Strange Snacks

Strange Snacks

The first time Brie told me that she looooves to snack on Ruffles potato chips with cottage cheese, I was skeptical. But I tried them, and they are fantastic. The Kitchn apparently agrees.

Another friend is super into pickles and peanut butter, but I haven’t managed to bring myself to try that particular combination yet. Ditto to something Adam loves, Oreos and nacho cheese. (Gah, right?!)

What weird food combinations do you like? Do you admit it to friends, or is it something you keep secret?

(Image from The Kitchn).

 

Thursday Link Rodeo: Tea

Thursday Link Rodeo: Tea

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

This week’s rodeo is hosted by a tea leaf.

  1. The Non-Judgmental Guide for Getting Seriously Into Tea from Serious Eats
  2. Iced Green Tea with Mint & Ginger from The Kitchn.
  3. Fresh Mint Tea from us!
  4. Earl Grey Ice Cream from Gimme Some Oven.
  5. Green Tea Cocktail (aka the Brie-tini) from us!

Image by Vicky Wasik from Serious Eats.

Such a Tea(se)

Such a Tea(se)

“Santa” went a little tea crazy this year. Every member of our household got a personal tea infuser, a few samples of different loose leaf teas, and the always-so-delicious honey sticks. It was like a little zoo on Christmas morning.

Brie got an owl:

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Her mom got a cat:

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My boyfriend got a squirrel:

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And roommate #2 got a t-rex:

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These admittedly aren’t the greatest tea infusers of all time, but they’re adorable and a fun novelty item for the types who only have an occasional cup of tea. After Christmas, I ended up treating myself to something a little more serious:

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This thing is awesome and only about $10. I read about it on Sweethome (my favorite place for reviews lately). It does a great job straining out even fine particles and really lets the flavor get through. Love it.

I’ve always been more of a bagged tea person — less mess, easy to grab at the grocery store. Some of my favorite bagged teas are Lady Grey (black tea, orange, lemon, and bergamot and it doesn’t require a lick of sweetener), chai rooibos from Yogi Tea (caffeine-free, naturally sweet), and Tazo’s Passion tea (hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips, and passion fruit flavors). But since buying the new strainer, I’ve been trying all sorts of things. There’s a lovely local tea place with delicious options, but I’ve also been slowly trying out different recommendations from around the web. My favorite so far is jasmine silver needle from Adagio teas, but I am still looking for more options. I’m especially a fan of anything that doesn’t require milk and/or sugar to be palatable.

With that in mind, do you drink loose leaf tea? What’s your favorite kind? Please comment with your recommendations!

Thursday Link Rodeo: Yogurt

Thursday Link Rodeo: Yogurt

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

This week’s rodeo is hosted by yogurt.

1. What to do with Yogurt from Serious Eats.
2. Quick & Easy Yogurt Cake from The Kitchn.
3. Strawberry Yogurt Bites from Hello, Wonderful.
4. Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese from Chocolate Covered Katie.
5. Greek Yogurt Pancakes from Creme de la Crumb.

Image by Vicky Wasik from Serious Eats.

Limited Ingredient Diets

Limited Ingredient Diets

I’m one of those people who nags others to go to the doctor as soon as possible, but rarely go myself. It’s a bad habit that I really need to work on. It’s why it took me a long while to finally visit an allergist for a few persistent issues I’ve been dealing with. They ended up drawing some blood to see if I have any major food allergies.

The test results won’t be back for a bit, but this got me thinking about recipes and resources for people who do have to avoid certain kinds of foods. Here are some of the more excellent food blogs I came across during my research:

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An excellent selection of dairy and gluten-free recipes.

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An extremely thorough selection of recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, AND shell fish.

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Delicious recipes from a mom dealing with eosinophilic esophagitis.

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Thoughtful recipes that focus on balancing flavor with dietary restrictions.

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Great recommendations and awesome recipes.

 

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Do you have any favorite allergen-free recipe blogs? Please share them in the comments!

Thursday Link Rode: Champagne

Thursday Link Rode: Champagne

Forget a roundup – this here is a link rodeo! It’s a collection of cool/exciting/delicious food news, recipes, and more that we’ve encountered recently. Yeehaw. Or something. 

This week’s rodeo is hosted by the bubbly.

1. Champagne Jelly from Serious Eats.
2. Elderflower Champagne Cocktail from The Kitchn.
3. Champagne Jelly Shots from Erica’s Sweet Tooth.
4. Champagne Cupcakes from Life Love and Sugar.
5. Fettuccine with Champagne Cream Sauce from Rachel Ray.

Image from Life Love and Sugar.