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There’s Nothing like a Home-Cooked Meal

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012


If there’s anything that college students miss, it’s those home-cooked meals from our parents. Something my dad always makes when I’m home is pork tenderloin. Don’t get me wrong, I like pork, but sometimes my dad goes overboard and makes too many pork dishes in one week. So many, in fact, that I never thought I’d get to the point of actually missing pork dinners. But, lo & behold, sometimes I do.

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When Cupcake Met Mac ‘n Cheese: A Cupcake Project Contest

Thursday, December 29th, 2011


A few days ago, I decided to be adventurous and enter wikiKitchen in a contest I came across on Facebook. If you know anything about me and contests, you are probably rolling your eyes right now. I give credit to my mom for my competitive nature (She constantly emails me new contests to enter on a daily basis. I am not kidding.). Despite my usually bad luck with contests, I decided to give this one a try since I just had to simply submit my blog’s URL.

This contest was hosted by the infamous (at least to foodie bloggers) Cupcake Project, “an experimental cupcake blog” that has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. For all of you non-foodie bloggers out there, the Cupcake Project blog has been recommended by The Food Channel and Kate Heddings, Senior Food Editor at Food and Wine, and featured in several publications like Shape Magazine, New York Times, and People Magazine, just to name a few. Stef, the blogger behind Cupcake Project, held the contest for food bloggers to submit their blogs so that she could choose a savory recipe from one lucky foodie’s blog and transform it into a healthy-ish savory cupcake for people to enjoy come New Year’s Day (a nice break away from the holiday sweets overload!).

To my surprise, Stef chose wikiKitchen’s Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese recipe! If you haven’t tried this recipe already, why not try it in a cupcake liner? Or if you want to be really adventurous, try it cold out of the fridge like a leftover slice of pizza (Stef claims they taste great when cold, too!). Although I am bacon’s #1 hater (It’s a personal thing, not just a health thing. I know I am weird for not liking the taste of bacon!), Stef also suggests mixing bacon into the cupcakes. To read more about Stef’s wikiKitchen-inspired Butternut Mac and Cheese Cupcakes, you can check out her post and recipe on Cupcake Project.

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It’s Gettin’ Spicy in November

Sunday, November 6th, 2011


Trader Joe’s spiced apple cider isn’t the only thing that will heat you up this November (but I can’t deny the fact that I just love the taste of their spiced apple cider in the fall!). Spicy chicken tortilla soup definitely hits the spot when you’re looking for a meal that will warm up your entire body.

For Student Health 101’s November issue, I was asked to produce a video about spices and how to use them to make meals less boring. A video about spices?! You can imagine how excited I was to create this video since I use spices in almost all of my recipes. This particular recipe features five spices, one herb, and three different kinds of peppers. Now that’s spicy! (In case you are wondering, my favorite spice is garlic powder. I truly believe you can make anything taste good with a touch of garlic.) (more…)

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A Sweet (and guilt-free!) Indulgence

Saturday, October 8th, 2011


Can you believe that there’s such a thing as healthy chocolate? If so, you’ve probably heard of dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants. But why is dark chocolate any healthier than other kinds of chocolate? Unlike other chocolate, pure (100%) dark chocolate has no milk solids in it, which is good because milk actually counteracts the benefits of the antioxidants in the dark chocolate. While it is ideal to use 100% pure dark chocolate, it may not be realistic when it comes to taste. Rule of thumb: 70% is a good minimum to aim for! (more…)

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The WaffleWich: A Cool Way to Start the Day

Sunday, September 18th, 2011


Breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day (I know it should be, but I am just not a fan of breakfast food!), so when I was asked to create a video about fast & nutritious breakfasts, I had to get creative. By the way, I now create videos for the UCookbook column of an online magazine called Student Health 101, which provides health and wellness information for college students. I will post my recipes for the magazine at the beginning of each month when the magazine issues are published. Anyway, back to my creativity dilemma. Since I am not a breakfast lover, I decided to create something breakfast-y out of one of my favorite things to eat: sandwiches. Behold, the wafflewich, a breakfast sandwich made from whole grain waffles. And, because everyone has their own preferences, I came up with healthy recipes for both a savory and a sweet wafflewich.

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