Influenster recently reached out to me and asked me to be a regular contributor to their blog, The Hub! They’ve featured a few of my posts already from this blog, but now I’ll be writing new and original posts for them! This weeks new post was my cauliflower crust pizza. If you guys read my blog, then you know how much I freakin’ LOVE pizza. Unfortunately, my body has decided it doesn’t like metabolizing fat any more. Stupid late 20s… So, I tried this healthy version from One Little Project at a Time! Check out the recipe at The Hub!
This weekend the startup I work for, Decisive Health, won the Livestrong Big C Competition! It was a competition for healthcare startups who are innovating patient-centered care and we were chosen as the People’s Choice winner and final winner receiving $25K in funding! Now you can’t have a celebration without cake, so I decided to make a yummy chocolate cake. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any buttermilk, but I did have a bottle of red wine that was gifted to me. I’m not a drinker, but I definitely am a big baker and scientist! Buttermilk is usually used in cake recipes as it is acidic and it reacts with the baking soda creating tiny little bubbles giving you a nice tender cake. Well, red wine is also acidic, so there is my substitute. The alcohol bakes off in the high temperatures and you’re left with this fudgy delicious cake. The dark chocolate ganache added a little richness to the cake and it turned out so frickin’ good! My co-workers practically inhaled this stuff. So if you have a bottle of wine and don’t know what to do with it, turn it into a cake. Cake > wine. At least in my world.
I received a free week of Blue Apron meals from fellow blogger! I actually tried them a few months ago and canceled because I thought their vegetarian meals were too bland. I guess Indian food has spoiled me. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try again and I was pretty happy I did. This soup was one of the best meals of the week! It sounded like such a fancy schmancy soup, because fennel to me is a fancy schmancy vegetable. Fennel seeds are the only fennel product ever used in Indian food, so I never actually worked with the vegetable before. This recipe takes advantage of all the parts of the plant, pollen, fronds, bulb and stem! I was worried the fennel flavor would take over, but it was quite subtle. It’s full of different flavors and textures. Sweet, savory, crunchy and tender all take your mouth on this crazy ride. As usual, I added more garlic, because in my world there can never be enough. This hearty soup is great for fall and it only takes 30 minutes to make!
Rosemary, from the Nish Kitchen, asked me to do a guest post about an Indian snack that isn’t really known to most people. I shared my mom’s recipe for kichu aka padi nu lot with her. It’s a simple and delicious Gujarati recipe that you have to try! Sticky, spicy, warm, and comforting. Check it out on the Nish Kitchen!
I went to Hong Kong earlier this summer and became hugely obsessed with bubble tea. It’s such a weird texture that you can’t help but enjoy it. To continue with my pumpkin spice extravaganza (check out my Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Spice Caramel posts!), I decided to marry my two favorite things in the world. I bought my tapioca pearls and jumbo straws on Amazon and got to work! The flavor of the black tea and pumpkin spice works really well together and it’s super easy to make! In addition, you can increase or decrease the amount of milk, tea, and tapioca pearls to match your preference. Try it for yourself!
You ever bite off more than you can chew? I did that with Tomoson. Tomoson is a website that connects bloggers with companies so that bloggers can try out their products. I recently signed up hoping to find some new and fun food items! Well, I got a little too excited and went nuts on kitchen tools. My bad. This time I got this pretty dual salt and pepper grinder. Look at it….isn’t it pretty? Stainless steel, black and white, it’s just so aesthetically pleasing. Which is exactly why I signed up to review it. Does it work? Yes- pretty damn well actually. And I’m not going to lie, but I’m kind of loving the fact that I can use one tool to season my food versus two. Efficiency for the win!
So what did I make with this eye-pleasing gadget? Cacio e Pepe aka pasta, cheese, pepper and salt. Nothing can be easier than this. Anyone can make this meal…ANYone. I made this fresh and mildly spicy pasta from CHOW and changed it so it feeds 2 people, rather than the Brady Bunch. Try it for yourself when your taste buds need a break or need some simple and fresh!
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Mmmm.. cheeeseee. It is the sole reason why I’m not a vegan. It’s warming, inviting, cozy, and everything good in the world. This month is Non-GMO month and to celebrate Rumiano
cheese sent me 5 coupons for free cheese! Yes, I was THAT girl in the check out line with $30 bucks worth of cheese handing over coupons holding everyone up.
They make their cheese in my current home-state of California and are the oldest family-owned cheese company here. This cheese is super vegetarian safe as they don’t use any animal rennet in making their cheese. Instead they use an organic microbial coagulant. (The science nerd in me was intrigued here, but I’ll save you from all my nerdyness). Rumiano cheese can be found pretty much everywhere. I bought mine at Safeway, but you can also find them in Whole Foods.
Now to the good stuff, pizza. Being a Jersey girl means I have probably eaten 10x my weight in pizza over my lifespan. The reason why pizza is so amazing out there is the thin crust and amazing tomato sauce. But all that goodness isn’t the healthiest. So I tried to make my own healthy version of pizza using lavash bread. It only takes 15 minutes! A nice quick dinner or appetizer on one of those nights where you’re feeling lazy, which in my case is pretty much every other day.
Now Rumiano Cheese has been kind enough to let me host a giveaway! One luck winner (within the 48 contiguous states) will win 5 coupons for FREE Rumiano cheese and be able to spend their nights like this:
Enter below! (Ends October 13th @ midnight)
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com
. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.