Archive | February, 2013

Pinterest Challenge: Homemade Almond Butter

25 Feb

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Back again with a new Pinterest Challenge! This time, I’m joining forces with the lovely Sherry Petersik and Katie Bower, who are co-hosting their quarterly Pinterest Challenge on both of their respective blogs.

The challenge? To stop pinning and start doing / cooking / baking / crafting — or, in their case, to make / decorate some aspect of their homes, since they both write DIY / decorating-based blogs.

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Nothing Says “I Love You” like Animal Protein and Cheesecake

24 Feb

Yup. You read that right.
Now, normally — as you folks well know — I’m very into pursuing a healthy diet. Whole grains, fruits & veggies, lean meats, occasional indulgences, the works. However, there are some inevitable conflicts with this on the calendar.
1. Thanksgiving. Rules? Shmules.
2. Christmas. See Thanksgiving. Especially when hors d’oeuvres and pie are involved.
3. My birthday — if you can’t indulge on your Day of Birth, when can you, eh?
4. Valentine’s Day.

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Meat-Free Fridays: Sounds-Fancy-But-Isn’t Seasonal Veggie Torte

23 Feb

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Hey, remember that time you wanted to cook a meatless entree, but weren’t sure what to serve? You poked around your pantry and fridge; found some veggies, some cheese, and not much else. What’s a hungry girl or guy to do?

Why, whip up an oven-baked veggie torte, of course.

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When Is a Cookie Not a Cookie? Vegan Baking, Part Two

20 Feb

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A recent conversation between The History Teacher and myself:

Me: Hi boyfriend. Want to try a dairy-free, sugar-free, egg-free cookie?

THT: Let me get this straight. If it looks like a cookie, but has nothing in common with a cookie … then, I think it ceases to be a cookie.

Ha! If he only knew. 🙂

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Food & Wine: A Mini-Tutorial, Courtesy of the Interwebs

19 Feb

How do you pair food with wine? Do the old “red-with-red meat, white-with-white meat / fish” rules even apply anymore? Can we just scrap them in favor of a good ol’ Barefood Contessa-style “Eh, drink what you want!” style?

Or is there more to it than that? What’s a modern-day chef to do?

In come the interwebs. Ba-DA!

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Chapatis and Naan: Experiments in Indian Bread-Baking

17 Feb
Image sourced from indianfoodsco.com

Image sourced from indianfoodsco.com

If you’ve ever found yourself in an Indian restaurant (or at the receiving end of some delectable takeout), you’ve inevitably tried some of India’s famous breads. Whether for dipping, scooping, sopping or munching, breads like naan and chapatis are simple and delicious. They’re perfect for stew-type cuisines like Dal or Aloo Gobhi from the Northern part of the country, or Western India’s Dum Aaloo.

But for folks who aren’t as familiar with Indian food — which, like any great world cuisine, can vary depending on its region of origin — you might be asking yourself: What the flibbertigibbet are naan and chapatis? Leave it to GKG for the answer.

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Meat-Free Fridays: 5 Vegetarian Pizza Pies

16 Feb

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A pizza, by any other name, would smell … just as delicious. 🙂

For this week’s Meat-Free Friday, I’m starting the series with an old Lenten stand-by: Pizza! Pizza can easily be meatless — contrary to what any fan of a “Meat-Lover’s” pizza pie will tell you. While meaty toppings are often quite tasty, vegetarian pies on Fridays are such a great Lenten meal. Here are 5 Vegetarian Pizzas to try on a Friday.

Fun Fact: I’ll also throw in a BONUS recipe for whole grain dough that you can make at home. If you’re pursuing healthy eats in general, why not go whole hog (er, whole … vegetarian hog?) and try your own dough? Happy eating!

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