{life hacks} I Tried A Bunch of Those Viral “Life Hacks” So You Don’t Have To

I’m sure by now you have seen countless viral emails and Facebook posts sharing “life hacks” offering ideas on how to use simple, everyday ideas and items to make your life easier. Well, I thought I’d try a few out and let you know how it went.

 

“Pancake Mix in a Ketchup Bottle”

Here is a riddle: what’s white, viscous, and doesn’t go easily through a funnel? If you answered “pancake mix” you’re right. If you put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle, is it truly a “no-mess experience?” Once the mix is in there, maybe. But you have to get the pancake mix into the ketchup bottle first. Which makes an ungodly mess. And not to be judgy, but if you have time to put your pancake mix in a bottle and all, wouldn’t that time have been better spent making tastier pancake mix from scratch? I’m just sayin’. But yeah, don’t do this.

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October 13, 2014   27 Comments

{recipe} Power Pasta

I am a pasta lover and a carb-a-holic. And more than anything, I favor a heavy, creamy sauce on my noodles. But if I’m honest, eating a big plate of pasta makes me feel, well, tired. And I really can’t figure out how to fit a nap in every day after lunch. What’s more, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest thing to eat a giant plate of what is essentially refined flour covered in heavy cream and butter. So what can I do? How can I eat pasta and feel good, both physically and mentally? The answer is my latest culinary invention. I call it Power Pasta.

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October 8, 2014   1 Comment

{magic kingdom} A Journey Through Bhutan, the Last Himalayan Kingdom

When I received an email saying “Here are your documents for your visit to the Land of the Thunder Dragon” I knew that visiting Bhutan was going to be the trip of a lifetime. And I was right.

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September 30, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Creamy Garlic Parsley Dressing

I am usually an oil and vinegar kind of person, mostly because I’m too lazy to do much of anything else with my salads. But in the interest of branching out, I have started doing some experimenting. This creamy garlic parsley dressing is absolutely fantastic and really easy to put together.

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September 23, 2014   2 Comments

{recipe} Upside Down Banana Bread

I am a huge fan of all things upside down, and this recipe is no exception. A caramel-y, buttery layer of banana slices atop a moist and delicious banana bread – what could possibly be better?

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September 8, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Creamy Coconut Cumin Chicken

Whenever I need to throw dinner together using things I have around, it often comes out as something like this: a comforting, creamy, spiced-up, coconut milk-based sauce with something in it. Often, it’s chicken–and usually some chickpeas or lentils. I also tend to add finely chopped nuts for flavor, texture, and health.

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August 25, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Golden Potato Gnocchi with Herbed Brown Butter and Parmesan

I have been experimenting with making homemade gnocchi, because it is one of my absolute favorite dishes. But it can be hard to find a truly excellent plate of gnocchi, as they can often be gloppy, gluey, sticky, flavorless, and/or pretty boring. I think I have cracked the code here! These are pretty much perfect.

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August 19, 2014   2 Comments

{how to} Creamy Coconut Rice with Fried Garlic

I have eaten this multiple times over the past week, and am still not sick of it. It works beautifully on its own as a side dish. For an easy lunch I stir in some chickpeas sauteed with curry powder and cumin seeds. For a dinner party, it is great under Asian-marinated meat or chicken skewers.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

{recipe} Lovely Little Lemon Custard Cake Bites

Note: I am finally shutting down the old, ugly, 1.0 version of this site so I am re-posting some of my favorite recipes over here. This is a keeper!

I rarely make lemon desserts, because lemon isn’t my favorite dessert flavor, even though I love it in savory applications. But when one of my best friends asks for lemon birthday cake, by all means, I will make him lemon birthday cake.

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July 14, 2014   No Comments

{make this} Chocolate Cinnamon Babka Recipe from Wise Sons

I love eating at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen here in San Francisco. (Their location in the Jewish Museum downtown is a great pit stop for tourists, and I often recommend it.) So I was super excited to see that they had shared their secret chocolate cinnamon babka recipe publicly!

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July 10, 2014   No Comments