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Pre-Order Geeky Sprinkles!

Missed my Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter? Now’s your chance to order sprinkles!  I opened up the pre-order page today so non-backers can place orders before the initial shipment arrives.

You can purchase bottles of lightning bolt, blue policebox, steampunk gear, or meeple sprinkles as well as accessories like the Geeky Hostess apron, themed recipes, and cupcake pins.

Go here: http://bit.ly/sprinklepreorder or click through the widget above to visit the pre-order page! (And let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making with your sprinkles!)

A New Nomiku is on Kickstarter!

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You may remember my post about Nomiku from last November: It’s a super easy-to-use sous vide device and it’s about to get even easier and sleeker. The new Nomiku, announced today via Kickstarter, is smaller, has a larger screen, and is Wifi-compatible. This means you can use Nomiku’s “Tender” app to find sous vide recipes from well-known chefs and other members of the Nomiku community, and send the instructions straight to your Nomiku.

The Kickstarter has been up for half a day, and they’ve already reached over 60% of their goal. If you’re interested in trying out sous vide cooking, take advantage of their early bird pricing and get yourself a Nomiku asap! Visit them at Kickstarter.com.

Healthy Game Snacks: The Better Chip

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I’ve been working on finding healthy snack options for game nights, and while I’ve had some success with veggies and hummus or popcorn, sometimes you just need to provide some chips for the group. In comes The Better Chip . They’re vegan, gluten-free, and have no GMOs. Plus, they come in a bunch of great flavors.

The Better Chip reached out to me and wanted me to create a “nacho” style recipe in honor of the World Cup. I used their Spinach & Kale chip (which is ridiculously delicious) to make a Greek-inspired snack. It’s essentially hummus and a Greek salad on top of the chips. Want to make it yourself? Follow the recipe below!

Greek Salad “Nachos”

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Ingredients:

  • The Better Chip Spinach & Kale Chips
  • Hummus
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Black Pepper

Directions:

A Greek salad, like any salad, can be made with any number of ingredients in any portion you desire. But to make it like the picture above, I suggest the following:

  1. Using a knife, spread the hummus on each chip.
  2. Dice the cucumber, tomato, onion, and kalamata olives. Mix together.
  3. Crumble feta into the salad mixture, top with pepper. Mix together.
  4. Place a spoonful of the salad onto each chip. Serve!

This also makes a nice small meal on a hot summer day. Want to make it even more “nacho”-like? Amp up the Greek-ness and the cheesiness by making Saganaki! I made the fried cheese to accompany these nachos the other day by following this recipe. Want to know how it turned out? Check out my Instagram!

Moral of the story is, I had a great time playing around with Better Chips and making Greek “nachos”. (And they must have been good–Greece won their game after I made it!) If you want to give the chips a try as well, just leave a comment answering the following question: “What recipe would you create with The Better Chip?”

Two winners will be selected on Wednesday and will win:

  • An assortment of chips
  • A TBC branded caxirola (the official noise maker of the World Cup)
  • A “Nachos Around the World” recipe sheet
  • Coupon for more product
  • A TBC chip clip


A big “thank you” to The Better Chip for sponsoring this post!

Tony Stark-worthy Green Smoothies with Silk Almond Milk

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Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

In my pursuit to continue to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been working out more and trying to incorporate some healthy “superfoods” into my diet. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green smoothies for forever, and thought, if Iron Man drinks ‘em, why can’t I?

So when Silk approached me to make some almond milk recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some of these smoothies. It’s a quick and cool way to grab breakfast, which makes it great for the summer, and since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m able to get my calcium and other nutrients from the added almond milk, which is awesome.

I headed to Safeway and picked up the Silk Almond Coconut blend and the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber, as well as a bunch of fruit and a GIANT bag of spinach for the smoothies.

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There they are, just chillin’ in the dairy section waiting to go home with me!

I made two different types of smoothies: A sweet strawberry/banana one, and a more tropical one. They’re very green and still have a very small hint of a spinach after-taste, but overall, if you’re looking for a smoothie full of really good stuff and you’re a beginner to the green drinks, these are going to be your go-tos. They’re super quick and easy to make!

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Straw Banana

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Tropical

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Are you a green smoothie drinker? What’s your go-to combo?

Game of Thrones Cookies Cutters

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I’m anxiously waiting for the Game of Thrones season finale tomorrow, and thought I’d help the time go by a bit faster by making some Game of Thrones sigil cookies!

I received these amazing 3D-printed sigil cookie cutters from WarpZone Prints. They have cookie cutters in pretty much every fandom you can imagine–it’s AMAZING.

The cutters were easy to use (I made Warpzone’s recommended sugar cookie recipe, which is delicious!), but as you can see, some houses are easier to see than others. The Stark sigil turned out amazing every time, and I had decent luck with Lannister and Baratheon, but darn it, Targaryen’s 3-headed dragon just didn’t want to turn out. I think the cutter had too much detail for the cookies I was making. But overall, I’m really excited with how they turned out!

You can pick up a set of the house sigils here!

What are you doing to prep for the finale? #nospoilers

Learn to Cook at Whole Foods

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The other day, Whole Foods invited me to check out “Whole Plate”, a new event space in the Whole Foods Interbay where they’ll be featuring cooking classes, wine tastings, and more. We got to see a cooking demo by Chef Anne, the healthy cooking coach, and learned all about how to use cherries in sweet and savory recipes. (Check out my Instagram for some of the pics from that event!) I’m particularly psyched after learning that I can make an amazingly delicious (and protein-packed) smoothie by blending cherries, almond milk, and almond butter together!

To celebrate the new space, Whole Foods Interbay is hosting an open house this Saturday (June 14) from 4-7pm. And in addition to the open house, they’ve given me a pair of passes to a class to give away! Just let me know in the comments which class you’d like to attend. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday, June 18th! (All classes are held at the Interbay Whole Foods, so you’ll need to get yourself there!) I had a great time and learned some cool new tips–I know you’ll love the classes as well.

Contest closed: Congrats to Steve for winning the cooking classes!

For more information on Whole Plate and the class schedule, click here!

 

 

Kitchen Overlord’s Illustrated Geek Cookbook Kickstarter!

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I’ve posted about The Kitchen Overlord and her amazing books before (including Wood for Sheep and the Doctor Who cookbook), and I’m super excited about her newest project. She’s working with artist Tom Gordon to created a fully illustrated cookbook of various unique (but easy!) geeky recipes. There will be 50 recipes from a variety of fandoms including Alien, BSG, The Princess Bride, D&D, and more!

The Kickstarter is already double its goal with over 30 days left. This means that new rewards have been added and a “Carbs Against Humanity” set of cards have been unlocked and are available for download!

You can get a copy of the Ebook for a $10 pledge, and an actual copy of the book for your hands for $25.

Find out more info at Kickstarter.com!

I can’t wait to see the finished product. What recipe are you most excited about?

Marshmallows + Instagram = Boomf

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Marshmallows and Instagram, the next great match since marshmallows and hot chocolate? James Middleton (yes, brother to that Middleton) seems to think so.

His company, Boomf (named after the sound the package of marshmallows makes when it lands on your doorstep), will take 9 Instagram pics of your choice and place them on beautiful square marshmallows, perfect for roasting, dunking, or eating straight. They’re a bit pricey at around $26, but I can see them making a beautiful gift for marshmallow lovers or a fun accent to a marshmallow bar at a wedding or event.

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Would you spend $26 for 9 Instagrammed marshmallows? And what pics would you put on them? (See more at boomf.com!)

Make a little “Something” with this Baking Mold

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A fellow Kickstarter creator has created “something” that I think you’ll all enjoy. This silicone baking mold can help you make punny gifts all the time forever. “Just a little something for you!” “I got you something!” “Something old, something new…”

Yes. The mold is of the word “something.” You can use it for cakes, chocolate, breads, jello, ice, soap, and whatever else you can imagine.

So if you like puns as much as I do, go pledge now! You can get the mold, a book of recipes/ideas, and more goodies for $38.

What “something” would you make with your mold?

 

Help Support a Nerdy Tea Company!

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Friday Afternoon Tea is in the middle of a Kickstarter to help “level up” their business. They’ll be using the money to get better packaging, sell at more conventions, and get their brand out there. But why do you care? Because Friday Afternoon Tea is a geeky tea company. And not only do they create tea blends based on geeky things, their tea is delicious. I tried the Bard’s blend (yes, they have blends based on different classes, and yes, the Bard blend has SPRINKLES in it), and it was amazing!

By donating to the Kickstarter, you’ll receive tea of your choice, and you’ll be helping out an awesome small business. Donate $50, and you will even get a custom tea blend made just for you!

The Kickstarter’s only running until Saturday and it’s close to hitting its goal, but not there yet. Please donate and share with your friends!