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Lucky Rice Cookthrough: Tea-Smoked Eggs

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I know 7-Elevens sometimes get a bad rap here in the U.S. (nevermind the prepared foods that are offered within), but I discovered a few years ago that 7-Eleven’s are legit in Asia.  I’m talking about pretty good sushi in the Japanese locations (not the best sushi, like, ever, but surprisingly delicious), prepared hot meals in Taiwan, and the like. The stuff is actually good.  One of the snack foods that was especially popular in the Taipei 7-Elevens I visited were tea eggs marinating in a cauldron of delicious broth.  Hard boiled eggs from 7-Elevens? You betcha! Don’t knock it till you try it (in Asia, at least – can’t speak for the eggs you get here in the American 7-Elevens!).

Luckily for me, my recent discovery of the fabulousness that is Asian 7-Eleven was not my first foray into the world of tea eggs.  My mom used to make tea eggs when I was a kid, before my capricious young self decided I didn’t like them anymore.   Silly me – I tried them again as an adult, and tea eggs are pretty much the best way to prepare hard boiled eggs.  The soy/tea/spice “broth” in which the eggs steep is intensely flavorful and lends a warm and spicy aroma that I haven’t seen replicated elsewhere.  And from a purely fun standpoint, the rolling and cracking of the shell before steeping yields some pretty cool looking eggs!  When I saw that the Lucky Rice cookbook featured a recipe for tea eggs, I knew I had to try it for the second recipe of my Lucky Rice cookthrough.

As you’ll see from the short ingredient list, you can probably find all of these ingredients in your local grocery store… Continue Reading

4th of July Cupcake Decorating with Sprouts!

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Happy Wednesday, Noshers!  I recently partnered with Sprouts market for a 4th of July DIY project, where I was given free reign to come up with my own DIY activity related to the holiday. I thought and thought, but the answer was pretty obvious – patriotic CUPCAKES!! I love baking, decorating and most importantly eating sweets, so this was a perfect fit.  Today I’ll be walking you through some cute and patriotic cupcake designs just in time for the holiday :).

But first, let me just rave about how awesome new-to-me Sprouts is – coming from the NYC/NJ area, I’d never been to a Sprouts before.  When I made my way to my local Sprouts to purchase ingredients for this project, I was pleasantly surprised and super impressed with the store – high quality produce at amazing prices, hard-to-find fruit (including my favorite cotton candy grapes, which I could only find at Whole Foods in NYC), their own brand for staples such as cereal, granola, cocoa, and an awesome selection of organic ingredients.  I admit I wasn’t familiar with Sprouts prior to this shopping trip, but I’ll definitely be returning.

Now onto the cupcakes! Continue Reading

Recipe: Kalua Pig with a Korean Twist

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Happy Hump Day, Noshers!  Even though we’re smack-dab in the middle of May, the weather has been a little ridiculous lately. What’s with the drab over cast sky and rain, rain (go away!)? While we have a few more dreary days ahead of us, I thought it would the perfect time to share a super easy way to make Hawaiian-style kalua pig with the good ol’ slow cooker!  No, that’s not coffee-flavored pork; kalua refers to a Hawaiian cooking method where food is cooked in an underground oven, or imu. If you’ve been to a luau in Hawaii, you know what I’m talking about – that climactic moment when a whole pig is unearthed after cooking for hours, revealing tender, flavorful meat.  Well, I’m in Missouri at the moment without ready access to an imu; however, I love Hawaiian food (and hope to live in Hawaii someday – how do I make that happen??).  So, I used the next best thing in my kitchen arsenal – my trusty slow cooker.

There are a number of different kalua pig recipes out there, but I liked the simplicity of this one, that calls only for the pork, Hawaiian sea salt, and liquid smoke: Continue Reading

SuperBowl Eats – What Will You Be Making?

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Note: Only 2 days left to enter my Le Creuset Valentine’s Day giveaway! What are you waiting for? 🙂

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Who doesn’t like a good bacon weave?

Happy FRIDAY, Noshers!  Wow.  Are you guys excited for the Super Bowl?  I admit I’m not the biggest sports person (those that know me would say that’s a HUGE understatement), but if there’s anything I like it’s the excuse to make tons of food.  All right, we’re having a teeny tiny party (read – 2 people, 1 dog) but making way too much food runs in my family – just ask my Mom.  I figure if there’s once a year when I can make lots of food that I would normally never make, it would be the once a year (more or less) I watch football….right?

In the past few years, I’ve really been trying to eat healthier – shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store versus buying more processed foods, and my edited grocery shopping habits have made me feel a lot better! Don’t get me wrong – I like a good fancy cheese and charcuturie plate as much as the next person, but overall I’ve gotten used to the idea of eating more whole, fresh foods.  So, this weekend is a bit of a departure in that a lot of these dishes I’m trying out aren’t exactly “perimeter ingredient” recipes (and full disclosure – I usually don’t make football-shaped foods), but no time like this weekend to try them, right?  Soooo without further ado – I’ll be attempting these recipes this weekend: Continue Reading

Le Creuset Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Tuesday, Noshers!  Today, I’m super excited to share an early Valentine’s Day post and spread some Valentine’s Day cheer with a few recipes and a GIVEAWAY!  This year, I’m partnering with Le Creuset to highlight a few of their adorably drool-worthy Valentine’s Day offerings – such as the petite heart cocotte and the slightly larger heart cocotteI looooove my two Le Creuset Dutch ovens and a heart-shaped addition is just out of this world! I mean, just look at this: Continue Reading