Tag Archives: Cooking

Weekend Update and Cake Baking!

24 Nov

Happy Sunday!

It’s officially only 2 days until Thanksgiving Break begins, and only two days until I am reunited with this lovely lady:

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My twin is just too cute! 🙂

This weekend has been pretty low key: lots of homework, cleaning, workouts…I am so ready for the madness that is Fall Quarter to be over!  However, I did have some excitement yesterday in the form of:

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Cake!  My lovely bf worked for a cake company, so I convinced him that I needed cake after surviving this week.  So we made snickerdoodle cake!  I honestly was too busy eating cake batter and frosting to remember the ingredients he used (sorry, no recipe) but know that I enjoyed my cake! #yolo

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Yes, I am a college student, and therefore I am too lazy to use a plate to eat off of 😉

What is your favorite type of cake?

–The Twins

 

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Risotto Master

1 Nov

It’s official. I’m a risotto master.

Jokes aside, I’m actually quite proud of how this turned out. Risotto isn’t the easiest thing in the world to make, BUT if you have a solid 1 1/2 hours to kill, I would highly suggest going for it.

Never made risotto before? Here’s how:

If you’ve been following our little blog for a while, you’ll know that I (Hanna) don’t really like to use recipes. Ok, so I use them more as “suggestions.” If you religiously follow recipes when you cook, here’s a great one.

Start with some chicken broth. Warm it on LOW while you chop up your veggies. You want it to be lightly simmering (not boiling) by the time you use it.

You’ll also want some arborio rice (risotto rice). Trader Joe’s has a great option.

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Chop veggies! Onions, garlic and mushrooms are great additions to risotto.

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This is a two-pan job. Use one to heat the chicken broth, and the other to cook the veggies.

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After the veggies cook down a little bit, add your risotto. Keep it in the pan for a good minute or two to get it nice and toasty.

THEN comes the difficult part. Add the chicken stock to the veggies/risotto in 1 cup increments, stirring until the rice absorbs it all up!

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Yum!

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Have you tried making risotto before?

–The Twins

What We Ate Wednesday

10 Jul

Hey All!

It’s time for another What We Ate Wednesday!  As always, thanks to Peas and Crayons for hosting!  Here are some of our fabulous eats for this week:

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Open face lettuce wraps!  Ours feature turkey, garlic aioli mustard from Trader Joes (we’re seriously addicted to this mustard, you must try it), and onions.  Delish!

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Homemade healthy cookies!  We just mashed one banana with one cup of oats, then added mix ins of choice (chocolate chips and crushed peanut butter filled pretzels) and formed into cookie balls.  The cookies bake at 350 for about 10 minutes 🙂  Fast and easy recipes for the win!

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A perfect pre run snack–grapes and pb2!  Let us know in the comments below what you would choose for a pre run snack…we want to hear your ideas 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

–The Twins

Healthy Ice Cream

12 Jun

Healthy. Ice Cream. Two words you don’t expect to see right next to each other, am I right? So I’m going to change that 🙂 I think it is possible to eat ice cream without any shame!

I’m sure a few of our readers at least know of POP Pilates. If not, click on the link now! Cassie Ho (founder of Blogilates/POP Pilates) is absolutely amazing.  Her workouts are so fun!

Anyway…this weekend I was looking for something sweet after dinner (as always! I need to break that habit!).  I came across this recipe for “Easy Two Ingredient Ice Cream.”  Of course I was sold!

You ready? Don’t say I didn’t warn you…this stuff is addicting!

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Easy, Healthy Ice Cream
(recipe by Cassie Ho of Blogilates)

1 banana (frozen into mini coins)
1 scoop nut butter

Blend until ice cream consistency (add almond milk if necessary)

Trial #1: Saturday Night

I have a love-hate relationship with the blender.  It is terribly hard to put together and take apart and it just has trouble breaking up frozen fruit (which is not good seeing as this recipe consists of just frozen fruit and nut butter!).  Five minutes later, this…

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….became….

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Definitely NOT ice cream.  However, it was a very VERY good milkshake sans the milk.

Trial #2: Monday Night

Two days after Trial #1 I caved. I was craving ice cream. Confession: The only reason I didn’t also make it on Sunday was because I had frozen yogurt. Hey! You only live once.

I learned something from Trial #1: Don’t use the blender! I experimented with the hand blender this time…

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Which resulted in….

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A cross between a milkshake and ice cream consistency. Cassie can somehow get it thicker (more like ice cream) and I don’t know how! I guess I will have to keep trying 😉

–Hanna