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The Food Matters Project: Savory Tomato Crisp

Monday, June 4th, 2012

If you haven’t heard of the Food Matters Project yet, it’s a collaboration among food bloggers to cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook each week. As a proponent of eating more plant products and fewer processed foods, I decided to contribute to the project. But when I heard this week’s recipe was savory tomato crisp, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I’m most familiar with dessert fruit crisps, but since tomatoes are botanically considered fruits, the recipe should still work…right?

You’re probably thinking (as I did) that this has got to be one of the blandest recipes ever. And to all you tomato haters out there, I’m sure you’re cringing at the thought of a savory tomato crisp in your mouths. But I won’t be criticizing Mr. Bittman’s choice of ingredients for this recipe. No way! In fact, Mr. Bittman teaches us a valuable culinary lesson with his tomato crisp: simple is not necessarily boring. Pay attention, my tomato-hating friends, as this recipe may just convert you! Check out my recommendations for altering the recipe as a side dish that will complement any meal you’re serving.

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Impulse Buy: Speculoos Cookie Butter

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hello, ladies. Look at your peanut butter, now, back to Speculoos Cookie Butter, now — stop. Grab a spoon and get ready to taste the guiltiest pleasure of your life!

Trader Joe’s describes it as “a deliciously unusual spread reminiscent of gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits.” Have your taste buds been whipped into a frenzy yet? No? Then how about this – Food bloggers describe it as “spreadable cookies”, “Christmas in a jar” or my favorite (and most accurate), “crack butter.” Your curiosity must be kicking into high drive by now as you’re probably wondering as I did…what exactly is cookie butter? Find out at Small Kitchen College. I provide different ways to get through a jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter!

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How To: Photograph Food without a Fancy Camera

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

My friends often ask me what kind of camera I have when I post my food photos. You must use an expensive DSLR, right? No, not at all. In fact, I use a simple point-and-shoot camera that I’ve owned for years! An expensive DSLR isn’t warranted if you know a few tricks of the trade, which I’m happy to share after much trial and error. Check out my tips for photographing food like a pro at Small Kitchen College! Who knows? There might even be some snickerdoodle photos for your viewing pleasure…

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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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