thursday things

whole 30 chipotle steak salad

Cooks & Books rounded up some of the internet’s healthy and delicious recipes and was sweet enough to include my barbacoa steak salad (pictured above). You can see that recipe and more on their website!

Nigella Lawson is now on instagram.

F&W claimed they were showing us how to poach a dozen eggs at once… although it’s actually more of “how to bake a dozen eggs at once” but who’s really paying attention anyway?

Nabisco has outdone themselves again with Red Velvet Oreos – which will be made available to us normies on Feb 2nd. At which time, as your faithful Oreo tester, I will promptly scoop some up and let you know how they are.

red velvet oreo

Matthew Inman created a Kickstarter campaign to launch the best card game since Cards Against Humanity… and reached 10,000% of their goal in less than 7 hours.

Conan O’Brien visited the Taco Bell HQ and created a few of his own menu items.

Meanwhile Japan taught 100 robots how to do the robot and revolutionized the dessert world with clear mochi cake.

As I’ve been approaching the end of yet another Whole 30, I feel healthy and energized! I’ve been eating lots of whole-30-approved things like stuffed peppers, lettuce wraps, steak salad, and healthy stir fry

All while experiencing some serious cravings for things like…

This poblano mac and cheese from Annie’s Eats

annie's eats poblano mac

A Periodic Table’s mochi cake.


Movita’s finnish pulla


These multigrain pancakes with bananas foster syrup from Crumb.

bananas foster pancake

And this meatball sub from Serious Eats


Are you sensing a theme here?

thursday things – new years diets, ben and jerry, and baymax cookies

new years someecard

Happy Thursday, everyone!

If you’re still working on that New Year’s diet, good for you! You’ve made it halfway through the month! If not, then who cares? That’s what next year is for!

Chipotle is trying to help you diet (and warming your heart) by nixing carnitas at 1/3 of their locations due to animal welfare violations at one of their main suppliers.

Even science is trying to make us feel better by saying that we don’t need to diet every day… We just need to work two days of mini-fasting into our routines to reduce our appetites and burn up stored fat.

In case you’re STILL not convinced, let us discuss again why you definitely should not wash your raw chicken… Now with germ-o-vision!

Real Simple provides the ultimate food storage chart, though I’ve never seen onions last two months at room temperature in my house… Perhaps if I lived in the tundra.

Lucky Peach, that fancy magazine from Chef David Chang, went global on the interwebs – check it out for “a tossed salad of weird and original stories and ideas,” but I’m mostly looking at those killer ramen recipes… just sayin.

I found my new favorite way to read the news.


And my new favorite way to smite my enemies

Ben & Jerry’s announced my new favorite ice cream flavors their new core flavors for 2015 … AND THEY’RE AWESOME.

Cadbury fans are freaking out about the new creme filling in their Cadbury eggs. Don’t worry, guys, it’s only in the UK. Your US eggs are safe (for now).

3D-printed desserts are now a thing…

Rachel Ray shows us how to resuscitate our stale bread, though I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t vouch for it.

With my birthday coming up in March, if anyone wants to make me some of these Baymax cookies to cry into while I say “goodbye” to my 20’s, I will love you forever.

thursday things – a kitten, a marshmallow, and a crying child


My father in law has recently acquired a new kitten. The thing is completely insane and out of control but he’s so itty bitty and adorable I can’t help but love him. LOOK AT HIS GIANT KITTY EARS! LOOK AT THEM! I believe he is still unnamed so feel free to make any suggestions below and I will pass them along.

Counselors are now using cooking to fight depression and build confidence; who knew?

Sure we know that cereal (and other food things) are fortified with iron for our health, but did you know that it can actually make your cereal magnetic? Here is a fun experiment you can use, straight from your middle-school science class!

I realize it’s not exactly rocket surgery, but David Lebowitz has made a guide on how to line a baking pan with aluminum foil like a boss. Although I usually use that method to line my pans, I end up ripping the foil anyway because I’m incompetent.

cat marshmallow

Japan kicks our ass again by having these adorable cat-mallows. They even have step-by-step ordering instructions for those of us who don’t read Japanese! If only I had seen these in time for Christmas!

Speaking of Christmas, not sure what to get your frenemies (or just straight up enemies)? Lucky for you, The Poke has compiled a list of perfect gifts to get for the people you hate.

If you haven’t seen The Hater’s Guide to the Williams Sonoma Holiday Catalog – you need to check it out now. It includes gems like this one:


And hipsters are bringing their own spirit to the holiday this year by decorating their dirty hipster beards.

Tasting Table helps you decorate your holiday table.

Apartment Therapy teaches us how to tie the perfect bow for your presents.

And below you can watch a tiny child cry while you get to laugh hysterically at them. It’s ok, you’re not a bad person, their own dad is laughing at them too.

thursday things – christmas is coming and other stuff



Speaking of Christmas,  I heard a story on the radio about the Swedish Christmas Goat they put up every year in Sweden… which is promptly destroyed… every year. I left last year’s handiwork below for your enjoyment. Trust me, you’ll want to see it.

If you want to take your ugly sweater up a notch this year, try out an ugly sweater suit!

I’m not one for celebrity gossip (just kidding, EVERYONE loves celebrity gossip… amiright?) – If you have ever wondered how Giada stays so trim, you can now know her secret.

You can finally buy your Girl Scout cookies online.

Kickstarter strikes again, this time with Pantelligent – the world’s smartest frying pan.

Christmas came early in Japan, since you can now drink your cookies – no chewing required. Up next – injectable cookies?

And in Australia Pizza Hut developed a Dorito-crusted pizza.

Meanwhile, here in the US, all we get is a grilled cheese cronut. Actually, that’s amazing. And only requires a tube of crescents and some velveeta cheese. I can feel my arteries clogging just thinking about it…


If you, like so many of us, are struggling to stay motivated, this article from Pinch of Yum couldn’t have come at a better time … Even though it’s targeting bloggers, the post has some great advice that could really be applied to avoiding burnout in any career path or even just in every day life. I highly recommend reading it.

And if reading isn’t really your thing (then you probably haven’t made it this far down the page) but you must check out this podcast. Anyway, It’s call “Serial” and you can download it for free. SO GO DO IT NOW! YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!

Here’s the synopsis:

“On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.”

AREN’T YOU ALREADY GETTING SUCKED IN? Every week I keep meaning to tell you all about it and EVERY WEEK I forget… which is CRAZY because this podcast is crazy good. So check it out if you have a minute.

And now, more celebrities reading mean tweets because IT’S AMAZING.



thursday things – the 2014 thanksgiving special!


Take a walk down memory lane with 20 years of Thanksgiving food trends.

Did you know that you could celebrate a fast food Thanksgiving (think “semi-homemade” – Sandra would be proud)… sadly that stuffing actually sounds really freaking good.

Meanwhile Food52 comes to the aid of your gluten-free guests.

King Arthur Flour answers the age-old question about what makes the best pie crust: Butter or Shortening? (Hint: IT’S BUTTER!)

New York Times has Thanksgiving across the states – what is your states dish? Arizona’s is apparently cranberry sauce with chiles.

And The Kitchn showed us how to make our entire Thanksgiving meal in the slow cooker. Of course, then you would need like six slow cookers, but who’s counting?

This Philly delicatessen has turkey-shaped mozzarella.


And Salt & Straw has released a turkey flavored ice cream… that supposedly is actually pretty good.

Make your life easier on Turkey Day and cut down on those tears by nuking those onions before you chop them.

And DON’T BASTE THAT TURKEY because if Alton Brown doesn’t do it then neither should you.

If you still need to stock up on Thanksgiving gear, check out last year’s Thanksgiving Survival Kit with all the gear you need to get you through the holiday unscathed.

If you are heading out to the grocery store, Serious Eats will hook you up with a a printable list of your Thanksgiving pantry essentials.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

The turkey is sacred territory to pretty much everyone out there, so I won’t touch that one with a ten foot pole. I will, however, give you some side dish ideas! This year hubby’s dad is making the turkey, so side dishes are all we need to worry about anyway!

Last year I made this sweet potato casserole recipe from Some Kitchen Stories and it was delicious.


This classic sage and sausage stuffing from Serious Eats is sure to please your Turkey Day guests.


Though Thanksgiving isn’t generally a time for experiments, I’d definitely give these slow cooker mashed potatoes from Gimme Some Oven a whirl


Of course it’s always good to have a nice, light salad on hand, but you don’t want it to be boring. That’s where A Periodic Table’s Asian Pear & Fennel Salad comes into play.


And let’s diverge from that murky green bean casserole and enjoy some of Pink Parsley’s crispy green bean fries instead.

green bean fries

I’m obligated to make this praline pumpkin cake every year or else Mr. Eats will kill me… in fact it may have been in the fine print of our marriage contract. “Must make pumpkin cake at least once a year”..  If you want to go the more traditional route, try the creamiest pumpkin pie in the world.

praline pumpkin cake


And don’t forget to make miniature versions of everything to serve to your hamster.