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Entries in food (50)

Wednesday
Jun272012

july 4th bbq ::: festive sprinkles

Apparently this year for July 4th all I care about are food related posts. So here's another—with fun sprinkles! After crossing paths with these festive red-white-blue balls, I knew they needed to be used in something like this ice cream sandwich. But taking these photos made me think "perhaps something that doesn't melt would be better". Like smothering rice crispy bars with nutella and then sprinkles. YUM.

Hope you're having a fantastic mid-week workday!

Wednesday
Jun202012

july 4th bbq ::: frozen lemonade *sugar free

I love lemonade in the summer. But at the store when I checked for frozen lemonade, sadly there were slim pickings without corn syrup. This leaves one option—make my own. Recipe below!

::: honey herb lemonade :::

12 lemons or 2 cups of lemon juice
3/4 cup local honey
Handful fresh basil (or rosemary or favorite herb)
1 cup + 8 cups water

Make a simple syrup using 1 cup water and the honey. Combine in a small saucepan and bring to boil. Turn off heat and add the fresh herbs. Set aside while you prepare lemon juice and water. Combine both mixtures together (your preference whether to leave in herbs or not). Taste test to make sure it has your desired tart or sweetness!

Freeze in cupcake liners and definitely put them in the cupcake pan. I found these pretty liners at Hobby Lobby, and I think they might be made with wax paper. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a big bowl of ice with these set up for your July 4th BBQ!? Oh yes, indeed it would.

Recipe based of a printout from Honey.com

Monday
Jun112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 3

Happy Monday!

Another herb garden post for you! I needed a way to store leftover seeds and after seeing these Williams-Sonoma envelopes, I decided to make my own. And of course I HAD to share the FREE DOWNLOAD with you too. Be sure to pass along if you know a gardener!

If you missed the first two posts, be sure to check out the links below.

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Wednesday
May302012

mini yogurt popsicles

One of my favorite trial runs for a recent bbq was making these mini popsicles with yogurt. Mix the simple ingredients using this recipe by Joylicious and plop into an ice cube tray. I also want to try variations like posted on Katie's Pencil Box. Deliciousness. And I love them being appetizer size for snacking without the commitment.

Wednesday
May232012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 2

My how starting from seeds takes time. Remember when I posted my herb garden part 1? Just recentely I felt they were worthy of the title garden. And yes, I cheated by adding a purchased lavender, chive, and dill plant. In case you were wondering why everything looks so large and plush.

For garden markers I didn't get too crazy. Popsicle sticks with stamped lettering is all I need for this simple bucket o'herbs.

Anyone else have herb gardens to share?

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Monday
Apr302012

underground dinner in feast magazine

It is nearly MAY. How does this happen? So much to tell you...let's see. Sorry to drop off the planet last week! It was a I-can-hardly-catch-my-breath-life-is-going-in-too-many-directions kind of week. The green smoothie challenge turned out fine, and it IS true. After the three days of misery it was a cake walk. Six full days of fresh veggies and fruits. NOW...

on to the post feature: an underground dinner experience in FEAST magazine.

Local winery. Local chef. Local magazine. Splendid evening.

Remember this catering display I worked on a while back? Well, I was able to attend an incredible event by the same caterers, entre, and even more exciting—the evening is the feature article in a local magazine, FEAST.

Quick details about the event. Entre Underground is a monthly event where the menu and location are kept secret until the day of. My husband and I wanted to participate and we decided to jump at the chance for the overnight experience (knowing it included a bed & breakfast). We were given directions to Hermannhof Vineyards and packed our bags!

To begin the evening we checked into our AMAZING hillside cottage overlooking the Missouri River. From there we headed to the newly remodeled vineyard grainery to munch on hors d'oeuvres and wine. Then made our way over the the 150-year-old, stone-carved caves of the winery cellar for a five-course candlelit dinner. Just remembering makes me feel so dreamy! The relaxing continued into the morning with breakfast, followed by a lazy drive back to St. Louis through many of the small winery towns on a drizzly Sunday.

Everything a getaway should be.

For the full article and menu visit here and to view more images of the event go here.

All photography by Jennifer Silverberg for FEAST magazine. (Center images of the magazine spread by me)

Monday
Apr232012

day three of misery {green smoothie week}

A little delayed on creative projects, so instead I give you my current misery: a week of green smoothies. By week I actually mean 5 full days and I'm not sure I'll make it. Hunger is SO debilitating for me! At this point (day 3—supposedly the worst day), I can't remember why I am doing this or for that matter why anyone does this. Morning aren't bad but afternoon and evenings I am a complete wreck.

A few resources I've found helpful:
5 Day Green Smoothie Challenge (for breakfast) by A Beautiful Mess
With Style & Grace (my favorite juicer/health nerd, including this pumpkin smoothie)

Any of you tried the craziness of quasi-fasting? Any other tips. Perhaps it's easier if you don't work from home—where the kitchen is taunting you 24/7?

Monday
Apr162012

diy bokashi bucket composting

Happy Monday! This coming Sunday is Earth Day so this week will feature earth friendly posts. Today I'm sharing my latest eco venture—Bokashi composting.

why bokashi composting?

No smell. Does not attract insects. Low maintenance. Quick and convenient. Small scale. Bokashi creates a liquid that is steroids for house & yard plants (called bokashi tea). You can ferment ANYTHING, including meat and dairy, dead leaves, paper, etc. Did I mention no smell???

Bokashi mix is also great for eliminating the stink in kitty litter boxes AND you could make an outdoor bin for dog doo doo if you'd like a better way to discard dog waste (do not use this as compost for edible plants).

what is bokashi?

Originating in Japan, bokashi is perfect for urban dwellers with little space because it can be kept indoors. The bokashi mix contains effective microorganisms (EM) that ferment the food, as opposed to letting food decompose. If you are interested in learning more about the biology in layman terms, this is a good read. I purchased my bokashi mixture from this local store for $12. It is also available online or you can make your own bokashi if you are really hard core.

step by step of using bokashi

Here is what composting looks like for me. Once the bucket is made (directions below), you throw in a few handfuls of bokashi and then start a layer of food.

Every time food is added another handful of bokashi is thrown on top, then I use plastic bag to keep it airtight before adding the bucket lid.

I only add scraps every 2-3 days, so in the mean time I collect food in a plastic container that is stored in the freezer.

Once the entire bucket is full (which has only taken me about one month!) it is sealed for two weeks. Note: Because there is this two week gap, we are probably going to make a second bucket. After this point the pickled food will need work (or maybe you can hand off to a gardner you know). Bokashi bucket contents need to be buried underground for 2-4 weeks in order to become actual compost. Once I complete this step I'll update the post about my experience.

diy bokashi bucket

TOOLS // Electric drill.
SUPPLIES // Two 5-gallon buckets (or large tupperware or kitty litter buckets), screen cut to fit bucket, bucket lid, and bokashi mix.

Optional: Spigot, O-rings, and a connecting side.

Take one bucket and drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

The spigot goes on the bucket without holes and was slightly complicated. And I'm not sure it's necessary. Once we drilled a hole for the spigot and screwed it into the connecting side, we still had to use calking to seal it for leaks. Do over, I'd skip this. We have yet to accumulate enough "bokashi tea" to use the spigot. Instead, you could lift up the inside bucket every 3-4 days and dump out the tea that has accumulated.

Once finished you have: outside bucket with or w/o spigot, inside holy bucket containing the screen, and then a lid. Rough cost estimate: Buckets $3 ea, used screen free, lid $3, spigot + rings + connector $7, bokashi mix $12, totaling $28. You can also purchase pre-made bucket sets for around $60.

bokashi wrap up

All this may sound really complicated but I promise it is not bad at all. This post is long because I wanted to give a general overview of this composting method. So far I really like using bokashi and it's been really convenient. Feel free to ask any questions about getting started, I am no professional but feel somewhat knowledgeable!

Happy heart the earth week!

Resources used for DIY: Bokashi Blog, Just Like My Nan Made, Lulu-Lenore

Wednesday
Apr112012

how does your {herb} garden grow? ::: pt 1

One of my projects in the making—an herb garden! It has taken some serious patience to wait for these little guys to grow enough for pics, and hopefully soon I will be able to transplant them into pots (and then someday eat). It takes so long...ugh.

To make these starters, I used an egg cutter to cut off the tops of the eggs. Using eggs is just more fun than egg cartons or seed containers. I also used the wrong soil (contains plant food) but most of them have sprouted so I think they'll turn out ok.

How about you? Any edibles in the works?

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Friday
Mar162012

pot o'gold rainbow cupcakes

Just a wee bit delayed on this weeks post! Gearing up for this weekends celebration with a pre-party last night, and wanted to go all out with these pretty cupcakes!

These were no small feat, even though I used a box mix. But every once in a while it's worth it to go all out, right? The buttercream frosting even has a layer of gold shimmer (sigh). Deep down I might believe these are too pretty to eat...