…In which I try the new Doritos Locos Taco.
What’s your favorite late night snack?
…In which I try the new Doritos Locos Taco.
What’s your favorite late night snack?
Happy Pi Day! Although in the past I’ve refused to write about pie (cupcakes ftw!), I will make an exception today.
This pie pan is one of the niftiest inventions I’ve seen in the pie-sphere in quite some time. Making pie for a group and can’t decide between apple and pumpkin? Making a savory pie, but feeding a vegetarian as well? Make two separate halves of a pie in one go!
The “Split Decision Pie Pan” looks easy to use and would be perfect for pie tastings, picky eaters, or making a savory and sweet pie at once. You can eat nothing but pie all day with this thing!
Available for $14.99 at Amazon.com.
Stay tuned later for a drool-worthy pie recipe!
We all have a favorite food from our childhood that just isn’t around anymore. Sometimes it’s for the best–that cereal or instant mac and cheese just may not taste good to our palates anymore, and we should remember it fondly through the eyes of nostalgia. But every once in a while, you find out something you loved is still around, just hard to find.
Here are a few nostalgic items that are alive and well–they’re either sold in other countries or are just hidden in small drugstores. Lucky for us, we can get them all at Amazon.com!
I loved Alpha-Bits growing up, and was convinced they were discontinued. I’m thrilled to have found them online–I just need to find a few more friends to go in on the purchase with me, since it’s only available in packs of four boxes.
Speaking of sugary cereals available in packs of four…
Mr. Geek tracked these down as a Christmas gift for me a couple years ago, and they’re just as good (if not better) than you remember. Also available in honey graham and chocolate.
…Because who wouldn’t want weird gummy dinosaurs in their oatmeal?
Apparently Crispy M&Ms still exist in Germany. Man, those things were addictive.
I haven’t tried these before, but apparently they’re pretty nostalgic for some folks. This case comes with half peanut butter, half chocolate flavors.
Did you used to have those fundraisers in your elementary schools with the giant lollipops that came in every flavor imaginable? Here you go. You know your 10-year-old self would want you to have these. (I’ve also seen these lollipops at random seaside gift shops and drugstores.)
What food do you miss from your childhood?
Molecular Gastronomy has been responsible for creating some weird dishes: parmesan foam and ketchup caviar comes to mind. This, however, may be one of the most unusual dishes I’ve seen.
This edible helium balloon from Chicago-based Alinea Restaurant is made from apple, and I’m assuming is served as a dessert. It would definitely make for an interesting ending to a date night!
Have you experimented with molecular gastronomy? What were your results?
(Source: The Awesomer)
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. If you haven’t yet picked out a gift for your loved one(s), or are looking for a sweet treat for yourself, I’d recommend you check out these “Epic Win Cupcakes.” The cupcakes include a trifecta of ingredients: coffee, whiskey, and bacon. (Not into pork products on your baked goods? Feel free to keep it off.) Between the kick of the whiskey and the caffeine from the coffee, these cupcakes are not for the faint of heart. They’re guaranteed to make an all-night gaming session or movie marathon even better.
(Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book’s “One-Bowl Chocolate Cake”)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare cupcake pans with wrappers.
In a small bowl, mix the instant coffee powder into the milk. Set aside.
Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add milk/coffee mixture, oil, and vanilla.
Beat with electric mixer on low speed until combined, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg, and beat for 2 minutes more.
Pour cupcake mixture into cupcake pans, filling them up 1/2 way.
Bake for 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool, frost and top with a piece of well-cooked bacon. Enjoy!
Chocolate Whiskey Buttercream Frosting
Taste the whiskey, make sure it’s good.
Pour another 3 TBS of whiskey to actually use for the recipe.
In an electric mixer, whip butter until fluffy.
Add in 3-4 cups powdered sugar, 3 TBS whiskey, 3 tsp cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt slowly as you mix.
Continue to mix until the frosting takes on the consistency you prefer, adding more powdered sugar if necessary.
You can find a Golden Snitch locket on Etsy.
Need more gift ideas? Check out my post on Valentine’s Day gifts here!
Above all, remember that Valentine’s Day is just a great excuse to tell people you care about them–that can be done with something homemade, a nice hand-written letter, or even just an earnest phone call. You don’t need to spend any money as long as there’s some thought there.
What are you doing for your Valentine?
We’ve all been there. It’s close to dinner time, and you’re staring down a new box of Girl Scout cookies. You’re an adult, why NOT have cookies for dinner? Now you can, and no-one else in your house will even need to know. Coating chicken tenders in shortbread crumbs makes for a very crunchy and slightly sweet crust: the addition of the chili powder complements the sweetness and adds the perfect amount of spice.
This recipe was created for the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, and features their Trefoil cookies. I’d recommend grabbing a few boxes of other kinds as well, just to have around. You know, just in case. My favorites are the Tagalongs, Samoas, and the new Savannah Smiles. The cookies can be purchased between March 2-18. Use the cookie locator and app to make sure you get your fix.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put aluminum foil over a cookie sheet and spray with cooking oil.
Mix the flour, chili powder, salt and pepper and place on a plate.
Crack the egg into a bowl, add a splash of water and mix.
Pulse the Trefoils in a blender or food processor until they’re a fine, even crumble. Place the crumbled Trefoils on a plate.
Coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, then dip the chicken into the egg, coating both sides. Coat the chicken in the Trefoil crumbs, and place on the cookie sheet.
Bake the chicken for 12-14 minutes, or until there is no pink in the middle and the crust has begun to brown slightly.
Serve with barbecue sauce and more cookies a healthy, vegetable side dish.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? And admit it–how many boxes have you eaten in one sitting?
I love to make and give cupcakes, but sometimes they’re just a bit too boring. These cupcake toppers will add a bit of fun to your cake (and possibly double as a cool favor or piece of jewelry after the cupcake is gone!)
Star Wars Light Saber Cupcake Picks
You can’t get more epic than these. $3.85 for 12.
Harry Potter School Seals Rings
Host your own sorting hat ceremony–with cupcakes! $4.95 for 12.
Transformers Party Cupcake Rings
Transformer faces that are ALSO jeweled rings? I’m thinking these would be perfect for Ladies’ Night. $2.14 for 12.
Pizza Slice Cupcake Picks
These pizza picks would be great at a TMNT-themed party, or for a savory “Pizza cupcake”. Think mini lasagnas in a cupcake pan. Cowabunga! $3.60 for 12.
Twilight Family Crest Cupcake Picks
Whether it’s for a Twilight marathon or just your weekly Vampire and Werewolf gathering, these picks will bring a bit of class to your event. They get bonus points for not being sparkly or saying “Team Edward” on them. $3.05 for 12.
Casino Card Suit Wood Party Picks
These picks can be used for cupcakes or any other finger food at your next game night! $1.99 for 48.
Any inspiration for future cupcake-making? I’m personally excited to play around with the pizza toppers!
(Special thanks to Thomas for showing me the lightsaber picks and inspiring this post!)
These cupcake sleeves showed up in my inbox today, and I couldn’t NOT share them. How cute are the popcorn and margarita cupcakes?
Eversave is having a deal on these, starting today. You can get two packs of the cupcake sleeves for $9. Check it out here! But hurry, the coupon expires February 12th.
Take a look at all of the sleeves on the not-as-pretty website at RoundaboutSleeves.com.
One of the ultimate “Geeky Hostess” tasks is creating food based on your favorite book, game, or movie. These two newer YouTube channels will help you create some masterpieces and entertain you in the process!
Feast of Fiction
Jimmy, Ashley and friends guide you through recipes from and inspired by the best in geek culture. So far this has included Sunlight Souffle from Skyrim, Butterbeer from Harry Potter, and the Minecraft cake. I can’t wait to see what they do next!
Cinema and Spice
Cinema and Spice will take a film and show you recipes, decorating tips, and even makeover/gifting tips all in the same theme. The co-hosts, Natasha and Julianna are a great combo: Natasha is a professionally trained chef, and Julianna is a USC film school grad. The films they’ve already covered include Annie Hall, Raising Arizona, Spirited Away, The Importance of Being Earnest, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Do you have a favorite cooking show? What geeky food are you planning on tackling next?