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Oscar Party Ideas

2/20/15

If you're having an Oscar party this weekend, or you just want to make something festive for yourself, here are some ideas from my blog.  I haven't seen many of the movies, but if Julianne Moore doesn't win for Still Alice, I will throw things at my TV.  Have a great weekend!


Broccoli Rabe with Garlic


I wish I had something super warm to offer you this morning, like oatmeal or soup or hot porridge.  What even is porridge?  Whatever it is, I want a giant bowl of it, right now, resting on my lap.  I want to eat porridge, sitting in a hot tub, wrapped up in a wool sweater.  

Actually, I just want to go on vacation and eat guacamole.

  This sautéed broccoli rabe IS warm, just not the kind of warmth I'm craving right now on this 1-degree morning.  But it's mighty tasty.  If you're not familiar with broccoli rabe (my computer keeps auto-correcting that to "rage"), it's broccoli's leafier, slightly more bitter cousin.  But when it's sautéed with loads of garlic, sprinkled with red pepper flakes and drizzled with good olive oil and lemon... it's SO delicious.  This tastes just like it does when served in restaurants, and it's super easy to make yourself.  Enjoy, stay warm, and I'll try to check in later with some Oscar-themed ideas.

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic
(Serves 4)

1 bunch broccoli rabe, stems trimmed
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper
Squeeze of lemon

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  While that's happening, place cold water in ice in a large bowl.  Once water is boiling, drop in broccoli rabe, stir and cook for 1 minutes.  Remove with a pair of tongs and place in ice bath to stop cooking process.  Let it sit there for a few minutes, then drain.  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for a few minutes until garlic starts to golden.  Add broccoli rabe and sauté for 5-7 minutes, tossing with tongs to coat with the garlic and red pepper.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Finish with a squeeze of lemon and another drizzle of olive oil.



Dipped Pretzels

2/18/15


Yes, Valentine's Day has come and gone... and these pink and red treats look like they should have been posted PRIOR to February 14th.  But, I don't do anything on time anymore soooo, there you have it.  When you have to put "shower!" on your to-do list, just like that with an exclamation mark, then you know you're not going to have your blog posts organized like the rest of the blogging world.  I'm sorry.  But only sort of sorry, because if you'd do me a favor and imagine that the candy melts are GREEN, then you could say I'm a month early for St. Patrick's Day treats!  I'm awesome!  


These are really easy to make and fun for children too (if you're okay with them looking extremely messy).  Simply melt candy melts (or chocolate) in a disposable decorating bag.  I do this in my microwave for 30 second intervals, massaging the bag in between each to help with the melting process.  This usually takes about one minute and thirty seconds... and make sure to fill the bag only 3/4 full so your candy doesn't ooze out.  Then, fold the top over a bit to make it easier to dip your pretzel.  Dip, twirl, let the excess drip off, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet... 


Decorate with more piping, sprinkles or mini chocolate chips!  Mmm, coconut would be yummy too. The possibilities are endless, just make sure to decorate quickly because the candy sets fast.


I found pretzel bags that made them very presentable and easy to travel with.

Valentine's Day Treats

2/13/15

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend?  Are you going to eat chocolate?  Are you going to make heart-shaped pancakes?  Are you going to drag your sweetie to see Mr. Grey on the big screen?  However you celebrate, you should probably make some of the treats below, because that's what Anastasia Steele would do (I have no idea, I only read half of book one...) 


The Crispy Egg

2/11/15


There are many different ways to cook an egg, and I thought I'd tried all of them.  Scrambledhard-boiledsoft-boiledbakedpoachedsouffléddeviled or simply fried.  But that is not all of the ways, oh nooo.  Have you heard of The Crispy Egg?  I sure will capitalize every beginning letter because The Crispy Egg demands respect like that.  Essentially, The Crispy Egg is simply a fried egg... but it is also so much more.  IT'S SO CRISPY!  (Said like the little girl in Despicable Me says, "IT'S SO FLUFFY!")  You can almost pick up the entire thing and eat it like a piece of pizza.  Or, you could probably put it on a pizza!  That would be delicious.  Or a salad, or simply a piece of toast.

Read this tutorial for more information, it's as simple as can be.  


The Today Show...

2/10/15


I may not have slept at all last night, I may not have eaten breakfast due to nerves (while still consuming WAAAAY too much coffee), but I just had a very fun morning at the Today Show!  Carson and I tried to show you what real life cooking looks like, at least at our house - complete with crying (fake) babies, nosy (beautiful) neighbors and (hilarious) work calls.  Thank you for having me, Lovely Today People!  Check out the segment (and find the recipes) by clicking here.

p.s. I usually cook in grey pajamas, not heels, but ya gotta have a little fun on TV :)

Cauliflower "Rice" Bowl

2/9/15

*Please see bottom of post for exciting announcement*


This is not rice, this is cauliflower:


Rice, made of cauliflower!  Only, it's not rice at all, it's cauliflower (I'm talking to you like you're 5 years old).  It's just called rice because of its warm, fluffy, completely confusing, dreamlike consistency.  After I made this faux "pizza crust" - a few of you turned me onto this faux grain, and THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.  It was easy and delightful.  All you do is take a head of cauliflower, break up the florets, process them finely in a food processor or a blender (I used a Vitamix), and then either eat them raw, or cook them softly in a tablespoon of butter for 8 minutes.

I followed this tutorial.  

Then, I served mine with some chopped and sautéed blake kale, diced avocado and a crispy egg (um, more on this heavenly thing later in the week).  Drizzled with sriracha sauce, obviously.    




Ok, ready for an exciting announcement?  No, it's not about yet another snow day...

I will be on The Today Show tomorrow morning, cooking up a romantical (not a word) meal with Carson... with twists and turns along the way... to figure that out, TUNE IN!  

Greek Turkey Burgers

2/6/15


Trying to concentrate as I write this, which is difficult because I'm waiting to hear any second now that my baby nephew has been born!!  I feel giddy!  I feel like Mini Me from Austin Powers and I just want to yell, eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!  Babies are born every second of every day, all across the world, but when it goes down in your own family, doesn't it feel like it's never happened to anyone, ever?  It's so ridiculously special, each experience so unique, that it's hard to imagine other people going through the same thing!  At least that's how I feel, and I've had 3 babies + 12 cups of coffee already.  I'm good at math, and those numbers add up to me being an emotional crazy person right now.    

Anyway, let's talk about something else, like these healthy turkey burgers I found on Joy Bauer's website.  I forget how simple it is to make burgers on the stove, and how easily they can be transformed by adding whatever ingredients you have at home.  These Greek flavors - feta, roasted peppers and oregano - made these burgers delicious, and I added some chopped spinach to make them even brighter and healthier.  We topped them with store-bought tzatziki sauce (have fun getting that word in a spelling bee), served them alongside a salad and baked sweet potato and then ran a marathon after dinner.  Or we ate frozen cookie dough, I can't remember. 

Recipe here.


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