Now, when you hear the word “bars”, you might think “foolish health food” or “bland” or “$5 pitchers AND Tequila Tuesday”. Erase such thoughts. Well, it is Tuesday, so you may ponder tequila. But only for a moment! Then I strongly suggest you consider these sweet and salty fancy bars. A wonderful balance between nuts, grains and Mediterranean sea salt (fancy), plus chocolate, prunes and better-than-nutella…ahhhhh. They are a way back into love.
We all need a break sometimes. A vacation of some sort. Or even just a day where all you do is curl up on the couch and watch romantic comedies and reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” while eating ice cream and chicken nuggets. Man, I love chicken nuggets. I seriously crave them constantly… But I digress.
I need a break. The pressure of school + MCATs + applying for med schools + constant disappointments has been bearing down on me the past few weeks and it’s been hard to handle. So much so, that the thought of quitting has crossed my mind a couple times. But this is my dream. And I have to at least try, right? Plus, I’m no quitter. Heck no. Continue reading →
Fried chicken, cheesy dishes, rich pies: these foods tend to conjure up the sentiment of “comfort food”. It’s an excellent name, really. When you’ve schlepped through long work days (or, you know, lazy afternoons spent rolling around on your living room floor…just me?), you tend to crave companionship in the form of hefty fare.
But edible comforts, just like any, can totally be expanded! I know mine have. One day my heart was warmed by a bowl of macaroni and cheese, the next I’m melting with every bite of equally delicious and nutritious food. For real!
I grew up with the notion that homemade is bettermade (which is sort of ironic since my mom has never been a “from-scratch” kind of cook; Kraft macaroni & cheese with hot dogs 4 lyf). In living the cliché lifestyle of Poor College Student, however, I am surrounded by boxed items, especially baked ones. Even cookies…from a box! Eh.
One boxed baked good that I have to praise, though, is Ghiradelli Fudge Brownies. Oh man. They straddle the lines of food and sex. So chewy, so chocolatey, so moist! Yes, moist. And I am just one member of the huge fan club. A brilliant magazine called Cook’s Illustrated took notice of this popularity and investigated the decadent situation. What did they uncover? Genius science, of course, and how to remaster it into a homemade recipe. Who jumped at this greatness? Well, my mom, actually, but me too! Now I’m here to extend the invitation to you folks: perfect brownies, RSVP immediately.
Nanaimo bars. Nah-nay-mo. Have you heard of them? Yeah, don’t worry I hadn’t either until I had one at a Christmas party this year (The same party Bette Jane and I made the gnome santa cookies for!). But everyone should try them. I vote these the most underrated dessert in the history of ever. Well, I guess they can’t be underrated if no one has ever heard of them. So that’s what I’m here for. To tell you about these Nanaimo things.