Personal Space Bubble, or Lack Thereof Even though I am living in the biggest country in the world, most of the time it feels like I’m living in the smallest. I have nothing but fondness for Kazan and all of its people, but sometimes at the end of a long day, I start to feel crowded. Buses brimming with students, men with mustaches and tattooed fingers, and old fat ladies wrapped in fur lumber down narrow streets behind masses of Ladas and old Ford models. Everyone is in a rush to get to where they should have been an hour ago, and no one is getting anywhere. In my experience thus far, Russians are much more straightforward than Americans. While I have become accustomed to, and even grown to appreciate, Russian honesty and straightforwardness, I sometimes have a hard time when what qualifies as “personal” in the United States and what qualifies as “personal” in Russia don’t overlap.
Cruftbox When Intelligentsia Coffee opened in Pasadena recently, I was intrigued the lasagna cupcakes they served. The cupcakes are made by Heirloom LA, a catering business. About the size of a muffin, a single lasagna cupcake was a delicious meal. After seeing how much my daughter enjoyed them (she ate my entire cupcake and I had to order a second one), I decided I had to try making them at home. After a bit of research, here is my method. The ingredients are fairly simple. Spray or wipe the cupcake tin with olive oil for prevent sticking and add a little flavor. Once you filled in the first layer, gently press another wrapper in, forming another cup. Once you've placed the second wrapper, repeat the filling as you see fit. A bit of Mozzarella cheese on top of it all. I baked them for 20 minutes at 375° F and then come out perfectly browned. If you remembered to use olive oil, they should slide out easily with top crispy and the wrapper moist and tender. The small cupcake size works well for us.
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls A few weeks ago I shared my recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pulls, a sweet pull apart bread. In the post I mentioned a savory cheesy version. I had several requests for the cheesy bread recipe. I went with a cheddar bacon ranch bread. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls (a.k.a. 1 unsliced loaf of (round is preferable) sourdough bread 8-12 oz cheddar cheese, thinly sliced 3 oz bag Oscar Mayer Real Bacon bits 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix Using a sharp bread knife cut the bread going both directions.
How to Totally Troll someones Computer [pic] Email If you have ever wanted to carry out the ultimate practical joke using someone’s computer as your tool then this guide on how to troll a persons computer is something that you must read. For more hints, tips, news and all things technology and geek related please follow us on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to our feed. [via - neatoroma] Be Sociable, Share! Related posts: Broccoli Cheese Soup On Wednesday my sister and I volunteered to make the soup supper to go with the Advent service at church. Before you go thinking I'm some kind of charitable, goodhearted soul, I must tell you that the only reason that I do it is because I LOVE COOKING. In case you hadn't figured that out yet. Okay, so I was like, "Whadaya think, Nemo? Will two huge pots of soup, a crockpot full of barbequed meatballs, five trillion chicken salad sandwiches, fifty thousand and two loaves of bread, and a couple bazillion desserts cover it?" Well, it would have, except everybody had to try a huge bowl of BOTH kinds of soup AND meatballs. Barbequed meatballs in broccoli soup. I had to leave the room. Anyways, we ran out of soup after about ten minutes of serving. So during church I had a sudden inspiration (um, Pastor, if you're reading this, that was a typo. Anways, I burst out of church and ran up to my friend screaming, "Hey guess what!! Yeah. I mean it would be like getting paid to have fun. Okay.
Mac and Cheese Cups Share this image Share It Pin It When I first graduated from college, and was living in a dreary little apartment, mac and cheese was one of my few specialties. Granted it was straight from a box, but it was one of those meals that made me feel like I was home. I shared a gussied up truffle version a couple of years back (here), and since the Academy Awards are just days away, I thought I'd make it more party-friendly. The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting What can be cuter than mini turkey meatloaves topped with skinny mashed potato "frosting". A family friendly meal everyone will love (and no one will guess there are vegetables hiding in the meatloaf)! I'm not sure where the original concept for meatloaf cupcakes was born, but I saw this idea on Home Cooking Rocks and I knew I wanted to make my own skinny version. Since my turkey burgers with zucchini are such a smashing success, I decided to make them with shredded zucchini. The mashed potato frosting is basically my skinny garlic mashed potatoes made with fresh thyme which really compliments the meatloaf. I highly recommend using double metal liners, they hold up well with the meat, and if you want to re-heat leftovers, you can simply take the metal part off and pop them in the microwave. If you plan on making them and eating them right away, have the mashed potatoes ready so when the meatloaf is cooked, you can top and eat! Ingredients: For the Meatloaf Cupcakes: Makes 12.
Pierogi Recipe October 2, 2010 My mom is obsessed with keeping a stocked freezer, but I guess I don’t really take after her, because my freezer tends to be relatively empty, aside from random containers of stock/ramen broth, frozen dumplings and pierogi. I admit, I store buy frozen chinese dumplings and pierogi for those times that I just don’t feel like cooking. I tell myself it’s because of ease and convenience, but really, I just love the taste of frozen pockets filled with deliciousness. Pierogi are fast, tasty, and ideal for when I let myself get too hungry and become a crazy unthinking monster. It’s Oktoberfest right now and that means two things: beer and sausages. I found an old Gourmet magazine pierogi recipe on epicurious.com and for my first pierogi making experience, it was great. I couldn’t resist putting my own twist on the pierogi though: instead of filling all the pierogi with a potato cheddar cheese filling, I mixed up potatoes with green onion oil.
My Collection of Funny Emails. Send funny emails to your friends! Why didnâ€™t I think of that? Youâ€™ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems... some you never knew you had! Hull strawberries easily using a straw. Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40. Stop cut apples browning in your childâ€™s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.. Overhaul your linen cupboard â€“ store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.. Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl â€“ the concave shape amplifies the music.. Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.. Add this item to your beach bag. Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.. Look up! Gotcha! Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.. Forever losing your bathroom essentials?
Chicken Strips Chicken Strips for your next Football Party Are you ready for some football? Bear with me here if you are not a football fan. I do have a good recipe waiting for you at the end. Its playoff season and I am a Packer fan. So much so, that I am on a first name basis with most of the team. And before this season, I would have only been on a first name basis with Packer players but some of our friends decided a Fantasy Football League would be fun. Instead of just being interested in the Packer games each week, I cared if Eli threw 3 touchdown passes or 2 interceptions. So, with serious games on the line in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some football game party food, because a serious game requires good tasting food. Today’s chicken strips can be used as an appetizer or a main meal. Which NFL players are you on a first name basis with? Chicken Strips Yield: 6 - 8 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Ingredients: Directions: 1.
A brownie by any other name… Love brownies. Love their shiny, flaky top that shatters into micro-thin shards that shower onto your fingers as you eat. Love their dark, gooey center. Their “chocolate nirvana” flavor. Sometimes can’t deal with the bake, wait to cool, cutting into squares messiness and fuss of brownies. Every time I make these cookies (which, truth be told, is quite often), I think of a former colleague, Ana, who left King Arthur last year in order to be a full-time mom to her 2-year-old twins. The test kitchen bakers loved Ana. Ana still visits occasionally, 2-year-olds in tow. And when she does, she’ll invariably nose out any chocolate, and treat us to her classic reaction: “Perfect! These cookies are basically brownies: flat, round, 2 ½” brownies. First task: Combine the chocolate and butter. Melt in the microwave till softened… …then stir till smooth. Stir the chocolate into eggs and sugar, which you’ve beaten together. Refrigerate the batter for an hour; it’ll stiffen up nicely. Buy vs.