Fun Food

Game of Thrones Party

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Game of Thrones comes back on Sunday…are you prepared?  If you haven’t planned a viewing party yet, it’s not too late! Here are some tips on how to throw a quick and killer party to accompany the premiere of season three:

  • Visit your grocery store and pick up some nice breads, cheeses, salami, olives, and figs to put together a great plate of snacks. The more rustic looking, the better! You’ll eat as the characters do and the foods will perfectly complement a nice beer or wine. If you have the time and are feeling adventurous, you can make your own bread and salami with recipes from The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook!
  • Speaking of beer and wine, make sure you pick up Ommegang brewery’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale, the official Game of Thrones beer. The ale is limited edition, so pick up a few if you find it! I found my bottle at Cost Plus World Market.
  • House pint glasses, shot glasses, and coasters will be an excellent piece of decor or party favor! You can find all of the house sigils and more Game of Throne goodies from Things From Another World.
  • Remember the Game of Thrones Arms Creator I posted about yesterday? Set up a station where your friends can create their own arms and print it out. Hang them up with clothespins during the party, and let them take it home with them as a souvenir after the event’s over.

What will you be doing for the premiere?

It’s Pi Day!

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I have some sort of amalgamation of “Friday” but with lyrics about pie stuck in my head. “It’s Pi(e) Day, Pi(e) Day, everyone eat pie on Pi(e) Day, looking forward to the pecan, pecan….”

Sorry.

Anyway, it’s Pi Day! The day where we get to celebrate math and use language tricks to also celebrate a pastry! Yay Pi(e)!

Want to celebrate?  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Challenge your friends to impromptu recitations of Pi. Whoever has the most amount of digits memorized gets a pie of their choice!
  • Hold a Pie cooking and/or eating competition.
  • Make a pie and include Pi-themed cutouts or decorations on top. Check out my dad’s “famous” recipe here!
  • Stretch your mind a bit by filling out a pie-themed logic problem.
  • Check out nerdier Pi Day/Friday parodies.
  • Eat a Pizza Pie for lunch! That’s what I’ll be doing.

What do you do to celebrate Pi Day?

 

Cookie Inception: Girl Scout Cookie Cookies

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Prepare yourself. The time is near. Time for the streets to fill with adorable children tempting you with cookies. Will you give in? (Umm, yes. Cause they’re delicious and also because last time I said no to children selling me something outside of a store, I got a flat tire on my way home. Don’t mess with kids and karma.)

So you bought your boxes. And they’re all delicious on their own, but you’ve run into a dilemma. You want a Thin Mint and a Samoa and a Tagalong at the same time. What to do? Bake them into a single cookie, of course. Because excess is fine if it’s for the kids.  (Right?)

This recipe is for a nice, chewy, chocolate chip-style cookie, but instead of chocolate chips, you’re putting in your favorite Girl Scout cookies. Win-win. The cookie ends up having a great mix of textures between the crunch of the Thin Mints, the chewiness of the Samoas, and the melty chocolate and crispy bit of the Tagalongs. And surprisingly, the cookie isn’t overpoweringly minty–the flavors actually play really nicely with each other.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Samoas
  • 6 Tagalongs
  • 8 Thin Mints

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Test the Girl Scout Cookies individually. Are they good? Good. Using a knife, chop up the cookies listed in the ingredients into small chunks.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute.
  6. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped cookie pieces.
  8. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. (I used a standard cookie scoop.)
  9. Bake until cookies are light brown around the edges, but still soft in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on the baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Eat with reckless abandon.
  10. Buy more Girl Scout Cookies. Repeat.

This recipe was created for the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite events of the year. Last year I made Shortbread Oven-Fried Chicken.

Girl Scout cookies will be here March 1-17, and you can use a cookie locator (or a mobile app when you really need a fix) to find the closest seller to you.

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? And how many boxes will you be picking up this year?

Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Guys, I’m gonna go broke and it’s going to be all WarpZone’s fault. The Etsy site has detailed Doctor Who cookie cutters made from a 3D printer. Doctor Who not your thing? The site also has great cookie cutters from fandoms such as Harry Potter, Mario, MLP, Meme faces, and more. Think I can get a bulk discount for buying them all? I mean, once I’ve perfected my sugar cookie recipe.

Geeky Cookie Cutters, $3.50-6.50 each at Etsy.

(Source: That’s Nerdalicious)

Cheese Wizards: Grilled Cheese Food Truck

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I thought I’d continue on the cheese train this week. (Oh my, how delicious and smelly would a cheese train be? Million dollar idea, right there.)

Over the weekend, I came across a food truck that I’ve heard of, but only through epic legend.  I finally got to set my eyes on the Cheese Wizards truck. If you like grilled cheese sandwiches, delicious tomato soup, and geeky references, you need to find this truck ASAP. We tried the Greenseer and the tomato soup. The cheese on the sandwiches are first melted with a torch and then grilled so the cheese and bread both end up the perfect consistency. The tomato soup is handmade and topped with creme fresh and their own version of the cheese crackers I mentioned yesterday. No matter what you get, you’ll be happy.

Cheese Wizards conveniently parks itself at breweries and wine stores around Seattle. The next time you find yourself grabbing a beer or a bottle of wine, you just may find yourself in the company of wizards.

Find out more at WizardsofCheese.com.

Have you tried Cheese Wizards? What menu item would you recommend?

Cheese Crisps. Literally.

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Some days are magical. Because some days, you receive emails out of the blue saying “We make crackers entirely out of cheese. Would you like to review them?” And you just jump up and down in your seat a little bit thinking “I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I know they will be amazing.”

This magical day happened to me a couple weeks ago. I received the Cheese Crisps in the mail, compliments of Kitchen Table Bakers, and holy cow. The crisps are just made with parmesan cheese. At first I thought “Hmm! A grown-up Goldfish cracker!” But they’re different than that. They’re rich, tangy, and (obviously) cheesy. If you’re on a diet, you’re going to love these. They’re rich enough where you don’t want to eat too many, and they’re wheat, gluten, and sugar free. More of an entertainer? These would be awesome with wine or as a garnish to a Caesar salad or tomato soup.

Kitchen Table Bakers offers 8 different varieties of the crisps, and you can buy them on their site, in gourmet grocery stores, and Whole Foods nationwide. Do it. Your guests will think you’re awesome.

Make a Big Mac at Home

I’m in the middle of Barre3’s “28 to Great” challenge and even though I feel amazing and enjoy the food I’m making, I’ve found myself giving longing looks to McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants as I drive by.

If like me, you’re trying to eat whole foods and make most of your meals at home, here’s a nice video from McDonald’s on how to make a Big Mac. Now if I just replace the buns, sauce, cheese and one of the patties with veggies, I may actually get to eat this!

Breakfast more your thing? Here’s a video on how to make their Egg McMuffin.