A Balanced Diet is a Cookie in Each Hand

I love the Superbowl. Less for the football, more for the fact that it gives me an excuse to bake or cook in large quantities 🙂

This year, I took on the responsibility of making dinner for my whole family. Which also meant a game-time snack to keep the troops going. Luckily, I stumbled upon this recipe for Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies! Man, is that name long.

Anyway, this turned out to be the perfect recipe for the occasion. Really quick, with most ingredients being things you’ll probably already have at home. I didn’t go full vegan as the recipe calls for and used regular milk, regular chocolate chips, and regular sugar, but I did skip the eggs 🙂

I was tasked with a Trader Joe’s run that afternoon though, which was fine since I needed to pick up muesli or rolled oats for these cookies anyway. I got to TJ’s only to find out that they DISCONTINUED all Muesli – my mom’s favorite Blueberry Muesli and my substitute for the recipe’s rolled oats. Ah, well, finally decided to give in and just sacrificed the very little cereal we had left at home for these cookies.

Look at them…aren’t they perfect! Only took 8 mins to bake which meant I could have them out quickly for the starved spectators at home.

But wait, we haven’t even gotten to dinner yet. Stay tuned for another post about that adventure 🙂

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Life is a Combination of Magic & Pasta

Apologies for the lull, but I’m back! This time, with a long overdue pasta experiment – truffle butter.

Yeah, I know, truffle butter? Aside from its lackluster meaning in popular culture (thanks Nicki Minaj), it’s also super expensive and a luxury item. Nonetheless, a friend of mine recently decided to give it a try so I found myself at her place one day with the materials ready for a culinary experiment.

We loosely followed this truffle butter pasta recipe with some additions and modifications:

  • Pasta: Trader Joe’s Organic Pasta – Vegetable Radiatore
  • Added veggies: Cooked broccoli & brussel sprouts and sauteed onions
  • Sauces: Truffle Butter and some store-bought Pesto

The verdict? It actually came out well, but really needed the pesto for a stronger taste. Truffle butter on its own is actually pretty mild, so I’d suggest mixing with another sauce and even adding some chilies to spice it up a bit. Can’t say I’d splurge on truffle butter in the future but worth a try at some point and I’m sure there are more interesting things you can do with it beyond a simple pasta!

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Happiness is a Warm Puppy

Happy National Dog Day to the cutest little guy I know! I so wish he was mine..but alas, it looks like I will have many years of longing, “aww”-ing at every dog I see on the street, and driving by the dog park ahead of me. Until then, Simba will have to put up with me making excuses to visit him whenever I can.

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Welcome!

I’ve tried and failed many times in the past to maintain a blog, but I decided to give it another go. Hope I can keep you entertained with my thoughts on food, art, social issues, and life. Here’s to a new beginning!