People, listen up. Buying your lady (or man) flowers for Valentine’s Day is a nice gesture, but it’s also kind of a cop out. Essentially, you are saying I took the time to spend $40 on you. Especially on days like Valentine’s Day, it’s just too easy.
Now, some may very well expect and love flowers so I’m not saying not to get flowers. But, if flowers are your default, just because, then try something different this year.
That different thing may very well be these shakes. While you could start with strawberry ice cream, I find the flavoring in most strawberry ice creams to be a bit over-the-top. Instead, take the time to start with fresh (or frozen) strawberries, make a quick syrup, and blend that together with some high quality chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
It turns out that you’ll lose that fake-pink coloring this way. It’s replaced by a more subtle pink hue, but the flavors are wonderful.
It’s a different beast entirely and one that I think anyone would love for a special treat.
Over the weekend, I cooked for a friend’s baby shower and the menu was a simple Tex-Mex buffet spread. As an appetizer, I made a boatload of guacamole and figured I could just set out a bunch of chips for the guac with various salsas and stuff.
I figured I would take the opportunity to do something I’ve had on the list for awhile: Run tortilla chips through The Homemade Trials.
Chips are surprisingly simple to make and I figured it might just make sense to do so especially if you need a lot of them.
Let’s see how my homemade version stacks up again two popular store-bought brands!
Let me just get this out of the way because I’m sure someone will email me almost immediately: I know this isn’t a traditional torta.
Tortas, if you aren’t privy to them, are large Mexican sandwiches that are usually meat filled and eaten for lunch or dinner. They can have a variety of toppings, but the toppings I used here are probably not on the long list of options you’ll find at most torta shops.
But the thing is, this sandwich just felt like a torta to me. I could have called it a breakfast sandwich or a panini, but it’s a damn torta. It’s packed with hefty fillings, melty cheese, and salted avocado. The bread that holds the whole thing together is crackly and charred in places.
I wrapped it in foil because that’s what you do with a torta.
The Winter Olympics started last night (weirdly before the opening ceremony) and there is already a massive online collection of minor to major flubs that are happening in Sochi. From no drinking water to spy cameras in the showers, things aren’t going great!
To be honest, I think some if not most of these issues will be overlooked once the actual events start assuming there are no major issues with the actual competitions.
I have my personal doubts though and, for once, am very happy to watch the athletes on TV rather than in person.
Five Veggies For Lazy Cooks – This is a great starter list of veggies and there are some good suggestions in the comments also. If you’re new to the produce section some of these might be new to you but they are all dumb simple to prepare. Give them a shot. (@ Summer Tomato)
Chocolate Porter Berry Cobblers- When I first saw these I thought, Wow. I should make these for Valentines Day. Then I thought I’m not sure Betsy would like them. Then I thought, That’s okay. I’ll eat all of them. (@ The Beeroness)
There’s a rapidly growing list of items I will almost never order in restaurants. I’ll save the entire list for a different post maybe, but risotto is definitely on the list. It’s rice. I refuse to pay $15 for it unless it has some show-stopping add-ins in which case it’s probably $30.
The reason most restaurants get off charging that much is because there’s an illusion that it’s hard to make. Just the name conjures up an image of a sweaty Italian chef stirring away for hours over a skillet of perfectly bubbling rice.
It’s just not that hard. To be honest, I think making a super-delicious burger is harder than making decent risotto. So when this dish won the poll last week I knew I wanted to try something a bit different. On a whim, I decided to stir in a few of my favorite dip ingredients into the pot and it turned out to be awesomely wonderful.
Because risotto gets creamy without actual cream, the finished version of this dish will remind you of the classic dip, except with rice and vegetables. In other words, eat as much as you want.
The Winter Olympics are right around the corner and I’m all kinds of nervous. I’m nervous about the safety of the athletes for, I think, obvious reasons.
But I’m always nervous during the Winter Games. The sports are so much more intense than the summer games, in my opinion. Athletes flying down ice covered mountains going 70 miles an hour? It’s utter craziness. They are far and away the most exciting and scary athletic competitions to watch.
To get in the mood, I wanted to make something warming and delicious from the Eastern European world and pierogies were an obvious choice. In typical Macheesmo fashion, even though I’ve never made them before I decided to ditch the traditional and fill my version with a sweet potato filling.
Typically weekend posts are reserved for brunches and breakfasts here in the Macheesmo universe but I felt the need to post a massive appetizer dip for “The Big Game” tomorrow.
Here’s the thing with this dip: It’s colorful and actually not terrible for you. It’s mostly vegetables!
Of course, if you do what I did and eat it all by your damn self then it sort of defeats the purpose because you all of the sudden housed an entire bag of chips.
Anyway, this sucker is great at room temperature or chilled so make it whenever you want and serve it up to guests. I like to serve it on a large flat dish so you don’t have to dig a lot to get to the good stuff.