I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. 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. 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. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
Cucina 49Cold-Brewed Iced CoffeeUpdate 4/2014: Be sure to check out my new, improved cold-brewed iced coffee tutorial with step-by-step instructions and lessons learned since first posting about cold-brewed iced coffee. I started making my iced coffee this way a couple of years ago, thanks to this New York Times recipe that convinced me to do so. You add coffee grounds to cold water and let it sit at room temperature for several hours. Then you strain it through a coffee filter, and the result is a deep, rich, dark, and caffeine-packed glass of iced coffee. It’s a concentrate, so you’ll want to dilute it with water unless you’re in need of a serious buzz. I use a ratio of about 2/3 of the concentrate to 1/3 water, stir in a spoonful of sugar and some half-and-half, and finally I plop in some coffee ice cubes. And a lot more energized. Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Total time Author: Kare Recipe type: Beverage Add the coffee grounds and the water to a large jar or pitcher. Adapted from the New York Times
10 superfoods that fight STRESSLast updated on: May 9, 2012 18:42 IST Courtesy Gud2Eat.com Did you know of these feel-good foods? Here are some that help you beat anxiety and tension. The suggestions in the following pages add new meaning to the term 'comfort foods'. The nutrients they provide can actually serve to lift your mood, so read on and learn how to beat stress through your diet! 1. Nuts are packed with magnesium, which seems to help keep cortisol levels low; this in turn means reduced stress levels. Image: NutsPhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com Whether it's steamed, stir-fried or eaten raw with your favorite dip, broccoli is a healthy bet. Image: BroccoliPhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com An ice cream or any sugary food, for that matter, will decrease levels of anxiety-producing hormones like glucocorticoid. Image: DessertsPhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com Image: Whole grain breadPhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com Image: SalmonPhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com Image: Dark chocolatePhotographs: Courtesy Gud2Eat.com
1500-Calorie Diet PlanA 1,500-calorie diet plan designed to help you stay trim and satisfied By Keri Glassman, R.D. 1 of 6 Breakfast Bagel Thin Topped with Peanut Butter and Fruit 1 Thomas' 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter 1 medium banana, sliced 4 strawberries, sliced* *Strawberries contain a phytochemical that may increase the production of leptin, a hunger-suppressing hormone, and adiponectin, a hormone that accelerates fat burning and may fight diabetes. Total: 430 calories Print one week's worth of 1,500-calorie meal plans! The Secret to a Lean Belly!
20 brilliant things to make in a jarVia: mycakies.blogspot.com Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. (Above: red velvet cupcakes in a jar. Get the recipe here). Via: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. Via: bakerella.com Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea. Via: rikkihibbert.co.za For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: goodfoodbreadandmuffins.blogspot.com Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: pizzazzerie.com Super sweet. Via: simplebites.net Bread, cooked in a jar? Via: marthastewart.com A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: bigredkitchen.com So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: runwithglitter.blogspot.com There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t be wowed by these: rainbow cupcakes baked in a jar. Via: flickr.com
Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk RanchIf french fries and onion rings ever got married and had a baby, I think it would be something like this…a potato ring. You have a light and crispy outer coating with a soft potato and caramelized onion center…why? Because we can I guess, who knows…but it’s kind of fun, right?! My boyfriend and his friends have this thing where every super bowl they have a “Deep-Fry Fest” where, well they deep fry everything; so if you’re anything like my boyfriend you now have another “Deep Fry Fest” recipe to use! Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce Makes 32-40 Directions: 1.Healthy Living Class, Green Drinks, Sweet Eats, and Salads!Last night I taught a healthy living class. And like always, as the guest were arriving, I was behind on everything… I had friends making Peanut Butter Pong Balls(made with almond butter instead), made my dad run to McDonalds to get some ‘samples’ (of no-no’s), and I was busy making sure things were set and ready to go…Oh and repeating in my mind the things I was going to say. I decided to do a display table of ingredients I love that I think everybody should include in their daily eating lifestyle. Each had a little note card with info about the ingredient. That, and I figured I would most likely forget to talk about them…so they were there for people to look at. My mom asked why some of the notecards read, “Super Sexy” and “Totally Awesome” in which I basically replied, “That’s how I talk Maaaaoooommm DUH.” When it came time, everybody crowded around me waiting to hear what I had to say. (This is a GREAT picture of me!) “So these are Chia Seeds, they are full of Omega-3′s! What the? Awe. 1.
The Ultimate Sandwich Recipe: Feast your eyes on this!First things first, the CellarVie Wines team cannot lay claim to being responsible for the making of the ‘Ultimate Sandwich’. This remarkable feat of culinary engineering, complete with the beautiful pictures displayed below, arrived in our inbox courtesy of an anonymous email chain on Tuesday afternoon. Jamie Oliver would undoubtedly and perhaps quite correctly, not endorse this as a healthy meal, and it certainly isn't for the faint-hearted but we thought it was a bit of fun nonetheless. So feast your eyes on the ‘Ultimate sandwich’… Ingredients (a guideline) 1 hard crusted Italian bread 3 rib eye steaks 500g mushrooms 1 onion 8 rashers of unsmoked back bacon Swiss Cheese slices Worchester Sauce, Dijon Mustard, horseradish or condiments of your choosing. Salt and pepper to season. Method [See images below] Line up the ingredients and brace yourself for something very special indeed. Hollow out the hard-crusted Italian bread. Rare cook the steaks [they will continue to cook whilst in the sandwich].
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes“Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty. And of course scalloped potatoes also comes to mind, which carries my imagination to a land of crispy potato skins drenched in a sea of cheese and cream. I can think of no better place to exist, actually. So when I came across TK member Shelbi Keith’s recipe for Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes, I knew we were going to become fast friends. The first players up are: a few Russet potatoes (I’m sure other varieties will work equally as well), Parmigiano-Reggiano and butter. Start by scrubbing your potatoes good and clean. Then, using a sharp knife, make slices across the potato, being sure to stop before you reach its bottom. Cut up your butter. Then do the same with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Description
Cannellini Bean Stew with Fresh HerbsRecently, I needed a vegetarian centerpiece for an Italian-themed meal (my own birthday dinner, as a matter of fact!). Beans might not be the first thing that comes to your mind, but these cannellini beans were special enough to impress all the meat lovers at the table. It all starts with the beans you use. I’m sure regular old store-bought cannellini beans would be fine here, but Rancho Gordo’s amazing Runner Cannellini beans took this dish to a higher level of deliciousness. They’re huge, with a mild, earthy flavor and soft but substantial texture. I wanted to infuse the dish with the flavors of fresh herbs, so I added sage, thyme and rosemary. The dish comes out slightly differently depending on the tomatoes you use. So, how to serve these beans? Preheat the oven to 350. Serves 8