Monday, December 5, 2011

Video Game: Forest of Words

A project that was assigned to me in class was to write an informative video game script.  Here is Forest of Words: a spelling game for elementary school children.

Holiday Baking- Candied Pretzels

Candied pretzels make one of the easiest and scrumptious holiday traditions of my past. If you have children, they will love these (I know I did).

1 pkg of vanilla almond bark
1 large bag of pretzels
Red and Green Sprinkles

Crush pretzels in bag.  You DO NOT want dust so do not crush them too much.  After pretzels are broken up enough, break almond bark into squares.  Put just the almond bark in a large pot and turn on stove to low-medium heat.  Make sure to keep stirring so bark does not burn to the bottom of the pan. After the bark has melted all the way through, add pretzels and stir.  Lay out wax paper/foil and spoon tablespoon sized pretzel clusters onto paper.  Add sprinkles and let them harden.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving has passed... but one can be thankful anytime of the year correct?! And if there is one thing I am thankful for all year round, it is pie.  In lieu of the holiday spirit I have a delicious pumpkin pie recipe to share. This is also a family recipe.  Both of my parents come from the south which means southern homestyle cooking is where I grew up and have taken a lot of that to heart when I am cooking/baking.  Therefore, this is no ordinary pumpkin pie. It is a molasses pumpkin pie!

1 12oz can of pumpkin
3/4 cup of evaporated milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp of Molasses (I always add a bit more)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
pie crust (frozen or homemade)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix sugar, eggs, and spices all together. Add pumpkin and molasses. Slowly beat in evaporated milk. Pour mixture into pie dish.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes.  Check mixture with a toothpick/knife to make sure middle is not runny.

Let it cool for 2 hours.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ma's Cheese Stuffed Shells

There is nothing like the cravings of a mother's cooking.  Unless your mother was a horrible cook and in the case, I feel bad for you my friend.  As I was pondering what food I most loved that mom made, I realized there is not a lot that does not include meat.  My family loves meat... they live in Iowa, land of corn and most importantly- cows! As I was running through my recipe book I came across these Stuffed Shells. It is a Italian meal perfect for a cold night that will leave you full for a day.

1 box of jumbo shells
1 1/2 lb ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
8 oz mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
Handful of fresh chopped parsley
2 jars of your favorite tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put shells in a large pot filled with water.  Boil shells for 10-15 minutes (watch to make sure shells do not begin to split).  In a 9x13 casserole dish, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom.  Meanwhile in a separate big bowl- combine ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses with the eggs, parsley, salt and pepper.  Once shells are to the medium soft stage, drain and let set to cool for a little while but not too much or the shells will start to stick together (to help this, add olive oil when shells are boiling).  Once shells are cool enough to touch, stuff the shells with cheese filling and place in casserole dish.  Pour desired sauce amount over the stuffed shells.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Serve with garlic bread or baguette.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Animal Abuse Website

  It looks as if my latest version of my "Animal Abuse" website did not save unfortunately.  Dreamweaver... if only I could say a couple of things on this website about you that were appropriate.  One positive side, the links were easy to create.  The website that I have created is not that great, but honestly it is on a very important topic that everyone should know about and try and do something to help the situation.  Even though it's not that great of a website, check it out.  Please and Thanks!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Breakfast has to be the best meal of the day, especially after a long night.  What is even better than breakfast at 2 p.m., cheap breakfast.  And if you did not feel like going out to eat because you seem to be paralyzed from exhaustion- this meal would be very easy to make at home.  The restaurant is called The Other Place, the meal: Greek Breakfast. 2 scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes, onions, and feta.  The side dish was just simple hash browns and toast.  Delicious and nutritious! Hears to the morning after a very long night. Cheers!

Monday, October 3, 2011

I Left My Heart, and Stomach, in San Francisco

   This last weekend was... AMAZING.  A short vacation to San Francisco hit the spot, and so did their food there.  Block after block was one cute cafe to a trendy sushi place.  I ended up eating at a nice little diner that served all types of food, but the food I was searching for in particular was the falafel wrap.  If you have not had a falafel look at this link to a great recipe:


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall.

  RIP wonderful summer. It has been filled with adventures, sunburns, good food, and fun times with amazing friends.  To send this summer off right I went to Eva's, one of my favorite restraunts and is located on  317 South Main Street, to enjoy a fresh watermelon salad.  This is a $7.00 light dinner/snack and worth every penny.  Eating out is very enjoyable, however it is easy (and cheap) to make at home if you are feeling the need to stay in.  I tweaked this recipe a little from what is served at Eva's.  

         -Cherry Tomatoes
         -Balsamic Vinegar
         -Cracked Pepper

Cut up watermelon into bit size squares and put in bowl.  Add basil, feta, and cherry tomatoes.  Pour desired amount of balsamic vinegar on top.  Garnish with pepper.

Here is the link to a food review for Eva's.  Food is great and cheap, the service is just okay.

Monday, September 19, 2011


    This post is going to be short and sweet.  It's been a crazy weekend full of smashed cars and dealing with insurance companies and we all know where that leads... a food that makes us feel better.   Just got back from Shanghai Cafe which is located on 1300 South and 145 East.  The comfort food-vermicelli noodle salad.  It is comparable to raman noodles with shredded lettuce, tofu, sprouts, peanut shreds, and a peanut curry sauce.  Eat this, and you are guaranteed to feel better. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Black Widow Cafe

How can one tell that there is enjoyment in what they are eating when surrounded by others who are eating the same meal as you- Silence. This is exactly what occurred today when I dined at The Black Widow Cafe in Sugarhouse: 837 East 2100 South.  I happened upon their succulent vegetarian sandwich:  A thinner bread with a tomato base, goat cheese, spinach, portobello mushrooms, onions, and it was all covered in a tangy balsamic sauce.  Sounds overwhelming, but the flavors compliment each other nicely.  The sandwiches came with a side salad, house potatoes, or soup.  I had the salad : none of the iceberg lettuce shenanigans, but a nice 50/50 blend with homemade raspberry dressing, diced almonds, and thinly sliced cucumbers that were wrapped nicely around the salad to make a very elegant display.  Not only was this delicious, it was beautiful.   How much did this cost you ask? A mere $8.00.  Very reasonably priced and the service was brilliant.  People happy who are happy to be creating such a comfortable and tasty environment.  Not only am I satisfied, here is the review link to see what others have to say as well: 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Avocado Tacos

A light, easy, cheap summer meal.  The best part about this lunch or dinner- it can be a light snack, or you can make it a full meal.  The most expensive, but main, ingredients is the avocado.

        8 corn/flour tortillas
        1/2 onion
        2 or 3 tomatoes
        3 avocados
        1 Lemon
        Lemon Pepper
        Chili Flakes

Dice onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.  Put the onions in the skillet on medium heat with a tsp of olive oil. Add lemon pepper, chili flakes, and salt to flavor as desired. Cook onions until a little soft, but still has a crunch.  Turn stove to a low heat and add the tomatoes.  You just want to warm them, but do not let them get to the point of mushiness.  While tomatoes are warming, cube avocados and heat up tortillas in a separate skillet.  Build taco. Add cilantro and spritz with lemon. Enjoy!