Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heart-Shaped Boiled Eggs

I've been sick since Valentines Day with strep throat and the flu. Jesse and I had to change our Valentine plans, his birthday plans and our trip to Sedona, Ariz., but I'm feeling 100 percent better now.

Since I missed out on celebrating Valentine's Day this year, I'm catching up by sharing these adorable heart shaped boiled eggs. I'd love these for breakfast in bed! Thanks to Gizmodo for this photo tutorial!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Taco in a Bag

During the freak freeze in Arizona my co-baristas at Starbucks were craving chili to warm us up (which I made this weekend and will share soon). One of the baristas added walking tacos to the cold weather food list. I'd never heard of them. He explained that they were taco fixings thrown into a bag of chips so that the diner could have a portable taco. (Because normal tacos aren't portable...?)

Today on Smart Dish their cooking segment featured Tacos in a Bag. It's destiny. I need to make these as soon as possible. Here's the video from the show:

  • Several individual size bags of Dorito's and/ or Fritos corn chips
  • 1 lb. ground hamburger
  • 1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 med. size bowl of chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 med. bowl of chopped tomato
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • (Any taco toppings you like)
Get Cookin'

Smash the chips with the bag still closed. Cut open the bag, pour in all the taco fixings. Eat (preferably while on-the-go).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day Desserts

I'm digging the pink & red love in all the stores and bakeries this week. Some of my favorite Valentines sweets from around the web this year:

X and O S'mores (internet exclusive from Williams-Sonoma). 
Each batch is made from scratch in San Francisco at Two Hearts Bakery.
Perfect surprise for a special someone who's far away this Valentines Day.

Heart shaped sprinkles: Yes please.
Buy them at shopbakersnook.com for just 99 cents!
Photo from here.

Get a tutorial and recipe from I Am Baker to make 
this hidden heart cake.

This Valentine's Party is full of love! Check out the dessert
bar behind the kids! :) See more pictures of this

What are your plans for Valentines Day? Jesse and I are celebrating a day early since we've got classes all day on Monday. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I love blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes...and blueberry oat bars. (And most other blueberry cereals, grains and other treats). However, according to an article in the Washington Post's Lean & Fit newsletter this week, those "blueberries" in packaged food may not be blueberries at all. Yuck.

"Those blueberry impostors turn out to be lumps of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and artificial food dyes."

According to a study by the Consumer Wellness Center, blueberries containing artificial food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40 are easier to find in foods than the antioxidants we think we're getting when eating a blueberry muffin.

Want some yummy recipes featuring real blueberries? Check out 10 recipes from health.com. I especially like the blueberry salsa.