Posts Tagged 'recipe'

Zombie cakes pt. 2- cakes (and more) for zombies!

Last year some of you might remember my blog about how to make your own zombie cakes. Well this year for Halloween I thought I would continue the zombie theme, but this time with treats you can make for your zombie guests! Because lets face it…if theyre busy eating these treats, they wont eat your brains ;)

Zombie Brains Cupcakes

Craftster user OhThat made these deliciously brainy cupcakes for her son zombie.

Panna Cotta Brains with Pomegranate Sauce

Omnibrain of Science Blogs posted this deliciously realistic looking dessert altered from an Alton Brown recipe. Its so realistic looking Im planning on making some in case the zombie apocalypse happens and I need decoys!

Brain Pate

While a brain pate might sound gross, this particular pate isnt made from actual brains, it just looks like them. But it will food a zombie long enough for you to plan your escape.

Watermelon Brain

For the zombie thats watching their waistline, this melon brain is healthy and…well…brainy.

Brain Dip

Food blogger Canary Girl posted this simple and effective brain party dip. All you need is some cream cheese, ranch seasoning and salsa and youve got yourself a tasty zombie approved treat.

You can get the recipes for all these treats by clicking on the above links…enjoy!

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seanalyn

PS- oh and Im sure you noticed many of these recipes require brain molds which can be purchased in many stores this time of year or online at a site like amazon. Mini brains and big brains!

Bacon Jam aka The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Ever Seen

There have been many things made out of bacon perhaps none has been so perfectly matched as this.

Bacon Jam

Blogger Not Quite Nigella first heard about the Bacon Jam produced by Skillet Foods and was unable to obtain a jar herself so she became obsessed with very thought of this food. I mean who can blame her? A sweet and spicy jam that could be used on any sort of sandwiches, eggs, toast and a variety of breakfast foods….whats not to love? Well, thankfully her obsession lead to her development of this succulent looking recipe that I hope to try out for myself very soon. Its a fairly simple recipe that combines common pantry items and smoked bacon to make this extraordinary jam…the real trick here is taking the time to slow cook down everything and if youre like me, patience and bacon do not often mix. But in this case, I think the wait would be well worth it!

You can see the whole recipe along with step by step photos here.

Cooking with Christopher Walken

Everyone has a little domestic streak in them…even Christopher Walken!

Man Makes Chicken with Carmelized Pears

Christopher Walken whips up a quick recipe for cooking chicken upright in the oven. You know the only thing this recipe needs is more cowbell.

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Quick Quinoa Dinner

Im always looking for new and tasty vegetarian dinner options so when I was flipping through the latest issue of RealSimple I was stoked to see a tasty sounding (and quick) quinoa dish! I decided to try it out the other night and was not only thrilled with the results, but immediately thought of one lovely lady who could certainly use this recipe. Our darling Erin of Operation: Domesticate Erin!

What I love about this recipe is that it is incredibly simple yet packed with tons of flavor. Those who know me know Im a spice queen, I LOVE spices and am always incorporated multiple spices into my recipes. So, when I first read the recipe and noticed that its only spices were salt, pepper and garlic I was a little suspect of how much flavor it would hold. Amazingly enough, the white wine, cheese and natural flavor of all the veggies made this one flavor packed dish. The reason why I chose this dish as something to point towards Erin is because its quick, healthy and can easily be adjusted for one portion or made into two (one for dinner and one for lunch). Plus the dish doesnt require a lot of white wine so youre left with a glass or two to reward yourself after a hard work day ;)

Below is the recipe from RealSimple with a few editions I made to add a little extra punch (ie- more garlic and wine!) If you want to add a little extra protein to the dinner you could easily add in some shrimp, tofu or chicken breast while cooking the potatoes and mushrooms.

Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Serves 2
Hands-On Time: 15m
Total Time: 30m

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
    1 tablespoons olive oil
    1 small sweet potato (about 1 pound) and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (the original recipe said to peel the poatoes but I decided to leave the skin on for extra flavor and nutrients)
    5 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
    3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    1/2 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
    3/4 cup dry white wine
    kosher salt and black pepper
    1/8 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  • Directions
    Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
    Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the kale, wine, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve over the quinoa and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

    Nutrition info:Calories 361 // Fat 12g // Sat Fat 2g // Cholesterol 5mg // Sodium 560mg // Protein 13g // Carbohydrate 51g // Fiber 6g

    Ice cream gyoza!

    Ok so its no secret that Im a fan of food that looks like other food. Thats why when I saw this recipe for Ice Cream Gyoza on Evil Mad Scientist I was absolutely tickled!

    Ice Cream Gyoza

    Now this seems like it might be difficult, but if you can play with playdough, Im pretty sure you can pull this one off. All you need to do is make some eggless cookie dough (it has to be eggless because the dough will not be cooked), buy some vanilla or any other flavor ice cream and get a gyoza mold and youre pretty much done! These would make for a great unique desert treat at any party or dinner.

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    the best morning glory muffin recipe!

    i was feeling extra adventurous this morning!  i decided to try this whole foods market recipe and it was seriously fabulous!  (bonus: they give you the nutritional info too.)  what i love about it, is that there is an alternative gluten free option as well.  -please do yourself a favor and try this!  you can make the batter  beforehand and put it in the fridge, preheat the oven in the morning, and bon appetite!

    Makes 16

    Whole wheat pastry flour combines with apples, raisins, carrots, coconut and walnuts in these nutritious and satisfying muffins. Also try our Gluten-free Morning Glory Muffins.

    Ingredients

    1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup packed natural brown sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs
    2/3 cup canola oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 Fuji apple, cored, peeled and diced
    1/2 cup seedless raisins  (i used 1/4 cup raisins & 1/4 cup dried cranberries)
    1/2 cup grated carrots
    1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dried flaked unsweetened coconut, divided  (i didn’t use coconut because i’m not a fan)

    **i used a teaspoon of brown sugar and sprinkled it on top of each muffin before baking it!

    Method

    Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; break up any brown sugar lumps with your fingers or a wooden spoon.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla, then add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add apples, raisins, carrots, walnuts and 1/4 cup of the coconut and stir gently until well combined.

    Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full. Top evenly with remaining 4 teaspoons coconut and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

    Nutrition

    Per serving (1 muffin/about 2oz/55g-wt.): 200 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 3g protein

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    Cornmeal Crusted Whitefish

    I love fish and am always looking for new ways to make tasty easy healthy fish. So the other night after long day and a long workout, I decided to cook up some Dover Sole fillets I had chilling in my fridge. Being tired, I didnt want to slave over the stove so I decided to use my ol friend the oven. I also had some leftover cornmeal that wasnt enough for making dough so I decided to try a spicy cornmeal crust and it turned out so delicious and so easy.

    Cornmeal Crusted Whitefish

    BTW this isnt the actual fish I made, Im getting a new camera next week so I’ll finally be able to take pics again!!

    Ingredients

    2 Fillets of any whitefish (sole, tilapia, basa swai, etc)
    Cumin
    Red pepper flakes
    Garlic salt
    Pepper
    Paprika
    Cornmeal


    Mix all the spices (not including the cornmeal) together until it has a nice robust and spicy flavor. Unfortunately I didnt exactly measure the spices but it was mostly cumin and paprika with a healthy sprinkle of the peppers and salt. I rubbed the fishes on both sides with the spice rub and placed them on a lightly oiled pan. On the side facing up I gave it a healthy coating of the cornmeal until the fish was fully covered on the top. After this I gave it one last sprinkle of salt and pepper before popping it into a 400 degree oven and baked for about 15 minutes until the fish was nice and crispy. I gave each fillet a squirt of lemon juice for a nice addition of citrus and served them as fish tacos.

    See nice and easy huh? Its all about playing with the spices until you find a nice flavor, you could even change it up by adding chiptole, curry or any other flavor profiles that you like. Just make sure you play with the flavors BEFORE you add them on the fish that way you can taste as you go along ;)

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