An Amazing Meatball Sub Imagine if you will, a still-warm-from-the-oven baguette, enclosing a perfectly tender, moist meatball that has been roasted in the oven with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. The bread is just a little crispy on the outside, warm and soft inside, and the meatball just naturally becomes one with this bread, creating that perfect meatball/cheese/bread moment that truly defines a great meatball sub. Imagine no longer. I’m an absolute sucker for a good meatball, but when meatball meets bread, truly magical things are possible. For the meatball, I adapted a version of Tyler Florence’s ultimate meatball recipe. I’ve used this recipe many times and it produces an amazingly moist, tender meatball. Recipe Adapted from Tyler Florence Ingredients Heat 2 tablespoons oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Pour enough milk over the bread in a bowl to moisten and let it soak while the onions are cooling. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Chinese Tea Eggs Eggs, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee soft-boiled with some kaya toast dipped into the runny yolk. And scrambled with some herbs and melty cheese. And simply cooked over-medium in melted butter. Tea eggs are a common street snack and even sold in convenience stores in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. - 6 eggs - 2 bags of black tea - 4 star anise - 1 cinnamon stick - 1/4 cup of soy sauce Place the eggs in a pot and fill with water until just covered. Place the eggs back into the pot of water and add the tea bags, spices and soy sauce. Alternatively, you can simmer the eggs for about 2-3 hours instead of soaking them overnight. (Ru ware image from here) zp8497586rq
chocolate banana crepes This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. Friends gathered from all around the city with chips and salsa and salads and popcorn and laughter and stories to share. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Did I mention on here that I’m leading an Easter choir at my church?! I’m kind of over the moon about it. Anyway, warm wishes coming your way for a good weekend ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. So of course, when I found myself in the fruit section at the market this week trying to decide what kind of sangria to make for our weekly neighbor night, I immediately thought of sangria. Read more Read more That recipe is coming on the blog tomorrow. Read more
The yummiest French toast recipe… and it’s vegan! Animal-friendly French toast with maple syrup One of my favorite breakfast foods is French toast. Traditionally made by dipping slices of thick bread into a beaten egg and dairy mixture to coat, then frying the bread in a pan or griddle slathered in butter or oil, French toast is one of those dishes that you don’t have to “give up” when choosing to eat a meatless or vegetarian diet. In fact, even those following a strict plant-based or vegan diet can devour an awesome plate of French toast that is… dare I say… even better than the dairy/egg version. I make this claim because *I* think the recipe below is awesome and my meat-eating hubby called this recipe “the best French toast” he’s ever tasted. Do you have a favorite plant-based French toast recipe? The Yummiest French Toast !
Herb Butter Mushrooms With Smoked Mozzarella A few months ago when a friend requested I make mushrooms for an office potluck, I was instantly reminded of a recipe I had from my rounds at the city’s chic restaurants where the chefs demonstrate recipes, let you sample some and give you copies of the recipe. I loved going for these and making local foodie friends. Most places gave a bag of goodies and even spread out a buffet of the food demonstrated (much to my glee). So as soon as mushrooms were requested, I went looking for my recipe file. With some button mushrooms at hand today, I craved for those plump stuffed garlicky mushrooms topped with mozzarella cheese and grilled under the broiler until just done. I wiped the mushrooms clean, twisted the stems, chopped them up and brushed the mushrooms with some olive oil. These mushrooms turned out way better than I expected. Herb Butter Mushrooms With Smoked MozzarellaServes: 2 Tagged as: cheese, herb, mushroom
Top 10 Unusual Food Combinations Food While some people know about these little tricks, the majority do not. These are small tips to help you improve the foods we commonly eat – most are recommended by top chefs and others by very experienced home cooks. 10. While it may seem strange to add sugar to vegetables, it is a very common method of preparing carrots in France. 9. Add a touch of salt to coffee to heighten the flavor – this is a very common use of salt as it is used in virtually all dishes (including sweet dishes served for pudding). 8. Use sugar, not salt. 7. When baking with chocolate, add a little coffee – it strengthens the chocolate flavor without adding a strong coffee flavor. 6. When stewing meat, throw in a star anise – you can’t taste the aniseed but the flavor adds a deep richness to the meat. 5. Throw in a tomato branch – the branch contains all of the flavor that we love in tomatoes – pick a leaf and smell it and you will see what I mean. 4. 3. Add chocolate to chili. 2. 1. Jamie Frater
Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me. Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night. I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many. The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream. Notes for flaming strawberries:Any alcohol below 80 proof will not ignite well. Shaina made a margarita version of this on Babble Food. Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Yield: About 20 cupcakes [click to print]Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
How to Make Homemade Candy Bars (Resolution Breaker) (Oh Nuts Blog) If you’re like most people, you probably started off the year with a whole list of resolutions: more sleep! Less coffee! More exercise! I call them “Resolution Breaker Candy Bars,” and if you’re absolutely wedded to your healthy eating habits, stop reading now before it’s too late… Still here? Resolution Breaker Candy Barsyield: about 20 bars Ingredients 24 ounces chocolate candy coating1/2 stick (2 oz) butter1 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup evaporated milk1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme or fluff1 tsp vanilla extract1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky14 oz soft caramels, unwrapped1.5 cups roasted, salted peanuts To make it easier to remove and cut the bars, line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil. Most nougat recipes are pretty complicated and involve whipping egg whites into a meringue and using a candy thermometer to boil a sugar syrup. Bring the mixture in the pot to a boil, and boil it for four minutes, stirring constantly to keep it from scorching. And now to finish the masterpieces!
100+ Nutrition Facts About 25 Well-Known Foods Email this article to a friend Dr. Mercola's Nutrition Plan Some foods naturally contain disease-fighting, health promoting properties, while others contain elements that may hinder your health goals. Asparagus Asparagus is high in glutathione, an important anticarcinogen It also contains rutin, which protects small blood vessels from rupturing and may protect against radiation Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, B-complex vitamins, potassium and zinc Back to top Avocado Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy. Bananas You don’t need to eat bananas for the potassium! Back to top Beet Greens/Root Beet greens contain notable amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus They also contain vitamins A, B-complex and C Beet roots are high in carbohydrate levels and should therefore be used sparingly Broccoli Celery Celery is the best vegetable source of naturally occurring sodium. Cilantro Chicory Chinese Cabbage Dandelion Greens Fennel Green Beans Kale