Archive for April, 2012

Avocados: They’re Not Just for Guacamole!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

love avocados. With their rich, smooth and buttery consistency, I’m rendered helpless when it comes to resisting them! I’m not surprised that they’re known as “butter fruit” to many cultures. My fondness of this exotic fruit is legendary at parties I’ve thrown, where my homemade guacamole is the first thing to disappear.

Guacamole isn’t the only thing I’ve made to acclaim with avocados. I like to use them in all types of recipes, not only for their flavor, but also their nutritional value. Mayonnaise, butter and eggs can all be subbed out, avocados subbed in instead. Try avocados in drinks, ice cream, pasta sauces, and even cupcakes. The Choco-Cado Cupcakes pictured above were the moistest and fluffiest cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. Don’t doubt the avocado, folks – it’s got magical powers!

For creative uses (and recipes!) for avocados, check out my latest post over at Small Kitchen College!

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You’re Invited: Earth Day Trash Bash

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I wouldn’t say I’m the savviest when it comes to going green, so I usually don’t celebrate Earth Day. But I am a huge fan of using recyclables to make clever, crafty things. So this year, I decided to throw a craft-themed Earth Day party so my friends and I could celebrate by reducing, reusing, recycling and most importantly, getting crafty! And you can’t throw an Earth Day Trash Bash without some appropriately themed food. Remember these old-school dirt cups with gummy worms? For tips on how to throw an Earth Day Trash Bash of your own, check out my article over at Small Kitchen College!

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How to Successfully Navigate a Food Truck Event

Monday, April 9th, 2012

This past spring break, my friends and I attended Santa Monica Food Truck Lot‘s free food truck night in a promotion for BBC America’s new TV show, No Kitchen Required. Food events can get really crowded (especially when they’re free), so I devised a serious game plan before the event that would allow my friends and me the biggest foodie bang for our efforts ($13 food vouchers in this case). These are my best tips and tricks, both obvious and not-so-obvious, for making the best usage of your time at a food truck event.

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Chilled Soups: What’s Hot This Spring

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

That’s right. Cold soups are the hot thing to make this Spring (oh, the irony). Eating chilled soup is a refreshing way to cool off in the spring and sneak in those fruits and veggies…just in time for bikini season! For extra bonus points, try a different colored chilled soup each day. Not sure what kind of chilled soup to make? Have no fear! Check out my Best Chilled Soups for Spring post over at Small Kitchen College. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the soup in the photograph above is Mango Crab Gazpacho (perfect for lovers of mango salsa and seafood!).

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Have Your Dessert and Eat It, Too!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Dear fellow dessert addicts of the world…

My healthy desserts video for Student Health 101‘s April issue may have been published on April 1st, but trust me, this is no April Fool’s joke. Although my blog is all about healthy eating, I’m human, too! I can relate to those times when you buy a pint of ice cream…just to realize that it will be gone in a matter of minutes. (more…)

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