Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever for a foodie. I mean, all the fresh produce: the apples, squashes, pears, cranberries, sweet potatoes. Everything is in season and amazing. So today begins my week of Thanksgiving recipes. Vegetarian, healthful, amazingly delicious, flavorful, so-good-you-will-drool-at-the-screen recipes. I made...
Friday, November 23, 2012
Hi. I have been cooking for the last 2 days, and I know you guys have been super busy, so I will extend my giveaway until next Friday. Enter here to win a bracelet like the one below in the color of you choice. Happy belated Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 19, 2012
We are doing our feast on Friday because my sister will be home, so here is my HEALTHFUL menu plan for the day of giving thanks and feasting. Note, some of the links I am providing are to recipes inspiring my menu. Most of these links are provided in he text to cite the images I am using. Everything I make will be made healthful and posted. Breakfast This bread from Delish sounds just that, delish. To make this (even more) healthful, I will skip the glaze, replace some of the oil with pumpkin puree (makes it more fall-esque as well), and make the soaking syrup with fresh orange juice only. I might replace some of the dried sweetened cranberries with dried dates and add some walnuts for texture. This is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast with some coffee-flavored milk before Black Friday shopping. carrot ginger soup is drool worthy. I mean, look at it. Yum. My version will be light carrot soup with fresh ginger and coriander and possibly apple, if I do not make apple pie. I am planning to make it with the immersion blender I got for my birthday. Doesn't every teenager want a blender for her birthday? Butternut Squash Gratin and the Roasted Butternut Squash with Balsamic and Garlic both look divine. My sister made gratin last year, and I like roasting sweet potatoes, so I am more likely to go with gratin. I think, to make it special, I will brown the squash and then bake it. Or maybe I will make a butternut squash pear soup and make balsamic glazed carrots as a side dish... Like below. This is a TENTATIVE menu. This crust, perhaps. The secret is frozen olive oil to create a flaky crust instead of butter, or worse, lard. Also, I am going to skip the double crust. This pear compote seems like a good filling inspiration for the pie.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
When you are sick of steamed broccoli, make this pesto. It is delicate and flavorful. As long as you add enough salt and pepper. I always skimp on these. DON'T!!! The good part of using broccoli for pesto along with basil as opposed using only basil is that broccoli does not shrink. You need to use like 100 basil leaves to make a smear of pesto. That is not the case if you add broccoli (or any other robust green). So you do not need to uproot your little basil plant and blend it, roots and all, for the sake of pesto. Thank goodness, right?
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I made about 3 batches of these amazing cookies on my birthday and handed them out at school to my friends. Cake? No way. I am a cookie kind of girl. Cake is always appealing in theory, but it tends to be slathered with too much sugary frosting that completely masks the pillowy cake. These cookies were not to sweet. They are just the right size to satisfy you. And the Dulce de Leche drizzle on top just made the cookies that much better (and prettier). These would be vegan, but the drizzle I created is not vegan, so if you are vegan just skip the drizzle. The recipe included a glaze with apple cider, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon, but I did the Dulce de Leche instead to create the classic "caramel" apple flavor. I got the Dulce de Leche from a friend who had traveled to South America. If you cannot get Dulce de Leche, just make caramel (if you are ambitious) or melt some caramels with a dash of milk and drizzle away! Ruby Willow.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Posting as an anonymous blogger at school is very difficult. Must get power back! Anyway, while all of us East Coasters continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, I can finally post this giveaway. Manufacta Paper is this ridiculously amazing store on Etsy that sells paper jewelry. I am a huge origami freak (really only paper crane freak; I am working on my second set of 1000 paper cranes) and the owner is so talented. And her creations are eco-friendly. Awesome jewelry, sans the guilt. You can enter to win one of the rice paper bracelets offered in the store. These bracelets are truly made for stacking. I am not much of an arm candy kind of girl, but these bracelets come in so many different colors, so I would have no trouble pairing complementary colors and jazzing up a jeans-and-a-tee outfit. Again, YOU can enter to win ONE of these bracelets in any color of your choice. Here are the colors available.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Cue drooling. I adapted this recipe from here. The muffins were a bit small, but they were so good. Perfect snack during the SAT (meaning a pick-me-up during The Mother of All Standardized Tests). Best part, they are pretty good for you. I mean, they are essentially fat free (I replaced all of the oil with pumpkin puree). Add walnuts (like I did) or raisins or chopped up dates to make this a hearty morning treat. And enjoy the flavors of fall.
lazy in a rush to post this for you to fix it. It should say "7. Enjoy with coffee. You willprobably forget about the delicious dark chocolate center until you reach it." Sorry about that.