A Review of a Pinterest Recipe

Hey all!

So recently, I tried this Pinterest recipe for pasta, and I just wanted to share with you my take on it. I think it really goes to show that not everything that is found on social media, is necessarily true or goes according to plan. I feel that a lot of times I really like the appearance of food that I find on Pinterest which makes me really inclined to make it. I am especially drawn to it if the recipe is simple and does not take a lot of time. This recipe was for pasta:

The recipe was very simple. For I needed to bring to a boil two cups of milk to a boil in a pot. I know this to be a successful direction to do when cooking pasta because it absorbs more flavor into the pasta and can make sauces thicker, without watering them down with leftover water from boiling the macaroni.

Afterwards, all I had to do was add a cup of cheese to the pot. Then voila! Macaroni and Cheese. The intent of the recipe was suppose to make pasta that’s like those caveman diets, plus simple, easy, doesn’t take much time, and didn’t include all that processed cheese product. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed. It was pretty plain and didn’t taste that great. I felt utterly deceived. Its like great writing in an English class, just because you want to make a few great points in an essay (here represented by the easy making of the macaroni) you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the quality of the essay as a whole (here represented by the flavor of pasta). So to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend the above pasta, unless you like bland pasta or you need something quick.

However, personally I would’ve chosen Pasta Roni instead. It holds all the same benefits: easy to make, and simple. Without sacrificing flavor. Even more so, if you cook pasta roni by boiling the pasta in a mixture of both the water and milk all at once it really packs a punch and gives it more flavor!

I know it’s really odd to have a partial food blog advocating boxed food, but I guess this blog is kind of different. I just wanted to show you all that sometimes Pinterest doesn’t have exactly what you’re looking for. Looks can be deceiving and that when trying a new recipe it just doesn’t come out the way we hope it does. But the fun in trying new food is discovering if it is or not.

Valentines Day Activities!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a Happy Valentines Day! Today I wanted to post to talk about what you all could do for next year, or any upcoming events. I probably should’ve posted this before, but oh well….it will get you all planning for next year! Hopefully….

Whether you’re single or with someone on Valentines Day, a romantic movie never falters.

I think everyone has seen the Notebook by now, but I know that not everyone has seen A Walk to Remember. One of my favorite books and romantic movies. It’s just so sweet and will leave you in tears. So grab a bucket of ice cream, a large spoon, and a box of tissues as you prepare to ball your eyes out.

Or go on an adventure and try something new! Grab your significant other or a couple of friends and hit up a mom and pop shop. One that I highly recommend is this Chinese resteraunt called Eggroll King which is on Brookhurst and Adams. The manager is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and of course the food is delicious. Definitely order their house special noodle soup, so good!

 

 

Or go gain some culture! Go visit LACMA the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or any other kind of art museum. Even if you’re not all that in to art it will be an experience to remember as you both can make up funny stories, make fun of the art (I could’ve made that), or gather each other’s perspectives on it, (a friend’s or significant other’s).

Or go to a sporting event and support a favorite team of yours or your significant other’s. (Men love sports and food girls). Personally, I love the Angels, so put me at an Angel game and I’m in love. It’s all about Mike Trout man. While most couples might be at the movie theaters, I think it’d be really cool to go to a sporting event and cheer on the team! Basketball and baseball are common favorites and will definitely make Valentines Day exciting.

No matter what you do this or next Valentine’s Day or in the future, make sure that you’re happy and having fun! And you don’t have to listen to my advice, you can always derive inspiration from Pinterest, the internet, your own imagination, or a teacher’s powerpoint (thank you to my English teacher for inspiring this post). It doesn’t matter if you’re single or with someone this holiday/next/in the future have fun, because heck you deserve it!

Anxiety of Influence: Frankenstein style!

Hi everyone!

So for English, we had to conduct a project about anxiety of influence. The definition of anxiety of influence is how an author feels pressure from authors before them. In order to combat this feeling, they take ideas from the preceding author, tweak and change the ideas a little bit, and then combine all these different ideas to create their own novel.

This idea was first brought forth by Harold Bloom. When I first heard of this idea, I really didn’t understand what it meant. However, from certain activities, and tons of times being proven wrong, I finally understood what it meant! So for my group and I’s final project, we held an activity to help people truly understand what anxiety of influence is.

First we baked giant sugar cookies!

The cookies looked like these! Then our group bought ingredients in order to decorate the cookies. Each group received green frosting, black icing, and M&Ms. Each group’s goal was to create a cookie that best looked and represented the creature. However there was a catch! Each group received a special item that was suppose to represent anxiety of influence. They got an “odd ingredient” that was suppose to symbolize the other great ideas of predeceasing authors. The groups had to incorporate the odd ingredient and transform it, make it their, their own creature.

Here’s the picture of the group with the raisins:

frankI really like how they utilized the green frosting to fully cover the face, as well as use the raisins for the lower part of the jaw of the creature, and a little bit for the hair. It made the presentation of the cookie cute, ass well as unique.

Here is the picture of the cookie from the group who had to use white chocolate chips:

frank2From this group, I was honestly a little surprised they didn’t use the green frosting. I feel like the creature is usually typified as being green, but I love how they incorporated the white chocolate chips to sort of act like the smile for the creature!

Here is the picture of the group who had to use pretzel sticks:

frank3I honestly thought that this odd ingredient would be the hardest to incorporate, I told them they could break the pretzels apart, but they seemed to keep them mostly whole. However, I really liked how they used the pretzels to poke through the creature’s head, as well as get the true face shape of the creature I like it.

I felt that this activity really helped students to understand the difficulty of anxiety of influence. They felt pressured by these great ideas (the yummy ingredients), so instead they had to incorporate them into their creation (haha punny), to make even a more beautiful masterpiece. Viola! Lesson to be learned here: sometimes food just really helps the learning process, plus its fun to eat ! 🙂 Happy eating!

Motchisuki in the Community

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I hope you all had some happy holidays, and a happy new year! I know it’s a little late to say….but I hope all is well. Every year around New Years, I go to this event called motchisuki and someone told me that they wished they had known about it, because its such a well kept secret. So I thought, I would share to you all what it’s about! On New Year’s Eve I was at Tanaka Farms, celebrating motchisuki.

Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine, California, and hosts multiple events every year. They are the home to seasonal pumpkin patches, wagon rides, and basketball leagues, and are in fact the largest organic farm in Orange County. It is Japanese tradition to eat mochi on New Year’s because it represents good luck. So every year before New Year’s Japanese people gather around in order make the delicious mochi to enjoy, to ensure a prosperous new year. First, they make the mochi. That’s right, make it. No cheating. No buying it from the store, or using those cheap machines to make it. They make it by hand!

First, they cook the rice in these big rice makers:

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They put tons of rice in these earns and steam it, in order to ensure the rice is hot when it’s time for pound.

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The rice is then pounded in huge granite like bowls called an usu. People gather around the usus and pound the rice using kines. Kines are these huge wooden malletes, that weigh about 5 pounds. Everyone circles the usu, and proceed to beat the rice continually, until it develops a sort of pasty/doughy consistency. The excercise is great for ridding all your problems, and stress in the world. After the rice is pounded, it is thrown down a huge table covered in flour, to help roll the rice dough in, so that it becomes ready to make.

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The event also has Japanese dancers that come in and do a traditional Japanese dance. Also, one of the BEST parts about coming to motchisuki is the HUGE buffet table they have.

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This year they had 3 long tables, filled with all kinds of food that you could eat! Absolutely delicious! Usually everyone comes and just brings one dish for some people to eat, but there’s still so much food! So you receive a reward after all that hard pounding in the usu! After the buffet and everything is about over, you can go to a table to buy the mochi. The profits help out the farm. After making the mochi, everyone gathers around and has a flour fight with the rest of the flour! It’s really fun! Over Christmas, I had to read the first four chapters of the book Frankenstein.

In the original book by Mary Shelley (if you haven’t read it). The creature (yes the creature is the monster, not the scientist, the scientist’s name is Victor Frankenstein), is forced to strut the Earth alone because he has been abandoned by his creator. I’m not that far in yet, so I don’t really know what is yet to happen, but I wonder where the creature went, but I feel he must be sad, because he is forced to be alone. I feel if he had a companion or a sense of community, he wouldn’t feel so lonely.

I think that motchisuki at Tanaka Farms creates a sense of community, that the creature needed, as well as others. It creates a great environment for getting to know each other, and build an appreciation of all the sweat and energy that goes into making mochi. I hope you all had a great New Years! Come by next year for some delicious mochi and fun! 🙂 Happy making mochi!

Hamlet worthy Cupcakes

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I found the recipe off of this website:

http://www.grandparents.com/food-and-leisure/cooking-with-kids/recipe-krabby-patty-cakes-spongebob-kitchen

but I thought I would share the recipe on my blog because so few people actually knew there was a recipe out there for krabby patties. I know right ! When I was younger, I absolutely LOVED watching spongebob, I still do, but the habit has slowly died with age. However, just because I’m growing up doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy these delicious krabby patties !

I have just begun reading Hamlet, but so far I really enjoy the novel. I felt that Hamlet shared similar traits with the Patrick and Squidward characters. Patrick is definitely not the brightest sea star, but one episode accentuated one of his qualities. This particular episode showed that Patrick had a strong relationship with his parents, and was afraid of letting them down, or appearing less intelligent in front of them. Hamlet is afraid to let his father down, and feels that in order to retrieve his father’s approval he must avenge his father by killing his uncle. Hamlet is also like Squidward because quite frankly, they both have some morbid or evil thoughts.

Anyways, I just wanted to talk about the comparison because I thought maybe if Hamlet had some of these (AWESOME) krabby patty cupcakes maybe he wouldn’t be such a frownie brownie.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Krabby Patty Cakes:
12 baked yellow cupcakes, paper liners removed
1 batch brownies baked in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan (using one 18.3-ounce package brownie mix)
1 to 1 1/2 cups Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Red, yellow, and green food coloring
Water or light-color corn syrup
Sesame seeds or coarse sugar

Directions:

For Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a medium mixing bowl, beat one 8-ounce package low-fat cream cheese for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

For Krabby Patty Cakes:
1. Cut cupcakes in half horizontally; set aside. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut 12 circles from cooled brownies. (Save scraps for another use.)

2. Place a brownie circle on each cupcake bottom. Divide frosting into 3 portions. Using food coloring, tint frostings red, yellow, and green. Place tinted frostings into disposable decorating bags or plastic food storage bags. Snip tip or corner of bags.

3. Pipe a zigzag of green frosting around edge of each brownie circle for lettuce leaf. Pipe a drizzle of red icing for ketchup and a drizzle of yellow icing for mustard on top of each brownie circle. Place cupcake tops on top of frosting. Brush cupcake tops with a little water or corn syrup. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or coarse sugar.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Excerpted from SpongeBob’s Kitchen Mission Cookbook © 2011. Reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Photos courtesy of Adam Albright and Tobin Bennett.

Sorry to get so off topic, but it was just a reason that I really wanted to post this recipe. This recipe is very delicious, but of course it is because krabby patties are suppose to be delicious! I hope you all enjoy these krabby patties, thank goodness you can just make them instead of try to steal the secret formula  like plankton. Happy cooking ! 🙂

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The Anosognosia of Butter Cookies

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Butter Cookies. One of the few delectable morsels that someone may stumble upon once in a lifetime.  They are delicious. I wanted to combine this recipe with the idea of Anosognosia, because these aren’t just any ordinary cookies. They’re tricky. Anosognosia divides knowledge into three parts: the things we know we know, the things we know that we don’t know, and the things that we don’t know we don’t know. It mainly focuses on the fact that there are things we don’t know we don’t know. With these cookies, titles can be decieving. What many people don’t know is that these butter cookies are delicious, they’re not all oily because of the butter, they are pure deliciousness. What people don’t know is how to make them, and they don’t know that the main “secret” ingredient is not the butter, but the cream cheese. The cream cheese is what brings all the flavor, and the fluffy texture to the cookie! People don’t know that they don’t know that cream cheese is what bring it all together. They are unaware of this fact. This is why the cookies are so delicious. Have you ever heard of anything that was not delcious that did involve cream cheese?! I didn’t think so !

I highly reccomend you make these cookies, they’re easy to make, delcious, and different from the ordinary chocolate chip cookies.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 egg

– 1 8oz. cream cheese bar

-1 yellow cake box mix

-1/2 cup of butter

-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

-powdered sugar (sifted)

1. Beat in butter, vanilla, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy.

2. Mix in cake mix.

3. Put in the fridge for at least a half an hour (I put mine in for 2 hours). Afterward, it should look a little something like this: (the white sprinkles on top are just some tidbits of powdered sugar I accidently spilled).

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4. Roll the dough into balls and dip them into the bowl of powdered sugar. I like a lot of powdered sugar, so I wasn’t afraid to be generous.

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5. Bake in the oven for 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, add more powdered sugar on top if you want. My cookies ended up taking more like 15-20 minutes in the oven, but my oven may be different than yours. So be sure to watch the cookies.

6. After that enjoy.

I hope after you try these cookies you realize the potential and are willing to broaden your horizon of cookies, other than sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies. The title can be deceiving, butter cookies are not boring. The cream cheese helps to make these cookies what the truly are, rather than the butter. These cookies are delicious and sweet, just like you.