Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#ShareYourCare Twit­ter Party

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Join Blog­gin Mamas & the Care Bears™ as we host the #ShareYourCare Twit­ter Party on Wednesday, 9/9/15 at 9p EST! Join us as we celebrate the Share Your Care National Holiday and chat about how we are sharing our care in each of our own communities. There are gonna be some fun prizes, so come join in!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

French Toast Breakfast Dog

Some days, you find a new reason to wake up in the morning. A reason for being. And I really can't think of a much better one than this invention: the French Toast Breakfast Dog.

It happened by chance: during one of my numerous French toast experiments, I had a bit of French toast batter left over. I always debate with myself what to do with this last bit of mixture. Throw it out? Squeeze out another piece, thereby risking my family's collective artery health? Drink it straight out of the bowl like the degenerate binge-eater I know myself to be?

Staring at the hot dog buns in the fridge, I got another idea.

Yes, you guessed it, I battered up a hot dog bun the same way I made my kid's favorite dessert-disguised-as-breakfast. Add some sausage, egg and pancake syrup, and you have literal heaven on a plate.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What would you eat for your last meal?

I was watching Oz the other day ('cause, you know, it's 1997) and they showed a prisoner on Death Row having his last meal. It got me thinking about the oddly sentimental tradition.

The infamous faces of American criminal history have made some interesting choices for their final meals. John Wayne Gacy had dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries. Aileen Wuornos kept it simple with a hamburger and a cup of coffee. Timothy McVeigh had two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I don't plan on being executed by firing squad anytime soon, but since I'm a foodie, meals are important to me -- and the last one would have to be a doozy.

Food's a sentimental thing, so my last one would include both favorites and memories. It may be a morbid premise, but still, it's fun to fantasize about the ultimate meal! (Unfortunately. cocktails aren't generally allowed.) Here's my list:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

High Protein, Low Carb Recipes: Tilapia Faux Chicken Salad

I have learned a few basic rules about eating healthily, and though I don't always follow them, I generally try to stick to a high-protein, low-carb diet. It's a fairly foolproof, surefire way to avoid storing excess fat while maximizing muscle growth. As such, I've spent a lot of time consuming things like tilapia.

Unfortunately, I'm also a foodie, and I won't pretend not to be cognizant of the fact that tilapia, well, sucks. I mean, for the first forty fillets it's okay, but... it gets old quick.

Luckily, I've devised a way of eating it that actually tastes really good, cuts down on its fishier qualities, and helps mix up your routine without sacrificing your macros. It's kind of like chicken salad or tuna salad - but with tilapia!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cheese and peanut butter are not enemies.

This may be the most important sentence you read today:

Cheese and peanut butter are not enemies.

At least, they don't have to be. In fact, in the right circumstances, they can be downright good friends.

Let that sink in for a minute. (And yeah, I'm talkin' to you, SANDWICH.)

Okay, check it. For years, there have been two categories of sandwiches: those you could add cheese to, and those you could add peanut butter to. They have been wholly separate categories, separated by the dividing line between sweet and savory.

I recently discovered a secret, in my journey through the wonders/horrors of "natural" peanut butter: peanut butter can be either sweet or savory. We've known this secret about cheese for years, ever since New York cheesecake and mascarpone began starring in our desserts. Look, brethren: something in common!

This isn't as unprecedented as it may seem. These two fat-packed ingredients (hey, fat's not a bad thing - whatchoo know 'bout that keto) have shared a bed before - one you may remember from your childhood days of illegally collecting roly-polies in summer camp:
Sure, they weren't the ones with the peanut butter cookies on the outside, so they may not have been as coveted. But they were GOOD, and they introduced me to a world where peanut butter and cheese didn't have to live as enemies.

If Austin (or Lance, as your school's vendor agreement might dictate) could make it work, why couldn't I? And what do millions of party platters with nuts parked right next to cheddar cubes have to say on the subject?

Intrigued, I took a Sargento stick of Colby Jack and, with some measure of trepidation, stuck it directly into the peanut butter jar. Damn the torpedoes.

Verdict? Delicious.

The next level: peanut butter grilled cheese. Yes, you can. Don't be afraid, my loves. Simply slather some peanut butter on your bread (I prefer lightly pre-toasted), throw on a few slices of cheese and grill as normal. The melty mixture will make you forget everything you've been taught. 

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Today is the day when our sandwich ingredients unite, not divide, and learn to live in fatty, tasty harmony.

Now let's top it with mayo! Wait, WHAT?

Monday, June 8, 2015

French Toast Recipe Experiment: To Flour Or Not To Flour?

To flour or not to flour: that is the question. At least, as far as French toast is concerned, it is. I did an ultra-scientific experiment this morning and made it both the old-fashioned way and with a bit of added flour.

The first batch I made was the classic French toast (although I couldn't help but add a pinch of cinnamon to both batches... it's just better that way):

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Deals on Summer Fun For Families

Need something to get the kiddos out of the house this summer? Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide. There's sure to be something in your area to distract those tots from destroying your home for twenty minutes or so. Enjoy!