Posted in September 2012

Recipes Gone Wild

Sometimes people ask me if a particular recipe is actually as good as I say it is. In other words, is the stuff I hawk really worth making? I’m a little surprised by the inquiry because of course I would only post recipes I can completely stand behind. But then it hit me. I may be inadvertently potraying that all of my adventures in the kitchen turn out picture perfect.

This is laughably untrue.

Per your request, I will take you on a journey of 5 recipes that are what the kids call an EPIC FAIL.

Some of these are common popular pins on Pinterest, so here’s my attempt at saving you from the hype.

EPIC FAIL 1: Dried Strawberries

I love love love dried fruit. But it also tend$ to break the bank. This pin naturally caught my eye, as it boasted a super simple recipe for dried strawberries. Simply slice them up and leave in oven for 3 hours at 210 degrees. At the end of several hours all I had on my hands was a wasted crate of slimy room temperature berries.

EPIC FAIL 2: Pineapple Flower Cupcakes

This is a classic case of pinning without following the link first. Here I was after a trip to the grocery store, geared up to make some pretty cupcakes. With a knife and pineapple in hand, I clicked over to see all of these directions written in some language foreign to me. Even if I could’ve tracked down a translator, it is simply impossible for your average-Jane to slice pineapple this thin, even with our wedding-registry-top-of-the-line Wusthof knives.

EPIC FAIL 3: 500 Calorie Pumpkin Bread Loaf

When a recipe goes bad, I try to approach the mess with a humble heart. After all, if it’s posted on a seemingly legitimate food blog, I know the author wasn’t meaning to be malicious and sabotage me with a bad recipe. I just don’t know what to make of this, though. When you pour the second layer of dough on top of the cream cheese layer, it just sinks to the bottom, leaving a messy, burnt on the outside, raw on the inside disaster. I guess the 500 calories for the whole loaf really was too good to be true.

EPIC FAIL 4: A Natural Cure for the Common Cold

I completely take some of the blame on this one. Anything that claims to have a cure to the common cold is exaggerating or a hoax. Nonetheless, last weekend I felt a bug coming on and thought I’d give it a try. Sure, the warm water relaxed my body aches, but I had a full-fledged nasty cold coming and this measly bath wasn’t going to stop it. Continue reading

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What I’m Eating

I’m a member of the meal planning revolution. Okay, “revolution” is dramatic. We just love meal planning! Here’s why.

Monday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner: Roasted Shrimp & Orzo

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner: Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Porkloin

Wednesday
Breakfast: Pesto Scones
Lunch:
Dinner: Salad Night

Thursday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner: Pizza Night with Two Ingredient Lemon Bars

Friday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner: Hot & Crunchy Chicken Wraps with Mango Slaw

Saturday
Breakfast:
Lunch:
Dinner: Date Night

Sunday
Breakfast:
Lunch: Pizza Puff Pastry
Dinner: 
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Andy Warhol Soup Can Pencil Cups

Alert the media! Oh, they already know. Either way, this is absolutely awesome.

So, I’m walking through Target and this Pop Art Mecca appears before my eyes.

Watch how fast I grabbed one of each.

Yes, they’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Andy’s iconic masterpiece by making bold and beautiful soup cans available in your very own Target. Continue reading

An Office Collage

I’ve lately been trying to make some moves to get my craft room to be a little more inspiring. A She & Him pandora station helps me feel artsy and hip, but I’m still left wanting more.

Please witness the before…

…and the after.

Yay. It makes everything just a little bit more “me.” If you’re curious who the painting is of, it’s BFF Elysia’s dad. Random and weird, I know. But that’s why I dig it. Plus, she painted it herself so that’s even cooler. Do you have any collages or eclectic bulletin boards in your home? Upload pictures to the Facebook page! I’d love to be inspired. Continue reading

Hot & Crunchy Chicken Wraps with Mango Salsa

These wraps mix the perfect hint of sweet and kick of hot. Not to mention a lightly fried crunch. We made them in bulk for dinner and were set for lunches for a week.

Hot & Crunchy Chicken Wraps with Mango Salsa
Serves 3-4

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced lengthwise 1 inch thick
1/2 cup mango, diced
2 jalapeños, diced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
5 cups shredded coleslaw mix
3 cups panko
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1 and 1/2 tablespoons salt
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Flour
Salt & pepper
Vegetable oil
Tortillas

In a saucepan, combine mango, jalapeños, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Transfer mixture to food processor and puree. Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Add the coleslaw mix and toss to coat. Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate.

Combine almonds, sesame seeds, sugar, red pepper, and salt in food processor until coarsely chopped.

Transfer the mixture to a large, shallow bowl and mix in panko. In a second shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk. Fill a third shallow bowl with flour. Dredge the chicken strips in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them in the eggs, then roll them in the panko mixture.

In a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of oil. Working in batches, fry the chicken over moderately high heat, until golden brown. Continue reading