Maté

STEP ASIDE COFFEE, THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN   * * * My boyfriend, Jordan, spent the summer in California where he discovered maté. Being a coffee addict and all, he has to start his morning with a cup a Joe or he’ll turn into mister cranky pants. One day he and some friends decided to go out for breakfast. When…

Carrot Cake Fritters

  * * * I HATE CARROTS! There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat them if they’re served in front of me. I’ll eat them if they’re covered in dip. But in general, my kitchen a carrot-free zone…unless I sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and they send me box filled with carrots! They say…

Yakgwa (Honey Cookies)

  * * * Snack 4 of 4 in Try The World Box Review This is the LAST snack products I’m featuring. I had so much fun sampling international treats and using them as inspiration for my own kitchen creations. I would definitely “try the world” again.   EXPECTATION: Gummy candy-like honey shapes. REALITY: An odd in-between of what I thought they would…

Chipotle Pumpkin Bread Pudding

* * * Originally, this recipe was going to be a frittata, but then I thought bread pudding was more of a treat (since we’re celebrating, here). And instead of apples I was going to use radish and turnip greens. But I’m glad with the end result. The sweet apples work well with the spicy cheddar. It’s hot, savory, and…

Chipotle Cheddar

  * * * Great news! You’re reading the words of a newly hired Wegman’s Cheese Shop employee! That means I’ll be knee-deep in molded masses of milk curd from around the world. From cutting and slicing to arranging and tasting, I’ll be the Cheese Queen in no time. To celebrate, I bought the coolest (most affordable) cheese I could…

Wild Rice Muffins

* * * Today’s creation was brought to you by my leftover dinner! What to do with all this rice (1st or 3rd world problems?)… Last week’s snack happened to be a rice cake, but I’m not going out of my way to make my own. Who wants to go through the tedious process of cooking, frying, draining, and baking rice?…

Tomato-Olive Oil Rice Cakes by Benlian Food

  * * * Snack 3 of 4 in Try the World Box Review Each week I’m featuring snack products from different countries. After eating and reviewing each treat, I’ll create recipes inspired by them! Below are my thoughts and reactions.   EXPECTATION: Rice cake with hints of tomato and olive oil. REALITY: Rice cake with tomato and olive oil seasoning, would taste even…