed to look like him – or at least a super cute illustration of him by Philip Tseng. But there’s another reason that Diamonds for Desserts dubbed these cookies “chewie.” The cookie dough used is a Diamonds for Desserts classic, and it makes thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

After you have your chewy chocolate chip cookies, it’s time to make them look like Chewie! What I really like about the Diamonds for Desserts recipe is that the Chewie decorations aren’t icing: they’re more chocolate, of both the semisweet and white varieties.

The full recipe at Diamonds for Desserts makes the decorating look easy, but I suspect if you’re not used to doing that kind of thing, it might make you as angry as Anakin Skywalker. But don’t turn to the dark side yet! Remember the cookies don’t have to be perfect the first time. You can always make them again, which means more cookies. And that can only be a good thing.

Best and Worst Trick or Treat Candies for the Perfect Candy Haul

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. What’s not to like? The whole spooky atmosphere, celebrating all things paranormal, dressing up and of course, most importantly, the treats. Sadly, nearly everyone – except me – considers me too old for trick or treating, so I don’t get as many treats as I used to. But believe me, I still know what I’m taking about when it comes to trick or treat candy. Continue reading

An Interview with Celebrity Chef Vikki Krinsky

Chef Vikki Krinsky (Image Credit: Jesse DeYoung)

Chef Vikki Krinsky (Image Credit: Jesse DeYoung)

Vikki Krinsky stars in the new CBS series Recipe Rehab and is personal chef to multi-hyphenate celebrity Seth MacFarlane.  She’s confident, she’s healthy, and she’s living the life she’s always dreamed of- BUT it wasn’t her original game plan. Continue reading

What We’re Loving Right Now: ELEMENT Snacks

(Image Credit: Element Snacks)

(Image Credit: Element Snacks)

I love to snack. Honestly, if I could snack all day and not eat a full meal I think I’d be perfectly content. Of course, my snack options aren’t always healthy. Potato chips, Snickers bars, Girl Scout cookies, french fries… the list goes on. But what if I told you you could snack healthy and still get that sweet fix you so desperately need at that 3:00 p.m. wall? Continue reading

What’s the big deal about Sriracha?

(Image Credit: Paul Narvaez)

(Image Credit: Paul Narvaez)

These days, “sriracha” has become the Kleenex of the hot sauce world. Just like you ask for a Kleenex, not a tissue, when you sneeze, suddenly it’s “Pass the sriracha!” instead of “Pass the hot sauce!” Today, while having lunch with a small group of coworkers, one insisted that we needed to procure an additional bottle of sriracha because one full bottle was apparently not enough for our group of six. Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Amazing Lemon Cupcakes from Zoom Yummy

(Image Credit: Zoom Yummy)

(Image Credit: Zoom Yummy)

With summer coming to a close, I’ve been searching for one last taste of sunshine and these lemon cupcakes from Zoom Yummy just might do the trick! Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Frosted S’More Cups by Easybaked

(Image Credit: Easybaked)

(Image Credit: Easybaked)

It’s not officially summer yet, but it is just around the corner. What better way to kick it off than with a fun twist on a summer campfire favorite, s’mores!

Easybaked’s Frosted S’More Cups combine classic s’mores ingredients – graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows. But instead of mixing them into  a hot, sticky (though admittedly delicious) mess, Easybaked has worked them into a cool and refreshing frozen treat, no sticky marshmallow fingers required!

These single-serve cups look very easy to make in a mini-muffin tin, and with just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, they are a perfect make-ahead potluck dessert. As an added bonus, these no-bake cups won’t force you to crank up your oven on an already hot summer day.

You probably thought s’mores couldn’t get any better, but Frosted S’More Cups definitely give the classic version a run for its money. Be sure to check out the full recipe at Easybaked!

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Featured Recipe: Color Block Cocktail Popsicles by ConfettiPop

(Image Credit: Confettipop)

(Image Credit: Confettipop)

Normally any project with the phrase ‘color-block’ in the title scares me. Any how-to that claims I can easily create a color-block or ombré design on my nails or another art project clearly hasn’t met me and my clumsy fingers. However, this color block cocktail popsicle recipe by ConfettiPop is definitely within reach of my limited capabilities. Continue reading

Featured Recipe: Red Velvet Fudge Pie by Pizzazzerie

Red Velvet Pie Recipe (Image Credit: Pizzazzerie)

Red Velvet Pie Recipe (Image Credit: Pizzazzerie)

I have died and gone to red velvet heaven. In case you doubt me, put down the laptop or smart phone, run to your nearest store and gather the ingredients for this recipe. Once you make it, cut yourself a slice and then join me again on this delicious journey we are about to go on. Continue reading