Cooking Stories (or Confessions)

We all have them. A time where you get the decency to cook, and then end up making a glorious meal, or a glorious mess. However, the story I will tell you, I didn’t even cook.

It was June. My sister had invited her friend over, and my parents were out  they on a walk. My parents had asked me to preheat the oven, for the barbecue they had picked up earlier that day. “Easy” I thought. I preheated the oven, and went up stairs because nothing bad should have happened. I was wrong… very wrong. While I was upstairs I started to smell smoke. I come downstairs to find the oven smoking, and I start freaking out. I turn the oven off, and open it, to find that the food was in the oven. I then take a closer look and see this white stuff melted on the bottom of the oven. Seeing as though I was a freshman, I start screaming at the top of my lungs,”I MELTED THE BONES”. I would later find out that the oven would’ve had to be 2517.8 degrees Fahrenheit to melt bone. Anyways, I open up all the windows and doors, and fanned the fire alarm (while I am still screaming). My sister came home with her friend and laughed at me while helping me fan. It would later turn out that the white stuff was the Styrofoam from the takeout boxes. This is why I always open the oven before putting things in it.

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A New New Years Resolution

2015… What a Year!

I can’t believe 2015 is over. It started and ended very similar… very fast. However it is a new year, and as many of the teens say “a new year, a new me!” The new year is a time where people can refresh themselves or reinvent themselves and have an actual excuse. As the new year rolls in, it can be a time to reflect about last year.

The new year can also be a time to make a New Year’s Resolution. Fun Fact: only 8% of people keep their resolutions. Don’t be a February Frowny Face or another statistic! The most common resolution is to loose weight. But I have an idea for you! How about making you resolution a cause not an effect. This is what a call the new New Years Resolution! Being a food blog, the best advice I can give is eat healthier. Here is the easiest way for you to know if what you are eating is healthy. “Tell someone who is important to you your resolution, and every time you eat something tell them. If you feel guilty about what you eat… then don’t eat it!”

Cheers! To a new year and to starting it right!

Go Fresh by Going Local

Today was the first time since Winter started that I went to a farmers market. I always assumed, It’s Winter, so no good local food is grown that will look good or taste good because it is not warm outside. Well that turns out to be wrong! The farmers at the market I went to actually said that some of the food grown in the winter may actually taste better because there is not as many bugs outside, so there isn’t as big of a need for pesticides and the weather in the southern states is milder, so the foods can grow without their flavor drying up. Some foods that grow best in winter are:

  • All Citrus Fruit
    • That would be your grapefruits, oranges, tangerines etc.
  • Leafy Greens
    • This may come as a shocker to you, the leafy greens taste sweeter when harvested in the winter and fall.
  • Broccoli
    • Broccoli actually does not have a season where it grows best, but Broccoli tastes better when it is harvester in cooler weather.

And many more.

Click Here if You Want to See More Vegetables Grown Best in the Winter

I think that farmers market are very important. Farmers Markets support local business and by supporting these business the farmers can stay in business and continue to take care of their farms. I am very lucky to have a Farmer’s Market around the corner of my street and my neighborhood has a weekly farmers market in the park! Even though my neighborhoods market is new this year, it is really nice to walk around the carts and buy fresh eggs to even fresh okra! If you don’t know where a farmers market close to you is at, I found this link and I hope it works!

Click Here to go to Find a Farmers Market near You!

Late Holiday Present

 Spiralizer for holiday present post
So this year for Holidays, or even years to come for the holidays, I think the best gift to buy any close friend would be a Spiralizer. A Spiralizer is a device that allows people to make chips , even vegetable noodles on one easy to use and easy to store device. The products could be apple chips, carrots salad toppings, and my personal favorite Zucchini Noodles (or also known as Zoodles). My mom loves the Spiralizer she bought, and since she loved it so much, she bought one for her sister!

Click here if you want to buy your own Spiralizer!

Walnut Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

COOKIE COOKIES COOKIES

Do not even get me started!

I love cookies no matter what. Cookies are my kryptonite, but most of the time I have no cookies in my house, so I have to make my own. My favorite cookies now a days are these.

Get the recipe for the Walnut Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are 100% paleo and 100% guilt free. That is why in my house we have to make like 4x the recipe just so we can have them all week. I recommend using honey instead of the agave just because personally I think honey tastes better. When it comes to the grapeseed oil or palm shortening, I find that in most stores like Whole Foods will sell both, but I use the palm shortening because it is used in more recipes