Archive for February, 2013

Fun Fact Friday

February 22, 2013 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

Today’s the last day to enter the Momofuku Milk Bar Cookie Giveaway! What are you waiting for? :)

Happy Friday, Noshers!  I will be working tomorrow, so please share your weekend plans in the comments so I can live vicariously through them! :)

Today’s Fun Fact pertains to my favorite food of all time – CHEESE!

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Cheese is the world’s oldest man-made food.

Praise be to the person who created the first manifestations of the luscious food!

What is your favorite type of cheese?

GIVEAWAY: Momofuku Milk Bar Cookies!

February 21, 2013 By: Serena Category: Dessert, giveaways

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Happy THURSDAY, Noshers!  Are you having a happy day? If not so much, it will be happier now because I am giving away COOKIES!!!

In my last blog post, I waxed poetic on the lovely cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar that I lovingly stole won from my cousins at our annual Pirate’s Booty game.  I just love cookies, y’all.  Momofuku cookies, in particular.  So when I was approached to partner with American Express to give away “The Perfect 10 Kookie,” created by Momofuku Milk pastry Chef Christina Tosi – I knew I had to say yes!

“The Perfect 10 Kookie” is the creation of Christina and her long-time friend, model Karlie Kloss.  Made with healthy, all-natural ingredients, these Kookies are dairy-free, gluten-free and sweetened with agave.  Now, fellow Noshers – you know me – I love dairy and all things sweet and fatty (true story).  But I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these Kookies and they were moist, deliciously chewy, and hearty without being super-sweet (I’m guessing the fact that Christina had a hand in the recipe-creation certainly helped).  I’d be lying if I said there weren’t now four cookies left in my tin where there were previously six.

Not only are these Perfect 10 Kookies good and good for you, but for NYC-ers who purchase them at Momofuku Milk Bar, 30% of proceeds go to FEED, the organization that provides school meals to children around the world.  In fact, each Kookie sold provides 10 school meals to hungry children! Pretty amazing, huh?

And where does American Express come in?  Well, first of all, I have a personal affinity for AmEx – they really are my card of choice (Starwood card FTW, and no they didn’t pay me to say that).  But Chef Christina is part of an ambassador program at AmEx that celebrates cardmembers – using her card, she has grown Momofuku Milk Bar to five bakeries and a commissary in just 4 years!  As part of its “Make My Day” program (#AmexMakeMyDay), AmEx is providing the support and “oomph” to make  Chef Christina’s “Perfect 10 Kookie” initiative a reality.

But don’t just take my word for it – I am giving away FIVE “Perfect 10 Kookie” Prize Packs of 2 tins each (that’s 12 ginormo cookies, y’all) to FIVE lucky winners!  For your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.  This 52 second video provides a tutorial on how to enter a giveaway for Rafflecopter newbies! There are 9 methods of entry, with the first method (commenting on this blog post to answer the question asked) being mandatory and the rest just extra gravy!

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Note: Prize packs can only be shipped to US addresses.  So if you are looking to enter, make sure you have a US shipping address we can send your Kookies to!

And if you aren’t one of the lucky five, below is the recipe to try your hand at the Perfect 10 Kookie yourself! But really, I’d rather just win ;)

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Good luck! :)

Review: Momofuku Milk Bar

February 19, 2013 By: Serena Category: 3_Apples, Dessert

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This past holiday season, I participated in my cousins’ annual “Pirate’s Booty” game – a secret Santa gift exchange with stealing.  My cousins and I really get into this game, and I’d be lying if I said that strategy, planning and strategic partnerships didn’t play a key factor in securing the choice gifts.  Despite having a bum number this year (3! out of 20+!), I somehow walked away with one of the best gifts.  This may or may not have been because I hid my gift under the table after unwrapping it and my cousins may or may not have forgotten that my gift was a steal option.  ANYHOO, their loss is my gain, and my gain was 6 cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar and a bottle of cereal milk mix! Yum!

I had previously written about the Momofuku franchise when I visited má pêche a few years ago… (more…)

Fun Fact Friday

February 15, 2013 By: Serena Category: FunFactFriday

Happy Friday, Noshers!  Oh man, another crazy week! I’m sure looking forward to the long weekend and catching up with some friends and on rest!  Today’s fun fact is a useful tip that you can use in the kitchen:

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Separate the yolk from an egg using simple science – suction! All you need is a disposable water bottle.  Squeeze the water bottle and hold it over the yolk (touching the yolk).  Release the pressure from the bottle and suction will pull the egg up into the bottle.  Squeeze the water bottle again (over a separate bowl or plate) to release the yolk.

I usually use the “egg shell transfer” method, but the water bottle method is super easy and fun!

How do you usually separate eggs?

Recipe: Chocolate Bread Pudding

February 14, 2013 By: Serena Category: Dessert, Holidays, Recipes

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Noshers!  Any special plans for today?  I will be working just like any other Thursday – life goes on!  But I just wanted to share this super simple and delicious recipe for chocolate bread pudding that I tried from the King’s Hawaiian website.  If you’re at your wit’s end looking for a last-minute way to impress your honey, this go-to recipe will win him or her over!  I cut the recipe from the website in half – making 3 individual servings.  Hmmm, you, your sweetheart…and a friend? Or all three for you? I won’t judge!

You will need:

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