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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes


It's been a while since I've brought food in for my co-workers. Mostly busy... some tired feelings. And the lazy was in full effect. But all it takes is some call time and a rest day from the gym to finally make something.

Nothing to fancy here. Same cake I made for the one year, although I added more instant coffee and brewed coffee. Same buttercream, because I tend to make too much icing.

As I write this, there are one... maybe two left. And it's only 9:30.

Next time I'm using beer.

(If a picture doesn't post with this, it's all the app's fault. That's what I get for trying to blog on my phone.)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

I always see chicken recipes that call for the meat to be marinated in buttermilk before a dredging and then fried. As much as I love all things fried, I do not like frying in my kitchen. Too much mess. Ovens are easier. And it just happened I had boneless skinless chicken thighs and buttermilk that needed to be used.


Here's the rough recipe of my meal:


1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
Buttermilk
Old Bay Seasoning
Tony Cachere Creole Seasoning


Probably used about half of the buttermilk to cover the chicken. Let it sit on the counter for an hour while I worked on other things.


Pre-heated the over to 375degrees. Lightly greased a baking pan with some coconut oil spray. Seasoned half the meat with Old Bay, the other half Creole on both sides. Baked for 20ish minutes.


As much as I love Old Bay, it seemed pretty weak. Think I'll just stick to the Creole seasoning. And I'm surprised at the slight sweetness the chicken had... which I guess came from the buttermilk. I may just bake my chicken this way from now on.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Lotus Foods Jade Pearl Rice Ramen


The Blogger app on my new phone is a little glitchy, and my post... gone.

One of the things I'm missing most since going "gluten lite" are those instant ramen packs. Yeah, yeah, yeah I've heard how bad they are for you. But man, oh man... they cooked up quick and hit the spot. And of course before deciding to lay off the gluten I bought a bunch of ramen. Well thankfully I have a cousin living nearby and I'm sure she will appreciate the donation.

I was shopping in Honest Weight a few days ago when I spotted a new item. Gluten free ramen from Lotus Foods. They had three varieties to choose from - Forbidden Rice, Millet & Brown Rice, and Jade Pearl. The Jade Pearl noodles that I cooked up are as the package states "infused with chlorophyll-rich wild-crafted bamboo extract," and has a "delicious light vanilla taste." Hmm. 

Anticipating the miso soup would be on the bland side, I cut back on the water hoping for more flavor. Nope. Pretty bland. A dash of soy made it better but you're better off just buying the noodles separately and using your own better broth. The noodles were okay. Didn't catch that vanilla taste, but they cooked up fine and didn't clump (which I've found happens to rice noodles from time to time). I may tinker around with them and try using it for pancit or palabok. 


 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Hearts Day

I don’t know about you, but I am FREEZING! I’m shocked I went out at all this weekend.

It's been nothing special. Had breakfast at Graham’s and they had the corned beef hash. It’s been a while since they’ve had it available. Afterwards we stopped at the Beverage Barn to pick up some beer. There didn’t seem to be as much beer as I remember seeing in the past, but maybe they’re cutting back on their supply.

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The beers we bought were ones that I’ve been hearing about for the last week. The Saranac S’more Porter I had to try because my instructor works there. Plus, I’ve heard from classmates that it really does taste like a s’more. They weren’t lying – you open the bottle and get that chocolate-y marshmallow aroma, and when you drink it you can taste the graham cracker. It was okay. I liked it, but it’s weird… best way I can describe it.

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The other beer we bought was Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery. Recently released in the area, figured why not. Support Michigan beer. Six pack cost 20 bucks.

Ugh.

It’s wasn’t bad. Not necessarily something I’ll be buying often. Price tag kills it for me.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Brewers Wanted Launch Event @ Shmaltz Brewing

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Last night Shmaltz Brewing held a launch event for their newest beer, Brewers Wanted. Well, it’s not new new… more like newish. It used to be Statewide Pale Ale, a beer they made in collaboration with some local breweries and made with state grown barley and hops. I believe Shmaltz has taken over the beer since then and has re-named it Brewers Wanted.

Most of the people there were involved in the program in some form. There were representatives from SCCC, Workforce Development, Saratoga Eagle (beverage distributor), Price Chopper, possibly some local government people. Kevin from Rare Form was there and had a beer on tap… I think I remember hearing it was the first guest tap they’ve had. I don’t remember which beer it was. Maybe Sabbatical?

Half of the class showed up, although we’re missing one in that shot. Drinking beers, talking about beers. All around good time. And we found out there is a national competition that school based brewing programs can participate in. Pretty exciting!

Next week, Price Chopper will be selling Brewers wanted in their stores. It’s also on tap at The Ruck, but it may not be there to long. 

PS- Deanna and Otis were also there so I’d depend on them for a better write up of the event.