thursday things

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Happy Thursday! Two things – First, I can’t believe it’s March. WTF, GUYS? WHY IS IT MARCH? To piggyback on that topic, HOW IS MY BIRTHDAY IN 11 DAYS? I’M NOT READY TO BE OLDER YET! If I disappear it’s just because I’m having an existential crisis and have withdrawn from the world… no big deal, guys.

Second – I’M SO PUMPED BECAUSE JENIS APPROVED OUR SPINALONG PROJECT!!!

Can’t handle the excitement. Seriously.

In other news, Japan has created butter flavored Kit Kats, because that’s necessary.

While Peeps was more focused on Peeps-flavored milk. I relegate my Peeps interaction to strictly microwave-related business. If you enjoy the way they taste though, maybe you will want to check out that milk.

Scoence has discovered why we think Indian food is so freakin’ delicious.

TheKitchn has given us an a-to-z guide for kitchen organization.

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Turns out that the best way to prevent peanut allergies is to give your child peanuts. I’m pretty sure if my child were allergic to peanuts I would have to give it up for adoption… Sorry, future kid, but I just love peanut butter too much.

University of California discovered that almost 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake – including the ever-popular Bertolli, Colavita, and even your fancy-pants Whole Foods brand. My beloved California Olive Ranch and Kirkland Organic are safe, thankfully.

I usually just put my whole, uncracked eggs into warm water if I need to bring them to room temp, but Alice Medrich took this a step further in her trick to warm eggs to room temp.

Tiny kitchen is at it again, this time with tiny ramen.

And Buzzfeed created yet another winning video where Americans try international alcohols.

 

 

wanna be starbucks cherry oat bars

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Apparently our local Starbucks has a new pastry in stock these days. I don’t know if it’s legit new or just “new to us” new, but it is called the Michigan Cherry Oat Bar… and it happens to be Mr. Eats’ new favorite thing these days. So, of course, he requested that I make a from-scratch version. When I told him that would be difficult to do having never tasted the sweet treat, one appeared at our home within days.

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lucky charms ice cream and salty cereal gravel

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You know that wonderful lady over at A Periodic Table? Well, after falling in love with our Jeni’s books, we thought it would be fun to team up for a Jeni’s Ice Cream Spinalong! Because cooking is always more fun with friends, even when those friends are 1,500 miles away.

So here we are, with our first ice cream debut…

A little bit about the process… We pick a base recipe and a theme. It’s really that simple. Armed with that information, we retreat to our separate laboratories to work our magic, then come back together when we’re done to reveal what we’ve created. This month we chose an easy recipe: Jeni’s Basic Sweet Cream… and for the theme? Breakfast. Because who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for breakfast?!

This project really happened to showcase how versatile the Jeni’s recipes can be. Shannon turned our base into a delightful Sticky Bun Ice Cream while I went for Lucky Charms Ice Cream, which I thought would be super fitting for March. You know, with the leprechauns and all.

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thursday things – an alpacalypse in phoenix and other news

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Phoenix has had a busy week, with some raindrops falling, people freaking out about pink clouds, and a near ALPACA-LYPSE. A couple of llamas escaped from their owner’s yard and took the interwebs by storm while our local police spent several hours chasing them down. The llamas were eventually caught, but not before Buzzfeed had time to make a “Which Runaway Llama Are You?” quiz.

Movita shared a super awesome coloring page with me, so I’m basically going to get nothing else done today.

Shannon made us Baymax cookies because she’s amazing.

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greek nachos with lemony chicken and tzatziki

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Last week one of my coworkers brought a giant bag of lemons to work and offered some to me. I graciously took some because I happened to be craving our favorite chicken wraps for dinner. We had the wraps, which we usually consume wrapped in a thin tortilla, for dinner that night when a wonderful thought occurred to me.

I was a few bites into my wrap when I turned to Mr. Eats and said, “What if I made these into nachos?”

I’m pretty sure he thought it was a terrible idea, even after I explained that they would be topped with the very same toppings we were eating at that exact moment. But, I didn’t let his lack of enthusiasm dissuade me at all. In this line of work, it’s a common occurrence for the people around you think you’re completely off your rocker when you try to explain your food visions to them. So I soldiered on.

So when the weekend rolled around and I made my nacho dreams come true.

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