Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekly Finds: 6/23/13

Breakfast:
Soft-Cooked Eggs on Cheesy Skillet Hash I've been obsessed lately with soft-cooked eggs, and this is a new way to incorporate them into my breakfast! A basic hash of potatoes and onions is topped with cheddar cheese, and then eggs are placed on top to just barely cook.

Lunch:
Crispy Zucchini Grilled Cheese with Dijon Horseradish Aioli This is such an indulgent grilled cheese, with really unique flavors. Zucchini is breaded and then fried (or baked for a healthier version), then sandwiched between multiple layers of cheddar cheese, aioli, and bread. This could be dangerous...

Snacks:
Southwestern Wheat-Thins Homemade wheat thins, made with whole wheat flour and homemade taco seasoning. I hope these are as simple as they look, because they look like the real thing!

Dinner:
Corn Risotto-Stuffed Poblano Peppers A unique take on risotto, with beer instead of the typical white wine, is made with fresh corn and Monterey Jack cheese, then stuffed into charred poblano peppers and topped with queso fresco. This sounds like the perfect use for garden fresh corn and peppers. The fact that it came from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook is just one more reason to make this ASAP.
Quinoa Tabbouleh, Texas Style A quinoa salad made with jalapeno, cucumber, tomatoes, leeks and fresh herbs.
Sesame Crusted Tofu As the author of the recipe describes, this is the perfect combo of healthy (tofu, obviously) and unhealthy (pan frying), with a delicious dipping sauce.

Sides:
Spinach and Roasted Beet Salad with Berry Vinaigrette The star of this salad (in my opinion) is the dressing - made with jam, two kinds of vinegar, and olive oil, it would dress up any salad.

Dessert:
Blueberry Cheesecake Pie A gingersnap cookie base is topped with a cheesecake filling, followed by blueberry pie filling - the best of both worlds. The blog writer calls it "dessert for dudes" but I think I would like this more than my boyfriend would!
Salted Chocolate Truffle Cookies These cookies are brownie-like in texture, and have a bit of salt sprinkled on top for that sweet n salty combination everyone loves. I love that they use melted chocolate and chocolate chips for even more chocolatey goodness.
Strawberry Peach Cobbler with Almond Biscuit Topping This recipe combines the best parts of a strawberry shortcake and a peach cobbler into one dessert. Fresh strawberries and peaches are lightly sweetened, and thickened with tapioca flour, then topped with tender biscuits made with almond meal.
Vanilla Bean Caramel Ice Cream I love caramel, and that is the main ingredient in the ice cream custard base.
Honey Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting These cupcakes sound delicious - described as the perfect combination of sweet and tart, topped with rich cream cheese frosting. The lemon helps lighten them up a bit, so they're perfect for summer.
Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake Blueberries, lime and cream cheese are a fantastic combination - I know this because the best ice cream I've ever made included all three of those. In this recipe, fresh blueberries create a swirl in a pound cake that is kept moist with the addition of cream cheese.
Black Pepper Panna Cotta with Red Wine Strawberries I'm so fascinated by panna cotta. This one is enhanced with the addition of black pepper, and then topped with strawberries bathed in a red wine reduction.
Peach Thyme Skillet Cake A simple cake that is cooked in a cast iron skillet, and takes advantage of summer fresh thyme and peaches.
Rhubarb Plum Crumble Rhubarb is always combined with strawberry, so it's refreshing to see it paired with a different fruit! 

Health and Fitness:
"Obesity is a disease" The American Medical Association recently recognized obesity as a disease, instead of a "major public health problem." I agree with the author of this article, in that this will hopefully force physicians to make treating obesity a bigger priority, but that by calling obesity a disease, people may be more tempted to look for "quick fixes" of prescriptions and surgery instead of lifestyle changes.

Funny Things:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/cooking-projects-aint-nobody-got-time-for This is hilarious - over the top cooking and food decorating
http://www.buzzfeed.com/fivezaj/21-disney-channel-movies-you-should-re-watch-this-a8zp I'm pretty sure I've seen all of these, and now I really want to watch some of those again.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/frankandbashtnt/12-lessons-zack-morris-taught-us-about-cool And now I'm really sure I want to watch all of the Saved by the Bell