Posted by EllenMonday, April 7, 2014
With Easter approaching, I’ve found myself getting more and more excited to participate in the creative tradition of decorating eggs… but the idea of having a dozen hard-boiled eggs in my refrigerator is starting to make my lunch plans sound pretty mundane. As much as I love deviled eggs and a good egg salad sandwich, I also want variety, and there’s only so much that can be done to use up those hard-boiled beauties.
I went ahead and started hunting for recipes, and came across a fun take on the egg salad sandwich– one that actually combines a second flavor I love for a light and refreshing lunch. Double Take’s Chop-Chop Chicken Salad Sandwich mixes half a dozen hard-boiled eggs with roasted chicken. This recipe balances the delicate texture and flavors of egg salad with the heartier taste of chicken salad. I added a bit more paprika to my sandwiches for a...
Posted by AlexaWednesday, April 2, 2014
Everybody loves a party. But what’s a party without dessert?
It’s not. It’s not a party at all. Parties must have dessert, be it brownies, cookies, cake, cupcakes, or something else sweet. My friends and I don’t mess around when it comes to planning a dessert menu. We always end up with more than enough, and everyone eats themselves sick on chocolatey brownies, gooey cookies, and decadent truffles (they’re so small and harmless…until you eat five of them).
I get especially baker-happy around birthdays. For my little cousin’s birthday one year, I made her a zebra-print cake– black stripes painted onto white frosting and finished off with shiny black sprinkles. A lot of the best people in my life have spring or summertime birthdays, so around this time of year, I’m constantly looking for exciting new treat recipes to try.
I love birthday cake as much as (or perhaps more than) the next...
Posted by EllenWednesday, April 2, 2014
I may not have six children like Jessica Fisher… or any children at all for that matter… but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the wonderful harmony that my life is in when I am able to come home after a long day and do absolute minimal amounts of work to make dinner for myself. How? Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook. Get your cooking done for a MONTH with just a couple day’s of work. Jessica breaks down everything from grocery store shopping to making the meals to freezing them, so that you never have to rush to get a wholesome dinner on the table.
My weekdays usually involve leaving my dorm only to see it again in 12, maybe even 14 or 16, hours later, and I’m usually both exhausted and starving by the time I get home. Since most options for quick take-out are overpriced and unhealthy,...
Posted by EllenMonday, March 31, 2014
One of the finer culinary moments of my life was when I discovered the light and refreshing side of tofu– it wasn’t until high school that I realized tofu could be one of the most versatile ingredients. Due to a particularly bad experience with a soy sauce-marinated tofu dish my mother made me as a child, it took me a while to trust this curd again, but after spending a year as a vegan, I quickly discovered that it was one of those foods I probably needed to get me through the diet.
Usually when I eat tofu dishes at restaurants, the tofu is there simply as a vegetarian stand-in for the meat the recipe really requires. Recently though, I stumbled across a great stand-alone tofu dish: Michael Natkin’s Thai Tofu Salad from Herbivoracious.
One of the biggest complaints people seem to have about tofu? The rubbery texture. But Michael’s step-by-step directions on how...