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LOST themed menu!

i loved this post from thekitchn.com:

Mangoes and Smoke: A LOST Series Finale Menu

2010-05-21-LostMenu.jpgOh, LOST! You’ve pulled us along through six seasons of mysterious whispers in the jungle, sudden tropical rain showers followed by startling revelations and…mangoes. It’s a good thing for our intrepid survivors that mangoes are always in season on this magical island. Mangoes will definitely be on the menu at our season finale party!

But there have been more than just mangoes, of course. Jin was able to catch plenty of fish and the occasional haul of oysters. Wild boar was on the menu a few times. Oh, and don’t forget those handy Dharma food drops!

Appetizers

Cheeseburger Sliders and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – In honor of those first meals Juliet brought to a captive Jack.
• Veggies in Ranch Dressing – Really, Hurley? The whole Dharma food closet and you hoard ranch dressing?
Smoke Monster Popcorn – Of course!

Main Course and Side Dishes

Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves – Bless Jin and his expert fisherman skillz.
Braised Summer Pork Shank – Or wild boar if you can get your hands on one.
Tomatoes Sprinkled with Balsamic – Sun’s one perfect tomato…
Dinner Rolls – We had to dig deep into LOST lore for some carbs. See: Juliet’s dinner date with Ben.

Dessert

Halfway Cookies – Half good…half evil.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies – We’re throwing these in for Charles Widmore and Eloise.
Killer Blondies – Keep an eye on Claire this Sunday.

Beverages

• Jacob’s Red Wine – Although drinking this might have unintended side-effects.
Cheap Beer – Dharma Lite brand, preferably.
Mango Lassi – Mango up!
• Water – Lots of water. In handy plastic Dharma bottles.

What foods will you be serving for the finale?

<3 kt

2 quick healthy breakfasts

As good as I generally am about eating, breakfast is the one area where I falter. Generally I dont eat breakfast, but lately Ive been forcing myself to get into the habit by developing super quick super healthy takes on some of my favorite breakfast guilty pleasures. FYI all recipes are single servings but can easily be multiplied and modified to your taste!

Guilty Pleasure #1: Breakfast Sandwich

As tasty as these tempting to go meals are, they arent necessarily the best for you. Fried egg, cheese and meat on bread….not exactly the healthiest start to your day is it? My solution, a Poached Egg Breakfast Salad that you can make in under 10 minutes and you dont even have to dirty many dishes!

Poached Egg Breakfast Salad


Ingredients
1 egg
1 cup lettuce (any kind that you prefer is fine)
1-2 cups spinach washed and cleaned
1/4 cup red onion
1/3 cup diced tomato or a few cherry tomatoes
1 slice turkey ham lunch meat
Blanched green beans or broccoli (optional)
water
white vinegar
pepper
white balsamic vinegar

First you need to wash clean and dice up all the veggies. Place them in a bowl and set aside. Take a small bowl (one that can hold about 2 cups of water) and fill 2/3rds full with water then add a dash of white vinegar. Crack an egg into the bowl (do not break yolk) and cover with a plate. Place in your microwave and cook for about 80 seconds or until the white is no longer translucent. I prefer super runny eggs so I usually cook a little under 80 seconds but by all means cook longer if you prefer a firmer yolk. While the egg is cooking take a slice of turkey ham and dice it finely and add it to the salad.

Once the egg is done, spoon it onto the salad. Top with some fresh ground pepper and hit it with a bit of white balsamic (if you dont have white balsamic white wine vinegar or regular balsamic will do). Split the egg and enjoy!

Guilty Pleasure #2: Bagel and Lox

This is probably my all time favorite breakfast guilty pleasure…the rich cream cheese…the smoky rich salmon…the hearty bagel…the tangy onions…it all comes together for flavor euphoria. Unfortunately, bagels and cream cheese arent exactly the healthiest option in the morning. So, I developed a healthy and gluten free way to enjoy my favorite breakfast treat!

Healthy Lox Sandwich

Ingredients
1 rice or corn cake (I prefer the herb flavored ones)
Smoked Salmon aka Lox
Low Fat cottage cheese (my favorite for this recipe is one with dill)
A few tomato slices
A few slices of red onion
Capers (optional)
Lemon
Black pepper

This one honestly couldnt be easier and tastes so indulgent! Take your rice/corn cake and put a hefty spoonful of cottage cheese on it. Place the lox on top of this then top with the tomato and onion. Sprinkle it with capers if you prefer (Im a big capers fan but they may be too salty for some) and crack some fresh black pepper. Hit it with a squirt of lemon and enjoy!

So there you have it, two breakfast guilty pleasures redone to be healthy and quick. I do both of these on a regular basis and neither take more than 5 minutes and can even be made in the office (just bring pre chopped veggies). Enjoy!

<3
seanalyn

happy st. patrick’s day!

oh yes, it’s a day of drunken Irish celebration.  i love it. Erin go bragh!  we pre-celebrated this weekend by attending the official St. Patrick’s day parade in San Francisco.  i got up at 6:30 am to endure some massive cooking.  my Irish breakfast included: Irish soda bread, Dubliner Irish cheddar and mushroom eggs, fried tomatoes, corned beef n’ cabbage, and bacon.  topping that off with some Irish coffees, Guinness, Magners, and Murphy’s, we had ourselves quite a festive breakfast.  if only i had time and didn’t have to work today, i would have done it all over again! :)  check out the highlights:

cooking in my kitchen!

cooking in my kitchen!

thats a whole lotta bacon.

that's a whole lotta bacon.

since i was using my stovetop, and i had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

since i was using my stovetop and had a massive amount of eggs to make, i tossed some shredded chedder and green onions on top and baked them for 15 minutes.

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.  i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

after simmering the seasoned corned beef in water for almost 3 hours (50 minutes per pound), i added the red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. i love how the veggies soak up all of the delicious flavor of the beef!

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

of course, the men wait patiently while the food is prepared.

fried tomatoes!

fried tomatoes!

Irish soda bread, or whats left of it!

Irish soda bread, or what's left of it!

a glorious spread of food

a glorious spread of food

<3 katie

an easy steak (or salmon) dinner

i am a busy lady.  between working a full time job, going to school two nights a week, working out, occasionally picking up shifts at Whole Foods Market, and sustaining a normal social life, i sometimes have a hard time cramming amazing dinners into my schedule.  however, with a little creativity and determination, one can accomplish anything.

i thought i would share my latest creation: garlic thyme steak (or salmon, which i made myself since i don’t eat beef or pork).  this is such an easy marinade that you can prepare the night before or in the morning of.  i also paired this with a couple baked potatoes & some steamed lemon butter broccoli, which take little effort.  here are the recipes:

garlic thyme steak

garlic thyme steak

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garlic thyme salmon

Garlic Thyme Steak/Salmon

ingredients:

  • 2 6-8 ounce round steaks or salmon
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of fresh thyme

using a baking dish, combine the garlic, olive oil, and thyme.  throw your steak or salmon into the mixture and marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours).  make sure to flip the steak/salmon a few times to ensure thorough marinating on both sides.

to cook, place steak/salmon in a skillet or on the grill.  cook each side for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

REMEMBER: baked potatoes take a long time to cook in the oven.  scrub and prick your potatoes with a fork several times, then wrap them in foil.  preheating your oven to 425 degrees, bake your potatoes for 45-50 minutes.  during the last 15minutes of baking your potatoes, throw your washed and cut broccoli into a pan with a steam until your potatoes are done.  during the last 10 minutes of baking your potatoes, begin cooking your marinate steak/salmon.

unsure of how to steam vegetables? check out this video!

***SHORT ON TIME?  microwave your potatoes!  after scrubbing & pricking your potatoes with a fork several times, place on a microwavable plate and cook for 5 minutes in your microwave.  turn over, then cook for another 5  minutes.  when the potatoes is soft, remove from the microwave, slice open, and add your favorite ingredients (butter, sour cream, cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, etc!)

when your baked potatoes are done, remove from oven.  place your steamed broccoli in a large bowl and add a tablespoon of butter, a squeezed lemon, and a little salt & pepper to taste.  prepare your baked potatoes as desired, add some steamed lemon broccoli, and place your cooked steak or salmon (top off with the remaining marinade from your baking dish) on your plate.  ENJOY!!!

<3 kt

Make your own vegetable pasta!

As many know, I am on a wheat free diet for medical reasons so often I find myself having to come up with substitutes for my dishes. Im Italian so I love pasta dishes, but Ive never really liked the taste and texture of pasta…its too bland and gummy. Enter veggie pasta. Veggie pastas are when you use a vegetable to simulate the pasta in your dish. Its far more healthy than the carb rich noodles and I find it much more tasty. The easiest to prepare and most popular is spaghetti squash. The large gourd is cheap and all you have to do is cut it in half, boil it and then scoop out the meat with a fork and it will fall out like noodles.

Cool huh? I use this all the time when I need spaghetti noodles and frankly I like it more than regular spaghetti. Its got a more firm texture and a flavorful nutty taste. Im a big fan of just tossing the noodles with some olive oil and garlic then sprinkling with some fresh Parmesan cheese.

One of my recent discoveries has been the use of zucchini as noodles. All you have to do is take a zucchini and cut the ends off and peel the skin. Then using a potato peeler slice long even strips of the zucchini. About 2 average sized zucchinis makes enough for one serving.

Heres my 12seconds video of how to make the noodles

Cooking Lesson 1: How to make zucchini noodles in 12 seconds! on 12seconds.tv

Once you have a big pile of zucchini noodles you can either quickly boil them our lightly saute them in oil. Be careful not to cook them too long or they will become soft and mushy. All you need to do is get them nice and hot, any longer than that and they will loose their noodle-like texture. I really like using them in a chili and soy stir fry but you can use them in any recipe that calls for flat noodles. So enjoy the healthy and delicious taste of veggie noodles!

<3 seanalyn

Ultimate Super Bowl Snack Stadium

This weekend is the Super Bowl so of course there will be a plethora of sporting snacks to be had at every Super Bowl party. But if you really want to steal the thunder then I suggest creating this monstrosity of snacking.

The Greatest Snack Stadium Ever Built

Made by the guys over at Holy Taco this creation includes the following:
The Field:

  • 1 Pound of Guacamole
  • 15 Oz. Queso Dip For The Steelers End Zone
  • 15 Oz. Salsa For The Cardinals End Zone
  • 2 Oz. Sour Cream for the Field Lines

The Players:

  • 15 Vienna Sausages
  • Helmets – 3 Oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese

The Goal Posts:

  • 1 Slim Jim for Each Goal Post
  • 1 Oz. Monterey Jack Cheddar To Anchor (each)

The Stands:

  • 58 Twinkies
  • 1 Pound of Bacon
  • 1 Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 1 Bag of Cheetos
  • 1 Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Bag of Chex Mix


And I suppose youre wondering what this ammount of junk food will do your arteries…well the Holy Taco boys broke it down.

TOTAL CALORIES: 24,375
TOTAL GRAMS OF FAT: 1,285
TOTAL COST: $86.47
TOTAL DELICIOUSNESS: 1 Billion trillion dude.  One billion trillion.
I guess you cant put a price on awesome.  Although they probably shouldve figured in the medical bill for the triple bypass you’ll need after eating this whole stadium to yourself.

For all the juicy details to make your own Super Bowl Snack Stadium click here.

<3 seanalyn

post inauguration party pictures!

howdy folks! last night seanalyn and i got together to celebrate the historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama! we put together a delicious ‘American’ themed meal.

we started out with some creative appetizers made by seanalyn:

‘Red, White, and Blue’ Tomato Mozzarella appetizer:

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the red, white, and blue tomato mozzarella appetizers.

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the 'red, white, and blue' tomato mozzarella appetizers.

creatively, seanalyn thought of a great ‘OBAMANATION’ appetizer.  with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a blackberry mixed with fresh basil and balsamic reduction, this appetizer was completely festive and flavorful!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn’s Salmon Cakes with a Spicy Aoli sauce sure hit the spot after the light ‘red, white, and blue’ appetizer!

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

i made the entree, which consisted of a Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

simmering to perfection!

simmering to perfection!

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kt’s Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small onion, diced (i used a food processor)
  • 1 orange pepper, diced (or food processor)
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (i used the food processor)
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can vegetarian baked beans
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, orange pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown. In a small bowl, combine spices and hot sauce together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey mixture. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans. Simmer on Medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions, and sour cream.
to quench our American thirst!

to quench our American thirst!

to wash that all down, seanalyn found these incredible ‘white trash’ and ‘red neck’ wines from Bakersfield, California, while visiting her parents.  not only are they completely humerous, but they were quite tasty as well.

while enjoying the feast, we watched Independence Day on blu-ray!  it was a great, AMERICAN day!

<3 katie

Feast like the President!

I hope you checked out Katies post about Inaguration Day recipes and drinks for an awesome way to ring in our bright shinny new president. If youre still looking for more ways to celebrate the day, why not eat what Obama and 200 guests ate at the Inauguration Luncheon today? I dug up the menu and recipes for their fabulous feast and thought I would share them with you all!

The Inaugural Luncheon began in 1897 when the Senate Committee on Arrangements gave President McKinley and several guests a luncheon, although the current form of the Inaugural Luncheon did not begin until 1953. The food typically reflects the home states of the new President and Vice President.

The first course was a Seafood Stew filled with Maine Lobster and scallops. It was paired with a Buckhorn Vineyards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.

The second course was A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck) served with Sour Cherry Chutney and Molasses Sweet Potatoes. It was paired with a Goldeneye 2005 Pinot Noir.

The third and final course was a classic Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake with Sweet Cream Clace and it was paired with Korbel Natural’s “Special Inaugural Cuvee” (a California Champagne).

The recipes for all the courses are available as a download from senate.gov, click this link to download the pdf.

Happy Obama Feast!

inauguration day recipes

it’s finally here!  inauguration is tomorrow, and loving themed meals, i couldn’t think of anything better than searching for Obama recipes.

due to the fact that Obama is from Illinois, Chicago style hot dogs are a must!  broil, boil, or steam some all beef hot dogs.  make sure to keep all of the toppings accessible so your guests can add whatever their hearts desire.  add some waffle fries and you’ve got a perfect lunch!

not a big hot dog fan?  you can substitue the all beef hot dog for a tofurky dog or turkey dog!

another great idea is Obama’s Family Chili!

OBAMA’S FAMILY CHILI:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey/beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Grated Cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sour cream, for garnish
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown.In a small bowl, combine spices together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey or beef mixture. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

i found this delicious dessert, titled ‘Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler.‘  i am pretty sure that Michelle Obama had nothing to do with this recipe, but it’s definitely a Midwestern treat!  what i love about this recipe is that it goes great with some vanilla ice cream, it’s moist, and perfectly sweet!

MICHELLE OBAMA’S APPLE COBBLER:

Filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced [or a bag of frozen peeled apples]
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white flour

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.

Crust:

  • 3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin — as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).

Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.

Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours — that’s what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn’t burn.

need something to wash all of this delicious food down with?  here are some great themed drink ideas:

OBAMA MAMA: Vodka, Kahlua, Coconut Liquer,and Milk over ice.

OBAMA EXPRESS-O: Expresso, Vodka and Baileys.

WASHINGTON APPLE: Apple Pucker, Cranberry Juice, Sprite, and Crown Royal.

TEAM OF RIVALS: Kahlua, Cocoanut rum, Baileys, layered in shot glass.

OBAMA MAMA II: Vodka, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Blue Curreco, Cherry Garnish.

HOPE FLOAT: Baileys, Butterschotch Schnapps, float Creme de Cocoa on top.

of course, with all of my themed ideas, there is a drinking game included!  sip on some of the above mentioned drinks while playing this game:

The Inauguration Day 2009 Drinking Game

Drink Every Time Someone Says:

  • “Historic”
  • “Monumental”
  • “Kennedy”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Change” (as a noun)
  • “Most anticipated inauguration in history”
  • The name of a celebrity who thinks their opinion matters.

Drink Every Time:

  • Joe Biden’s hairplugs are awkwardly noticeable.
  • You see Oprah crying.
  • W glances at his watch.
  • You see a mediocre looking chick with political aspirations in the crowd.
  • Chris Matthews appears to get a boner.
  • You see Obama’s face on a t-shirt.
  • A white guy pretends to know the words to a Black Eyed Peas song.
  • Keith Olbermann comes off as a smug, pretentious asshole.
  • Someone in the crowd passes out.
  • You see a bearded hippie.
  • Jesse Jackson takes credit for Obama’s campaign.
  • A Fox News correspondent speaks in hushed tones with an air of faux patriotism.

hope you enjoy the inaugaration as much as i will!

<3 katie

The solution to stinky garlic hands

The other day I got some products from Rochelle Rose in the mail. Im always a fan of anything handmade that uses natural ingredients, especially body products because they seem to dry my skin out less than the chemical packed popular brands so I was excited to try out this product. What I was most excited about was their Kitchen Cafe Soap which boasted the ability to remove tough cooking odors like garlic, fish and onion from your hands.

Well I love cooking, especially with ingredients like garlic and onion that quite often leave me smelling like garlic bread for hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of garlic…other people don’t seem to like it so much and the smell especially does not play nicely with my other perfumes and lotions (garlic and orchid do not smell good together). Ive tried all the tricks to get rid of tough smells like garlic, but none really seem to work that well.

So last night I decided to put Rochelle Rose’s Cafe Kitchen Soap to the test, and not just any test, but the most hardcore test of scent elimination imaginable….Thai Green Seafood Curry. I love making curries but between the onion, garlic, seafood and curry powder, they are the ultimate in stinking up your hands. The curry was delicious, one of the best I’ve ever made but as usual, I had curry hands. So I gave them a quick rinse with the Cafe Kitchen Soap and I was shocked, not a hint of garlic or curry remained! Now granted I don’t have the greatest sense of smell so I used Cesar as a gauge and even he couldn’t detect a hint of garlic. I even crushed some garlic and rubbed it on my hands just to see how good the soap was and it still removed any trace of garlic.

Needless to say Im hooked. The Cafe Kitchen Soap has a happy home in my kitchen window right above the sink. What’s especially nice about the soap is that even though it has a strong spiced coffee smell when you sniff it, it doesn’t leave your hands smelling overly pungent. In fact, the smell is quite subtle and dissipates fairly soon after leaving you with fresh aroma free hands.

Like all of Rochelle Rose’s products, the Cafe Kitchen Soap is made with all natural ingredients including fresh brewed coffee (there’s even some actual coffee beans in the soap! How awesome is that?!). It retails at $6.00 a bar and can be purchased online or in a few select stores. In my opinion this is definitely a must buy for anyone who frequently cooks with smelly ingredients.

The other products I sampled were the Citron Soap and the Mandarin Yuzu Lotion. Both were lovely with mild scents, plus the rustic look of the Citron Soap looks great in my bathroom soap dish.

To learn more about all of Rochelle Rose’s products and order your own bar of soap check out their webpage!

<3 seanalyn


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