#shop Triple-B Dip and Brown Butter Brownies for Basketball Season

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Looking for snack recipes for all of your basketball-watching? Look no further, I have a few recipes that I’ve concocted for the games.This year, both of my alma maters have made it into the NCAA tournament- UMass Amherst and UConn. Go Minuteman Husky! God, that’s a terrifying beast. I’ll be cheering for them both, albeit warily as, like all sports, I have no idea what’s going on. Still, I’ve come up for some snacks for the game for all to enjoy.DSC_8465 Continue reading “#shop Triple-B Dip and Brown Butter Brownies for Basketball Season”

Green Tea, Lemon, and Cacao Nib Banana Bread

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If you’re snowed in this weekend, why not try this twist on banana bread? It’s made with easy ingredients that I had while I was snowed in- bananas, cocoa nibs, lemon zest, and Bigelow Green Tea. While I brewed myself a cup of tea, I used a few extra bags to steep in a mixture of water and lemon juice for my recipe. It definitely gave the bread a unique, citrusy flavor from the matcha and lemon- and now that Bigelow has special bonus teabags included with each box, I can use them in my recipes and have a mug for myself. I picked these up at Walmart.DSC_8395The bread is made in a blender, which gives it a finer texture than most banana breads, almost like a fruit terrine. This version is gluten-free, but you could easily substitute regular flour as well. I added the cocoa nibs at the end. It made for a nice breakfast bread and snack after school, and would be fun to bring to a Saint Patrick’s Day party, maybe with a green matcha glaze on top? Bigelow is versatile for these recipes- it’s really #AmericasTea!

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Meyer Lemon Poppyseed and Gin Cheesecake

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Yes, like plenty of now-single heterosexuals last night, I, too, completely neglected to make plans, reservations, or recognition of love and affection on Valentine’s Day. An eleventh-hour search on OpenTable yielded a 1:30 reservation at the hottest pub in town and a mere three-hour wait at the local P.F. Chang’s. Thankfully, we remained vigilant and elbowed just enough star-crossed swingers at Whole Foods to snag a decent steak and a lobster tail for free. Along with a ridiculous cheesecake I made, wooed by the nonstick lubrication of my new Lékué springform pan, sent to me by the company. Continue reading “Meyer Lemon Poppyseed and Gin Cheesecake”

Date Night with Orange, Hothouse Cuke and Chickpea Salad #ad

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community.  The shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Queers need love, too- if you need it, check out K-Y couples lubricant. Yes, this paid 1/4 of my rent. Warning! Descriptions of cute, queer dinner and relatively tame lovin’ underneath the covers ahead. Proceed at your own sexy risk…and have a happy V-day!DSC_8135What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? We’re planning by having a few date nights in advance of the big holiday. We’ve been doing a few of those lately, especially because I’ve been away on a few work trips for summer interviews. A few weeks ago, we gorged on $1 oysters at our favorite raw bar. Last week, we sprawled in front of a friend’s television to watch a marathon of our new guilty telepleasure, Cutthroat Kitchen. The premise is stupid. Alton Brown is inexplicably unlikable. We watched three hours of it. And tonight, we collaborated on a tasty vegetarian dinner and played with my new Rosle mandolin slicer and ended the night in a most delicious manner…read on to see what we did, and how I surprised my sweetie with some tasty treats.  Continue reading “Date Night with Orange, Hothouse Cuke and Chickpea Salad #ad”

Pierogie Mac and Kimcheez

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.DSC_7623Quick! Wait! You don’t have to go grocery shopping. Step away from the shopping cart. It’s a madhouse in there. Lumbering people are fondling avocados and gabbing over corn chips. You don’t want to be there. I promise. I’m guessing you might even have the things you need in your own damned house. The best part? The two things you do need can easily be found at your local Asian grocery. This recipe is perfect and easy to whip up for your next party. I tested it out along with a few friends at my latest casual dinner party, and it went over with rave reviews. Continue reading “Pierogie Mac and Kimcheez”

#shop Dessert Trail Mix

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Not too long ago, I was in New York City, and needed some snacks for my train ride home. I picked up a few odds and ends at Duane Reade, but didn’t finish them on the ride. I thought they’d make a fun dessert trail mix for your next event, or just to snack on. It has a little sweet, a little heat, and plenty of fruit and chocolate. I used pieces of a chocolate bar with nuts, but you could also make it nut-free if anyone in your family or friend group has a nut allergy.DSC_7575 Continue reading “#shop Dessert Trail Mix”

#shop Sage Caprese Pizza Crostini

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are honest and are my own. Come on- you know these hot pants aren’t going to finance themselves. DSC_7478We’re not exactly sports people. Don’t get me wrong, we’re active, but with all the other activities we have going on, sports get pushed by the wayside, along with video games and hot dog eating contests. It’s not killing us. Where’s my weakness? Football food. The real travesty here is that football watching, one of nature’s most exerting activities, almost as physically stressful as the game itself, is party to a delicious combination of flavors– the lauded buffalo, the ever-reliable trope of things deep-fried in sandwich form, various iterations of cream cheese and graham crackers, and an inexplicable need to slather beer on everything and pretend it still tastes decent. Continue reading “#shop Sage Caprese Pizza Crostini”

Ribeye and habanero-lager risotto tacos

I’ve adjusted my workout and have started going to the gym more frequently. I swear this isn’t just a vapid stealth-bragging campaign. The weight circuit must do something, because when I come home, I’m starving. My schedule is somewhat polarized- either I’ll want to sit in front of an episode of Weeds with a mixing bowl full of cereal, or I’ll be compelled to make an elaborate, four course meal for myself that I’ll eat in a mixing bowl in front of an episode of Weeds. You see the trend.DSC_6373
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