Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! I hope you are not waiting for the last minute to make dessert. However, if you are, here are some quick ideas to help you out.

  • Red Velvet No – Bake Cheesecake:

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Recipe Here.

  • Coconut Chocolate Mousse:

Coconut Chocolate Mousse

Recipe Here.

  • No – Bake Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecake:

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Recipe Here.

I hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day and Happy No bake baking!

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Chipotle Review

The first Chipotle was in Denver,Colorado, the owner is Steve Ells. Chipotle is considered a fast food restaurant. However, Ells didn’t want a “normal” fast food place. He wanted to create “Food With Integrity”. How did he do this? Well, Ells journey began with learned how the animals were being raised. He also learned another way the raises animals with respect and sustainable resources. That means no added hormones, steroids, or pesticides. After learning this, he meet with farmers and ranchers that raised their livestock this way. Yes it costs more and yes it more work, but Ells did not care. He wanted to create food that tastes good and has integrity. So much so that the Chipotle motto is “Food with Integrity”. He took it a step further with the idea that animals, people, and the environment will not be harmed by the Chipotle industry.

That is the history and beginning of Chipotle. Now, on to how the food tastes with no hormones, steroids, and pesticides. It is phenomenal! You have so many options; such as a burrito, burrito bowl, soft or crispy tacos, or just a plain bowl. What goes in it is all up to you. First you can choose white or brown rice, black or pinto beans, or peppers. Next comes the meat; braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak. However, the company has recently released a tofu option called sofritas. Then to the toppings! You have of course your salsa -mild, medium, or hot-, cheese, corn, sour cream, lettuce, and guacamole. After all of that you have the option of Chips and Salsa/Guacamole. It is then all put on a tray and you are off to your table!

Chipotle is not just about the food, its about the whole experience. Upbeat music is always on, it makes the vibe positive yet relaxing. When Ells created the first Chipotle, he was on a tight budget. So, he had to use inexpensive hardware materials such as plywood and barn metal. When the industry began to grow Ells saw no need to change the design. That’s why Chipotle’s around the world have the same unique style.

I encourage you (if you haven’t already) to go to your nearest Chipotle. The company wasn’t expected to be big, but through the work of Steve Ells one restaurant turned into a full fledged franchise. The company and more importantly the food is astounding. I have a since that Chipotle will be around for years to come. So, grab your friends and go to your nearest Chipotle to experience a “fast food” restaurant like you have never before.

Below are pictures of Chipotle:

First ChipotleToday Chipotle     Interior Chipotlechipotle Food with Integrity

Post Workout

After a workout it’s critical that you eat foods with protein and carbohydrates to help your muscles recover and build.

Here are some post workout ideas:

  • Apples and peanut butter
  • Green Smoothie
  • Milk and Cereal
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Peanut Butter and rice cakes

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During Your Workout

During a workout you need to stay hydrated and well nourished. It is just as important as a pre or post snack.

Here are some ideas for during your workout snacks.

  • Bananas
  • Gummi bears
  • Homemade energy bars
  • Pretzels
  • Frozen grapes

Some ideas for staying hydrated.

  • Coconut water
  • Water
  • Sports Drinks
  • Iced Green Tea (Optional Honey)

 All these options have the necessary sugars and carbohydrates to maintain your energy during a workout.

Frozen Grapes                  Coconut Water

 

Pre-Workouts

Hello, today I’ve decided to do something different. Today, I’m going to blog about pre workout snacks.

Here are some snacks that have helped me preform at my best!

  • 6 oz of yougut
  • a medium banana
  • 2 mini beagles and a slice of string cheese
  • a strawberry banana smoothie
  • 10 mini pretzles and 1/2 cup of apple juice

These snacks give you the carbohydraytes and nutrience you need to preform at the level you need too.smoothie

Russia

In Russia a traditional dish is Pirozhki. Pirozhki is a bread stuffed with eggs and cabbage. I came upon this recipe when a friend of mine needed some chearing up afrer a hard break up. I wanted to help and she said “If only I had my favorite dish to remind me of home.” So I looked up the recipe on ALL RECIPES.Com and she loved it and said it reminded her of home.

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 1 hr and 50 min

Ingredience:

  1. 2 cups milk, warmed
  2. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  4. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 6 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 tablespoon butter
  9. 1/2 medium head cabbage, finely chopped
  10. 6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  11. salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place 1/2 cup milk in a cup or small bowl. Stir in sugar and sprinkle yeast over the top. Set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes. Pour the remaining milk into a large bowl.
  2. Add the melted butter, egg, salt and 1 cup of flour to the large bowl with the milk. Stir in the yeast mixture. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and doesn’t stick to your hands. Cover the bowl loosely and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour. Dough should almost triple in size.
  3. While you wait for the dough to rise, melt the remaining butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, until cabbage has wilted. Mix in the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender. Set this aside for the filling.
  4. Place the risen dough onto a floured surface and gently form into a long snake about 2 inches wide. Cut into 1 inch pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Flatten the balls by hand until they are 4 to 5 inches across. Place a spoonful of the cabbage filling in the center and fold in half to enclose. Pinch the edges together to seal in the filling.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line one or two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Place the pirozhki onto the baking sheet, leaving room between them for them to grow.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

 

Italy:

I’ve used this Margarita Flat-bread Recipe and it is amazing! I got it off the Cooking channel website and it is fantastic and very authentic!

Total time: 4 hr 19 min

Prep: 10 min

Inactive Prep: 4 hrs

Cook Time: 9 min

Yield: 8 pizzas

Ingredients

  1. kosher salt
  2. 1×28 oz can pelati tomatoes
  3. All purpose flour (for dusting)
  4. 4×12 oz pizza dough balls, at room temp (follow recipe)
  5. 8 oz mozzarella cheese (grated)
  6. handful of basil leaves (torn)

Pizza Dough:

  1. 1×25-ounce package dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  2. 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  3. 4 cups bread flour
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  5. 3/4 cup cold water
  6. 1/4cup olive oil, plus more for bowl

Directions:

  1.  Preheat a wood-fired pizza oven to very hot 4 hours before cooking. Alternately, you can use a preheated pizza stone in your home oven. It’s best to heat it for 1 hour at 500 degrees F before baking.
  2. Add tomatoes to a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt.
  3. Sprinkle some flour on your pizza peal. Using a rolling pin, stretch your dough to a very thin 10-inch round.
  4. Using a spoon to spread, put 1/4 of the sauce on the dough, and spread leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella over the sauce.
  5. Gently put the pizza on the floor of the pizza oven. Bake until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. Top with hand torn basil.
  6. in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast, lukewarm water, and 1/2 cup bread flour. Mix well and let sit until bubbly, about 30 minutes.
  7. Whisk together the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour and salt in another bowl so it will be evenly distributed.
  8. Once the yeast mixture is nice and bubbly, add 3/4 cup cold water and olive oil. Using a dough hook, turn the mixer on and add the flour in increments.
  9. Mix the dough for about 5 minutes, until the dough starts creeping up the dough hook and comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  10. Place the dough in a large bowl lightly greased with olive oil. Turn to coat all sides of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl loosely with a clean tea towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch dough down, and let rise another hour.
  11. Divide the dough into 4 equal disks. Lightly flour a work surface. Using your fingers or heels of your hands (and a rolling pin, if you prefer) stretch the disks out to a 10-inch round.
  12. Repeat with the remaining 3 pizza dough disks.

The Beginning

Hello, I am starting this blog because I have to for a writing class. However, I thought why not enjoy it? So, I am writing about food. More specifically, the food around the world. Here you will find recipes from different culture around the world.

I hope you enjoy the recipes!