peep eggs

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You’ve still got a whole week (plus one day!( til Easter comes and if you haven’t prepared yet, it’s time!

My idea? Adorable Peeps “eggs” – made of chocolate. They are basically the easiest thing in the whole world to make, will take about 30 seconds each (plus drying time), and are too cute not to love. I mean, JUST LOOK AT THEM!

I filled my eggs with peeps and M&Ms, but you could fill them with whatever candy you deemed fit. If you don’t have any Easter candies, feel free to use leftover Valentine’s M&Ms… I’m sure no one will notice…

… Right?

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The process is easy, you blow up a balloon (just a little bit) and tie off the end. Then, you melt some chocolate (I used leftover Chocoley from my chocolate bark)- you will need about 1 oz of chocolate per balloon, depending on the size. Insert balloon into chocolate, twirl to coat, and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden.

You will want to do this twice, if you can, to make the shells sturdier. I only dipped mine once and the shells were a bit more brittle than I’d have liked. But, hindsight is 20/20, am I right?

So, once the second dip has hardened, you pop the balloon, pull it out of the chocolate shell, et voila! Eggs! Then, all that’s left is to put a Peep in it (or two!).

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Partially inflate balloons to about the size of a small orange - I inflated mine until it just filled my palm but I don't know how big your hands are... :) Big enough to fit a peep into, that's how big you want it.
  2. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water) gently melt your chocolate, stirring until it is melted.
  3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the balloon into the chocolate, swirling to coat the bottom and sides of the balloon. Lift the balloon out of the chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden.
  4. Once all the balloons have been dipped, put the baking sheet in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes until the chocolate is hardened. Remove the sheet from the fridge, and dip the balloons a second time, returning to the parchment-lined baking sheet to re-harden.
  5. After the chocolate is completely set, pop the balloon and gently pull the balloon out of the chocolate shell. You may use scissors or a sharp knife to remove any unwanted chocolate stragglers.
  6. Fill chocolate shells with easter candy and top candy with Peeps.
http://wee-eats.com/2015/03/28/easter-peep-eggs/

thursday things – ramen, owls, and more

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During my birthday week last week, Mr. Eats and I tried a new ramen place in Tempe, AZ that was surprisingly tasty. If you find yourself in the Phoenix area craving ramen, stop by Umami in tempe and I’m pretty sure that you won’t be disappointed. It’s basically a “build-your-own” ramen bowl scenario – I chose miso broth, spicy corn, and roasted pork while Mr. Eats chose a paitan (chicken & pork) broth with chicken breast, soft-boiled egg, butter, corn, and double noodles. Both were super delicious.

Speaking of asian food, Korea apparently loves to watch people stuff their faces. I personally find few things to be more disgusting than watching someone eat, but I’m wondering if I should start moonlighting in this business, because I could make a freaking killing.

If you plan on pursuing face-stuffing as a career, scientists have found a way to cut the calories in your rice in half. And it’s super freaking easy. Continue reading

pistachio cherry bark

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Easter is just about two weeks away and, as you may remember from last year, that means that I have to put on my candy-making hat and hop on into the kitchen. Last year, feeling exceptionally motivated, I made peanut butter eggs. This year, however, I decided to cater to the less-motivated crowd with chocolate bark!

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thursday things – a very momofuku birthday

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It happened. On Monday I officially said “goodbye” to my 20s and dove headfirst into the big 3-0. I’m officially a grown up, and I know this because I got furniture for my birthday. Yep. Furniture.

Not only did I get furniture, but I was excited about it. EXCITED. ABOUT FURNITURE. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

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lucky charms cookies

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I’m usually late to the holiday party, but this year I’ve got it covered. Well, for one holiday at least.. assuming that you even count St. Patrick’s Day as a holiday that should be celebrated… Either way, these cookies are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day or, if you’re not into that, we can just call it Tuesday. What makes them so perfect for St. Patty’s? They are filled with the flavor of our beloved childhood favorite cereal – Lucky Charms! And everyone know their mascot is a leprechaun which means that cereal (and by proxy these cookies) are perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Assuming, of course, that you are celebrating the leprechaun-chasing, green-beer-drinking, shamrock-sporting, rainbow-chasing, pot-of-gold version and not the saintly actual St. Patrick version.  You could still celebrate the saintly version with these cookies, but they might not seem quite as relevant.

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