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Belgian Liege Waffles... I could eat them endlessly.
There are tons of variations. All of them are delicious!
For me it's all about food smells: a neighbor's BBQ, a juicy tomoato sliced on the counter, the smell of fresh dirt at the farmer's market, or the sweet, warm smell of an ice cream shop as you walk in the door.
Sex is like pizza... if it takes more than 30 minutes to deliver, you're on your own.
Oh how fun! I remember making chocolate cherry brownies and fresh bread with my grandma growing up. I miss those days!
My guess is that the best way to get a 13 year odl girl interested in cooking is to make simple, easy, delicious versions of the meals she sees all the time- make pizza from scratch with any toppings she likes, try mac n' cheese with REAL cheese, show her how simple it is to make a burger in your very own kitchen!
If you'd rather stick with baking, a cool thing to do is lay out "the basics" (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, etc.) and make 3-4 completely different recipes that use them all. chocolate brownies, bread, peaunut butter cookies, cake, and pies-- all from the same plain old ingredients! WOW!
Most importantly document these sacred days-- make a scrapbook/recipe collection she can hang on to forever. I still have the hand written recipe card for my grandma's brownies and it makes me smile everytime I see it- I only wish I had pictures to go along with it!
George Foreman? Hm. Maybe not kiss, but I'd give him a good solid handshake. :)
Here's another thought: Just bring a big ol' bottle of Tequila, take a swig and slur: "Mexican enough for ya?"
Wow. Raise your hand if you think I need to go to anger management classes... :)
Honestly? If I were you, I'd stop at a convenience store on your way and pick up a pack of Oreos or chips ahoy. I'd also accidently sit on them and crush the beloved dessert. Too bad, so sad.
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I used to be incredibly picky and my mom could never get me to eat meat (or any protein at all) unless she took a piece of regular turkey lunch meat, rolled it up, stuck a toothpick in the middle and called it a "fishy". Haha, I have no idea where the name or the idea came from, but it got me eating turkey!
Also, I used to babysit for a little girl who was allowed CANNED MUSHROOMS for dessert/bedtime snack. She would jump up and down begging for them as I opened the can and drained the mushroom juice, trying not to puke in their kitchen sink. To each his own, I guess...
I just wing it! Lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, oil, and sugar are the ingredients I go for. Start with about 3 tablespoons of EVOO and whisk in the rest until you like the taste. It's a great way to lighten up grains and goes really well on greens, too!
Do you like Thai food? I'd get some coconut milk and the curry paste of your choice (I like green with eggplant) and throw it all over some good rice.
Or, if it is as hot where you are as it is here in MN,(95 degrees in MINNESOTA?!?!) get some couscous (or another grain base) and make a cold salad with some fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta cheese, and a citrus vinaigrette.
Corn on the cob! Remove the silk and peel back the husk (like a banana). Rub the corn with butter, lime, sea salt, pepper, garlic, any sort of rub, or any combination of the above. Then pull the husk back around the corn and grill husk-on. It is quite possibly the best thing in the world.
*Note- some people suggest dunking the corn in a water bath after replacing the husk and before grilling, but I've never found it necessary. As long as you use enough butter, things seem to work out just fine ;)
I agree with crispyscorpio- Ice cream sandwiches were the way to go! But I always splurged for the kind made with chocolate chip or m&m cookies instead of plain old chocolate wafers.
Also, I loved malt cups. Mmmm... I still treat myself to them during MN Twins games at the ballpark!
Blend them with ice, coffee, and milk (or ice cream!) for a homemade frappe or just sprinkle the powder over ice cream sundaes.
Or, if you want to get REALLY creative, try substituting the cocoa powder for some of the sugar in your favorite cookie or brownie recipe and see what you come up with! I wonder if you could even find a way to make hot cocoa frosting for a cupcake?
Also, you could brew your own chai with spices and boiling water, let it cool, and combine half chai and have chocolate milk (from your cocoa) for a iced chocolate chai treat! I used to do this at a coffee shop I worked at and it was delicious!
Savoring Soups and Salad is a great collection of recipes from William Sonoma. It has both classic and unqiue recipes organized by region. My sister gave me this book for my 22nd birthday and it was a wonderful way to learn the basics behind most soup and salad recipes while creating more sophisticated dishes.
Any sort of gazpacho would be easy to make ahead. If soup is too tricky to serve at a grad party, I'd stick with pasta or bean-based salads (white beans, garbanzos, and black beans all make bases for filling, colorful, cheap salads). For dessert, a favorite of mine is making cookie dough the night before, preheating the oven while the guests are arriving, and popping them in when the crowd looks hungry. In less than 15 minutes you have warm, gooey cookies and a delicious smell throughout the house without having to slave in the kitchen during the whole party!
It's got to be HOT. Like, Betty-Crocker-commercial-visible-steam-swirls hot. And drizzled with caramel sauce. With good quality vanilla ice cream on the side.
Otherwise I'll just have another glass of wine for dessert, thank you very much :)
This was posted on SE a few weeks ago:
All of the blogs featured there have some great information and recipes!
I've seen too many of my friends struggle with food and have spent too much time worrying about it myself. I used to think maybe an "ignorance is bliss" attitude would be the solution to stop counting calories and obsessing, but I've found that the more I know about how our bodies process food and what nutrition really means, the better relationship I have with food in general. In fact, this whole topic is why I'm changing career paths and going back to school to become a registered Dietitian!
Oh, man. Don't even get me started on post-run trips to Whole Foods! Last summer I was training for a marathon with a running club that conveniently met one block from a Whole Foods. After a long run, I would bolt through the grocery store Super Market Sweep style (remember that show?) collecting every cereal, tortilla chip, and cheese sample I could get my sweaty hands on and end up at the bakery case to snatch up 2 (or 3!) bran muffins... oooooh those bran muffins!
I know they aren't cereal, but its the same dilemma- a seemingly healthy fat free bran muffin certainly doesn't mean calorie-free. And double fisting them certainly doesn't help the issue...
@cycorider, I have no advice to offer, but I definitely feel your pain! Run hard!
Haha! If a guy asked me to come over for a nice dinner of "Polenta you Pants Off" with "Pinch your ass-berry brownies" for dessert, I would run away. Or not... ;o)
Thanks, everyone! I've been googling your suggestions all morning and drooling all over my keyboard. :) Sounds like it will be a real struggle to spend money on books, not food. Wish me luck!
When I go in for my morning latte, I'm finally going to order that cupcake that has been staring at me and taunting from the bakery case and show it who's boss. Mwah ah ah ah ahhh!